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Turkey: Political Parties

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL1244, tabled on 21 June 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they intend to have with the government of Turkey about moves to ban the Peoples’ Democratic Party in that country; and what plans they have to raise the issue at (1) the Council of Europe, and (2) NATO.

Answered on

5 July 2021

We have made it clear to Turkey that we expect the government to undertake any legal processes or actions against opposition parties, as well as human rights defenders and journalists, fairly, transparently and with full respect for the rule of law. We are aware that the government is seeking to ban the People's Democratic Party (HDP). Our Embassy meets regularly with the HDP leadership, as it does with other opposition parties, to discuss their concerns, including the arrests of HDP MPs. We will continue to engage closely with Turkey, including at Ministerial level, to insist that it fulfils its international legal obligations to secure the human rights of all people, regardless of their legitimate political affiliations, particularly in the areas of freedom of expression and assembly, press freedom and the treatment of detainees. We will hold Turkey to account using established international mechanisms, and look for opportunities to raise these issues with our international partners.