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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
  • News
  • Turkey
  • Press Freedom

Turkey: Die Welt journalist is latest victim of media purge

Responding to a Turkish court’s decision yesterday to remand Deniz Yücel, a Turkish-German journalist working for the German newspaper Die Welt, in custody pending a trial on charges of propaganda and incitement to hatred, John Dalhuisen, Director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International, said: “The detention of Deniz Yücel, a Turkish-German national, marks a new chapter in the Turkish authorities’ crackdown on freedom of expression.

Date:
28 February 2017
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  • Refugees

EU: Human rights cost of refugee deal with Turkey too high to be replicated elsewhere

The EU-Turkey refugee deal has left thousands of refugees and migrants in squalid and dangerous living conditions, and must not be replicated with other countries, Amnesty International said today ahead of the deal’s one year anniversary. The deal aimed at returning asylum-seekers back to Turkey on the premise that Turkey is safe for them, has left thousands exposed to squalid and unsafe conditions on Greek islands.

Date:
14 February 2017
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Turkey: LGBTI Activist held in pre-trial detention: Barbaros Şansal

Fashion designer and LGBTI activist Barbaros Şansal is being held in pre-trial detention, accused of ‘inciting the public to hatred or hostility’ for a video message and tweet he shared on social media on New Year’s Eve. He was detained on the territory of northern Cyprus and extradited to Turkey the next day. He was assaulted on arrival in Istanbul on the airport apron.

Date:
6 January 2017
Ref:
EUR 44/5431/2017
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  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: Amnesty International condemns Beşiktaş bombing

Amnesty International condemns the bomb attack in central Istanbul’s Beşiktaş district on Saturday evening. According to the Minister of Health, as of Monday the attack had killed 36 police officers and eight civilians. More than one hundred people were reported injured and receiving medical treatment. Amnesty International calls on the Turkish authorities to respond in line with the rule of law by conducting a prompt, impartial and thorough investigation and to bring all those responsible for the bombing to justice in fair trials.

Date:
12 December 2016
Ref:
EUR 44/5322/2016
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  • Turkey
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Turkey: Displaced and dispossessed: Sur residents' right to return home

Amid the crackdown on opposition Kurdish voices by the Turkish government, this report focuses on the forced displacement of residents of Sur in Diyarbakır, south-east Turkey’s most populous city. Displaced and dispossessed of their homes, around 24,000 former residents of Sur are unable to return one year after the outbreak of heavy clashes in the district and other towns across the south-east of the country.

Date:
6 December 2016
Ref:
EUR 44/5213/2016
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Turkey: Curfews and crackdown force hundreds of thousands of Kurds from their homes

Tens of thousands of residents of the UNESCO world heritage site of Sur are among an estimated half a million people forced out of their homes as a result of a brutal crackdown by Turkish authorities over the past year which may amount to collective punishment, said Amnesty International in a new report. As the suppression of opposition Kurdish voices by the Turkish government intensifies, the report Displaced and dispossessed: Sur residents’ right to return home, reveals the desperate plight of families forced out of the historical centre of Diyarbakir as a result of intensive security operations towards the end of last year and an ongoing round-the-clock curfew.

Date:
6 December 2016
  • News
  • Turkey
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Awakening from the winter sleep – a year on from Tahir Elçi’s murder

On that afternoon my phone started ringing and wouldn’t stop. Calls came one after the other. There had been an incident at the press conference where Tahir was speaking. A shooting. What had happened? Was anyone hurt? Was Tahir alright? At the time I didn’t realise it, but each person I spoke to was not telling me all they knew. Nobody wanted to be the one to break the news. I ran to my car and sped through the streets, blasting my horn and swearing at the weekend drivers.

Date:
28 November 2016
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  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Turkey: Further information: Turkey permanently closes hundreds of NGOs

375 registered associations and NGOs were permanently closed and their assets seized following an executive decree No. 677 issued on 22 November. NGOs whose activities had been suspended on 11 November are among those who appear on the list of closed organizations. Even under the state of emergency, this closure cannot be justified.

Date:
23 November 2016
Ref:
EUR 44/5208/2016