World Report 2017 – Turkey (Human Rights Watch)

Migrationsverket Document Number: 38801

Publisher: Human Rights Watch
Publication Date: 12 January 2017
Cite as: Human Rights Watch, World Report 2017 – Turkey, 12 January 2017
Available at: [accessed 14 January 2018]

On July 15, 2016, elements of the military attempted to carry out a coup d’état against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government. The attempted coup left at least 241 citizens and government law enforcement dead. During the attempted coup fighter jets bombed Turkey’s parliament. In the aftermath, the government declared a state of emergency, jailed thousands of soldiers and embarked on a wholesale purge of public officials, police, teachers, judges, and prosecutors. Most of those jailed, dismissed, or suspended were accused of being followers of the US-based cleric Fethullah Gülen. The government, with the support of main opposition parties, accuses the Gülen movement of masterminding the coup and labels it a terrorist organization. However, the crackdown also extended to the pro-Kurdish opposition party, with two leaders and other MPs arrested and placed in pretrial detention, along with many of its elected mayors, denying millions of voters their elected representatives.

(Date-20170112 Lifos-38801) HRW-Refworld _ World Report 2017 - Turkey

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