Turkey: Need for firm leadership on human rights
(29/01-2007) The Norwegian Helsinki Committee just released a new human rights report on Turkey.
Turkey officially started negotiations on EU membership on 3 October 2005. The decision by the EU to start these negotiations signalled that it accepted that legal amendments in the field of human rights and fundamental freedoms made by Turkey did fulfil the 1993 Copenhagen criteria. Recent developments, with increased violence particularily in the southeast part of the country, killings and renewed police and security brutality raises questions whether the human rights gains originating from the EU initiated reform process are about to be lost.
The report deals with issues of torture, 'war' against terror, the Kurdish problem, freedom of thought and expression and freedom of organization.