Turkey’s Election Reinvigorates Debate over Kurdish Demands

Ahead of Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections on 24 June, opinion polls suggest a tighter race than many anticipated. The country’s Kurds could be kingmakers, prompting politicians of different stripes to court their votes and opening much-needed debate about longstanding Kurdish demands.


Turkey: Non-refoulement and judicial review

The legal assessment of the principle of non-refoulement is one of the most critical and debated issues of judicial review in the Turkish asylum system.

As a result of ECRE’s case-law screening, classification and analysis among approximately 50 court decisions of mainly Ankara and Istanbul Administrative Courts that are closely related to the judicial assessment of the principle of non-refoulement, three important rules are widely accepted and recognised by these courts.



Weathering the storm defending human rights in Turkey’s climate of fear.

A chilling climate of fear is sweeping across Turkish society as the Turkish government continues to use the state of emergency to shrink the space for dissenting or alternative views. And those who are defending human rights are on the front line – both as the targets of authorities’ attacks and at the heart of courageous resistance to attempts to silence all opposition. This briefing focuses in particular on the ways in which the rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association, to liberty and security and to fair trials have been eroded. Repressive measures were initially directed at those suspected of participating in the coup attempt including journalists, followed by academics, judges and prosecutors. While these attacks have continued, the net has widened to focus increasingly on the relatively small but vibrant independent civil society in Turkey.



AIDA 2017 Update: Greece & Turkey

The updated AIDA Country Reports on Greece and Turkey track key developments in asylum procedures, reception conditions, detention and content of protection throughout 2017.





Report on the impact of the state of emergency on human rights in Turkey, including an update on the South-East

The present report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) provides an overview of key human rights concerns in Turkey in the period between January and December 2017, with a focus on the consequences of the state of emergency on the enjoyment of human rights. The findings of OHCHR point to a constantly deteriorating human rights situation, exacerbated by the erosion of the rule of law.



Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes report on Imralı Prison (Turkey)

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has published a report on its April 2016 visit to the high-security prison on the island of Imralı in Turkey, where Abdullah Öcalan and three other prisoners are being held.

Report: https://rm.coe.int/168079457a

Response: https://rm.coe.int/168079457b


CPT publishes report on Turkey

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published today the report on its ad hoc visit to Turkey, which took place from 16 to 23 June 2015, together with the response of the Turkish Government. Both documents have been made public at the request of the Turkish authorities.


https://rm.coe.int/pdf/168075ec0c (respuesta)

https://rm.coe.int/pdf%20/168075ec0b (resumen ejecutivo)

In Custody. Police Torture and Abductions in Turkey

This report details credible evidence of 11 cases of serious abuse in detention, involving scores of individuals, all but one within the past seven months. The findings are based on interviews with lawyers and relatives, and a review of court transcripts, including allegations that police severely beat and threatened detainees, stripped them naked, and in some cases threatened them with sexual assault or sexually assaulted them. Human Rights Watch documented five cases of abductions in Ankara and Izmir between March and June 2017 that could amount to enforced disappearances – cases in which the authorities take a person into custody but deny it or refuse to provide information about the person’s whereabouts.