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Turkey: Political Prisoners

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 21st December 2017.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the government of Turkey following the exclusion of international observers from the trial held inside a maximum security prison in Ankara on 6 and 7 December of Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yűksekdağ, joint leaders of the HDP opposition party.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

We note the importance of providing a public hearing at such trials. We frequently raise with the Turkish government the need to comply with international human rights standards. Alongside other like-minded embassies in Turkey, we regularly monitor high profile trials. British Embassy staff attempted to monitor this particular trial but were not permitted to do so.

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