Tag Archives: Freedom of Assembly

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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Tensions as Berkin Elvan is laid to rest

Yesterday, we carried news of fifteen year old Berkin Elvan’s death. He weighed less than 36 pounds at the time of his death.  In Turkey and in cities throughout the world protests have been held in mourning and in anger.  … Continue reading

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Berkin Elvan, 1999 – 2014

I awoke this morning to the sad news that Berkin Elvan, who has been in a coma since he was struck in the head by a police officer’s tear gas canister during the Gezi Protests, passed away last night.   I … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day in Turkey

I was planning to write a short blog today, noting that today, March 8, is International Women’s Day and perhaps drawing the readers attention to the on-going issue of violence against women in Turkey and Bill Jones’ recent blog on … Continue reading

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For Hakan, an outpouring of support

As I wrote in December, Hakan Yaman was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  For this, he was beaten so badly by police that his skull partially collapsed.  An officer then gouged out one of Yaman’s eyes (he … 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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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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A bit of good news

A follower of our facebook page sent us this bit of good news:  The BBC has reported that “Turkish prosecutors want a policeman to go to jail for three years for tear-gassing a protester who became known as the ‘woman … Continue reading

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Targeting medical personnel in Turkey [updated, January 17]

One of the most shocking aspects of Turkey’s violent crackdown on peaceful protest has been the willingness of authorities to target medical personnel.  Since then, not only have authorities not been held responsible, but the government has moved to increase … 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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