The issue of the respect of human rights and democratic freedoms of women in Turkey was raised to the European Commission by Greek governing socialist party of PASOK Euro-deputy Ms. Anna Karamanou.
Her intervention was made on the occasion of the anti-democratic and violent behavior targeting Sema Pinskisut during the recent congress of Turkish prime minister Bulent Ecevit's party on April 29, 2001 aimed at forcing her to withdraw her bid to the party presidency.
Ms. Karamanou also pointed out that there is a significant delay in the change of the Turkish Civil Law aimed at lifting the enacted discrimination against women, while there is also a delay in the adoption of measures to limit unemployment, illiteracy and family violence.
Ms. Karamanou requested the European Commission to brief her on the measures
it intends to take within the framework of the pre-accession procedure aimed
at forcing Turkey to comply with the European standards and respect human
rights and the democratic freedoms of women.