Several members of the Saturday Mothers were detained on July 25 for wanting to mark the 800th week of their vigil at Istanbul's Galatasaray Square. During the gathering, police battered Hanife Yıldız, who last saw her only son, Murat, in 1995 -- when he was 19 and she handed him to Turkish police for questioning.
A thousand words were said for philanthropist, businessman and human rights activist Osman Kavala to mark his 1,000th day of imprisonment on July 27. "Conscience and just" topped the list via being written 48 times, which were followed by "humble and humility."
A deputy from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has suggested that further restrictions be implemented on Internet users, limiting access to Virtual Private Networks (VPN) too. Turkey's parliament will soon be voting on a social media restriction bill that will limit access to certain platforms.
A civil servant working for Turkey's Social Security Institution (SGK) was fired from his job on the basis that he sent his children to schools run by followers of the exiled Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, even though the man does not have any children.
Murder of 27 year old fuels Turkey’s feminist rebellion: Don’t think about touching Istanbul Convention
Women around Turkey on July 22 protested the brutal murder of 27-year-old Pınar Gültekin by her ex-boyfriend, the latest in a series of femicides in the country, urging Ankara to not back away from the Istanbul Convention. Some officials from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) recently suggested Ankara's recusal from the international convention, sparking debate within the party itself, as well as nationwide.
A Turkish army strike on PJAK militants in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in late June 2020 failed to take adequate precautions to minimize civilian casualties, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on July 22. “The Turkish military strike on opposition fighters in a resort area seriously injured several civilians and could have harmed many more,” said Belkıs Wille, senior crisis and conflict researcher at Human Rights Watch.
A total of 101 intellectuals from different social and political backgrounds in Turkey have urged the country's opposition to unite in a joint statement. "The people who are in despair and undecided are seeking an alternative that they can trust. Absolute threats can only be gotten rid of by absolute objection. The solution is for all the opposition forces to unite in a democracy alliance," they said.
A thousand words that participants will submit to an online effort will be released on the 1,000th day of philanthropist, businessman and human rights activist Osman Kavala's incarceration. The deadline for participation was set for July 23.
Police officers in Ankara and Istanbul brutally detained demonstrators commemorating the victims of the 2015 Suruç bombing that killed more than 30 members of the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF). Police also assaulted lawyers who went to an Istanbul police station to follow-up on detained demonstrators.
Azat Bağa, a 15-year-old shepherd who was injured by soldiers' gunfire said that the soldiers saw they shot him, but walked away. The soldiers were shooting at nearby smugglers on horseback, Bağa said.
A group of artists including actresses Müjde Ar and Meltem Cumbul, actors Rutkay Aziz and Levent Üzümcü, poet Ataol Behramoğlu, singer Edip Akbayram, in Turkey has released a joint statement to say that they're not afraid. While criticizing the government's actions on a number of issues, the artists also called on the opposition "to be more determined and brave."
Women in Turkey reported more than 30,000 cases of domestic violence through the state's Women Support Application (KADES) in the past two years, main opposition deputy Gamze Akkuş Ilgezdi said. "The real data is much more overwhelming and portrays a much more devastating picture," she noted.
Turkey on July 20 commemorates victims of an ISIS suicide bombing in the Suruç district of the southeastern Urfa province, as the search for justice continues on its fifth year. News reports following the attack pointed to how the bombing could have been prevented since authorities had the necessary intelligence on ISIS militants.
The Van branch of the Human Rights Association (İHD) has determined that three penal facilities in the eastern province are guilty of numerous rights violations. Cleaning materials were found to be limited and insufficient while prisoners were only able to access gloves, masks, disinfectant and wet napkins by purchasing them at high prices.
Residents of a village in the southeastern province of Mardin have appealed a ruling that found the Interior Ministry not responsible for the massacre of civilians with state-owned weapons in 2019. “The state has the responsibility to be able to foresee whether or not people to whom guns are entrusted for a public duty will use these guns for personal purposes,” said lawyer Hayrettin Güzel.