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How Erdogan Became the Middle East's Favorite Human Rights Abuser

The U.S. just issued a report detailing tens of thousands of human rights abuses in Turkey. But in light of Ankara's rapprochement with Egypt, the Gulf states, and Israel — no one really cares

A photo of Dr. Zvi Bar'el.
Zvi Bar'el
A photo of Dr. Zvi Bar'el.
Zvi Bar'el

The U.S. State Department’s annual report on human rights in Turkey, which was issued this week, mentioned nothing surprising. Its 93 pages contained more horrifying reports on Turkey’s tens of thousands of political prisoners, the harassment of journalists, torture, the ongoing repression of freedom of expression, violations of the law and distortion of the term democracy, based on its Turkish interpretation.

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