İHD calls on gov’t not to prolong but to end state of emergency

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The Human Rights Association (İHD) on Monday called on the Turkish government to end a state of emergency instead of prolonging it for another three months, the fifth extension since a coup attempt on July 15, 2016, listing grave human rights violations during emergency rule, bianet reported.

Underlining that “justice is almost impossible under state of emergency conditions,” the İHD said that according to a Ministry of Interior statement in July, 169,013 people had been detained, 50,510 arrested and 43,489 released on judicial probation, while 8,087 people were still at large since the failed coup.

Eleven Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputies including Co-chairpersons Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ are in prison, and five deputies were stripped of their parliamentary status during the same period.

Ninety-four municipalities were seized by the government, while 74 co-mayors, 28 HDP provincial co-chairs, 89 district co-chairs and 780 HDP provincial and district representatives were arrested.

A total of 113,444 public servants were dismissed, of whom 1,852 were allowed to return their posts. The licenses of 22,474 people, the majority of whom were teachers, who worked for private companies that were seized and closed by the government, were cancelled. Only 641 were relicensed.

A total of 4,240 judges and prosecutors were dismissed by Turkey’s Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK), while 166 were allowed to return to their jobs.

Forty-eight private health companies were closed, and two were allowed to reopen. Some 2,350 private schools, courses and dormitories, 15 private universities, 19 unions and confederations, 1,412 association and 139 foundations were closed by the government under emergency rule.

Nine hundred sixty-nine private companies valued at TL 41 billion with a workforce of 47,000 were seized by the government.

One hundred eighty-five media companies were closed. Only 23 of them were allowed to restart operations. One hundred seventy-four journalists are still in prison, and 889 press cards were cancelled in 2016 alone.

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