The amendments related to juveniles prosecuted under the Anti-Terror law were adopted by the Turkish Parliament. Children convicted for “terror” crimes will be released pending trial. They will be prosecuted at juvenile courts instead of high criminal courts.
Strasbourg, France – Turkey won qualified praise Friday from an influential European human rights watchdog, which acknowledged that convicted Kurdish terrorist leader Abdullah Ocalan was receiving better treatment in prison.
According to the 2010 January-February-March Media Monitoring Report, published by the BİA Media Monitoring Desk, a total of 216 people were on trial in the context of freedom of thought and expression during the first three months of the year, among them 69 journalists.
Prime Minister Erdoğan met with 80 representatives of women organizations in Istanbul to discuss the democratic initiative. Women’s rights advocator İlkkaracan and other participants criticized that the Prime Minister dismissed all proposals put forward by the women.
Referans newspaper writer Çandar is facing imprisonment for his article about the handling of the Hrant Dink murder case. He criticized that the secret witness had not appeared at court. He had also called the judge being too free-and-easy. His trial was postponed to 13 December.
The signals coming out of Turkey’s predominantly-Kurdish southeast region and from along the border with Iraq are not comforting. In recent weeks, Turkish soldiers are being on an almost daily basis in attacks by the resurgent Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Turkey’s state-run news agency happily reports that 46 PKK members have been killed in the past month, failing to mention that most of them are also young Turkish citizens whose bodies will be returned home to be buried and mourned. Turkish jets have been bombing targets in Northern Iraq with increasing regularity, while Today’s Zaman reports that military checkpoints have now been reintroduced in the southeast and that a previously-abandoned ban on herders taking their flocks up to the region’s high plateaus has also been reinstated.