16-17 January 2016
SI supporting CHP in their work for a Turkey with freedoms, rights and democracy
On the occasion of the 35th Congress of the Republican People's Party, CHP, of Turkey, held in Ankara on 16 -17 January 2016, the Socialist International Secretary General attended at the invitation of the party leader, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, with whom he held talks on political developments in Turkey and on the main issues on the party’s agenda. The SI SG conveyed the full support of the International for their work for freedoms, rights and democracy in Turkey. At this Congress, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu was re-elected as party leader. On 17 January the SI Secretary General attempted to visit Can Dundar, the chief editor of Cumhuriyet, a national daily paper, and their Ankara correspondent, Erdem Gul, held at Silivri Prison outside Istanbul since November 2015 without formal indictment in a case receiving broad public attention as a grave infringement of freedom of expression and of the press in Turkey. Sergei Stanishev, President of the Party of European Socialists, PES, who attended the CHP Congress on behalf of that organisation, was also attempting to meet the imprisoned journalists. Members of the CHP, other Congress guests and the lawyer of the journalists accompanied the foreign guests, who were denied access to the prison by the authorities. Members of the Turkish press covered the visit and reported on their impressions. A written message was conveyed to the prisoners whose content, along with their response, were published in the press. Later in the day, the SI Secretary General held talks with leading journalists of Cumhuriyet at the newspaper’s headquarters in Istanbul.
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