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Report from opposition deputy shows serious rights violations took place in Turkey in June

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A report drafted by a main opposition party deputy in Turkey has revealed that 231 violations of the right to life and 111 cases of torture took place in the country in June, according to the Mesopotamia news agency.

The report, prepared by Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu, who is also a prominent human rights activist and deputy head of a parliamentary commission on human rights, states that the violations of the right to life in June consisted of 124 work-related deaths, 56 deaths in armed conflict, the murder of 40 women, two unsolved murders, two suspicious military deaths, four deaths in attacks by illegal organizations, one suspicious death in prison and two other murders.

With regards to the cases of torture, the report indicated that 18 incidents of torture and maltreatment took place in Turkey’s prisons, although the overall number of such cases was 111.

The report also stated that 35 journalists were detained in June and five of them were arrested, while 29 people were detained due to their posts on social media.

Turkey has been receiving growing criticism for its deteriorating record in human rights and freedom of the press, particularly after a failed coup in the country on July 15, 2016. The government launched a massive crackdown on non-loyalist citizens in the aftermath of the coup attempt under the pretext of an anti-coup fight.

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