Vous trouverez ci-dessous un appel de personnalités européennes de gauche qui dénoncent la situation politique actuelle en Turquie, notamment la menace d’interdiction du parti d’opposition, le HDP, ainsi que l’opression systématique de ses militant-e-s et élu-e-s. Stéfanie Prezioso, conseillère nationale Ensemble à Gauche, est à l’origine de cette démarche.

Parliamentarians, deputies and local elected officials of the HDP are facing increased political violence, beatings, body searches, and imprisonment for many years. The same pretext is invoked: they participated in a demonstration in support of the city of Kobane, in Syrian Kurdistan, in 2014. While Kobane was then under siege by the jihadists of the Islamic state, they were accused of « attempted coup through social networks ». Since 2014, the repression against the HDP has continued. Party leaders are imprisoned. The mayors and co-mayors of southeastern Turkey have been removed and replaced by AKP administrators in defiance of the democratic choice of the local populations.

This new offensive is part of a political climate of rising authoritarianism, which in Turkey has not ceased to accelerate since the failed coup attempt by a fraction of the army in July 2016. Both state and non-state violence has multiplied in recent years against all forms of opposition, in particular Kurdish organizations, while more than 150,000 civil servants have been suspended or dismissed from their posts. Recently, it is also the students and teachers of the University of Boğaziçi, but also of other institutions, and the LGBT communities who have suffered the wrath of the Turkish regime because they demonstrated against the appointment by President Erdogan of one of his relatives as rector of the University.

All these human rights violations in Turkey are part of a long series of repressive offensives against the HDP and the Kurdish national movement, but also against all the institutions and actors who are fighting against the authoritarianism of Erdogan’s government.

We express our indignation at the repression against the HDP.

The HDP is a legal and representative party, which obtained more than 11% of the votes in the last national elections.

We strongly condemn these arrests and call for the immediate release of those concerned.

We call for international solidarity.

We can no longer, nor do we wish to remain silent.

We do not forget you!


This appeal follows on from the appeal by 32 Swiss parliamentarians which you will find here.


Stéfanie Prezioso, MP, Ensemble à Gauche (Switzerland)

Nicolas Walder, MP, Green (Switzerland)

Fabian Molina, MP, Socialist Party (Switzerland)

Clive Lewis, MP for Norwich (South), Labour, (Great Britain)

Catarina Martins, MP, national coordinator of Bloco de Esquerda (Portugal)

José Manuel Pureza, MP, vice-president of the Assembly of the Republic, Bloco de Esquerda (Portugal)

Pedro Filipe Soares, MP, parliamentary group chairman, Bloco de Esquerda (Portugal)

Mariana Mortágua, MP, vice-chairman of the parliamentary group, Bloco de Esquerda (Portugal)

Jorge Costa, MP, vice-chairman of the parliamentary group, Bloco de Esquerda (Portugal)

José Soeiro, MP, Bloco de Esquerda (Portugal)

Luís Monteiro, MP, Bloco de Esquerda (Portugal)

Isabel Pires, MP, Bloco de Esquerda (Portugal)

José Maria Cardoso, MP, Bloco de Esquerda (Portugal)

Maria Manuel Rola, MP, Bloco de Esquerda (Portugal)

Joana Mortágua, MP, Bloco de Esquerda (Portugal)

Sandra Cunha, MP, Bloco de Esquerda (Portugal)

Nelson peralta, MP, Bloco de Esquerda (Portugal)

José Gusmão, MP, European Parliament, Bloco de Esquerda (Portugal)

Marisa Matias, MP, European Parliament, Bloco de Esquerda (Portugal)

Miguel Urbán Crespo, MP, European Parliament, Anticapitalistas (Spain)

Franco Turigliatto, Former Senator, Sinistra anticapitalista (Italy)

Luigi Malabarba, Former Senator (Italy)

Italo di Sabato, Former Regional Councillor of Molise (Italy)

Daniela Alfonzi, Former Senator (Italy)

Eleonora Forenza – Former MP, European Parliament  (Italy)

Paolo Ferrero, Vice-President of the European Left (Italy)

Paola Nugnes, Former MP, European Parliament  (Italy)

Roberto Musacchio, Former MP, European Parliament  (Italy)

Giovanni Russo Spena, Former MP (Italy)

Luciano Muhlbauer, Former Regional Councilor of Lombardy (Italy)

Vittorio Agnoletto, Former MP (Italy)

Olivier Besancenot, Former Spokesman of Nouveau Parti anticapitaliste (France)

Philippe Poutou, Metropolitan councilor of Bordeaux, Nouveau Parti anticapitaliste (France)

To join this call please contact : stefania.prezioso_batou@parl.ch