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Femicide victim was told by police to deal with abuse herself, witness testimony reveals

Remziye Yoldaş, who was murdered by her husband Veysi Yoldaş in August 2020, was told to "deal with it yourself” by police officers when...

İstanbul Convention for preventing domestic violence splits Erdoğan’s party

The İstanbul Convention, signed by member countries of the Council of Europe in 2011 to promote women’s rights and prevent domestic violence in societies,...

Female student subjected to unlawful strip-search files complaint amid government’s persistent denial

A female student who was subjected to an unlawful strip-search in detention has filed a complaint with the prosecutor’s office after top government officials...

Turkish Supreme Court of Appeals judge-rapporteur slammed for sexist legal guide

A judge-rapporteur from Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals has been slammed for sexist remarks in his newly published book, titled "A Public Prosecutor’s Duty...

Top court issues landmark ruling to investigate gov’t officials for negligence in femicide case

Turkey’s Constitutional Court has issued a landmark decision in the case of government officials accused of negligence in the murder of academic Serpil Erfındık,...

MP brings case of young Kurdish woman murdered in Afrin to Turkish Parliament

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on June 7 that a young Kurdish woman was found dead in Al-Fayraziyah village near the...
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Turkish Twitter users stand against sexual harassment and unlawful strip searches in Turkish prisons

Sexual harassment and unlawful strip-searches in Turkish prisons and detention centers were protested on Twitter on Tuesday after human rights activist and pro-Kurdish Peoples’...

International community and organizations react to Turkey’s withdrawal from Istanbul Convention

World leaders, international and regional organizations and right groups have reacted negatively to Turkey's decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, the Council of...

Minister under fire for claiming ‘tolerable level’ of domestic violence during pandemic

Turkey’s Minister of Family and Social Services Derya Yanık has attracted widespread criticism due to remarks suggesting that Turkey has experienced “tolerable levels” of...

Turkish judge draws criticism for saying women should not demonstrate against femicide

A judge at the İstanbul 58th Penal Court of First Instance sparked criticism from women’s rights activists after saying during a hearing that women...

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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...

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...

Press Freedom in Turkey: 2021 in Review

The Turkish government continued to muzzle the press in 2021 in a variety of ways, including imprisoning journalists and using regulatory authorities to exert...

Turkey’s Transnational Repression: Abduction, Rendition and Forcible Return of Erdoğan Critics

Download PDF   The Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) on Thursday released its latest report, “Turkey’s Transnational Repression: Abduction, Rendition and Forcible Return of Erdoğan Critics,”...

Turkey’s Abuse of INTERPOL: How Erdoğan Weaponized the International Criminal Police Organization for Transnational...

Download PDF   This report focuses on how the Turkish government, under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has abused INTERPOL in a number of ways. The Erdoğan government has...

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Download PDF   This report focuses on amendments made to the Law on the Execution of Sentences and Security Measures in order to decrease Turkey’s prison...

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Download PDF   This report focuses on Turkey’s top judicial administrative body (HSK, previously HSYK) and the country’s judicial architecture. It provides an assessment of the...

Human rights in Turkey: 2020 in review

Download PDF   This report highlights the most important developments in the area of human rights in Turkey during the year 2020. Rising pressure on the...

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Download PDF Turkey has expanded its witch hunt against critics to the West African nation of Senegal, specifically targeting members of the Gülen movement, using...