The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly has a new, Turkish president. The organisation with 47 member countries promotes human rights, democratic development, the rule of law and cultural co-operation. Mevlut Cavusoglu, a member of Turkey’s ruling AK party, was elected unanimously.
Cavugsoglu said: “I am delighted to have the honour to be the first Turkish citizen to hold this post, the youngest person and, paradoxically, also the person with the least hair on his head.”
Cavusoglu taking the president’s chair came with calls of concern from Kurdish voices in Turkey, urging the Council to maintain its commitment to political rights. Turkey tops the table of countries with rulings against it in the European Court of Human Rights, which enforces the Council of Europe’s Convention on Human Rights.
Last week, the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party protested to the Court in Strasbourg over a ban by Turkey’s top court, on charges it maintains links with Kurdish rebels.