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Turkey Human Rights Dispatch

ECtHR faults Turkey for violating rights of top court member dismissed in 2016

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled that Turkey violated the rights of a member of the Council of State who was removed from his position following the adoption of a restructuring law in 2016. Bekir Sözen, a Council of State judge, was dismissed from the court after parliament adopted Law No. 6723, which amended the law on the Council of State and certain other laws designed to restructure the Council of State and the Supreme Court of Appeals, two weeks before a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. More..

Top election authority overturns annulment of pro-Kurdish party candidate’s election victory

Turkey’s  Supreme Election Council (YSK) on Wednesday approved an appeal made by the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Equality and Democracy Party (DEM Party) against a decision that annulled the victory of its mayoral candidate in Sunday’s elections. More..

340 detained across Turkey for protesting overturning of Kurdish mayor’s election victory 

Turkish police have detained 340 people over protests that erupted across Turkey in response to a local electoral authority’s decision to annul the victory of a pro-Kurdish candidate in eastern Turkey and hand the mayorship to the ruling party’s runner-up. More..

Bar association executives face new investigation over commemoration of Armenian genocide victims

Diyarbakır prosecutors have launched an investigation into 11 executives of the Diyarbakır Bar Association on accusations of “denigrating the Turkish nation and state,” over a 2021 statement commemorating the victims of the Armenian genocide. More..

Jailed leftist music band member’s arm broken due to mistreatment

Prison guards in western Turkey allegedly broke the arm of Bahar Kurt, a jailed member of the leftist Grup Yorum music band. More..

Purge victim suffering from celiac disease denied parole despite eligibility

Muharrem Gelen, a healthcare worker removed from public service and incarcerated in Ankara as part of Turkey’s widespread purges after a failed military coup in July 2016, has been denied parole despite his eligibility and his celiac disease. More..

More than 6,000 people appeared in court in 2023 for insulting Erdoğan, his government

A total of 6,879 people appeared in Turkish courts in 2023 on allegations of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan or his Justice and Development Party (AKP) government. More..

NGO reports physical mistreatment, denial of meals in northern Turkey prison

The Human Rights Association (İHD) has released a report on a Turkish prison in the northern province of Samsun, documenting the alleged physical assault of 11 inmates who were later deprived of meals. More..

ECtHR prioritizes second case on continuing, new violations of Kavala’s rights

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has granted priority status to a second case lodged by businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala, who has been detained since October 2017, publishing details of continuing and new violations of his rights. More..

24 women killed by men, 32 died under suspicious circumstances in Turkey in March

Twenty-four women were murdered by men in Turkey in March, and 32 more died under suspicious circumstances. More..

Man dies in custody after alleged police brutality

Serhat Kahyaoğlu, a man who on the night of Sunday’s local elections was detained in İstanbul for celebrating by firing a gun into the air, died in police custody after he was allegedly assaulted by officers. 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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