129 people die in workplace accidents in Turkey in April

A total of 129 people died in workplace accidents in Turkey in April, according to a report by the Health and Safety Labor Watch...

Man claims he was beaten for hours at Istanbul police station

A man who was detained in Istanbul claimed he was tied to a chair and beaten for two hours by the police, the Duvar...

Turkish Supreme Court of Appeals upholds jail for opposition figure

Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a prison sentence for the head of the İstanbul branch of the country’s main opposition party,...

Former military cadet arrested to serve sentence for links to Gülen movement

A former military cadet was arrested on Tuesday at the Izmir airport to serve a seven year, six month sentence for links to the...

HDP lawmakers submit parliamentary question about pregnant women in Turkish prisons

Lawmakers from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) submitted a parliamentary question addressing the justice minister concerning pregnant women in Turkish prisons, the Bold Medya...

Pregnant woman arrested despite regulations diagnosed with cardiac dysrhythmia in prison

 A six-months-pregnant woman who was sent to prison for alleged links to the Gülen movement in April despite regulations has been diagnosed with cardiac...

Neighborhood watchmen allegedly harass 16-year-old girl in Istanbul

A 16-year-old girl was allegedly harassed and detained on Monday night by neighborhood watchmen in Istanbul, the Medyaport news website reported. The young girl, whose...

Turkish activists and unions say migrant workers exploited by employers

Human rights activists and union workers have said migrant workers in Turkey are being exploited by their employers, the Birgün daily reported. Eyüp Özer from...

Migration experts say majority of Syrians do not want to go home in response...

Following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's announcement last week that his government is working on a new project to ensure the “voluntary” return home...

Amid a culture of impunity, courts protect people in positions of power, lawyers say

Lawyers involved in legal proceedings concerning vulnerable communities in Turkey have said the judiciary often protects people in power by granting them impunity. Speaking to...

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Crackdown on the Kurdish Political Movement and Opposition Groups: 2023 in Review

The Turkish government’s persecution of the Kurdish political movement and pressures on other opposition groups persisted throughout 2023, a year in which Turkey held...

Turkey’s Crackdown on the Gülen Movement: 2023 in Review

The Gülen movement is a worldwide civic initiative rooted in the spiritual and humanistic tradition of Islam and inspired by the ideas of Fethullah...

Minority and Refugee Rights: 2023 in Review

Minority groups in Turkey suffered discrimination, hate speech and assaults, while a climate of impunity emboldened the offenders. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, his far-right ally...

Press Freedom in Turkey: 2023 in Review

The Turkish government continued to enjoy almost full control over the traditional media in 2023, with most mainstream outlets run by people and businesses...

Torture, Inhuman Treatment and Conditions in Turkish Prisons: 2023 in Review

Turkey has experienced a marked resurgence of torture and ill-treatment in custody over the past seven years and especially since a coup attempt on...

Crackdown on Human Rights Defenders in Turkey: 2023 in Review

The situation of human rights defenders in Turkey has significantly deteriorated since a coup attempt in July 2016, with the HRDs subjected to judicial...

Turkey’s Transnational Repression: 2023 in Review

Since a coup attempt in July 2016, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s long arm has reached tens of thousands of Turkish citizens abroad. From...

Human Rights Violations and Negligence: Feb. 2023 Earthquakes

On February 6, magnitude 7.8 and 7.5 earthquakes affected 11 provinces in Turkey’s south and southeast, killing more than 50,000 people and leaving millions homeless. The devastating...