I remember getting interested in human rights at primary school. I gave presentations in class about, for example, the work of Amnesty International, which totally impressed me. Prison guards beating up prisoners or secret services making them ‘disappear’, (my main obsessions at the time), I just couldn’t comprehend. Turkey was one of the countries I read about. Fortunately Turkey’s record has improved, and there is no comparison between the number of people tortured twenty, twenty five years ago and now. But it seems that all the policies adopted against torture are just not enough. It was already clear that torture still occurs, but now it even seems to be on the rise again. To be honest, it was weird writing a short news article about the subject today, with the heading ‘Torture increasing in Turkey’. Call me naive, but I just never thought I would have to report such news.
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