EFD Rights Watch: 13 Inmates Killed in Turkish Prison Fire

Turkey charges Kurd over lemon

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
A Kurdish man who is deaf and unable to speak may be jailed for 25 years in Turkey for supporting terrorism, with a half-lemon cited as evidence.


13 Inmates Killed in Turkish Prison Fire

A fire in a prison in southeast Turkey killed 13 prisoners after inmates set beds and blankets alight, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials said Sunday.

Turkish prisoners killed in fire

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk
Blaze that took hold after inmates set fire to bedding leaves 13 people dead
Thirteen prisoners have been killed in a blaze that broke out in a jail in south-east Turkey as inmates set fire to their bedding in a dispute reportedly linked to poor conditions.

?If Justice Had Come, We Would Not Have Gone to Istanbul?

The mothers who lost their children in the Roboski (Uludere) Massacre arrived in Istanbul to demand justice 173 days after the air strike that killed 34 civilians last year in the southeastern province of Şırnak.

Government?s Soliloquy on the Human Rights Institution

Human rights organizations decried the new draft law on the Turkish Human Rights Institution (TIHK) during a press meeting at the headquarters of the Human Rights Association (IHD) on June 14.

Court Rules to Annul Project to ?Transform? Historical Roma District

A court ruled to annul the preliminary project to demolish Istanbul?s historical Sulukule district inhabited mainly by the Roma community and to replace it with new villas as part of the government?s ?Urban Transformation? scheme.

All Acts of Protest Prohibited at Atatürk Airport

The Atatürk Airport Security Commission decided to ban all demonstrations and acts of protest inside airport grounds. The move comes in wake of a decision by the Turkish Airlines (THY) to lay off 305 employees who had gone on a strike, while the head of the Turkish Civil Aviation Union (Hava-İş) also warned of safety hazards caused by a shortage of employees.


?Abolishing courts with special authority impossible?

from Hurriyet Daily News
It is effectively impossible to abolish Turkey?s much-criticized special-authority courts, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said June 15.

Cabinet bypasses judicial rulings

from Hurriyet Daily News
The cabinet effectively annuls judicial rulings that cancel some privatizations, exploiting a recent legislation authorizing the government to do so

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