Turkey: Human Rights and the Political Situation — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:00 pm on 9th March 2017.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley 3:00 pm, 9th March 2017

My right hon. Friend rightly identifies the very serious concerns about the repression taking place inside Turkey, and indeed the concerns about whether the regime saw the coup as a threat or an opportunity. Is it not also the case that in our own communities, those with Turkish citizenship from Alevi and Kurdish communities are finding that they are under attack and under surveillance from agents of the Turkish state? There is considerable concern about spying and people’s bank accounts being frozen, and about reports being sent back to Turkey and threats to people’s families. Is that not something that our Government should take very seriously? At the moment, they seem to be turning a blind eye to it.