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Belgium: EU draft report slams Turkey's press freedom and human rights record02:25

Belgium: EU draft report slams Turkey's press freedom and human rights record

Belarus, Brussels
February 16, 2016 at 15:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dutch Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Kati Piri spoke to journalists at a European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs meeting in Brussels, Tuesday, discussing a report on the state of relations between the European Union and Turkey.

Piri expressed concerns regarding Turkey's human rights record, going so far as to say that there have been signs of deterioration in the country over the course of the last year. Speaking to journalists, Piri said, "During this last electoral year in Turkey, hardly any reforms took place and there has even been a regression in key areas such as freedom of expression and the independence of judiciary."

The report called for the immediate release of journalists Cam Duendar and Erdem Guel, who were handed life sentences in Turkey. Piri argued that they were jailed just "for doing their job."

Rising tensions between Turkish security forces and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) are also cited in the report. Piri said that, if the EU does not work to help bring about a ceasefire, this conflict may provoke another refugee influx to Europe.

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Dutch Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Kati Piri spoke to journalists at a European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs meeting in Brussels, Tuesday, discussing a report on the state of relations between the European Union and Turkey.

Piri expressed concerns regarding Turkey's human rights record, going so far as to say that there have been signs of deterioration in the country over the course of the last year. Speaking to journalists, Piri said, "During this last electoral year in Turkey, hardly any reforms took place and there has even been a regression in key areas such as freedom of expression and the independence of judiciary."

The report called for the immediate release of journalists Cam Duendar and Erdem Guel, who were handed life sentences in Turkey. Piri argued that they were jailed just "for doing their job."

Rising tensions between Turkish security forces and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) are also cited in the report. Piri said that, if the EU does not work to help bring about a ceasefire, this conflict may provoke another refugee influx to Europe.

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