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New York Times – Ahmet Altan – Feb 27, 9:45 PM

SILIVRI, Turkey — Editors’ note: On Feb. 16, a Turkish court sentenced Ahmet Altan, a novelist and former newspaper editor; his brother, Mehmet Altan, an economics professor and political commentator; Nazli Ilicak, a prominent journalist;

The Guardian – JM Coetzee – Feb 28, 6:03 AM

We wish to draw your attention to the damage being done to the Republic of Turkey, to its reputation and the dignity and wellbeing of its citizens, through what leading authorities on freedom of expression deem to be the unlawful detention and…

İHD Prisons Commission has announced there are 1154 ill prisoners in Turkey’s prisons, 402 of which are in serious condition, and that inmates need to be granted the right to access healthcare.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the pre-trial detention of a 13-year-old boy violated the European Convention of Human Rights and has ordered Turkey to pay the applicant compensation, the court announced on Feb. 27.
“I didn’t grow up in this country, but this is the home I chose. I haven’t witnessed history here the same way many of my colleagues have, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know what violence looks like or that I don’t know the pain that conflict can cause”.
The leaders of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) met on Feb. 18 in order to finalize a weeks-long negotiation to formulate an alliance model for the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have agreed on a 26-article legislative package that would pave the way for formal a pre-election alliance, following a face-to-face meeting between President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and MHP head Devlet Bahçeli.

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