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Human Rights On Trial in Turkey


Donna McKay* – 21.11.2016 It was standing room only inside Europe’s largest courthouse, a fortress of a structure just north of Istanbul’s historic city center. I was crammed alongside human rights defenders and doctors from across Turkey and around the world to support our colleague and friend, Dr. Şebnem Korur ...

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Attacks on Civil Society in Turkey, Human Rights and Solidarity


LUTZ OETTE* – 17 November 2016 Protests and a show of strength demonstrate the importance of challenging a state that reverts to the arbitrary exercise of power. Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincani, a forensic doctor, university professor, and human rights defender, has been a leading figure in the struggle against torture worldwide. Now she ...

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IRCT Has Released a News Story Over UNCAT Turkey Review


Committee Against Torture Urges Turkey to Take Serious Action to End Torture and Stop Crackdown on Civil Society 17-05-2016 The UN Committee against Torture has expressed serious concern about torture and ill-treatment in Turkey, particularly in the context of counter-terrorism operations in the south-east of the country, and is calling ...

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Free Speech Isn’t the Only Casualty of Erdogan’s Repression


 13.04.2016 By Selahattin Demirtaş* DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — When Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, recently paid a visit to Washington, he gave Americans a taste of the kinds of policies he employs at home. His guards reportedly roughed up reporters outside a think tank while an LED-lit van that said “Truth ...

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Turkey: Arbitrary Detention of 20 University Academics and Researchers


TUR 001 / 0116 / OBS 010Arbitrary detention / ReleaseJudicial harassmentTurkeyJanuary 19, 2016 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Turkey. ...

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At Least 162 Civilians Killed in South East in Nearly 5 Months


At least 162 civilians were killed in the fallout of the confrontation between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish security forces during curfews in southeastern provinces between Aug. 16, 2015 and Jan. 8, according to a report by the Turkish Human Rights Foundation (TİHV). The report, released late ...

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