One hundred seventy members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a bipartisan letter sent to Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging President Joe Biden’s administration to address “troubling” human rights issues as it formulates policy for dealings with Turkey. Armenpress reports.

“As the Biden administration shapes its foreign policy towards Turkey, we ask you to pay attention to the alarming human rights abuses that took place under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. President Erdogan and his party have used their 20 years in power to weaken Turkey’s judiciary, suppress free speech and a free press, and imprison political opponents, journalists, and members of national minorities. “, – the letter says.

Members of the House of Representatives noted that more than 80.000 Turkish citizens have been imprisoned or detained since 2016, and that more than 1,500 NGOs have been shut down.