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Stockholm Center for Freedom Turkey Human Rights Dispatch



The Stockholm Center for Freedom, a current Alliance member, has released its weekly Turkey Human Rights Dispatch, which includes several recent news articles about human rights in Turkey, all of which contribute to the organization's goals of promoting "the rule of law, democracy, and human rights" across the country.


You can find links to the articles, alongside short descriptions, below. All come from the Center's website, which you can find here, and from its weekly newsletter, which you can sign up for on the website and find here.



Main opposition MP under investigation over criticism of Turkish military


Turkish prosecutors have launched an investigation into Sezgin Tanrıkulu, a Kurdish lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), due to comments critical of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).


The MP is being investigated by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on allegations of “insulting the Turkish nation, state, the republic and the state organs” and “fomenting enmity and hatred among the public or insulting them” under Articles 301 and 216 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK), respectively.


Tanrıkulu, a prominent human rights activist and lawyer, faces the probe due to statements criticizing the Turkish military during a program on TV100 on Sept. 8. More.


Jailed philanthropist Kavala on shortlist for Václav Havel Human Rights Prize


Prominent businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala, who has been jailed in Turkey on politically motivated charges since 2017, has been nominated for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize according to a press release by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). More.


Turkey sentences founding member of Kurdish women’s association to more than 7 years in prison


A Diyarbakır court has sentenced Narin Gezgör, a founding member of the Rosa Women’s Association, a Kurdish women’s rights group, to seven years, six months in prison on terrorism-related charges. More.


Google, YouTube accused of censoring Erdogan critics: report

Media outlets and journalists who express criticism of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are facing a noticeable decrease in their visibility on YouTube and Google. More.


7-months-pregnant woman imprisoned for past month in northwestern Turkey


Hatice Avuloğlu, 34, has been held in an Edirne prison since mid-August despite being seven months pregnant. She was reportedly arrested due to her alleged attempt to flee to Greece to avoid an impending imprisonment on charges of membership in the faith-based Gülen movement. More.


31 women in Turkey fell victim to femicide in August


Thirty-one women were murdered by men in Turkey in August, while 20 died under suspicious circumstances. Among the victims, 15 were killed in their own homes and 24 were murdered by a close male relation, such as a boyfriend, a husband, an ex-husband, or a son. More.


Stage actor who fled to Turkey during Iranian protests facing deportation


An Iranian stage actor who fled to Turkey following his detention in Iran during the Mahsa Amini protests has been detained and is now facing deportation. More..


EU tells Turkey to address democracy before membership

The European Union’s enlargement commissioner told Turkey on Wednesday to address issues around democracy and the rule of law if it wants to boost its drive to join the bloc. More.


No demotion for Turkish prosecutor under investigation for misconduct


Turkey’s Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) has failed to demote a prosecutor who is under investigation for his alleged links to a criminal network that extorted businesspeople by threatening them with prosecution. More.


Lawyer shot dead by Turkish border guards while fleeing Syria: SOHR

A lawyer died of his injuries after being shot by Turkish border guards while trying to cross into Turkey from Syria via the northwestern region of Idlib, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). More.


Turkish journalist Mehmet Karakeçili beaten, Hale Gönültaş threatened: CPJ


The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Thursday reported a physical assault on journalist Mehmet Karakeçili and a separate verbal threat against journalist Hale Gönültaş, urging Turkish authorities to ensure the safety of the journalists. More.


Erdoğan pardons participant in 1993 Sivas massacre for reasons of health

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has used his presidential power to pardon a man who was given an aggravated life sentence for his role in the killing of 35 people in the central province of Sivas in 1993. More.

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