U.N. Commissioner For Human Rights Concerned At Due Process In Turkey Purges

U.N. Commissioner For Human Rights Concerned At Due Process In Turkey Purges

 U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein voiced deep concern on Monday (May 1) at mass arrests and sackings and the renewal of a state of emergency in Turkey, saying terror should not be tackled at the expense of human rights.

Zeid told a news briefing after the latest round of suspensions of civil servants and arrests of police that it is highly unlikely the suspensions and detentions met due process standards.

Regarding the detention of Turkish journalists, Zeid said: "Journalism is not a crime in Turkey, it is an issue the government must pay deep attention to."

On Saturday (April 29), Turkey expelled more than 3,900 people from the civil service and military as threats to national security and 1,200 members of the armed forces, in the second major purge since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was granted sweeping new powers.

Turkey last year jailed 81 journalists, more than any other country, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.