Tag Archives: Gezi Protests

Two good court decisions. Two bad prosecutions.

Yesterday, saw two positive court decisions in Turkey.   But the sad fact is that the judges made the right decision in two cases that should have never been brought to court, that represent a terrifying politicization of the criminal justice … Continue reading

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The Gezi Anniversary

Check out my new blog on the anniversary of Gezi on our main Human Rights Now page.   I write, in part: On the first anniversary of the Gezi Protests and their brutal suppression in Turkey, central Istanbul resembled nothing so … Continue reading

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An end to Impunity: The Case of Ali Ismail Korkmaz

For almost a year now, we have been calling for justice in the case of Ali Ismail Korkmaz, who was savagely beaten to death – apparently by civilian police – during the course of Gezi Protests in June, 2013.  Today, … Continue reading

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Gezi trials target health workers

(Video above: Tear gas and water cannon outside of the German Hospital in June, 2013) As we approach the first anniversary of the Gezi Protests, trials of protestors and others caught up in the Turkish government’s crackdown are picking up … Continue reading

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PEN Report on Freedom of Expression after Gezi

Pen International issued a report this week calling attention to escalating restrictions on journalists and writers in Turkey, particularly after the crackdown on the Gezi Protests last June. The excessive use of police force, as well as widespread media censorship … 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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Justice for Berkin

Berkin Elvan was not a looter.  He was not even a protestor. He was – and continues to be – a victim. Fourteen years old at the time, Berkin went out to get bread for his family during the Gezi … Continue reading

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The Ethem Sarısülük Case

During the course of protests in Ankara on June 1, one of the protestors, Ethem Sarısülük was shot in the head; his doctors declared him brain dead a little more than a week later. This week, the police officer accused … Continue reading

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