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Kurdish asylum seekers face deportation to Turkey from Romania

Four Kurdish asylum seekers, including Kurdish journalist Nuri Akman, are facing the risk of being deported to Turkey by Romania, according to Turkish media. Although...

Turkish broadcast regulator further stifles dissent by imposing fines on pro-opposition TV channels

Turkey's Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) has imposed fines on broadcasters Halk TV and Tele 1, known for their critical stance against the...

Diary of deceased journalist tells of his ordeal as a cancer patient in prison

The journal of deceased journalist Mevlüt Öztaş, who succumbed to cancer after his belated release from prison, details his ordeal in prison as a...

Turkish court sentences journalist Deniz Yücel to almost 3 years prison

A Turkish court on Thursday convicted a correspondent for Germany’s Die Welt newspaper of engaging in propaganda in favor of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’...

Rights watchdogs to EU: Put respect for human rights at center of relations with...

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International in a joint letter on Tuesday to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrel...

RSF 2018 report: Turkey remains world’s biggest jailer of professional journalists

Turkey continues to be the world’s biggest jailer of professional journalists according to a report released on Tuesday by Reporters without Borders (RSF), despite...

Turkish gov’t detains closed Zaman daily’s lawyer Odabaşı over Gülen links

Turkish police detained now-closed Zaman daily's lawyer Ali Odabaşı allegedly as he was trying to escape persecution of the Justice and Development Party (AKP)...

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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...

Left Behind to Die: COVID-19 in Turkish Prisons and Discrimination Against Political Prisoners

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...

Turkey’s Judicial Council: Guarantor or Annihilator of Judicial Independence

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...

Human rights in Turkey: 2020 in review

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...

Erdogan’s Long Arm: The Case of Senegal

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...

Clampdown on foreign journalists in Turkey

Download PDF   Turkey, the most notorious country in the world in terms of jailing journalists, with 237 currently behind bars, has also come after foreign...

Free Thought under Siege in Turkey: the Crackdown on Education

Download PDF   - Crackdown on education sector in Turkey victimized nearly 100,000 teachers and academics The crackdown on critical thinking in Turkey with an unprecedented witch...

‘Erdoğan’s Long Arm: The Case of Sweden’

Download PDF   Turkey has expanded its witch hunt against critics to Sweden, using government institutions, affiliated NGOs and operatives, a report released by the Stockholm Center...

Kurdish political movement under crackdown in Turkey: The case of the HDP

Download PDF - New report highlights crackdown on Kurdish political movement in Turkey The Kurdish political movement has come under intense pressure from the current government...

Erdoğan’s Long Arm: The Case Of Norway

Download PDF - Erdoğan’s long arm reaches to Norway, targeting critics of Turkish government Turkey has escalated its witch hunt persecution on critics to Norway using...