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Turkey Continues its Crackdown on Civil Society

On Friday, 13 members of Turkey’s already embattled civil society were detained. The 13, who range from film producers to academics, were apparently targeted as part of the ongoing investigation against Osman Kavala, one of the most prominent civil society … Continue reading

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Purged with No Recourse: Amnesty’s Report on Dismissed Civil Servants

Last week, Amnesty issued a second report on the 130,000 civil servants purged from their jobs since the attempted coup in July 2016. This report examined the ability of purged individuals to appeal their dismissal and return to their jobs.┬áThe … Continue reading

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Turkey Detains Construction Workers Protesting Working Conditions

On Wednesday, two dozen construction workers who took part in protests against the conditions they endured on the job site of the new Istanbul airport were detained and remanded pending trial. Over a dozen others who were arrested during the … Continue reading

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THANK YOU for Helping to Free Taner

After 435 days, Taner was finally released from prison yesterday and reunited with his overjoyed family. I don’t think I was the only one who got teary-eyed when I saw the images of Taner, his wife, and daughters meeting for … Continue reading

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Amnesty Calls for Turkish Government to Restore Freedoms Now That State of Emergency Has Ended

The State of Emergency in Turkey, which was implemented in the wake of the failed coup two years ago, was finally officially lifted on July 19. However, as Amnesty outlines in its updated campaign against rights violations in Turkey, lifting … Continue reading

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Today Should Be Taner’s Last Day in Prison

Today, more than a year after he was first imprisoned, Taner Kilic, Amnesty Turkey’s Honorary Chair, will appear before a judge. Just a few days ago, a police report submitted on his case found no evidence that Taner ever had … Continue reading

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European Officials Speak Out on Anniversary of Taner’s Imprisonment

June 6 marked the 1 year anniversary of Amnesty Turkey’s Honorary Chair Taner Kilic’s arrest and imprisonment. Ordinary citizens as well as government representatives marked the day with renewed calls to end this injustice and release Taner. The spokesperson for … Continue reading

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365 Days

One year ago today, Amnesty Turkey’s Honorary Chair Taner Kilic was imprisoned on false charges. He has missed a year of his life and a year of his family’s life.   Despite Taner’s extended imprisonment, Turkish prosecutors have not presented … Continue reading

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LGBTI+ Turks Still Need Your Support

On May 11, hundreds of LGBTI+ students and their allies at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara defied an official, province-wide ban on LGBTI- focused events and marched in support of LGBTI+ rights. Unlike other recent LGBTI+ marches in … Continue reading

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Amnesty’s new report on human rights and human rights defenders in Turkey: “In today’s Turkey, even merely existing is a struggle”

Amnesty’s new report detailing the decline human rights in Turkey over the past several years, titled “Weathering the Storm: Defending human rights in Turkey’s climate of fear” was released today. The report highlights “the ways in which the rights to … Continue reading

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