Category Archives: Freedom of Association

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: 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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Ahead of May Day protests in Turkey, Amnesty warns against suppression of free expression

In advance of May Day, Amnesty International has issued a public statement on the suppression of free expression and free assembly in Turkey, calling on Turkish authorities to respect the rights of protestors.

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The Ali Ismail Korkmaz Trial

Ali Ismail Korkmaz was among those killed by police violence during the Gezi protests in June, 2013. He was 19. Yesterday, there was a modicum of justice in the case when a Turkish court found six guilty in his death. … 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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Tensions as Berkin Elvan is laid to rest

Yesterday, we carried news of fifteen year old Berkin Elvan’s death. He weighed less than 36 pounds at the time of his death.  In Turkey and in cities throughout the world protests have been held in mourning and in anger.  … Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch: Justice for Berkin

Emma Sinclair-Webb of Human Rights Watch, writes on the death of Berkin Elvan: Fifteen-year-old Berkin Elvan has died after 269 days in a coma. The Istanbul schoolboy incurred a head injury that doctors say was most likely inflicted by police … Continue reading

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The Divan and Gezi Park

With good reason, Turks take pride in their traditions of hospitality.  And seldom will you meet any one who has visited Turkey from abroad who will not mention the real warmth that Turks can show to visitors. Thus, it is … Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch: Turkey “increasingly autocratic”

Human Rights Watch issued its annual report today.  The section on Turkey notes some positive steps, including a reform package, efforts at a peace process with Kurds in Turkey, and the hosting of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees.  Nonetheless, … Continue reading

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New blog highlights the need for further action on Turkey

  A new blog on Amnesty International – USA’s main website calls attention to the on-going suppression of freedom of expression and assembly in Turkey.  It argues for increased mobilization and for the United States to take a leading role … Continue reading

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