AKP gov’t cancelled 3,804 press cards in 5 years

Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has cancelled the press cards of 3,804 journalists over the past five years, according to Vice President...

Veteran Turkish comedians Metin Akpınar and Müjdat Gezen to stand trial for allegedly insulting...

Veteran Turkish actors Metin Akpınar (77) and Müjdat Gezen (75) have been charged with the crime of insulting the president in comments made on...

Cases of Turkish journalists before ECtHR drag on as they languish in jail: report

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has yet to deliver verdicts on the cases of dozens of journalists from Turkey, many of whom...
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Bedridden woman whose mother was denied care allowance due to alleged affiliation with Gülen...

Sevdegül Güler, a bedridden woman whose mother was denied a care allowance by Turkey’s Ministry of Family and Social Policies due to her alleged...

Armenians, Syrian refugees and Greeks top list of groups targeted by Turkish media in...

Armenians, Syrian refugees in Turkey and Greeks are at the top of the list of groups targeted with hate speech by the Turkish media...

2 lower courts defy Turkey’s Constitutional Court amid calls for restructuring

Two lower courts have openly defied rulings of the Turkish Constitutional Court amid calls by Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and his key ally...

Turkish court hands down 27-year sentence to exiled journalist Dündar

A Turkish court on Wednesday handed down a prison sentence of 27 years, six months to exiled journalist Can Dündar in a trial concerning...

Businessman battling cancer imprisoned for links to Gülen movement

Businessman Ali Kara, 64, was imprisoned in November for affiliation with the Gülen movement despite suffering from lymphoma and diabetes, Bold Medya reported. Kara had...

Turkey’s Armenian community still fears for its safety despite ceasefire in Karabakh

Turkey’s Armenian community still fears for its safety despite a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, after ultranationalist elements, with tacit approval of the Turkish government, used...
Yüksel Kocaman and Erdogan

Turkey’s judicial council rewards judges and prosecutors for their role in gov’t-led prosecutions

Turkey’s Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) on Friday named 11 judges and prosecutors, many of whom played critical roles in government-led prosecutions, as...

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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...

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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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