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Risk of Further Arbitrary Detention and Unfair Trial

(Berlin) – Turkish and Kyrgyz authorities abducted, forcibly disappeared, and extrajudicially transferred a dual Turkish-Kyrgyz national living in Bishkek to Turkey, Human Rights Watch said today. The actions included egregious violations of…
Screenshot of a broadcast on TRT TV on July 5 2021, in which Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announces that the intelligence services have transported Orhan İnandı from Kyrgyzstan to Turkey.
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Council of Europe Body Should Require Turkey to Implement Demirtaş Judgment

(Istanbul) – The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers should direct Turkey to release the Kurdish opposition politician Selahattin Demirtaş in compliance with a European Court of Human Rights judgment, five human rights groups said today…
Selahattin Demirtaş, former co-chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), was among MPs jailed on November 4, 2016. His vacant seat in the general assembly of Turkey’s parliament is shown here marked with his photo.
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Free Detainees; Respect Freedom of Assembly

(Istanbul) – Turkish authorities have placed hundreds of student protesters under possible criminal investigation, Human Rights Watch said today. The students were arrested during weeks of protests against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s appointment…
During student protests against President Erdoğan’s appointment of a rector to Boğaziçi University, police used handcuffs to keep the campus gate shut in Istanbul, Turkey, January 4, 2021
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Reverse Decision to Appoint Local Representative in Turkey

(Istanbul) – YouTube announced on December 16, 2020, that it will appoint a local representative in Turkey to comply with the country’s recently amended internet law, making it much more susceptible to content removal and take-down requests by the…
YouTube announced on December 16, 2020 that it will appoint a local representative in Turkey to comply with the country’s recently amended internet law.
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End Violations of Media Freedom; Annul Abusive Measures; Ensure Impartiality

(Istanbul) – Turkey’s broadcasting watchdog, the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), is imposing punitive and disproportionate sanctions against independent television and radio channels that broadcast commentary and news coverage critical of…
The Monitoring Center of the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) where the broadcasts of more than 1780 radio and television stations are regulated.  November 9, 2020 
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Pattern of Politically Motivated Prosecutions, Detentions

(Istanbul) – The Turkish government should immediately release from detention Selahattin Demirtaş, former co-leader of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), in accordance with the 2018 judgment of the European Court of Human Rights, ARTICLE…
Selahattin Demirtaş, former co-chair of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), has been held in Edirne F-type Prison since November 4, 2016.
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(Berlin) – The following statement was issued by 11 organizations, including Human Rights Watch, following their  visit to Turkey on October 6-9, 2020 to meet with journalists, officials, and others to assess the conditions for media freedom in…
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Dursoltan Taganova Risks Arbitrary Detention, Torture if Returned Home

Update (October 15, 2020): On October 12, Dorsultan Taganova was released from the Kirklareli Pehlivankoy women’s deportation center. The undersigned groups will continue to monitor her case. (Berlin) – The Turkish government should halt plans to…
Dorsultan Taganova.
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Government Uses 2014 Protests as Pretext for Political Crackdown

(Istanbul) – An Ankara court has ordered the detention of 17 current and former politicians and officials from the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP)and imposed judicial control conditions on three others released from custody, Human Rights…
In the corridors of Ankara courthouse, lawyers and MPs wave to Peoples’ Democratic Party politicians and officials waiting to testify before a court. Ankara, October 1, 2020.
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Verdict Aims to Stifle Human Rights Movement

(Istanbul) – The conviction of four human rights defenders on July 3, 2020, without evidence of any criminal wrongdoing, is politically motivated and an effort to stifle the legitimate work of Turkey’s human rights movement, Human Rights Watch said…
Eleven human rights defenders were prosecuted in the Büyükada case, named after the island in Istanbul where ten were detained at a human rights education workshop in July 2017.
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Syrians Returned to Streets Over Economic Meltdown

(Beirut) – Syrian security forces responded to a protest in the city of Sweida on June 15 by beating and arresting protesters demonstrating against the government’s failure to address the country’s economic meltdown, Human Rights Watch said today. The…
People hold up banners at a protest in Sweida on June 9, 2020
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Investigations into Medical Chamber Leaders Undermine Pandemic Response

(Istanbul) – Turkish authorities should immediately halt investigations into doctors running three professional medical associations in Turkey’s southeast and eastern regions, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should respect both freedom…
A team of doctors puts on protective suits before they meet a patient with suspected COVID-19, Istanbul May 2020. © 2020 Yasin Akgu/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
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Council of Europe Ministers Should Urge Osman Kavala’s Release

(Strasbourg) – The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers should issue a decision at its June 4, 2020 meeting directing Turkey to release human rights defender Osman Kavala and drop all charges against him, Human Rights Watch, the International…
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Checks and Balances Illusive; Critics Under Attack

(Istanbul) – A review of the situation in Turkey before the United Nations offers a chance to acknowledge and address the country’s human rights crisis and the dramatic erosion of its rule of law framework, Human Rights Watch said today…
Supporters and relatives of human rights defender Osman Kavala and 15 others on trial for allegedly organizing the 2013 Gezi Park protests queue outside the Silivri Prison court house, Istanbul, June 24, 2019. Thousands are arbitrarily detained on terrori
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Four Confirmed in Custody; Two Remain Missing

(London) – The Turkish authorities’ decision to deny lawyers access to four men, who were forcibly disappeared in February 2019, but are now confirmed to be in police custody in Ankara raises concerns that the men may be being put under…
Wives of six men who went missing in February 2019 join the weekly Saturday Mothers vigil in Istanbul for families of disappeared people in Turkey, July 2019.
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Drop Bogus Charges, Free Kavala and Aksakoğlu

  (Berlin) – The trial of 16 people accused of organizing and financing peaceful protests which began in Istanbul’s Gezi Park in 2013 is scheduled to begin on June 24, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing a…
People protesting in Turkey.
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Indictment of Civic Leader Osman Kavala, 15 Others, in Gezi Park Case

(Brussels) – An indictment accusing the civic leader Osman Kavala and 15 others of financing and organizing mass protests in Turkey in 2013 in an attempt to overthrow the government provides no credible evidence of criminal activity, Human Rights…
Osman Kavala (left) and Yiğit Aksakoğiu (right) have been arbitrarily detained in Silivri prison since November 2017 and November 2018 respectively.
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Civic Leader Osman Kavala, 15 Others, Accused Over Gezi Protests

(Geneva) – Turkey’s president and government should stop making baseless accusations, and the Istanbul prosecutor should drop the new charges against 16 people, including Osman Kavala, that view the Gezi protests as a coup attempt, Human…
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New System Expands President’s Power

(Berlin) –Ending the state of emergency in Turkey has not ended repressive rule under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019. Prolonged and arbitrary jailing of critics on bogus terrorism charges has…
Women assembled in Istanbul on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women are blocked by police, November 25, 2018.
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Would Have Credibility, Authority to Gather Facts from Saudis

  (New York) – Turkey should formally submit a request to the UN secretary-general to establish an international, independent investigation into Saudi Arabia’s murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Human Rights Watch said…
 Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi