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Europe saw 82 percent increase in asylum applications from Turkish citizens in 2023: EUAA

The number of Turkish citizens seeking asylum in the EU countries, Switzerland and Norway increased by 82 percent in 2023 over the previous year,...

Turkey again fires academic who signed peace petition

An appeals court in Turkey has ruled to remove from her job Mühdan Sağlam, an academic who was recently reinstated after initially being fired...

Rights defender reveals memo barring Turkey’s purge victims from public buildings

Opposition MP and leading human rights advocate Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu has won his legal battle to obtain a 2016 classified memo in which a...

Turkey arrests teacher over ByLock use despite ECtHR judgment

Turkish authorities have arrested former teacher Güler Çetinkaya due to her alleged use of the ByLock mobile messaging app despite a landmark European Court...

Turkey’s top court annuls parts of first presidential decree, citing ‘unconstitutionality’

Turkey’s Constitutional Court has cancelled parts of the first presidential decree issued following the country’s transition to a presidential system of governance in 2018...

Turkey’s top court declines to issue new ruling on jailed MP stripped of seat

Turkey’s Constitutional Court has declined to issue a third ruling in the case of a jailed opposition politician who was stripped of his parliamentary status last...

Turkish prosecutors contradict each other on Saturday Mothers vigils

Two Turkish prosecutors have made contradicting decisions concerning separate but identical protest vigils held by the Saturday Mothers activist group, with one prosecutor deciding...

Lost mail prevented judge’s petition challenging Erdoğan’s candidacy from reaching ECtHR

A former judge who was removed from the bench after filing an appeal against the nomination of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a presidential candidate in...

Judicial crisis: Top court ruling again ignored after repeated defiance of appeal judges

The decisions of Turkey’s highest court are being systematically disregarded by both the Supreme Court of Appeals and, increasingly, the local courts, deepening the...

Turkey sentences 15 Kurdish politicians to more than 100 years in prison

A court in southeast Turkey has announced its verdict in the trial of 15 local Kurdish politicians accused of terrorism, handing down sentences totaling...

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Hate speech and hate crimes against Syrian refugees in Turkey

The Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) has released its latest report, “Hate speech and hate crimes against Syrian refugees in Turkey,” a study that...

Human Rights in Turkey: 2022 in Review

Download PDF This report highlights the most important developments in the area of human rights in Turkey during the year 2022. Authoritarianism continued to gain ground...

Pushbacks of Turkish asylum seekers from Greece to Turkey: Violation of the principle of...

Download PDF   This report focuses on how illegal pushbacks by Greek authorities have devastating consequences on Turkish asylum seekers upon their return to Turkey. In recent years...

Turkey’s Transnational Repression: Abuse of asset freezing mechanisms under the pretext of prevention of...

Download PDF This report focuses on how the Turkish government’s decisions to freeze assets based on the pretext of preventing the financing of terrorism have...

Rule of Law(lessness) in Erdoğan’s Turkey

Download PDF This report focuses on how the criminal prosecutions and trials conducted on charges of terrorism since a coup attempt in Turkey in 2016...

Human rights in Turkey: 2021 in review

Download PDF   This report highlights the most important developments in the area of human rights in Turkey during the year 2021. Increasing pressure on the...
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Turkey’s Transnational Repression: Abduction, Rendition and Forcible Return of Erdoğan Critics

Download PDF   This report focuses on how the Turkish government under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has used extrajudicial and illegal methods for the forcible transfer...

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...