More than 5,300 Turks have filed complaints before the European Court of Human Rights over their government’s purge following a failed coup last July, the president of the court said Thursday (26 January).
There are over 201,000 convicts and people under arrest in Turkish prisons, according to figures released by the Justice Ministry.
Turkey has ranked 75th in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2016, falling nine places from 2015 and adding to its dramatic decline over the past four years.
World-renowned Turkish pianist Fazıl Say has criticized the removal of his name from the new draft education curriculum, describing the decision as “discrimination” and motivated by issues unrelated to music.
Footage of Ahmet Türk, the ousted and jailed mayor of the southeastern province of Mardin, being brought to hospital in the eastern province of Elazığ has stirred debate among social media users and politicians due to accusations he was restrained in handcuffs despite his severe health condition.
Going in front of Silivri Prison to act in solidarity with imprisoned journalists and writers, the International PEN’s press statement has been blocked by gendarmerie.