Category Archives: Taksim

Amnesty: Drastic Increase in Allegations of Excessive Force in Turkey

Amnesty International highlighted a “dramatic increase” in allegations of excessive use of force by Turkish security forces in the past year.  It noted that lethal force has routinely been employed during anti-terrorism operations, but that “the absence of effective investigations … Continue reading

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Amnesty: 2015 witnessed continued assaults on Freedom of Assembly in Turkey

Amnesty International’s Annual Report detailed continued attacks on the right to peaceful assembly in Turkey this past year: The practice of arbitrary detentions at assemblies was given legal basis by legislative amendments in March in the Domestic Security Package, providing … Continue reading

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Ahead of May Day protests in Turkey, Amnesty warns against suppression of free expression

In advance of May Day, Amnesty International has issued a public statement on the suppression of free expression and free assembly in Turkey, calling on Turkish authorities to respect the rights of protestors.

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Amnesty on Turkey’s Worsening Human Rights Record: 11 Key Issues

At midnight tonight, Amnesty International issued its Annual Report, The State of the World’s Human Rights.  There is grim reading throughout.  This was a tough year for human rights worldwide. Below I’ll try to outline the main issues that Amnesty … Continue reading

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Dark Days Ahead: Thinking about Turkey’s Tear Gas Purchase

I have been going over a number in my head these past few days.  1.9 million.  That, according to Amnesty International, is the number of tear gas canisters and gas grenades that Turkey has ordered from a South Korean manufacturer … Continue reading

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Çarşı on trial: Turkey’s war on dissent takes a tragicomic turn

It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic.  In their determination to root out all opposition, Turkish authorities today called members of the soccer fan club, Çarşı, to court under the same broadly phrased anti-terror statutes that were employed … Continue reading

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Second hearing Taksim Solidarity: Puppet show

A guest blog from our colleague at Amnesty International – Netherlands on the most recent hearing in the Taksim Solidarity case: It was like an ironic cartoon. We were some forty people brushing up against each other in the doorframe … Continue reading

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After Gezi: Amnesty Issues Major New Report

The army of police, the limits on freedom of transport, the deserted center of the city.  A year after Gezi, this is the face of the new Turkey, where dissent is stifled with overwhelming force and massive police presence. Clearly, … Continue reading

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Big stuff coming up

Some very important issues related to Turkish human rights coming up next week.  We’ll do our best to keep the blog up to date with current information:

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Ali Ismail Korkmaz, one year on

Remembering #AliİsmailKorkmaz who was beaten to death by police in #Turkey last year. pic.twitter.com/s6xgsJQQQk — Murat Çekiç (@muratcekic) June 3, 2014 A year ago today, Ali Ismail Korkmaz was beaten to death by police.  From the start, Turkish authorities seemed … Continue reading

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