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Police Defends Promotion of Staff Member Accused of Torture, Rape

from Bianet :: English
The Turkish Police Headquarters issued a public statement in defense of their controversial decision to promote Sedat Selim Ay, the newly appointed deputy director of the Istanbul Anti-Terror Police Department who had been convicted of charges of rape and torture.

Controversial police chief gets promoted

from Hurriyet Daily News
A police commissioner who was responsible for the lining up of 23 police officers in order to identify one who had allegedly insulted his friend has been promoted.

Terrifiant ramadan pour les Alévis de Malatya

from YOL (routes de Turquie et d’ailleurs) by anne

J’étais paniquée en apprenant ce qui s’était passé à Malatya , hier soir au festival de Munzur, à Dersim, où je me trouvais et où en plein concert une minute de silence  a été donnée. Il y a deux ans, j’étais chez ma copine Zeynep à Malatya pendant Ramadan. Sa famille venait de déménager pour un quartier mixte alévi/ sunnite. Mais dans leur rue ne vivent que des Alévis et son mari avait passé un savon à un davul (tambour)  venu bruyamment réveiller tout le monde à 4 heures du matin, annonçant l’heure de prendre le repas de suhur qui précède le jeûne.


?They want our youth to be alcoholics,? PM says after festival ban

from Hurriyet Daily News
A school campus is no place to go and “get drunk,? the prime minister has said in a belated response to criticism over the sudden cancellation of alcohol licenses at the One Love Festival at Istanbul Bilgi University earlier this month.

CHP furious over court’s refusal to release deputies

Hurriyet Daily News

An infuriated main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader has once more likened Silivri Prison to a concentration camp after an Istanbul court refused to release some 65 suspects currently imprisoned as part of the Ergenekon coup plot

Mor Gabriel, Alevism and the ECHR

by Fréderike Geerdink
?We will fight this decision all the way to the European Court for Human Rights?. It?s a sentence you hear often when injustice is done once again in a Turkish court, or when you talk to people who feel they have been treated unjustly by the state. Way more often than not, the ECHR rules

Alevi family’s home stoned, stable torched in southeastern Turkey

from Hurriyet Daily News
The home of an Alevi family was stoned and their stables burned down by an angry mob yesterday after the family allegedly told a Ramadan drummer

Alevi, Sunni tensions stir grave concern

from Hurriyet Daily News
A group of deputies from the ruling AKP and the main opposition CHP visit southeastern Anatolian province of Malatya following rising Sunni-Alevi tension in the area


Enter World Press Freedom Day with 95 Journalists Behind Bars!

from Bianet :: English
Turkish courts have sentenced 24 people, including six journalists, to a total of 91 years, nine months and 18 days in prison, as well as to pay 40,000 Turkish Liras in fines during the second quarter of 2012. They now stand among the ranks of some 95 journalists and 35 distributors who spent those three months behind bars.

AKP Government Lands Massive Blow to Press Freedom

from Bianet :: English
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has advanced a proposal that would enable authorities to restrict the freedom of press over a wide range of reasons ranging from ?national security? to ?public morals.?


Roboski Victims? Relative Seeks Compensation After Four Detentions

from Bianet :: English
Ferhat Encü filed a suit for 20,000 Turkish Liras in respect of non-pecuniary damages after police took him under custody four times over on the same charge. Encü, who lost 11 relatives in last year?s Roboski massacre, believes that it was his quest for justice that prompted officials to take action against him.

?Almost 9,000 inmates released under package?

from Hurriyet Daily News
Some 9,000 inmates have been released so far under a recently adopted legal arrangement extending.


Police officers cry foul for lineup in front of MP?s son

from Hurriyet Daily News
An AKP deputy son?s lining up of police members in order to identify an officer who had allegedly insulted his friend bears reactions among police, citizens and politicians


Alevis call meeting with president ?pirate action?

from Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey?s leading Alevi federation has criticized a fast-breaking dinner that brought together President Abdullah Gül..

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