A year after Turkey’s Gezi Park protests, free expression still under attack
Recent articles in Turkey

“While we welcome any measures taken to alleviate overcrowding in Turkey’s prisons, the new measures unjustifiably exclude tens of thousands who are imprisoned for the peaceful exercise of their rights.”

Ali Gharavi works with human rights defenders. In March 2020, ahead of an anticipated – but since postponed – verdict hearing, Ali spoke with IFEX Regional Editor Cathal Sheerin about how his experience being arrested in Turkey and jailed for four months has affected his life and informed his work.

Amendments that ostensibly aim to protect prisoners from COVID-19 by reducing the prison population do not cover those detained on terrorism-related charges. Journalists, politicians and rights defenders who are in pre-trial detention, or who have been sentenced, will remain behind bars.