Conditions in Kayseri Bünyan and Tarsus prisons dismal, says parliamentary Human Rights Committee

The Turkish Parliament's Human Rights Committee has said in a report that conditions in Tarsus and Kayseri Bünyan prisons were dismal and needed major...

Turkey’s post-coup decrees continue to wreak havoc on lives of purge victims: report

A joint report by two NGOs based in Europe has revealed that victims of a massive purge of state institutions by the Turkish government...

Turkey’s purge victims protest against gov’t policies that lead to youth suicides

A nongovernmental organization founded by victims of Turkey’s post-coup purge held a protest in İstanbul’s Kadıköy district on Tuesday, drawing attention to government policies...

Abducted teacher says he does not have access to proper healthcare in prison

Zabit Kişi, a former teacher who was abducted from Kazakhstan by Turkish intelligence agency MİT, said in a letter to Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP)...

European rights court fines Turkey for unlawful strip-search in prison

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has faulted Turkey for violating the private and family life of Elif Kaya, who was subjected to...

Opposition HDP asks for parliamentary investigation into killing of journalist Dink

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has asked the Turkish parliament to investigate the killing of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who was murdered in...

Turkish government to build 36 new prisons in next four years

The Turkish government has allocated 8.7 billion lira (564 million euros) for the construction of 36 new prisons in the next four years, which...

9 women detained in Ankara for demanding free feminine hygiene products

Turkish police dispersed a group of women in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Monday who wanted to stage a protest demanding free feminine...

Parents worry about children’s mental health after teen dies by suicide over father’s imprisonment

Parents over the last two days have expressed concern about the mental well-being of their children after 16-year-old Bahadır Odabaşı died by suicide on...

Inmate in Iskenderun prison faces foot amputation if not treated immediately

An inmate in Turkey's southeastern Iskenderun T-Type Prison has appealed to the Human Rights Association (IHD), saying he is at risk of losing his...

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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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