Turkish pianist under detention over social media posts

Turkish pianist Dengin Ceyhan was detained on Tuesday over his social media posts. Born in 1991, Ceyhan is teaching at the Hacettepe University conservatory....

BHRC calls on Turkish Constitutional Court to address human rights abuses

Kirsty Brimelow QC, the Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee of the Bar of England (BHRC) and Wales, has written a letter to the Turkish...

Turkish officers seeking asylum in Netherlands allowed to stay for 18 months

A group of Turkish officers who refused to return to Turkey in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt on July 15 and sought...

Austrian deputy says Turkey spying on Erdoğan critics

Following the removal of several Turkish imams from Germany amid allegations of illegal profiling of government critics, an Austrian deputy on Monday claimed that...

Prosecutor cites Twitter messages as terror evidence for critical journalists

In the most bizarre case ever seen in Turkey against 29 indicted journalists, Turkish prosecutor cited Tweets and Retweets amounting legitimate criticisms as evidence...

50 civilians, police officers detained across Turkey over links to failed coup

A total of 50 businessmen, housewives and police officers were detained as part of ongoing operations on Monday targeting followers of the faith-based Gülen...

Germany’s Lammert accuses Erdoğan of perpetrating coup against constitution

Norbert Lammert, the president of Germany’s Bundestag, criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday, saying he had carried out a coup against the...

Hürriyet daily refuses to publish interview with author Pamuk for saying ‘no’ in referendum

One of the leading newspapers in Turkey, the Hürriyet daily, has refused to publish an interview with Orhan Pamuk, Turkey’s most famous writer and...

İstanbul court accepts indictment against 235 police officers

An İstanbul court on Monday accepted an indictment against 235 police officers, who were arrested after a coup attempt on July 15, 2016, for...

Jailed journalist deprived of food and water for hours

Imprisoned president of the now-shut-down Samanyolu TV Hidayet Karaca said during a hearing on Monday that he had not been given any food or...

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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...

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