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Turkey put on watchlist

The Council of Europe, a human rights body, has voted to restart monitoring the state of democracy in Turkey, provoking an immediate backlash from Ankara.

The parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe (Pace), a body co-founded by Winston Churchill in 1949, has approved a report that will put Turkey back on a watchlist for “serious concerns” about democracy and human rights.

Pace elected to restart its Turkey monitoring procedure on 25 April, with 113 votes in favour, 45 against and 12 abstentions. In its report, it expressed concern about “the massive dismissal of civil servants, judges, prosecutors and academics”, “the detention of parliamentarians and journalists” and “repeated violations of the freedom of expression and of the media”.

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