The Human Rights Group consisting of MPs from 7 political parties in the Swedish parliament issued a statement and condemned the human rights violations in Turkey and the suppression of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).
The Human Rights Group stated that the Turkish government was using the July 15 coup attempt as an excuse to attack civil society, rule of law and human rights, and pointed out the mass arrests and expulsions of public sector workers, teachers and journalists.
The Human Rights Group said the latest attack was on the HDP, the third largest party in the parliament, and that 10 MPs including co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ had been arrested: “As members of the Swedish parliament, we demand our colleagues from the HDP be released immediately and returned to their duties. Arresting politicians elected by the people goes against the will of the people and international human rights agreements.”
The group said the Turkish state apparatus was strengthening its legal standing by restricting human rights and that Turkey should honour the treaties they had signed protecting human rights and strengthen parliamentarianism and democracy.
The Human Rights Group called on the Swedish government to take the matter to the European Union’s agenda for democratic reforms and a return to peace negotiations.
The statement is signed by Serkan Köse from the Social Democrat Labor Party, Erik Bentzboe from the Moderate Party, Maria Weimer from the Liberal Party, Kerstin Lundgren from the Central Party, Lotta Johnsson Fornarve from the Left Party, Sofia Damm from the Christian Democrat Party and Annika Lillemets from the Greens.