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9 Years Imprisonment for Lieutenant Killing 4 Soldiers

from Bianet :: English
The Military Court sentenced Lieutenant Tümer to 9 years and 2 months imprisonment on the grounds of “causing death by deliberate negligence”. Tümer is being held responsible for the deaths of soldiers Yaman, Öztürk, Altın and Bulut’un because he had pulled the pin from a hand grenade and handed it to one of them….
bio of dersim’s seyyit rıza below…

Major Adana conference concludes in Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey – Sabanci University in Istanbul on November 6 and 7 hosted a major international workshop titled, “Adana 1909: History, Memory, and Identity from a Hundred Year Perspective.” Scholars from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Turkey participated in the workshop, which was co-sponsored by the Gomidas Institute (London), Sabanci University, the International Hrant Dink Foundation, and the history departments of Istanbul Bilgi University and Bogazici University.

Torture and pain in a spotlight on recent history

by Esra Arsan

A primetime TV series has put the spotlight on the painful experiences of the Sept. 12, 1980, military coup and includes scenes of brutal torture from Diyarbakır Prison No.5. The series, which focuses on events in the post-1980 period, has drawn a negative reaction from the General Staff
By Şafak Timur/Hurriyet Daily News

Profile | Seyyit Rıza

from Mavi Boncuk

Mavi Boncuk

Seyyit Rıza (Dersim, 1862? – 1937) (in Zazaki: Sey Rıza, in Kurmanji: “Seyîd Riza”) was a member of the Abbasan branch of the Sheikh Hasanan [1][2] tribe in Dersim [3]. He was the son of Seyid Ibrahim Agha, from an Alevi sacred family descended from Sheikh Ahmed Dede. Despite being his youngest son, Seyyit Rıza was designed to succeed his father as a religious leader. He enjoyed religious, tribal and juridical authority. He also married the daughter of an important landowner and Dersim MP, Diyab Agha. He probably participated to the armed struggle against the Russians and Armenians during WWI around Erzincan. Although he reportedly participated in some meetings of the rebels, he probably did not participate directly in the Koçgiri uprising. On the other hand, he played an important role in the 1937-1938 revolt in Dersim, especially in opposing the growing penetration and assimilation of Kurds by the State and in rallying the different tribes. He was arrested, condemned to death and hung in 16 November 1937 [4]; most members of his family were also killed by the Army.

Children’s Rights Should Become Part of the “Democratic Initiative”

from Bianet :: English
Children’s rights defender Arkadaş criticizes Turkey’s reservations on the Convention of the Rights of the Child, saying that the children’s rights are violated by the reservations. Children’s rights defenders urge the government to include the issue into the “democratic initiative” soon.

“Unjust Provocation” no Excuse for Honour Killing

from Bianet :: English
Hasan Korkmak received a life sentence for strangling his wife Sati Korkmak because he thought she was cheating on him. For the first time a family involved in an “honour” killing sought help from an organization. Korkmak was not granted mitigation for “unjust provocation”.

61 Journalists Killed in 1 century

from Bianet :: English
The Turkish Journalists Association announced that after the murder of Hasan Fehmi Bey in 1909, 61 journalists have been killed until today. The association organizes a memorial celebration, also inviting relatives of murdered journalists.

Kurdish-Alevi writer Solgun: CHP will lose more votes from outraged Alevis

by YONCA POYRAZ DOĞAN
Kurdish-Alevi writer Cafer Solgun says the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) is set to lose votes following remarks made by its deputy chairman that offended the country’s Alevi community.

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