EFD Rights Watch: FM Davutoğlu: ?I Do Not Believe Ersanlı is a Terrorist? and more…

Tension rising over banned BDP protest

from Hurriyet Daily News
Amid a growing tension over a rally in Diyarbakır, BDP leader Demirtaş says they will not step back from their struggle until jailed leader of the PKK is released

My Turkish identity led to my arrest, says imprisoned Ersanlı

from Hurriyet Daily News
A suspect arrested as part of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) probe believes her participation in a party known to be pro-Kurdish ?

FM Davutoğlu: ?I Do Not Believe Ersanlı is a Terrorist?

from Bianet :: English
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told journalists that he did not believe that eminent academic Prof. Büşra Ersanlı was a terrorist. Authorities had arrested Prof. Ersanlı on terrorism related charges on Nov. 1, 2011.

178 Deaths Mark the First Half of 2012 in the East

from Bianet :: English
Some 15,109 rights violations took place in eastern Turkey during the first half of 2012, according to a report by the Human Rights Association (IHD.) A total of 56 security personnel and 122 militants of the Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) also lost their lives during the same period.


No release in coup case, but hopes alive

from Hurriyet Daily News
An Istanbul court dashed hopes yesterday that two arrested main opposition deputies would be freed following a judicial reform package, but the MPs could still win their release within a week.

Journalists Reject Friendly Settlement with Turkish Government

from Bianet :: English
Journalists Sedat Şenoğlu and Bayram Namaz rejected an offer by Turkish government officials to reach a friendly settlement over their suit in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR.) The two journalists have remained under arrest for over six years in connection with the probe into the Marxist Leninist Communist Party (MLKP.)

A Case of Half Lemons
New York Times (blog)
Then there are at least several hundreds of detainees in the Ergenekon case and the other trials of people accused of conspiring to overthrow the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the 2000s. Mustafa Balbay, the former Ankara bureau chief of the …

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