Tag Archives: Fazil Say

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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Amnesty: Fourth Judicial Package “Another Missed Opportunity”

“[A] missed opportunity for the government to deliver genuine human rights reform.”  That is how John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia Director, described the much awaited Fourth Judicial Package that, with Turkish President Abdullah Gül’s confirmation, has been … Continue reading

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Two Minutes to Fight for Freedom in Turkey (reposted from AI-USA site)

In Turkey, freedom of expression is under attack. But you can make a difference. And it will only take two minutes of your time to add your voice to calls for real freedom in Turkey. The Criminalization of Dissent The situation is … Continue reading

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Sign the Petition. Fight for Freedom of Expression in Turkey.

As we’ve written in previous posts, the Fourth Judicial Package passed earlier this month marked some important improvements for freedom of expression in Turkey.  But the hard reality is that it did not go nearly far enough. Rather than push … Continue reading

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April TURKRAN Newsletter: Good work! And more yet to be done!

The April TURKRAN Newsletter was published today, highlighting the important work that Amnesty has done on the Fourth Judicial Package.  But there’s more to be done!  As the Fazil Say conviction proves, freedom of expression is still under attack in … Continue reading

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Breaking news: Fazil Say Receives 10 month suspended sentence (updated)

In a case that has been condemned by PEN, Amnesty International, and others, classical music luminary, Fazil Say, has been convicted and sentenced to a ten-month suspended sentence for tweeting messages that were perceived as insulting to Islam.  Say has … Continue reading

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English PEN “welcomes” Turkish Minister of Culture

In an open letter to Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism, Ömer Çelik, English PEN welcomes him to the 2013 London Book Fair, at which Turkey will be a “market focus.”  PEN notes with regret, however, that this celebration of … Continue reading

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Repost: Why is Turkey Prosecuting Yet Another Artist?

It is a cold winter for freedom of expression in Turkey. Thousands are in prison or in pre-trial detention under Turkey’s bloated anti-terrorism laws, including nearly three thousand students. Artists have been targeted as well. Five members of the protest … Continue reading

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Prosecutor Targets Freedom Advocates (again)

Given Turkey’s propensity for targeting human rights advocates (and their lawyers!), it probably should come as no surprise that the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation against PEN International’s board in TURKEY. Their apparent crime? Speaking out in … Continue reading

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