Turkish court orders release of opposition leader

A Turkish court ordered the release of an imprisoned Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) parliamentarian on Sept. 7, according to an HDP statement. Ayhan Bilgen is the former speaker of the HDP and had been jailed over allegations of terrorism. The release follows a "Conscience and Justice Watch" at the Constitutional Court building to demand action for those unjustly and unlawfully imprisoned. The current Turkish government has removed and arrested more than 150,000 people after a failed coup last year.

From Jurist, Sept. 8. Used with permission.

Note: Several HDP leaders arrested as part of the post-coup crackdown remain imprisoned.

WSJ reporter sentenced to prison in Turkey

A Turkish court on Oct. 10 sentenced Wall Street Journal reporter Ayla Albayrak in absentia to 25 months in prison on propaganda charges. The conviction was based on Albayrak's 2015 story "Urban Warfare Escalates in Turkey's Kurdish-Majority Southeast." which Turkish authorities claimed was a violation ofthe country's Anti-Terror Law. (Jurist)

On Oct. 12, Human Rights Watch issued a report, "In Custody: Police Torture and Abductions in Turkey," finding that those accused of links with terrorism or the 2016 attempted coup attempt in Turkey have been tortured in police custody, while others have been illegally detained