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Jul. 28, 2016 | Press Releases

Turkey: HRF Condemns Erdogan’s Firing of Almost Three Thousand Judges

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NEW YORK (July 28, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns the removal of 2,745 judges in Turkey without due process following the failed coup attempt to unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. HRF urges the Turkish government to reinstate the judges immediately until proper investigations are carried out. The judges were purged based on accusations of connection to the attempted coup. Due to the speed and magnitude of the dismissals, there is a strong indication that criminal investigations required by law were bypassed. Under Turkey’s constitution, President Erdogan lacks the authority to fire judges. However, Erdogan loyalists at the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors, the entity responsible for supervision of the legal system, dismissed the judges.

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Jul. 21, 2016 | Press Releases

HRF to Kyrgyzstan: Release Human Rights Defender and Journalist Azimjan Askarov

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NEW YORK (July 21, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns Kyrgyzstan's failure to implement April's United Nations (UN) resolution, which calls for the release of Azimjan Askarov, a human rights defender and journalist who has been arbitrarily imprisoned since 2010. Last week, the Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan overturned Askarov’s conviction and ordered a new trial but failed to order his release. Askarov is an award-wining journalist and the recipient of the 2011 Homo Homini Award and the 2012 International Press Freedom Award.

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