ALDE-PACE deeply concerned about the constitutional amendment on parliamentary immunity in Turkey
21 May 2016 - The Bureau of the ALDE group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe strongly condemned the adoption, on 20 May, by the Turkish Parliament of a constitutional amendment allowing the lifting of parliamentary immunity of a large number of Members of Parliament.
"Nobody can be above the law, but parliamentary immunity is first of all a tool to assure political pluralism, freedom of parliamentary expression and respect of the rights of the opposition. The decision limiting parliamentary immunity raises serious concerns as to the future of democratic institutions in Turkey. This measure clearly targets the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), an opposition party represented in Parliament through democratic elections. Going beyond the matters of democratic pluralism, sadly, this measure also undermines the painstakingly difficult process of building political trust in Turkey and finding tangible consensus and peace, including as regards the Kurdish issue.
ALDE-PACE fully backs the strong statement by the co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for post-monitoring dialogue with Turkey. As liberals, we cannot but voice our serious concerns at the upcoming meetings of our Assembly and its committees. We call on Turkish colleagues to urgently reconsider this measure to avoid a dangerous mistake which undermines democracy."
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