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    Council of Europe Alarmed by Torture, Hate Crimes in Turkey After Coup

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    Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks expressed concern on Wednesday about torture reports, hate crimes and hate speech in Turkey, following the failed coup attempt in the country.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Late on Friday, the Turkish authorities said that an attempted coup was taking place in the state. The attempt was suppressed by early Saturday.

    "I am also alarmed by images showing torture and ill treatment being inflicted on suspected perpetrators, as well as signs of torture on persons taken into custody, which were published in various media. While I am unable to determine the veracity of such allegations, I must stress that there can be no exception to the prohibition of torture, and this will be the ultimate test of Turkey’s zero-tolerance policy. While freedom of assembly is a democratic right, I am deeply disturbed by reports of mob violence, as well as hate speech and hate crimes against religious minorities and refugees," Muiznieks said in a statement. 

    ​Ankara should condemn violent actions and do everything possible to stop such pace of developments, he added.

    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stated after the attempt to overthrow government that all coup supporters were identified and would be apprehended as the country was returning to normal life.

    More than 9,300 people will reportedly be on trial in connection with recent failed attempt to overthrow the Turkish government, while thousands more have been fired or detained for their alleged links to the coup perpetrators.

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