As Turkey plunges into a full state of emergency following the failed coup attempt, we’re hearing reports of the torture, rape and starvation of detainees. Academics and journalists have been arrested, schools shut down and the death penalty rumoured to return. These grim details are just a snapshot of what’s happening on the ground.
Amnesty International reports,
The Turkish government has embarked on a crackdown of exceptional proportions, targeting people it accuses of being linked to Fethullah Gülen – a Turkish cleric in exile in the US, who the government accuse of masterminding the failed coup on 15 July 2016.
The Turkish president declared a three-month state of emergency and suspension of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) for the duration – allowing him to bypass parliament when creating new laws or restricting freedoms and rights. President Erdogan has also refused to rule out the use of the death penalty.
Human rights abuses during the coup attempt must be investigated and their perpetrators brought to justice. But the investigation cannot be used as an excuse to crackdown on human rights.
President Erdogan has so far remained silent on the abuses. Ask him to speak out against torture and to ensure human rights are respected here