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Amnesty Urgent Action in the Case of Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça [Updated]

Amnesty International has issued an urgent action  in the case of Academic Nuriye Gülmen and primary school teacher Semih Özakça, who were remanded in Sincan prison, in Ankara, on 23 May. They are continuing a prolonged hunger strike to protest against the dismissal … Continue reading

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Amnesty Report: “Professional annihilation” in Turkey’s Purge

This week, Amnesty International issued a new report on the “professional annihilation” of civil servants who have been summarily dismissed in Turkey’s purge. The report, No end in sight: Purged public sector workers denied a future in Turkey finds that tens … Continue reading

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Amnesty Urgent Action in Case of Three Turkish Nationals Detained in Malaysia [Updated with new information and steps to take]

Amnesty International has issued an Urgent Action in the case of three Turkish nationals arrested and detained in Malaysia.  There are concerns about their safety if they are extradited to Turkey.  Human Rights Watch has also voiced concerns about this … Continue reading

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Amnesty: Indictment Rejected but Barbaros Şansal Still Held

Amnesty International issued an updated urgent action in the case of  fashion designer and LGBTI activist Barbaros Şansal.   “Şansal remains in pre-trial detention since 3 January for allegedly ‘inciting the public to hatred or hostility’, despite a court rejecting the … Continue reading

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Take Action! Amnesty’s Write for Rights Campaign for Eren Keskin

A lawyer, a journalist, and a human rights defender, Eren Keskin has fought for human rights in Turkey for decades.  Turkish authorities have tried worked to punish her every step of the way. A speech she made 11 years ago has … Continue reading

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Amnesty issues report on displacement of hundreds of thousands in Turkey

  Amnesty International has just issued an extensive and deeply researched 31 page report detailing “the desperate  plight of families forced out of the historical centre of Diyarbakir” through massive security operations and round-the-clock curfews.  “Homes in the once-bustling district have been … Continue reading

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The Purge Continues: Amnesty Responds to Closure of Turkish NGOs

Amnesty International responded quickly to the news today that 375 NGOs would be closed under Turkey’s state of emergency powers,  with Amnesty’s John Dalhuisen calling it”part of an ongoing and systematic attempt by the Turkish authorities to permanently silence all … Continue reading

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Amnesty: HDP deputies detained amid growing onslaught on Kurdish opposition voices

The detention of 12 deputies from the Kurdish-rooted leftist Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP) since last night marks the latest escalation in the onslaught on dissent amid Turkey’s state of emergency, Amnesty International said today. The detentions – on a range … Continue reading

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Amnesty: Latest detention of journalists a “blatant misuse of powers”

In response to this Monday’s detention of 11 journalists and staff from Cumhuriyet newspaper and the shutting down of 15 media outlets over the weekend, Amnesty International’s Europe Director, John Dalhuisen, said: Today’s detention of journalists and staff from Turkey’s … Continue reading

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Amnesty: Intensified crackdown on media increases atmosphere of fear

[The following is a repost of Amnesty’s press release of 28 July 2016] As Turkey enters its second week of a three month state of emergency, the ongoing crackdown on civil society and the assault on media freedom has reached … Continue reading

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