Turkish gov’t seizes woman’s passport while on way to visit writer husband in exile

Police at İstanbul’s International Atatürk Airport has seized the passport of Fatma Tunç, the wife of writer Aziz Tunç while she was on way...

Interior Ministry says 966 detained in anti-Gülen operations since March 13

A total of 966 people were detained in operations targeting the faith-based Gülen movement over the past week, according to a statement from Turkey’s...

Imprisoned Turkish hunger-striking educator refuses to make defense in hospital

The imprisoned educator Nuriye Gülmen, who has been on hunger strike for 224 days, has reportedly refused to make her defense in hospital, where...

Diyarbakır provincial co-chairs of pro-Kurdish HDP arrested

Zeyyat Ceylan and Hülya Alökmen Uyanık, the Diyarbakır provincial co-chairs of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), were arrested today on the charge of...

OIC member states convene at Turkey’s invitation to denounce Quran burning, Islamophobia

Upon the invitation of Turkey, members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) convened in Jeddah on January 31 to condemn the recent burning...

ECtHR rejects release request of jailed Turkish hunger strikers

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on Wednesday rejected Turkish hunger striker educationists Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça’s request to order Turkish government...

Turkey’s Erdoğan threatens US over Zarrab, saying will set the world on fire

Turkey's autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday strongly criticized the US administration for allegedly trying to force jailed Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab to...

France contradicts Turkey’s Erdoğan on Khashoggi tapes

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday said that France was not in possession of recordings related to the killing of Saudi journalist...

Ankara mayor Gökçek resigns upon Turkish President Erdoğan’s order

Melih Gökçek, the Ankara Metropolitan Municipality mayor, announced his resignation on Saturday, saying his decision came after an order from Turkish autocratic President Recep...

İHD co-chair files complaint against prison guards who allegedly beat and sexually harassed female...

Human Rights Association (İHD) co-chair and lawyer Eren Keskin filed a complaint last week against prison guards who allegedly beat and sexually harassed a...

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Crackdown on the Kurdish Political Movement and Opposition Groups: 2023 in Review

The Turkish government’s persecution of the Kurdish political movement and pressures on other opposition groups persisted throughout 2023, a year in which Turkey held...

Turkey’s Crackdown on the Gülen Movement: 2023 in Review

The Gülen movement is a worldwide civic initiative rooted in the spiritual and humanistic tradition of Islam and inspired by the ideas of Fethullah...

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...

Press Freedom in Turkey: 2023 in Review

The Turkish government continued to enjoy almost full control over the traditional media in 2023, with most mainstream outlets run by people and businesses...

Torture, Inhuman Treatment and Conditions in Turkish Prisons: 2023 in Review

Turkey has experienced a marked resurgence of torture and ill-treatment in custody over the past seven years and especially since a coup attempt on...

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...

Turkey’s Transnational Repression: 2023 in Review

Since a coup attempt in July 2016, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s long arm has reached tens of thousands of Turkish citizens abroad. From...

Human Rights Violations and Negligence: Feb. 2023 Earthquakes

On February 6, magnitude 7.8 and 7.5 earthquakes affected 11 provinces in Turkey’s south and southeast, killing more than 50,000 people and leaving millions homeless. The devastating...