How banal a regime can be? Demirtaş not released despite ECtHR ruling, citing ruling’s ‘translation’ issues

The court has stated that it was not able to obtain a Turkish translation of the ECtHR ruling and therefore a legal review could not be made.
Turkey’s president condemns a call by Europe’s rights court to free a jailed Kurdish political leader.

Erdoğan slams ECtHR over Demirtaş verdict, says it can’t replace Turkey’s courts

The European top court ruled for the immediate release of the HDP’s former co-chair yesterday.
Soylu has called the HDP’s former co-chair a “terrorist” after the European court ruled for his immediate release.
Several politicians from Germany, including Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, have severely criticized the prison sentence of 27 years, 6 months given to journalist Can Dündar. Maas has defined the verdict as “a heavy blow to independent journalism.”
Human Rights Watch – Dec 23, 9:00 PM

(Istanbul) – The Turkish government should withdraw provisions in a draft law that would arbitrarily curtail nongovernmental organizations’ activities and have the potential to violate the right to freedom of association, Human Rights Watch

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: ‘Turkey’s NGO bill threatens civil society’

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a statement regarding the bill which will allow the appointment of trustees to civil society organizations, if passed by the Parliament: “Organizations disliked by the government for their work will especially be at risk.”

The Guardian

A prominent Turkish journalist has been sentenced in absentia to more than 27 years in jail on terrorism-related charges that his legal team have described as politically motivated. Can Dündar, who edited Turkey’s Cumhuriyet newspaper before

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