U.S. pastor Andrew C. Brunson’s case is just one example of the ongoing human rights tragedy in Turkey. Pastor Brunson has spent the last 23 years of his life living in Turkey peacefully with his wife, where they have brought
The country experienced significant political challenges during the year. The continuing state of emergency–imposed following the July 2016 coup attempt, renewed once in 2016 and an additional four times during the year–had far-reaching effects on the country’s society and institutions,
A sustained and escalating crackdown curtailed the vital work of human rights defenders in Turkey and left swathes of society in a state of constant fear, a new report from Amnesty International has revealed.
The present report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) provides an overview of key human rights concerns in Turkey in the period between January and December 2017, with a focus on the consequences
We would like to inform you about the heartbreaking story of Colonel Adnan Cetin, the last victim in a series of prison deaths in Turkey during the prolonged state of emergency. This state of emergency has led to a massive
The UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, expressed serious concerns about the rising allegations of torture and other ill-treatment in Turkish police custody since the end of his official visit to the country in December 2016.
Jailed Human Rights Defenders Could Face up to 15 Years in Prison If it were a television script, any sensible producer would reject it as too far-fetched. Ten human rights defenders met on a small island in Istanbul for a
There was an increase in cases of torture and other ill-treatment reported in police detention, from curfew areas in southeast Turkey and then more markedly in Ankara and Istanbul in the immediate aftermath of the coup attempt. Investigations into abuses were
“Infants who meet with prison conditions as soon as or soon after their birth due to their mothers’ crimes stand before us as one of the most heart-breaking problems we face in our penal system. These small children who become
In a written response to the main opposition Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) deputy Gamze İlgezdi’s question motion on the subject, the justice ministry announced the number of children staying along with their mothers behind bars has hit 560 in April 2016. Children