Venice Commission warns against one-person regime in Turkey

The Council of Europe’s constitutional law experts, the Venice Commission, warn against a one-person regime in Turkey in a definitive, as-adopted, opinion on proposed...

Academic Gülmen and friends detained by police, tortured in detention

Dismissed with government's executive decrees academicians and teacher Nuriye Gülmen, Semih Özakça and Acun Karadağ, who have been staging a protest for 120 days...

Dutch gov’t cancels Minister Kaya’s political rallies in the Netherlands

Turkey’s Family and Social Affairs Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya’s several political campaign meetings have been cancelled in the Netherlands and Germany on Friday....

ECtHR turns back application of dismissed judge over non-exhaustion of domestic remedies

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has announced that the application of judge Kadriye Çakar, who was dismissed by a decree under Turkey’s...

UN report tells some 2,000 dead since truce with PKK collapse in Turkey

UN investigators found some 2,000 people were killed in 18 months of fighting, and accuse Turkish forces of serious human rights violations. The killings,...

Detention warrants issued for 102 people at Agriculture Ministry over alleged Gülen ties

The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has issued detention warrants for 102 people working at the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock over alleged...

Jailed journalist Şık says he is a ‘referendum hostage’ for being in ‘no’ camp

Prominent journalist and Cumhuriyet daily reporter Ahmet Şık, who was arrested last December on charges of disseminating terrorist propaganda, said on Thursday that he...

Journalist Hasan Cemal’s trial over columns on Kurdish settlement process begins

The trial of renowned Turkish journalist Hasan Cemal over his columns in 2013 that dealt with a settlement process for Turkey’s long-standing Kurdish problem...

Woman detained while showing newborn baby to jailed husband

S.Ö., whose husband was jailed a few weeks before she gave birth to a baby, was detained in Sakarya on March 8 when she...

ECtHR to take up journalist Ilıcak’s case on priority basis

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has decided to examine on a priority basis an application filed by jailed journalist Nazlı Ilıcak’s lawyer...

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Women’s Rights in Turkey: 2021 in Review

The year 2021 witnessed an increase in rights violations against women in Turkey, with rising numbers of femicide cases and the March 10 withdrawal...

Turkey’s Crackdown on Kurdish Political Movement: 2021 in Review

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