The UEL Group insists on the release of political prisoners in Turkey

During its Group meeting on Wednesday, 28/6, the Group of the Unified European Left hosted the delegation of the spokesperson of HDP, Mr. Osman Baydemir, and two members of the Constitutional Committee, Mr. Mithat Sancar and Mrs. Meral Danış Beştaş, who raised the issue of continuing illegal imprisonment of the HDP leadership and a big number of other HDP Members and mayors.


The UEL Group, represented by Mr. Nikolaj Villumsen (Denmark), Mr. Henk Overbeek (Netherlands), Mr. Pablo Bustinduy (Spain) Ms. Filiz Kerestecioğlu (Turkey) and Mr. Ertuğrul Kürkçü (Turkey) was supportingly present during the press conference in front of the European Court of Human rights in order to show solidarity with the imprisoned HDP co-chairpersons and other political prisoners in Turkey. The press conference was followed by Reuters, Humanité, and other TV channels and newspapers.


Not only members of HDP, but also CHP Members of Parliament are being sentenced for remarkably long sentences. Lately, a CHP Member received a prison sentence of more than 20 years.


The UEL Group considers these developments very worrisome and continues to insist on Turkey to release the HDP co-chairpersons and all its political prisoners.