The Human Rights Council of Europe has launched a ferocious attack on Turkey, saying it “ignores the rule of law and human rights”, commenting on the continued detention by the authorities of prominent businessman Osman Kavala, very popular between the civil society of the country and has been imprisoned since November 2017, despite requests from the United States and European countries to release him unconditionally together with the Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtaş, the former co-president of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) too in prison since November 2016.
Dunya Mijatović, who holds the position of Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, condemned the extension of the detention by the Turkish authorities of the Turkish businessman known for his large-scale charitable and cultural activities inside and outside Turkey, as Ankara refused to release him even though the “European Court of Human Rights” asked for his release once again with Demirtaş.
“The case of Kavala, who is also a well-known human rights defender, constitutes an important test case for the Council of Europe, which can carry out measures that could force Ankara to eventually release him,” said Imran Salman, political analyst. . specialized in international business.
He added to “Al Arabiya.net”that” so far the council has only threatened to use all options in possession against Turkey, including preventing it from voting in I recommend and even expel her permanently from the European body, but it is still unclear whether the council will use these options really are, especially as she has bitter experiences with Ankara, in in particular those related to the issue of the detention of human rights defenders and journalists, as well as to the violation of the rights of Kurds and other minorities in the country.
He continued: “Ankara constantly ignores the decisions taken by the European Court of Human Rights, and therefore Europeans have a kind of desire to deal firmly with the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and therefore the decision to suspend the Turkey’s accession to The council may be the last step when it is exhausted. ” All other means.
The political analyst also saw that “the Council of Europe has so far wanted to leave the door ajar in front of Ankara and plans to exert political and diplomatic pressure to push the Turkish authorities to release Kavala along with other detainees, but without doubt that if all these efforts will fail, the Europeans will not hesitate to use all their options, including the suspension of Ankara’s membership of this council “, which happened earlier in 1981, a year after the military coup that Turkey witnessed. in that moment.
Mijatović, who holds the position of Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, condemned in a statement two days ago that Ankara extended the detention of 63-year-old Kavala, accused by the authorities of being involved in participating in the failed coup attempt against Erdogan’s government in mid-July 2016.
In his statement issued by the French city of Strasbourg, he found that “Kavala was a victim of the Turkish judicial system” which is used to “crack down” human rights defenders, lawyers and media.
He further stated that “the Turkish judiciary violates the fundamental principles of the law in an unprecedented way, such as the retroactive use of the law and the punishment of a person twice for a crime he did not commit, or for the same crime. In addition to violating the presumption of innocence and the decisions of the European Court and the Committee of Ministers of Europe “.
The well-known businessman denies all allegations against him, and claims that Erdogan is behind them, but questThe latter states that “Kavala is supported by Hungarian-American investor and businessman George Soros, and provided financial support to terrorists during the Gezi protests”, which took place in Istanbul in 2013.
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