Turkish prosecutors are seeking an aggravated life sentence and an additional 20 years in prison for Osman Kavala in a second indictment filed against the renowned philanrophist. The indictment includes claims that Kavala organized the 2013 Gezi Park protests -- allegations of which he was cleared back in February.
A child that was rescued from a house fire in western Turkey said that he had been chained inside by his father for misbehaving. The child's mother said that the father chained the child "only on Tuesdays," while the father remains under police custody.
AKP deputy Cengiz Aydoğdu has admitted that "something happened" when asked about the incident of throwing of two Kurdish men from a military helicopter in the eastern province of Van. "Yes, something happened and the prosecutor's office launched a probe," Aydoğdu said in a speech in parliament on Oct. 7.
Turkish police have detained four journalists in the eastern province of Van for reporting the throwing of two Kurdish men from a military helicopter. Police raided the journalists' houses, as well as the Van office of the Mesopotamia News Agency, and seized all cameras and technical equipment.
More than 59,000 children were sexually abused in Turkey between 2014-2017, some 87 percent of them girls, said main opposition CHP deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu, basing this figure on official data from TÜİK. Tanrıkulu also slammed the Justice Ministry for blocking access to data from 2002-2017 with regards to sexual cases.
An 8-year-old child has died after falling from the roof when trying to access internet to attend remote education in Istanbul. Çınar Mert from Istanbul's Esenyurt district was having problems in securing an internet connection necessary to attend classes when his father went up to the roof to solve the problem. The child followed his father and fell when his foot slipped. "How is education free and equal for all?" his father asked.
A total of 70 migrants who were struggling to breathe were rescued from a minivan by the gendarmerie in the eastern province of Van on Oct. 4. While two of the migrants were found dead inside the overcrowded vehicle, the remaining migrants were held by the security teams. The migrants included 37 Pakistani, 33 Afghan and two Iraqi nationals.
The lawyer of Hacı Lokman Birlik, who was shot by soldiers and dragged until he died behind an armored vehicle in the southeastern province of Şırnak in 2015, has taken the case to the Constitutional Court. "Since no investigation was launched into the shooting of Birlik, the crime scene was not investigated, evidence was not collected, witness testimonies were not taken, the weapons used were not looked into and the testimonies of the security forces were not taken," Birlik's lawyer told Duvar.
At least six million students are unable to access remote education due to a lack of internet or proper devices in their household, according to the educator's union Eğitim SEN. While some families have one smartphone only, others complained about finding areas that have internet access since the connection frequently fades in and out.
Turkish prosecutors have put a broadcast ban on news reports concerning throwing of two Kurdish men from a military helicopter while under detention in the eastern province of Van.
The head of the state-run Turkey Human Rights and Equality Institution (TIHEK) defended underage marriages, and said that they should be differentiated from sexual assault. "People shouldn't be tried over shameful crimes just because they got married young," Süleyman Arslan said.
The recent suicide of a transgender woman in Istanbul sheds light on the struggles faced by the group in the metropolitan city. Hailing from a conservative central Turkey province, the transgender woman faced threats of violence from her roommates to the point where she didn't feel safe in her Istanbul home.
Police have prevented HDP deputies from offering their condolences to the family of a Kurdish man who died after being thrown from a military helicopter while under detention. Police arrived at the site as HDP deputy Hüda Kaya was making a speech and told mourners that they need to disperse because of the pandemic measures. Officers also said that they will start detaining people if they continue with the ceremony.
A group of workers have been protesting the international company Cargill for their layoff on the grounds of their union membership. The workers have reached day 894 of their protest outside the Bursa factory.
Freedom of expression in Turkey is effectively nonexistent, although it's a constitutionally protected right, a report by the German Foreign Ministry said. Deutsche Welle reported that the document noted Ankara's mass prosecution policies, and the inconsistencies in the judiciary.