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Anthropology associate professor Tricia Redeker Hepner recently discussed the issue of democracy in Turkey in the Inaugural column of the “Human Rights Monitor” for Anthropology News.

Hepner, on behalf of the Committee for Human Rights (CfHR), responds to the call of our Turkish and Kurdish colleagues to stand in solidarity with the Kurdish-led Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) legislators and mayors who have been dismissed or arrested in Turkey.

“The ongoing raid on national and local Kurdish representatives is a grave assault on representative democracy, the rule of law, and civil and political rights in Turkey,” says Hepner.