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Human Rights Watch says Turkey’s authoritarian order consolidated in 2023

The May 2023 re-election of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the victory of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in parliamentary elections consolidated an authoritarian order in Turkey that routinely and arbitrarily punishes perceived critics and political opponents and exerts strong control over the media and courts, Human Rights Watch said in its latest World Report. More..

Turkey detains 29 people on alleged Gülen links

Turkish police have detained 29 people for alleged links to the Gülen movement, a faith-based group accused by the government of “terrorist” activities. More..

Turkey detains 165 in operations targeting Kurdish political movement

Turkish police on Tuesday conducted raids across 28 provinces and detained a total of 165 people, including peace activists and members of the Peoples’ Democracy and Equality (DEM) Party, for alleged ties to terrorism. More..

Turkey detains 18 social media users over comments about slain soldiers

Turkish police have detained 18 social media users due to their comments online about the killing of nine Turkish soldiers in northern Iraq on Friday in an attack carried out by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). More..

Syrian refugee teen physically assaulted in southern Turkey

A 15-year-old Syrian refugee was brutally beaten by the family of a friend over a game dispute in the southern province of Gaziantep. More..

13-year-old Kurd placed under travel ban, judicial supervision despite suffering racist attack

A court in İstanbul has imposed judicial supervision measures and a travel ban on a 13-year-old Kurdish teenager in a case concerning an alleged racist attack on the youngster by a classmate. More..

Former top court member sent to prison over Gülen links

A former member of Turkey’s highest administrative court, the Council of State, has been sent to prison  to serve a sentence due to his links to the faith-based Gülen movement. More..

Turkish airstrikes deprive hundreds of villages in northeast Syria of power

Hundreds of northeast Syrian villages and towns lost power after Turkish airstrikes pounded power stations and other infrastructure. More..

Israeli footballer leaves Turkey after being detained for Gaza message

An Israeli footballer left Turkey on Monday after being detained overnight and charged with incitement to hatred for displaying a message about the Israel-Hamas war during a first division match. More..

Prosecutor asks to keep Kurdish politician in jail despite eligibility for release

A Turkish prosecutor has demanded the continued pretrial detention of Gültan Kışanak, a Kurdish politician and the former co-mayor of Diyarbakır who has been behind bars on terrorism-related charges since October 2016. More..

Former Zaman daily editor says he is in prison only due to journalistic activities

Journalist Mehmet Kamış, the former deputy editor-in-chief of the now-closed Zaman newspaper in Turkey who was arrested in November, has said his journalistic activities are the reason for his imprisonment. 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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