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Authorities Deny Afghans Right to Seek Asylum

(New York) – Turkish authorities are summarily pushing Afghan asylum seekers crossing into the country from Iran back to Iran, in violation of international law, Human Rights Watch said today. Six Afghans, five of whom were pushed back, told Human…
A Turkish soldier stands at the Turkish border with Iran
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Rights Groups Submit Brief to Constitutional Court

(Washington, DC, October 5, 2021) – Colombian authorities should ensure independent and impartial investigations against police officers allegedly responsible for the killing of seven protesters during an October 2017 demonstration, Human Rights Watch…
Colombian police officers during an operation in December 2020 to eradicate illicit crops in Tumaco, Nariño state, Colombia. Over three years earlier, in October 2017, seven civilians protesting eradication operations were killed in the same state.
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Council of Europe Committee Should Trigger Infringement Proceedings

(Istanbul) – The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers should trigger infringement proceedings against Turkey at its September 14-16, 2021 meeting for its failure to implement the European Court of Human Rights’ (ECtHR) judgment ordering the…
Osman Kavala © 2017 Private
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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 Committee Should Trigger Infringement Proceedings

The Council of Europe should insist that Turkey comply immediately with judgments from the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), or face infringement proceedings, a group of leading nongovernmental organizations working on human rights in Turkey…
Avrupa Konseyi, 22 Mart 2020, Strasbourg Fransa
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Mark Istanbul Convention’s 10th Anniversary with Action

(Berlin) – Council of Europe member states should reinforce efforts to combat violence against women by swiftly ratifying and carrying out a landmark regional convention on women’s rights, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch released…
People gathered in Istanbul in March 2021 to protest Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's decision to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, a treaty designed to safeguard women from gender-based violence. 
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José Fernando Reyes Cuartas Colombian Constitutional Court Palace of Justice Bogotá, D.C. – COLOMBIA   Case: T8018193, 11001310304520200002500 Subject: Human Rights Watch Amicus Curiae on abuses against human rights defenders…
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Human Rights Groups Submit Brief to Constitutional Court

(Washington, DC) – Colombian authorities should respect the right of peaceful assembly and ensure independent and impartial investigations of police use of force, including killings against protesters, Human Rights Watch and Robert F. Kennedy Human…
Police detain an anti-government demonstrator during a nationwide strike in Bogota, Colombia, on November 21, 2019.
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Targets Women, Kurds, LGBT People, Democratic Safeguards

(Istanbul) – The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is dismantling human rights protections and democratic norms  in Turkey on a scale unprecedented in the 18 years he has been in office, said Human Rights Watch today. The government…
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks during a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, March 18, 2020
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Social Media Posting Conviction a Flagrant Rights Violation

Update: On March 17, the speaker of Turkey’s parliament stripped Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu of his parliamentary seat by reading out the notification of his conviction for a social media posting at the general assembly of the parliament. Gergerlioğlu…
Opposition member of parliament, Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) speaking in parliament, May 2, 2019
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Arrests of Activists and Anti-LGBT Stance Mars Women’s Day Celebrations

(Istanbul) – Turkish authorities should immediately put a stop to the criminal investigation opened into women’s rights activists for shouting slogans at a March 8, 2021 International Women’s Day assembly in central Istanbul and ensure that judicial…
Women and the LGBTQI community celebrate the upcoming International Women's Day in Istanbul, Turkey on March 6, 2021.
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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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Council of Europe Body Should Trigger Proceedings Against Turkey

(Istanbul) – The Turkish government’s failure to comply with a binding European Court of Human Rights order to release the human rights defender Osman Kavala should prompt Council of Europe action against Turkey, Human Rights Watch, the International…
Osman Kavala © 2017 Private
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Over 400 Killings of Community, Other Leaders Since 2016

(Washington, DC) – Armed group killings of human rights defenders are pervasive across Colombia, yet the government is dragging its feet in carrying out policies to prevent them, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 127-page…
Indigenous peoples and others participate in a demonstration calling for better government protection of people in the country’s remote communities, on October 21, 2020, in Bogotá, Colombia. Indigenous people have been disproportionately affected by killings of human rights defenders in Colombia.
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Erdogan Presidency Introduces Restrictive Laws, Deepens Assault on Dissent

(Istanbul) – The Covid-19 pandemic in Turkey has enabled the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to deepen autocratic rule by silencing critics and rapidly passing…
Police block protesting lawyers during a demonstration against a government draft bill to reduce the authority of Turkey’s leading bar associations. July 10, 2020, Ankara.
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Bill on Preventing Terrorism Financing Targets Freedom of Association

Update (January 7, 2021): Turkey’s parliament voted to approve the draft law without significant modification, and it entered into force on December 31, 2020. (Istanbul) – The Turkish government should withdraw provisions in a draft law that…
On December 24, Turkey’s parliament is due to vote on a new law that will increase the Interior Ministry’s powers to restrict NGOs’ activities and threatens the right to freedom of association.
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European Human Rights Court Calls for Selahattin Demirtaş’ Release

(Istanbul) – Turkey must ensure the immediate release from detention of an opposition politician, Selahattin Demirtaş, following a European Court of Human Rights’ Grand Chamber ruling on December 22, 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. The Grand…
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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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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No Accountability for 24 Detainee Deaths in March

(New York) – A new report by international forensic experts commissioned by Human Rights Watch points to the intentional killing of detainees during a prison riot in March 2020 in Colombia, Human Rights Watch said today. On March 21, 24 prisoners…
Inmates point from inside of La Modelo prison in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, March 22, 2020.