Statements & Publications
Lawyers warn of the formation of a fascist dictatorship in Turkey
Appeal of European Lawyers - other lawyers' organisations and individual lawyers are welcome to sign
The complete elimination of political opposition in a society, in particular of the democratic forces of civil society, is a typical indicator of the potential formation of a fascist dictatorship.
For many years severe human rights violations and disrespect for fundamental democratic rules have been observed in Turkey. This has not only been reported by human rights organisations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch; in its annual progress reports on Turkey the European Commission has come to the same conclusion, even if these reports have often been sugar coated. However, the European Commission report of November 2016 has pointed out severe violations of fundamental democratic rules in Turkey.