The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has expressed deep concern about the increasing repression and escalation of human rights violations against opposition MPs in Cambodia, Venezuela, Turkey and the Maldives on the closing day of the 137th IPU Assembly in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.
In its statement IPU said it found it unacceptable that peaceful public statements made by 56 parliamentarians in Turkey were being used as evidence of criminal and terrorist actions. The Organization expressed its fear that the ongoing reprisals against members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party would weaken all opposition parties in parliament and
Noting the fact that the IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians had not been able to carry out a fact-finding mission to Turkey yet, IPU has called again for fact-finding missions by its committee to be sent to the four countries including Turkey in the very near future.
18 October 2017