Category Archives: Erdogan

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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In Turkey, freedom of expression early casualty of “anti-terror” campaign

Turkey has suffered from a series of horrendous attacks in recent months.  The security challenges it faces are very real.  Unfortunately, the rhetoric coming out of Ankara suggests that, under the umbrella of fighting terrorism, the most basic civil liberties … Continue reading

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Amnesty: Turkish Rights Abuses Must Not be Forgotten

When Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu arrived in Netherlands today for one-day talks with his counterpart, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, activists from Amnesty International were there to greet him.  Their message was simple: Turkey’s on-going human rights abuses can not … Continue reading

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Amnesty calls on Turkey to End Abusive Operations

In a briefing and press release today (January 21) , Amnesty International renewed its call to Turkish authorities to “end the indefinite curfews in Kurdish neighbourhoods across east and south-east Turkey.” For several months, Amnesty International has been urging the … Continue reading

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Amnesty: Detention of Academics New Assault on Freedom of Expression

Described in a televised speech Tuesday by President Tayyip Erdogan as “traitors”  academics who had signed a speech critical of Turkish military operations in the south-east are now the target of harassment, threats, and police investigations.    The detention of … Continue reading

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Amnesty Calls for Release of Journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

Turkey’s case against journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül represents “another deplorable attempt by the authorities to silence dissenting voices in the Turkish press,” Amnesty International said in a public statement today.  It called on authorities to release them from … Continue reading

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Erdogan proclaims Turkey’s press “freest in world” as harassment of journalists intensifies

terrorism police just searched my house, team of 8 guys. they take me to the station now. charge: 'propaganda for terrorist organization' — Frederike Geerdink (@fgeerdink) January 6, 2015 Without even a trace of a smile, Turkish President, Recep Tayyip … Continue reading

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The pernicious logic of Turkey’s petty charges against free speech

If the escalating war on the Gülen Movement, dominated recent news from Turkey, it was also marked by lesser items which highlight the dire straits of Turkish human rights.  A protester in Samsun was charged with “insulting the Turkish flag” … Continue reading

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Dark Days Ahead: Thinking about Turkey’s Tear Gas Purchase

I have been going over a number in my head these past few days.  1.9 million.  That, according to Amnesty International, is the number of tear gas canisters and gas grenades that Turkey has ordered from a South Korean manufacturer … Continue reading

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Çarşı on trial: Turkey’s war on dissent takes a tragicomic turn

It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic.  In their determination to root out all opposition, Turkish authorities today called members of the soccer fan club, Çarşı, to court under the same broadly phrased anti-terror statutes that were employed … Continue reading

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