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HRW accuses the Turkish government of “criminalizing” the opposition after arresting a dozen HDP members

The NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused the Turkish government on Friday of “criminalizing” the opposition after the arrest of a dozen prominent members of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) for the 2014 unrest.

“The arrest of politicians from a party that received less than 12 percent of the vote in the 2018 parliamentary elections is part of the Turkish government’s policy of criminalizing the opposition,” the organization said in a statement.

HRW deputy program director Tom Porteous said that “the past few years have served as sufficient evidence that the Turkish courts are in a great rush to carry out the government’s work,” and said the arrest of HDP members is a clear example.

HRW accuses the Turkish government of “criminalizing” the opposition after arresting a dozen HDP members
HRW accuses the Turkish government of “criminalizing” the opposition after arresting a dozen HDP members

Ankara Prosecutor’s Office has not detailed the charges the detainees are suspected of, despite alleging that the crimes committed during the riot include murder, attempted murder, theft, property damage, looting and burning of the national flag.

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