November 4, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
Kurdish children from Kobani, a city that sits on the Syrian-Turkish border, were tortured and abused by the Islamic State (IS), Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. IS reportedly abducted 153 Kurdish boys on May 29, 2014 and held them at a school in Manbij, 55 kilometers outside of Kobani. ...[read more]
October 3, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Friday praised a ruling by Turkey's Constitutional Court that decreases the power of the country's telecommunications authority TIB to block websites and monitor internet users. The Constitutional Court of Turkey on Thursday ruled ...[read more]
September 29, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is taking steps to weaken the rule of law, control Internet and media, and suppress critics and protesters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. HRW tracked the government's response to recent developments and made recommendations that focus ...[read more]
September 12, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan approved a law on Thursday that tightens the government control of the internet and expands the powers of the telecoms authority. Parliament passed the law on Monday. The new law comes after legislation was passed in February that made it easier for authorities to ...[read more]
July 11, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The EU's highest court, the Court of Justice, on Thursday ruled that Germany cannot require spouses of Turkish nationals living in Germany to show basic knowledge of the German language as a requirement when applying for family reunification visas. The case was brought by Naime Dogan, a Turkish ...[read more]
June 21, 2014
by Ann Schober
A court in Istanbul on Thursday ordered the release and retrial of 230 prisoners convicted for their involvement in the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup plot. The scheme, which originated as early as 2003, was aimed at overthrowing Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The ruling came one day after ...[read more]
June 19, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced two former generals to life imprisonment for leading Turkey's 1980 coup d'etat that led to three years of military rule. The two retired generals, 96-year-old Kenan Evren, who held the presidential office for seven years following the military takeover, and ...[read more]
May 31, 2014
by William Helbling
The Constitutional Court of Turkey on Tuesday ruled that a previous decision to ban Youtube violated users' freedom of speech rights. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had imposed the ban on YouTube and Twitter after illicit recordings of top security talks were posted on YouTube and distributed ...[read more]
May 13, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Monday ordered Turkey to pay ?90 million (USD $123 million) to Cyprus for invading the island in 1974. Thirty million euros are to be paid in damages to relatives of the missing, and ?60 million have been allocated for residents of the Karpas... ...[read more]
April 19, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch discusses the US use of landmines and the possibility of the US joining the Mine Ban Treaty... Since antipersonnel landmines were banned by a majority of nations 15 years ago via an international treaty, their use even by those outside the ...[read more]

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