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Turkey Human Rights Dispatch

Welcome to “Turkey Human Rights Dispatch,” the Stockholm Center for Freedom’s (SCF) weekly newsletter. Every Wednesday we share with you the latest developments in the area of human rights in Turkey. As the Turkish government continues its crackdown on media and civil society, it is becoming increasingly difficult to learn about human rights violations in the mainstream media. We aim to highlight rights violations and give voice to victims from all walks of life during this difficult period.


PACE urges Turkey to uphold Strasbourg court rulings, release Osman Kavala

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution on Thursday urging Turkey to comply with the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and calling for the immediate release of philanthropist and businessman Osman Kavala. The resolution was adopted during the fourth part-session of 2023 by the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, with PACE member Petra Bayr from Austria serving as the rapporteur. More..

Prosecutor reveals corruption within judiciary in letter to Turkey’s top judicial body İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor İsmail Uçar has come forward with a letter sent to the Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) exposing corruption in the country’s judicial system, More..

Investigation launched into allegations of corruption in Turkey’s judiciary: justice minister

Turkish Justice Minister Yılmaz Tunç has announced that an investigation has been launched into allegations of corruption in the judiciary that were recently voiced by İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor İsmail Uçar. More..

Turkish court censors online content on judicial bribery allegations A court in İstanbul has ruled to block access to 59 pieces of online content, including news articles, columns, social media posts and videos covering bribery allegations implicating prominent judges. More..

Turkish court blocks access to 17 tweets on gendarmerie commander’s alleged criminal ties

An Ankara court has blocked access to 17 tweets in which Turkish Gendarmerie General Commander Arif Çetin was criticized for meeting with individuals associated with criminal organizations. More..

Veteran correspondent from state-run TRT detained in Turkey A correspondent from public broadcaster Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) who was suspended from her job in April has been detained in Ankara. More..

Int’l rights groups, jurists call on Turkey’s chief justice to uphold ECtHR rulings

A coalition of international human rights organizations and legal professionals have called on Turkey’s Chief Justice Zühtü Arslan in a joint letter to ensure that the top court acts in line with judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), expressing their concerns about the Turkish judiciary’s adherence to the rulings of the Strasbourg-based court. More..

Court in western Turkey sentences 4 activists over Boğaziçi protests A Turkish court in İzmir has handed down varying prison sentences to four people due to their attendance at a gathering in support of Boğaziçi University protests. More..

Turkey detains 15 for spreading ‘terrorist’ propaganda at 2022 Newroz celebration

The police in eight provinces have detained at least 15 people on accusations of disseminating terrorist propaganda at a Newroz celebration in 2022. More..

90 pct of LGBT individuals in Turkey subjected to digital violence, research shows LGBT advocacy group KAOS GL has released a report that revealed that nine out of 10 LGBT individuals in Turkey regularly face digital violence. More..

Kurdish politician allegedly strip-searched in western Turkey prison

The guards in an İzmir prison allegedly strip-searched and verbally assaulted Berna Çelik, a provincial executive of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) who was recently arrested on terrorism-related charges. More..


A Swedish-based, non-profit advocacy organization, Stockholm Center for Freedom promotes the rule of law, democracy and human rights with a special focus on Turkey. Committed to serving as a reference source by providing a broad perspective on rights violations in Turkey, SCF monitors daily developments, documents individual cases of the infringement of fundamental rights and publishes comprehensive reports on human rights issues.SCF is a member of the Alliance Against Genocide, an international coalition working to exert pressure on the UN, regional organizations and national governments to act on early warning signs and take action to prevent genocide.

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