Human Rights

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. 

Journalist Yücel released from prison after meeting of Turkish - German leaders

17 February 2018

Deniz Yücel, a German journalist who had been in jail in Turkey for a year, was released from prison 16 February, two days after a meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which has led commentators to question whether the countries reached an undisclosed deal. 

Yücel's release was announced by his lawyer Veysel Ok, who tweeted a picture of him and his wife Dilek Mayatürk Yücel in front of the prison complex in Silivri where Deniz had been kept. German officials have also confirmed that Yücel had left the country.