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THE REALITY OF THE STATE OF EMERGENCY IN TURKEY REFLECTED IN AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL’S REPORT

Amnesty International’s annual report of 2017-18 states that the state of emergency in Turkey served as a backdrop for rights violations after July 15 coup attempt. The report says that the state of emergency paved the way for unlawful restrictions on human rights and allowed the government to pass laws beyond the effective scrutiny of Parliament and the courts. The report’s section on Turkey discusses how journalists, political activists and human rights defenders were targeted due to a lack of tolerance for dissenting voices. Amnesty International’s Turkey chair Taner Kılıç’s imprisonment is mentioned as well. It is added that more than 50,000 people have been arrested in a widening crackdown since July 15 failed coup including journalists and political activists. The report states that there are no available statistics regarding investigations into allegations of torture or rights violations.

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