This written declaration commits only those who have signed it.
1. We, the undersigned, deplore in the strongest terms
the continued detention of eight deputies elected to the Turkish
Grand National Assembly in the 12 June 2011 elections. We stand
in solidarity with them.
2. The eight deputies coming from three different political parties
are all still in custody due to ongoing court cases against them.
Several of them have been incarcerated for nearly three years.
3. We view the situation of our colleagues in Turkey with grave
concern. Their treatment is in contradiction with the European Convention
of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding “deprivation of liberty” and with
its First Protocol regarding “the right to vote and be elected”.
4. Furthermore, this state of affairs is also in violation of
the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights (ICCPR), regarding the right to participate in political
5. Their detention constitutes a transgression of “their right
to be presumed innocent until proven guilty” as enshrined in the
ICCPR and the ECHR.
6. We urge all those concerned in Turkey to create those conditions
that would allow these rightfully elected deputies to perform their
parliamentary duties bestowed on them by the will of the people.