Congress President deplores yet another blow to local self-government in Turkey

Congress President deplores yet another blow to local self-government in Turkey

02.10.2020

“I am deeply concerned about continued arrests, over the last days, of democratically elected representatives from the opposition in Turkey, notably of Mr Ayhan BILGEN, Co-Mayor of the city of Kars in the south-east of the country, who is a member of our Congress. This morning, news arrived about further detentions including also Co-Mayor Ms Şevin ALACA”, stressed Anders KNAPE, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe in a statement today.

“Regrettably, the decision of the Turkish authorities to oust Mr BILGEN from his office on grounds of alleged terrorist links is another attempt to undermine local self-government in the country and deny millions of voters the right to express their will in elections. The Congress has repeatedly denounced the excessive use of legal proceedings against local elected representatives in Turkey and their replacement by state-appointed trustees”, the Congress President recalled.

Further to the observation of the local elections held in 2019 in Turkey, the Congress brought this serious issue to the attention of the Venice Commission which found it in violation of Turkey’s international commitments in a legal Opinion adopted on 18 June 2020. “Against the backdrop of this recent blow to local democracy, the Turkish State authorities should change their policy and implement the recommendations of the Venice Commission to repeal the decisions on removal of local elected representatives from their office”, Mr Knape concluded.

Source: https://www.coe.int/en/web/congress/-/congress-president-deplores-yet-another-blow-to-local-self-government-in-turkey


NEWS

Azerbaijan shelled Stepanakert and Shushi: there are wounded among the civilian population
Azerbaijan shelled Stepanakert and Shushi: there are wounded among the civilian population

14:19

31 10 2020

Violating the agreement on not targeting peaceful settlements, reached in Geneva through the...

Luxembourg provides 100,000 euros to help the injured in Nagorno Karabakh
Luxembourg provides 100,000 euros to help the injured in Nagorno Karabakh

11:40

29 10 2020

Luxembourg provides 100,000 euros to help the injured in Nagorno Karabakh. We learn about this...

Nagorno Karabakh: Statement by the Spokesperson on recent attacks targeting civilians
Nagorno Karabakh: Statement by the Spokesperson on recent attacks targeting civilians

11:10

29 10 2020

The European Union finds it unacceptable that after three agreements brokered by Russia, France...

Azerbaijan Struck Maternity Hospital in Stepanakert and Residential and Public Areas
Azerbaijan Struck Maternity Hospital in Stepanakert and Residential and Public Areas

16:18

28 10 2020

On October 28, the Azerbaijani armed forces struck more than 15 times on different parts of the...

Council of the French Department of Bouches-du-Rhône adopted a Declaration in support of Artsakh
Council of the French Department of Bouches-du-Rhône adopted a Declaration in support of Artsakh

16:32

27 10 2020

The Council of the French Department of Bouches-du-Rhône unanimously adopted a...

 U.S.-Armenia-Azerbaijan Joint Statement
U.S.-Armenia-Azerbaijan Joint Statement

14:54

26 10 2020

Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov...