A Turkish court released a Peoples’ Democratic Party parliamentarian Thursday, according to a HDP statement . Parliamentarian Ayhan Bilgen is the former speaker of the HDP and has been jailed over allegations of terrorism. This release follows a “Conscience and Justice Watch” at the Constitutional Court to protest and demand actionfor those they believed were unjustly and unlawfully imprisoned. The current Turkish government has removed and arrested more than 150,000 people after a failed coup last year.
Turkey has faced significant political upheaval in recent months as many worry over human rights in the country. In July a Turkish court ordered that six human rights activists, including Amnesty International’s Turkey Director, remain in custody pending trial for allegedly aiding an armed terrorist group. In May a trial began [JURIST report]involving more than 200 defendants over the July 2016 coup. In April Turkish authorities removed more than 3900 people from their positions in the civil service and military pursuant to a new national security law published.
As carried in JURIST on 9.9.17