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Turkey Human Rights Dispatch

Turkey’s Earthquake Victims: 2023 in Review 

On February 6, magnitude 7.8 and 7.5 earthquakes affected 11 provinces in Turkey’s south and southeast, killing more than 50,000 people and leaving millions homeless. More..

Labor Rights in Turkey: 2023 in Review

Turkey is one of the 10 worst countries in the world for working people, according to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The Health and Safety Labor Watch (İSİG) recorded nearly 2,000 fatal work-related accidents in 2023. More..

ECtHR must understand that Turkey’s Gülen trials are vindictive, jurist says

Turkish human rights lawyer Lale Demirkaya has said in an interview that the trials of alleged Gülen movement members in Turkey are vindictive and that the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) should be made aware of this. More..

Activist testifies before US congressional subcommittee on Turkey’s transnational repression

Enes Kanter Freedom, an activist and former NBA basketball player, on Wednesday testified before a subcommittee of the Committee on Homeland Security of the US House of Representatives about the Turkish government’s transnational repression on dissidents. More..

Turkey detains 19 people on alleged Gülen links

Police in western Turkey have detained 19 people for alleged links to the Gülen movement, a faith-based group accused by the government of “terrorist activities.” More..

Turkey’s rights groups call for release of ailing 81-year-old prisoner

Human rights groups in Turkey have urged the authorities to release Abdulalim Kaya, an 81-year-old inmate who is kept behind bars despite suffering from severe illness. More..

New mother falls victim to femicide in Turkey’s Mardin province 

A 25-year-old woman in Turkey’s Mardin province was killed by her husband two days after giving birth. More..

20-year-old son of purge victims dies by suicide

Onur Selim Y., a 20-year-old university student living and studying in the northeastern Turkish province of Erzurum, has died by hanging himself from a pipe. More..

Turkish prosecutor seeks prison sentences for journalists who covered alleged judicial corruption

A Turkish prosecutor has demanded prison sentences for journalists Faruk Eren and Furkan Karabay on charges of “targeting officials fighting terrorism” due to their coverage of allegations of corruption within the judiciary. More..

Prosecutor behind claims of corruption in Turkish judiciary appointed to top appeals court

An İstanbul prosecutor who exposed alleged corruption in Turkey’s judicial system in a letter to the country’s highest judicial body last year has been appointed as a member of Turkey’s top appeals court. More..

Turkish nationals rank third among asylum seekers in France

Turks were the third largest group seeking asylum in France in 2023, according to statistics released by the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (Ofpra). 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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