With world focused on Ukraine, Turkey grows more authoritarian - analysis

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With world focused on Ukraine, Turkey grows more authoritarian - analysis
Turkey is a member of NATO but has few of the democratic principles of other NATO members. This week it sentenced a philanthropist and activist to life in prison.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Published: APRIL 26, 2022

Turkey’s far-right ruling party has used the Ukraine war as an excuse to increase its own authoritarianism. It knows that the world is distracted, focused on Moscow’s crimes in Ukraine, and therefore there is less scrutiny of Turkey. Turkey is a member of NATO but has few of the democratic principles of other NATO members. This week it sentenced a philanthropist and activist to life in prison.

Osman Kavala is increasingly a symbol of how there is no dissent or critique permitted in Turkey. Once an activist and heroic model of what Turkey could have been, the philanthropist has been jailed for years. Now Ankara has created a new trumped-up show trial that saw him imprisoned for life. Many commentators see this as a new dark day for Turkey.

“Turkey just plunged into further darkness," Journalist Amberin Zaman wrote. "Businessman, peacemaker, philanthropist, all-around good human being Osman Kavala is convicted on bogus terrorism charges and sentenced to life in jail.”

more............. https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-705141
 
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