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EP officials urge Turkey to release political prisoners amid coronavirus pandemic

The European Parliament’s standing rapporteur on Turkey, Nacho Sánchez Amor, and the chair of the EP Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, Sergey Lagodinsky, on...

Turkish deputy launches campaign for release of prisoners over coronavirus concerns

Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a member of parliament and one of Turkey’s most prominent human rights defenders, has submitted legislation for the postponement of prison sentences due to...

Erdoğan says Gezi Park protests were ‘heinous attack’ on country

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Wednesday he respected a court decision to acquit philanthropist Osman Kavala and eight others over their role in the...

Turkey ranks second out of 47 countries in number of cases before ECtHR

Turkey has a total of 9,250 cases pending review by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), ranking second after Russia among the 47 countries subject...

Turkish rappers release 2 songs criticizing social injustice, human rights abuses

Turkish rappers on Friday released two new songs criticizing the Turkish government and urging the public, especially young people, to raise their voices against political and...

Bar association reports ill treatment of inmates by guards in Turkey’s east

The Diyarbakır Bar Association has announced that scores of inmates in a high security prison in eastern Elazığ province were physically battered by guards, the Artı Gerçek...

Jailed Turkish teacher not taken to hospital after cardiac problem

Teacher İsmet Özçelik, who was abducted from Malaysia by the Turkish intelligence agency and rendered to Turkey, was not taken to a hospital despite reportedly having suffered...

CoE calls on Turkey to repair damage to Turkish judiciary inflicted by state of emergency

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović has called on Turkish authorities to take immediate action to restore confidence in the judiciary, which she...

Turkish human rights lawyer to receive Thomas Dehler Medal for work on media freedom

Lawyer Veysel Ok, who has defended dozens of journalists in Turkey who were prosecuted for their work, is going to receive the Thomas Dehler Medal 2019,...

Diyarbakır Bar Association investigated for insult to Turkishness

The Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation into the previous administration of the Diyarbakır Bar Association over Article 301 of the...

AI Germany says Turkey, Russia violating human rights declaration: report

Amnesty International (AI) Germany’s secretary-general criticized Turkey and Russia in particular for violating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the anniversary of the...

EP’s Piri: Without urgent reforms, no improvement in EU-Turkey relations

Completing a fact-finding mission to Turkey, Kati Piri, the European Parliament’s Turkey rapporteur, called on the Turkish government to make real reforms in order...

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Turkey’s judicial council rewards judges and prosecutors for their role in gov’t-led prosecutions: report

Turkey’s Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) on Friday named 11 judges and prosecutors, many of whom played critical roles in government-led prosecutions, as...

‘We have to take measures,’ says Erdoğan as opposition questions COVID death toll

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday said his government was obliged to take measures in the face of skyrocketing COVID-19 infections in the...

NATO’s reform plan to make veto more difficult likely to be blocked by Turkey

NATO-appointed experts on Wednesday presented to the foreign ministers of member countries a plan on reforming the alliance, including a proposal to make it...

Belgium’s highest criminal court will convene over Facebook posts insulting Gülen-linked residents

A court in Belgium on November 16 referred 14 Belgians of Turkish descent to the country's highest criminal court over Facebook comments targeting residents...

4 detained in police raid of Kurdish party branch, other locations in eastern Turkey

Four people were detained when Turkish police raided the provincial office of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and various other locations in the...
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