Category Archives: PKK

European Court of Human Rights issues important verdict on 1994 Bombing

  In an important ruling today that highlights the on-going failure of Turkish authorities to address abuses by security services, the European Court of Human Rights has awarded 38 applicants more than 2.3 million Euros in non-pecuniary damage for Turkey’s … Continue reading

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Take action! The case of Sultani Acibuca

A grandmother threatened with prison for speaking for peace.  That, in a nutshell, is the case of Sultani Acibuca, member of a group of mothers who have lost or had sons imprisoned as part of the conflict between the Turkish … Continue reading

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Amnesty International Annual Report 2013 on Turkey: Ten Major Issues Highlighted.

Amnesty International has just issued its annual report for 2013 and the section on Turkey is, once again, grim reading.  It included ten major issues of concern 1. Some of the worst abuses remain in the area of freedom of … Continue reading

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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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Amnesty Calls on Turkey: Peace and Human Rights!

In a statement earlier today, Amnesty International responded to imprisoned PKK leader Abdulah Ocalan’s call for a cease fire in a bloody conflict that has cost as many as 40,000 lives since 1984.

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Daha çok işimiz var: Join Amnesty’s work on Turkish Human Rights

For those working on human rights in Turkey, the last few years have been hard ones, marked by violence, mass arrests, and a steady tightening of restrictions on freedom of expression and association.  Successes have been few and hard won. … Continue reading

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Hanim Onur is Free… but how many still languish in pre-trial detention? (Updated with new information)

We applaud the Diyarbakir 7th High Criminal Court’s decision today to free Hanım Onur from pre-trial detention to care for her two sick children.  The tragedy of the case, in which Onur’s two children, one suffering from epilepsy and the … Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch highlights on-going concerns in Turkey

Human Rights Watch, in its newly issued 2013 World Report, has highlighted some of the most serious human rights issues in Turkey, including attacks on freedom of expression, assembly, and association, violence against women, and excessive force by security services.

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Kafka in Turkish: The Pınar Selek Trial

Pınar Selek is on trial again. For a decade and a half, Pınar Selek’s life has been at the mercy of the Turkish courts.  Accused of involvement in a 1998 bombing at the Egyptian Bazaar, Selek has been acquitted three … Continue reading

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