human rights in Turkey
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu has been appointed as key advisor to CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.
Two men who were detained in Van's Çatak and who were taken to a hospital by soldiers were thrown from a military helicopter, hospital records have confirmed. According to the records, Osman Şiban and Servet Turgut were brought to the hospital for "getting injured after falling from a helicopter." Van Governor's Office, meanwhile, denied the incident, saying that Turgut "fell in a rocky area when trying to escape from soldiers."
Three suspects arrested for attack on opposition deputy Atay that followed ‘rapist’ brawl with minister
Three suspects were arrested for the attack on opposition deputy Barış Atay on Aug. 31, hours after Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said the lawmaker would make "a perfect rapist." The minister's insult was a response to Atay's criticism of rapist sergeant Musa Orhan's swift release from prison despite charges of repeated sexual assault.
Textile worker establishes ‘clean jeans’ after losing half lung capacity to denim sandblasting in Istanbul
Textile worker Bego Demir established a "clean jeans" brand after losing nearly half of his lung capacity due to being exposed to silicosis dust during the denim sandblasting process whilst working in a factory in Istanbul. “This is actually the first step of a project. With this step, we showed that it was possible to found a brand and produce a product that does not harm people or the environment,” Demir said.
A street vendor who set himself on fire after municipal police seized his stall died in Trabzon on Aug. 27. Yavuz Polat was selling corn in the picnic area belonging to the MHP-run Erzincan Municipality on the first day of Eid al-Adha on Aug. 3 when municipal police attempted to seize his stall. His funeral was held on Aug. 28 in Erzican, strikingly with the attendance of MHP Erzincan Mayor Bekir Aksun.
Lawyers appeal to top Europe rights court after getting arrested in Turkey on secret witness testimony
Two lawyers who were arrested on "secret witness" testimonies appealed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Numerous lawyers in Turkey associated with opposition political movements and who have defended political dissidents have been detained or arrested on terrorism charges.
Turkey's Human Rights Foundation (TIHV) urged the government to take measures against human rights violations concerning "Academics for Peace." Some tried on terrorism charges for signing a peace petition, thousands of academics were removed from their public posts and haven't been reinstated despite being acquitted.
A woman was denied services by Turkish telecommunications giant Türk Telekom because she only spoke Kurdish. The company did not allow her to repeat sentences in Turkish on the phone, and wouldn't provide translation. The company eventually reached the woman when her son revealed the incident on social media.
Turkey and the United States are in a fresh row over Washington's call to release businessman, philanthropist and human rights activist Osman Kavala. Turkey's Foreign Ministry said the U.S. statement did not respect the principles of a state based on the rule of law. "No state or person can give orders to Turkish courts regarding judicial processes," it said.
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 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.
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.
Attending a demonstration can't be a proof of terrorist organization membership, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in the case of four applicants from Turkey. The applicants faced the said accusation for attending a demonstration in 2008, with the ECHR saying that their rights to freedom of assembly were violated.
Human Rights Watch has called on Turkey to reverse the convictions of four human rights defenders, saying that the sentences given to them are politically motivated. “We hope the higher courts will do their duty and reverse this miscarriage of justice," said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
An Istanbul court sentenced four rights defenders to prison during a trial on July 3. The court sentenced Taner Kılıç to six years and three months in prison over "terrorist organization membership." Günal Kuşun, İdil Eser and Özlem Dalkıran were handed one year and 13 months jail terms over "aiding a terrorist organization."