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  • Başak Demirtaş sentenced to 2 years, 6 months in prison 

    Başak Demirtaş was sentenced to two years and six months in prison together with Dr. RB for allegedly submitting a false medical report. Reacting to the prison sentence against their client, her lawyers said that their legal struggle will continue.

  • Reasoned decision: Ayşe Gökkan’s activities are considered as “a serious threat to democratic life” 

    Ayşe Gökkan, a women’s rights defender and politician, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. The court prepared its reasoned decision for the prison sentence given to Ayşe Gökkan. In the decision, Ayşe Gökkan’s activities in her political life are described as crimes and “a serious threat to democratic life.”

  • Lawyer Çiğdem Sevimli: Women’s requests to get protection orders are denied 

    Pointing out that the process of the violence against women cases has changed after Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, lawyer Çiğdem Sevimli said, “Women’s requests to get protection orders and restraining orders are denied by the courts. The courts’ decisions affect women, who are subjected to violence.”

  • Journalist Ayşe Kara acquitted 

    Journalist Ayşe Kara has been acquitted of terrorist charges against her.

  • Man released after beating woman 

    Nergiz İbiş was beaten by her neighbor Ramazan Akçan with a stick until she lost consciousness. Ramazan Akçan was released despite the criminal complaint of Nergiz İbiş. “I am not safe,” Nergiz İbiş says.

  • Draft bill proposal from Algerian women: Article 66 must be repealed 

    While the laws of Algeria do not guarantee women's rights, women are subjected to great injustice, particularly in divorce cases. Many women human rights defenders came together in Algeria and proposed a draft law to amend Article 66 of the Algerian Family Law, “Women's rights should be guaranteed under the law.”

  • Intisar al-Hammadi remains in prison 

    The hearing of the trial against Yemeni model Intisar al-Hammadi, who was arrested by plainclothes security forces at a checkpoint in Sana’a on 20 February, was held. The next hearing will be held on November 7.

  • Killer of Emine Karakaş, his sister face life sentence 

    The indictment against Aslan Karakaş, who killed Emine Karataş, and his sister Münevver Karakaş has been prepared. In the indictment, the prosecution demands a life sentence for the perpetrator and his sister. The first hearing will be held on November 15.

  • “Women are not safe in Tunisia” 

    Pointing out that women are not safe in Tunisia, sociologist Amira Yacoubi said that women have a long way in the struggle. She also welcomes the appointment of 10 women in the new cabinet.

  • “If I hadn’t killed him, he would kill me” 

    Gülten E. killed her husband in self-defense. “If I hadn’t killed him, he would kill me,” Gülten E. said in her statement.

  • Prison sentence against Ayşe Gökkan: “The ruling party wants to give a message to women” 

    Free Women’s Movement Term Spokesperson Ayşe Gökkan was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a court. Commenting on the prison sentence against Ayşe Gökkan, lawyer Özüm Vurgun said, “The ruling party wants to give a message to women. But the women’s struggle cannot be intimidated with prison sentences.

  • Discriminatory decision of Lebanese Rectorate sparks outrage: “Everyone should be equal” 

    The Lebanese Rectorate and Ministry of Education and Higher Education decided to demand foreign currency from foreign students studying in Lebanon. According to the decision, Lebanese women, who cannot obtain Lebanese nationality because they are married to a foreign national, will have to give foreign currency to the state. The decision sparks outrage in the country and a campaign has been launched in the country against the decision with the motto, “Everyone should be equal.”

  • “40% of applications are about sexual assault” 

    Lawyer Diren Elif Vurgun, a member of the Diyarbakır Bar Association Women's Rights Center, spoke to our news agency and said that most of the applications to the center are about sexual assault and violence against women since the beginning of 2021. She drew attention to the rulings of courts in favor of the perpetrators, “Recently, we observe a more male-dominated judiciary.”

  • Yemeni activists demand immediate release of journalist Amatullah al-Hammadi 

    Yemeni human rights activists demand the immediate release of journalist Amatullah al-Hammadi, who has been unlawfully held in prison for nearly a month without any reason.

  • Divorce rates increase in Iraq: Women protest “Article 57” 

    Thousands of women filed for divorces in Iraq due to violence against them. 200 couples sought a divorce every day in September, according to a report. While human rights defenders draw attention to the increasing divorce rate in the country, the campaign launched against the proposed amendments to Article 57 of the 1959 Personal Status Law continues.

  • Evin Cuma: Turkey should be punished for using chemical weapons 

    Evin Cuma, the executive of the Human Rights Association in Cizre Region, accuses Turkey of committing a war crime by using banned chemical weapons, “We have documented the crimes committed by the Turkish state. Turkey should be punished for using chemical weapons.”

  • Musician Dilan Demir sentenced to 9 years in prison 

    Musician Dilan Demir has been sentenced to nine years in prison on charges of “being a member of a terrorist organization” based on statements of anonymous witnesses.

  • “Prisoners are not safe in Urfa, we will file a criminal complaint” 

    Association of Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD) Urfa Branch Co-chair Ayşe Şehriban Demirel draws attention to the recent rights violations and torture against prisoners in the Urfa No.2 T-Type Closed Prison, “We are going to file a criminal complaint about torture against prisoners. All national and international organizations should immediately take action.”

  • Families of executed people in Iran: This inhuman practice should be abolished 

    World Day Against the Death Penalty has been annually observed on October 10. In Iran, thousands of people were executed for their thoughts in 41 years. Families, whose relatives were executed, point out that the dead bodies of their relatives weren’t given to them. “This inhuman practice should be abolished,” they say.

  • “Prisoners are punished again without being tried by new amendment” 

    Hundreds of prisoners haven’t been released from prison for “not maintaining good behavior” due to the new amendment made to the Law on the Execution and Security Measures. Lawyers Association for Freedom (ÖHD) General executive Rengin Ergül pointed out that prisoners are punished without being tried by the new amendment. She thinks the criteria in the amendment are not objective.