Artist given 2 years’ jail time for painting destruction in Kurdish town of Nusaybin

Zehra Doğan, a Turkish painter and reporter for the now-closed Dicle news agency, has been given a prison sentence of two years, nine months,...

Die Welt reporter says he was jailed due to his reports not social media...

Deniz Yücel, a Turkish-German journalist for the German Die Welt daily, has told a group of opposition deputies who visited him in prison that...

Erdoğan advisor says Turkey to face more chaos than in post-June 7 period if...

Chief advisor to Turkey's autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and columnist İlnur Çevik has warned that there will be more chaos and instability in...

Tale of jailed academic exposes the absence of the rule of law in Turkey

Among thousands of academics who were dismissed and/or arrested with false charges under Turkey’s abusive anti-terror laws, a terrible ordeal of 26-year old research...

Police detain 10 students who set up stand for Int’l Women’s Day

Ten students at Ankara University were detained by police on Monday after they set up a stand on campus to mark the approaching International...

Merkel condemns Erdoğan’s ‘Nazi’ accusations amid strained ties with Turkey

Amid strained relations with Turkey, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday condemned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent remarks likening cancellation of several rallies...

Turkey gov’t systematically jails women in persecution of critics

As part of escalating crackdown on dissent and criticism which landed almost 50,000 people in jail in the last six months alone, Turkish government...

Team of AKP Deputy Chairman’s brother bombed Parliament on July 15

An indictment drafted in the case of a failed coup attempt on July 15 claims that the team of Maj. Gen. Mehmet Dişli, one...

Minister says Venice Commission report aims to encourage ‘no’ vote in referendum

Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ has accused the Venice Commission, an advisory body of constitutional law experts, of attempting to influence public opinion in...

Turkey referred to UN Security Council over arrested judge of UN legal panel

Turkey is infringing the judicial independence of a United Nations (UN) war crimes tribunal by holding one of its judges in prison despite an...

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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

The Turkish government continued its efforts to criminalize the Kurdish political movement with a view to weakening the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Turkey’s third...

Torture and Inhuman Treatment in Turkey: 2021 in Review

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

Press Freedom in Turkey: 2021 in Review

The Turkish government continued to muzzle the press in 2021 in a variety of ways, including imprisoning journalists and using regulatory authorities to exert...

Turkey’s Transnational Repression: Abduction, Rendition and Forcible Return of Erdoğan Critics

Download PDF   The Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) on Thursday released its latest report, “Turkey’s Transnational Repression: Abduction, Rendition and Forcible Return of Erdoğan Critics,”...

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...

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Download PDF   This report focuses on amendments made to the Law on the Execution of Sentences and Security Measures in order to decrease Turkey’s prison...

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Download PDF   This report focuses on Turkey’s top judicial administrative body (HSK, previously HSYK) and the country’s judicial architecture. It provides an assessment of the...

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Download PDF   This report highlights the most important developments in the area of human rights in Turkey during the year 2020. Rising pressure on the...

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Download PDF Turkey has expanded its witch hunt against critics to the West African nation of Senegal, specifically targeting members of the Gülen movement, using...