Tag Archives: Amnesty

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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Morning update on Amnesty and the Soma Mining Disaster

The man doing the kicking is the adviser to the Turkish PM http://t.co/5Z3oVBcXir pic.twitter.com/5CkuKfIebw — The Independent (@Independent) May 15, 2014 A very brief update on Amnesty’s response to the Soma Mining Disaster this morning:

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The Tragedy in Soma: Amnesty calls for investigation

    We feel deep sorrow at the loss of life as a result of the tragedy in the coal mine in Soma, in the province of Manisa in Western Turkey. We call for an immediate independent and impartial investigation … Continue reading

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Judicial impartiality on Trial

News media reported that Turkish prosecutors have dismissed charges in a major corruption case that has shaken Turkey. Meanwhile the prosecutors who initiated the corruption probe are themselves now subject to an investigation.  Today’s events raise basic questions about what … Continue reading

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More internet censorship in Turkey

A few days ago it was twitter.  Today Turkey has blocked Youtube.  As Amnesty’s researcher on Turkey, Andrew Gardner, says, “The Turkish government appears to be itching for pretexts to close down websites because of their capacity to mobilize dissenting … Continue reading

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The Trail of Impunity: Roboski and Okmeydani

The protests which have shaken Turkey in the aftermath of Berkin Elvan’s death at age fifteen have generated many shocking images.  Grainy photographs from protests in Roboski/Qileban, however, struck a particular nerve with me because they highlight the extent to … Continue reading

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Tensions as Berkin Elvan is laid to rest

Yesterday, we carried news of fifteen year old Berkin Elvan’s death. He weighed less than 36 pounds at the time of his death.  In Turkey and in cities throughout the world protests have been held in mourning and in anger.  … Continue reading

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Justice for Ali Ismail Korkmaz: Take Action Today!

Amnesty International Turkey Researcher, Andrew Gardner, is in Kayseri, where he is observing the trial of police officers and civilians implicated in the killing of a protester, Ali Ismail Korkmaz, during the Gezi protests this past June. This is the … Continue reading

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What happened to Hakan? We know. You know. It is time to take action!

  A few days ago AI Turkey projected the words “Hakan Yaman’a ne oldu?” (“What happened to Hakan Yaman?) on the front of Istanbul’s main courthouse and on Galata Tower, an Istanbul landmark.  (See the video here.)  Actually,  Amnesty International … Continue reading

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The Ethem Sarısülük Case

During the course of protests in Ankara on June 1, one of the protestors, Ethem Sarısülük was shot in the head; his doctors declared him brain dead a little more than a week later. This week, the police officer accused … Continue reading

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