The Strategist

EP Criticizes Turkish Justice System

06/10/2015 - 17:44

The European Parliament (EP) at its plenary session in Strasbourg passed a resolution which criticizes the justice system and the media situation in Turkey and urges to respect freedom of speech.

Selahattin Sönmez
Selahattin Sönmez
- MEPs are concerned about the situation with the independence, impartiality and effectiveness of the justice system and the separation of powers in Turkey. The Turkish government must also guarantee the freedom of the media as a priority, - stated the EP in the communique.

MEPs also noted that the authorities' actions that undermine freedom of the press, "are inconsistent with the fundamental rights of the EU and with the spirit of the negotiation process (about joining the EU - ed.).
- Parliament condemns Turkish government’s attempts to ban access to social networks and websites, intimidation of journalists and other pressure on them. We again call on the (EU) Council to start negotiations on the judiciary and fundamental rights for the promotion of effective reforms, - stated in the press release. European Parliament calls on Turkey to create a suitable legal framework to combat corruption.

MEPs called on the Commission to consider how to improve and strengthen relations with the country, and asked the EC to support the efforts of the authorities to complete the peace process with the Kurdish community.

European Parliament welcomed the results of the recent parliamentary elections, calling the new parliament "the most inclusive and representative in modern Turkish history, displaying the country’s diversity."

The resolution is dedicated to evaluating the country's progress in 2014reforms. 432 members voted for the document, 94 - against, 127 abstained. The resolution, based on the report of the Dutch parliamentarian Kathy Pirie, is not of a legislative nature.

Earlier, on 9 June, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accepted the resignation of the Cabinet proposed by the Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu. The resignation took place in connection with last Sunday parliamentary elections in the country.

- Turkish President accepted the resignation of the Cabinet, presented by the Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu. The President thanked the office for work and asked Davutoglu to serve as prime minister until building up a new cabinet by the parliament elected on Sunday, - said the president’s official website in a statement.

The resignation of the Cabinet of Ministers took place in connection with last Sunday parliamentary elections in the country.

Turkish political researcher Aydin Sezer commented:

- Of course, we see the beginning of the transition to a coalition government in Turkey. But contemporary Turkish politics, except for parties and parliament, there is another important political figure - a president Tayyip Erdogan. If any other politician was the president, the Healthy Coalition Government probably would have been be created. But considering Erdogan's personal role in politics, as well as his strategy, we won’t have this possibility. Therefore, in my opinion, we should expect early elections soon" - said Sezer.