Tag Archives: Diren Gezi

May 1, 2014

Again, this May 1, the streets of Istanbul witnessed police violence today, as tens of thousands of police were mobilized to prevent demonstrators from staging a rally in Taksim Square.  Follow events on the ground on twitter with Turkey Researcher, … Continue reading

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An update on the “Twitter Trial”

In a blog posted earlier today, Amnesty International’s Turkey researcher, Andrew Gardner gave an update on the “Twitter Trial” in Izmir. He writes, in part: The fact this travesty continues says a lot about the sorry state of freedom of … Continue reading

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“Twitter Trial” in Izmir

Coming in the context of repeated efforts by the Turkish government to block social media outlets, the next hearing of the Izmir “Twitter Trial” is receiving international attention.  The case involves 29 men and women on trial Twitter messages they … Continue reading

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The frustrating road to justice in the Sarısülük case

The case of Ethem Sarısülük, killed by a policeman’s bullet during the Gezi protests, has been one of on-going concern for Amnesty International.  Yesterday,  the trial had its fourth, inconclusive hearing and Amnesty was there to follow the case.

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A late night attack on internet freedom

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was as good as his word.  According to Reuters, he told a friendly crowd at a rally in Bursa earlier today: “Twitter, mwitter!,” Erdogan told thousands of supporters at a rally in the northwestern province … Continue reading

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Ali Ismail would have been Twenty today

Ali Ismail Korkmaz would have been twenty today.  Instead, he was brutally beaten to death last June during the Gezi protests. There is substantial evidence of police involvement in his murder and in a police cover up after the fact. … Continue reading

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PEN Report on Freedom of Expression after Gezi

Pen International issued a report this week calling attention to escalating restrictions on journalists and writers in Turkey, particularly after the crackdown on the Gezi Protests last June. The excessive use of police force, as well as widespread media censorship … Continue reading

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Neither apology nor call for justice

Many observers wondered how Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan would respond to the death of Berkin Elvan.  Berkin Elvan was a fourteen year old boy who was struck in the head by a policeman’s tear gas canister last June.  He … Continue reading

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New blog on Berkin posted to Amnesty – USA’s main site

I posted a blog earlier today for the main Amnesty USA site today which gives background on Berkin Elvan and the protests since his death intended for a general audience. I write, in part: It is not simply that an … Continue reading

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AI Turkey Researcher Andrew Gardner blogs from Istanbul

Amnesty International’s researcher on Turkey has been in Istanbul monitoring events.  This morning, Amnesty his blog.  He writes: All the evidence suggests that Berkin died because of injuries he sustained last 16 June, when he was hit at close range … Continue reading

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