Congress rapporteurs complete fact-finding mission to Turkey

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities Strasbourg 22 December 2016
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© 2016 Reuters/Sertac Kayar Diyarbakir (Turkey), October 2016

© 2016 Reuters/Sertac Kayar Diyarbakir (Turkey), October 2016

From 18 to 20 December 2016, the rapporteurs on Turkey of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe Anders KNAPE (Sweden, EPP/CCE) and Leen VERBEEK (Netherlands, SOC) carried out the second part of their fact-finding mission to Turkey, to investigate the recent detentions of elected mayors and their replacement by government appointees in over 40 municipalities [46 municipalities].

They held a series of meetings in Ankara, Istanbul and Diyarbakır, including meetings with Vice Minister of the Interior Mr Sebahattin OZTURK, Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice Mr Selahaddin MENTES, local elected representatives, a government-appointed mayor, lawyers, associations of municipalities and NGOs. (more...)

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