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Turkey: Rights must be respected in aftermath of failed coup

, Index number: EUR 44/4463/2016

Turkey is still reeling from a night of violence in which a coup attempt from within the country’s armed forces was defeated. According to the authorities, 161 people were killed opposing the coup attempt while more than 100 coup plotters were killed. By mid-afternoon today, 2839 military personnel had been detained on suspicion of taking part in the attempted coup. Violence was centred in Ankara, where the Parliament building was subjected to aerial bombardment and in Turkey’s biggest city, Istanbul. Deaths were reported as members of the public confronted armed soldiers.

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