Tag Archives: Gezi Park

Big stuff coming up

Some very important issues related to Turkish human rights coming up next week.  We’ll do our best to keep the blog up to date with current information:

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Ali Ismail Korkmaz, one year on

Remembering #AliİsmailKorkmaz who was beaten to death by police in #Turkey last year. pic.twitter.com/s6xgsJQQQk — Murat Çekiç (@muratcekic) June 3, 2014 A year ago today, Ali Ismail Korkmaz was beaten to death by police.  From the start, Turkish authorities seemed … Continue reading

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Arriving in Istanbul on the Anniversary of Gezi

I arrived in Istanbul a few hours ago.   As it turns out family events happened to bring us to the city on the anniversary of  the Gezi protests and ensuing crackdown. The streets of Besiktas, where I am staying, are … Continue reading

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Insult to injury in Turkey in the aftermath of the Soma Tragedy

If the “woman in the red dress” has become the central image of the Gezi protests, it seems likely that images of Yusuf Yerkel, an aide to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, brutally kicking a demonstrator will become one of … Continue reading

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Orwell in Translation: Turkey’s New Spy Law

One step forward, three steps back.  That, sadly, has been the direction of Turkey’s human rights record of late. On the plus side, a wave of individuals associated with the KCK who had been held in pre-trial detention for years … Continue reading

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Amnesty calls on Turkey: “Respect right to peaceful assembly” on May 1

In advance of annual May 1 demonstrations, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is talking tough again.  “Give up your hope of Taksim,” he said.  According to Turkish media, tens of thousands of police have been mobilized. In a public statement on … Continue reading

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An update on the “Twitter Trial”

In a blog posted earlier today, Amnesty International’s Turkey researcher, Andrew Gardner gave an update on the “Twitter Trial” in Izmir. He writes, in part: The fact this travesty continues says a lot about the sorry state of freedom of … Continue reading

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“Twitter Trial” in Izmir

Coming in the context of repeated efforts by the Turkish government to block social media outlets, the next hearing of the Izmir “Twitter Trial” is receiving international attention.  The case involves 29 men and women on trial Twitter messages they … Continue reading

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The frustrating road to justice in the Sarısülük case

The case of Ethem Sarısülük, killed by a policeman’s bullet during the Gezi protests, has been one of on-going concern for Amnesty International.  Yesterday,  the trial had its fourth, inconclusive hearing and Amnesty was there to follow the case.

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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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