Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a Turkish human rights lawyer and journalist, addresses the 8th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see quotes below, followed by full prepared remarks.
On press freedom in Turkey:
“Then they started to sue journalists who said that Erdogan is a dicator, or Erdogan is an autocrat […] Now they press charges if you say Erdogan is manipulating the state or Erdogan is not democratic – even these kinds of statements are enough to get you sued”
On the experience of the Kurds under Erdogan:
“They started to impose curfews in the Kurdish cities. During these curfews, Kurdish citizens of Turkey are not allowed to go out. They’re not allowed to go and buy a loaf of bread, they are not allowed to take their loved ones to hospital.”
To Be Confirmed