Turkey

Turkey's Civic Space Bulletin

In this special edition update, we cover some key developments in Turkey over the past few months. Covering the period from April - September 2018, we detail the worrying constriction of civic freedoms. In particular, we note the use of restrictive legislation to harass, detain and prosecute dissidents and activists. Read more

Turkey's Civic Space Bulletin

Unending restrictions on civic freedoms

In recent months, Turkey has continued to experience serious violations of freedom of expression. The Government has mainly relied on the legal system to target anyone who express critical opinion, including journalists, teachers, academics and others. Read more

Unending restrictions on civic freedoms

Arrests, detentions and murders: Crackdown on media continues

As previously featured on the CIVICUS Monitor, Turkey's unrelenting clampdown on civil society throughout 2017 has been widely condemned. In keeping with this trend of repression, on 17th October 2017 the Turkish Parliament extended emergency powers for the fifth time since July 2016. Read more

Arrests, detentions and murders: Crackdown on media continues

Over a year on from the coup: civil society still under siege

A year on from the failed coup in July 2016, the seemingly unending decline in Turkey's civic freedoms continues without pause. As detailed in this update, the prolonged use of emergency laws has enabled the Turkish authorities' campaign to eradicate independent civil society. Read more

Over a year on from the coup: civil society still under siege

Sweeping crackdown on human rights defenders

In a sweeping crackdown against human rights defenders, on 5th July 2017, Turkish security forces raided a workshop on digital security at a hotel on Buyukada Island, in the Sea of Marmara. Read more

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Sweeping crackdown on human rights defenders

Rubber bullets, tear gas and arrests as police break up pride protest

Turkish police used excessive force against a small group of LGBTI protestors, after the authorities banned the annual gay pride parade. Read more

Rubber bullets, tear gas and arrests as police break up pride protest

The purge continues: protests turn violent, websites blocked and 4,000 civil servants dismissed

On 1st May 2017, thousands took part in May Day demonstrations across Turkey in spite of restrictions on peaceful assembly due to Turkey's continued state of emergency. Read more

The purge continues: protests turn violent, websites blocked and 4,000 civil servants dismissed

Over 1,000 arrested: Bleak outlook for Turkish civil society in aftermath of referendum

Following President Erdoğan's declaration of victory in the 16th April 2017 referendum on constitutional amendments, the prospect of improved civic freedoms in Turkey looks increasingly unlikely. Read more

Over 1,000 arrested: Bleak outlook for Turkish civil society in aftermath of referendum

Upcoming referendum could further curtail civic freedoms

As people in Turkey prepare to head to the polls in next month's referendum to decide on constitutional amendments that would grant President Erdoğan even greater powers, civic space is under increasing attack. Read more

Upcoming referendum could further curtail civic freedoms

One by one, Turkish authorities close off avenues for dissent

As the crackdown against government critics continues, Turkish authorities have been emboldened in their efforts to curtail freedom of expression. Read more

One by one, Turkish authorities close off avenues for dissent