Belgische Kamer neemt resolutie aan om toetredingsprocedure van Turkije tot EU te bevriezen

De Belgische Kamer van Volksvertegenwoordigers heeft op 16 februari 2017 een resolutie aangenomen over het bevriezen van de toetredingsprocedure van Turkije tot de Europese Unie. Onder meer de massale arrestaties en ontslagen van politieke opposanten, de beknotting van de persvrijheid en de vrije meningsuiting, het beknotten van de vrijheid van vergadering, het inperken van de democratie en principes als de ...

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Mensenrechtencommissaris slaat alarm: ‘Turkije moet klachten van de Koerden onderzoeken’

Dit artikel verscheen op 02/12/16 op Knack.be. De mensenrechtencommissaris van de Raad van Europa, Nils Muiznieks, heeft vrijdag de alarmbel geluid over mensenrechtenschendingen in het zuidoosten van Turkije, waar veel Koerden leven. De schendingen komen voort uit maatregelen die zijn genomen om terrorisme te bestrijden, zo stelt Muiznieks in een rapport op basis van twee bezoeken aan het land. Veel Koerden ...

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European Commission: Key findings of the 2016 Report on Turkey

European Commission - Fact Sheet Published by the European Commission, Brussels, 9 November 2016 Key findings of the 2016 Report on Turkey Read the full report below. This year's report on Turkey is issued in the specific context of a military coup attempt which occurred on the night of 15 July, leaving 241 casualties and 2 196 people wounded. The Turkish government with the support of the entire Turkish po ...

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EU report expresses concerns over increasing racist violence against Kurds in Turkey

Wladimir van Wilgenburg - Published by ARA News on October 7, 2016 The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) is increasingly worried about the large number of violent attacks against Kurds, a report released by the ECRI said on Tuesday. “ECRI is greatly concerned about the large number of violent attacks against Kurdish people, many of which are committed on grounds of the victim’s ethni ...

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Turkey’s Kurdish HDP delegation meets with EP president in Brussels

Published by Ekurd Daily on September 28, 2016 BRUSSELS,— The Turkey’s pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) delegation led by Co-President Selahattin Demirtas has arrived in Europe on Tuesday after being invited by the European Parliament President Martin Schulz. HDP Deputy Co-President in charge of Foreign Relations HiƟyar Özsoy, HDP Deputy Co-President in charge of Law and Human Rights Meral DanÄ±ĆŸ ...

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Turkey and Europe pay lip service to integration

Published by Deutsche Welle 13 April 2016 Many Turks would still like to see their country join the EU, but European intransigence and resurgent nationalism in Turkey have pushed accession talks to near irrelevance. Tom Stevenson reports from Istanbul. It's been almost 30 years since Turkey first applied to join the European Union in April 1987 but for residents of Istanbul the prospect of joining the union ...

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What’s Missing From the Syria Peace Talks – Saleh M. Mohamed for The New York Times

Published by The New York Times 11 April 2016 By SALEH M. MOHAMED This week, United Nations talks meant to chart a path toward a peaceful, democratic future for Syria are set to resume in Geneva. But, in an absurd twist, the legitimate representatives of a large, democratically governed area in the country will not be invited to attend. This area is called Rojava, in the northern part of Syria, and despite ...

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Turkey ‘shooting dead’ Syrian refugees as they flee civil war

Published by The Independent 31 March 2016 Turkish security forces have shot dead refugees escaping from the Syrian conflict, according to reports. UK-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights alleged 16 people seeking sanctuary in Turkey have been shot over the past four months. They said those killed included three children. Other examples compiled by the Syrian Observatory include th ...

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TURKEY DOESN’T WANT TO JOIN EUROPE – IT WANTS TO UNDERMINE IT by Farhad Mirza

  Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, left, stands with European Council President Donald Tusk, centre, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during a press conference at the end of an EU summit in Brussels on 18 March 2016. (AP/Virginia Mayo)  Published by Equal Times 30 March 2016 On 18 March 2016, the European Union (EU) struck a controversial deal with Turkey, aiming to ste ...

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Germany and EU reject protests over song mocking Erdogan

  Image copyrightAFP Image captionCorrespondents say President Erdogan brooks no dissentPublished by BBC News 30 March 2016 Germany and the EU have dismissed Turkish protests over a song aired on German television mocking President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The song, aired two weeks ago on regional broadcaster NDR's extra3 show, takes aim at Mr Erdogan's authoritarian style while also making fun of some of his ...

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