Joint Statement: In Solidarity with Ekrem Imamoglu, Mayor of Istanbul


We the Pact of Free Cities stand in solidarity with Ekrem İmamoğlu, Mayor of Istanbul sentenced for prison and a political ban for ‘insulting’ public officials.

We believe that there is no fair and just democratic politics without common respect for its fundamental rules and values. We see the whole trial and the ruling, although set to go to a hopefully successful appeal, as a purely politically motivated attack on a member of the opposition and possible presidential candidate in the upcoming Turkish election.

We the Cities of the Pact have committed to defend free and fair elections, empower democratic movements worldwide as well as push back against electoral fraud but foremost unite to build a value-driven network in order to rebuild and reinforce democracy, fight populist nationalism, protect and promote our common values of freedom, equality, human and civil rights, rule of law and freedom of media.

Ekrem İmamoğlu, is a dear member of the international local government family.

This is the time for the international community to take a firm stand, as we cannot leave this attack against democracy unnoticed. We shall manifest our strong support for Mayor İmamoğlu on the international arena at any potential occasion, as he is the living example of a free, democratic city fighter for democracy.

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