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Turkey Human Rights Dispatch

Turkey’s Transnational Repression: 2023 in Review 

Since a coup attempt in July 2016, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s long arm has reached tens of thousands of Turkish citizens abroad. From spying through diplomatic missions and pro-government diaspora organizations to denial of consular services and outright intimidation and illegal renditions, the Turkish government has been using a wide range of tactics against its critics overseas. Turkey’s efforts at transnational repression did not wind down in 2023. More..

Crackdown on Human Rights Defenders in Turkey: 2023 in Review

The situation of human rights defenders in Turkey has significantly deteriorated since a coup attempt in July 2016, with the HRDs subjected to judicial harassment over the last seven years. More..

Inmate suffering from cancer to return to prison after major surgery

Gülden Aşık, a woman jailed on conviction of links to the Gülen movement who recently underwent surgery for thyroid cancer, is about to return to prison a few days after her release from intensive care. More..

INTERPOL does not name system abusers in order to preserve int’l police cooperation: secretary general

Jürgen Stock, the secretary general of INTERPOL, said in a recent “60 Minutes” interview on CBS News that while the organization is aware of abuses of its systems, including prominent Red Notice alerts, it chooses not to “name and shame” member countries, which explains the organization’s inaction on countries such as Russia, China, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. More..

Turkey has largest number of cases pending before European rights court

Approximately 23,400 applications from Turkey are pending before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), making it the highest case-count country in 2023. More..

Turkey still among top 10 offenders in CPJ’s census of imprisoned journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has published its annual prison census for 2023, which shows that Turkey is still among the top 10 countries where journalists are imprisoned. More..

Local journalist gets prison sentence for ‘insulting’ his attacker

A local journalist in eastern Turkey who was attacked by two people connected to the mayor of a Justice and Development Party (AKP)-run municipality last year has been handed down a prison sentence for insulting one of the attackers. More..

Journalist sent to prison in İstanbul to serve sentence on terrorism charges

A Turkish journalist was sent to prison in İstanbul after his conviction on terrorism-related charges was upheld by the Supreme Court of Appeals. More..

PACE expresses concern about increase in torture allegations in Turkey

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Wednesday adopted a resolution on torture and ill-treatment in places of detention across Europe, addressing the increase in alleged incidents reported from Turkey in past years. More..

Turkey promotes police chief connected to allegations of brutal torture

The Turkish Interior Ministry has promoted Yaşar Gidiş, a police chief whose precinct has in recent years been implicated in several allegations of torture, to 1st class commissioner, the highest rank. More..

Rights groups call for release of 87-year-old ailing man jailed on Gülen links

Human rights groups have campaigned on social media urging Turkey’s authorities to release Adem Cirit, an 87-year-old inmate who has been convicted of links to the 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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