Turkey may be seen by many in the Middle East as a democratic role model, but inside the country, government critics assert that improper practices during pre-trial detention reveal a less-than-firm commitment to the rule of law on Ankara’s part.
Thousands of Turkish citizens have been languishing in jail for years awaiting trial under sweeping anti-terror laws. Such is the scale of the problem that the government is being accused of systematically using this practice to punish its opponents.
"These people are kidnapped," said Ertugral Kurkcu, a member of parliament for the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). "They are being held for years and there is no evidence they have committed any violent crimes. They are just opponents of the government."
To read the full story
Dorian Jones is a freelance reporter based in Istanbul.