Turkish Supreme Court of Appeals president says femicide cases in Turkey exaggerated

President of Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals Mehmet Akarca said in a controversial remark on Friday that femicide was exaggerated in Turkey as the...

Turkey’s spying activities in Germany increased in 2021

The number of investigations launched by German authorities into the activities of foreign intelligence services in the country, particularly Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT),...
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Court releases assailant who staged attack at HDP office in İstanbul

An İstanbul court on Monday ruled to release from detention a man who staged an attack at a pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) building...

Kurdish singer says concert cancelled by municipality for including Kurdish songs

Kurdish singer Mem Ararat said in a statement on Twitter that a concert of his which was scheduled to take place on December 4...

Victim of extraordinary rendition gives account of torture in court

Ayten Öztürk, who was abducted from Lebanon in 2018 by Turkish intelligence, testified in an İstanbul court yesterday about the torture and inhumane treatment...

Court accepts indictment against jailed Kurdish leaders over Kobani protests: report

A Turkish court has accepted an indictment naming 108 people including jailed Kurdish leaders Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ in connection to street protests...

Turkish authorities must release Mehmet Aslan and refrain from arresting journalists based on vague...

Turkish authorities must immediately release Mehmet Aslan, a reporter for the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya News Agency, and refrain from arresting members of the press in...

Journalist Baransu’s wife says she’s suffering civil death due to husband’s incarceration: report

Nesibe Baransu, the wife of Turkish journalist Mehmet Baransu, who has been behind bars for more than five years, on Tuesday told the Jailed...

Female journalists in Turkey face discrimination and harassment at work, says media association

Female journalists in Turkey face problems at work, ranging from unequal pay to sexual harassment, most frequently seen in local media outlets, according to...

Document exposes large-scale spying campaign on critics in Australia by Turkish diplomats

The Turkish government used its diplomats in Australia to carry out a large-scale spying campaign on opponents of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and...

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Minority and Refugee Rights in Turkey: 2021 in Review

Minorities and refugees in Turkey continued to suffer from rights violations, hate speech and attacks throughout the year. President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and his...

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