Category Archives: Freedom of Association

Project on Middle East Democracy panel discusses “eroding freedoms” in Turkey

With Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan’s planned visit to the United States only weeks away, US – Turkish relations are very much on the American policy agenda.  Syria, Iran, and Turkish-Israeli relations are likely to top that agenda, but human rights … Continue reading

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State Department Report on Human Rights in Turkey

The U.S. Department of State has released its annual country report on Human Rights in Turkey, outlining some areas of improvement and drawing attention to some major deficiencies in Turkey’s record over the past year. The report noted the full … Continue reading

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April TURKRAN Newsletter: Good work! And more yet to be done!

The April TURKRAN Newsletter was published today, highlighting the important work that Amnesty has done on the Fourth Judicial Package.  But there’s more to be done!  As the Fazil Say conviction proves, freedom of expression is still under attack in … Continue reading

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Top PEN prize Ayşe Berktay

PEN America has awarded Ayşe Berktay its most prestigious award this year, the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. The award, which “honors international writers who have been persecuted or imprisoned for exercising or defending the right to freedom of expression” … Continue reading

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The 4th Judicial Package: Some Preliminary Observations

As many of you know, Amnesty has been working, these past weeks, to pressure the Turkish government to revise and expand its goals for the Fourth Judicial Package.  That package was passed with some amendments yesterday.   Amnesty staff is now … 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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CCS joins Amnesty’s campaign on Freedom of Expression in Turkey

The Committee of Concerned Scientists (CCS) has joined Amnesty’s campaign for freedom of expression in Turkey.

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Poets, Scholars, and other Terrorists

A gaffe has been famously defined by Michael Kinsley as telling a truth the politician didn’t intend to admit.  Maybe that is what happened when former Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin made this infamous speech: …the work of a terrorist … 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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