Dec 11 2017

“They want to build an empire of fear” – rights group director

Human Rights Watch Turkey Director Emma Sinclair Webb said Turkey’s state of emergency was an attempt to build an empire of fear.

“There are detentions, arrests, firings and bans, but in short we can call this state of emergency period arbitrary,” Sinclair Webb told an event organised as part of Human Rights Week in Diyarbakır, the biggest city in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast.

“They want to build an empire of fear,” she said.

More than 50,000 people have been arrested and more than 111,000 civil servants have been fired from their jobs since the state of emergency was declared in the aftermath of the July 15 failed coup attempt last year.