Amnesty International – Turkey – Freedom of Expression Report
Freedom of expression is one of the rights practiced by most of the people. This had paved way of letting out your sentiments towards hot issues and gives you the chance of expressing yourself. But you cannot hide the fact that this specific right is being violated by some individuals and depriving from you your right.
This is simply becoming the culprit why there is a continuous fight between the government and its people. And sometimes, this is the reason of other emerging struggles and problems. Freedom of expression is bountiful in almost of the countries around the world but for some, it remained restricted even though there are existing legislative reforms regarding this right. There are situations wherein the police had already used excessive force in breaking up those peaceful demonstrations. Civilian lives were taken because of bomb attacks. Improper investigations as well as prosecutions emerged to state officials who have allegedly abused human rights and unfair trials persisted about the legislation of anti- terrorism. No visible progression when it comes to recognizing the rights of outlawing the grounds of discrimination on gender identity and sexual orientation.
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Due to these very bothering problems, thousands of refugees coming from Syria are seeking shelter and living in Turkey. The country of Turkey had taken actions and had adopted legal protections. These will be used in combating against the different violations including violations against the rights of the women but there are procedures which are not properly implemented.
There are restrictions made on freedom of expression most especially in media and in the civil society but then showing little progression. Because of this, contradicting non- violent opinions on criminal prosecutions emerged including political issues which are very controversial as well as frequently giving of opinions towards criticism to public officials and other institutions. And this is more favouring to the part of those who want to limit the power of freedom of expression.
The Third Judicial Package is a series of several reforms wherein it was passed by the Parliament on July to amend or abolish some of the laws which are limiting the scope of freedom of expression. But this said reform did not actually amend those offenses limiting the freedom of expression including the legislation towards anti- terrorism and seems to be not working how it should be.
The restrictions of freedom of expression had led to the following imprisonment of some individuals:
The dreadful happenings include the imprisonment of Halil Savda in February, a defender of human rights because of the reason of “alienating the public from military service”. In October, the trial of Fazil Say, a pianist began because of insulting some of the religious values publicly and had mocked religious individuals. Journalists Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener were released in March for the reason of committing a said crime with a terrorist organization. Trials involving the members of the Kurdistan Communities Union linked with PKK, preceded, as well as prosecution process for 193 people.
The Amnesty International Turkey – Freedom of Expression Report had shown how important it is to have the right of freedom of expression and shows if it is truly essential of putting restrictions regarding this right.