Imprisonment of doctors in Turkey
In 2018 and 2019, the Turkish Government arrested, charged, and imprisoned a number of doctors on charges related to terrorism for expressing concerns about the health impacts of violent conflict. This is a gross violation of international human rights norms, particularly rights to freedom of expression and opinion as stated in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 and in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which was ratified by Turkey in 2003.
We believe it is vital that the international community demands that Turkey ensures, in all circumstances, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with the international human rights standards and instruments that it has ratified.
We have written a series of letters to the Turkish Government, the Turkish Embassy, and the Foreign Office to raises our concerns. These letters are provided below:
Read our letters to the Turkish Head of State, the Turkish Ambassador, and the Foreign Secretary 2018-2019