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HDP demands parliamentary debate on situation of sick prisoners

The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has asked the Turkish parliament to debate the situation of sick inmates in the country’s prisons, the Bianet...

Turkish Parliament rejects proposal to postpone prison sentence of mothers with children under 15

The Turkish Parliament removed from a bill that was passed on Thursday an article postponing the prison sentences of mothers with children under 15...

Turkey’s top court allows presidency to access personal data of citizens

In a controversial move that raised concerns further about the state violating the privacy of its citizens, Turkey’s Constitutional Court has allowed the Presidential...
ECtHR

ECtHR rules against Turkey in case of student convicted of insulting Erdoğan

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled that Turkey violated the right to freedom of expression of Ömür Çağdaş Ersoy, who was...

Jailed air force cadet not allowed to attend parents’ funeral

Murat Can Güney, 27, a former air force cadet sentenced to life imprisonment on coup charges, was not allowed to attend his parents’ funeral...

Appeals court upholds sentence of former teacher suffering from rare form of cancer

An appeals court on Friday approved a nine year, six month prison sentence for former teacher Ayşe Özdoğan, 33, who suffers from a rare...

Appeals court upholds 22-year sentence given to former Kurdish MP

A regional appeals court in the southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakır has upheld a prison sentence of 22 years, three months handed down to...

Turkish court rearrests victim of rendition immediately after release

Ayten Öztürk, who was forcibly transported from Lebanon to Turkey in 2018 by Turkish intelligence and testified in an İstanbul court in March about...

ECtHR rulings are binding, Turkey’s top court tells lower court

Turkey’s Constitutional Court ordered a retrial due to violation of the defendants’ rights in a case in which the Diyarbakır 6th High Criminal court...

UN calls on Turkey to stop misuse of terrorism law to detain rights defenders

The UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders on Wednesday called on Turkey to release imprisoned human rights defenders and stop...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Download PDF - New research shows Turkey’s purge destroyed lives of 21,000 health care workers More than 21,000 health care professionals including doctors, nurses, medical professors,...