City municipalities alongside a variety of trade associations and other organizations are slated to sign an “emergency assistance hotline” protocol for the purpose of preventing violence against women.
The Syrian Association for Citizens' Dignity (SACD) has republished a report describing the violence experienced by Syrians forced to return to regions of the country under the control of the regime of President Bashar al Assad. People interviewed in the report said that they had to pay bribes to ensure some of their most basic needs.
18 lawyers from the lawyers associations in Turkey were convicted of terror charges in March of this year, with their collective sentences totaling 159 years. The convictions were appealed, but rejected for the six lawyers who were sentenced to less than five years in prison.
It was ruled that philanthropist Osman Kavala would continue to serve pre-trial detention in his third hearing on Oct. 8. He faces life in prison if he is convicted on charges of "attempting to overthrow the government."
Nineteen-year-old seasonal laborer Şirin Tosun, who was attacked in the northwestern town of Adapazarı for speaking Kurdish, passed away after 50 days of hospitalization.
Two veteran Turkish journalists will remain in prison, an Istanbul court ruled, as the next hearing of the trial was set to be held on Nov. 4. The journalists are being tried over their alleged links to the 2016 coup attempt.
Supporters of the jailed businessman, philanthropist and civil society activist Osman Kavala met at Istanbul's Cezayir Restaurant (which is owned by Kavala) on Wednesday to celebrate his 62nd birthday, which coincided with the 701st day Kavala has spent behind bars. Critics have blasted the criminal charges against him as ludicrous.
Activists say that the Istanbul Convention, the Council of Europe's initiative to prevent violence against women in Turkey, and other laws concerning the issue are not being properly enforced. According to the Federation of Women's Associations' president Canan Güllü, nearly 50 percent of women that are murdered are in the possession of a restraining order.
The families of the victims of the most deadly suicide attack in Turkey's history are suing the country's Minister of Internal Affairs on the grounds that state institutions were at fault for being unable to prevent the attack. However, an administrative court decided that the state was not in fact at fault and ruled that the families should pay the ministry's legal fees.
Turkey's Ministry of Justice has presented an initial draft of the government's judicial reform package to the opposition, with which Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül says includes an amendment to anti-terror legislation that will include additional protection for freedom of expression. However, legal experts who have defended a number of journalists say that this is not the case.
Former co-mayor of southeastern city Diyarbakır spoke at UN Human Rights Council via teleconference due to the international travel ban imposed on him, calling on the panel to end the oppression.
World leaders gathering for the UN General Assembly should reject the abusive policies of autocratic populists and promote greater respect for human rights worldwide, Human Rights Watch said. Brazilian President Bolsonaro, US President Trump, Egyptian President al-Sisi, and Turkish President Erdoğan are on the list of HRW to be protested.
Legal proceedings are ongoing for six Turkish journalists being tried in a case involving their reporting on emails belonging to current Finance Minister and then-Energy Minister Berat Albayrak that were leaked by the computer hacking group Redhack.
Some provisions of the expected judicial reform package of the government, will enable the government workers dismissed by decree to get their passports back. However, legal experts say these provisions are also technically unconstitutional.
The Constitutional Court declared the press ban on reports regarding a parliamentary commission’s inquiry into 2013 corruption allegations to be a violation of press freedom on September 17. The inquiry concerned a major corruption scandal that emerged on December 17, 2013 in which the sons of several former ministers and other figures close to the government were arrested over their alleged involvement in a scheme in which Turkey traded gold to Iran for natural gas.