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Another blow to Human Rights in Turkey

Earlier this week, we called attention to a bill passed by the Turkish Parliament which effectively criminalizes administering emergency medical aid without government authorization. Read that first sentence again and you’ll have an sense of how Kafkaesque conditions in Turkey … 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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More police violence in Istanbul [updated with link to photographs]

Taksim Square was again rocked by police violence today, as police used water cannon, tear gas, and, by some accounts, rubber bullets to disperse a crowd who had gathered to protest… police violence. The protestors had gathered in response to … Continue reading

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Cross-post: An Ugly Crackdown in Turkey

From the AI-USA Blog, Human Rights Now, Ugly police violence and repression of freedom of speech and of assembly continue in Turkey, where attempts to stage protests in Taksim Square have been repeatedly suppressed with water cannon, tear gas and … Continue reading

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More support from Susan Sarandon and an Amnesty protest in DC

Susan Sarandon has continued her support of Amnesty International’s campaign on Turkey with by publishing an articles on Amnesty International’s Human Rights Now site and on the Huffington Post.                       … Continue reading

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Susan Sarandon offers her support to Amnesty’s Campaign on Turkey

          Our thanks goes out to Susan Sarandon, who has offered her generous support to Amnesty’s on-going campaign to protect freedom of expression and assembly and end police violence in Turkey.  She has helped support our … Continue reading

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Prime Minister Erdogan gives green light for police intervention

AKP rally in Ankara’s Sincan district was entitled as “Respect for the National Will.”  Photo by Hurriyet News Photo by Amnesty International In the latest Amnesty’s short video blog, the Amnesty Turkey researcher, Andrew Gardner, reported from Gezi Park today … Continue reading

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Amnesty welcomes the Meeting between the Representatives of the Protesters and Prime Minister Erdogan

Tolga Bozoglu/European Pressphoto Agency The Turkish government’s mixed signals regarding its response to the wide spread protests in Turkey continues. On the one hand, Prime Minister Erdogan rebuffed Members of European Parliaments’ (MEPs) calls to end the excessive use of … Continue reading

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