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Turkey: Hundreds of Kurdish Political Prisoners go on Hunger Strike

from Global Voices Online by Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar
Hundreds of Kurdish political prisoners have entered an indefinite hunger strike, challenging Turkey’s treatment of Kurdish political prisoners. Through their protest, some are demanding re-trials and language rights while others want to raise international attention about Turkey’s treatment of Kurdish political prisoners. Despite their hunger strike, which is nearing six weeks, international media outlets have largely remained silent. This is not particularly surprising, since domestic media outlets in Turkey have both ignored the hunger strikes, and refused to report on them.

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Rights violations in Turkish Army listed

from Hurriyet Daily News
Some 32 Turkish soldiers committed suicide for ?suspicious reasons? during their compulsory military services, according to a statistical study by a the Rights of Conscripts Initiative

EU Report Says ‘Concerns Are Growing’ About Lack Of Civil Rights And Press …

ThinkProgress

One of the most highly-publicized cases was that of Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener, who were held for more than a year until their release in March. They were accused with being affiliated with the so-called Ergenekon plot ? a shadowy group allegedly aimed


Q&A: Nedim ?ener, a Turkish journalist under fire

CPJ Press Freedom Online (blog)

Documents related to Ergenekon go all the way back to 1999. The first person to submit a testimony, in 2001, about the existence of Ergenekon was Tuncay Güney, who currently resides in Canada. The Ergenekon investigation started in 2007. In all those

Hacker group faces up to 24 years in prison for ?terrorist crimes?

from Hurriyet Daily News
An Ankara Court has accepted an indictment against RedHack.

Anthropologist Tuzcuoğlu and Eight More Released

from Bianet :: English
A court in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır ruled to release anthropologist Müge Tuzcuoğlu and eight more suspects pending trial in the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) suit. Tuzcuoğlu criticized efforts to garner support against such trials through the use of personal imagery and emphasized the institutional nature of such crackdowns.

19 detained, crowd pepper-sprayed during PM’s visit to university

from Hurriyet Daily News
Police detained 19 students and pepper-sprayed many more in an effort to contain a demonstration protesting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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