UN urges Turkey to end State of Emergency

The United Nations has called on Turkey to put an end to the State of Emergency which was declared since 2016 after a fierce coup staged by Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO). The Emergency has caused sweeping violations of human rights which included the arrest of more than 160,000 people and also a sacking of as many civil servants.

President has ever since issued many rulings which have resulted in torturing detainees and meddling with the judicial process. UN has asked Turkey to suspend the Emergency and restore normal functioning of life and government. The number of decrees issued during the Emergency signal the misuse of governmental powers to suppress all forms of dissent against the government.

A US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen has been blamed by the Turkish government to mastermind the coup which had claimed more than 250 lives although Gulen has declined any involvement with the coup.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein has stated that an astounding number of people which have been arrested or sacked during 18 months of Emergency. Professionals from different fields have been sacked or prosecuted, websites stopped and media houses shut. Additionally, there have been reports of severe excesses towards people in custody.

The Human Rights office of UN has asked for full access to the region for an accurate estimate of the situation.



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