Author Archives: cecbill

Send Birthday Greetings to Hakan Yaman

As readers of this blog know, Amnesty has continuously been campaigning on behalf of Hakan Yaman, who was caught up in a brutal attack by police officers during the Gezi crackdown while he was simply walking on his way home … Continue reading

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The Fusun Erdogan Case: “You just be afraid of us”

Last December, I wrote  on the case of  Fusun Erdogan, who was sentences to life imprisonment plus 300 years without the possibility of parole.  Erdogan was convicted of membership in a terrorist organization in a trial criticized by Reporters without … Continue reading

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Turkish Domestic Violence Victims: No Place To Go

In 2005, there were only 16 shelters in Turkey for survivors of domestic violence.  To deal with this, Turkey passed a law mandating that municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants open at least one shelter for survivors of domestic violence. … Continue reading

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In Turkey, new steps to control the internet

On February 5, the Turkish Parliament passed a law that further tightened the government’s control over the internet. The government already blocks some 40,000 internet sites, but the newly enacted legislation goes well beyond previous restrictions. 

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Turkey Tightens the Noose on Freedom of Speech

It should have surprised no one when another Turkish journalist was fired this past weekend for criticizing the government.  Yeni Safak columnist Murat Aksoy commented on CNN Turk that “the state has collapsed and the government has not been able … Continue reading

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Muharrem Erbey: Another Victim of Turkey’s Anti-Terror Laws.

On January 8, PEN International issued a “call to action” on behalf of Muharrem Erbrey, a writer, lawyer, and human rights activist in Diyarbakir.  Erbrey has been in prison now for over 4 years, charged with violating Turkey’s notorious anti-terror … Continue reading

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Fusun Erdogan: Prisoner for Life Plus 300 Years

Fusun Erdogan, the founder of Turkish leftist radion station Ozgur Radyo, was arrested in 2006. For two years, she had no idea of what her crime was, then she discovered she was charged with being a member of an illegal … Continue reading

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What happened to Hakan? We know. You know. It is time to take action!

  A few days ago AI Turkey projected the words “Hakan Yaman’a ne oldu?” (“What happened to Hakan Yaman?) on the front of Istanbul’s main courthouse and on Galata Tower, an Istanbul landmark.  (See the video here.)  Actually,  Amnesty International … Continue reading

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Turkey Wants Interpol to Arrest Pinar Selek

Last January, we posted on Pinar Selek’s conviction and sentencing to aggravated life imprisonment (i.e., imprisonment with no possibility of parole) despite her having been acquitted of the same crime three times over a fifteen-year period.  It was, we said, a … Continue reading

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The Plot and the Ivory Tower: Scholars targeted in the Ergenekon Trial

The Ergenekon trial, which dragged on for six years, finally made international headlines when it decided the fate of 275 suspects August 5.  Most reporting on the decisions handed down by the court focused on the life sentences given to … Continue reading

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