December 15th Germany again acted as Turkey’s extended arm in Europe by arresting the BDP Europe representative Mr. Eyyüp Doru in Munich due to a warrant issued by Turkey on Interpol in 2007. In 2009 the EUTCC sent out a similar press statement when Mr. Doru and colleagues were arrested in Spain for the same reason. However, the Spanish court concluded wisely that the case against them was political – not legal. Mr. Doru was also previously arrested in Austria and Italy, but released soon after. It will probably be decided next week whether he will be released. 
Mr. Doru is an experienced Kurdish politician in Europe who has conducted constructive political work for the Kurdish cause for many years. He is not a threat for anyone. The detention of Kurdish politicians and activists has a negative impact on a peaceful solution to the Kurdish question. This act is not compatible with democratic and international law norms.
The EUTCC strongly urges German authorities to immediately release Mr. Eyyüp Doru and allow him to continue his peaceful political work.
   Kariane Westrheim   Michael Gunter   Hans Brancheidt   Judge Essa Moosa  
  Chair of EUTCC   Secretary general   Board of Directors   Board of Directors 

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25. December, 2011
Press Release: For immediate release