01 August 2007 Wednesday

31 July 2007 Tuesday

29 July 2007 Sunday

27 July 2007 Friday

26 July 2007 Thursday

25 July 2007 Wednesday

  • Gul Implies to Further Presidential Candidacy
    The people had made their decision clear in last Sundays egeneral elections. I hope all parties would respect the results and ......
  • Baykal Will Not Budge
    After finally emerging, Baykal has declared that he will not resign. He spoke of an effective election campaign and congratulated the ......
  • Turkey Convicted Twice by ECHR
    The ECHR has decreed that Turkey made undemocratic decisions in the banning of the Yedinci Gündem newspaper in emergency law regions, ......
  • 99 Years and Censorship Survives
    Soon the international RSF will rank the worlds countries according to their degree of freedom of the press. Ironically, today is ......

24 July 2007 Tuesday

23 July 2007 Monday

  • Oran Aims for Opposition Outside Parliament
    Prof. Dr. Oran, independent candidate for Istanbul, has not been elected, but has promised opposition outside of parliament. Those oppressed need ......
  • No Sign of Deniz Baykal
    There has been no public statement by Deniz Baykal. CHP general secretary Önder Sav was forced to face the masses on ......
  • 48 Women in Parliament
    Ka-Der chairwoman Gülbahar has interpreted the likely entry of 48 women into parliament as a success for the NGOs campaign. However, ......
  • Trade Union Sues Media Group
    The Turkey Journalists Syndicate (TGS) has filed a suit against Nurdan Acur, the Human Resources Manager of the Merkez Newspaper Magazine ......
  • AKP Elections Landslide not Implicit
    As the results of the general election have become finalised, there have been no major changes since last night. The AKP ......

22 July 2007 Sunday

  • Governing AKP Victorious in General Elections
    As of 9pm tonight (22 July), around 85 percent of the poll stations around Turkey have counted their votes. The AKP ......
  • DTPs Baptism of Fire
    The entry of DTP-supported candidates into parliament may contribute to the legitimisation of a Kurdish political identity and the democratisation of ......

20 July 2007 Friday

19 July 2007 Thursday

  • Lay-Offs Not Due to Finances
    Although journalists of the Dogan Journalismmedia group were dismissed with the justification thatthe newspapers were in economic difficulty, the samemedia group ......
  • Agos Lawyers Demand Judges Withdrawal
    Lawyers for the journalists from the Agos newspaper are calling for the prosecutor and judges to resign from the case if ......

18 July 2007 Wednesday

  • Continuing Abuse in F-type Prisons
    According to the Contemporary Lawyers Association, human rights violations and maltreatment continue in F-type prisons. Prisoners who file complaints are punished ......
  • Activists Acquitted on Condemning Military
    A court in Sanliurfa has decreed that eight rights activists and members of professional associations were in their right to criticise ......
  • Güncel Newspaper Also Closed
    After the Gündem newspaper has been closed for 15 days for spreading terrorist propaganda, a heavy penal court in Istanbul has ......
  • Human Rights Association Anniversary
    It was the 21st anniversary of the Human Rights Association but predictably, there was no cause for celebration. President Yalcindag reminded ......

17 July 2007 Tuesday

  • The Dream of a Civil Constitution
    When one looks at pre-election promises, mainstream political parties are suddenly keen to promise a new, more democratic constitution. The track ......
  • Military Pursues Conscientious Objector
    Despite an ECHR decree condemning the treatment of conscientious objector Ülke, Turkey insists on prosecuting him. Promises to the European Council ......
  • Murder in the Name of Honour
    So-called honour killings still appear in the news with alarming regularity. The very fact that they are called honour killings in ......
  • RSF Concerned About Dink Trial
    Reporters Without Borders have been monitoring the Hrant Dink murder trial, the first hearing of which was on 2 July. After ......

16 July 2007 Monday

12 July 2007 Thursday

  • BIA Media Report-Full Text
    The second quarterly BIA media report has been published, making for sobering reading. Journalists, newspapers, radio stations and television channels are ......
  • No Votes for Those Ignoring Alevites
    Alevites, traditionally courted in pre-election campaigns and often ignored thereafter, have published a statement in which they express their disillusionment with ......
  • Violence Would Not Solve Kurdish Issue
    Independent candidates of the left Uras and Oran are criticizing the decision of the General Staff of founding professional military units ......
  • Left and Right Both Nationalist
    The election campaigns and the accompanying rhetoric show that many parties are exploiting an increase in nationalism. CHP, traditionally referred to ......

11 July 2007 Wednesday

10 July 2007 Tuesday

09 July 2007 Monday

06 July 2007 Friday

  • Referendum on 21 October
    The Constitutional Court has rejected the appeals of president Sezer and the opposition CHP against a package changing presidential time in ......
  • AI: Torture and Killings Continue
    The international human rights organisation AI has published a report on continuing torture, maltreatment and killings of civilians by law-enforcement officers. ......
  • Streets Witnesses Election Campaigns
    Every day, several parties are campaigning in Istanbuls main pedestrian precinct, Istiklal Street. ANAP has not joined these elections. Supporters of ......

05 July 2007 Thursday

04 July 2007 Wednesday

03 July 2007 Tuesday

  • Dink Murder Investigation Deepens
    The court ruled for further investigation into allegations of misconduct by security forces following the murder of Dink on January 19. ......
  • Rakel Dink Adresses the Court
    I demand from honorable court which is the representative of the state that all the criminals receive the punishment they deserve. ......
  • Gay Pride March: Homosexuals Exist
    In the fourth Gay Pride March in Istanbul on 1 July, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transvestites and transsexuals demanded that their existence ......
  • Turkish Press Ignores Dink Trial
    While many both in Turkey and outside believe that the outcome of the trial will indicate how far Turkeys democratisation process ......
  • Dink Murder Trial: Two Letters
    As the case against suspects in the murder of journalist Hrant Dink started yesterday, two very different letters were published. One ......
  • Dink Murder Investigation Deepens
    The court ruled for further investigation into allegations of misconduct by security forces following the murder of Dink on January 19. ......

29 June 2007 Friday

27 June 2007 Wednesday

25 June 2007 Monday

22 June 2007 Friday

  • Turkey Closed to Refugees
    Turkey does not recognise those coming from the East and from African countries as refugees or displaced persons. However, people coming ......
  • Radio Chief Coordinator Faces Life Sentence
    After a police operation in September 2006, targeting the Marxist Leninist Communist Party, radio coordinator Füsun Erdogan and 22 others, among ......
  • Semdinli Case to Continue in Civilian Court
    Despite complaints by the defence, a higher tribunal in Van has decreed that the Semdinli case will continue to be heard ......
  • RSF Condemns Use of Article 301
    RSF condemns the decision to prosecute Arat Dink, the son of slain Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, and three other journalists employed ......

21 June 2007 Thursday

  • Independent Candidates Not Waste of Votes
    Prime Minister Erdogan had commented that independent candidates were a waste of votes. However, the independent candidates are there to make ......
  • Note the Difference in Mines!
    The Initiative for a Turkey without Mines has drawn attention to the fact that there is a difference between land mines, ......
  • Sociologist Besikci on Trial Again
    Sociologist Ismail Besikci, well-known for his life-long mission of writing about Kurds, is facing yet another trial for one of his ......

20 June 2007 Wednesday

  • Erdogan Points to Bulgarian Model
    In run-up to the general elections, the question has beenasked whether the pro-Kurdish DTP would be a viablecoalition partner. Erdogan pointed ......
  • Protest to GLBT Association Closure Demand
    The demand of the Istanbul governors office forthe closure of Lambdaistanbul, an association forlesbians, gays, bisexuals, transvestites andtranssexuals, has provoked reaction ......
  • ECHR Interpret Limits to Freedom of Speech
    Although the European Court of Human Rightsusually decrees against court decisions in Turkey, themost recent case is an example to the ......

19 June 2007 Tuesday

  • More News from the Election Front
    Turkish elections are just over a month away. Several uncertain candidates have been able to confirm their candidacies. Control of the ......
  • Rakel Dink Accepts IPA Prize
    Rakel Dink, widow of murdered journalist Hrant Dink, accepted the International Publishers Associations Special Freedom Prize during a ceremony in Cape ......

18 June 2007 Monday

  • Judiciary Ignores Right to Life
    A Turkish court has denied compensation to the families of dead and injured children who, when herding sheep, played with explosives ......
  • Internet Campaign for Peace
    Conveners of a peace conference held in January, entitled Turkey Looking for Peace have begun a petition on the Internet to ......

15 June 2007 Friday

  • Deep State Surfacing
    After a police raid on a home in Ümraniye, a suburb of Istanbul, the secret weapons arsenal found has turned out ......
  • Deep State Surfacing
    After a police raid on a home in Ümraniye, a suburb of Istanbul, the secret weapons arsenal found has turned out ......
  • Murdered Dinks Thoughts on Trial
    In the case that had been opened against murdered journalist Hrant Dink for stating that he believed an Armenian genocide had ......