EFD Rights Watch: US State Department Country Report on Terrorism 2014 – Turkey


Country Report on Terrorism 2014 – Turkey

June, 2015

Overview: Largely because of the ongoing conflict in Syria, Turkey has voiced increasing concern about terrorist groups near its border, including Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), al-Nusrah Front, and other al-Qa’ida (AQ)-affiliated groups. Throughout 2014, Turkey served as a source and transit country for foreign terrorist fighters wishing to join these and other groups in Syria. The Government of Turkey intensified efforts to interdict the travel of suspected foreign terrorist fighters through Turkey to and from Syria and Iraq. These efforts include the development and implementation of a “banned from entry list,” as well as the deployment of “Risk Analysis Units” to detect suspected foreign terrorist fighters at airports, land border crossings, and border cities. Cooperation with other source countries increased during the year in response to the foreign terrorist fighter threat, with both Turkey and source countries seeking to improve information sharing in particular. Turkey is an active member of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has become involved as a plaintiff in a case filed against a woman who allegedly “insulted the Quran” by posting a photo on Twitter showing her foot standing on the Muslim holy book
The government claimed improbably vast conspiracies, most notably the Diyarbakir KCK (Kurdish), Ergenekon (nationalist), and Sledgehammer (military) cases. Roughly 500 people were arrested and 300 charged in the Ergenekon case alone.
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A career criminal in Istanbul has brutally beaten his girlfriend on the first day of freedom, the victim says
Under compulsory drafting in Ankara, U.Ö allegedly committed suicide after shooting O.D. However, it causes suspicion that U.Ö. was shot in his forehead, eyebrow and cheek.
The Council of State has ruled that although the formal name of a mandatory class in Turkish schools is “religious culture and moral knowledge,” the content of the class is actually general “religious education,” dismissing the complaint of a family in a years-long legal saga
The youngest victim of the Gezi Park protests, 14 year-old Berkin Elvan, was commemorated June 16 where he was shot by a tear gas canister in Istanbul on June 16, 2013
An Ankara court on June 16 handed down a 21-month suspended jail sentence to an editor of an English-language Turkish daily newspaper after convicting him of “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has found Turkey guilty in the case of retired commander Levent Bektaş, who complained he had failed to obtain notice of the public prosecutor’s opinion during his criminal proceedings
ECtHR dismisses most charges brought by Ergenekonsuspect
Today’s Zaman
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has dismissed most of the complaints including monetary damages brought forward by Ergenekon suspect retired Col. Levent Bektaş, ruling in his favor however on one complaint. According to the judgment .
An Egyptian court’s June 16 confirmation of the death sentence for deposed President Mohamed Morsi is based on politics, not the law, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu has said
The presidency’s discretionary fund spending more than doubled in May compared to the previous month, suggesting that the fund was used to cover President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s controversial rallies before the June 7 general election, daily Cumhuriyet reported on June 16.
The business sector has become an increasingly vocal proponent of the formation of a coalition government in Turkey, with leading business organizations intensifying contacts with the leaders of four political parties that entered parliament in the June 7 election
Kurdish forces have seized control of a key border town from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), cutting a major supply line in the biggest setback yet for the jihadists in Syria, as the Turkish government clearly voiced its unease over the perceived efforts to unify Kurdish cantons in its southern neighbor.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has urged opposition parties to unclench their fists and turn swords into ploughshares if they want to form a coalition with the Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Istanbul, Turkey. 23rd August 2013 — Demolition areas have become part of community life as the Tarlabasi area of Istanbul undergoes major redevelopment work. Whole building blocks are getting demolished and people are being evicted. Expensive hotels and shopping centers will take their place. Demotix ID: 2684393

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