The recent Turkish coup, through which Turkey’s military tried to overthrow the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was unsuccessful. The military claimed to be fighting for human rights, which have come under fire in Turkey in recent years.
Unfortunately, their loss seems to have created even more human rights abuses by the government. A research paper could explore how the current immigrant crisis from Syria has contributed to the instability in Turkey and Europe.
Larisa Brown Defence wrote about the July 15, 2015, coup in, “Turkish Army: We’ve Seized Control in Coup; Gunfire and Tanks in Streets ‘To Restore Human Rights’” for the July 16, 2016, edition of the Daily Mail (London) with early details about the historical event.
The president of Turkey has been criticized for his treatment and handling of the Syrian refugees. Eight terrorist attacks have occurred in Turkey since the start of 2016, resulting in a decline in tourism. All of this has left the country in turmoil. Brown Defence reported that the military claimed the coup was an effort to restore human rights in the country, explaining, “The country has served as a staging post for millions of migrants who have fled Syria and Iraq for Europe but has struck a deal with the EU to stem the flow of refugees.” A research paper could examine the economic and societal implications of large influxes of immigrants to a country.
Aftermath of the coup
In the wake of the failed Turkish coup, President Erdogan enacted a three-month state of emergency. An estimated 60,000 public employees were fired or arrested as Erdogan attempted to restore order.
In “Turkey Declares State of Emergency” posted July 21, 2016, on foreignpolicy.com, J. Dana Stuster wrote, “The judiciary, which was among the first sectors to be affected by the government crackdown, has been so hard hit and the purges are moving with such speed that rights groups say laws and due process have been bypassed.” Additionally Erdogan suspended the European Convention on Human Rights for at least a month. His actions have only increased existing concerns about human rights in Turkey. A research paper could report on the role of organizations such as the European Convention on Human Rights and how effective they have been in restoring human rights.
The future of human rights
Many human rights activists are concerned about how far President Erdogan will take things in light of the state of emergency. In “Turkey Could Be Taking A Big Step Backwards In Human Rights” by Katy Pownall for Time July 22, 2016, Pownall wrote, “To criticise the government’s actions or speak out against violations, now carries with it the risk of being labeled pro-coup.”
Journalists, doctors, lawyers and their relatives have expressed reservations about speaking out about the events surrounding the Turkish coup. The arrests and reprisals have included more people than those directly involved in the original coup. Many questions still remain about the events of that night. A research paper could explore the human rights abuses Turkey experienced under the dictatorship that ruled the nation during the 1980s and compare it to recent concerns about the present day government’s actions.
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