Turkey - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (07.12.18)

Q : On Tuesday, a Turkish court upheld the sentence of Selahattin Demirtaş for terrorist propaganda. What is your response?

A: We reiterate our concern over the conviction of the former Parliamentarian and the HDP party’s presidential candidate, Selahattin Demirtaş, “for terrorist propaganda.” Mr. Demirtaş has been in pre-trial detention since 2016, a situation condemned by the European Court of Human Rights on November 20.

We stand by Turkey in the fight against terrorism. This fight must be carried out while respecting the rule of law and fundamental rights. France calls on Turkey to respect the right of every individual to a fair trial and urges it to promote political pluralism, in respect of its European and international commitments.