Turkey: declaration of the Netherlands and co ‘unacceptable’

The Turkish Foreign Ministry calls a statement by the Netherlands and nine other countries on the detention of businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala โ€œunacceptable.โ€ The ten countries had called on Turkey to release Kavala and the ambassadors had to be accountable to the Turkish ministry on Tuesday.

โ€œTurkey is a democratic rule of law that respects human rights. The ambassadors are reminded that the Turkish legal system cannot be affected by such statements,โ€ the Foreign Ministry writes in a statement Tuesday.

Osman Kavala

In addition to the Netherlands, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, New Zealand, the United States, France and Germany also signed the call to release Kavala.

Kavala has been in jail for four years now. Last year, after a lifetime demand, he was acquitted of funding protests in Istanbul in 2013, but an indictment immediately

followed for involvement in the foiled coup in 2016. activist Kavala has been critical, already ordered to release him in December 2019. The Strasbourg court states that he is stuck to silence him.

Criminal Procedure

The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, which oversees the implementation of judgments from the human rights court, announced last month to begin criminal proceedings against Turkey if Kavala is not at large before the next meeting on 30 November posed. The consequence of this could be that the right to vote and membership of the country could be suspended in the country organisation that oversees democracy and human rights.