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Turkey Human Rights Dispatch

Turkey demands Sweden silence journalists, shut down news outlet to secure NATO bid approval

In the midst of prolonged and deliberately protracted negotiations between Turkey and Sweden concerning Ankara’s endorsement of the Nordic nation’s NATO membership bid, Turkish negotiators insisted that their Swedish counterparts agree to the closure of Nordic Monitor, an investigative news website based in Stockholm, managed by two exiled Turkish journalists. The request, apparently raised during confidential meetings between the Turkish and Swedish delegations, was inadvertently disclosed by Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Burak Akçapar during deliberations at the Turkish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, which was tasked with reviewing Sweden’s NATO accession protocol on October 25. More..

Release on parole of Turkish-Armenian journalist’s convicted killer sparks outrage The release on parole of Ogün Samast, the convicted murderer of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, editor-in-chief of the Turkish-Armenian bilingual Agos weekly, has led to outrage among opposition politicians, journalists and social media users. More..

Hundreds of families in Şırnak waiting for new homes 8 years after devastating clashes

Many families in Şırnak whose houses were destroyed during a 2015 episode of violence between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the security forces, still have not been provided with new residences. The families were promised new apartments to be constructed by the state-run housing authority, TOKİ. More..

Turkey blocks access to DW domains aimed at circumventing censorship An Ankara court has blocked access to two domains operated by Deutsche Welle to publish news after its Turkish service was censored by authorities. The court order concerned the and domains, which were launched as an alternative after the censorship imposed on the main DW Turkish domain. More..

Alevis suffered most attacks on religious properties in last 20 years: USCIRF report

According to a recent report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), Alevis were the religious community that suffered the most attacks on religious property in Turkey between 2003 and 2022, followed by Protestants and Armenians. More..

Pro-gov’t media targets main opposition leader for attending Kurdish opera singer’s performance Pro-government media has targeted main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Özgür Özel for attending the recent performance of a Kurdish opera singer along with Pervin Buldan, an MP from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Equality and Democracy Party (HEDEP) and other politicians from both parties. More..

Turkish mob boss threatens rights advocate MP over criticism of far-right party leader

Notorious Turkish crime boss Alaattin Çakıcı has threatened pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Equality and Democracy Party (HEDEP) lawmaker and rights advocate Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu on social media over his criticism of Devlet Bahçeli, leader of the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). More..

Former governor acquitted of gender-based violence charges despite evidence A former Turkish governor was acquitted of domestic violence charges despite compelling evidence against him. Orhan Çiftçi, the former governor of Kırklareli province, was accused of taking his ex-girlfriend to a forest by force and beating her with the participation of three other men. More..

IHD report reveals high number of human rights violations and discrimination against minors

A large number of minors in Turkey have been the subject of human rights violations and discrimination in the last year, according to a recent report by the country’s Human Rights Association (IHD). More..

Union leader draws attention to increased occupational accidents in Turkey’s earthquake zones A union leader has said inexperienced and low-skilled workers employed to move rubble in Turkey’s earthquake zones were falling victim to work-related accidents. More..

Turkey-backed rebel groups seize thousands of olive trees in northwest Syria: SOHR

Turkey-backed rebel factions in northwest Syria have seized nearly 4,000 olive trees in the Afrin and the Aleppo countryside, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). More..


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