Turkey's Constitutional Court has said that former CHP lawmaker Enis Berberoğlu’s rights had been violated since the process of lifting his legal immunity had not been renewed following his re-election on June 24, 2018. The top court referred to the Article 83 of the Constitution which says: “Investigation and prosecution of a re-elected deputy shall be subject to the Assembly’s [parliament] lifting the immunity anew.”
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu has been appointed as key advisor to CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.
Daily Evrensel columnist and member of Turkey's Labor Party (EMEP) Executive Board, Yusuf Karataş has been sentenced to 10 years and six months in prison on "terrorism charges." His indictment pointed to his involvement with pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Congress (DTK) and phone calls with EMEP members as proof of "terrorist activity."
Turkey's Constitutional Court (AYM) ruled that a woman's right to protection was violated when courts dragged on an abortion proceeding, resulting in the woman having to give birth. The woman had been petitioning to terminate a pregnancy that resulted from a sexual assault she survived as a minor.
Journalist and academic Mehmet Altan has penned an open letter to European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) President Robert Spano, who is scheduled to give a lecture at the Justice Academy in Ankara tomorrow. "I taught at Istanbul University for 30 continuous years. I was detained in 2016 on charges of violating three articles of the constitution. Despite the rulings by the Constitutional Court and the ECtHR, I have still not been able to go back to my university — the one you will be receiving your honorary doctorate from," Altan wrote.
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 Association (İHD) observed dozens of deaths caused by rights violations in the first six months of 2020. Fourteen women were killed by men, two inmates died in prison and three law enforcement officers were found dead under suspicious conditions in the southeast.
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.
Turkey’s rights defenders are worried that a recent authority granted to the pseudo-police force of the watchmen will lead to privacy violations. A recent legal amendment authorized the watchmen to enter premises in which they suspect illegal activity like drug use or sale, prostitution or gambling.
A Turkish youth forum launched an interactive online map that revealed the age group's biggest issues during the COVID-19 pandemic to be access to education and to work. The right to health and shelter were referred as the second largest issues.
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.
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.
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.