Murat Eliboz, 21, a university student and survivor of Van earthquake has been shot dead behind by police forces at the pro Kurdish BDP rally in Diyarbakır…. No news in English or an image of Murat Eliboz, I could find… May his soul rest in peace and god damn those merciless authorities… 

in other news:

Istanbul Court gets phone records in the case of Hrant Dink

Public Radio of Armenia

An Istanbul court finally received the phone records requested from Turkey’s Telecommunications Directorate (TIB) in the case of Hrant Dink, a Turkish journalist of Armenian origin assassinated in 2007, the Hurriyet Daily News reports.

Turkey: First Country to Enact Violence against Women Act

Turkey is the first country to enact the convention on “preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence” of the Council of Europe.

International Delegation Investigates Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons

A European delegation investigates the alleged use of chemical weapons at the Kazan Valley in the course of an armed conflict that left 37 PKK members dead. The delegation took samples and will discuss their observations with experts.

Turkey: Mystery Surrounds Decision to Turn Byzantine Church Museum into a Mosque

In its 1,700-year-old history, Hagia Sophia in the northwestern town of Iznik has witnessed many turning points. In 787, as a Byzantine church, it housed the Second Council of Nicaea, which restored the veneration of icons to Christianity.

Criticism?grows over?Ankara’s curbs?on society

from FT.com – World, Europe
Concern is rising over a lack of checks and balances as Turkey exerts greater sway over society, ranging from academia to business

Is Turkey using the courts to silence critics?

by Acturca
Time.com (USA) Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 By Pelin Turgut, Istanbul Nine months after they were first detained, two well-known and internationally acclaimed Turkish investigative journalists finally appeared before a judge on Tuesday in a trial that has become a rallying point for critics of Turkey?s curbs on freedom of expression. Ahmet Sik and Nedim Sener […]

Turkey and human rights: Home thoughts from abroad

by Acturca
The Economist (UK) Nov 26th 2011, Ankara Even as Turkey preaches human rights to neighbours, its record at home is patchy With her intense gaze, washed-out jeans and talk of freedom, Dilsat Aktas is a typical left-wing activist. In May the 29-year-old climbed onto an armoured police-carrier in Ankara to protest against the death of […]

Academic Freedom in Critical Situation

International academics, most of them working in France, criticized arbitrary arrests and other repressions applied to academics in Turkey. They warned that academic freedom was unacceptably restricted and called on academics all over the world to join their work group.

Turkish journalists face judge in test of media freedom

CNN International

By Yesim Comert and Gul Tuysuz, CNN Journalists and human right activists protest in front of the courthouse in Istanbul during the trial of several journalists. Istanbul (CNN) — Several journalists accused of being involved in an alleged plot to

Pride Parade in Istanbul faces more opposition than in America

Daily Sundial

Protests in Istanbul are an almost weekly occurrence. Whether it’s student protests, Kurdish protests, or workers’ unions, the people in Istanbul are not afraid to use their voices and are often dead set on making sure they are heard

Lawyers in Custody – Raid on Özgür Gündem Newspaper

About 100 people, most of them lawyers, were taken into police custody in the course of the latest KCK operations in several provinces of Turkey on 22 November. The Özgür Gündem newspaper was raided as well as many private homes and offices.

No promise from AKP on free press

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) gave no promises to change the situation of the freedom of the media in Turkey, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) chairman Arne König said.

Resistance against Coal-Fired Plant in Gerze

About ten thousand people gathered in Sinop at the Black Sea coast on 26 November to protest the construction of a thermal power plant in Gerze. The coal power plant is planned by the Anadolu Group.

Academics to lecture at BDP class

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News
Following the arrest of Political Science Professor Büşra Ersanlı in a prior KCK raid, a petition circulated and was signed by more than 700 academics to protest her arrest.

bianet is Monitoring Male Violence

bianet is keeping account of the stream of male violence to lay bare the extent of violence against women.

Male Perpetrators Killed 25 Women in September

Data compiled by bianet revealed that a total of 206 women were killed in Turkey from January till the end of September 2011. 86 women were raped. Most of the women killed in September were murdered by their boy-friends.

Against Transphobia and Hate Murders

During the 20 November Week against Transphobia and Hate, many people gathered for a demonstration in Istanbul to draw attention to hate crimes.

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