UN slams Turkey over human rights

The United Nations’ annual human rights report has named Turkey as one of 50 countries in which human rights are under threat, German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle said.

The report said Turkey’s cross-border operation in the Syrian district of Afrin represented a threat to the civilian population there, and that the domestic human rights situation had deteriorated.

Prince Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein of Jordan, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, highlighted arbitrary arrests, and torture in prisons, as well as cases in which family members had been punished for the actions of their relatives.

In addition to the main human rights report, Deutsche Welle said, the UN would also produce a more detailed report on the human rights situation in Turkey under state of emergency conditions.

The UN report also had strong criticism for the human rights situation in Libya, Yemen, Syria, the Philippines and Myanmar, as well as for the United States and European Union for their policies put in place to deter refugees and migrants.

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