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Turkey Human Rights Dispatch

European Commission notes ‘serious deficiencies’ in functioning of Turkey’s institutions

The European Commission in its yearly report on Turkey released on Wednesday said there are “serious deficiencies” in the functioning of Turkey’s democratic institutions, underlining continuing democratic backsliding and structural deficiencies in the presidential system during the reporting period. More..

Erdoğan signals limiting top court’s power as he sides with appeals court in crisis Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is using a judicial crisis involving two high courts due to conflicting rulings on a jailed lawmaker to press ahead with plans to limit the power of the Constitutional Court after voicing explicit support for the Supreme Court of Appeals. More..

Grave of murdered 12-year-old Kurdish child vandalized in SE Turkey

Unknown individuals have damaged the grave of Uğur Kaymaz, a child who was shot dead at the age of 12, and that of his father Ahmet Kaymaz, nearly two decades after they were killed under suspicious circumstances. More..

Turkish academic on Stanford list of top scientists serving sentence on Gülen links A Turkish endocrinology and metabolism expert who was included on Stanford University’s World’s Top 2% Scientists’ List in 2020, 2021 and 2022 is serving a sentence on conviction of links to the faith-based Gülen movement. More..

Afghan miner killed in northern Turkey to cover up illegal mine: report

An Afghan man who was injured while working in an illegal coal mine in northern Turkey was not taken to a hospital but was beaten to death to prevent the authorities from learning of the activities of the illegal mine. More..

Kurdish language teacher suffers threats and insults on social media Mizgin Yalçın, a teacher of the Kurdish language based in Diyarbakır, received numerous insulting and threatening messages on social media after she shared a video in which she mentioned the Kurdish names of provinces. More..

Turkey’s confiscation of $50 billion from Gülen members constitutes crimes against humanity: report

A comprehensive report exposes the vast scale of property confiscations in Turkey targeting the Gülen movement, a faith-based group outlawed by Ankara, with an estimated value of $50 billion and affecting over 1.5 million individuals in what the authors call systematic and widespread violations of domestic and international law that amount to “crimes against humanity”. More..

ECtHR faults Turkey for monitoring 3 inmates’ meetings with lawyers The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled that Turkish authorities’ monitoring and recording of three applicants’ meetings with their lawyers while they were in pretrial detention violated their right to respect for private life. More..

Turkish prison investigates inmate for referencing religious figures in letter

The authorities in Ankara have launched an investigation into inmate Şerafettin Demir on accusations of disseminating terrorist propaganda in a letter containing references to prominent figures in Islamic history. More..

6 Turkish police officers indicted for torturing detainees İstanbul prosecutors have indicted six police officers on charges of torturing three people in their custody in 2022. More..

Turkey to seek INTERPOL Red Notice for teacher over social media commentary, Gülen links

Turkey’s justice ministry has asked prosecutors to prepare INTERPOL Red Notice request documentation for a former public school teacher sought over a social media post and conviction of links to the faith-based Gülen movement. 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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