ANKARA (Zaman)–Jonathan Sugden–Turkey’s representative for the Human Rights Watch (HRW) organization–was apprehended by the Karliova Gendarmerie in the eastern Turkish region of Bingol while conducting observations and research.
The Human Rights Joint Platform informed the press that Sugden has been traveling to Turkey for 20 years on his tourist visa because of his monitoring responsibilities–and asked for his release.
Sugden lived in the country–and follows the agenda closely as he is fluent in Turkish. He arrived in Karliova to monitor and report the Turkish gendarmeries and local forces combat of terrorist activities in Bingol–Diyarbakir–and Tunceli.
Sugden was sent to the Bingol Police Office and awaited deportation after the Turkish Interior Ministry was informed about the case.
HRW’s Europe and Central Asia director Holly Cartner said–"The desire to cover up human rights abuses is evidently still very strong–despite recent moves towards more accountability in Turkey’s bid for membership in the European Union."