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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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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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Human Rights Watch: Justice for Berkin

Emma Sinclair-Webb of Human Rights Watch, writes on the death of Berkin Elvan: Fifteen-year-old Berkin Elvan has died after 269 days in a coma. The Istanbul schoolboy incurred a head injury that doctors say was most likely inflicted by police … 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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Release of major report Amnesty Report on Gezi Crackdown

I have worked on human rights in Turkey for well over a decade now, first volunteering at shelters for refugees and migrants as a doctoral student and, later, as Country Specialist for Amnesty International.  Working with any large institutions brings … Continue reading

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Reporters without Borders: At least a dozen journalists injured during recent protests

As protests once again sweep Turkey, the watchdog group, Reporters without Borders has highlighted the extent to which journalists have seemingly been targeted by police: Reporters Without Borders condemns the resumption of police violence against journalists that has accompanied a … Continue reading

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Amnesty on Turkey Protests and On-Going Police Abuse

As protests – and evidence of excessive police force – again sweep across Turkey, Amnesty International has issued a press release to call attention to the on-going human rights abuses there. Central to this latest statement is a call for … Continue reading

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Do you use twitter? Tweet to end the abusive use of force by police in Turkey

Do you use twitter?  Here are some suggested twitter messages that you can use as part of Amnesty’s campaign against excessive force in Turkey: .@RT_Erdogan Intervene now! No more abusive use of force by police @aforgutu #insanhakları #humanrightsforturkey #humanrights

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Turkey must end abusive use of force

Amnesty International has issued an updated statement today, again calling for Turkish authorities to end abusive use of force by police against protesters. In the statement, Amnesty highlights that the crisis is on-going: The number of activists injured across Turkey … Continue reading

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