British lawyers warn of human rights violations in Turkey

Report alleges serious setback for democracy as 40,000 removed from jobs and police and media figures imprisoned

Turkey’s government is inflicting “systematic human rights violations” on its judiciary, police and media, according to a scathing report by senior British lawyers that was commissioned by one of president Erdogan’s exiled opponents.

Turkish judge Işıl Karakaş, who was recently elected as the new vice-president of the European Court of Human Rights, has said Turkey’s image as a country that tolerates “torture” has been replaced with the image of a country that does not protect the freedom of press

Turkish Journalist Association condemns Tivibu’s censorship of TV channels critical of gov’t

The Turkish Journalist Association (TGC) has condemned the cancelation of the airing of a number of TV channels that are critical of the government, including Bugün TV, Samanyolu Haber and Mehtap TV, by Tivibu, an online TV streaming service provided by TTNet
Turkish-Armenian journalist Hayko Bağdat says Ankara Mayor Melih Gökçek, who took Bağdat to court for using “Armenian” and “disgusting” to describe Gökçek, is in fact “Armenian,” according to Gökçek’s definition
Turkey’s Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş gave signs of a potential coalition with Republican People’s Party (CHP) at a speech during his visit to Germany
Two ministers from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), EU Minister Ali Haydar Konca and Development Minister Müslüm Doğan, resigned Sept. 22 from their posts in an interim cabinet in a sign of growing tension over the ongoing conflict between Turkey’s security forces and militants of the outlawed PKK
With only weeks to go to the Nov. 1 snap election, political tension in Turkey has reached a new high as of Sept. 22, with two ministers from the HDP resigning from their posts in a cabinet led by major partner of the interim government, AKP
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has hailed the strength of his relationship with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan both in professional and personal terms, while denying the existence of any pro-PM or pro-president factions within the Justice and Development Party (AKP)
A Turkish prosecutor has demanded 18 years in prison for a private over the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Medeni Yıldırım during a protest against the building of a new police post in Diyarbakır’s Lice district in June 2013

Turkish columnist arrested for ‘being a member of an armed terror group’

Four suspects, including a columnist for daily Bugün, have been arrested as part of an investigation into an alleged terrorist organization
Political parties in Turkey have announced their MP candidates for the crucial Nov. 1 election, providing a number of hints for observers who are wondering whether the outcome will be dramatically different than the June 7 polls.

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