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German politician says EU chiefs’ Turkey visit means support for ‘autocrat’ Erdoğan

Sevim Dağdelen, a Kurdish-German politician from the German Left Party, has said a visit to be paid by the European Union’s top two officials...

HRW says time to focus on human rights in EU’s Turkey agenda

Philippe Dam, advocacy director of the Human Rights Watch for Europe and Central Asia division, has called on the EU to raise its voice...

Erdoğan says Turkey’s withdrawal from İstanbul Convention completely legal

In his first public comments about Turkey’s withdrawal from an international treaty commonly known as the Istanbul Convention, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said...

Turkish journalist attacked by mob after criticizing far-right party founder

Turkish journalist Levent Gültekin, a columnist for the Diken news website and an outspoken critic of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), was...

Erdoğan unveils human rights action plan, leading to skepticism, ridicule

At a time when Turkey is the subject of harsh criticism due to gross human rights violations in the country, Turkish President Recep Tayyip...

ECtHR president says his Turkey visit no pretext for questioning court’s independence

European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) President Róbert Ragnar Spanó has said that his September visit to Turkey, which sparked indignation among critics, is...

Thousands detained or deported at Turkish airports for their social media posts: report

Thousands of people have been detained or deported at airports by Turkish authorities because of their social media posts, the Stockholm Center for Freedom...

Anti-gov’t journalist claims Erdoğan physically assaulted him by squeezing his neck

Serdar Akinan, an anti-government journalist living and working in Turkey, has alleged that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan committed a physical assault by squeezing his...

Turkish health minister under fire after announcing number of daily coronavirus cases for the first time

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has attracted widespread criticism for previously hiding the true scale of the coronavirus pandemic in Turkey after he announced...

63,000 people prosecuted on Erdoğan insult charges over 5 years

Cases were launched into a total of 63,041 people on charges of insulting the president over the past five years, beginning with the election...

More and more regular citizens face legal action in Turkey for criticizing gov’t

Everyday people in Turkey have increasingly been facing legal charges for their criticism of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his government's policies. In one...

Pope Francis ‘very saddened’ over Turkey’s Hagia Sophia conversion to mosque

Pope Francis on Sunday said he was “very saddened” over Turkey’s decision to convert the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia back into a mosque, according to...

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