EU voices concern over approval by Turkish parliament of immunity bill

BRUSSELS, May 20 (KUNA) — The EU expressed “serious concern “over today’s decision by the Turkish Parliament to permit the lifting of parliamentary immunity of a large number of Members of Parliament.
“Overall, the framework for parliamentary immunity should include specific and objective criteria for taking decisions on lifting immunity,” said EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn in a joint statement.
“A restrictive interpretation of the legal framework and the Constitution in particular continue to pose a risk to the freedom of expression of Members of Parliament in Turkey.” They noted that in line with relevant international recommendations, “immunity must apply to all on a non-discriminatory basis and decisions on lifting immunity must be based on the merits of each specific case.” “Any alleged wrongdoing or crime committed by members of parliament should be subject to due process,” added the statement. (end) nk.ibi

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