Former teacher imprisoned over Gülen links dies from COVID-19 weeks before his release

Ersoy Karamustafa, a former teacher arrested over alleged links to the Gülen movement, died in prison on Saturday of COVID-19, less than two months...

Amnesty International calls on Council of Europe foreign ministers to tackle systemic failures enabling...

In a public letter addressed to the foreign ministers of Council of Europe (CoE) member states, Amnesty International on Tuesday asked for their support...

Fired for alleged links to PKK, denied reinstatement for ties to Gülen movement,...

The story of Hasan Kaya, a former bureaucrat who was fired from his job over alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)...

Turkey objected to participation of Japanese bar association federation and John Jay College at...

The Turkish government filed an objection with the United Nations to the participation of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) and the John...

Altan’s release sets important precedent for political prisoners: Freedom House

In a statement issued following the release of author and journalist Ahmet Altan, the Washington-based Freedom House called on Turkish courts to similarly rectify...

Jailed journalist Ahmet Böken contracts COVID-19 in prison

Ali Ahmet Böken, 49, a veteran Turkish journalist and prominent broadcaster who has been in prison over alleged links to the Gülen movement since...

Far-right MP attacks Armenian lawmaker, threatens with genocide

A far-right independent member of the Turkish Parliament has threatened Turkish-Armenian lawmaker Garo Paylan with facing the same fate as his ancestors amid debates...

Roma conscript dies under suspicious circumstances following hate speech by his commander

Caner Sarmaşık, 20, a conscript who was being targeted for being a Roma, died allegedly by suicide while on guard duty on April 29,...

Human Rights Association demands Turkish authorities immediately release sick, elderly woman from prison

The Human Rights Association (İHD) said in a statement from their YouTube channel that an imprisoned elderly woman, 75-year-old Fatma Güler, should be immediately...

Erdoğan using COVID-19 as pretext to ban nightlife, say musicians and actors

Musicians and actors say the ongoing ban on nightclubs, bars and music halls in Turkey, despite allowing similar entertainment venues to operate, suggests that...

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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...

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