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Minority and Refugee Rights: 2023 in Review

Minority groups in Turkey suffered discrimination, hate speech and assaults, while a climate of impunity emboldened the offenders. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, his far-right ally...

Crackdown on Human Rights Defenders in Turkey: 2023 in Review

The situation of human rights defenders in Turkey has significantly deteriorated since a coup attempt in July 2016, with the HRDs subjected to judicial...

13-year-old Kurd placed under travel ban, judicial supervision despite suffering racist attack

A court in İstanbul has imposed judicial supervision measures and a travel ban on a 13-year-old Kurdish teenager in a case concerning an alleged...

Syrian refugee teen physically assaulted in southern Turkey

A 15-year-old Syrian refugee was brutally beaten by the family of a friend over a game dispute in the southern province of Gaziantep, the...

Prosecutor demands aggravated life for man accused of brutally murdering Syrian refugees

An İzmir prosecutor has demanded an aggravated life sentence for Kemal Korukmaz, who allegedly burned three Syrian construction workers to death in November 2021,...

Kurdish Alevi university student allegedly brutalized in apparent hate crime

A university student in İstanbul has been allegedly brutalized by roommates due to his Kurdish and Alevi identities, according to local media reports. The student,...

Journalists arrested over anti-refugee messages released pending trial

An Ankara court has released 10 people pending trial, including four journalists, who were arrested last year due to social media posts allegedly targeting...

Turkey’s minorities, migrants suffered more than 200 attacks in 2023: report

Kurds, Alevis and migrants suffered at least 208 racist and discriminatory attacks throughout 2023, the Mezopotamya news agency reported on Wednesday, citing a new...

Controversial mayor investigated for targeting Arabs in billboard message

Turkish prosecutors have launched an investigation into a controversial mayor from the country’s main opposition party due to his remarks targeting Arabs on billboards...

Syriac MP in Turkish parliament faces criticism for sending Christmas wishes in native language

George Aslan, a Syriac deputy from the Peoples’ Equality and Democracy Party (DEM), has faced hostile remarks from the far right for using his...

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Hate speech and hate crimes against Syrian refugees in Turkey

The Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) has released its latest report, “Hate speech and hate crimes against Syrian refugees in Turkey,” a study that...

Human Rights in Turkey: 2022 in Review

Download PDF This report highlights the most important developments in the area of human rights in Turkey during the year 2022. Authoritarianism continued to gain ground...

Pushbacks of Turkish asylum seekers from Greece to Turkey: Violation of the principle of...

Download PDF   This report focuses on how illegal pushbacks by Greek authorities have devastating consequences on Turkish asylum seekers upon their return to Turkey. In recent years...

Turkey’s Transnational Repression: Abuse of asset freezing mechanisms under the pretext of prevention of...

Download PDF This report focuses on how the Turkish government’s decisions to freeze assets based on the pretext of preventing the financing of terrorism have...

Rule of Law(lessness) in Erdoğan’s Turkey

Download PDF This report focuses on how the criminal prosecutions and trials conducted on charges of terrorism since a coup attempt in Turkey in 2016...

Human rights in Turkey: 2021 in review

Download PDF   This report highlights the most important developments in the area of human rights in Turkey during the year 2021. Increasing pressure on the...
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Turkey’s Transnational Repression: Abduction, Rendition and Forcible Return of Erdoğan Critics

Download PDF   This report focuses on how the Turkish government under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has used extrajudicial and illegal methods for the forcible transfer...

Turkey’s Abuse of INTERPOL: How Erdoğan Weaponized the International Criminal Police Organization for Transnational...

Download PDF   This report focuses on how the Turkish government, under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has abused INTERPOL in a number of ways. The Erdoğan government has...