Turan Canpolat

Lawyer arrested based on doctored documents has been in prison for 56 months

Turan Canpolat (51), a lawyer who was arrested based on doctored documents on January 30, 2016, has remained in isolation for 56 months, TR...

[UPDATE] Greek police rescue 17 Turkish migrants in danger of freezing to death

The Greek police rescued 17 Turkish asylum seekers, including five children and four women, who crossed the Evros River from Turkey to Greece and...

European lawmakers stand with prominent human rights activist Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu

A group of European lawmakers, academics and activists expressed solidarity with human rights defender and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu and...

Refugee women face rape, abuse and gross rights violations in Turkey

Refugees entering Turkey via the Iranian border have been facing human rights violations ranging from rape and sexual harassment to physical abuse and deprivation...

Prison administration continues limiting water supplied to former police chief jailed for conducting 2013...

A prison administration in Tekirdağ province continues to limit water supplied to former Turkish police chief Ömer Köse, who has been imprisoned since 2014...
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Turkey aiming to increase capacity of its prisons to 500,000 by 2024, says ...

The Turkish government is working to increase the capacity of its prisons to 500,000 by 2024, said Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a human rights defender...

Expelled pro-Kurdish MP released after brief detention in dawn raid

Turkish authorities on Sunday briefly detained a pro-Kurdish opposition MP who had refused to leave parliament for several days after his parliamentary status was...

Turkish historian sentenced to prison for alleged links to Gülen movement

The Istanbul 28th High Criminal Court has sentenced Turkish historian and writer Talha Uğurluel to six years, three months in prison for alleged links...

Turkish gov’t jailed not only journalist Karaca, but also his lawyers and the judges...

The trial of Turkish journalist Hidayet Karaca (55) has already taken its place in judicial history because not only has he been persecuted by...

Persecuted members of high courts held in solitary confinement in Turkish prisons

Dozens of judges and prosecutors who are former members of Turkey's high courts such as the Court of Cassation, the Council of State, the...

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