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PACE monitors visit Turkey

PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs for Turkey John Howell (United Kingdom, EC/DA) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC) undertook a fact-finding visit to Turkey from 21-24 March 2022 to assess follow-up to the Assembly’s resolutions, latest developments and the implementation of rulings of the European Court of Human Rights.

In Istanbul (21 March), they met the Mayor of Istanbul, the Vice-Governor and representatives of civil society and the media. In Ankara (22-24 March), the co-rapporteurs had meetings with the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, the Minister of the Interior, the President of the Constitutional Court, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director for EU Affairs, the Deputy Minister of Justice, the Vice-President of the Court of Cassation, the Ombudsman and members of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations.

The rapporteurs also met the leaders of the political factions in parliament and of extra-parliamentary parties, as well as representatives of civil society and the diplomatic community.