“Human rights situation in Turkey must remain in discourse…
Greens concerned about the fate of political prisoners Sibel Balaç and Gökhan Yıldırım…”
Vienna (OTS) – “Even though Turkish President Erdogan has played himself back into the forefront internationally due to the geopolitical fist-pounds he holds, we must not forget how many people are suffering under his oppressive regime right now.
Apart from the subjugated minorities once also thousands of opposition members sit at present in Turkish prisons – because they simply only did, what each humans has an inalienable right: freely expressing its opinion, say the foreign-political and human rights spokes person of the Greens, Ewa Ernst Dziedzic in the light of the present political rapprochement of many states to the high gate.
She cites as examples Sibel Balaç and Gökhan Yıldırım, two political prisoners who were sentenced to long prison terms without any real evidence presented and based on the testimony of anonymous witnesses.
Both prisoners are currently on hunger strike to draw attention to their own fate and in general to the often incomprehensible administration of justice in Turkey.
In their support, a solidarity rally will take place today at 4 p.m., moving from Stephansplatz to Ballhausplatz.
“We need to show the victims that we will not leave them alone in their fight for justice, and we need to signal to the regime that it is still under scrutiny despite the international charm offensive.
I can do this well through political channels, as I did yesterday when I spoke with the Turkish ambassador about the human rights situation in his home country. But at the same time, it also needs pressure from civil society, and that is being loudly expressed today,” says Ernst-Dziedzic.