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Kavala’s ongoing detention runs against Turkey’s commitment to rule of law and respect for...

The decision last Friday of an İstanbul court to continue the imprisonment of philanthropist and human rights activist Osman Kavala on charges related to...

Police response was proportional, says Justice Ministry in the case of ‘Saturday Mothers’ protestor...

The police did not use excessive force against Aydın Aydoğan, whose arm was broken by the police on August 25, 2018 during the 700th...

Turkey’s judicial council denies complaint alleging corruption, battery by senior judge

Turkey’s Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) has denied claims that it received a complaint filed against a high-ranking member of the judiciary by...

Dismissed civil servant barred by authorities from attending public course

Nebi Toylak, a former public school teacher summarily fired by the Turkish government in the aftermath of an abortive putsch in July 2016, was...

Police officer who fatally shot Kurdish student acquitted of charges

A police officer who stood trial for fatally shooting a young student, thinking he was a suicide bomber, at a Newroz celebration in southeastern...

Police denied existence of secret witness whose statements were used in indictment

The Mardin provincial police department denied the existence of a secret witness named “Dicle,” whose statements were used in an indictment against two persons...

Turkey’s legal framework and enforcement system are inadequate to fight corruption: Transparency International

Turkey’s legal framework and enforcement system are inadequate to fight corruption, Transparency International said in its recent report on the bribery of foreign public...
Yüksel Kocaman and Erdogan

Public prosecutor’s wedding day visit to Erdoğan with bride sparks controversy

The wedding day visit of Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor Yüksel Kocaman and his bride to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at his palace on...

Council of Europe reaffirms support for Istanbul Convention amid Turkey’s possible withdrawal from treaty

The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on September 11 released a statement and reaffirmed...

Strip search of women in Turkey used for humiliation, witness testimonies show

The testimony of an increasing number of women detained on terrorism charges shows that Turkish security forces use strip searches unlawfully and systematically in...

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

The Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) on Friday released its latest report, “Turkey's Transnational Repression: Abuse of asset freezing mechanisms under the pretext of...

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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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