Human Rights

Poet Fadıl Öztürk was sentenced to 1 year 6 months in prison

2 October 2018

Sevda Aydın, İzmir - Artı Gerçek writer and poet Fadıl Öztürk was on trial today at İzmir 2. High Criminal Court. Öztürk, who was accused of 'terrorist propaganda' and 'membership in a terrorist organization' was sentenced to 1 year and 5 months. Court deferred the announcement of the verdict for 5 years, which means Öztürk will not serve time unless he is convicted from another criminal proceeding within the specified duration of time.

845 people in Turkey detained for criticizing military campaign in Syria

27 February 2018

The Turkish Interior Ministry on 26 February announced that a total of 845 individuals have so far been detained by police for expressing online criticism for Turkey's military operation in the north of Syria. 

This marks a further increase from the figure of 786, which the ministry announced the previous week.The ministry didn't specify how many of those detentions had turned into formal arrests and imprisonment.