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Human rights are now ‘suspended’ in Turkey

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A banner for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's 2011 election. (Adam Jones/Flickr)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on a power trip. The parliament voted 346-115 to approve a national state of emergency, suspending the European Convention on Human Rights.

The three-month emergency is meant to enable the authorities to act quickly and get rid of all the July 16th coup plotters.

What coup?

A group from the military tried to overthrow the government in an overnight attempt and failed. Erdogan's supporters took to the street while fighter jets flew overhead. Basically it was CHAOS.

After the coup failed, the government started cracking down. Following the coup, Erdogan sent out a nationwide text:

“To teach the traitor, the terrorist [Fethullah Gullen] a lesson, continue your resistance and duty to guard democracy. The owners of our squares are not tanks, but the people.”

Since then 9,000 Turks have been arrested for their "potential involvement" and the government has also fired tens of thousands of people working in the education sector out of fear they're radicalized. They have also closed hundreds of schools on similar suspicions.

The government is purging the ministries and media, too:

Turkish Prime Minster Binali Yildrim said the country is taking these steps for security:

"This is a state of emergency imposed not on the people, but on (the state) itself. We will, one by one, cleanse the state of (Gulen's followers) and eliminate those who are trying to harm the country."

The country's deputy prime minster, Numan Kurtulmus, said the emergency could possibly end sooner:

"Our aim is to keep the state of emergency as short as possible. Hopefully, we [will] finish our jobs in one or one and a half months without the need for three months and complete this process by taking necessary steps and Turkey will return to normal."

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Human rights are now ‘suspended’ in Turkey

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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