Impunity: An Unchanging Rule in Turkey

“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.”

Elie Wiesel, The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, the Accident

On the eve of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (26 June), in a bid to break the silence, we (the Arrested Lawyers Initiative, the Italian Federation for Human Rights – Italian Helsinki Committee, Human Rights Defenders e.V), with contribution of DIGNITY – Danish Institute Against Torture, publish a report on ongoing impunity policies of Turkey.

In the report, we examine whether the Turkish State complies with its negative and positive obligations in regard to torture, enforced disappearance, extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary execution, and arbitrary detention, or if there is a practice of impunity with regard to these crimes.


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