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Massacre photos here and here.

Turkey commemorates Sivas massacre

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkish government authorities joined Friday for the first time ceremonies commemorating a massacre 17 years ago in the central Anatolian province of Sivas.

Feminists from 22 Countries Meet in Istanbul

from Bianet :: English
Feminists from Greece and Poland warned that measures to fight the economic crisis threaten women’s rights. “We are not going to go back home and fall back into our traditional roles”, they argued. They called their sisters in Europe for solidarity.

Istanbul man becomes Turkey’s 121st conscientious objector

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Şendoğan Yazıcı from Istanbul has become the 121st Turk to declare his conscientious objection to military service.

Irfan Aktan, devenu ?le? journaliste super star?.

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

Irfan Aktan journaliste

L?expression ?LE? journaliste, je l?emprunte à sa consoeur, Ayse Karabat, qui comme beaucoup d?autres a pris la plume pour s?indigner contre la condamnation à 15 mois de prison dont Irfan a écoppé le 4 juin dernier pour avoir fait son job de journaliste.

RTÜK Punished Thoughts on “Genocide” Voiced by Turkish Writer

from Bianet :: English
The Radio and TV Supreme Council suspended the broadcast of a program on Haber Türk because writer Nişanyan thoughts on the “Armenian Genocide” supposedly exceeded the limits of criticism. Also the series “Lady’s farm” was found “against the Turkish family structure”.

RSF Condemns Punishment of HaberTürk

from Bianet :: English
Reporters without Boarders condemned the punishment imposed on Haber Türk by the Radio and TV Supreme Council as “censorship pure and simple”. RSF claimed that writer Nişanyan fulfilled his duty as a journalist and called on the council to withdraw the punishment.

Turkish journalist declared World Press Freedom Hero by IPI

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The International Press Institute officially declared Turkish journalist Nedim Şener a World Press Freedom Hero on Tuesday for his book on the murder of fellow Turkish journalist Hrant Dink.

Middle East Technical University Blocks “Living Library”

from Bianet :: English
The Middle-East Technical University refused permission for the “living library”, a human rights project to reduce prejudice against socially excluded individuals. The university did not approve the project because it “addresses only a small number of people”.

Une dédicace d?Erol Toy, auteur (alors) censuré.

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

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La condamnation qui vient de frapper Irfan Aktan, un ami journaliste kurde, a fait ressurgir des souvenirs d?une époque où la censure était bien plus sévère en Turquie. Cela étant  quand on vit dans un pays où droits sont assez clairement définis et les interdits stricts, la Turquie peut parfois sembler déroutante.

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Kurdish boys on their push-carts wait for customers in Yuksekova, Hakkari province, southeastern Turkey, on the border with Iraq, in this picture taken June 28, 2010. Hundreds of children — some as young as 11, according to Kurdish lawyers — have been prosecuted by Turkish authorities fighting Kurdish rebels in the restless southeast. International human rights groups say Turkey’s anti-terrorist laws violate UN conventions on children. Picture taken June 28, 2010. To match Feature TURKEY-KURDS/CHILDREN REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Diyarbakir 15 août 1993 – Hakkari 15 août 2004

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

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La première fois que j?ai séjourné à Diyarbakir, reçue dans la famille d?un copain, c?était en 1993. A l?époque les noms de Barzani et de Talabani ne me disaient rien du tout, c?est dire si je n?y connaissais pas grand chose à la question kurde. Des années plus tard, alors que nous regardions des photos que j?avais prises lors de ce séjour, ce copain m?a dit qu?après mon passage, son frère avait été convoqué par la police et que l?interrogatoire à mon sujet aurait duré 6 heures. Si c?est vrai, je me demande bien ce qu?il a pu raconter.

To match Feature TURKEY-KURDS/CHILDREN

Kudret (2nd L), mother of 17-year-old Velat who has been in prison since March 2010, talks as she is flanked by her relatives, during an interview with Reuters in Yuksekova, Hakkari province, southeastern Turkey, on the border with Iraq, in this picture taken June 29, 2010. Hundreds of children — some as young as 11, according to Kurdish lawyers — have been prosecuted by Turkish authorities fighting Kurdish rebels in the restless southeast. International human rights groups say Turkey’s anti-terrorist laws violate UN conventions on children. Picture taken June 29, 2010.

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