Category Archives: Religious Freedom

Violence and new tragedy in Turkey

Another horrible picture taken tonight in #Istanbul during protests for #UğurKurt-killed by police in a funeral house http://t.co/PzdNw2RPNd — Murat Çekiç (@muratcekic) May 22, 2014 It has been an ugly month in Turkey.  First, shocking scenes of excessive force and … Continue reading

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The Strange case of Sevan Nişanyan

The wheels of justice in Turkey sometimes turn slowly or not at all.  Consider the case of Ali Ismail Korkmaz, where key evidence incriminating police in his death was “deleted.”  Or the shocking lack of credible investigation in the Turkish … 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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Waiting for Justice Amidst the Tear Gas

26-year-old Ethem Sarisuluk was shot in the head by a Turkish police officer on June 1, 2013.  He died of his injuries two weeks later. As described in Amnesty’s recent report on the Gezi crackdown: The moment when the police … Continue reading

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Two Minutes to Fight for Freedom in Turkey (reposted from AI-USA site)

In Turkey, freedom of expression is under attack. But you can make a difference. And it will only take two minutes of your time to add your voice to calls for real freedom in Turkey. The Criminalization of Dissent The situation is … Continue reading

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Breaking news: Fazil Say Receives 10 month suspended sentence (updated)

In a case that has been condemned by PEN, Amnesty International, and others, classical music luminary, Fazil Say, has been convicted and sentenced to a ten-month suspended sentence for tweeting messages that were perceived as insulting to Islam.  Say has … Continue reading

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Repost: Why is Turkey Prosecuting Yet Another Artist?

It is a cold winter for freedom of expression in Turkey. Thousands are in prison or in pre-trial detention under Turkey’s bloated anti-terrorism laws, including nearly three thousand students. Artists have been targeted as well. Five members of the protest … Continue reading

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Prosecutor Targets Freedom Advocates (again)

Given Turkey’s propensity for targeting human rights advocates (and their lawyers!), it probably should come as no surprise that the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation against PEN International’s board in TURKEY. Their apparent crime? Speaking out in … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to President Obama

An “open letter” to President Obama, signed jointly by  The Foreign Policy Initiative, Freedom House, Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), and Reporters Without Borders was made public today.  The letter notes the important strategic relationship between the United States … Continue reading

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