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Yaprak Türkmen

Insan hakları savunucusu & Avukat

Yaprak Türkmen, polis şiddeti ve devlet aktörlerinin sebep olduğu diğer insan hakları ihlallerinin mağdurlarını temsil eden Halkın Hukuk Bürosu’na üye bir insan hakları avukatı.

Human rights defenders (HRDs) in Turkey have been subjected to judicial harassment, including criminal prosecution, violent attacks, threats, surveillance, prolonged arbitrary detention, and ill-treatment. In the aftermath of an attempted coup in July 2016, the environment for the work of HRDs deteriorated even further.

Through the wide-ranging use of State of Emergency laws, the Turkish government has significantly infringed on the rights to freedom of expression, media, assembly, and association, and has particularly restricted the liberty of those engaged in human rights work. These laws enable even further human rights violations, as HRDs often do not have the freedom to monitor the activities of the security forces, who have been granted extensive powers.