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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.
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."
Two human rights groups have said that the Turkish government is using the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to restrict freedoms. "No unusual circumstances, whether it be a state or threat of war, political instability or any other extraordinary events, can be given as a reason to apply torture," they said.
Turkey’s top court head admits majority of rights violations stem from lack of right to a fair trial
Turkey's Constitutional Court reportedly identified a violation of the right to due process in more than half of the cases where they ruled that a violation had occurred. "This tells us that there's a serious issue with fair trials and it needs to be solved," Zühtü Arslan said in a swearing ceremony for a new judge on June 9.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan condemned the May 27 police killing of black Minneapolis resident George Floyd in a series of tweets. The president said the mentality that killed Floyd was "racist and fascist" and condemned the "inhumane mentality." Turkey has been experiencing a period of increased police violence since the 2013 anti-government Gezi protests when more than 20 people were killed.
Turkey's Constitutional Court (AYM) ruled that ten prisoners' right to free communication was violated when their letters were confiscated. The letters had been about rights violations in prisons in Turkey, and had been confiscated on the grounds that they were detrimental to the prisons.
Friends of renowned businessman, philanthropist and human rights activist Osman Kavala has penned a letter to him. "We wanted to write to you from wherever we all are, on the street under the magical light of the full moon, near the sea, on the seaside, on the mountains on this May night, as a response to your April 19 letter. 'Despite all the pains, injustices and everything, thank you life, thank you Osman!'" they said.
Turkey’s Constitutional Court has found rights violation in the case of three protesters beaten by police during an anti-government protest in the wake of Reyhanlı car bombings in 2013. The court fined the state to pay 12,500 liras ($1,790) to the complainants as compensation and demanded that the prosecutors launch a new lawsuit to determine the identities of the police officers responsible for the violence.
Turkey began releasing prisoners under tight security on April 15 after passing a bill on releasing thousands of convicts and arrestees to ease overcrowding in prisons in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). A day earlier, Erdoğan praised the law over "meeting the expectations of the citizens at a higher rate regarding the manifestation of justice," despite criticism of it for leaving politicians and journalists out.
Turkish parliament passes bill to release thousands from prison, leaves journalists, politicians out
Turkey's parliament on April 14 passed a law that will allow the release of tens of thousands of prisoners, but which critics slam for excluding those jailed on terrorism charges, mainly journalists and politicians. The opposition points out that 'terror' has taken on a broad meaning in Turkey, essentially used as a way to criminalize any opponent of the government.
Currently a staunch supporter of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and a hawkish politician on the Kurdish issue, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu's political life has seen dramatic changes. Before joining the AKP, Soylu was known for his harsh criticisms against the party and Erdoğan. "People have forgotten how to smile as a result of the AKP government's wrong economic policies. They made Turkey face crisis with their inabilities and incompetence. They are covered in corruption," he said before joining the AKP.