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Well, nothing new in Turkish judiciary: “Constitutional Court rejects Osman Kavala’s application…

In Uncategorized on December 29, 2020 at 18:08

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The General Assembly of the Constitutional Court has concluded that arrested businessperson and rights defender Osman Kavala’s right to personal liberty and security has not been violated.
Turkey: the rise and fall of the Kurdish party that threatened Erdoğan

Dissenters are facing persecution, with 16,000 HDP members arrested or detained. But hardcore support keeps the struggle alive

It has been a lonely year for Adalet Fidan, the mayor of Silopi in Turkey’s Kurdish south-east – and not just because of the pandemic.

Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu called Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Ömer Faruk…
“The judgment demonstrates how the Erdoğan presidency weaponizes detention and prosecution to remove opponents from the political scene and threatens free democratic debate,” says HRW’s Europe and Central Asia Director Williamson.

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In Uncategorized on December 29, 2020 at 17:16

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How banal a regime can be? Demirtaş not released despite ECtHR ruling, citing ruling’s ‘translation’ issues

In Uncategorized on December 26, 2020 at 20:38

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The court has stated that it was not able to obtain a Turkish translation of the ECtHR ruling and therefore a legal review could not be made.
Turkey’s president condemns a call by Europe’s rights court to free a jailed Kurdish political leader.

Erdoğan slams ECtHR over Demirtaş verdict, says it can’t replace Turkey’s courts

The European top court ruled for the immediate release of the HDP’s former co-chair yesterday.
Soylu has called the HDP’s former co-chair a “terrorist” after the European court ruled for his immediate release.
Several politicians from Germany, including Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, have severely criticized the prison sentence of 27 years, 6 months given to journalist Can Dündar. Maas has defined the verdict as “a heavy blow to independent journalism.”
Human Rights Watch – Dec 23, 9:00 PM

(Istanbul) – The Turkish government should withdraw provisions in a draft law that would arbitrarily curtail nongovernmental organizations’ activities and have the potential to violate the right to freedom of association, Human Rights Watch

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: ‘Turkey’s NGO bill threatens civil society’

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a statement regarding the bill which will allow the appointment of trustees to civil society organizations, if passed by the Parliament: “Organizations disliked by the government for their work will especially be at risk.”

The Guardian

A prominent Turkish journalist has been sentenced in absentia to more than 27 years in jail on terrorism-related charges that his legal team have described as politically motivated. Can Dündar, who edited Turkey’s Cumhuriyet newspaper before

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New photo from Facebook December 26, 2020 at 01:46PM

In Uncategorized on December 26, 2020 at 13:46

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New photo from Facebook December 26, 2020 at 12:16PM

In Uncategorized on December 26, 2020 at 12:21

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Turkey’s bootleg booze problem continues: “Ninety-two dead from Turkish bootleg booze in two months

In Uncategorized on December 23, 2020 at 14:53

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Religiously motivated pressure on alcholic beverages has an increasing toll…

Ninety-two people in Turkey have died of poisoning from bootleg alcohol since October, Turkish news website Diken reported on Wednesday.

The deaths occurred in at least 13 provinces including Izmir, Istanbul and Bursa, Diken said.

Rising alcohol prices in Turkey, caused largely by higher taxes, have pushed Turks to produce and consume more counterfeit spirits in recent years. This has caused a rise in alcohol poisoning cases as more people turned to black market alternatives.

Ninety-two people in Turkey have died of poisoning from bootleg alcohol since October, Turkish news…

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#Europe agenda: Tragically funny: “Paris mayor mocks ‘absurd’ fine for hiring too many women

In Uncategorized on December 23, 2020 at 12:53

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Anne Hidalgo – “joy” at being fined

Paris Deputy Mayor: ‘It will be an honour to pay the fine’

Paris authorities are being fined €90,000 for promoting too many women to senior positions in 2018.

Paris mayor mocks ‘absurd’ fine for hiring too many women

City mayor Anne Hidalgo mocks the “absurd” penalty for breaking equal employment rules.

Coronavirus: European nations tighten restrictions ahead of Christmas

The Netherlands and Germany will be in lockdown over the festive period after Covid-19 cases spike.

Hungary bans same-sex couples from adopting children

A new law says only married couples can adopt, with some exceptions for single relatives.
The Financial Times – Joe Miller in Frankfurt and Clive Cookson in London

In the 11 months since they devoted themselves to stemming the deadliest pandemic in over a century, Ozlem Tureci and Ugur Sahin’s precious few private moments have been spent exercising along deserted suburban streets near their home in the German

The anniversary photo of the Finnish government party leaders accidentally ends up looking like a (mild) metal band promo shot

How a lockdown ‘sex party’ doomed a Hungarian Euro MP

It was not just breaching Covid rules that did for Hungarian Jozsef Szajer but claims of hypocrisy too.

Brexit trade talks: ‘Big differences remain’ – Ursula von der Leyen

Following a phone call with Boris Johnson, Ursula von der Leyen said trade deal talks would continue.

Coronavirus: Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf says coronavirus approach ‘has failed’

Sweden has been criticised for its more relaxed approach to handling the pandemic.
London Placed Under Lockdown as U.K. Warns of New, Fast-Spreading COVID-19 Strain

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Christmas celebrations must be canceled and non-essential retailers have to close.

Why Europe’s big cannabis route is so hard to shut

Authorities are struggling to stop smugglers moving drugs over the Greek-Albanian border.
Power socket types in Europe
Happy International Tea Day- Tea in European languages

 

President Emmanuel Macron of France tests positive for coronavirus, with symptoms of COVID-19

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The office of Emmanuel Macron says on Thursday the French President has tested positive for coronavirus. A contact tracing effort is now under way across Europe, after a series of recent meetings between Macron and EU heads of government.

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Europe’s human rights unequivocally demands the release of Demirtaş; Let’s see the excuses from the Turkish judiciary…

In Uncategorized on December 23, 2020 at 09:33

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Reuters – Reuters Editorial – Dec 22, 6:41 AM

ANKARA (Reuters) – The European Court of Human Rights called on Turkey to immediately release prominent Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas, ruling on Wednesday the justification for his years of detention was cover for limiting pluralism and

Arrested former Co-Chair of the HDP Selahattin Demirtaş and HDP Co-Chairs Sancar and Buldan have made statements about the judgement of the ECtHR Grand Chamber, which has ruled for the immediate release of Demirtaş.

Human rights court orders Turkey to free Kurdish politician

World news: Turkey by Bethan McKernan Turkey and Middle East correspondent /

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Detention of Selahattin Demirtaş contrary to ‘very core of the concept of a democratic society’The European court of human rights has ordered the immediate release of the prominent Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtaş from prison in Turkey, finding that his detention goes against “the very core of the concept of a democratic society”.


In other news:

EU’s Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Massralı has criticized the continued imprisonment of Osman Kavala: “The decision last Friday runs against Turkey’s stated commitment to the rule of law and the respect of fundamental rights.”
Human Rights Watch – Oct 25, 10:00 PM

(Istanbul) – A new bogus indictment against human rights defender and businessman, Osman Kavala, and US academic, Henri Barkey, for allegedly spying and attempting to overthrow Turkey’s constitutional order is politically motivated and…

Reuters – Ali Kucukgocmen – Dec 18, 5:50 AM

ISTANBULISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala, who has been held in jail for three years without conviction, denied charges of involvement in a 2016 attempted coup at the start of a new trial on Friday. Ankara’s Western allies

“The Radio and Television Supreme Council should stop serving as a means to censor and intimidate media,” HRW’s Europe and Central Asia director has said.

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Three UNESCO-Turkey related news: “144,000 trees to be cut down for quarry expansion in UNESCO-listed forest in Thrace…

In Uncategorized on December 22, 2020 at 10:43

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The company operating a quarry in Strandzha Forests in Turkey’s north west has reportedly applied to the ministry for expansion as the allegations have been brought to the parliament.
Turkish Foreign Ministry praised UNESCO for adding “art of miniature” to their Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on Dec. 16.

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Erdoğan shrugs off US sanctions but we do not know yet what to come when Biden administration actually begins…

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2020 at 10:13

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Erdoğan shrugs off sanctions, vows to pursue Turkey’s sovereign rights | Ahval

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday dismissed sanctions against Turkey, vowing the
Those who threaten Turkey with sanctions will end up disappointed, the nation’s president said on Dec. 19.
“For the first time, sanctions have been imposed on our country, a NATO member. What kind of alliance is this? This decision is a blatant attack on our country’s sovereignty rights,” says Erdoğan in response to US sanctions over Turkey’s purchase of S-400s.

U.S. Department of the Treasury – Aug 21, 10:05 AM

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This story has is being updated to include new developments The United States announced on Monday

EU leaders approve sanctions on Turkish officials over gas drilling

World news: Turkeyby Patrick Wintour

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Bloc defers decision on trade tariffs and arms until consultation with Biden administrationEU leaders have agreed to impose sanctions on an unspecified number of Turkish officials and entities involved in gas drilling in Cypriot-claimed waters – but they deferred bigger decisions such as trade tariffs or an arms embargo until they have consulted with the upcoming Biden administration.

How significant are the U.S. CAATSA sanctions on Turkey and its military industry? | Paul Iddon @pauliddon

The outgoing administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has finally lived up to its legal…
Turkey on Dec. 11 summoned the Iranian ambassador over unfounded allegations made about the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to diplomatic sources.
Why Erdoğan’s poem angered Iran | Ahval

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recital of a poem last week that infuriated Iranians dredged…

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