Former AKP parliamentary candidate elected as member of Turkey’s top court

A former candidate for parliament from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been elected as a member of Turkey’s Constitutional Court in...

Satirical magazine dedicates cover to two youths who died by suicide

Turkish weekly satirical magazine Leman has portrayed on the cover of its new issue two young men whose recent deaths by suicide led to debates...

30 arrested for bringing migrants from Turkey to EU on leisure boats: report

Italian, Albanian and Greek police in a joint operation on Wednesday arrested people accused of profiteering several hundred million euros to smuggle refugees and...

Turkey’s post-coup decrees continue to wreak havoc on lives of purge victims: report

A joint report by two NGOs based in Europe has revealed that victims of a massive purge of state institutions by the Turkish government...

Turkey’s purge victims protest against gov’t policies that lead to youth suicides

A nongovernmental organization founded by victims of Turkey’s post-coup purge held a protest in İstanbul’s Kadıköy district on Tuesday, drawing attention to government policies...

European rights court fines Turkey for unlawful strip-search in prison

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has faulted Turkey for violating the private and family life of Elif Kaya, who was subjected to...

Opposition HDP asks for parliamentary investigation into killing of journalist Dink

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has asked the Turkish parliament to investigate the killing of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who was murdered in...

Turkish government to build 36 new prisons in next four years

The Turkish government has allocated 8.7 billion lira (564 million euros) for the construction of 36 new prisons in the next four years, which...

9 women detained in Ankara for demanding free feminine hygiene products

Turkish police dispersed a group of women in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Monday who wanted to stage a protest demanding free feminine...

Inmate in Iskenderun prison faces foot amputation if not treated immediately

An inmate in Turkey's southeastern Iskenderun T-Type Prison has appealed to the Human Rights Association (IHD), saying he is at risk of losing his...

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Women’s Rights in Turkey: 2021 in Review

The year 2021 witnessed an increase in rights violations against women in Turkey, with rising numbers of femicide cases and the March 10 withdrawal...

Turkey’s Crackdown on Kurdish Political Movement: 2021 in Review

The Turkish government continued its efforts to criminalize the Kurdish political movement with a view to weakening the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Turkey’s third...

Torture and Inhuman Treatment in Turkey: 2021 in Review

Turkey has experienced a marked resurgence of torture and ill-treatment in custody over the past six years and especially since a coup attempt on...

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Download PDF   This report focuses on amendments made to the Law on the Execution of Sentences and Security Measures in order to decrease Turkey’s prison...

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Download PDF   This report highlights the most important developments in the area of human rights in Turkey during the year 2020. Rising pressure on the...

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