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.
The death toll from a migrant boat disaster in Lake Van in eastern Turkey has risen to 60. Lake Van is near Turkey's border with Iran, from where migrants from Iran, Afghanistan and other countries regularly cross into Turkey heading west towards Europe.
Top court rejects CHP’s application for annulment of prisoner release law with regards to its ‘form’
Turkey’s Constitutional Court has rejected the main opposition CHP's application for the annulment of the recently enacted prisoner release law – in regards to the law’s form. The CHP said in its application that the legal amendment is in fact a “covert special amnesty,” which is why it requires the approval of at least three fifths of lawmakers in parliament.
A recent report revealed that some 30 percent of rights violations against queers in southern Turkey in 2019. The same report by non-governmental organization Mersin LGBTI 7 Color Association revealed a total of 132 queer rights' violations.
A 15-year-old shepherd was injured by soldiers' gunfire in the early hours of the morning on July 17, Mesopotamia Agency reported. The teenager was taken to a nearby hospital and is reportedly receiving intensive care.
The death toll from a migrant boat sinking in Lake Van in eastern Turkey rose to 40, the local governor's office said on July 16, after nearly three weeks of search operations. Lake Van is near the border with Iran, from where migrants regularly cross into Turkey heading west toward Europe from Iran, Afghanistan and other countries.
HDP deputy Zeynel Özen has urged the government to comply with the court rulings on cemevis, as he cited the recent decision to convert Istanbul's Hagia Sophia into a mosque. "We call on the government, which recognizes court rulings if they are of interest, to stop discriminating," Özen said.
Pro-Kurdish Democratic Peoples' Party (HDP) deputy Mensur Işık was issued a restraining order against his wife. The deputy's wife Ebru Işık reported the assault to health workers, who called the police.
Turkey's main opposition CHP has called on Iranian authorities to stop execution of three protesters, two of whom were last year extradited by the Turkish government. "Turkey handed these young people over to the Iranian security forces, in contravention of its international obligation of non-refoulment to a country where one faces death penalty and/or torture,” Kaboğlu said on July 15.
Turkey has further backslided from democracy and the rule of law during the COVID-19 period, with the government increasing its levels of repression against the pro-Kurdish HDP and Kurdish people, according to a new report released by the party. The HDP said that the coronavirus has given the AKP government a cover to expand its authority, likening the current implementations to those of 1990s, during which the state staged a heavily discriminatory policy towards the Kurds as a whole.
Since the failed July 2016 coup attempt, around 150,000 people in Turkey have been suspended or booted from their positions in the state apparatus. A recent report based on several thousand people, who have been dismissed from their jobs via government degree, highlights the mass economic misery and social isolation they have experienced.
Jailed journalist Murat Ağırel refused healthcare after being forced to wait for hours in large crowds. He was taken to an infirmary instead of a hospital, and transferred in handcuffs.