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Turkish Court Ignores ECHR ruling, sentences conscientious objector

Earlier this week, a military court in Sivas convicted conscientious objector Mehmet Tarhan for “failing to obey orders,” sentencing him to fifteen months in prison, which was then converted to a 9000 Lira fine.  The conviction is particularly shocking because … Continue reading

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European Court of Human Rights issues important verdict on 1994 Bombing

  In an important ruling today that highlights the on-going failure of Turkish authorities to address abuses by security services, the European Court of Human Rights has awarded 38 applicants more than 2.3 million Euros in non-pecuniary damage for Turkey’s … Continue reading

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ECHR condemns “disproportionate violence and unnecessary and excessive tear gas” in Turkey

In a unanimous decision issued today, the European Court of Human Rights again ruled against Turkey in a case regarding the use of abusive force against peaceful protestors. Bianet reports that, “the ECHR found Turkey guilty of violating “torture ban” … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Disappeared: Still Waiting for Justice

We lost a true hero this past month when Berfo Kirbayir passed away at age 105. Called by those who knew her Berfo Ana, or Mother Berfo, her struggle to uncover the truth behind her son’s disappearance became a symbol for … Continue reading

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No more Mr. Nice Guy

Two court cases caught our eye this morning.  One highlights excessive use of force by security services and their impunity from prosecution; the other highlights the use of lawsuits to dampen free speech.  Neither reflects well on Turkish authorities. In … Continue reading

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ECHR Again Finds Turkey Guilty in Press Censorship Case

Guilty again. The European Court of Human Rights has found Turkey guilty of violating Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for suspending the publication and distribution of nine newspapers and magazines in 2008 and 2009.

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A chip in the wall of Turkey’s internet censorship

Restriction of internet access can constitute an attack on freedom of expression. This was the conclusion of the European Court of Human Rights today, when it ruled that Turkey had violated the rights of plaintiff Ahmet Yildirim under Article 10 … Continue reading

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