A report released by the U.S. State Department has listed arbitrary killings, suspicious deaths of persons in custody, forced disappearances, torture, arbitrary arrest, interference with the judiciary, and violence against women and the LGBTI community
“The government took limited steps to investigate, prosecute, and punish members of the security forces and other officials accused of human rights abuses; impunity remained a problem,” said the report.
Several domestic and international rights groups reported police officers, prison authorities, and military and intelligence units having tortured people under custody, the report said.
“Human rights groups asserted that individuals with alleged affiliation with the PKK [Kurdistan Workers' Party [PKK] or the Gulen movement were more likely to be subjected to mistreatment or abuse,” the report said.
The report also touched upon the Turkish government's interference with the judiciary, saying “there were indications the judiciary remained subject to the influence, particularly from the executive branch.”
Turkish prosecutors use a broad definition of terrorism to file criminal charges against critics, especially journalists and politicians of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), the report said.#GergerlioğluYalnızDeğildir
It highlighted that Ankara has imprisoned several HDP politicians on terrorism charges and removed most of the HDP mayors from office following the party's success in the 2019 local elections.#HDP
Former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş continues to remain in prison despite the 2020 ruling of the European Court of Human Rights due to the second detention order stemming from a separate investigation related to the 2014 Kobane protests, the report said.#Demirtas #HDP
The report also drew upon the Turkish government's failure in combatting the violence against women and the targeting of the country's LGBTI community.#LGBTQ

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