Turkey is being urged by the UN Secretary-General to fully respect international obligations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) is pictured with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, a member of the North American Treaty Organization (NATO) along with Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and several other countries. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) is pictured with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, a member of the North American Treaty Organization (NATO) along with Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and several other countries. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Turkey, a member of NATO, is being urged by the UN Secretary-General to fully respect international obligations, following failed military coup

 

The New York based Committee to Protect Journalists issued a statement on July 29 following the failed coup attempt in Turkey in which it stated that “Turkish authorities should release and drop all charges against 48 journalists police have detained in the last week.”

As this non-governmental organization pointed out, “the independent news website P 24 and Ben Gazeteciyim, a volunteer association of Turkish journalists, formed to show solidarity with their colleagues, those detained are among the 88 journalists for whom arrest warrants were issued as part of the reaction to the July l5 military coup attempt that left more than 200 people dead.”

In addition, at the United Nations, it was urged earlier on July 21. “in relation to the declaration of a state of emergency for a period of three months in Turkey, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had taken note of the repeated assurances by senior Turkish Zgovernment officials regarding full adherence to the rule of law and due process when investigating and prosecuting those deemed to be responsible in the attempted coup of July 15-16. This is particularly important in the aftermath of the declaration of the state of emergency and the ongoing widespread arrests, detentions and suspensions. “

The Secretary-General urged that “the Turkish authorities, consistent with the assurances given, do their utmost to ensure that the constitutional order and international human rights law are fully respected in line with Turkey’s international obligations. These include freedom of expression, movement, and peaceful assembly, independence of the judiciary and of the legal profession and adherence to due process.”

Ann Charles
Ann Charles is UN Bureau Chief of "Baltic Review" based in New York City. She covers diplomatic activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York and the world body's work in human rights, education, culture, the environment, and tourism, among other global concerns.