ID WITH THE HIGH COMMISSONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, STATEMENT BY TURKEY

Sadık Arslan 25.06.2019

Mr President, Madame High Commissioner,

We have carefully listened to the update by Madam High Commissioner, in which she has also highlighted some urgent concerns in the neighborhood of Turkey.

We fully share her concerns regarding the situation in Idlib where ceasefire violations are on the rise and the
consequences of the attacks by the regime against civilians are dire.
The continued targeting of civilian facilities will
only generate more suffering for the 3,5 million Syrians living in this area.
This must stop. Turkey, for its part, remains fully committed to the Sochi

Memorandum and has clearly demonstrated this by concrete action on the ground.

The issue of the DAESH terrorists and their families detained in Syria and Iraq also presents a major challenge for the international community. We witness some attempts to prevent the return ofForeign Terrorist Fighters to the source countries. This only shifts the burden to others. For the sake of collective security, it is essential that countries of origin repatriate their nationals from the region.

We strongly support UN Special Rapporteur Ms. Callamard’s recommendations that are aimed at fully elucidating the killing of Mr. Kaşıkçı and holding all those responsible accountable.

Mr. President,

Though facing unprecedented challenges to its security due to severe terrorism related threats, Turkey continues to abide by universal values. My country has engaged on a reform process with a view to advance our democracy to a higher level. In this vein, the Reform Action Group is continuing its work. Recently the new Judicial Reform Strategy aiming to make the judiciary more efficient was launched on 30 May.

Turkey will continue to cooperate with all relevant human rights bodies, including the OHCHR and the UN special mechanisms.

Thank you.

Atatürk

Sadık Arslan Ambassador

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