Council of Europe Convention calls for hotlines, shelters, medical and forensic services

Publication Date: 
September 1, 2011
Human Rights Watch
Turkish woman shouts slogans in a crowd of more than 5,000 women to mark International Women's Day in Istanbul (Getty Images)

Hamiyet, a member of Turkey’s Kurdish minority, was a 15-year-old newlywed when her husband began beating her every evening after work. He hit her when she was pregnant with each of their nine children, and he raped her almost nightly. She sought help from the police, but they always sent her back home, more concerned with preserving “family unity” than with her safety.

Turkey: Headscarf Continues as Political Issue

Publication Date: 
January 31, 2011
ISP News

ANKARA, Jan 31, 2011 (IPS) - A ruling by an administrative court banning female candidates for academic posts from being veiled during an admission examination has brought the headscarf back to the front of Turkish politics, and reignited tensions between secularist and religious forces. 

LGBT Activists in Turkey Launch Ground-Breaking Publication

Publication Date: 
September 3, 2010
(Photos: Alexander Christie-Miller and Hevjin)


Speaking in his apartment in a suburb of Diyarbakir, in southeastern Turkey, Solin and his colleague Koya are so scared of being identified that they will not allow even an obscured photograph of themselves to be published. Nor do they want their real names to be known. “People here see homosexuality as a poison - a disease,” says Solin, the ash of his cigarette making a quick, quiet hiss as he taps it into a jar of water.

Turkey and USA: American therapist calls solidarity of Turkish women ‘remarkable’

Publication Date: 
June 15, 2010
Today's Zaman
Leyla Welkin


“The idea of namus may not, strictly speaking, be a Muslim idea. Usually translated as ‘honor,’ the word namus is actually a word with no direct translation in English.

Turkish girl, 16, buried alive for talking to boys


Death reopens debate over 'honour' killings in Turkey, which account for half of all the country's murders

The hole where a 16-year-old girl was buried alive by her relatives in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey.

Europe & Turkey - The Burqa - Several Countries Prohibit or Regulate

The burqa is usually prohibited by local ordinances on behalf of the need to see the faces.

Onal Found Remorse Among Turkish 'Honor' Killers

Onal Found Remorse Among Turkish 'Honor' Killers
Run Date: 05/18/09
By Anna Louie Sussman
WeNews correspondent

Ayse Onal shines light on Turkish 'honor' killings

Journalist Ayse Onal's work, which got her blacklisted, has ranged from Kurdish separatism to Turkish Hizballah.

Top court lenient on 'honor killing'

ISTANBUL - The top appeals court has upheld a lower court’s decision to be lenient on those who are found guilty of honor killing because the two families in Diyarbakır involved in the case faced s

Blood feuds plague Kurdish regions

A massacre in the village of Bilge was the bloodiest example to date of the barbaric way in which disputes between rival clans are settled.