Turkey: Political Prisoners

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 30th January 2019.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Turkish counterpart on the lack of access to legal representation for political prisoners in that country.

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The State of Emergency following the failed coup attempt in 2016 imposed certain limits on access to lawyers but those were lifted in June 2018. In discussions with Turkish Ministers we have stressed the importance of addressing issues in the legal system and accelerating the resolution of political cases.

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