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Turkey suspends activities of hundreds of NGOs

The Ministry of Interior announced on 11 November the blanket and arbitrary suspension of the activities of 370 NGOs for three months. NGOs working on children’s rights, women’s rights, poverty, and lawyers associations have been among those targeted. These arbitrary suspensions violate the rights to freedom of expression and association, and cannot be justified, even under the state of emergency.

Date:
16 November 2016
Ref:
EUR 44/5141/2016
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Turkey: Massive crackdown on media in Turkey

Nine journalists and board members of the opposition daily Cumhuriyet were imprisoned pending trial on 4 November. At least 112 journalists and other media workers have been remanded in pre-trial detention since the 15 July coup attempt and the declaration of the state of emergency on 21 July. A total of 169 media outlets have been shut down during the same period by executive decree.

Date:
8 November 2016
Ref:
EUR 44/5112/2016
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Turkey: HDP deputies detained amid growing onslaught on Kurdish opposition voices

The detention of 12 deputies from the Kurdish-rooted leftist Peoples’ Democracy Party (HDP) since last night marks the latest escalation in the onslaught on dissent amid Turkey’s state of emergency, Amnesty International said today. The detentions – on a range of “terrorism”-related charges – come on the heels of mass closures of Kurdish media outlets, the ousting of at least 24 pro-Kurdish mayors and rolling blackouts on internet access that hinder communications.

Date:
4 November 2016
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Turkey: Latest detention of journalists a “blatant misuse of powers”

In response to this morning’s detention of 11 journalists and staff from Cumhuriyet newspaper and the shutting down of 15 media outlets over the weekend, Amnesty International’s Europe Director, John Dalhuisen, said: “Today’s detention of journalists and staff from Turkey’s only remaining mainstream opposition newspaper is part of an ongoing systematic attempt to silence all critical voices. Together with the shutting down of media houses over the weekend, this is the latest wave in a post-coup purge which has turned Turkey’s once vibrant media landscape into a wasteland.

Date:
31 October 2016
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Joint Statement: Turkey: State of emergency provisions violate human rights and should be revoked

We, the undersigned organisations, recognise that the Turkish government has the right and responsibility to investigate the violent events of the July 2016 coup attempt and to bring all those responsible to justice. We also recognise that the immediate aftermath of the attempted coup is the type of exceptional circumstance in which a government could legitimately invoke a state of emergency but still has to comply with their human rights obligations.

Date:
19 October 2016
Ref:
EUR 44/5012/2016
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Europe on the brink of a dangerous precedent in the refugee crisis

By Giorgos Kosmopoulos, Amnesty International’s Europe Researcher on Migration You may never know his real name, but this week a Syrian asylum-seeker may unwillingly become an historic figure in the refugee crisis. I met him in detention, during a research visit on the island of Lesvos last week. Known as “Noori” to protect his identity, this 21 year old student risks becoming the first refugee to be forcibly returned from Greece to Turkey under the EU-Turkey deal without the substance of his asylum claim being considered, setting a dangerous new precedent.

Date:
4 October 2016
  • Research
  • Europe and Central Asia

Turkey: Amnesty International welcomes the ad-hoc visit by the Committee for the Prevention of Torture

Amnesty International welcomes the ad-hoc visit carried out by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) to Turkey from 29 August to 6 September. The CPT delegation visited police establishments and prisons in Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir and met with high level representatives from the Ministries of Interior, Justice and Foreign Affairs as well as law enforcement officials and NGOs.

Date:
9 September 2016
Ref:
EUR 44/4798/2016
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Miraculous journeys, stranded hopes

Strapped onto either side of a horse, 30 year-old Alan Mohammad and his 28 year-old sister Gyan crossed craggy mountains from Iraq and into Turkey last February. Their younger sister walked ahead, leading the horse. Their mother, brother and younger sister trailed behind, pushing heavy wheelchairs up the steep unpaved path. Alan and Gyan, both teachers, have both suffered from muscular dystrophy since birth.

Date:
7 September 2016
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Anniversary of Alan Kurdi drowning highlights continuing global shame

One year after the shocking image of Syrian boy Alan Kurdi’s drowned body caused international outcry, world leaders are still failing to respond to the refugee crisis, said Amnesty International today. Marking the 2 September anniversary of Alan’s death, the organisation drew attention to the plight of thousands of other refugee children let down by the dismal failure of world leaders to tackle the refugee crisis.

Date:
31 August 2016
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Turkey: Temporary closure of Özgür Gündem latest blow to freedom of expression

Amnesty International calls on the authorities to lift the temporary closure of Kurdish daily newspaper Özgür Gündem. The newspaper was closed for an indefinite period on 16 August 2016 on the decision of the judge of the Istanbul 8th Criminal Court of Peace. A prosecutor requested the closure on the grounds of ongoing criminal investigations against the newspaper for making propaganda for the armed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and acting as its media outlet.

Date:
19 August 2016
Ref:
EUR 44/4697/2016
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Turkey's many shades of fear

Fear comes in many forms. A month ago, on the night of the bloody coup attempt here in Turkey, I together with millions in Istanbul and Ankara experienced gut-tightening fear as explosions shook our living rooms and gunfire crackled outside our windows. Downstairs my neighbours huddled in their bathroom, afraid for their safety and for the lives of loved ones. Outside, tanks rolled by whilst jets and helicopters filled the skies and civilians were gunned down by would-be putschists.

Date:
15 August 2016
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Turkey: Response to President Erdoğan’s speech challenging Amnesty International’s research findings

Responding to a speech today by Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in which he criticized Amnesty International’s findings that some people detained in connection with Turkey’s failed coup attempt had been beaten and tortured, Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General said: “From day one, Amnesty International has repeatedly condemned the appalling violence committed by those behind the 15 July failed coup attempt.

Date:
2 August 2016
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Turkey: Intensified crackdown on media increases atmosphere of fear

As Turkey enters its second week of a three month state of emergency, the ongoing crackdown on civil society and the assault on media freedom has reached disturbing levels, said Amnesty International. Arrest warrants have been issued for 89 journalists, more than 40 have already been detained and others are in hiding. A second emergency decree passed on 27 July has resulted in the shutdown of 131 media outlets.

Date:
28 July 2016
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Turkey crackdown by the numbers: Statistics on brutal backlash after failed coup

[UPDATED on 28 July 2016] Human rights in Turkey are in peril following a bloody failed coup attempt on 15 July. The Turkish authorities’ reaction was swift and brutal, unleashing a crackdown of exceptional proportions that has continued after a state of emergency declared five days later. Amnesty International has been on the ground in Istanbul and Ankara to document human rights violations amid these events.

Date:
26 July 2016
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Turkey: Arrest warrants for 42 journalists a brazen attack on press freedom

Responding to news that Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for 42 journalists, Amnesty International issued the following quote: “This is the latest alarming development in what is increasingly becoming a brazen purge based on political affiliation,” said Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe. “By rounding up journalists the government is failing to make a distinction between criminal acts and legitimate criticism.

Date:
25 July 2016
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  • Detention

Turkey: Independent monitors must be allowed to access detainees amid torture allegations

Amnesty International has gathered credible evidence that detainees in Turkey are being subjected to beatings and torture, including rape, in official and unofficial detention centres in the country. The organization is calling for independent monitors to be given immediate access to detainees in all facilities in the wake of the coup attempt, which include police headquarters, sports centres and courthouses.

Date:
24 July 2016