ECPM launches petition against accession Turkey

It is a widely known fact that Turkey is violating human rights and fundamental freedoms at a massive scales. These violations are incompatible with the core values of the EU. However, the EU is still conducting talks with Turkey for its accession to the European Union. The European Christian Political Movement (ECPM) is starting a petition at http:/// to urge the European institutions to stop the accession talks. 

Turkey is publicly and unashamedly violating practically all values and rights that are mentioned in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Especially the values of peace, human dignity and fundamental freedoms are not upheld by Erdogan's regime. There is no peace as a civil war is fought out against the Kurds. There is no respect for human dignity in executing the law, nor any freedom of press, expression or religion. 

Nevertheless the European Union continues the accession talks regardless of the fact that Turkey is violating the first condition for EU accession, which is "…stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights and respect for and protection of minorities." It is astonishing that the European Union still considers Turkey to be a potential EU member. 

ECPM is not the only one seeing problems. The European Commission itself admitted that there is violation of democracy and the rule of law in Turkey. Both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have issued clear reports supporting that assessment.

Many EU citizens abhor what is going on but feel powerless to stop it. This petition wants to give the EU citizens a voice. Once all signatures are gathered, the petition will be presented to the Presidents of the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament.

We do not accept that our common values are not respected. We are standing up for human rights and fundamental freedoms, which are not being respected in the current accession negotiations with Turkey. Sign our petition now at - let's stand together for human dignity and freedom for all!

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