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Turkey seeks to streamline judicial process

from FT.com – World, Europe
Ankara has unveiled a package of almost 100 reforms to the lumbering judicial system, which is under the international spotlight

Judiciary in Turkey under European fire

from Hurriyet Daily News
The Council of Europe?s Thomas Hammarberg implores Turkey to fix its ill functioning justice system, suggesting proposed reforms are unlikely to work.

Yet another scandal of ?Turkish justice?

from Hurriyet Daily News
The court case about the murder of Hrant Dink, a prominent Armenian journalist of Turkish citizenship…

 

Hrant Dink murder case and stumbling Turkish justice

from Hurriyet Daily News
The ruling of the Istanbul specially authorized court in the murder case of the Armenian-Turkish…

 

Dink murder and 100-year-old gang

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ
Tens of thousands of people once again appeared in front of the Agos building where Hrant Dink was murdered five years ago. This Jan. 19 was the fifth anniversary of Dink’s murder. But two days ago, the İstanbul High Criminal Court issued the infamous verdict that you are already familiar with.

The ECtHR and Turkey: a work in progress

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by ABDULLAH BOZKURT
On Jan. 26 the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) will disclose annual statistics with regard to the signatory states of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) during a press briefing held once a year at the human rights building, a short distance from Council of Europe (CoE) headquarters.

Dink case is actually confrontation with 1915 events

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by ERGUN BABAHAN

Tens of thousands of people that come together in İstanbul?s Şişli district every year, disregarding rainy or chilly weather, clearly indicate that the murder of Hrant Dink caused a social trauma.

Turkey must investigate this massacre to build Kurdish trust | Fazel Hawramy

The Murder of Hrant Dink: A Turkish Court Denies a Wider Conspiracy

TIME

By Pelin Turgut / Istanbul Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 Journalist Hrant Dink, pictured in 2005, was one of the most prominent voices of Turkey’s shrinking Armenian community. He was killed in 2007 The journalist Hrant Dink was no stranger to sinister


Truth is persistent: Hrant Dink case

by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ
Why can?t we solve the Hrant Dink murder? I have tried to answer this question in this column many different times, approaching it from many different angles.

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Hopa Demonstrations: Stones Considered as Weapons

from Bianet :: English
The second indictment was prepared about citizens of Hopa who attended anti-government demonstrations on 32 May. Stones thrown during the protest are considered as “weapons”. The demonstrators face up to 12 years in jail.

 

ERSU ABLAK – Why censorship is easy in Turkey

Uludere massacre and government

by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ
Milan Kundera, in his novel ?The Book of Laughter and Forgetting,? makes the protagonist say, ?The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.?

 

Trial Sparks Hope for Child Brides

A girl under age who resisted to be forced into marriage filed a complaint against her family on the grounds of sexual abuse. Lawyer and expert on children rights Asma evaluated the case for bianet.

 

President, AKP at odds over arrest

from Hurriyet Daily News
The debate over the court that will hear a case about for top general İlker Başbuğ becomes the latest conflict between President Abdullah Gül and the ruling party as Gül says Başbuğ should be put on trial at the Supreme Council

Başbuğ arrest reveals crack in ruling party

from Hurriyet Daily News
A simmering political debate between parties and within the ruling party is likely to create more tension in the capital

 

Turkish laws fail to protect accused, report says

from FT.com – World, Europe
The Council of Europe report said defendants? rights are hit by pre-trial detentions, extensive use of secret witnesses and other obstacles

 

JİTEM Mass Grave in Diyarbakır

from Bianet :: English
“The bones of six persons were found in the course of restoration works next to a building belonging to JİTEM” the Human Rights Association announced. The excavation is being conducted in co-operation with the prosecutor’s office.

 

Crackdowns on KESK and BDP

Offices and homes related to the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party and the KESK unions confederation were raided on 13 January. Dozens of BDP and KESK members were taken into police custody in Istanbul and Diyarbakır.

Students Stay in Prison due to Alleged “Organizational Membership”

from Bianet :: English
The six students tried in the scope of an event on International Women’s Day remain in prison. Hatice Harman is involved in the case because she carried the picture of her deceased daughter during the event. Relatives of the defendants encountered tear gas inside the court house.

Inching away from democracy?
European Voice
The two most prominent among the detained journalists, Ahmet Sik and Nedim Sener, have been in jail since last March, the former for the contents of an unpublished manuscript on a shadowy military organisation, dubbed Ergenekon. Ergenekon is alleged to

 

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