Woman detained while visiting imprisoned husband on Valentine’s Day

İ.A.O. was detained in Trabzon prison when she was visiting her husband H.O., who had been earlier jailed as part of the government’s post-coup...

Critically ill cancer patient left in Turkey’s prison to die

The torture and ill-treatment in a mass scale in Turkey’s prisons and detention centers amid blatant abuse of pre-trial detentions for punishment of the...

CoE’s top human rights advocate calls for restoration of media freedom in Turkey

Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, has called for implementing urgent measures to restore freedom of expression in Turkey, stressing that...

Keskin says torture has never been legitimized to this extent

Lawyer and human rights activist Eren Keskin said a state of emergency (OHAL) has been used to cover up all violations in Turkey, saying...

Aided by colleagues, abusive policeman seeks ways to dodge charges

With police brutality already proven to have increased in the recent protests across the country, Ali Genç, an abusive officer who was involved in...

2-month-old denied breast milk for 17 days while under detention with mother

Put under detention with his mother at Ankara’s Sincan Prison, a two-month-old newborn had been denied access to breast milk for 17 days. According to...

İHD report: 68 children killed during clashes in eastern, southeastern Turkey in 2016

Sixty-eight children were killed, 150 detained, 40 arrested and six were tortured during clashesbetween Turkish security forces and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in...

CHUV report: People sheltering in Cizre basement first killed, then burned

A report by scientists from the Vaudois University Hospital Center (CHUV) in Switzerland showed that residents who took shelter in the basement of a...

Two more women who just gave birth detained over links to Gülen movement

Filiz Y., a 30-year-old woman who gave birth at Mersin City Hospital last night, has been detained over alleged links to the Gülen movement,...

12-year-old Furkan denied departure from Turkey for treatment in Cuba dies of cancer

A 12-year-old child has died of brain cancer several months after Turkish border agents seized his and his parents’ passports at İstanbul Atatürk Airport,...

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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

The Turkish government continued its efforts to criminalize the Kurdish political movement with a view to weakening the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Turkey’s third...

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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...

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