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Jul. 29, 2016 | Press Releases

HRF to Gabon: Stop Violence Against Peaceful Protesters; Release Youth Activists and Union Leaders

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NEW YORK (July 29, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns the Gabonese government’s crackdown on activists and union leaders, and calls for their immediate release. In recent weeks, more than 30 civil society leaders were arrested and imprisoned for organizing demonstrations in opposition to president Ali Bongo Ondimba, who is seeking a second term in the upcoming August election. On July 9, during a peaceful demonstration held in a private area, 26 activists, including union leaders, were arrested after the police disbanded the protesters with tear gas. All 26 activists are still being held in pre-trial detention for “inciting violence and harming public order.” On July 16, security forces disrupted a similar demonstration and arrested a group of youth activists. They were charged with “harming public order” and later released on bail. Some of them were reportedly coerced into making false confessions.

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Jul. 28, 2016 | Press Releases

Turkey: HRF Condemns Erdogan’s Firing of Almost Three Thousand Judges

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NEW YORK (July 28, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns the removal of 2,745 judges in Turkey without due process following the failed coup attempt to unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. HRF urges the Turkish government to reinstate the judges immediately until proper investigations are carried out. The judges were purged based on accusations of connection to the attempted coup. Due to the speed and magnitude of the dismissals, there is a strong indication that criminal investigations required by law were bypassed. Under Turkey’s constitution, President Erdogan lacks the authority to fire judges. However, Erdogan loyalists at the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors, the entity responsible for supervision of the legal system, dismissed the judges.

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