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Tensions as Berkin Elvan is laid to rest

Yesterday, we carried news of fifteen year old Berkin Elvan’s death. He weighed less than 36 pounds at the time of his death.  In Turkey and in cities throughout the world protests have been held in mourning and in anger.  … Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch: Justice for Berkin

Emma Sinclair-Webb of Human Rights Watch, writes on the death of Berkin Elvan: Fifteen-year-old Berkin Elvan has died after 269 days in a coma. The Istanbul schoolboy incurred a head injury that doctors say was most likely inflicted by police … Continue reading

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Justice for Ali Ismail Korkmaz: Take Action Today!

Amnesty International Turkey Researcher, Andrew Gardner, is in Kayseri, where he is observing the trial of police officers and civilians implicated in the killing of a protester, Ali Ismail Korkmaz, during the Gezi protests this past June. This is the … Continue reading

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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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Two ways you can support justice for Hakan Yaman

In the wrong place at the wrong time, Hakan Yaman was beaten so badly by police that his skull partially collapsed.  An officer then gouged out one of Yaman’s eyes (he also lost 80% of his vision in the other … Continue reading

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More police violence in Turkey: Amnesty’s Statement on Excessive Force at Middle East Technical University

A protest to protect green spaces.  Nighttime raids.  Shocking scenes of police violence.  Perhaps it would be farcical if it were not so tragic, but the scenes of excessive force at Middle East Technical University demonstrate that Turkish authorities have … Continue reading

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Reporters without Borders: At least a dozen journalists injured during recent protests

As protests once again sweep Turkey, the watchdog group, Reporters without Borders has highlighted the extent to which journalists have seemingly been targeted by police: Reporters Without Borders condemns the resumption of police violence against journalists that has accompanied a … Continue reading

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Protests, Arrests, and a Shooting

The last few days have been eventful ones in Turkey. Pride Week ended with a huge and successful Pride March in Taksim.  Amnesty has long campaigned on LGBTI Rights in Turkey. Discriminatiespot Turkije from AmnestyNL on Vimeo. There was darker … 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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More police violence against peaceful protestors in Istanbul

Thousands gathered with flowers in #taksim square in #istanbul but police used tear gas and water cannon again. #gezipark — muratcekic (@muratcekic) June 22, 2013 Turkish protestors have demonstrated remarkable creativity in their response to government efforts to stifle their … Continue reading

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