Turkish police reportedly sexually abuse Gezi Park protesters

TEHRAN, Oct. 2 (MNA) – Amnesty International report had said that the Turkish authorities committed "gross human rights violations" during anti-government protests.

Mehr News quoted Hurriyet daily news which reported that in newest Amnesty International Report had it that “The attempt to smash the Gezi Park protest movement involved a string of human rights violations on a huge scale."

Andrew Gardner, the Amnesty International's Turkey expert, said in a statement that the Turkish authorities committed "gross human rights violations" during anti-government protests.”

"They include the wholesale denial of the right to peaceful assembly and violations of the rights to life, liberty and the freedom from torture and ill-treatment," he added.

Meanwhile Recep Tayyip Erdoĝan has unveiled his new ‘Democracy Package’ for Turkey. Popular protests of few last months have been ongoing in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, and four provinces in Antakya, where many people have been injured by police crackdown, or arrested, and reportedly abused sexually.

Gardner says he has elicited this information in his interviews with general public, families of those arrested, and their lawyers.

The following is part of so-called ‘democracy package’ which obviously points to rights to protest. According to the clause, the rules of demonstrations and protests would be reformed; the place of demonstrations should be clear and the routes identified; administrative officials would seek the opinion of heads of NGOs and civil associations about demonstrations and necessary decisions would be made; the allowed time for peaceful demonstrations would be increased; demonstrations shall begin and end by 1 hour to the sunset; in indoors, demonstrations may continue till 00:00 midnight.

“Administrative commissioner who supervised demonstrations would be dissolved, and replaced by ‘adjustment councils.’ If a demonstration is translated as illegal actions, ‘adjustment council’ shall end the demonstrations, reporting to armed forces (police). If ‘adjustment council’ fails in its missions, the highest administrative official will decide about the ‘council.’

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