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Turkey: monitoring visit by PACE co-rapporteurs

Marianne Mikko (Estonia, SOC) and Nigel Evans (United Kingdom, EC), co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will be making a fact-finding visit to Turkey from 28 to 30 March 2018, to assess the honouring of the country’s obligations and commitments to the Council of Europe.

During their visit, they will assess the implementation of the latest PACE resolution on the functioning of democratic institutions. Discussions will also focus on recent developments following the failed coup attempt on 15 July 2016, in particular with regard to the rule of law and freedom of expression and the media.

On 28 March in Istanbul, meetings are scheduled with representatives of the media and NGOs, as well as with academics.

On 29 and 30 March, official meetings are to be held in Ankara with the President of the Grand National Assembly, the Undersecretary of the Minister for EU Affairs, representatives of the Ministries of Justice and Internal Affairs, the Turkish delegation to PACE, chairs of parliamentary committees, members of the political groups represented in parliament, the President of the Investigation Commission on the state of emergency (to be confirmed), as well as representatives of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, NGOs, the media, civil society and the international community.