In Ankara and Beyond, Torture Rears Ugly Head Again

Abdullah Ayasun
6 min readMay 30, 2019

Turkish police and intelligence units tortured a group of former Foreign Ministry staff members, including diplomats, Ankara Bar Association and a lawmaker have claimed, throwing the existence of a practice long denied by authorities back into the heart of public debate.

On May 20, Turkish courts issued arrest warrants for 249 former Foreign Ministry personnel, including…

Abdullah Ayasun

New York-based journalist and writer. Columbia School of Journalism. 2023 White House Correspondents' Association Scholar. Twitter: @abyasun