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Make up your mind Minister! Terrorists or “a Vibrant Civil Society”

The June 29th edition of the New York Times published an opinion piece by Turkey’s EU Minister Egemen Bagis in which Bagis attempts to explain away the ugliness of this past summer.   In effect, he argues, the Gezi protests … Continue reading

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Libel Lawsuits: Another Approach to Turkish Censorship

This blog site has recently featured ways in which Turkish media barons have fired, suspended or fined reporters who had written anything deemed critical of either the AKP or Tayyip Erdogan.  The  Prime Minister, however, also relies on another way … Continue reading

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Turkey’s War on Demonstrators Includes War on Its own Doctors

On July 11, our Human Rights in Turkey blog reported on last week’s use of excessive force by the police in Istanbul.  The next day, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) and three other leading international medical groups sent a letter … Continue reading

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Turkish Justice: Settling Scores, Punishing Enemies

Professor Kemal Guruz, former head of the Turkish Council on Higher Education (CHE), has been in a maximum security prison now for a little over a year, charged with participating in what has been called Turkey’s “Postmodern Coup,” when the … Continue reading

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Amnesty Condemns Reyhanli Car Bombings

In a statement this week, Amnesty International condemned the 11 May bomb attacks in the Turkish border town of Reyhanlı.  According to Amnesty Researcher Andrew Gardner, the attacks, which have left at least 50 people dead and more than 100 … Continue reading

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The Plight of Turkey’s Syrian Refugees

There are now some 300,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey, 190,000 of whom are in Turkish refugee camps.  In a recent briefing, Amnesty International recognizes the considerable effort that Turkish authorities have made to accommodate the increasing number of Syrian refugees, and … Continue reading

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In Erdogan’s Turkey, even children get sued

In a previous posting, we noted in passing that Prime Minister Erdogan is suing seven high school students for publicly calling him “lightbulb Erdogan.”  Another student faces a two-year sentence in prison for throwing darts at the Prime Minister’s photograph. … Continue reading

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Turkey’s War on Its Intellectuals

Semih Idiz,  commenting recently in  AI Monitor noted that “the number of people charged, mostly under anti-terrorism legislation, for some ‘crime’ that has a political angle… almost matches the number of people in a similar situation under military rule in … Continue reading

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Turkish Justice: Capital Punishment by Other Means?

Are Turkish authorities denying health care as a means of punishment? Sibel Utku Bilal highlights the cavalier treatment of prisoners’ health in Turkish prisons in her recent article for AI-Monitor. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, head of the Human Rights Foundation of … Continue reading

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As Press Freedom in Turkey Worsens, Erdogan Remains in Denial

Prime Minister Erdogan, reacting to the critical wounding of a Turkish journalist during the bombing of the American Embassy in Ankara, used the occasion to attack those who defend Turkey’s imprisoned journalists: As the justice ministry has said many times, … Continue reading

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