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Turkey: “Professional annihilation” of 100,000 public sector workers in post-coup attempt purge

The dismissal of more than 100,000 Turkish public sector workers is arbitrary and has had a catastrophic impact on their lives and livelihoods, a new report published by Amnesty International reveals. No end in sight: Purged public sector workers denied a future in Turkey finds that tens of thousands of people including doctors, police officers, teachers, academics and soldiers, branded as ‘terrorists’ and banned from public service, are now struggling to make ends meet.

Date:
22 May 2017
  • Research
  • Turkey
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Turkey: No end in sight: Purged public sector workers denied a future in Turkey

This report focuses on the dismissal of public servants, among them police officers, teachers, soldiers, doctors, judges, prosecutors and academics, by executive decree issued under the powers of the state of emergency in Turkey, which continues 10 months after it was first introduced. The mass dismissals have been carried out arbitrarily on the basis of vague and generalized grounds of “connections to terrorist organizations”.

Date:
22 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 44/6272/2017
  • News
  • Turkey

USA: Trump/Erdoğan meeting no time for mutual self-congratulation

As US President Donald Trump prepares to host Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the White House, Amnesty International USA’s Executive Director Margaret Huang said: “While these two leaders sit and congratulate each other in the White House, the damage is mounting from their spiralling assaults on human rights. “President Trump recently praised President Erdoğan for winning a referendum in which dissenting opinions were ruthlessly suppressed, and has been silent on Turkey’s alarming crackdown on the media, which has led to more than 120 journalists being jailed pending trial.

Date:
16 May 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Turkey
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Turkey: Further Information: Ensure safety of three extradited men: Turgay Karaman, İhsan Aslan and İsmet Özçelik

Three Turkish men who had been arbitrarily arrested and detained in Malaysia between 2 and 4 May under anti-terrorism legislation were extradited to Turkey on 11 May. They are currently detained in Turkey and are at risk of further human rights violations, including torture and other ill-treatment.

Date:
15 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 44/6256/2017
  • News
  • Turkey
  • Press Freedom

Turkey: Detention of Cumhuriyet editor another dark day for country's media

Responding to the ongoing detention of Oğuz Güven, the web editor of the prominent Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet after he was taken into police custody this morning, Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International’s Turkey Researcher, said: “Since their crackdown on the media escalated dramatically following the coup attempt last July, the Turkish authorities have been relentless in their hounding of Cumhuriyet, which is now one of the country’s last remaining opposition newspapers.

Date:
12 May 2017
  • News
  • Malaysia
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Malaysia: Extradition puts three Turkish men at risk of torture

Responding to the extradition of three Turkish men suspected of links to Turkey’s Gülen movement, who had been arbitrarily detained under SOSMA, Malaysia’s draconian security law, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Josef Benedict, said: “By sending these three men suspected of links to Fethullah Gülen back to Turkey, the Malaysian authorities have put their liberty and well-being at risk.

Date:
12 May 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey’s journalists are under siege. You can help them like you helped us

In prison, one of the greatest challenges is psychological. Even though conditions can be terrible, as long as you have basic nutrition, clean water and shelter you can physically survive. But it is the sense of hopelessness and isolation that can be mentally crippling, and even fatal. So when we learned, several months after our arrest, that a global campaign had been launched to free us, it made all the difference in the world.

Date:
3 May 2017
  • Research
  • Turkey
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: Journalism is not a crime: Crackdown on media freedom in Turkey

Freedom of expression in Turkey is under sustained and increasing attack. Since the failed coup attempt in July 2016, academics, journalists and writers who criticize the government risk criminal investigation and prosecution, intimidation, harassment and censorship. The severity of the Turkish government’s repression of the media is such that it has been described by some as the “death of journalism”.

Date:
3 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 44/6055/2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: 250,000 demand release of jailed journalists

Top journalists, cartoonists and world-renowned artists have joined a campaign to demand the release of more than 120 journalists jailed in Turkey following last summer’s coup attempt and an end to the ruthless crackdown on freedom of expression in the country. The campaign, which has attracted 250,000 supporters since February, will see protests in cities around the world timed to coincide with World Press Freedom Day and the publication of an Amnesty International briefing, Journalism is not a crime: Crackdown on media freedom.

Date:
3 May 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Cartoonists and journalists jailed in Turkey need our help

Since the attack at Charlie Hebdo magazine’s office in Paris in January 2015 cartoonists have in many ways become emblematic of the struggle to defend the inalienable right to freedom of expression. Cartoonists’ stock in trade is to satirize, mock and even to insult the ideas and values of others. As such, they will be among the first to feel the ire of those parts of society who are most sensitive, sometimes with good reason, as might be the case with minority groups.

Date:
2 May 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: Journalists around the world demand release of 120+ jailed colleagues

The three journalists imprisoned while working for Al Jazeera in Egypt for more than 400 days have joined thousands of other journalists, artists and activists in an Amnesty International campaign to demand the release of more than 120 journalists jailed in Turkey in the wake of last summer’s failed coup. Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohammed added their voices to the Free Turkey Media campaign which will culminate in a global day of action on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May.

Date:
21 April 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Cartoonists use drawings to demand the release of colleagues in Turkey

From the hilarious to the heart-rending, the poignant to the surreal, cartoons depicting the crackdown on journalists in Turkey are filling social media channels. It all began last month with a simple tweet calling on cartoonists to show solidarity with journalists and media workers jailed in the wake of Turkey’s attempted coup. But has now grown into a full-on cartoon competition with scores of cartoons submitted from around the world and a judging panel of world renowned cartoonists hastily assembled.

Date:
21 April 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Turkey
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Turkey: Further information: Drop charges against activist and protect him: Barbaros Şansal

The prosecution of fashion designer and LGBTI activist Barbaros Şansal for exercising his right to freedom of expression continues. The next hearing will take place on 1 June. In the meantime, a travel ban prevents him from carrying out his professional activities and the authorities are failing to provide him with protection from attacks.

Date:
5 April 2017
Ref:
EUR 44/5969/2017
  • News
  • Turkey
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: US Secretary of State must call for the release of more than 120 jailed journalists

As US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Turkey to meet with President Erdoğan and others in Ankara today, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia, Gauri van Gulik said: “During his visit, Secretary of State Tillerson cannot ignore the fact that Turkey is the world’s biggest jailer of journalists. Nor should he overlook the plight of the more than 100,000 public sector employees, dismissed after the coup and the estimated half-a-million people displaced amid military operations and curfews in the south-east.

Date:
30 March 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Refugees

A remarkable journey: An emotional reunion

“When I close my eyes, all I see is being with my father again,” Alan Mohamed told me when I met him for the first time in a refugee camp near Athens last July. He and his sister Gyan,who have both suffered from muscular dystrophy since birth, thought that moment might never come. But, on Thursday night in Hanover, Germany, against all the odds and after a journey that saw them cross four borders and spend the past year stranded in Greece, their family was finally reunited.

Date:
17 March 2017