Opposition says 37,922 died over human rights violations since 2002 in Turkey

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Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) İstanbul deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu has said that a total of 37,922 people have lost their lives due to human rights violations during the last 13 years under the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) rule.

Tanrıkulu held a press conference at the Parliament on Wednesday, saying that 37,922 Turkish citizens have lost their lives due to human rights violations between 2002 and 2015.

The killings include femicides, worker deaths, suspicious soldier deaths and child deaths, according to Tanrıkulu. He said that 17,057 people died due to work related accidents between 2002 and 2015, adding that the government has taken no precautions to prevent that.

Tanrıkulu emphasized that 328 soldiers were killed in a suspicious way since 2008, while more than 500 soldiers were killed and over 2,000 were injured after the elections held on June 7, 2015. CHP deputy also claimed that at least 211,227 people were subjected to torture since AK Party came to rule in 2002.

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