Turkish border guards shoot civilians on border with Syria, two killed

  Published by ARA News 13 June 2016 QAMISHLO – Turkey’s border police on Sunday opened fire on a number of Syrian civilians who were trying to cross the border illegally, escaping the ongoing war in Syria, local sources reported. At least two young men were killed and two more wounded when the Turkish border guards opened fire on them on the border with Syria’s Kurdish region, in a bid to prevent them ...

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Turkey accused of violating rights of Kurds, Syrians

Published by The Washington Post 10 May 2016 By Suzan Fraser and Dominique Soguel  ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey came under scrutiny on Tuesday for alleged human rights violations committed by security forces against Kurds in the southeast and Syrian refugees trying to enter the country, with two organizations calling for investigations. Human Rights Watch claimed that Turkish border guards have in the past two m ...

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Turkish border guards ‘shoot eight Syrian refugees dead’ including women and children trying to reach safety

Published by The Independent 22 April 2016 Women and children are among eight Syrian refugees reportedly shot dead by Turkish border guards while trying to reach safety. Footage obtained by The Times showed survivors of the alleged attack fleeing down a mountain path for treatment to their injuries. One man was seen carrying his young son, who appeared to be bleeding heavily from gunshot wounds in both legs ...

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Migrant boat with Kurds on board sinks off Turkish coast; many dead

  Published by Rudaw 10 April 2016 ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - An unknown number of migrants, among them Kurds, died after their boat capsized in Turkish waters – en route to Greece -- a Kurdish official told Rudaw.“There are Kurds among the casualties." said Amanj Abdullah, head of the Iraqi Refugees Federation. "Early Saturday, a boat carrying migrants from Turkey to Greece drowned, killing many people ...

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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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Jordan’s king accuses Turkey of sending terrorists to Europe

Jordan's king, Abdullah, and the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AFP) Published by Middle East Eye 25 March 2016 Abdullah tells US politicians that radicals are being 'manufactured in Turkey... as part of Turkish policy' according to account obtained by MEE King Abdullah of Jordan accused Turkey of exporting terrorists to Europe at a top level meeting with senior US politicians in January, the MEE ...

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Europe’s Gatekeeper: Unlawful Detention and Deportation of Refugees from Turkey – Amnesty International

Published by Amnesty Insternational on 16 December 2015, Index number: EUR 44/3022/2015 In mid to late 2015, political pressure from the EU on Turkey to halt irregular migration to Europe grew, and the two parties signed a migration agreement on 29 November 2015. During the period leading up to and after the signing of the agreement, the Turkish authorities began detaining and deporting refugees and asylum- ...

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Turkey’s Middle East policy ‘fiasco’ – Semih Idiz

Published by Al-Monitor, 29 September 2015 Talking to reporters in New York over the weekend prior to addressing the UN General Assembly, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made remarks that clearly indicated Ankara is not on the verge of a major policy change on Syria, despite recent speculation to that effect. His statements also suggested that Turkey will remain at odds with Washington and Moscow ove ...

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The refugee children of Iraq, Kurdistan and Syria

To put the European refugee crisis into a realistic perspective: watch these pictures and read the story by Belgium journalist Pieter Stockmans and photographer Baram Maaruf. The refugee flow to the wealthy continent of Europe is just the tip of the iceberg. It's a minor crisis compared to the real refugee crisis hitting Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan, where resources are not so plenty as in Europe. Belgium is no ...

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