Tag Archives: Amnesty

Amnesty: Rights must be respected in aftermath of failed coup

In response to a shocking coup attempt by elements of the military at overthrowing the elected government of Turkey, Amnesty International issued the following statement: Turkey is still reeling from a night of violence in which a coup attempt from … 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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Turkey again blocks social media

A Turkish court order has again blocked major social media tools today, citing publication of images from last week’s attack on an Istanbul courthouse DHKP-C.  Access to facebook, twitter, and youtube have reportedly been blocked throughout the country. The current … Continue reading

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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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From Maraş to Roboski: Remembering and Forgetting in Turkey

In my blog last Friday, I briefly noted the efforts of local authorities in Turkey to suppress commemorations of the brutal Maraş massacre and noted that this action, apparently in contravention of basic norms regarding freedom of expression and assembly, … Continue reading

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The Case of Ali Ismail Korkmaz: Will there be justice this week?

The case of Ali Ismail Korkmaz, who died as a result of being beaten at a Gezi Park protest, is coming to head this week, with an expected conclusion this Friday, December 28th.  Amnesty has been watching the trial closely … Continue reading

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The pernicious logic of Turkey’s petty charges against free speech

If the escalating war on the Gülen Movement, dominated recent news from Turkey, it was also marked by lesser items which highlight the dire straits of Turkish human rights.  A protester in Samsun was charged with “insulting the Turkish flag” … 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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5/26 important hearing on Sarisuluk case

There will be another hearing of in the case of Ethem Sarisuluk’s killing on Monday, May 26.  Follow live tweets on the case with Amnesty’s Andrew Gardner at @andrewegardner and Ruhat  Sena AKsener @ruhatsena  See here for a backgrounder on … Continue reading

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