Category Archives: Minorities

Amnesty issues report on displacement of hundreds of thousands in Turkey

  Amnesty International has just issued an extensive and deeply researched 31 page report detailing “the desperate  plight of families forced out of the historical centre of Diyarbakir” through massive security operations and round-the-clock curfews.  “Homes in the once-bustling district have been … Continue reading

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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: Turkey’s escalating abuses risk return to dark days of 1990s

The message of Amnesty’s latest statement on abuses in Turkey’s on-going operations in south eastern Turkey could hardly have been clearer.  Things are getting much, much worse, with  “growing evidence of severe human rights violations, including torture and impunity for human … Continue reading

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Condolence Book for Tahir Elçi

Human rights lawyer/defender Tahir Elçi was shot dead in Diyarbakir on 28 November 2015. You may recall that Amnesty International organised a public meeting to pay tribute to him in January, attended by his wife, Turkan  Elçi, and one of … Continue reading

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Amnesty’s Annual Report 2015: “Marked Deterioration” of Human Rights in Turkey

In a few short pages, Amnesty International’s 2015 Annual Report detailed a rapidly deteriorating human rights environment in Turkey, particularly after the 2015 parliamentary elections and the outbreak of violence between the Turkish government and Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) in … Continue reading

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The Crisis in Cizre continues

Amnesty International today renewed its call for Turkish authorities to allow emergency medical care for injured individuals stranded in a basement in the town of Cizre, where they sought shelter on 23 January amid ongoing clashes between the army and … Continue reading

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Amnesty: Despite partial lifting of curfew in Silopi, situation still dire

After more than a month of round-the-clock curfews, the governor of Şırnak province has partially lifted the curfew in Silopi.  Round-the-clock indefinite curfews continue in the town of Cizre (also in Şırnak province) and Sur district, in the city of … 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 issues Urgent Action on Curfews

Amnesty International has issued an Urgent Action, calling attention to rights abuses in Turkey as security forces launch military operations against the armed Revolutionary Patriotic Youth Movement (YDG-H) the youth wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).  The clashes have … Continue reading

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Amnesty Issues Urgent Action on Injured Prisoners

The conflict between Turkey and the Kurdish PKK has once again turned ugly, with significant evidence of abuses and, according to the New York Times, more than 800 killed in recent weeks.  For its part, Amnesty International has been working … Continue reading

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