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"I voted in favour of this report. The tone of the report was originally too positive, but with amendments and the vote in the plenary we have achieved a more realistic approach. Turkey is a big European neighbour – for years a candidate country, and one that has reformed significantly. It also plays a crucial role in fighting against Islamic State and other terrorist groupings currently active in Syria and Iraq. Nevertheless, we cannot look away in relation to Turkey’s poor performance when it comes to human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The arbitrary detention, over many years, of journalists critical of the government makes Turkey a leader among countries with the highest number of imprisoned journalists. The most recent case involved the unfounded arrests of journalists who revealed major corruption among high authorities. I call on the Turkish authorities to fulfil the nation’s commitments under the Council of Europe, and the EU accession process, to fully respect human rights and to guarantee freedom of media, thought, belief and gathering. I call on them especially to enable Christians to use their places of worship and practice their religion freely and fully with no discrimination, hate speech or intolerance."@et1
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