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(Istanbul, February 18, 2021) – 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…
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Bans Violate Human Rights

Click to expand Image Gay-rights activists take part in the 15th…
Gay-rights activists take part in the 15th gay pride week parade on the street of Istiklal in Istanbul July 1, 2007.
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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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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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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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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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Five Activists Assaulted by Police, then Charged With Resisting Arrest

Prosecutors should investigate the attacks against five transgender rights activists by police in Ankara and drop all charges against the activists, five human rights organizations said today. In a letter to Turkey's Interior and Justice ministers, the…