16 June 2017
The Socialist International vigorously condemns the sentencing and arrest of Enis Berberoğlu, a member of parliament of the CHP, an SI member party, for allegedly revealing information about the secret supply of arms to Syria by Turkey’s intelligence agency MIT.
Our International deeply deplores this latest act by the Erdoğan regime to silence the opposition and reaffirms its full support and solidarity with its members in Turkey. The Socialist International stands shoulder to shoulder with CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu as he, along with members of the opposition, undertakes a protest march from Ankara to Istanbul demanding Justice.
Profoundly concerned by the continuing serious deterioration of rights and freedoms in Turkey following the crackdown initiated last July after the failed coup, the Socialist International raises its voice against such acts of injustice and intimidation, against the lack of freedom of expression, the lack of parliamentary immunity, and the lack of an independent judiciary. We call on the authorities to fully respect the rights of its people and for the release of all the detained parliamentarians, along with the scores of other citizens who are being held unjustly for political reasons.