RIGHTS > US NGO labels Turkey only ‘partly free,’ cites declines in freedoms


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Turkey is only a "partly free" country due to a serious decline in civil liberties and political rights, U.S. nongovernmental organization Freedom House has said in its annual Freedom in the World report.
The report underlined the decline of civil liberties in Turkey as a major development, while sharply criticizing the rule of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
“[Erdoğan's] government has jailed hundreds of journalists, academics, opposition party officials and military officers in a series of prosecutions aimed at alleged conspiracies against the state and Kurdish organizations,” the report said.
Turkey was labeled "partly free" by the report, receiving a score of 3/7 on political rights and 4/7 on civil liberties.
Partly free countries are defined by the group as nations "in which there is limited respect for political rights and civil liberties," an "environment of corruption, weak rule of law, ethnic and religious strife,” as well as single-party dominance in the political landscape.
Partly free countries include Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Tunisia, Guatemala, Malawi, East Timor, Ecuador and others.


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mara mcglothin

1/22/2013 4:49:24 PM

Perhaps Mr Bagis has time to write Turkey's own interpretation of the freedoms of Turkey? And maybe let college applicants grade their own entrance exams?

mike alexander

1/20/2013 5:18:01 PM

Congratulations Mr Erdogan, you have managed to constraint your population ! God help the Turkish People from this regime !

Blue Dotterel

1/18/2013 10:57:42 AM

You may also notice that none of the countries the US views as enemies are considered "free", no matter their impeccable democratic credentials as in the case of Venezuela, a country lauded as such by the Carter Center. The US, of course, is considered "free" despite the highest number of citizens in prison of any country, and the highest per capita incarceration rate in the world. And let's not talk about authorities invasion of privacy in the US. Google "Aaron Schwartz".

David Guy

1/17/2013 2:29:44 PM

Freedom House is supported by the US Govt but also Canada, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, the Netherlands, the United Nations, companies Google and Visa, many smaller foundations like Carter Center and many individuals. It claims to be fully independent of it's donors. Instead of searching for conspiracies answer the questionaire for yourselves and see if you disagree with the conclusions. The methology of this report is quite open and clear if you read the report.

Blue Dotterel

1/16/2013 9:27:33 PM

Freedom House is one of many faux NGOs, like the National Endowment for Democracy, that are funded through the US government, and act as bases for "promoting democracy" in other people's countries, or basically meddling in other countries internal affairs. It has often been headed by heads of US intelligence agencies like former CIA chief James Woolsey. Basically, it is a CIA front, so what is the CIA saying when it says "Turkey is only partly free". Better watch out Turkey.

Tevfik Alp

1/16/2013 8:07:51 PM

A pathetic stage; a puppet show.. Do you want to deny it?

Tekion Particle

1/16/2013 7:30:42 PM

Well the table shows Turkey is not yet at the same level as North Korea, Belarus and China but with a little bit more effort from AKP I think we will sink to that level soon.

Rimon Tree

1/16/2013 6:40:47 PM

Congratulations! They only voiced what the rest of the World thinks! Hope the esteemed PM will not have a nervous breakdown again!

Vargen Vargen

1/16/2013 6:04:19 PM

It is interesting that when something like this appears, then there are always people showing up trying to defend the poor record of Turkey. In other words, they support that Turks should not have the same degree of freedom as other people? I can not for my life understand how they can look down so much at their own people and instead seem to believe that Turks do not deserve the same rights as other people. Very strange logic.

mara mcglothin

1/16/2013 4:55:46 PM

It is what it is CHRIS. How free the NGOs are is pretty immaterial in this case. Or do you find their findings not to be true?
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