• In office for three terms since 2002, and enjoying a strong parliamentary majority, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has demonstrated a growing intolerance of political opposition, public protest, and critical media. Government legislative and other efforts to limit corruption investigations implicating ministers and the prime minister’s family have seriously undermined judicial independence and the rule of law. A continuing ceasefire between the Turkish military and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the context of an embryonic peace process to end a decades-long conflict with the armed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) continues to offer an opportunity to further human rights in Turkey.

  • Rescuers carry the body of a miner from the Eynez mine, Soma, a district in Turkey's western province of Manisa. 301 men died in the mine disaster on May 13, 2014.
    The trial on April 13, 2015, over the biggest mine disaster in Turkey’s history is a first step towards justice for the victims.