Category Archives: Andrew Gardner

Amnesty’s Annual Report 2015: “Marked Deterioration” of Human Rights in Turkey

In a few short pages, Amnesty International’s 2015 Annual Report detailed a rapidly deteriorating human rights environment in Turkey, particularly after the 2015 parliamentary elections and the outbreak of violence between the Turkish government and Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) in … Continue reading

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The Crisis in Cizre continues

Amnesty International today renewed its call for Turkish authorities to allow emergency medical care for injured individuals stranded in a basement in the town of Cizre, where they sought shelter on 23 January amid ongoing clashes between the army and … Continue reading

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Amnesty calls on Turkey to End Abusive Operations

In a briefing and press release today (January 21) , Amnesty International renewed its call to Turkish authorities to “end the indefinite curfews in Kurdish neighbourhoods across east and south-east Turkey.” For several months, Amnesty International has been urging the … Continue reading

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Amnesty: Detention of Academics New Assault on Freedom of Expression

Described in a televised speech Tuesday by President Tayyip Erdogan as “traitors”  academics who had signed a speech critical of Turkish military operations in the south-east are now the target of harassment, threats, and police investigations.    The detention of … Continue reading

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Amnesty Calls for Release of Journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

Turkey’s case against journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül represents “another deplorable attempt by the authorities to silence dissenting voices in the Turkish press,” Amnesty International said in a public statement today.  It called on authorities to release them from … Continue reading

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Amnesty’s Andrew Gardner on Turkey: Human Rights Situation “Going from bad to worse”

Amnesty International’s Turkey Researcher, Andrew Gardner, gave a lengthy interview in Today’s Zaman in which he outlined the current conditions of human rights in Turkey. Gardner says that “this year, the human rights situation has gone from bad to worse. … Continue reading

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Join Amnesty’s call for Justice in the Murder of Tahir Elci

Abdi Ipekci.  Uğur Mumcu.  Hrant Dink. And then, on November 28 of this year, Tahir Elçi. The murder of journalists and human rights defenders in Turkey has a long and tragic history.  More often than not, the circumstances of the … Continue reading

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Another shocking attack on freedom of expression in Turkey

Today’s raids on Turkish media outlets are “yet another shocking attack on journalists and freedom of expression in Turkey, and come just four days before a crucial parliamentary election on Sunday,” according to Amnesty International in a statement released today. … Continue reading

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On the Arrest of Tahir Elci: Ideas are not “Terror” [Updated 21 October]

According to multiple news sources, an arrest warrant has been issued for Diyarbakır Bar Association head Tahir Elçi over a statement he made last week, saying “the PKK is not a terror organization.”  On Twitter, Emma Sinclair-Webb, Senior Turkey Researcher … Continue reading

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Amnesty voices concern over EU-Turkey deal on refugees

In advance of Angela Merkel’s visit to Istanbul, Amnesty International issued a press release voicing concern over a potential deal: European leaders’ desperate attempts to enlist Turkey as Europe’s gatekeeper are ignoring the manifest failures of the Turkish authorities to … Continue reading

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