Pro-Erdoğan association head calls on supporters to take up arms

Published by Turkey Purge on October 20, 2016 The chairman of Ottoman Hearths 1453, Emin Canpolat, has called on all supporters of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to take up arms in the event of a second coup attempt in Turkey. Turkey experienced a failed coup attempt on July 15 that claimed the lives of more than 240 people and injured a thousand others. “Thi ...

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Turkey: Emergency Decrees Facilitate Torture – Human Rights Watch

"Because of the state of emergency, nobody will care if I kill you. I will just say I shot you while you tried to run away." -Police officer to a detainee, overheard by family members of another detainee "You won’t make it out of here alive. We now have 30 days." -Police officer referencing the extended period of police detention to a detainee whilethreatening to rape him with a baton, as told to the detain ...

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Democratisch gekozen co-burgemeesters Diyarbakir opgepakt!

Vanavond zijn twee democratisch gekozen co-burgemeesters, GĂŒlten Kisanak en Firat Anli, van de gemeente Diyarbakir opgepakt door antiterreureenheden van de Turkse politie. Kisanak werd opgepakt op het vliegveld nadat zij terugkeerde van een vergadering van een parlementaire commissie in Ankara. Anli is opgepakt in zijn huis. De redenen voor hun arrestaties zijn nog onbekend. Deze arrestaties zijn een nieuwe ...

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Excellent documentary on the silencing of Kurdish media by the Turkish authorities

Published by Al Jazeera on October 23, 2016 https://youtu.be/RTizzHzqrJ4   Silencing Kurdish media As Turkey's media crackdown continues, Kurdish media are feeling the heat. Three months after the failed military coup in Turkey, media outlets there are still dealing with the aftermath. "The doors have been locked and sealed. The screens are dark. But will journalists just sit at home, scared. No. Becau ...

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The death of critical journalism in Turkey – Irfan Aktan

Published by Al-Monitor on October 19, 2016 prominent Turkish journalist who migrated to Europe a few months ago and is convinced she can no longer practice her profession in Turkey has noticed something intriguing in her son, a primary schooler. “He keeps drawing prisons,” the journalist told Al-Monitor. “I was worried about his future in Turkey, but it turns out he, too, was secretly worried about me.” Th ...

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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 suspends Kurdish TV channels with a decree law

Published by Ekurd Daily on September 29, 2016 DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— 10 TV channels including those broadcasting in Kurdish were removed from Turkish satellite company TĂŒrksat and their broadcast was suspended in line with a decree law. The AKP government’s witch hunt under the guise of “fight against coup” has now extended to dissident television channels. The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Demo ...

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Turkish police raid Kurdish Azadiya Welat newspaper office, detain 23

Published by Ekurd Daily on 30/8/16 DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Turkish authorities should immediately release 23 employees of the Kurdish-language daily newspaper Azadiya Welat detained on Sunday in a police raid of the newspaper’s office, the the NY based Committee to Protect Journalists CPJ said today. In addition to the 23 newspaper employees, who included journalists and distributors, po ...

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Video of the shooting of civilians in Cizre on the 20th of January 2016

The following video dates back from the beginning of this year. We republish it as documentation of the grave human rights violations commited by Turkish forces in the Kurdish region. The video shows Turkish forces shooting at a delegation of Kurdish politicians and other civilians who wanted to carry wounded and dead civilians out of the beseiged Cudi neighbourhood of Cizre on 20/1/16. Warning the images a ...

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Turkey: State Blocks Probes of Southeast Killings – Human Rights Watch

Allow UN to Investigate Cizre Abuses; Repeal New Law to Block Prosecutions Published by Human Rights Watch on July 11, 2016 (Istanbul) – The Turkish government is blocking access for independent investigations into alleged mass abuses against civilians across southeast Turkey, Human Rights Watch said today. The alleged abuses include unlawful killings of civilians, mass forced civilian displacement, and wid ...

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