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Turkey passes law to keep Kurdish children out of jail

from Yahoo news
Turkey s parliament has passed a law to curb the imprisonment of Kurdish children who take part in violent protests, a practice that has further poisoned ties with the restive minority.

Parliament Separated “Terror” Prosecution of Children and Adults

from Bianet :: English
The amendments related to juveniles prosecuted under the Anti-Terror law were adopted by the Turkish Parliament. Children convicted for “terror” crimes will be released pending trial. They will be prosecuted at juvenile courts instead of high criminal courts.

Turkey to review sentencing of child stone throwers

from Yahoo news
Turkey could be poised to overhaul its strict anti-terror laws as political concern grows over the number of tough sentences being handed out to children.

Anti-torture committee lauds improved conditions for Öcalan

from Hurriyet Dailynews
A European torture-prevention committee on Friday closed its case on terrorist leader Abdullah Öcalan’s prison conditions.

Turkey praised for treating convicted Kurdish leader Ocalan better

from Yahoo news
Strasbourg, France – Turkey won qualified praise Friday from an influential European human rights watchdog, which acknowledged that convicted Kurdish terrorist leader Abdullah Ocalan was receiving better treatment in prison.

First Quarterly Media Monitoring Report 2010 – Full Text

from Bianet :: English
According to the 2010 January-February-March Media Monitoring Report, published by the BİA Media Monitoring Desk, a total of 216 people were on trial in the context of freedom of thought and expression during the first three months of the year, among them 69 journalists.

Women’s Rights Defender İlkkaracan: We Insist on Our Requests

from Bianet :: English
Prime Minister Erdoğan met with 80 representatives of women organizations in Istanbul to discuss the democratic initiative. Women’s rights advocator İlkkaracan and other participants criticized that the Prime Minister dismissed all proposals put forward by the women.

Journalist Çandar Sued for Criticizing Handling of Dink Murder Case

from Bianet :: English
Referans newspaper writer Çandar is facing imprisonment for his article about the handling of the Hrant Dink murder case. He criticized that the secret witness had not appeared at court. He had also called the judge being too free-and-easy. His trial was postponed to 13 December.

Journalist Ilıcak Facing Imprisonment – Again

from Bianet :: English
Journalist Nazlı Ilıcak is facing imprisonment for an article where she wrote about accusations that Ergenekon defendant Atilla Uğur organized the order to kill Rıdvan Özden”.

The Kurdish Problem, Again

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer

The signals coming out of Turkey’s predominantly-Kurdish southeast region and from along the border with Iraq are not comforting. In recent weeks, Turkish soldiers are being on an almost daily basis in attacks by the resurgent Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Turkey’s state-run news agency happily reports that 46 PKK members have been killed in the past month, failing to mention that most of them are also young Turkish citizens whose bodies will be returned home to be buried and mourned. Turkish jets have been bombing targets in Northern Iraq with increasing regularity, while Today’s Zaman reports that military checkpoints have now been reintroduced in the southeast and that a previously-abandoned ban on herders taking their flocks up to the region’s high plateaus has also been reinstated.

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