Tag Archives: Fourth Judicial Package

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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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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The 4th Judicial Package: Some Preliminary Observations

As many of you know, Amnesty has been working, these past weeks, to pressure the Turkish government to revise and expand its goals for the Fourth Judicial Package.  That package was passed with some amendments yesterday.   Amnesty staff is now … Continue reading

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One minute….

It is more than just a moment of high political theater in Turkey’s recent history.  It is also approximately how long it will take you to make a real contribution to protecting freedom of expression in Turkey. One voice is … Continue reading

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Turkey’s War on Journalists

The Turkish war on journalists is, by this time, well documented.  Reporters without Borders has called Turkey “the world’s biggest prison for journalists.” And imprisonment is only one of the ways that authorities have worked to silence journalists in Turkey. … Continue reading

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Poets, Scholars, and other Terrorists

A gaffe has been famously defined by Michael Kinsley as telling a truth the politician didn’t intend to admit.  Maybe that is what happened when former Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin made this infamous speech: …the work of a terrorist … Continue reading

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In Erdogan’s Turkey, even children get sued

In a previous posting, we noted in passing that Prime Minister Erdogan is suing seven high school students for publicly calling him “lightbulb Erdogan.”  Another student faces a two-year sentence in prison for throwing darts at the Prime Minister’s photograph. … Continue reading

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Amnesty Issues Freedom of Expression Report

Amnesty International has published a new report on Freedom of Expression in Turkey.  Based on trial observations, the review of hundreds of criminal cases, and “interviews with civil society organizations, lawyers, academics, individuals under prosecution and public officials,” the report … Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch Report: Strengthen Law Reform Bill

Earlier this week, Human Rights Watch issued a report on prospective judicial reform in Turkey. While it notes several positive steps, it highlights a series of weaknesses in the reforms currently envisioned, including the fact that “reforms leave unchanged article … Continue reading

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Take action! Call on Turkey to Decriminalize Dissent and Offer Real Reform

This Spring promises to be a historic one for Turkey and its citizens.   Yesterday, jailed PKK leader, Abdullah Ocalan, called for a cease fire as part of his on-going negotiations with Turkish authorities. [Look here for Amnesty’s statement in response … Continue reading

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