More than 3,000 students were subjected to violations of their rights while exercising their freedom of expression, assembly and association in the period 2015-2019, according to a recent report by the Turkish Human Rights Foundation.
The report, which covered the period between (2015-2019), confirmed that 3102 students were subjected to violations of their rights while exercising their freedom of expression, assembly and association during this four-year period.
The report indicated that 2077 students were arrested due to the events that they participated in during this period, and 203 of these students were arrested.
From student demonstrations in Turkey (Archives – France Press)
According to the report, 152 students were sentenced to 506 years, while 720 students were injured as a result of police violence and civilian attacks, and 23 students were killed during meetings and demonstrations in which they participated in the period 2015-2019.
The report also showed that 658 students were tried because of their civic and political activities, and among the 720 students injured, 252 students were attacked inside their campus.
The report pointed to the top ten states in the violations: Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Antalya, Eskişehir, Adana, Diyarbakir, Mersin, Van and Kocaeli.
The report indicated that 81 of the 342 incidents that occurred on university campuses, and 252 students were injured as a result of violence on campus, and nearly half of the rights violations that occurred in universities were violations of freedom of assembly and demonstration, 37 percent of these violations targeted students’ freedom of association. And 14 percent freedom of expression.
The report concluded, “Lawsuits were filed against 658 students in four years, 152 students were sentenced to 506 years, of which one month was in prison in total.”