The delegation was prevented from entering the prison where the PES’s associate party co-president is held prisoner.
The delegation made therewith a press conference during which Stanishev protested the obstruction, saying political prisoners have rights:
“He is not abandoned, he is not alone, our political family is in solidarity with him,”
“We will not ignore the violations of basic rights and freedoms the Turkish government is undergoing, this will have an impact in the accession talks of Turkey”,
The Progressive Group in the European Parliament put a debate about Turkey in this week’s plenary’s agenda.
The PES delegation is expected to visit the Cumhuriyet daily and the CHP in the afternoon.
List of the members of PES Delegation who went to visit Demirtaş today in Edirne is as follows:
Sergei Stanishev: President; PES
Hannes Weninger: Member of parliament; SPO, Austria
Arne Lietz: Member of the European Parliament; SPD, Germany
Pia Locatelli: Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the; PSI, Italy
Marietta Tidei: Member of parliament; PD, Italy; Foreign Affair Commission, Italian Parliament
Brando Benifei: Member of the European Parliament; PD, Italy
Marie Granlund: Member of Parliament, Social democratic; SAP, Sweden; Group leader, committee on EU affairs
Jens Orbach: Former Minister of Integration; SAP, Sweden; Secretary General of Olof Palme Center
Johan Buser: Member of Parliament, Social democratic; SAP, Sweden
Marie Rose Koro: Consular Adviser, Turkey; National Assistant Secretary for the Francophonie; PS, France
Giacomo Filibeck: Deputy Secretary General; PES, Italy
Lorenza Tiberi: Adviser of the President Office; PES, Italy