Letter from Dutch parliamentarians to Yüksekdağ

Members of Dutch Parliament
House of Representatives
PO. Box 20018
2500 EA The Hague
The Netherlands


Figen Yüksekdağ Şenoğlu
Kandira 1 Nolu F Tipi Hapishanesi
Kandira / Kocaeli / Türkiye

 The Hague, 14 September 2017

Dear Figen Yüksekdağ,

It has been ten months since your imprisonment in Turkey. We sincerely regret this since it is obvious that Members in Parliament should not be in prison and that, in a country governed by the rule of law, you should be able to speak your mind freely without facing the accusations you have been charged with.

Worldwide there have been many solidarity actions to raise awareness about the gross human rights violations in Turkey, of which your imprisonment is just one example. In the Netherlands, in April, there has been a political statement next to the Parliament building demanding the release from prison for jailed Members of Parliament in your country. The month before Parliament adopted, with a great majority, a resolution calling for the release from prison for you and your colleagues.

With this letter, we express our solidarity with you and other imprisoned Members of Parliament. We hope justice will soon be done andyou will be released from prison.

Yours sincerely,

Sadet Karabulut

Bram van Ojik
MP GroenLinks

Han ten Broeke

Kirsten van den Hul
MP PvdA 

Raymond de Roon

Joël Voordewind
MP Christen Unie 

Raymond Knops

Marianne Thieme
MP PvdD 

Sjoerd Sjoerdsma
MP D66 

Kees van der Staaij