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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 Turkey:…

Urgent to Carry Out Judgment, Groups Say

Turkey should immediately implement the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and release the veteran journalists Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay without delay, a coalition of nongovernmental groups said today. Furthermore, Turkey must…

Item 2 – Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner on his Annual Report

We share the High Commissioner’s concerns about current threats to human rights values, and to the international framework itself. Whether the Council can rise to these challenges will depend on a number of factors.
 First, leadership: many…

Government Widens Crackdown on Independent Media, pro-Kurdish Opposition

(Istanbul) – The November 4, 2016 court decision to place the leaders and seven members of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in pretrial detention shows blatant disregard for the right to political representation and participation for…

Pursue Justice While Fully Respecting Rights

(Istanbul) – The gun and bomb attacks at Istanbul Ataturk international airport on June 28, 2016, are despicable acts of violence that cannot be justified, Human Rights Watch said today.
 The attacks killed at least 41 people and wounded 239 more,…

57th Session of the Committee against Torture

 Submission to the United Nations Committee against Torture on Turkey
 This memorandum submitted to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (“the Committee”) ahead of its upcoming review of Turkey, highlights areas…
(Istanbul) Human Rights Watch unconditionally condemns the August 20, 2012 car bomb attack in the southeastern city of Gaziantep which killed nine civilians, including three children, and injured scores of others, and calls on the authorities to expend…