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...

3 journalists detained in home raids in eastern Turkey

Turkish police on Tuesday morning detained three journalists in the eastern province of Van following raids on their houses, Turkish Minute reported, citing the...

4 workers rescued after chrome mine collapses in eastern Turkey

Four workers were rescued after getting trapped when a mine collapsed in eastern Turkey, Turkish Minute reported on Monday, citing Agence France-Presse. The incident comes...

Turkey bans access to streaming platform Twitch

Turkey has imposed a ban on access to Twitch, one of the most popular live streaming platforms in the country, Turkish Minute reported. Turkey’s Telecommunications...

Woman dies of cancer after imprisonment on Gülen links

Betül Aygün, a 30-year-old former teacher, died of breast cancer after her treatment was significantly delayed by a prison administration during her incarceration on...

Turkish authorities arrest pregnant woman for alleged links to Gülen movement

A seven-months-pregnant woman was arrested on Tuesday in western Turkey’s Edirne province for alleged links to the Gülen movement, the Tr724 news website reported.  Mevlüde Göksü,...
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Turkish authorities continue to engage in transnational repression, says HRW report

Turkish authorities have continued the practice of organizing the abduction and rendition to Turkey of individuals with alleged links to the Gülen movement, Human...

Exiled journalist faces 10-year prison sentence for insulting Erdoğan

A Turkish prosecutor has demanded up to 10 and a half years in prison for Hayko Bağdat, a Turkish-Armenian journalist based in Germany, on...

Turkey’s RTÜK rains down sanctions on TV stations

The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), Turkey’s broadcasting and streaming regulator, has imposed administrative fines and temporary broadcast halts on a number of...

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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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...