Tag Archives: Amnesty

Good news, bad news, and ridiculous news

The good: the Pride March Let us take a moment to celebrate the important success of the Pride March that took place in Taksim this past Sunday. Amnesty had been concerned that Turkish authorities would restrict the march.  As Amnesty … Continue reading

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New strategies of protest and old tactics of repression

In my “day job,” I am a historian, specializing in Modern Turkey, and so I can say with some confidence that the protests of the past three weeks are unprecedented in Turkish history.  As some observers have noted, these protests … Continue reading

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April TURKRAN Newsletter: Good work! And more yet to be done!

The April TURKRAN Newsletter was published today, highlighting the important work that Amnesty has done on the Fourth Judicial Package.  But there’s more to be done!  As the Fazil Say conviction proves, freedom of expression is still under attack in … Continue reading

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Take action! Call on Turkey to Decriminalize Dissent and Offer Real Reform

This Spring promises to be a historic one for Turkey and its citizens.   Yesterday, jailed PKK leader, Abdullah Ocalan, called for a cease fire as part of his on-going negotiations with Turkish authorities. [Look here for Amnesty’s statement in response … Continue reading

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Kafka in Turkish: The Pınar Selek Trial

Pınar Selek is on trial again. For a decade and a half, Pınar Selek’s life has been at the mercy of the Turkish courts.  Accused of involvement in a 1998 bombing at the Egyptian Bazaar, Selek has been acquitted three … Continue reading

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A Dark Christmas for Armenians in Turkey

A shadow hangs over the Armenian community of Istanbul as it celebrates Christmas this January 6.  On December 28, one of its oldest members, Maritsa Küçük, was brutally murdered in her home. Details of the murder are still limited, but … Continue reading

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