Pinar Selek

Pınar Selek | Status: In Exile | Turkey

In July 1998, writer, sociologist, and feminist Pınar Selek was arrested in connection with an explosion at the Istanbul Spice Bazaar, a tragedy that led to the deaths of… More

Enver Aysever

Enver Aysever

A sociologist and former columnist for the independent newspaper Cumhuriyet, Aysever was arrested in March 2021 for "provoking the public to hatred and hostility” by tweeting a political cartoon… More

Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Fincancı, president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, was arrested after standing in solidarity with and serving as a “guest editor” for Özgür Gündem, a pro-Kurdish newspaper that… More

Yavuz Ekinci

Yavuz Ekinci

Yavuz Ekinci is an award-winning literary writer whose work focuses on the situation of the Kurdish minority in Turkey. His tweets in support for the Kurdish community led to… More

Hayko Bağdat

Bağdat is a Turkish-Armenian columnist who has been targeted in the past for his articles criticizing the government; he now lives in exile in Berlin. In 2019 he was… More

Meral Şimşek

Meral Şimşek

Meral Şimşek is a Kurdish writer currently on trial on charges associated with terrorism, for which she was sentenced to 15 years in prison. On June 29 2021, she… More