Tag Archives: Erdogan

Twitter ban lifted, but the dangers remain

Using hashtags like #TekrarHoşgeldinTwitter (welcome back Twitter), the news that the Turkish government had finally lifted the ban on twitter came across my desktop this afternoon. I don’t think I was the only one who sighed in relief.  Though the … Continue reading

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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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The Trail of Impunity: Roboski and Okmeydani

The protests which have shaken Turkey in the aftermath of Berkin Elvan’s death at age fifteen have generated many shocking images.  Grainy photographs from protests in Roboski/Qileban, however, struck a particular nerve with me because they highlight the extent to … 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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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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Clashes in Istanbul over proposed Internet restrictions

News reports from Istanbul this evening describe police attempts to cordon off sections of Taksim from protestors.  The reports describe police using tear gas and water cannon to disperse the crowds. According to Reuters: Riot police advanced along Istanbul’s Istiklal … Continue reading

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The Divan and Gezi Park

With good reason, Turks take pride in their traditions of hospitality.  And seldom will you meet any one who has visited Turkey from abroad who will not mention the real warmth that Turks can show to visitors. Thus, it is … Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch: Turkey “increasingly autocratic”

Human Rights Watch issued its annual report today.  The section on Turkey notes some positive steps, including a reform package, efforts at a peace process with Kurds in Turkey, and the hosting of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees.  Nonetheless, … Continue reading

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Turkey’s abyssmal HR record draws global attention

As 2013 draws to a close and the world takes stock, it is clear that Turkey’s appalling human rights record is gaining global attention. Below are three of the stories in the international media that caught my eye this past … Continue reading

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Washington debates Turkish Human Rights

On October 23rd, the influential Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center issued “From Rhetoric to Reality: Reframing U.S. Turkey Policy”, a report which, among other recommendations, calls on the U.S. government to “speak out against the imprisonment and firing of journalists, the … Continue reading

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