Brev till Turkiets justitieminister


Nedanstående brev undertecknade Amineh här om dagen, tillsammans med några av Vänsterpartiets riksdagsledamöter. Brevet har skickats till den turkiske justitieministern med krav på omedelbar frigivning av HDP:s ledare och presidentkandidaten Selahattin Demirtas!


19 June 2018, Stockholm

On June 24, 2018 Turkey will have early presidential and parliamentary elections. In the presidential elections, six candidates will run.

However, one of the presidential candidates, Mr Selahattin Demirtaş, Member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey for HDP (Democratic Party of the Peoples) is not able to participate in the campaign.

This is due to the fact that Mr Demirtaş has been in pre-trial detention since November 2016, after his immunity was lifted despite the opinion No. 858 / 2016 of 14 October 2016 by the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy through Law “the Venice Commission” where it considers that the inviolability of the Members of Parliament whose immunity was lifted should be restored.

This dire unbalance in campaigning opportunities goes against the principle of free and fair elections, to which Turkey has committed itself as Member State of the Council of Europe.

We appreciate that several other candidates have called, for that reason, for the release from pre-trial detention of Mr Demirtaş.

We hereby call on the relevant Turkish authorities to immediately release Mr Demirtaş, in order to give him at least a chance to participate during the last days before 24 June in the electoral campaign.

Member of the Swedish Parliament representing the Left Party;
Jonas Sjöstedt, Party leader and MP
Mia Sydow Mölleby, group leader in the parliament and MP
Ali Esbati, MP
Rossana Dinamarca, MP
Hamza Demir, MP
Amineh Kakabaveh, MP
Linda Westerlund Snecker, MP
Momodou Jallow, MP
Karin Rågsjö, MP
Vasiliki Tsouplaki, MP
Håkan Svenneling, MP
Yasmine Posio Nilsson, MP
Jens Holm, MP
Christina Höj-Larsen, MP
Lotta Johnsson Fornarve, MP


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