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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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As civil society leader Osman Kavala marks one year in Turkey’s highest security prison, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch renewed their call for his immediate and unconditional release. One year on since a court…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

This submission summarizes Human Rights Watch’s key concerns with the United Kingdom’s compliance with international human rights law in the context of the fight against terrorism. Diplomatic assurances One of the most damaging counterterrorism policies…
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On the Occasion of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, Warsaw

Freedom of expression, and media freedoms in particular, are in danger in many OSCE participating states. In too many countries, severe restrictions and abuse afflict brave journalists whose writings focus on sensitive…