Category Archives: Freedom of Association

Take action! Call on Turkey to Decriminalize Dissent and Offer Real Reform

This Spring promises to be a historic one for Turkey and its citizens.   Yesterday, jailed PKK leader, Abdullah Ocalan, called for a cease fire as part of his on-going negotiations with Turkish authorities. [Look here for Amnesty’s statement in response … Continue reading

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Turkey’s War on Its Intellectuals

Semih Idiz,  commenting recently in  AI Monitor noted that “the number of people charged, mostly under anti-terrorism legislation, for some ‘crime’ that has a political angle… almost matches the number of people in a similar situation under military rule in … Continue reading

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Daha çok işimiz var: Join Amnesty’s work on Turkish Human Rights

For those working on human rights in Turkey, the last few years have been hard ones, marked by violence, mass arrests, and a steady tightening of restrictions on freedom of expression and association.  Successes have been few and hard won. … Continue reading

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Repost: An Open Letter to Secretary of State John Kerry

Dear Mr. Secretary: I know you have a lot on your plate as you begin your first trip overseas as Secretary of State. You’ll be visiting America’s allies in Europe and the Middle East, by my count nine countries in eleven … Continue reading

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Amnesty on new judicial package: Time to Deliver

In a statement late last week, Amnesty International welcomed government statements which have promised sweeping legal reform aimed at bringing Turkey in line with international human rights standards. Amnesty noted, however, that reforms passed so far have been far too … Continue reading

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The Modern Kronus: Turkey and its Students

In Greek Mythology, it was Kronus who devoured his young, fearful that they might one day grow up to rebel against him.  In modern Turkey, it is the Republic itself. A few days ago, we noted the almost tragicomic news … Continue reading

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Hanim Onur is Free… but how many still languish in pre-trial detention? (Updated with new information)

We applaud the Diyarbakir 7th High Criminal Court’s decision today to free Hanım Onur from pre-trial detention to care for her two sick children.  The tragedy of the case, in which Onur’s two children, one suffering from epilepsy and the … Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch highlights on-going concerns in Turkey

Human Rights Watch, in its newly issued 2013 World Report, has highlighted some of the most serious human rights issues in Turkey, including attacks on freedom of expression, assembly, and association, violence against women, and excessive force by security services.

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One minute…

According to a report in Today’s Zaman, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan gave a speech earlier this week critical of international rights organizations for their criticism of Turkey, saying they were based on false information. We believe the facts speak for … Continue reading

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An Academic Dean and Political Enforcer

Something is rotten on the campus of Marmara University, says the Middle East Studies Association. In letter of protest to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan, the Middle East Studies Association has voiced its concern that the Dean of the Faculty of … Continue reading

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