In recent years, Turkey has experienced a massive deterioration of its human rights record, judicial independence, and adherence to the rule of law. This decline began in December 2013, when two major corruption scandals surfaced, incriminating many in the inner circle of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The state of emergency introduced on 15 July 2016 in the aftermath of the attempted coup ended on 18 July 2018, when its last extension expired, but was immediately followed by the adoption by the Turkish parliament of a law that retained many elements of the emergency rule for further three years.
The health industry is among the variety of industries
that have been affected in association with those
actions. Hospitals, medical schools and health clinics
have been shut down. Thousands of doctors, nurses,
pharmacists, scientific publishers and health
authorities have been dismissed from their jobs.
Universal Rights Association (URA) operates to remove, repair and resolve injustice, inequity, illtreatment and oppression.
URA organizes activities in local and global scales to establish and maintain peace and universal unity.
URA builds its philosophy on the common denominator of being human, and targets
service to humanity as an ultimate goal.
Turkey’s score has been in free fall since 2014 due to an escalating series of assaults on the press, social media users, protesters, political parties, the judiciary, and the electoral system, as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan fights to impose personalized control over the state and society in a deteriorating domestic and regional security environment.
To hold accountable the perpetrators of Human Rights in Turkey and beyond together with the
opportunity for victims to obtain justice and reparation, in order to do so, it uses the power of the
law to fight the impunity of perpetrators, accomplices and instigators of crimes, defends the
interests of victims before national and international courts and brings cases before the
appropriate international human rights bodies, in close collaboration with its local partners and
the victims to get authorities to take firm action against violations.
Based on interviews with lawyers and relatives, and on a review of court transcripts, this report looks in detail at ten cases in which security forces tortured or ill-treated a total of 22 people, and an eleventh case in which police beat scores of villagers, 38 of whom lodged formal complaints of torture. The report also presents details of five individual cases of abduction that likely amount to enforced disappearance by state authorities since March 2017.
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. 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 attacks on independent media after the attempted coup was defeated in July marked an intensification of a crackdown on media freedom that had already been going on for over a year. Censorship of journalism has been going on for much longer. The authorities use ever more creative ways to silence serious reporting and news coverage that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party government disagree with.