European rights court fines Turkey for unlawful strip-search in prison

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has faulted Turkey for violating the private and family life of Elif Kaya, who was subjected to...

Torture and Inhuman Treatment in Turkey: 2021 in Review

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

2 men beaten by police who raided the wrong house

Two men were beaten by narcotics police in Mersin province who allegedly raided their house by mistake, Mezopotamya news agency reported on Thursday. İsmail and...

HDP deputies accuse gov’t of turning a blind eye to torture in prison

Female deputies from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) at a Saturday press conference in parliament criticized the Turkish government turning a blind eye to...

Civil servant abducted by Turkish intelligence forced to testify against opposition deputies while in...

Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a deputy from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), said during budget talks on Friday that a man who was abducted and...

Turkey’s top court fines gov’t for torture in 5 cases, demands investigation into perpetrators

Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of applicants who claimed that they had faced torture and inhuman treatment in five different cases and ordered...

Court denies abducted teacher’s request for investigation into torture allegations

Ankara’s 1st Penal Court of Peace has rejected the appeal of Zabit Kişi, 48, whose request for an investigation into his allegations of torture...

I was electrocuted, beaten and made impotent, torture victim says

Ayhan Demir, 45, said he was made impotent as a result of the sexual torture and electrocution he was subjected to during his detention...

Female opposition MPs submit parliamentary question about woman inmate allegedly beaten and sexually harassed...

Twenty-two female deputies from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) asked in a parliamentary question posed to Turkish Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül if an investigation...

Rights advocates slam journalists for claiming ‘systematic torture no longer exists in Turkey’

Two Turkish journalists who are critical of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have come under fire for arguing that “systematic torture no...

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