Doc. 11141 2nd edition
9 February 2007

Murder of journalist Hrant Dink
Written Declaration No 386

This written declaration commits only the members who have signed it

        We are deeply saddened by the murder of Turkish writer and journalist, Mr Hrant Dink on 19 January 2007 in Istanbul. We condemn this cowardly act in the strongest terms.

      Mr Dink devoted his life to raising the democratic and human rights standards of his country. He consistently advocated tolerance, reconciliation and mutual respect.

      Mr Dink is the latest victim of several assaults on journalists around the world. These assaults should not be allowed to remain unpunished.

      We commend the Turkish authorities for the quick apprehension of the suspect of this heinous crime and urge them bring him and any other perpetrator(s) to justice as soon as possible.

Signed: 1

1     SOC: Socialist Group
      EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party
      ALDE: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
      EDG: European Democratic Group
      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left
      NR: not registered in a group