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15 Months of Military Service or 3 Years of Torture!

from Bianet :: English
Conscientious objector Aydemir was relaeased upon an “incapability report”. His lawyer criticized that the legislation lacks provisions on conscientious objection. Turkey is one of three countries of the European Council that does not recognize the right to conscientious objection.
and in the mean time, other human rights related issues, that I could not focus on:

TIHV & IHD Release Joint Report

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

The Turkish Human Rights Foundation (TIHV) and the Human Rights Association (IHD) have released a joint report chronicling a rise in violence and state repression despite the government’s recent Kurdish initiative. From Today’s Zaman‘s Ayse Karabat:

Ergenekon and the Press

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

In relation to his coverage of the Ergenekon investigation, Radikal journalist Ismail Saymaz faces 54 years in prison. From Bianet:
A total of six trials have been filed against Radikal newspaper reporter İsmail Saymaz on the grounds of his news about the interrogations of İlhan Cihaner, detained Chief Public Prosecutor of Erzincan (north-eastern Anatolia), and İbrahim Şahin, former Deputy Head of the Special Operations Department.

Who is the PKK fighting for? by MÜMTAZ?ER TÜRKÖNE

Notes that imprisoned Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan had his lawyers write on May 28 included a declaration of war.

Turkeys Catholic church head killed, suspect ...

The parents of a Turkish teenager jailed for killing an Italian Catholic priest, Necmiye (L) and Hikmet Akdin talk to Cardinal Camillo Ruini (2ndR) and Archbishop Luigi Padovese (right), 2007. Padovese has been stabbed to death at his home, raising concern over attacks against Christians in this mainly Muslim country.? Read more » (AFP/File/Ho)

Irfan Aktan, journaliste kurde condamné et l?amertume de Dade, sa grand-mère de 110 ans

from YOL (routes de Turquie et d’ailleurs) by anne

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Je viens de le découvrir sur CNN-Turk , en allant aux nouvelles. Je savais que le procès avait lieu aujourd?hui. Et je l?évoquais dans un billet début mai.  Irfan, vient d?être  condamné à un an et 3 mois de prison, et Merve Erol à une amende de 16000 TL (environ 8000 euros), pour l?article ?Conditions climatiques à Kandil?  publié dans le journal turc indépendant l? Express .

Catholic Bishop Stabbed to Death in Turkey

from NYT > Turkey by By RACHEL DONADIO
Luigi Padovese, the apostolic vicar of Anatolia, or the Vatican?s representative to eastern Turkey, was found dead outside his home in the Mediterranean port Iskenderun, officials said.

Catholic bishop murdered in Turkey

from FT.com – World, Europe
The prelate was stabbed to death at his home in the Turkish port town of Iskenderun, the state-run Anatolian news agency has reported

Government Takes Firm Stand on Kurdish Question

from Bianet :: English
After recent deaths and injuries caused by armed conflicts between the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party and the military in south-eastern Turkey, the government emphasized its determination in the fight against terrorism after a “security meeting”.

Lawyer for slain Turkish-Armenian journalist found dead in Istanbul

from Hurriyet Dailynews
A lawyer who was contributing to the case on the murder of Hrant Dink, a Turkish-Armenian journalist, was found dead in his home Friday.

IPI’s “Press Hero” Nedim Şener Acquitted

from Bianet :: English
Journalist Nedim Şener was acquitted in the case on his book “The Dink murder and the intelligence lies”. Şener had been facing imprisonment of up to three years. The International Press Institute chose Şener as one of the international “press heroes”.

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