Swedish MEP Incir: We cannot accept the trustees
"The AKP government's ongoing violation of human rights is shameful for Turkey which is one of the European Union candidate countries."
Swedish Social Democratic Labor Party MEP, Evin Incir, said that the AKP government's appointment of trustees and the dismissal of democratically elected mayors is unacceptable.
Incir said: "HDP deputies and municipal executives were dismissed and arrested on arbitrary grounds before. Now, three important municipalities have been appointed trustees. This is unacceptable."
Despite the decision of the Council of Europe and the courts to release former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas, he remains in prison, reminded Incir, remarking that the opposition parties should unite in the fight against the illegal decision by the AKP.
"If the opposition unites against these illegal practices, - she said - there will be a great focus of resistance. This would lead to positive developments in Turkey. It is important that some CHP deputies and executives oppose the appointment of a trustee. If HDP, CHP and other democratic forces act together, the AKP will not dare to continue with its arbitrary practices."
Responding to how she would bring this issue to the European Union, Incir said: "I am taking part in the European Union delegation to Turkey. We will deal with trustee appointments and other human rights violations. Democracy is being eroded step by step. The AKP government's ongoing violation of human rights is shameful for Turkey which is one of the European Union candidate countries."