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Amnesty International: Turkey didn’t implement reforms

Posted on: 28/05/2012

In its 2012 report focused on human rights violations in the last year and the state of human rights in countries around the world Amnesty International claims Turkey has not fulfilled promises of reform.

The report documents the state of human rights in 155 countries and territories in 2011. The Amnesty International report reveals that freedom of expression continued to be restricted in at least 91 countries and allegations of torture and other ill-treatment and the use of excessive force by law enforcement officials persisted in at least 101 countries. Most of these cases occured due to participating demonstrations. The report also shows how national and international leaders were not able to protect human rights and how international communities responds to human rights crisis through fearful and evasive answers, hypocrisy and opportunism.

The highlights of the Turkey section of the report are as follows:

“Promised constitutional and other legal reforms did not occur. Instead, the right to freedom of expression was threatened and protesters faced increased police violence.”

“Thousands of prosecutions brought under flawed anti-terrorism laws routinely failed fair trial standards. Bomb attacks claimed the lives of civilians. No progress was made in recognizing the right to conscientious objection or in protecting the rights of children in the judicial system. The rights of refugees and asylum-seekers and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people remained unsecured in law. Preventive mechanisms to combat violence against women remained inadequate.”

“A large number of prosecutions were brought which threatened individuals’ right to freedom of expression. In addition to prosecutions brought under various articles of the Penal Code, a vast number of cases threatening freedom of expression were brought under antiterrorism legislation”


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