• 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.

  • 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.

Reports

Turkey

  • Dec 15, 2014
    The prosecution of 35 football fans on coup-plot charges is a blatant misuse of the criminal justice system.
  • Dec 15, 2014
    The public detentions in Turkey of journalists that appear to be without sufficient evidence they committed a criminal offense will harm media freedom and chill free speech. On December 14, 2014, the editor of the daily Zaman newspaper was arrested, along with the head of Samanyolu broadcasting group and other media personnel
  • Dec 11, 2014
    The Turkish government’s proposed expansion of police powers to search and detain and for the use of firearms would undermine human rights protections. A number of the proposals in a draft security bill would circumvent the role of prosecutors and judiciary in ways that directly undercut safeguards against the arbitrary abuse of power.
  • Dec 2, 2014
    Landmines placed decades ago by the Turkish military have killed at least three civilians trying to flee Syria and injured at least nine others. The landmines, in a restricted zone along the border with Syria, threaten thousands more Syrian refugees.
  • Nov 4, 2014
    Kurdish children from the Syrian city of Kobani (or Ain al-`Arab in Arabic) were tortured and abused while detained by Islamic State (also known as ISIS). Four children gave detailed accounts of the suffering they endured while held for four months with about 100 other children.
  • Oct 22, 2014
    A new government bill before the Turkish parliament would expand police search and court seizure and wiretap powers, reversing reforms approved in February, 2014.
  • Sep 29, 2014
    Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government is taking far-reaching steps to weaken the rule of law, control the media and Internet, and clamp down on critics and protestors, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
  • Sep 15, 2014
    New legal amendments giving the Turkish authorities broad powers to block websites and to amass users’ internet activity data should be overturned.
  • Sep 9, 2014
  • Sep 1, 2014
    Turkey, the host of a UN-sponsored Internet forum September 2-5, 2014 in Istanbul, has an abysmal record of protecting free expression online. In recent months, the Turkish government has expanded its powers to censor online content and to monitor Internet activity without independent oversight.