Turkey: Kurds

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 14th June 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations in the verdict of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal on Turkey and Kurds, published in May; and whether they will discuss the findings within NATO.

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The UK is concerned by the ongoing violence in some areas of south-eastern Turkey. We condemn acts of violence by Kurdish militant groups, including the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), and urge an end to the conflict and a resumption of the peace process between the PKK and the Turkish government. We regularly urge the Turkish authorities to respect human rights in the course of anti-terror operations, and the Foreign Secretary and Her Majesty's Ambassador to Turkey have been clear that the rule of law must be upheld and freedom of expression permitted. We have raised human rights concerns with Turkey within NATO meetings, and will continue to monitor these issues closely.

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