Violations of freedom of expression and right to assembly continued in August
The IHD and the TIHV-HRFT published a joint report on the violations of freedom of expression and right to assembly and demonstration in August.
The Human Rights Association (IHD) and the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV-HRFT) released a joint report on the violations of freedom of expression and right to assembly and demonstration in August. The report showed that the law forces attacked more than 50 press statements in several cities.
Musician Şanar Yurdatapan from the Initiative for Freedom of Expression chaired the online meeting in which the report was presented. TIHV Secretary General, Coşkun Üsterci, said that "violations of freedom of expression, meeting and organization in August 2021 continued." The report said that "interventions of police forces against various peaceful meetings and demonstrations continued."
The report confirmed that many people were detained in August for what they posted on social media especially condemning the increasing racist attacks, wildfires and floods. Investigations were opened, lawsuits were filed and even imprisonment sentences and fines were issued against human rights advocates, journalists, actors and conscientious objectors.