Global Empire – Turkey After The Referendum (video)

Published by Telesur on 18th of April 2017 Tariq Ali introduces a short film shot for The World Today. It was filmed a few weeks ago before Turkey’s Referendum which was passed only yesterday. The main opposition party and international election observers have declared a number of electoral irregularities. This film shows just how oppressed the opposition party and it’s supporters were before yesterday’s re ...

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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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Sweden to deport Kurdish journalist to Iran, where he could face ‘execution’

Published by Ekurd Daily on September 30, 2016 STOCKHOLM,— Swedish Migration Court has decided that Kurdish journalist Kamran Mirzaian will be deported to Iran. Mirzaian fears for his life if he is forced to return. “I will be executed or tortured to death.” said Kamran Mirzaian. The Kurdish journalist and activist Kamran Mirzaian came to Sweden in 2014. In Iran, he has worked as a journalist for several ye ...

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Erdogan says to extend Turkey’s emergency rule, rounds on rating agencies

Published by Swissinfo on September 29, 2016 By Seda Sezer and Tuvan Gumrukcu ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan suggested on Thursday that emergency rule could be extended beyond a year and rounded on rating agencies after Moody's cut Turkey to "junk" status, helping send the lira to its weakest in almost two months. In a speech in Ankara, Erdogan said Turkey would benefit from a ...

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Turkey Could Be Taking A Big Step Backwards In Human Rights

Published by TIME, 22 July 2016 The coup should not be used as a pretext for rolling back human rights It’s rush hour on Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge. Queues of cars jostle for position, the noise of horns fills the air, a young man selling Turkish flags weaves through the traffic carrying dozens of fluttering pieces of red fabric, emblazoned with the country’s striking crescent and star. Looking at the bust ...

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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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Translators wanted for international project

In September, the Kurdish Institute, along with partners in Amed (Diyarbakir), Krakau and Cologne, will publish a book about human rights and mother tongue education. The book is the conclusion of an Erasmus+ project on the subject. For this book, we are looking for volunteers who can help us translate texts from Kurdish and/or Turkish to English or English to Kurdish, in the period June-July-August. You wi ...

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Video footage of the destruction of Cizre

CIZRE, the Kurdish district with a population of 130.000, has been destroyed by Turkish state forces. Hundreds of civilians were killed in the process. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBq98PzlhBc ...

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Will Turkey let UN officials snoop in the southeast?

Published by Al-Monitor 17 May 2016 Turkey’s US and European allies continue to maintain a near silence over the country’s steady descent into a human rights nightmare, even as respected global watchdogs chronicle the abuses taking place there on an almost daily basis. Whether it is silencing the media, torture during detention or mass violence against civilians in the mainly Kurdish southeast, according to ...

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Student in Turkey accused of terror propaganda for speaking Kurdish

Published by Rudaw 14 May 2016 ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - A Kurdish college student was kicked out of her hostel, lost her scholarship, and was questioned by the police on terrorism charges after being heard speaking in Kurdish on the phone. Twenty-year old Pinar Cetinkaya, a student at Adnan Menderes University in the Turkish city of Aydin, was speaking on the phone in Kurdish with her parents, who are from ...

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