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Ruthless Assault on Press Freedom Shields State from Scrutiny


 (Istanbul) – Turkey’s government has all but silenced independent media in an effort to prevent scrutiny or criticism of its ruthless crackdown on perceived enemies, Human Rights Watch said today. The assault on critical journalism sharpened in…
Journalists targeted in Turkey’s media crackdown. From top left: Aslı Erdoğan, Ahmet Altan, Kadri Gürsel, Necmiye Alpay; Erdem Gül, Ceyda Karan, Can Dündar, Hatice Kamer; Refik Tekin, Hanım Büşra Erdal, Nedim Oruç, Nazlı Ilıcak
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 Because of the state of emergency, nobody will care if I kill you. I will just say I shot you while you tried to run away.
 
 -Police officer to a detainee, overheard by family members of another detainee…
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Reinstate Safeguards to Curb Abuse by Police

 
 
 (Istanbul) – Turkish police have tortured and otherwise ill-treated individuals in their custody after emergency decrees removed crucial safeguards in the wake of a failed coup attempt in July, 2016, Human Rights Watch said in a report…
The Istanbul Security Directorate in Vatan Street where some of the cases of police torture and ill-treatment documented by Human Rights Watch took place. © 2016 Human Rights Watch
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Prolonged State of Emergency Used to Censor Media

(Istanbul) – The closure of eight independent news and current affairs-focused TV channels effectively ends critical television news reporting in Turkey. The channels are among 23 television and radio stations reported by the media to face closure on the…
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Amid an influx of Iraqis and Syrians into Europe, the West is neglecting another group of refugees also in desperate need of help.


 TOVARNIK, Croatia — Rajab Ali, a 16-year-old Hazara boy from Afghanistan’s Bamyan province, was silently weeping when we found him standing at the last remaining opening in the 12-foot-high razor-wire border fence Hungary has constructed on its…
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Protect Free Speech, Right to Protest, Rule of Law

(Istanbul) – 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…
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(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…
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Restrictions on Speech, Misuse of Terrorism Laws Largely Unaddressed

(New York) – A major legal reform package to be introduced by the Turkish government leaves key problems with free speech and arbitrary detention unresolved, Human Rights Watch said today. The draft package has been sent to the Parliamentary Justice…
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Prolonged Detention, Prosecution of Elected Mayors Highlight Terrorism Law Misuse

(London, April 18, 2011) - The prosecution of hundreds of officials, activists, and elected mayors from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) highlights the problems associated with Turkey's overbroad antiterrorism laws, Human Rights Watch said…
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Drop All Charges Against Pınar Selek

(Istanbul) - The third attempt to convict the human rights activist and writer Pınar Selek on allegations that she was involved in a 1998 deadly explosion is a travesty of justice, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 9, 2011, Selek is scheduled to…
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Free Speech Restrictions and Lack of Progress for Minorities

(Istanbul) - Turkey restricted free speech and failed to advance minority rights during 2010, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2011.  The 648-page report, the organization's 21st annual review of human rights practices around the globe…
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 In Turkey, many
 hundreds of people currently face prosecution, or are serving substantial
 sentences for terrorism convictions. Their “crime” was to engage in
 peaceful protest, or to throw stones or burn a tire…
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Government Should Reform Laws That Treat Demonstrators as Armed Militants

(Istanbul) - Human Rights Watch unequivocally condemns the October 31, 2010 suicide bomb attack in Istanbul. It is essential that Turkey's response targets the perpetrators, not legitimate dissenters, Human Rights Watch said. A Human Rights Watch report…
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Regarding the Swiss Government’s Use of Diplomatic Assurances Against Torture for Extraditions to Turkey

Dear President Calmy-Rey: Thank you for your letter of April 4, 2007, which sets forth your government’s position on the use of diplomatic assurances against torture and ill-treatment. Human Rights Watch remains extremely concerned about the efforts of…