Turkey - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (21.07.17)

Q - Do you support Germany’s tough response toward Turkey?

A - We share the same concerns as Germany regarding developments in the human rights situation in Turkey. This has been aggravated by the recent arrest of Taner Kilic, Chair of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International in Turkey, along with 22 other lawyers, on June 10, and of Idil Eser, Director of Amnesty International’s Turkey office, on July 6, along with seven other persons, including Swedish and German nationals.

France calls for the release of the representatives of Amnesty International and human rights defenders who have been arrested.

We call on the Turkish authorities to comply with their European and international commitments concerning human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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