Category Archives: PKK

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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New Urgent Action: Injured, Stranded, and in Urgent Need of Care

Amnesty International has issued another urgent action today, this time a plea to save 24 people stranded and injured in the city of Cizre. An estimated 24 injured people are stranded in a building’s basement in the town of Cizre, … 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 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 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 condemns bombing in Ankara, calls for impartial investigation [updated 10:35 AM Eastern]

Turkey: Amnesty International condemns bombing targeting demonstrators in Ankara Just after 10am this morning, twin blasts close to the central train station in Ankara exploded as people assembled for the start of a peace demonstration in the capital city. The … Continue reading

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Turkish police again detain foreign journalist

VICE journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool continues to languish in pre-trial detention under terrorism charges that Amnesty’s Andrew Gardner has described as “unsubstantiated, outrageous and bizarre.”  Meanwhile, we received word today that Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink has also been detained by Turkish … 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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Journalist Fusun Erdogan and seven others released!

Good news today, as Fusun Erdogan and seven others, including two other journalists were finally released from prison.

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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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