The European Union has criticized Turkey for the rearrest of prominent journalist Ahmet Altan a week after his release. "Media freedom and freedom of expression are key to a functioning democracy. The EU has at all levels and in all fora expressed its opposition on the persistent erosion of press freedom in Turkey and, in particular, at the high number of journalists imprisoned there," the EU said.
A court has arrested journalist Ahmet Altan a week after he was released from prison in a case related to the botched coup of 2016. The decision to rearrest Altan was slammed internationally, with press and rights groups criticizing the judicial system and media freedom in Turkey. "Law has been buried under concrete," Altan's lawyer said.
The European Court of Human Rights has fined Turkey to pay over 295 million Turkish liras in cases of rights violations in the past 16 years, Justice Ministry said in response to an opposition deputy's parliamentary question.
According to a report prepared by a chamber, some 400,000 people were displaced during clashes between Turkish security forces and the PKK. The report gave a detailed analysis of the destruction that took place in seven districts, with some neighborhoods reportedly erased from the map during months-long curfews.
Reactions have mounted following the arrest of an 11-year-old Syrian child in the southeastern province of Batman, who was filmed while being taken in custody by police as he cried and while bystanders lamented that he was just a child. In a statement, the Batman governorate claimed that the child was taken into custody for his own protection during a routine operation focusing on children in the area who were begging or were being put to work.
Prominent journalists Ahmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak were released from prison and Mehmet Altan was acquitted in a case that's related to the July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt. The journalists were accused of aiding the movement of Gülen and attempting to abolish the constitutional order.
A labor watchdog has announced that nearly 24,000 workers were killed in work-related accidents in the past 17 years, while slamming the government for its policies regarding workplace security.
A local court has failed to comply with a Constitutional Court ruling regarding Academics for Peace. The local court denied retrial for one of the academics, despite the top court's ruling for "rights violations."
In its new report, Amnesty International has criticized Turkey for its wave of detentions and arrests that began following the country's military offensive in northeastern Syria.
A healthcare worker, who was dismissed with a state of emergency decree, was reinstated to his post after he passed away. The incident was criticized by opposition lawmakers, with a HDP deputy saying that his party will keep following the developments on the issue.
Prominent philanthropist and businessman Osman Kavala has described his two years in jail, saying that the charges listed in the indictment don't constitute solid evidence.
After being threatened by pro-government journalist Nedim Şener who was speaking on a live television program, Human Rights Association (İHD) co-leader Eren Keskin recalled the killing of lawyer Tahir Elçi, saying that for the first time she felt that she herself was going to be killed. “I received horrifying threats on social media. Unbelievably disgusting things were said about my mother. We are living in a society where everyone is an enemy except for the Turks", she told.
Turkey intends to establish a safe zone in northern Syria alongside its border in which it aims to resettle at least 1 million Syrian refugees currently living in Turkey. According to Research Center on Asylum and Migration (İGAM) President Metin Çorabatır, for a safe zone to be established, the requirements include international approval and the consent of the refugees who are intended to be resettled in the area.
Istanbul prosecutors have decided not to pursue an investigation into high school students who were beaten police last year as they held a demonstration in the district of Kadıköy. In spite of images showing the police using violence against the students, prosecutors determined that the police acted within scope of their powers.
While at the bus station in the northwestern province of Edirne en route to visit his family in Adana, a young Kurdish man was beaten and threatened by local police.18-year-old Ozan Okur, originally from the eastern province of Hakkari, has appealed to the Human Rights Association (İHD) and has filed a criminal complaint with prosecutors against the police in question.