Tag Archives: Police violence

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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Amnesty International calls on South Korea: Stop tear gas shipments to Turkey!

Amnesty International has issued an urgent call to South Korea to “stop the planned shipment of massive amounts of tear gas to Turkey, where the security forces have frequently abused riot control equipment amid repression of peaceful protests.”

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The Family of Ali Ismail Korkmaz continues its search for Justice: A First Hand Account of the Trial

While protesters in Turkey are demonstrating against the perceived lack of action of the Turkish government against IS with many protesters dead after violent clashes with the police, the trial against the civilians and police officers who killed another protester … 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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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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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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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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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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Our latest TURKRAN Message

Below is the message that went out to our TURKRAN members today. To join the TURKRAN, contact Natsumi Ajiki at najiki@mac.com Dear members of Amnesty International USA Turkey Regional Action Network (AIUSA-TURKRAN), I am excited to share with you an … Continue reading

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Make up your mind Minister! Terrorists or “a Vibrant Civil Society”

The June 29th edition of the New York Times published an opinion piece by Turkey’s EU Minister Egemen Bagis in which Bagis attempts to explain away the ugliness of this past summer.   In effect, he argues, the Gezi protests … Continue reading

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