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Turkey Human Rights Dispatch

ECtHR notifies Turkey of 1,000 applications over Gülen movement convictions after landmark ruling


The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has notified Ankara of 1,000 applications in its docket for convictions of Gülen movement membership over the use of the ByLock smartphone application, following a landmark ruling in September that found the use of the application not to constitute a reliable piece of evidence or a criminal offense. More..

Top court upholds hundreds of life sentences in Turkey’s 2016 coup attempt trial


Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld sentences handed down to 430 of 469 defendants, most of whom were sentenced to life in prison in 2020, for leading a coup attempt from an airbase near Ankara in 2016. More..

EP calls on Frontex to review operations in Greece over migrant pushbacks


The European Parliament has passed a resolution urging Frontex, the European Union agency for common external border management, to “scale down and repurpose” its operations in Greece amid serious and persistent allegations of violent and summary pushbacks of migrants. More..

Kurdish journalist to serve prison sentence on terrorism charges

Journalist Sıddık Güler was arrested and sent to prison after his conviction on terrorism-related charges was upheld by the Supreme Court of Appeals. More..

Syrians in Turkey complain of intensified police checkpoints: ‘It’s like living in a prison’

In recent months many unregistered Syrian refugees in Turkey or those who live in provinces other than where they are officially registered have been stranded inside their homes due to an increased frequency of police operations and ID checks that put them at risk of detention and deportation. More..

Watchdog investigation contradicts defense of prison administration accused of mistreatment

An investigation conducted by the Human Rights and Equality Institution of Turkey (TIHEK) in an Ankara prison has found factual inaccuracies in the prison administration’s defense statement against accusations of mistreatment. More..

538 purge victims in Turkey died due to persecution: NGO

A nongovernmental organization founded by victims of Turkey’s post-coup purge has announced that 538 people have died due to a number of factors related to their collective persecution, including sorrow, stress or illness. More..

Turkey accounts for one-third of complaints pending before European human rights court

The latest statistics released by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) show that pending cases filed against Turkey represent 33.2 percent of the court’s entire caseload. More..

Turkey tightens internet censorship, bans access to 16 VPN providers

Turkey’s Information and Communications Technologies Authority (BTK) has banned access to 16 VPN providers that are frequently used to circumvent government censorship. More..

Turkey’s broadcasting watchdog imposed 570 sanctions on TV stations in 2023

The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), Turkey’s broadcasting regulator, has imposed a total of 570 sanctions on TV stations since the beginning of the year. More..

Human rights advocates criticize arbitrary solitary confinement in Turkish prisons

Turkish human rights advocates have criticized prison authorities for arbitrarily imposing solitary confinement as a punishment for inmates. More..

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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.

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