Kurdish soldier dies under suspicious circumstances after complaining to father of harassment

Osman Özçalımlı, a gendarmerie private recently assigned to a prison in the western city of İzmir, died under suspicious circumstances on Saturday, a day...
hüsamettin-uğur

Former Supreme Court of Appeals judge tortured and mistreated in prison

Nalan Dilara Uğur, daughter of former Supreme Court of Appeals judge Hüsamettin Uğur, has claimed in a series of tweets that her father was...

Turkey’s constitutional court opens the way for purged civil servants to practice law: report

Turkey’s Constitutional Court said on Friday that former public servants who were dismissed from their jobs by government decrees after a 2016 coup attempt...
Haluk Kirci

Convicted perpetrator of ‘Bahçelievler massacre’ appears on national TV, defends his crimes

Haluk Kırcı, the convicted murderer of seven university students in what is known as the “Bahçelievler massacre,” defended his crimes in an interview aired...
Admiral Mustafa Uğurlu

Turkish admiral summarily dismissed during NATO assignment tells NPR: Maybe I’m not as safe...

Rear Adm. Mustafa Uğurlu, Turkey’s flag officer at NATO’s Allied Command Transformation (ACT) based in Norfolk, Virginia, who was summarily dismissed from the military...
US Consulate Istanbul

Another US Consulate employee in Istanbul facing prison on terrorism charges

A Turkish prosecutor has demanded up to 15 years’ imprisonment for Nazmi Mete Cantürk, a security officer at the US Consulate General in Istanbul,...
PACE

Council of Europe rapporteurs to Turkey: Respect human rights and fundamental freedoms of ...

The rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) issued a joint statement on Thursday about the conviction of four Turkish...

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...
Cavusoglu and Turkish MFA

New ‘research center’ a dead end for purged diplomats reinstated by the courts

Career diplomats who were purged from the Foreign Ministry by the Turkish government and subsequently reinstated by the courts will be employed in a...

Torturers have destroyed my family, says father who lost wife, son in Aegean Sea

Hasan Aksoy, a literature teacher who was purged from his job, lost his wife and 3-year-old son in the Aegean Sea after the boat...

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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...

Turkey’s Crackdown on Kurdish Political Movement: 2021 in Review

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