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Turkey should ensure the protection of human rights in the fight against terrorism

18/11/2015 Strasbourg
I have been informed that the round-the-clock curfew declared in three neighbourhoods of Silvan on 2 November in the framework of anti-terror operations was lifted on 14 November, after 12 days. According to information provided by the Turkish authorities on my request, four curfews had already been declared in Silvan prior to this since August 2015, the longest of which had lasted 3 days.   I...

Turkey should ensure immediate access to Cizre by independent observers

11/09/2015 Strasbourg
“I have been following with increasing alarm the escalation of violence in Turkey in recent weeks. I am particularly concerned about very distressing information I have received on developments in Cizre, a city of around 100 000 inhabitants in the Şırnak Province in South-Eastern Turkey” said today the Commissioner in a statement. In the framework of anti-terror operations, a curfew was...
Human Rights Comment

Armenian-Turkish Reconnections and Human Rights

17/04/2015 Strasbourg
History continues to divide Armenian and Turkish officialdom, but there are many civil society, cultural and academic initiatives aiming to reconnect the two societies.  April 24 marks the centennial of the beginning of the mass killings, deportations and dispossession of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915, which resulted in the near-total elimination of Armenians from Anatolia. These...

Commissioner concerned about arrest of journalists in Turkey

15/12/2014 Strasbourg
I am following with deep concern the events unfolding in Turkey. The arrest yesterday of journalists and media workers is a serious setback for media freedom in the country. Irrespective of the reasons which may have motivated them, such measures are disproportionate and unnecessary in a democracy. They are as worrying as the waves of arrests of journalists in 2011 which were condemned by my...
Report on visit to Turkey

Police misconduct in Turkey raises serious human rights concerns

26/11/2013 Strasbourg
"The police's handling of demonstrations in Turkey exposes once again the long-standing, serious human rights problem of the misconduct of law enforcement officials in the country. It is time for the Turkish police to improve their record of compliance with human rights standards", said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, releasing a report on his visit to...
Visit to Turkey

Turkey: police violence must not go unpunished

08/07/2013 Strasbourg
"All instances of excessive use of force by the police must be fully investigated and adequately punished" said Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights at the end of a five day visit to Istanbul and Ankara, during which he discussed the Gezi Park events and other human rights issues. The Commissioner recalled that, according to the case-law of the European Court of...

Turkey: the use of force against peaceful demonstrators must stop immediately

[05/06/2013 12:00]  I am following with serious concern the situation in Turkey, where the extremely disproportionate use of force by the police against demonstrators in Gezi Park has sparked demonstrations in many Turkish provinces. The use of force against peaceful demonstrators must stop immediately and the Turkish authorities must ensure that their handling of the situation fully complies...

Comments on the Turkish Bill on judicial reform of January 2012

20/02/2012 - Comments by Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, on the Turkish Bill on judicial reform.

The Commissioner publishes his comments on the Turkish Bill on judicial reform

[20/02/12 09:30] Commissioner Hammarberg published today his comments relating to a judicial reform package presented to the Turkish Parliament in January 2012. These comments focus exclusively on the draft amendments contained in the reform package and are based on two recent reports the Commissioner published on freedom of expression and on the administration of justice in Turkey. Read the...

"Turkish judicial system should better protect human rights"

Strasbourg, 10/01/12 – "Long-standing, systemic shortcomings in the administration of justice in Turkey adversely affect the enjoyment of human rights" said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, releasing today a report on the impact of the administration of justice on the protection of human rights in Turkey. Despite serious reforms undertaken and the progress...
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