Despite its growing influence abroad, Turkey’s government has neglected human-rights reforms at home since 2005, according to Human Rights Watch. Freedom of expression and association have suffered as the country continues to prosecute and lock up journalists, writers and hundreds of Kurdish political activists. Progress on reforming the much criticized 1982 constitution has stalled. Meanwhile, a landmark peace agreement with Kurdish rebels collapsed last year. “The nonresolution of the Kurdish issue remains the single greatest obstacle to progress on human rights in Turkey,” the organization warns.
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