Turkey

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th October 2013.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 23 September (WA 443), whether they maintain a list of countries which do not permit international observers in court rooms; and if so, whether they will publish that list.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office does not maintain a list of countries which do not permit international observers in court rooms.

Further to the Written Answer on 23 September (WA 443), international observers were only prevented from observing the Ergenekon hearing on 5 August. This is not a general principle in court cases in Turkey. The UK and EU partners have observed cases in Turkey on previous occasions and will continue to make clear our interest in doing so.

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