Turkey: ETUC and ITUC deeply worried by the latest developments

The ITUC and the ETUC are deeply worried by the latest developments in Turkey, including  the new attacks on press freedom and human rights with the ban of the daily ‘Ozgur Gundem’ and the detention of 23 journalist and staff members in Istanbul on 16 August. 

The International and European Trade Union Confederations (ITUC and ETUC) stress that they condemn the failed coup, and insist that the “state of emergency” cannot be used to abuse  democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The failed coup should be a reason to uphold, not violate, ILO conventions and the International and European Conventions on Human Rights.

The ITUC and ETUC welcome the subsequent release of the journalists but maintain their condemnation of the banning of a newspaper and the arrest of journalists.