An alarming 136 Turkish diplomats and their relatives have sought asylum in Germany since a failed coup attempt in Turkey last July.
This exodus from Turkey underscores the erosion of human rights as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attempts to solidify himself as a new "emperor" of the sons and daughters of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Erdogan wants Turkey to amend its constitution to give his position more power and to diminish the strength of the parliament. A referendum on the subject will soon be put before Turks.
As reported by the BBC-News earlier this morning citing German media, the 136 holders of Turkish diplomatic passports and their relatives, asked for asylum in Germany between August 2016 and January 2017. Since the failed coup against the ambitions Erdogan, his government has dismissed more than 100,000 public servants, including teachers, police and members of the judiciary.
Another 43,000 Turks have been detained, 130 media outlets closed and 150 journalists have been arrested as Erdogan has set about cracking down on free speech and human rights, especially in the period after the failed coup.
Turkey has asked Germany not to grant the diplomats asylum. A Court in Greece recently denied extradition of eight Turkish soldiers believed to have been involved in the failed coup. The Greek court doubt the soldiers would have obtained a fair trial back in Turkey.
Erdogan's ambitions, his attacks upon rights, his dismissal of public servants, his detention of dissenters, his closing of media houses and his arrests of journalists affirm a rising insecurity in Turkey, a NATO member that seeks to join the European Union(EU).