The European Parliament condemned the continuing pressure and detention of HDP members

The European Parliament, in the recent meeting on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, strongly condemned the continuing pressure and detention of HDP members and approved a bill criticizing Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Agreement.

In today’s meeting, the European Parliament passed a bill strongly condemning the arrest and repression of opposition parties by the Erdogan government. The bill was approved by 603 votes in favor, 2 against and 67 abstentions.
It’s noteworthy that in this bill, in particular, the pressures and repressions against the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are condemned and the Turkish government is severely punished for obstructing the activities of political parties, violating human rights and the principles of democracy was criticized.
The bill strongly condemns the expulsion policy and detention of members of the HDP, Turkey’s third largest party, the filing of cases for HDP’s parliamentary, the arrest of local supporters and voters, and mayors by the Turkish government.

The European Parliament has emphasized in the bill that the presence of the HDP is essential for the continuation of democracy, political participation of communities and the peaceful resolution of the Kurdish question, and that the elimination of this party would be a great mistake with serious and irreparable damage. The basis for the arrest of the HDP’s MPs and mayors who were elected by direct and democratic vote of the people and the appointment of a “guardian” in their place was strongly condemned and called it a “great crime.”