Category Archives: Conscientious Objection

Turkish Court Ignores ECHR ruling, sentences conscientious objector

Earlier this week, a military court in Sivas convicted conscientious objector Mehmet Tarhan for “failing to obey orders,” sentencing him to fifteen months in prison, which was then converted to a 9000 Lira fine.  The conviction is particularly shocking because … Continue reading

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Turkey: Where Conscientious Objection is a Crime

Fifty-six-year-old conscientious objector Ali Fikri Işık is due to appear in front of a Turkish Military Court on October 22, facing three separate charges of ‘desertion’ that could carry a prison sentence of some two-and-a-half years. When Ali was first … Continue reading

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Amnesty International Annual Report 2013 on Turkey: Ten Major Issues Highlighted.

Amnesty International has just issued its annual report for 2013 and the section on Turkey is, once again, grim reading.  It included ten major issues of concern 1. Some of the worst abuses remain in the area of freedom of … Continue reading

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One minute….

It is more than just a moment of high political theater in Turkey’s recent history.  It is also approximately how long it will take you to make a real contribution to protecting freedom of expression in Turkey. One voice is … Continue reading

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Turkey’s War on Journalists

The Turkish war on journalists is, by this time, well documented.  Reporters without Borders has called Turkey “the world’s biggest prison for journalists.” And imprisonment is only one of the ways that authorities have worked to silence journalists in Turkey. … Continue reading

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Amnesty Issues Freedom of Expression Report

Amnesty International has published a new report on Freedom of Expression in Turkey.  Based on trial observations, the review of hundreds of criminal cases, and “interviews with civil society organizations, lawyers, academics, individuals under prosecution and public officials,” the report … Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch Report: Strengthen Law Reform Bill

Earlier this week, Human Rights Watch issued a report on prospective judicial reform in Turkey. While it notes several positive steps, it highlights a series of weaknesses in the reforms currently envisioned, including the fact that “reforms leave unchanged article … Continue reading

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A victory for freedom of speech and the right to conscientious objection

Four men, including Halil Savda have been acquitted for supporting the right to conscientious objection to military service.  They had been charged with “alienating the public from military service.”  Savda was also acquitted in a separate, but similar, case in … Continue reading

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