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Two Turkish doctors who went to aid of protesters are sentenced to prison

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 02 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5869
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Two doctors who gave first aid to people injured during the Gezi Park demonstrations in Istanbul in 2013 have been given a 10 month prison sentence by a Turkish court.

The convictions of Yasemin Erenç and Sercan Yüksel for “denigrating a mosque” while delivering healthcare services have been condemned by human rights organisations and the World Medical Association. The doctors are currently not in prison and are expected to appeal the sentences.

The charges against them were brought in an action against 255 people caught up in the 2013 Gezi Park protests. The protests began in late May 2013 against plans to build a shopping centre on the central park, one of the few green spaces left in the …

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