Category Archives: Military

Amnesty Issues Freedom of Expression Report

Amnesty International has published a new report on Freedom of Expression in Turkey.  Based on trial observations, the review of hundreds of criminal cases, and “interviews with civil society organizations, lawyers, academics, individuals under prosecution and public officials,” the report … Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch Report: Strengthen Law Reform Bill

Earlier this week, Human Rights Watch issued a report on prospective judicial reform in Turkey. While it notes several positive steps, it highlights a series of weaknesses in the reforms currently envisioned, including the fact that “reforms leave unchanged article … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Disappeared: Still Waiting for Justice

We lost a true hero this past month when Berfo Kirbayir passed away at age 105. Called by those who knew her Berfo Ana, or Mother Berfo, her struggle to uncover the truth behind her son’s disappearance became a symbol for … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to President Obama

An “open letter” to President Obama, signed jointly by  The Foreign Policy Initiative, Freedom House, Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), and Reporters Without Borders was made public today.  The letter notes the important strategic relationship between the United States … Continue reading

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