NGO Human Rights Watch has accused Turkish security forces of torturing civilians following the attempted coup last July. The human rights organization says victims were beaten and sexually assaulted.
Persecuted under Pinochet, educated in East Germany, and the first female president of Chile — Bachelet has led a remarkable path to the UN. Her mandate as the body's Human Rights Commissioner began Saturday.
Among those arrested were several high-ranking officers on active duty. The move comes shortly after 15,000 soldiers and police officers were fired under a state of emergency.
Two days after the UN published a critical report on human rights in the Central American state, the delegation was given two hours to leave. They had called on the government to end harassment and intimidation.
Max Zirngast was arrested last week in Ankara and questioned about his research on left-wing Turkish politicians. The Austrian government demanded an explanation for his detention and called on Turkey to release him.
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