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Should politicians be prosecuted for statements made in the exercise of their mandate?

Amendment No. 3 | Doc. 15307 | 18 June 2021

Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination
2021 - Third part-session
In the draft resolution, after paragraph 7.4, insert the following paragraph:

"The Assembly condemns the removal and imprisonment of at least 47 democratically elected mayors from office (including the mayors of Diyarbakir, Van, Mardin and Kars), based on questionable evidence and their arbitrary replacement by unelected trustees appointed by the central government."

Explanatory note

The amendment aims to strengthen the draft resolution by condemning the arbitrary interference of Turkey’s central government in local politics and the criminal prosecution of local politicians which appears to be linked to statements made in the exercise of their mandate.