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Turkish Gov’t Detained 845 People To Date Over Critical Stance On Afrin Offensive

Turkey’s Interior Ministry on Monday announced that 845 people have been detained on terror charges due to their protests or posts on social media critical…

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Turkish Police To Journalist: If You Don’t Speak, We’ll Throw You Off Balcony

Turkish police have reportedly raided the house of journalist Buğrahan Aydoğan in Çorlu district of Tekirdağ province on Sunday night for the second time to…

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Family of visually impaired journalist says his whereabouts are unknown

The family of visually impaired Turkish journalist Cüneyt Arat, who has been jailed over alleged ties to the Gülen movement since July 10, 2017, announced…

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Wedding singers put in pretrial detention over songs in Kurdish language

An Istanbul court ruled for the arrest of wedding singers İhsan Acet and İnayet Şarkıç over Kurdish-language songs they played during a wedding ceremony last…

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Rights defender Gergerlioğlu gets 2.5 year prison sentence on terror charges

Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, one of Turkey’s most renowned human rights activists and former president of the Association of Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed Peoples…

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Turkish government’s ‘Global Purge’ targeted opponents in at least 46 countries

Turkish government has pursued an aggressive policy to silence its perceived enemies in at least 46 countries across four continents, as part of its post-coup…

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70 Thousand Students Arrested in Turkey

The big arrest waves of students started with the Gezi protests in 2013, following with the 17-25 corruption scandals in 2013 and has now reached…

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Turkey: Media, Activists, Political Opposition Targeted

Turkey increased restrictions on the media, political opposition, and human rights defenders during 2017, on the back of a very narrow referendum, Human Rights Watch…

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Bitter story of the Çelik family

Emrah Çelik had to leave her job as a teacher at a Quran school because of her postpartum problems. During August of 2016, a month…

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Mesut Dinç, who was exposed to AKP’s persecution, lost his life due to extreme sorrow

Mesut Dinç, who worked as office secretary at a Courthouse, became a target of the inhumane operations carried out against sympathizers of the Hizmet Movement.…

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Ergun Babahan wrote about risk of torture for police chiefs

Yakub Saygılı and his coworkers, who carried out the December 17 corruption investigation, were taken into custody in the Silivri Prison where they were detained…

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Honorary President of Court of Cassation of Turkey, Sami Selçuk: Last Nail in the Coffin

Honory president of Court of Cassation of Turkey wrote on his latest piece for Cumhuriyet that the recent jurisdiction has made the reason for the…

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