Turkish soldiers of the Gendarmerie General Command clash with demonstrators in the Province of Mugla, on July 28, 2023.


Shape of Turkey

In Turkey, the authorities have used anti-terrorism and other national-security laws to target journalists, lawyers, and government critics, including the expansive laws forbidding ‘propaganda for a terrorist organization’ and ‘support for a terrorist organization.’ TrialWatch is monitoring several of these cases as well as investigating how Turkey is cracking down on those standing up for the vulnerable, including the LGBTQ+ community.

Looted Antiquities

In 2020, The Docket launched a multi-country investigation tracking the smuggling of antiquities from Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen and other countries in the region into European markets and the United States via international networks that have been on the radar of law enforcement agencies for decades.

We have found that Turkey is one of the two main routes for antiquities originating in Iraq and Syria, the other being Lebanon.