HRA-FIDH-OMCT Joint Statement: Uphold human rights during earthquake response

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Geneva-Paris-Ankara-Istanbul, 10 February 2023 – On February 7, 2023, in the wake of two powerful earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria leaving thousands of people dead, injured and displaced, President Erdoğan enacted emergency rule in the affected areas. Our organisations express deepest solidarity with those affected and call on the authorities to ensure full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in the aftermath of the earthquake, and to repeal the state of emergency rule while resorting to proportionate measures available under existing laws for emergency response that are fully compliant with international standards.

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