Turkey sets clock back 10 years on women’s rights, says Amnesty International

Turkey has set the clock back 10 years on women's rights by withdrawing from the Istanbul Convention and has also set a “terrifying precedent,”...

Turkish lawyers criticize government proposal seeking restrictions on alimony

Turkish lawyers in an interview criticized a government proposal to restrict the duration of alimony, saying it aimed to stop women from seeking divorce,...

Turkey ranks 124th out of 146 countries in WEF gender gap report

Turkey has been ranked 124th out of 146 countries with respect to inequalities between men and women, according to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global...

22 women in Turkey fell victim to femicide in June

Twenty-two women were murdered by men in Turkey last month, while 27 died under suspicious circumstances, according to data from the We Will Stop Femicide Platform...

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...

PEN Turkey bestows women’s rights award on academic attacked by Erdoğan

The PEN Turkey Writers’ Association has granted its annual Duygu Asena Women’s Rights Award to Professor Ayşe Buğra, who was recently targeted by Turkish...

Turkish Interior minister claims number of femicides declined in first quarter of 2021

As Turkey receives growing criticism for withdrawing from an international treaty to combat domestic violence, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has claimed the number of...

I wish I would die, pregnant inmate mistreated in prison says in voice recording

Arzu Nur Özkan, an eight-months-pregnant former teacher, said the mistreatment she has endured in prison made her wish she could die, Bold Medya reported. According...

Turkish treasury and finance minister says women too ‘fragile’ to do manual labor jobs

Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Nureddin Nebati on Tuesday said in a discriminatory remark that women were more fragile than men and should not...

Femicide in Turkey: At least 275 women killed in first 10 months of 2022

At least 275 women in Turkey were killed by men between January and October despite the government’s claim that the number of femicides in...

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Crackdown on the Kurdish Political Movement and Opposition Groups: 2023 in Review

The Turkish government’s persecution of the Kurdish political movement and pressures on other opposition groups persisted throughout 2023, a year in which Turkey held...

Turkey’s Crackdown on the Gülen Movement: 2023 in Review

The Gülen movement is a worldwide civic initiative rooted in the spiritual and humanistic tradition of Islam and inspired by the ideas of Fethullah...

Minority and Refugee Rights: 2023 in Review

Minority groups in Turkey suffered discrimination, hate speech and assaults, while a climate of impunity emboldened the offenders. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, his far-right ally...

Press Freedom in Turkey: 2023 in Review

The Turkish government continued to enjoy almost full control over the traditional media in 2023, with most mainstream outlets run by people and businesses...

Torture, Inhuman Treatment and Conditions in Turkish Prisons: 2023 in Review

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

Crackdown on Human Rights Defenders in Turkey: 2023 in Review

The situation of human rights defenders in Turkey has significantly deteriorated since a coup attempt in July 2016, with the HRDs subjected to judicial...

Turkey’s Transnational Repression: 2023 in Review

Since a coup attempt in July 2016, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s long arm has reached tens of thousands of Turkish citizens abroad. From...

Human Rights Violations and Negligence: Feb. 2023 Earthquakes

On February 6, magnitude 7.8 and 7.5 earthquakes affected 11 provinces in Turkey’s south and southeast, killing more than 50,000 people and leaving millions homeless. The devastating...