Tag Archives: anti-terrorism

On the Arrest of Tahir Elci: Ideas are not “Terror” [Updated 21 October]

According to multiple news sources, an arrest warrant has been issued for Diyarbakır Bar Association head Tahir Elçi over a statement he made last week, saying “the PKK is not a terror organization.”  On Twitter, Emma Sinclair-Webb, Senior Turkey Researcher … Continue reading

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Amnesty: Arrests in Turkey continue pattern of criminalizing dissent

In a public statement issued today, Amnesty International urged “Turkish authorities  to release journalists detained in a wave of arrests yesterday, unless they have credible evidence that they have committed a recognisably criminal offence.” The statement noted with concern that the … Continue reading

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Some Good News: Sultana Acibuca’s conviction overturned by Court of Appeals!

In a long, difficult summer, finally some good news. We have received news today that the Turkish Supreme Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of Sultana Acibuca.  She had been previously been sentenced to more than six years in … Continue reading

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Take action! The case of Sultani Acibuca

A grandmother threatened with prison for speaking for peace.  That, in a nutshell, is the case of Sultani Acibuca, member of a group of mothers who have lost or had sons imprisoned as part of the conflict between the Turkish … Continue reading

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Project on Middle East Democracy panel discusses “eroding freedoms” in Turkey

With Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan’s planned visit to the United States only weeks away, US – Turkish relations are very much on the American policy agenda.  Syria, Iran, and Turkish-Israeli relations are likely to top that agenda, but human rights … Continue reading

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Poets, Scholars, and other Terrorists

A gaffe has been famously defined by Michael Kinsley as telling a truth the politician didn’t intend to admit.  Maybe that is what happened when former Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin made this infamous speech: …the work of a terrorist … Continue reading

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