Published On: Mon, Dec 25th, 2017

Turkey grants immunity to “civilians taking action to prevent coup plots & terror attacks”

Turkish government has released a decree to grant immunity to “civilians who take action in order to prevent coup plots and terror attacks”. The decree has received big criticism from opposition as well as many citizens as it could pave the way for a pro-government militia and risks heightening tensions within an already deeply polarized society.

A provision was added to Article 37 of the decision dated 8 November 2016. The provision states “the provisions of the first paragraph shall apply to persons who act within the scope of suppression of acts of coup d’etat and terrorist acts carried out on 15 July 2016 and their continuing acts irrespective of whether they carry an official attribute or whether they fulfill an official duty”. Many believe if this were to be interpreted as “every crime to be committed under the name of fighting terrorism will go unpunished” it would pose a major risk for the security of civilians in the country.

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