PES sends message of solidarity to HDP delegation in Brussels

PES sends message of solidarity to HDP delegation in Brussels

Deputy Secretaries General of the Party of European Socialists, Giacomo Filibeck and Yonnec Polet, today met in Brussels with a HPD delegation chaired by Prof Mithat Sancar, Co-chair of HDP, an associate member of the PES.

Following their discussion, the PES expresses its support and solidarity to HDP as it fights to defend its legitimacy to exist as a democratic political organisation, the rule of law, and human rights in Turkey. The PES strongly encourages the democratic forces in Turkey, particularly our sister parties HDP and CHP, to remain firm and continue their struggle.

Turkey, as member of the Council of Europe and as a candidate for EU membership, has to guarantee to its citizens free and fair elections conformed to international standards. To this end, all democratic political organisations and candidates from across the political landscape must be able to work and campaign freely, and the press must be able to fully accomplish their work of objective reporting.

The meeting was attended by:

  • Prof Mithat Sancar, Co-chair of HDP
  • Dr Hişyar Özsoy, HDP Foreign Affairs Co-spokesperson; member of the parliament for the province Diyarbakir
  • Feleknas Uca, Deputy Co-Chair of HDP, Foreign Affairs Co-spokesperson and Parliamentarian from Batman in the Turkish Parliament
  • Devriş Çimen, HDP’s European representative in Brussels
  • Giacomo Filibeck, Deputy Secretary General, PES
  • Yonnec Polet, Deputy Secretary General, PES
  • Sylvie Rurakamvye, Assistant PES