European Parliament voted on Turkey accession report

A real political solution to the Kurdish problem is one of the top demands of the resultant resolution.

Source: ANF/STRASBOURG

MEP GUE/NGL Takis Hadjigeorgiou (Cyprus) said: “We support Turkey’s accession and welcome any progress made in the country first and foremost for the benefit of its people; but we underline the need to meet all the Copenhagen criteria and obligations towards the EU and all its Member States, like any other candidate country. Turkey should implement the Additional Protocol if it wishes to progress in the accession negotiations”. Continue reading

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Turkey Takes the Lead in Europe in Violations in 2010

Turkey ranks first among the number of countries convicted for rights violations by the European Court of Human Rights in 2010.  Main reasons for Turkey’s convictions were the fairness or the length of trials.

Erhan ÜSTÜNDAĞ


Among 47 countries under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, Turkey ranks at the top position regarding the number of convictions in 2010. Continue reading

Another missed opportunity for human rights in Turkey, says IHD

“Punishments regarding women murders, violence against women, and murders of homosexual and transsexual individuals should be aggravated.”

Source: ANF

Injustice in legal procedures, violations of the right to a fair trial, deprivation from the right to access health services in prisons and detention houses, the rejection of the right to education in the mother tongue, violence against women, impunity of murders based on hatred and discrimination, the refusal to acknowledge the right to conscientious objection, proceeding without considering the demands of the Alevis, the destruction of the environment, losses of economic and social rights, interventions against the right to assembly and association…” Continue reading

German Human Rights Observation Mission reports from South East Turkey

In the last 3 months reports on the use of chemical weapons and post mortal mutilations by the Turkish military have increased. Deliberately set forest fires and the use of poisonous defoliant were increasingly documented.

Source: Kurdish Info

The current situation in the Kurdish provinces of Turkey is characterized by serious human rights violations, repression and war crimes by the Turkish military and special gendarmerie units. Despite a one‐sided cease‐fire by the PKK, that was interrupted only shortly due to the continuous policy of war and repression by the Turkish state, military operations and assaults of state forces on the civilian population have been taken place almost daily for the past months.
During the first six months of 2010, more than 20 extralegal executions took place through state and paramilitary forces within this framework. In addition, in the last 3 months reports on the use of chemical weapons and post mortal mutilations by the Turkish military have increased. Deliberately set forest fires and the use of poisonous defoliant were increasingly documented. For the report details please see  the following link http://www.kurdish-info.eu/media/files/Report%20of%20the%20Human%20Rights%20Delegation.pdf

Keep Hasankeyf Alive campaign calls for participation!

Hasankeyf The campaign to Keep Hasankeyf Alive calls to all people concerned to join the solidarity camp

Source: ANF / NEWS DESK

The Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive made a call on “all concerned individuals and organizations to participate in and support our planned ‘Hasankeyf Solidarity Camp'”. The camp will take place on 11-17 October 2010 in Hasankeyf in the Tigris Valley, which is threatened by the construction of Turkey’s destructive Ilisu Dam Project.

The Ilisu Dam project will submerge the magnificent cultural and natural richness of the ancient city of Hasankeyf and severely impact the Tigris Valley downstream. Some 75.000 thousand will be evicted to make way for the project. Construction work has been going on since the spring of 2010 in the village nearest to the dam and in a resettlement site at “New Hasankeyf”. In spite of protests by the affected local people and widespread criticism from people and organizations both in Turkey and internationally, this destructive project is still being carried out! Continue reading

Sezen Aksu: I am from Izmir, I was born in Hasankeyf

Among the artists who gave signature to “Let’s keep Hasankeyf alive”campaign of Nature Association, Sezen Aksu supported the campaign by saying “I am from İzmir, I was born in Hasankeyf” on the campaign advertisements.

Source: ANF Hasankeyf

The campaign, which was started by Nature Association with the declaration of UNESCO as world heritage, was signed by a number of artists, who are also appealing to protection of Hasankeyf. An example is Sezen Aksu, who called attention that Hasankeyf and Dicle Valley are the common point of origin of whole humanity, by saying “I am from İzmir, I was born in Hasankeyf” on the campaign advertisements.

It was further stated that in addition to artists, 66 thousands and 810 people have supported the campaign by giving their signatures.

The statement, which was also signed by one of the most famous singers of Turkey Sezen Aksu, stated that Hasankeyf has a history of 10-thousand years and it meets 9 of the 10 criteria of UNESCO to be declared as world heritage. Continue reading