MEP call on members of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey not to support the amendment

“SILENCING OPPOSITION IS NOT THE WAY TO DEAL WITH PROBLEMS”

 
We, the undersigned members of the European Parliament, are deeply concerned about the recent amendment on the lifting of the legislative immunity of 129 members of parliament out of 550. The way it is presented in the public opinion by the government representatives proves that this bill is clearly targeting members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP – Halkların Demokratik Partisi) where 46 out of 59 MPs will be affected. Opposition is an integral part of democracies and a core value of the European Union. Silencing democratically elected opposition MPs for their political statements is the obstruction of parliament and against democratic principles.
Excluding democratically elected members of the parliament is not the way to deal with the Kurdish problem. On the contrary, if adopted, this bill will further aggravate already intense conflict in the Kurdish region (South-East) of Turkey.
We urgently call on members of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey not to support this amendment, which will move Turkey away from its EU path.”

 

Name

Group

Country

Elmar Brok

EPP

Germany

Kati Piri

S&D

The Netherlands

Gabriele Zimmer

GUE-NGL

Germany

Rebecca Harms

Greens/EFA

Germany

Marie-Christine Vergiat

GUE-NGL

France

Bodil Valero

Greens/EFA

Sweden

Dimitrios Papadimoulis

GUE-NGL

Greece 

Alyn Smith

Greens/EFA

Scotland

Ana Gomes

S&D

Portugal

Angel Kapchina

ECR

Bulgaria 

Anne-Marie Mineer

GUE-NGL

The Netherlands

Barbara Spinelli

GUE-NGL

Italy

Bart Staes

Greens/EFA

Belgium

Brando Benifei

S&D

Italy

Cornelia Ernst 

GUE-NGL

Germany

Costas Mavrides

S&D

Cyprus

Csaba Sogor

EPP

Romania

Curzio Maltese

GUE-NGL

Italy

Demetris Papadakis

S&D

Cyprus

Dennis de Jong

GUE-NGL

The Netherlands

Davos Skrlec

Greens/EFA

Croatia 

Ernest Maragall

Greens/EFA

Spain

Ernest Urtasun

Greens/EFA

Spain

Eugen Freund

S&D

Austria

Fabio De Masi

GUE-NGL

Germany

Frank Engel

EPP

Luxembourg

Javier Couso Permuy

GUE-NGL

Spain

José Bové

Greens/EFA

France

Josef Weidenholzer

S&D

Austria

Josep-Maria Terricabras

Greens/EFA

Catalonia

Josu Juaristi

GUE-NGL

Basque country

Jude Kirton-Darling

S&D

UK

Karima Delli

Greens/EFA

France

Karoline Graswander-Hainz

S&D

Austria

Kostadinka Kuneva

GUE-NGL

Greece

Kostas Chrysogonos

GUE-NGL

Greece

Liadh Ni Riada

GUE-NGL

Ireland

Lynn Boylan

GUE-NGL

Ireland

Malin Björk

GUE-NGL

Sweden

Margrete Auken

Greens/EFA

Denmark

Marina Albiol Guzmán

GUE-NGL

Spain

Marisa MATIAS

GUE-NGL

Portugal

Martina Anderson

GUE-NGL

Ireland

Martina Michels

GUE-NGL

Germany

Matt Carthy

GUE-NGL

Ireland

Max Andersson

Greens/EFA

Sweden

Merja Kyllönen

GUE-NGL

Finland

Michel Reimon

Greens/EFA

Austria

Michele Rivasi

Greens/EFA

France

Monika Vana

Greens/EFA

Austria

Neoklis Sylikiotis

GUE-NGL

Cyprus

Nessa Childers

S&D

Ireland 

Nikolaos Chountis

GUE-NGL

Greece

Paloma LOPEZ BERMEJO 

GUE-NGL

Spain

Pascal Durand

Greens/EFA

France

Patrick Le Hyaric

GUE-NGL

France

Petras Austrevicius

ALDE

Lithuania

Rina Ronja Kari

GUE-NGL

Denmark

Sabine Lösing

GUE-NGL

Germany

Sergio Cofferati

S&D

Italy

Ska Keller

Greens/EFA

Germany

Soraya Post

S&D

Sweden

Stelios Kouloglou

GUE-NGL

Greece

Tania Gonzalez Penas

GUE-NGL

Spain

Ulrike Lunacek

Greens/EFA

Austria

Xabier BENITO ZILUAGA

GUE-NGL

Spain

Yannick Jadot

Greens/EFA

France