In recent years, Turkey has experienced a massive deterioration in the independence and impartiality of both the judiciary and the adherence to the rule of law.

This decline began in 2014, when the Union in Judiciary Platform1, a group endorsed by the Turkish Government, won the election for the Turkish Council of Judges and Prosecutors.This deterioration accelerated following a coup attempt on July 15, 2016, after which the Turkish administration declared a state of emergency (SoE)…

The Judiciary in Turkey

Turkey is a constitutional republic with an executive presidential system and a 600- seat parliament. The unicameral parliament (the Grand National Assembly) exercises legislative authority.

In presidential and parliamentary elections in 2018, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) observers expressed concern regarding restrictions on media reporting and the campaign environment that restricted the ability of opposition candidates, including the jailing of a presidential candidate at the time, to compete on an equal basis and campaign freely.

Turkey 2019 Human Rights Report

In presidential and parliamentary elections in 2018, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) observers expressed concern regarding restrictions on media reporting and the campaign environment that restricted the ability of opposition candidates, including the jailing of a presidential candidate at the time, to compete on an equal basis and campaign freely.

We firmly believe that the family, as a basic unit of society and a natural environment, should be given the necessary protection and assistance as a basic unit of society and a natural environment for the growth and prosperity of all its members…

Freedom for detained Babies in Turkey

The Venice Commission issued Opinion No. 865/2016 on the Emergency Decree Laws No 667- 676 adopted Following the Failed Coup of 15 July 2016, to respond the circumstances within Turkey`s judiciary frame.

The Opinion highlighted that the immediate reintroduction of full access to courts for all the dismissed public officials was not practicable and instead recommended consideration of the possibility of creating a temporary ad hoc body tasked with examining individual cases of dismissals of public officials and other associated state of emergency measures.

HRD’S SoEC Report

It is a compilation of information contained in reports of treaty bodies and special procedures and other relevant United Nations documents, presented in a summarized manner owing to word-limit constraints.

The present report was prepared pursuant to Human Rights Council resolutions 5/1 and 16/21, taking into consideration the periodicity of the universal periodic review.

UN Universal Periodic Review – Turkey