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Amnesty on State of Emergency in Turkey

Amnesty International issued a press release yesterday, July 21, on the newly declared State of Emergency in Turkey.   The text is below: President Erdogan’s announcement of the imposition of a state of emergency must not pave the way for a … Continue reading

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With President Erdogan in Washington, Amnesty Plans Rally to Protest Abuses [Updated]

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is in Washington DC for the next few days as part of Nuclear Security Summit.  Please join Amnesty International’s rally to protest continuing human rights abuses in Turkey this Thursday, March 31. Time: 11:30 am Where: … Continue reading

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Amnesty: Detention of Academics New Assault on Freedom of Expression

Described in a televised speech Tuesday by President Tayyip Erdogan as “traitors”  academics who had signed a speech critical of Turkish military operations in the south-east are now the target of harassment, threats, and police investigations.    The detention of … Continue reading

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Amnesty Issues Urgent Action in Case of Detained Protestor (Updated Feb. 17, 18)

Amnesty International has initiated an urgent action in the case of Onur Kılıç, who was detained on 13 February for “insulting the President” during a protest.  He could face up to four years in prison under these charges.

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Dark Days Ahead: Thinking about Turkey’s Tear Gas Purchase

I have been going over a number in my head these past few days.  1.9 million.  That, according to Amnesty International, is the number of tear gas canisters and gas grenades that Turkey has ordered from a South Korean manufacturer … 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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Second hearing Taksim Solidarity: Puppet show

A guest blog from our colleague at Amnesty International – Netherlands on the most recent hearing in the Taksim Solidarity case: It was like an ironic cartoon. We were some forty people brushing up against each other in the doorframe … Continue reading

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Insult to injury in Turkey in the aftermath of the Soma Tragedy

If the “woman in the red dress” has become the central image of the Gezi protests, it seems likely that images of Yusuf Yerkel, an aide to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, brutally kicking a demonstrator will become one of … Continue reading

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The Fusun Erdogan Case: “You just be afraid of us”

Last December, I wrote  on the case of  Fusun Erdogan, who was sentences to life imprisonment plus 300 years without the possibility of parole.  Erdogan was convicted of membership in a terrorist organization in a trial criticized by Reporters without … 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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