Tag Archives: Taksim

The Divan and Gezi Park

With good reason, Turks take pride in their traditions of hospitality.  And seldom will you meet any one who has visited Turkey from abroad who will not mention the real warmth that Turks can show to visitors. Thus, it is … Continue reading

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Human Rights Watch: Turkey “increasingly autocratic”

Human Rights Watch issued its annual report today.  The section on Turkey notes some positive steps, including a reform package, efforts at a peace process with Kurds in Turkey, and the hosting of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees.  Nonetheless, … 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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Put yourself on the map and support freedom of assembly and expression in Turkey!

A fantastic new internet campaign from the folks at Amnesty International – Turkey!  Show your support today!

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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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Freedom is not a photo-op

With much fanfare, the Turkish government reopened Gezi Park today.  Unfortunately, the more fundamental problems of police violence and attacks on basic freedom of expression and assembly are going unaddressed.  Indeed, in Istanbul and elsewhere police violence continues apace.  As … 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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New concerns and ways to take action

Amnesty International today voiced its concern that the ban on  public assembly in Taksim Square will put proposed Pride Marches at risk.  Amnesty argues that “not allowing peaceful gatherings in one of Istanbul’s most iconic squares is a serious assault … Continue reading

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New strategies of protest and old tactics of repression

In my “day job,” I am a historian, specializing in Modern Turkey, and so I can say with some confidence that the protests of the past three weeks are unprecedented in Turkish history.  As some observers have noted, these protests … Continue reading

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Dark days in Istanbul

I [miss] the days I used social media to connect with my high school friends. In #istanbul, it’s only used to ask “are you safe” these days So writes one of my friends in Istanbul today after a weekend of … Continue reading

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