Message to the Turkish Authorities from the International NGOs at the Council of Europe
The international NGOs of the Committee on Democracy gathered to discuss on governance in large metropolises at the Council of Europe on 26 June.
They called on the President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan to "restore dialogue between the authorities and civil society and see to it that evreryone's fundamental right and freedoms are protected and that bodies for mediation and direct democracy, citizens' assemblies, neighbourhood councils, conciliation conferences or any other form of direct participation are set up. "
The round table moderated by Anne-Marie Chavanon, chair of the Committee, included:
Rt Hon. Jeffrey Donaldson, Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Rapporteur on "The Governance of Large Metropolises", among which Berlin, Istanbul and London
Kayhan Karaca, Europe correspondent of NTV Turkey, on the developments in Istanbul
Nicolas Detrie, director of "Yes we Camp", the challenge of a bottom up initiative in the metropolis of Marseille (France)
Antonella Valmorbida, director of Alda, coordinator of the Committee Working group on the promotion of the "Code of Good Practice for Civil Participation in the Decision Making Process".
Read the letter to the President of Turkey Abdullah Gül (.pdf)
Read the letter to the Prime Minister of Turkey R. Tayyip Erdoğan (.pdf)