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...

Mother of 9-month-old baby sent to prison in defiance of legal provisions

Suna Aras, the mother of a 9-month-old baby, was sent to prison in violation of a law that requires the postponement of the execution...

Woman imprisoned with 40-day-old infant on trumped-up terror charges denied parole

A woman who was arrested with her 40-day-old baby on trumped-up terror charges in 2016 was denied release from prison by the parole board...

Pregnant woman and husband detained, forced to leave 3 children behind

Zeynep Doğan (33), who is seven months pregnant, and her husband Ahmet Doğan (39) were detained on Friday and were forced to leave their...

Mother of toddler arrested in defiance of legal provisions

Sultan and İbrahim Ataş, the parents of a 14-month-old-toddler and a 3-year-old girl, were arrested on Sunday despite legal provisions that require postponement of...

Strip search of women in Turkey used for humiliation, witness testimonies show

The testimony of an increasing number of women detained on terrorism charges shows that Turkish security forces use strip searches unlawfully and systematically in...

Female students strip-searched, denied right to consult lawyer

Female students detained by Turkish police last week over alleged links to the Gülen movement were subjected to a strip-search and interrogated without a...
Ceyran family

Woman jailed with 2-year-old son on trumped-up terrorism charges appeals for justice

Emine Ceyran (35), who is in prison with her two-year-old son on trumped-up terrorism charges, in a letter to human rights defender and pro-Kurdish...

Female officer raped in detention by Turkish police had to abort pregnancy: report

A female officer who had served in the Turkish army had to have an abortion after she was raped in police custody, Lt. Abdulvahap...
Sevdegül Güler

Bedridden woman whose mother was denied care allowance due to alleged affiliation with Gülen...

Sevdegül Güler, a bedridden woman whose mother was denied a care allowance by Turkey’s Ministry of Family and Social Policies due to her alleged...

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