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Turkey Human Rights Dispatch

European journalists associations slam Turkey’s efforts at silencing Sweden-based critics

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the Swedish Union of Journalists have released a joint statement criticizing Turkey for its attempts to have Nordic Monitor, a news website critical of the Turkish government, closed as part of its NATO membership negotiations with Sweden. More..

Turkish man belatedly released from prison despite advanced cancer dies over the weekend

A father of two who was belatedly released from prison despite suffering from advanced cancer on Sunday succumbed to his illness. More..

Ailing 68-year-old in Turkey dies 29 days after release

Cemal Tanhan, a 68-year-old man who was incarcerated in northwestern Turkey despite severe health problems, died 29 days after his release. More..

Syrian human rights activist goes missing in İstanbul

A Syrian human rights activist who has been living in Turkey since 2013 has been missing since Nov. 27. More..

Seriously ill 63-year-old kept behind bars on Gülen links

Ramazan Taşkıran, a 63-year-old man suffering from severe kidney disease and disabilities, is being held in prison on conviction of links to the Gülen movement, despite having to undergo dialysis on a regular basis,. More..

Trial of gendarme accused of arson and killing a Kurdish family dropped due to statute of limitations

A court in central Turkey has ruled to conclude the trial in absentia of a gendarme charged with the mass murder a Kurdish family in a deliberately lit fire in October 1993 due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. More..

Ousted Kurdish mayor given same sentence in retrial

The Turkish court that retried Selçuk Mızraklı, the former co-mayor of the predominantly Kurdish province of Diyarbakır in southeastern Turkey who was dismissed and replaced by a trustee, has handed down the same sentence of more than nine years to the politician. More..

Lawyer abducted by Turkish intel talks about his experience in new documentary

Mustafa Özben, a lawyer who was missing for 92 days in Turkey and later revealed to have been abducted by the National Intelligence Organization (MİT), explains what he went through in a new documentary premiering on December 2. More..

Woman who lost family members in political murder faces prison in insult case

Emine Şenyaşar, a woman who has been demanding justice for three of her family members murdered by people connected to a lawmaker from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), now faces up to two years in prison for allegedly insulting the MP. More..

Turkey sends 79-year-old veteran journalist to prison

Prominent Turkish journalist Nazlı Ilcak has been sent to prison to serve a sentence handed down on conviction of libeling a public prosecutor. More..

ECtHR faults Turkey for poor prison conditions in post-coup period

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has faulted Turkey for the poor prison conditions suffered by eight people who were given less than three square meters of living space in overcrowded prisons in the aftermath of a failed coup in July 2016. 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.

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