Romanian appeals court denies Turkey’s request for extradition of Erdoğan critic

The Bucharest Court of Appeal has denied the extradition of educator Fatih Gürsoy on dubious terrorism charges brought by the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and underlined the fact that the Lumina Educational Institutions “operates according to the Romanian law.” Gürsoy, 50, is the general manager of Lumina schools in Romania. Lumina celebrated its […]

Turkey Should Protect All Prisoners from Pandemic

Emma Sinclair-Webb, Human Rights Watch Turkey Director The risk the coronavirus pandemic poses to staff and inmates in Turkey’s vastly overcrowded prisons has prompted the government to accelerate a plan to substitute prison time with alternatives such as early parole and house arrest. While a welcome step, it is important that prisoners who are not […]

Man abducted by Turkish intel exposes torture during 9-month enforced disappearance

Gökhan Türkmen, who was allegedly abducted by Turkish intelligence officers and kept in a non-official detention center for 271 days, has said he was tortured, subjected to severe threats and sexually harassed and abused during his enforced disappearance, according to the Yeni 1 Mecra news website. In February 2019 seven suspects in investigations related to […]

Gulen: Erdogan will end up like Hitler and Stalin

Interview by Alain Jourdan The preacher Fethullah Gülen was once a close ally of the Turkish President. Today, Erdogan accuses him of being behind the coup attempt in July 2016, and Gülen is in exile. In his interview, he explains the weaknesses of the Turkish President. Fethullah Gülen, number 1 enemy of the Turkish State, […]

Another new mother detained in Turkey over Gülen links

Büşra Öztürk, the mother of a 22-day-old baby, was detained in Ankara on Wednesday for alleged links to the Gülen movement, which the Turkish government accuses of orchestrating a coup attempt in 2016, the Aktif Haber news website reported. The movement denies any involvement in the abortive putsch. The detention was announced on Twitter by […]

Hizmet Movement: An Exemplary Paradigm of Transnational Civic Engagements

A. Mufazzal The origins of a seemingly nameless civic-social movement which later became popularly known as the “Gülen Movement” or “Hizmet Movement” date back to the early 1970s in Turkey.  The Movement’s goal is to produce “social good” throughout the world, which are manifested around peaceful activities like promoting dialogue among communities, human rights, love, […]