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Draft Law Pending – Children in Prison and on Trial

from Bianet :: English
A court sentenced a 15-year old girl to 8 years imprisonment. Tanrıseven and Aktaş from the Batman and Diyarbakır Bar Association respectively urged the goverment to pass necessary legal amendments as soon as possible. However, these changes will still be insufficient to protect the children.
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Artist fined over ‘Turkish PM as dog’

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
An artist, originally from County Durham, faces jail in Turkey after he was convicted of mocking the country’s prime minister.

Yaman from DTP: 800 Kurdish Politicians Arrested in One Year

from Bianet :: English
Peace and Democracy Group Chairman Yaman said: “The AKP government takes revenge by arresting mayors of the provinces they did not win in the elections”. He urged the government to stop the operations.

Human Rights Watch: New Constitution As a Priority for Turkey

from Bianet :: English
Human Rights Watch has issued the World Report 2010. The organization says that obstacles to change in Turkey remain clear, e.g. the constitution that disregards human rights or the struggle to assert civilian control over the military.

“Protecting Children Should Become Common Place in Judiciary”

from Bianet :: English

Special units for children that were exposed to sexual harassment, rape and domestic violence have been established in state hospitals. TİHV chairwomen Fincancı and ATUD Chairman Biçer appreciate the latest implementation but warned that there is much more to be done.

UNICEF Report about Children Accused for “Terror Crimes”

from Bianet :: English
In a report stemming from visits to the provinces of Adana and Hakkari in March 2009, UNICEF Turkey demands to protect the right to life for children who attended demonstrations. The report furthermore recommends amendments of the Anti-Terror Law.

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