Turkey is currently confronted with the consequences of the
ongoing war in Syria and the surrounding countries, hosting almost
3 million refugees, and continuous terrorist threats and attacks
perpetrated notably by Daesh and the PKK, which are to be unequivocally
Regretting the collapse of the peace talks on the Kurdish
issue in July 2015 and the subsequent escalation of violence in
south-east Turkey, the Monitoring Committee is concerned about the
serious allegations of human rights violations during these security
operations and the human and legal consequences of the lengthy curfews.
The Parliamentary Assembly should call on the Turkish authorities
to carry out effective investigations and set up mechanisms to observe
the human rights situation and issue credible reports.
In addition, the committee is seriously concerned about the
stripping of the immunity of a large number of parliamentarians
– mostly from the opposition –, numerous measures and abusive application
of legal provisions restricting freedom of expression and of the
media, and the lack of independence of the judiciary.
The Monitoring Committee thus concludes that these developments
constitute a threat to the functioning of democratic institutions
and the country’s commitments to its obligations towards the Council
of Europe. The Assembly should therefore closely follow developments
in the country and invite Turkey to align its legislation and practices
with Council of Europe standards.