EFD Rights Watch: Reporters Without Borders condemned Sevan Nişanyan?s conviction…

“Nişanyan’s Sentence Contradicts Secularism” Reporters Without Borders condemned Sevan Nişanyan?s conviction to 13.5 months of prison for insulting Prophet Mohammed and urged a dismissal in the appeals trial. Reporters Without Borders condemns Turkish-Armenian writer?s blasphemy sentence RWB slammed the ruling issued against Sevan Nişanyan. *************** Father confesses to killing his own son in landmark homosexual … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: “Candidates for President of the European Council…”EU poised to blacklist Hizbollah army

EU poised to blacklist Hizbollah army Hope that a formal request by UK, ahead of a foreign ministers? meeting in late June, will open way for sanctions of Hizbollah?s European activity Desegregating Roma and Croat schoolchildren: what has been done? Three years after the ECHR’s decision in Or?u? and Others v. Croatia found “separate but … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: Neo-Nazi trial, EU member states stand on bank bail-in plans, Cameron on EU exit…

Neo-Nazi probe is a peerless failure: German report An interim parliamentary inquiry report called the National Socialist Underground (NSU) Neo-Nazi trial: Woman ?part of kill squad? German prosecutors May 14 charged that a woman at the center of a landmark trial over a neo-Nazi   Iceland?s election is a signal to Europe Taking tough measures … Read more

Cyberculture roundup: Twitter, Facebook to pay tax in Turkey… ‘Geography of Hate’ in Twitter mapped in US…

Twitter, Facebook to pay tax in Turkey The Turkish Finance Ministry has sped up its work to collect taxes from the online advertising market.   ‘Geography of Hate’ Maps Racist, Homophobic, Ableist Tweets Twitter has the capacity to ignite revolutions and enable small acts of kindness, but there’s also a darker side to the microblogging … Read more

EFD Rights Watch: Number of arrested students rise, KCK operations and more…

Number of arrested students ?on the rise? in Turkey from Hurriyet Daily News A recent report prepared by the Solidarity with Arrested Students Platform says that there are currently 771 students in jail in Turkey.   KCK operations hit KESK and Eğitim-Sen from Hurriyet Daily News Police have detained 58 people, including a number of … Read more

A Guardian piece to understand how many journalists jailed in Turkey… ?Arrested Journal? 2nd issue released… EFD Rights Watch

Trying to get at the truth of Turkey’s jailed journalists from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Roy Greenslade Turkey is regarded as having a dire press freedom record. But the facts – even the numbers – are disputed. First, the numbers. According to the Turkish Journalists’ Union and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), … Read more

So, Orhan Pamuk is fined for insulting Turkishness…

Orhan Pamuk to pay compensation for his words, court decides by  Milliyet Nobel Prize recipient Orhan Pamuk will pay 6,000 liras in total compensation to five people for writing in 2005, ‘The Turks have killed 30,000 Kurds and 1 million Armenians in this land.’ Legal Landscape of 2010 Dominated by Anti-Terror Law According to data … Read more

for the record, 1,469 Bodies in 114 Mass Graves so far… A human rights in Turkey roundup

1,469 Bodies in 114 Mass Graves – More to Come from Bianet :: English A research by the Turkish Medical Association revealed that the remains of 1,469 people were found in 114 mass graves so far, the real figure may exceed these numbers by far. The association is concerned about the obscuring of evidence during … Read more

Obama signs ?Don?t Ask, Don?t Tell? Repeal Act of 2010

President Obama Signs the ?Don?t Ask, Don?t Tell? Repeal Act of 2010 from Dipnote – U.S. Department of State Official Blog President Barack Obama signed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Act of 2010 at the Interior Department on December 22, 2010. President Obama said that this act will help our national security and uphold … Read more

It was the International Day Against Homophobia 2010

Communication & the International Day Against Homophobia – updated

by Julien Frisch

International Day Against Homophobia 2010

from ALDE News

ALDE 4 EqualityALDE continues to support the International Day Against Homophobia 2010 with a specialized project, “ALDE 4 Equality“, aimed at promoting equality and non-discrimination and LGBT rights in Europe and the participation of ALDE MEPs in Equality events.

The police attacked transsexuals’ protest in Ankara, an anarchist blog reports.

MENA: International Day Against Homophobia Celebrated

from Global Voices Online by Katharine Ganly

By Katharine Ganly

May 17th marks the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO). Despite homosexual acts still being punishable by law in all of the Middle East and North Africa with the exception of Israel, there are nevertheless many initiatives throughout the region to mark the day, along with more established organisations building on the successes of previous years events.

Turkish gays, lesbians need better treatment, European deputy says

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Securing freedoms and rights for gays and lesbians in Turkey will help the country show how compatible it is with European values, a Dutch member of the European Parliament says. According to Marietje Schaake, the human-rights coordinator for the Liberals, a more ‘human discussion’ is needed about sexuality and gender identity

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Now confirmed: Soldiers Killed in May 2009 by Mine from the Army…


Confirmed: Soldiers Killed by Mine from the Army

from Bianet :: English
A gendarmerie laboratory confirmed that the mine that killed seven soldiers in South-East-Turkey in May 2009 belonged to the army. The prosecution file of the case launched by the victims’ families was transferred to the Prosecutor’s Office of the General Staff.

AYŞE KARABAT – Mine blasts in our hearts

It is so painful searching newspaper archives to find stories from May 28 and 29 of last year.

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We have another ban: No “insemination trips

Turkey ban on insemination trips

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
A new law in Turkey makes it a criminal offence for a woman to go abroad and get pregnant via artificial insemination.

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Cartoonists DRAW for children who are in prison due to Law on Struggle Against Terrorism in Turkey

All the world?s cartoonists DRAW for children


I have received 62 cartoons from 22 cartoonists so far for the project to support children victimised by Law on Struggle Against Terrorism. The event is still on?

by Cem Koç
Click here for more cartoons.

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