Monitors welcome Leyla Güven’s release, urge her to end hunger strike

PACE’s co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Turkey, Marianne Mikko (Estonia, SOC) and Nigel Evans (United Kingdom, EC), have welcomed the decision of the High Penal Court of Diyarbakir to release Leyla Güven from prison.

“The decision to release Leyla Güven is a step in the right direction that we welcome,” they said. “We remain hopeful that the Turkish authorities will re-consider – in the light of European standards – the cases of other parliamentarians and former parliamentarians who are either prosecuted, detained or convicted.”

“We also call on them to address remaining issues of concern such as freedom of expression and the media, as well as election and anti-terror laws. This would strengthen the ability of parliamentarians, including those from the opposition, to exercise their mandates and fulfil their democratic roles both inside and outside parliament.”

“As parliamentarians, we are also convinced that parliament is the place where issues of national and public interest should be debated. This is why we appeal to Ms Güven to put an end to her 82-day hunger strike - which is putting her life in great danger – and resume her parliamentary work.”