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Headscarf discrimination spills over into private sector

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Headscarf discrimination spills over into private sector

Discrimination against women wearing headscarves continues to be recorded despite expectations that stigma would have waned.

Gunal Kursun, Human Rights Agenda Association President and assistant professor at Adana Cukurova University, said that the headscarf debate is a natural outcome of a democratic transformation process through which Turkey is passing.

"In countries where different ethnic groups and identities exist, such debates continue for some time. But afterwards the societal balance will fall into place," Kursun told SES Türkiye.

According to Kursun, there is a widespread perception within the society that views the right of women to cover their bodies as contrary to laicism. "But such a right," he said, "should in fact be conceived as the foremost guarantee of laicism."

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World Refugee Day prompts more pondering about refugee issues

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World Refugee Day prompts more pondering about refugee issues

HRAA’s Secretary General Salih Efe: Turkey’s new “Foreigners and International Protection Draft Bill” is a milestone in refugee issues despite some deficencies.

To mark World Refugee Day on June 20, the Coordination for Refugee Rights (CRR) released a report in which figures indicate a striking increase in the number of refugees in Turkey, prompting a debate on the resolution of Turkey’s long-standing refugee issues.

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Nationalists, muslims and the Kurdish question

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Nationalists, muslims and kurdish question

After 2002, following the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) ascent to power, I think, most Kurds developed serious hope that the Kurdish question would be solved.There were so many signs that something was really changing in Turkey. The destruction of villages, kidnappings and systematic torture, which many Kurds had been suffering from, all came to an end. Restrictions on the use of the Kurdish language were relaxed, private Kurdish courses and publications were allowed, and even a state television channel, TRT 6, started to broadcast in Kurdish. Even though the Ergenekon cases mainly targeted coup plotters, Kurds saw that the founders of deep state gangs, like JİTEM -- an illegal extension of the gendarmerie, which was responsible for so many atrocities in southeast Turkey -- were put behind bars. There were even some cases in which JITEM operatives, like Col. Cemal Temizöz, were put on trial.

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Shattering the deafening silence of harassment in İstanbul

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Sexual harassment is a widespread and systemic problem in Turkey, but the law is not the problem, Human Rights Agenda Association (İHGD) Secretary-General Günal Kurşun told Sunday’s Zaman in an exclusive interview. 
“I was riding the tram after picking up a package from my mom for Christmas,” Kocher recalled to Sunday’s Zaman. Holding a box and deep in conversation with her boyfriend, Kocher said she felt pressure on her backside as the tram filled with people. She noticed there was an older man standing behind her, but figuring it was an accident due to the tight space, she tried shifting her weight. His hand was still there. “I freaked out. I was just really shocked,” she said
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LETTER TO THE AUTHORITIES FROM THE REFUGEE RIGHTS COORDINATION HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST SYRIANS IN HATAY SHOULDS BE INVESTIGATED

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 LETTER TO THE AUTHORITIES FROM THE REFUGEE RIGHTS COORDINATION

HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST SYRIANS IN HATAY SHOULDS BE INVESTIGATED

Refugee Rights Coordination which consists of 5 human rights organizations from Turkey, sent a letter to President Abdullah Gül, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Minister of Interior İdris Naim Şahin and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu concerning the claims about the forced deportation of the asylum seekers  in Hatay to Syria.

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Lawyers to take Dersim massacres to ICC despite hurdles

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Human rights activist and jurist Günal Kurşun said “cultural genocide” or “culturocide” is not recognized in the 1948 Genocide Convention and the Rome Statute, the founding international treaty of the ICC. “There are four groups recognized as victim groups by means of genocide: national, ethnic, racial and religious groups. Unfortunately, cultural groups are not counted as a victim group in the genocide definition, although it may fit the definition for crimes against humanity,” he added.Lawyers are preparing to argue at the International Criminal Court (ICC) that “cultural genocide” continues in the province due to the systematic destruction of traditions, language and values that make the people of Dersim distinct from others

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General Staff should not interfere with judiciary

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The General Staff recently issued a press release about the ongoing Sledgehammer (Balyoz) coup plan trial, underlining that they failed to understand why the defendants are still being kept behind bars. In other words, the General Staff wants the defendants to be released.  

Our Turkish Penal Code (TCK) defines a crime called “attempting to influence a fair trial.” Article 277 of the TCK reads: “Anyone who attempts unlawfully to influence members of the judiciary by giving instructions, exerting pressure or influence for or against one or more of the parties in a trial, defendants, intervening parties or victims by any kind of means shall be punished with imprisonment from two to four years. If the attempt does not go beyond the level of recommendation the sentence shall be imprisonment from six months to two years.”

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Turkey: Journalists’ Arrests Chills Free Speech

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(Istanbul) - The arrest of nine journalists and writers on March 3, 2011, in the absence of clear reasonable cause, will have a chilling effect on free speech, Human Rights Watch said. The nine were accused of links to the alleged "Ergenekon" coup plots against the Turkish government.

Those arrested include Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener, two prominent journalists known for critical reporting on the Turkish criminal justice system and police. Şık is co-author of a book about the investigations and trials in the Ergenekon case - after the alleged name given to their organization by the conspirators. He had been working on a book about the police. Şener had written a book on the murder of Hrant Dink, a renowned journalist and human rights defender, and its investigation.

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‘Turkey’s inclusion in international justice system critical to its EU venture’

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Turkey should be included in the world’s most vital international justice system, a human rights activist and academic has said as a global network of civil society organizations from various countries picked Turkey as its “October target” to convince the country to sign the Rome Statute, the founding international treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC).  

Günal Kurşun, secretary-general of the Human Rights Agenda Association (HRAA) and a lecturer at Ufuk University’s faculty of law, said signing the statute is essential to Turkey’s interests.

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Stop violence against women now!

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Orhan Kemal CENGİZ

Have you seen that photo that has turned into the symbol of violence against woman in Turkey? In this photo Ayşe Paşalı, who was killed by her ex-husband after being denied police protection last year, looks into the eyes of everyone in Turkey.  

Her face is severely swollen and there are very large and dark blue bruises under her eyes, an undeniable manifestation of savage brutality. Apparently, this photo was taken by journalists when Paşalı came to court seeking a divorce. There are other photos in which she had some wounds on her face and her ex-husband can be seen whispering something into her ear.

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The concept of “Hate Crimes”

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This presentation was made by Dr. Karsten Krupna in the second conference for combating hate crimes in Turkey entitled “The Concept of Hate Crimes, Hate Speech and Combating Hate Crimes” which was organised by Human Rights Agenda Association on 06 November 2010, in Ankara, Turkey. It was sponsored by German Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.
Please, click on the attached file to find out more about this presentation.

 

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