Turkey Targeted for Human Rights Abuses at the United Nations

By Courtney Cox

Every four years, all United Nations members must undergo a Universal Periodic Review of their human rights records. During a review of Turkey this week, accusations of human rights abuses were revealed. Reviewing states criticized Turkey for its suppression of freedom of speech, citing the imprisonment of journalists as evidence. Concerns were also raised about increased police crackdowns on demonstrators and media censorship. Al Jazeera reports that Turkey defended its record, claiming that “it has made progress in promoting human rights and freedom of expression that are an ‘indispensable’ part of the country’s democratic order.”