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Turkey Human Rights Dispatch

Turkey arrests teacher over ByLock use despite ECtHR judgment

Turkish authorities have arrested former teacher Güler Çetinkaya due to her alleged use of the ByLock mobile messaging app despite a landmark European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruling delivered last year. More..

3 journalists detained in home raids in eastern Turkey

Turkish police on Tuesday morning detained three journalists in the eastern province of Van following raids on their houses. More..

Turkish authorities arrest pregnant woman for alleged links to Gülen movement

A seven-months-pregnant woman was arrested in western Turkey’s Edirne province for alleged links to the Gülen movement. More..

Turkey sentences 15 Kurdish politicians to more than 100 years in prison

A court in southeast Turkey has announced its verdict in the trial of 15 local Kurdish politicians accused of terrorism, handing down sentences totaling close to 104 years in prison in total. More..

Woman dies of cancer after imprisonment on Gülen links

Betül Aygün, a 30-year-old former teacher, died of breast cancer after her treatment was significantly delayed by a prison administration during her incarceration on alleged links to the Gülen movement. More..

Turkey again fires academic who signed peace petition

An appeals court in Turkey has ruled to remove from her job Mühdan Sağlam, an academic who was recently reinstated after initially being fired for signing a joint petition about the Kurdish issue. More..

Rights defender reveals memo barring Turkey’s purge victims from public buildings

Opposition MP and leading human rights advocate Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu has won his legal battle to obtain a 2016 classified memo in which a district governor instructed local authorities to bar victims of post-coup purges from entering all publicly owned buildings. More..

Turkish parliament censors MPs speaking minority languages

Several MPs who attempted to mark UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day on Wednesday by giving speeches in minority languages in Turkey’s parliament were censored by the deputy speaker, who turned their microphones off. More..

Judicial crisis: Top court ruling again ignored after repeated defiance of appeal judges

The decisions of Turkey’s highest court are being systematically disregarded by both the Supreme Court of Appeals and, increasingly, the local courts, deepening the judicial crisis in Turkey. More..

Turkey records 6 femicides in a single day

Men killed six women and severely injured one other across Turkey on Tuesday. More..

Critics slam ICC prosecutor for meeting with Turkish FM accused of crimes against humanity

The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) prosecutor, Karim Khan, is under fire for meeting with Turkey’s foreign minister, Hakan Fidan, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. More..

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