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Bar associations call on Erdoğan to stop targeting Istanbul Convention

In a joint statement on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s latest remarks regarding the Istanbul Convention, eight of Turkey’s bar associations have urged him to...

Turkish authorities arrest pregnant women, sparking public outrage

A five-months-pregnant woman was arrested on Sunday for alleged links to the Gülen movement, sparking outrage among activists and opposition politicians, the Bold Medya...

Journalist Aslıhan Gençay disciplined for objecting to unlawful strip search in prison

Aslıhan Gençay, a former columnist for the Bianet and Siyasi Haber news websites, was disciplined for objecting to an unlawful strip search in central...

Woman speaks out about humiliating experiences during arrest and her children’s trauma

Hacer Koç, 44, one of the first women to come forward to share her experience of an unlawful strip-search in prison, talked to Bold...

Turkey’s withdrawal from Istanbul Convention is a ‘worrying step backwards’: UN human rights experts

Turkey’s decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, the Council of Europe’s (CoE) binding treaty to prevent and combat violence against women, is “a...

Turkish court acquits abused woman of murdering her husband, setting a precedent for spouses...

A recent trial in which a court found an abused woman had acted in self-defense in killing her husband is crucial in setting a...

3 women detained by police acting without a warrant for attending demonstration

Turkish police on Wednesday detained three women, whose identities were not disclosed, during a raid on their homes in Istanbul, despite not having a...

Women’s rights activists demonstrate at Council of State for reinstatement of Istanbul Convention

 Representatives of women's rights organizations and opposition politicians gathered on Tuesday morning in front of the Council of State, Turkey's highest administrative court, in...

Turkish police adopt ISIS-like torture tactics, see women and girls as sex slaves: report

The terrible accounts of the torture of people in police custody at an unofficial detention site in Turkey, related by multiple victims in court...
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Sex crime convictions increased 10-fold in Turkey in 10 years: report

The number of people convicted of sex crimes in Turkey saw a sharp increase from 562 in 2009 to 5,800 in 2019, a 10-fold...

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Turkey’s Transnational Repression: Abuse of asset freezing mechanisms under the pretext of prevention of...

The Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) on Friday released its latest report, “Turkey's Transnational Repression: Abuse of asset freezing mechanisms under the pretext of...

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Download PDF This report focuses on how the criminal prosecutions and trials conducted on charges of terrorism since a coup attempt in Turkey in 2016...

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Download PDF   This report highlights the most important developments in the area of human rights in Turkey during the year 2021. Increasing pressure on the...
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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...

Turkey’s Judicial Council: Guarantor or Annihilator of Judicial Independence

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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