The May 20 draft prepared by four US congressmen calls on the Turkish government to end the “erosion” of freedom of expression and the politicization of the laws and state bodies.
The resolution listed recent examples of this erosion, such as overly broad terrorism laws, intimidation of independent media groups, businesses, and civil groups, the bans on social media outlets Twitter and YouTube in late 2013 and 2014, as well as the exploitation of regulatory bodies as political tool. 30 congressmen are reported to have already granted their support for the draft.
The resolution, which will be brought to the floor of the Foreign Affairs Committee on June 20, urges that the House of Representatives do the following;
“Call on the government of Turkey to immediately lift restrictions on freedom of expression, including expression online or on social media;”
“Urge the Government of Turkey to fully respect universal human rights consistent with its OSCE commitments;”
“Reaffirm the United States' long-standing partnership and friendship with the people of Turkey.”
The draft also says prominent international institutions and rights groups have all condemned the restriction of rights, such as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), The Representative on Freedom of the Media, Freedom House, Human Rights Watch, and US state bodies the US Department of State, the Bureau of Democracy and the Human Rights and Labor department.