Yavuz Baydar at Huffington Post
The remaining six are accused of being members of Ergenekon, the alleged illegal terror network. (Nedim Şener and Ahmet Şık are not mentioned on that list.) If we are to take into some consideration European Court precedents, then we have to take a
by Emre Kızılkaya
New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released its annual prison census, which tracks cases of journalists jailed for their work globally.
The report alleges that Iran is the world’s worst jailer, with 42 journalists behind bars, while “imprisonments were also reported in the stable democracy of Turkey, which was holding eight journalists.”
In other developments:
by Turkish Digest
ISTANBUL Dec 13 (Reuters) – A Turkish policeman was found guilty on Tuesday of the involuntary manslaughter of a Nigerian asylum-seeker in police custody more than four years ago, in a case that had drawn criticism of the EU-candidate’s legal processes.
from Hurriyet Daily News
Irina Omara Yıldız, the only woman in a police line-up, was identified as the female leader of a prostitution ring after a raid in Antalya, private broadcaster NTV reported…
In 2004, two members of the National Intelligence Agency allegedly gave slain Turkish-Armenian journalist Dink a lesson on where his place was at a meeting at the Governor’s Office. The related investigation was now time-barred.
The ECHR ruled for a violation of the right to life in the case of the alleged suicide of Ekrem Kurt during his military service. His family will receive compensation from the Turkish government.
In a joint statement issued during the human rights week, the human rights associations TİHV and İHD noted that custodies and arrests of the investigations into the KCK, the Hopa incidents and the Revolutionary Headquarter reached massive dimensions.
The trial regarding the “I’ve had enough” 2010 agenda of Metis was continued on 30 November. The case was opened on 26 November 2010 because the calendar allegedly denigrated religious values.
Conscientious objector Halil Savda was released after he gave his statement to the prosecutor. He had been taken into custody at the airport in Istanbul when he was about to follow an invitation of Amnesty International to Paris.
by Jenny White
On the occasion of world Human Rights Week, lawyers, human rights workers and academics said Turkey has been taking backwards steps on human rights issues, especially since 2005. “The regulations in the enlargement of the police authority after 2005 and changes in Turkey’s anti-terror law in 2006 leave Turkey with an unsatisfactory judicial process,” head of Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, Metin Bakkalcı, said.