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Turkish strikes exacerbate humanitarian crisis, HRW says

Turkish airstrikes are inflicting damage on densely populated areas and critical infrastructure in northern and northeastern Syria and worsening an already catastrophic humanitarian crisis...

Watchdogs call on Turkish authorities to drop all charges against Human Rights Association co-chair

Human rights watchdogs on Monday called on Turkish authorities to ensure that all charges against Öztürk Türkdoğan, co-chair of Turkey’s oldest human rights group,...

Erdoğan’s centralized presidential government has set back Turkey’s human rights record by decades: HRW

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s centralized presidential government has set back Turkey’s human rights record by decades, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in its annual...

Rights groups call on Turkish gov’t to ensure protection of rights of Turkmen nationals residing in Turkey

Thirty-three nongovernmental organizations in a joint statement on Tuesday called on the Turkish government to uphold its international legal obligations and ensure the protection...

Turkish soldiers beat, push Afghan asylum seekers back to Iran: Human Rights Watch

Turkish authorities are summarily pushing Afghan asylum seekers crossing into the country from Iran back to Iran, denying them the right to seek asylum,...

460 inmates in Turkish prisons have doctorates, Justice Ministry says

Four hundred sixty inmates in Turkish prisons have doctorates and 2,371 have master’s degrees, according to the general directorate of prisons and houses of...

Turkish court arrests businessman and civil activist Kavala

Amid international calls for his release, an Istanbul court on Tuesday put businessmen and civil activist Osman Kavala, who was detained on Oct. 18,...

HRW: Torture in custody, abductions continue in Turkey

People in Turkey accused of links to terrorism or with the 2016 military coup attempt have been tortured in police custody while others have...

Rights group says prison guards threatened with jail when they refuse to torture inmates

Founding President of the Turkish Human Rights Foundation (TİHV) Professor Şebnem Korur Fincancı said on Sunday that some prison guards who refused to follow...

Erdoğan goes after human rights defenders in Turkey

by Abdullah BozkurtThe primary reason why Turkey’s autocratic president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his associates target human rights defenders by bringing absurd terrorism and...

HRW: 18 Gülen supporters tortured, sentenced in unfair Turkmen trial

A Turkmen court sentenced 18 men to up to 25 years in prison on Feb. 8, 2017, in what appears to be a purge...

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