a few good and mostly bad news roundup from the judicial processes: “Amnesty International’s Turkey chair Taner Kılıç released today… “Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça end hunger strikes after 324 days…

Turkish educators Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça, who went on hunger strike after being dismissed from their jobs by a state of emergency decree, have announced the end of their hunger strike after 324 days.
An Istanbul court on Jan. 31 ordered the release of Taner Kılıç, the Turkey head of international rights group Amnesty International.
Turkey’s huge crackdown is destroying civil society | Kate Allen

My Amnesty colleagues face a sham trial for terrorist offences at the hands of a draconian government. Such scare tactics threaten Turkey’s futureTurkey’s military offensive in Afrin  looks set to dominate news coverage of the region for weeks to come.

Which is no surprise. The operation is taking place on the much bigger stage of the war in Syria, Russia and the US are both deeply involved, and the UN is anxiously assessing the scale of the impact on the already dire humanitarian situation, the number of displaced people running into the thousands.


The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has banned German-Turkish player Deniz Naki from football for three years and six months on charges of “ideological propaganda” and “separatism.
Police have launched an operation against the Turkish Medical Association, which released a declaration entitled “War is a Matter of Health”. There are detention warrants for 11 doctors. Police search the association’s headquarter and doctor’s clinics.
World Medical Association has released a statement about doctors from the Turkish Medical Association against which an operation has been launched due to its declaration entitled “War is a Matter of Public Health”.
11 Turkish Medical Association Central Council members have been detained in seven different cities, they will all be taken to Ankara. Their lawyers are yet to be informed concerning the charges, there is sealing order on the file.
President Erdoğan has denounced the Turkish Medical Association, which has protested Afrin operation: “These gentlemen have never been local and national”.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Jan. 30 ordered Turkey to pay 10,000 euros in respect of non-pecuniary damage to a paraplegic university student following his application over the violation of the right to education in the eastern province of Elazığ.
Foreign Affairs – Jan 29, 5:13 AM

In October of last year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke at a gathering of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) about the steps that have been taken so far to eliminate the Islamic movement of the exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen whom


Turkish EU Minister Ömer Çelik on Jan. 28 criticized the European Parliament’s Turkey Rapporteur Kati Piri over her recent remarks about the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) “not being a threat.”
The Interior Ministry stated on Jan. 29 that a total of 311 suspects have been detained so far over “making terror propaganda” on social media regarding Turkey’s operation into the northern Syrian district of Afrin.

When Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkish government took reprisals against hundreds of thousands of people suspected to have been involved in the failed coup of 2016, one of the criteria they used for whom to round up for indefinite detention as well as myriad human rights abuses (including torture) was whether people had a cookie on their computers set by a 1×1 tracking pixel served by Bylock, which the Erdogan regime says is evidence of support of exiled opposition leader Fethullah Gülen.

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