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Amnesty: 2015 witnessed continued assaults on Freedom of Assembly in Turkey

Amnesty International’s Annual Report detailed continued attacks on the right to peaceful assembly in Turkey this past year: The practice of arbitrary detentions at assemblies was given legal basis by legislative amendments in March in the Domestic Security Package, providing … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Abdullah Comert’s Family Still Searches for Justice

Imagine having lost your child. Every parent’s worst nightmare. Now imagine that you would have to travel every month or so to a courthouse far away from your hometown in the hope of finding justice for your child. This nightmare … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Trial of Çarsı football fans accused of attempting to overthrow the government is as farcical as it sounds.

I was present on 2 April at Europe’s biggest court house, the Cağlayan Courthouse in Istanbul, to observe the second hearing in the prosecution of members of the fan club Çarşı of the Istanbul football club Beşiktaş. Thirty five people … Continue reading

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Impunity and death in Turkey: Another young life cut short

Serhat Savaş,17 dies 7 months after being hit by tear gas canister fired by police at Kobane protests, Istanbul 2014 https://t.co/LWwl1zRgEk — Andrew Gardner (@andrewegardner) April 10, 2015 A tragic turn in a tragic story today, as news sources reported … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Seeking Justice for Abdullah Cömert

“You killed my son on purpose!” These are the words that Hatice Cömert cries out in the courtroom as she bursts into tears while watching the footage from the scene of the crime where her 22 year-old son, Abdullah Cömert, … Continue reading

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The Ali Ismail Korkmaz Trial

Ali Ismail Korkmaz was among those killed by police violence during the Gezi protests in June, 2013. He was 19. Yesterday, there was a modicum of justice in the case when a Turkish court found six guilty in his death. … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Notes from Ali Ismail Korkmaz Murder Case

A guest blog from our colleague by Andrea de Ruijter, from Amnesty International – Netherlands.  Andrea acted as one of Amnesty’s trial observers at the latest hearing in the Ali Ismail Korkmaz murder case. “Ali Ismail Korkmaz, dreaming of a … Continue reading

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Çarşı on trial: Turkey’s war on dissent takes a tragicomic turn

It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic.  In their determination to root out all opposition, Turkish authorities today called members of the soccer fan club, Çarşı, to court under the same broadly phrased anti-terror statutes that were employed … Continue reading

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5/26 important hearing on Sarisuluk case

There will be another hearing of in the case of Ethem Sarisuluk’s killing on Monday, May 26.  Follow live tweets on the case with Amnesty’s Andrew Gardner at @andrewegardner and Ruhat  Sena AKsener @ruhatsena  See here for a backgrounder on … 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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