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Amendment No. 1 | Doc. 14506 | 23 April 2018

State of emergency: proportionality issues concerning derogations under Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights

Signatories: Ms Thorhildur Sunna ÆVARSDÓTTIR, Iceland, SOC ; Lord Donald ANDERSON, United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr Pieter OMTZIGT, Netherlands, EPP/CD ; Mr Frank SCHWABE, Germany, SOC ; Ms Ute VOGT, Germany, SOC ; Mr Martin WHITFIELD, United Kingdom, SOC

Origin - 2018 - Second part-session

In the draft resolution, at the end of paragraph 17, insert the following sentence:

"The Assembly is particularly concerned by the fact that on 18 April 2018, the President of Turkey called for the presidential and parliamentary elections, previously expected in November 2019, to be brought forward to 24 June 2018, just hours before the Turkish parliament renewed the state of emergency for a further three months. In this respect, the Assembly recalls the clear position of the Venice Commission against the holding of elections or referenda under a state of emergency, when normal democratic freedoms may be severely restricted, as is currently the case in Turkey.".