Turkey: End post election crackdown on peaceful dissent

Index Number: EUR 44/0933/2019

Peaceful protests against the government’s arbitrary decision to remove from office mayors elected in March in three provinces in eastern Turkey have been met with excessive and abusive force by police in several cities and towns across the country.
Amnesty International calls on the authorities in Turkey to end this politically motivated crackdown and bring the country’s laws and their use in line with international human rights law and standards; for the immediate and unconditional release of the peaceful protestors detained solely for expressing their opposition to the arbitrary removal of elected mayors in Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van and to immediately lift the ban on demonstrations; and for the allegations of use of unnecessary and excessive force and ill-treatment to be promptly, independently and impartially investigated and police officers found to be responsible to be brought to justice in fair trials.

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