Category Archives: Turkey

In Turkey, freedom of expression early casualty of “anti-terror” campaign

Turkey has suffered from a series of horrendous attacks in recent months.  The security challenges it faces are very real.  Unfortunately, the rhetoric coming out of Ankara suggests that, under the umbrella of fighting terrorism, the most basic civil liberties … Continue reading

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Amnesty International condemns Ankara bombing

Yesterday evening, the streets of Ankara were again shattered by a bomb in the city center.  According to the authorities, as of this morning, 37 people had been killed and over 100 people were injured.  Amnesty International today issued a … Continue reading

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Amnesty International condemns take-over of newspaper

In a sharply-worded response, Amnesty International described today’s take-over of Zaman newspaper  by court-appointed trustees as “the latest deeply troubling episode in the Turkish authorities’ ongoing onslaught on dissenting media.” “By lashing out and seeking to rein in critical voices, … Continue reading

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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 Urgent Action: Arbitrary and Illegal Detention of Syrian Refugee

Amnesty International today issued an Urgent Action in the case of Syrian refugee, M.K., who has been arbitrarily detained under inhumane conditions at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport since 9 November 2015. He is at risk of being returned to Syria, … 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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Celebrate Dündar and Gül’s release, but recognize broader attack on press freedoms

With a ruling by Turkey’s Constitutional Court, journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül have been released from pre-trial detention in a case that potentially could have resulted in terms of life in prison.

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Amnesty: Freedom of Expression in Turkey Deteriorates in 2015

“Countless unfair criminal prosecutions, including under criminal defamation and anti-terrorism laws, targeted political activists, journalists and others critical of public officials or government policy. Ordinary citizens were frequently brought before the courts for social media posts.”  That’s the grim portrait … 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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Amnesty: Turkey blocks refugees as thousands flee Aleppo

Amnesty International researchers on the ground at the Öncüpınar/Bab al-Salam border crossing report grim conditions for the thousands of refugees hoping to flee violence in Syria.  Amnesty has called on both Turkey and the international community to take urgent steps … Continue reading

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