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Renewed pretrial detention for Cumhuriyet journalists

After hearings this week, journalists from the newspaper, Cumhuriyet, remain in pretrial detention.  The case underlines the extents to which Turkish authorities have used the courts to pursue perceived political enemies and crackdown on freedom of expression.  The journalists have … Continue reading

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Interview with Milena Buyum on detained human rights defenders

Amnesty International’s Milena Buyum was interviewed by FM4.  The interview is very much worth the listen and can be accessed here.  In the interview, Buyum highlighted the context of the arrests within the wider degradation of human rights in Turkey. … Continue reading

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Amnesty: Re-arrest of four human rights defenders a cruel and retrograde step

Responding to news that the Turkish authorities have issued detention orders against four human rights defenders released on bail on Tuesday, John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Director for Europe said: “With this cruel and retrograde step, Turkey has underlined its growing … Continue reading

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Amnesty: International pressure mounts on Turkey as world leaders demand release of jailed activists

[Amnesty Press Statement, 20 July 2017] Just days after six human rights defenders were remanded in pre-trial custody in Turkey, the European Commission has joined governments and world leaders, including Angela Merkel, to demand their immediate and unconditional release. Speaking … Continue reading

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Amnesty’s John Dalhuisen pens op-ed for Politico-Europe, calls for harder line against Turkish Rights Abuses

Politico-Europe has just published an op-ed by John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s director for Europe, in which he calls for a harder line against Turkey’s rights abuses.  He writes: For many countries, Ankara is too important a political ally for human … Continue reading

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  LONDON – The remanding of six human rights defenders in pre-trial custody is an appalling affront to justice and a new low in Turkey’s post-coup crackdown, said Amnesty International. Amnesty International Turkey’s Director, Idil Eser who was among those remanded … Continue reading

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Amnesty: Detained Rights Leaders Must be Released [Updated]

From Amnesty today: Responding to the news that Idil Eser, Director of Amnesty International Turkey, was detained on Wednesday along with seven other human rights defenders and two trainers during a digital security and information management workshop in Büyükada, Istanbul, … Continue reading

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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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