Human rights in Erdogan’s Turkey


This Associated Press video says about itself:

A key human rights activist in Turkey, Akin Birdal, underwent emergency surgery on Tuesday (12/05) after an attempted assassination. The chairman of Turkey’s Human Rights Association (IHD) was returning from a court hearing when two unidentified gunmen opened fire on him outside the organisation’s headquarters. Hit by two bullets in the chest and another in the leg, Birdal was immediately rushed to hospital. Birdal was scheduled to represent a group of people on trial for criticising the government.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

TURKEY: The Human Rights Monument in the Turkish capital Ankara has finally been released as police removed the barriers yesterday that had surrounded it for 430 days.

The Yuksel Street monument was the centre of protests by educators Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca who staged a hunger strike to demand their jobs back after they were sacked in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s purges.

The mobile police stations that were installed to monitor demonstrations will remain in place.

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