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Members of Congress Call for Accountability for Attacks on Protesters During Erdogan Visit

May 25, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today the Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and 38 other Members of Congress wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to call for accountability for the attacks on protesters carried out by the security detail of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's during his recent trip to Washington.

Citing widely distributed video evidence and subsequent reports, the Members of Congress urged that Turkish personnel based in the U.S. who were involved in the attacks be declared personae non gratae and expelled from the country. Turkish personnel involved in the attacks but not based in the U.S. should be barred from entry in the future. In the words of those who signed the letter, "Allies do not threaten U.S. troops and allies do not attack U.S. citizens on American soil."

The full text of the letter with the list of signatories is available here.

115th Congress