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Amnesty Issues Urgent Action: Hundreds at Imminent Risk of Forced Eviction

Amnesty International today issued an Urgent Action calling on Turkey to halt forced evictions in the Sur District of Diyarbakir. Hundreds of residents in the Alipaşa and Lalebey neighbourhoods of the Sur district in Diyarbakır province, southeastern Turkey, are at … Continue reading

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Amnesty: Blocking of Istanbul Pride March latest blow to right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Turkey

Amnesty International has issued a statement in response to the ban of Istanbul’s Pride March and the excessive use of force against those who attempted to march peacefully. For a third year running, authorities in Istanbul banned, on spurious grounds, the … Continue reading

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Amnesty International USA Board Writes to Secretary of State

In a joint letter this week, Amnesty International -USA’s Board of Directors wrote to US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson to highlight Turkey’s shameful detention of Amnesty International – Turkey’s Chair, Taner Kiliç. The letter notes the State Department’s strong press … Continue reading

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Join Amnesty’s call to release Taner Kiliç

The shocking news that Amnesty International – Turkey‘s Chairperson, Taner Kiliç, was detained in this week as part of Turkey’s on-going purge of the Gulen Movement has resulted in worldwide condemnation.  He remains in custody today. Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s … Continue reading

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Chair of Amnesty International Turkey swept up in post-coup purge

  June 6 Responding to the news that Taner Kiliç, the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, was today detained by police along with 22 other lawyers in Izmir on suspicion of having links with the Fethullah Gülen movement, Salil Shetty, … Continue reading

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Amnesty: Teacher in Georgia at risk if extradited to Turkey

Amnesty International has issued an urgent action in the case of Mustafa Çabuk, a Turkish secondary school teacher living in Georgia, is at imminent risk of extradition to Turkey, where he is at risk of torture and other grave human rights … Continue reading

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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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