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Learning from HRDs: Troubling times for human rights in Turkey

  • University of York, Heslington York YO10 5DD (map)

After two years of rule by state of emergency, Turkey has gone from bad to worse, incorporating autocratic measures into the new regime of the country. Human rights defenders and activists and advocates from independent civil society in the country have been living in an increasingly suffocating and intimidating  climate since the Gezi Park protests. Many have been detained, prosecuted or threatened, deprived of their jobs and thus of the means of livelihood, or they have even had to leave the country.