EFD Rights Watch: Rights defenders are jailed in terrorism charges…

Ex-Amnesty Turkey chief gets six years in ruling condemned as an “outrage”
The cases are part of a widespread effort to quash dissent in the country, which has seen dozens of activists put on trial after a failed 2016 coup attempt.

Istanbul court finds human rights activists guilty of seeking to wreak ‘chaos in society’


Amnesty International made a statement about Human Rights Defenders’ Trial in Istanbul

The court case known as the “Human Rights Defenders’ Trial” in public, where 11 rights defenders were being accused
While the AKP is preparing to submit a new bill on social media controls, the Freedom of Expression Association has released its annual “Blocked Web” report.
Human Rights Watch – Jul 6, 11:00 AM

(Istanbul) – The conviction of four human rights defenders on July 3, 2020, without evidence of any criminal wrongdoing, is politically motivated and an effort to stifle the legitimate work of Turkey’s human rights movement, Human Rights

‘Rise of informants’: Tip-offs to prosecutors increased by 118 percent in a year

The government’s polarizing discourse leads people to fink on one another while the legitimate opposition is portrayed as a threat to the country, CHP MP Gamze Akkuş-İlgezdi has warned.

Pro-Kurdish HDP at centre of Turkish gov’t crackdown on opposition – Guardian | Ahval

A new Turkish political party established by Ali Babacan, a former political ally of President
“There is no example of multiple bar associations in the world,” bar chairs have told bianet, criticizing the government’s move to change the Attorneys’ Act.

A group of bar association heads and several lawyers gathered at Ankara courthouse on July 3 to file a criminal complaint against the government officials for seeking to decentralize bars through a new legislation.

Bar chairs have not been allowed to join the negotiations of the bill that allows multiple bar associations in larger provinces.
The Sivas Massacre, an arson attack staged against mostly Alevi guests attending an event at Madımak Hotel that killed 33 intellectuals and two hotel personnel, was commemorated on its 27th anniversary on July 2 in the Central Anatolian province of Sivas.,

Turkey’s Radio and Television High Council (RTÜK) will be shutting down independent news broadcasters Halk TV and TELE 1 for five days each, bringing both to the brink of a license cancellation.

“These stations will be blacked out for five days that RTÜK will schedule. This will be the first time that a nationwide broadcast for general audiences will be blacked out by the RTÜK,” said İlhan Taşçı, a RTÜK member from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP).

YouTube on June 26 censored the live broadcasting of Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week’s annual Genetically Modified Tomatoes Awards, citing a violation of its “Terms of Service.”

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