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UN: UN expresses concern over Turkish govt. backlash following coup01:48

UN: UN expresses concern over Turkish govt. backlash following coup

United States, New York City
July 20, 2016 at 01:35 GMT -00:00 · Published

High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein "expressed deep regret that high level officials have suggested that the death penalty may be re-instated" in Turkey, reported Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Farhan Haq in New York City, Tuesday.

Haq added that UN officials were worried about the "large number of judges and prosecutors who were swiftly suspended on Saturday and detention orders were issued against many." He added that "suspensions were particularly worrying, given concerns about judicial independence in Turkey."

He went on to stress "the importance of the presumption of innocence, due process, and fair trial guarantees and of allowing independent observers to access places of detention" as "in the aftermath of the attempted coup, the constitutional order needs to be fully preserved, in accordance with the principles of democracy and fundamental rights."

At least 265 people were killed, many of them civilians, and over 1,500 injured in the coup attempt on Friday. Turkish officials announced earlier on Tuesday that over 15,000 education staff had been suspended, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government continues to purge its ranks of opponents after the attempted coup.

The suspensions, which follow thousands of arrests and dismissals of personnel from Turkey's military, judiciary, and police, are allegedly an attempt to reduce the influence of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric living in US that Erdogan has charged with orchestrating the coup.

The dismissals made in the education sector include over 1,500 university deans, with some 21,000 teachers losing their teaching licenses. An estimated 6,000 military personnel have been arrested since the coup, 9,000 police officers sacked, and 3,000 judges suspended, with the death penalty expected to be reintroduced.

SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV

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High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein "expressed deep regret that high level officials have suggested that the death penalty may be re-instated" in Turkey, reported Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Farhan Haq in New York City, Tuesday.

Haq added that UN officials were worried about the "large number of judges and prosecutors who were swiftly suspended on Saturday and detention orders were issued against many." He added that "suspensions were particularly worrying, given concerns about judicial independence in Turkey."

He went on to stress "the importance of the presumption of innocence, due process, and fair trial guarantees and of allowing independent observers to access places of detention" as "in the aftermath of the attempted coup, the constitutional order needs to be fully preserved, in accordance with the principles of democracy and fundamental rights."

At least 265 people were killed, many of them civilians, and over 1,500 injured in the coup attempt on Friday. Turkish officials announced earlier on Tuesday that over 15,000 education staff had been suspended, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government continues to purge its ranks of opponents after the attempted coup.

The suspensions, which follow thousands of arrests and dismissals of personnel from Turkey's military, judiciary, and police, are allegedly an attempt to reduce the influence of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric living in US that Erdogan has charged with orchestrating the coup.

The dismissals made in the education sector include over 1,500 university deans, with some 21,000 teachers losing their teaching licenses. An estimated 6,000 military personnel have been arrested since the coup, 9,000 police officers sacked, and 3,000 judges suspended, with the death penalty expected to be reintroduced.

SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV

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