April 29, 2023

Thousands of Political Prisoners are Rotting in Turkish Jails

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by Uzay Bulut, Research Fellow

In Turkey, criticizing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan or his family, requesting equal rights or autonomy for Kurds, or posting on social media your criticism of almost any government policy can land you in jail.

Even if you may be committed to non-violence and have nothing to do with any terrorist activity, you might, for these so-called charges, spend years in prison. It is common in Turkey for citizens to be labeled “terrorists” and jailed on charges of “terrorism”.

Currently, the two groups that are most targeted for being or supporting “terrorists” are the Kurds, and those allegedly close to the movement of the Turkish Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen, now in self-exile in the United States.