Campaign for Pınar Selek, Torture Museum, Belated Justice issues in Turkey; a roundup



This is an urgent call from Amargi Women?s Solidarity Cooperative to all intellectuals, writers, artists, feminist associations, lawyers, journalists, human rights activists and politicians

Feminist, sociologist, anti-militarist peace activist, writer  and founding member of Amargi Women?s Solidarity Cooperative Pınar Selek  is facing penal of life time imprisonment at the trial she has been acquitted twice.

The screams of tortured people and the guards’ voices echo through the halls of the museum.

Turkey to open torture museum in Ankara jail

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Daily News with wires
Ulucanlar Jail in Ankara, the site of 19 hangings and many allegations of torture in its 81-year history, has been turned into a museum.

Former editor of Kurdish-language daily jailed for 138 years in Turkey

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The former editor in chief of a Kurdish-language newspaper in Turkey was sentenced to 138 years on Thursday for promoting a terrorist organization.

Turkey’s universities drop headscarf ban

from Yahoo news
Turkish students discover that an official ban on Islamic headscarves has been abandoned.

Allegations of Torture at Tekirdağ Maximum Security Prison

from Bianet :: English
Medical treatment for prisoners and convicts are ignored and they are subjected to torture says former prisoner Ergezer, who was released after completing a six-year prison sentence. Similar allegations have been recorded in previous reports by Human Rights Association.

Governor Imposes State of Emergency in Istanbul University

from Bianet :: English
Upon request by local police court grants the Istanbul police a one-year search warrant. The decision authorizes the police search any student at the campus and in its surroundings. Students and academics react against the decision. He is not informed of the decision says rector Prof. Söylet.

Members of pro-Kurdish party not allowed in Turkish torture museum

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Three deputies from Turkey?s pro-Kurdish party were not allowed to enter the Ulucanlar Torture Museum, which was recently converted from a prison, on Thursday.

Why will unsolved murders remain unsolved? by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews
We have a very long history of murders, mass provocations and military coups in Turkey. Hundreds of intellectuals have been assassinated, hundreds of thousands of people have lost their lives during mass provocations and in just the last 50 years there have been a dozen attempts to carry out military coups, some of which ?successfully? resulted in intervening in the democratic system.

2010 the year of the trial for Turkish writers

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
Dozens of writers, publishers and journalists were put on trial in Turkey in 2010 but many of the cases made few headlines. The International Publishing Association, or IPA, says 70 people from the Turkish literary world are currently on trial. The majority of those brought before the court are either Kurdish or leftist, says a human rights defender

Draft on Amendment of Family Protection Law Deemed Insufficient

from Bianet :: English
Lawyers Arın and Temel appreciated the draft bill on the amendment of the Law on the Protection of the Family but emphasized that it is not sufficient. The draft lacks protection measures for women who were exposed to violence, the lawyers criticized.

“Bilingual Life” Project Fuels Interest in Kurdish Language

from Bianet :: English
Besim Baykal, President of the Kurdish KURDİ-DER association, sees education in the mother tongue as a key to a solution of the Kurdish question. In the course of the recent discussion on the “bilingual life” project, applications for language courses rocketed.

Judiciary Restricts Amendment on Period of Arrest

from Bianet :: English
Lawyer Kanar criticizes the judiciary’s narrow interpretation of the recent amendment of Article 102 of the Criminal Procedure Law. According to Kanar, not only defendants detained for ten years should be released pending trial but also people detained for more than four or six years.

Belated justice and lower courts of appeal

by Gülay Göktürk
Finally, the expected has happened. When the 102nd article of the Code on Criminal Procedure, which reduces the maximum duration of imprisonment to three years for suspects with cases on appeal and abnormally lengthy trials, came into force at the beginning of 2011, those whose trials are waiting at the Supreme Court of Appeals or whose trials for serious crimes — such as murder, drugs, rape and forgery ? have exceeded five years, have begun to be released by the courts.

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