Cop violence up due to the culture of impunity

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Published on Hurriyet.com, December 12, 2008.

ISTANBUL – The 80-page report, ’Closing Ranks against Accountability – Barriers to Tackling Police Violence in Turkey,’ reveals that at least 28 cases of police violence since June 2007 and seven police shootings since June have been fatal.

’Complaints have increased and convictions have decreased since 2007, according to data. If governments do not take action to change that, then it means the reforms are in trouble,’ says Kenneth Roth.

The latest amendments to Turkey’s police laws are a contradiction to the government’s reform agenda to prevent cases of torture and other human rights violations, a recent human rights report has revealed.

These laws, in combination with a failure to prosecute abusive police officers, have also led to a rise in police violence, the report also said.

“There is an entrenched culture of impunity, especially among police officers,” said Kenneth Roth, head of the New York-based Human Rights Watch in a press conference. “We call on the government to remove the culture of impunity, which is the main reason behind the increase in police misconduct and violence,” Roth said.

The 80-page report, “Closing Ranks against Accountability Ğ Barriers to Tackling Police Violence in Turkey,” has revealed at least 28 cases of police violence since June 2007 and seven police shootings since June 2008 have been fatal … (full text).

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