The Turkish Embassy would like to inform the Maltese public that a nation-wide State of Emergency has been declared as of 21 July 2016 valid for 3 months, in accordance with the Turkish Constitution in full observance of the European Convention of Human Rights.
In his address to the people, President Erdogan stated that the aim of the declaration is to be able to take fast and effective steps against the terrorist threat to our democracy, the rule of law and rights and freedoms of our citizens. He also assured the international community that Turkey will remain within a democratic parliamentary system, and never step away from it.
State of emergency is a measure permissible under international law taken by many states when there is an imminent threat to its security and order, as is the case with a major European democracy which has recently extended for another six months the country wide state of emergency. It is evident that Turkey has faced serious and multi-dimensional security threats since the 15th July coup attempt.
The state of emergency will not affect fundamental rights and freedoms of our citizens. On the contrary, it is a nation-wide measure taken for the efficient protection of the constitutional order as well as fundamental rights and freedoms. Utmost importance is duly being shown to this end.
The democratic structure of the state will be protected and the rule of law will continue to be upheld.
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