We call for transparency in Turkish courts!

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We call on the Turkish government to be transparent and open in the court proceedings in relation to the coup attempt of July 2016.

In the interest of restoring confidence in Turkey’s democracy, we request that the Turkish Government make the necessary legal arrangements and broadcast the trials. It is important to enable the international community to monitor the court process and observe first-hand that defendants are being offered a fair trial and that the truth is emerging from the courts.

We further ask those who are serving in and those who have previously served in the Turkish Armed Forces, the National Intelligence Service and the police and security services to come forward and share with the public the truth and whatever they know of the coup attempt.

The primary victims of this coup attempt are Turkish citizens and Turkish democracy.

The failed coup was one of the most dramatic attacks on Turkish democracy. On that night 249 people lost their lives and almost a year on, their murderers have still not been identified.

Under the subsequent State of Emergency, decrees by President Erdogan and the Government, without any provision for legal appeal in place, have resulted in a mass purge directly affecting 150,000 people.

Almost 50,000 people (overwhelmingly civilian citizens) are imprisoned on charges of terrorism, and this is having a devastating impact on hundreds of thousands of family members, particularly children.

 More than 241 journalists have been arrested, numerous media outlets have been shut down and many more journalists have had to flee the country.

 Because the leader of the main opposition party has said there are question marks about whether the coup attempt was manipulated by the government, and in order to prevent gross injustices, we urge the Turkish Parliament, political parties, local and international experts, research foundations to be more active in pursuing and revealing the facts.

It is vital for the truth to come to light and for the public to have confidence that those who have committed atrocities are brought to justice. Open and transparent court proceedings will enable public scrutiny and allow international observers to monitor the trials.

 

 

 



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