Turkey must release detained politician before elections


Selahattin Demirtaş and Sergei Stanishev at a meeting in 2016

Before his imprisonment, Selahattin Demirtaş meets Sergei Stanishev in 2016

The presidents of the PES and the Socialists & Democrats group in the European Parliament have issued a joint statement calling for free and fair elections in Turkey, including the release of opposition leader Selahattin Demirtaş.

The statement also calls for Turkey's ongoing state of emergency to be lifted, and election restrictions to be removed to allow for free voting.

Read the full statement (PDF).