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Statement by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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GENEVA (3 December 2009) -- Estimates indicate that more than 10 percent of the world’s population – between 670 and 800 million people – have a disability themselves or have a close family member with one, and that in a quarter of all households there is someone with some sort of disability.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities provides an opportunity to take stock of the status of one of the world’s largest and most neglected groups, who – despite considerable progress in terms of international legislation over the past two years – still face colossal obstacles in their efforts to lead a meaningful life and benefit from the full range of human rights and development opportunities available to other members of their societies.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

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Sandra Barnes: ''I urge all territorial authorities to commit themselves to fighting violence against women”

Strasbourg, 24.11.2009 – “Domestic violence is the main cause of death for women between the ages of 19 and 44 all over the world, ahead of war, cancer and road accidents,” Sandra Barnes (United Kingdom, EPP/CD), Rapporteur on violence against women of the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, stated on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November.

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Would you dare to say this to Bartholomew and Dink?

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Orhan Kemal CENGİZ

Last Saturday, The New York Times published a news story titled “In Turkey, Trial Casts Wide Net of Mistrust.”

It was about the Ergenekon gang, our infamous “deep state,” and the case opened against it. Unfortunately, the story was a completely distorted account of what really is happening in Turkey.

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Fait accompli strategy against non-Muslims

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Orhan Kemal CENGİZ

Michel Foucault says you can understand a society from what it excludes. We generally tend to look at what a society includes, what they are willing to embrace.

But Foucault draws our attention to a different angle. I agree with him. When it comes to Turkey, I believe, not only what it excludes but also how it does this are important factors to look at in order to have a better understanding of this country.

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Killing another Armenian

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Orhan Kemal CENGİZ

I was originally only planning to write an entertaining story, but then I came across a piece of news in Today’s Zaman. I said to myself Turkey is like a family that has a psychopathic father who does extremely disturbing things whenever the children feel happy -- all just to kill their happiness.

Why I use this metaphor in which I portray psychopaths as the father figure and myself as a child needs to be analyzed separately.

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The main fault of Turkish intellectuals

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Orhan Kemal CENGİZ

What would you say if I were to ask you what your biggest fault was? Try to answer this question, but keep the answer to yourself or, better yet, write it down to compare with those I will mention below.

We have a fantastic newspaper in Turkish, the Taraf daily. It became very famous due to its fierce opposition to the status quo in Turkey. It is very liberal and has no respect for any taboo. It has published stories no other newspaper ever covered.

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CPT President calls for an end to impunity for perpetrators of torture

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Strasbourg, 06.11.2009 - The President of the Council of Europe Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), Mauro Palma, today called on countries to take effective measures to end the practice of impunity in Europe for State officials suspected of perpetrating acts of torture and ill-treatment, a problem encountered by the CPT in many countries.

The credibility of the prevention of torture is undermined each time officials responsible for such offences are not held to account for their actions”, he said. "It's time to move firmly on this issue and it’s time to end it," he said in a press briefing held in Strasbourg on the margins of the conference marking the CPT’s 20th anniversary.

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Turkey: Bar Entry or Arrest Sudan President

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Al-Bashir Should Not be Welcome at Istanbul Conference

(New York) – Turkey should not allow President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, an accused war criminal, to attend a conference in Istanbul, and should arrest him if he sets foot in Turkey, Human Rights Watch said today.

Recent news reports indicate that al-Bashir has been invited to a meeting of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, which starts in Istanbul on November 9, 2009, and that he plans to attend. Turkish officials have indicated that they do not intend to arrest al-Bashir should he visit Turkey.

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Press Release

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Turkey should not permit Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to participate in the meeting of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference in Turkey, but hand him over to the International Criminal Court if he should enter Turkey!

Through the media we have learned that Sudanese President Omer Hassan al-Bashir, against whom the International Criminal Court (the Court) has issued an arrest warrant, is planning to participate in the meeting of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference in Istanbul on 9 November 2009.

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Why is Orhan Pamuk hated so much in Turkey?

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 Orhan Kemal CENGİZ

Just go to Google and write in Orhan Pamuk and “hain” (the Turkish equivalent of traitor) and you will get almost 40,000 hits. There are many Turks who hate Pamuk, but why? He is the only Turkish writer/artist ever to have received the Nobel Prize. Of course, there are also many people in Turkey who greatly admire Pamuk, including myself, but then again there are many others who really hate him, and this is worth thinking on.

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Time to save ourselves from our guardians

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Orhan Kemal CENGİZ

I watched the film “The Guardian” (1984, directed by David Greene) many years ago, but I still remember the feeling it left. I found the story familiar, but I could not tell why.

Anyway, “The Guardian” was an interesting film. The events evolved around an upper-class New York apartment. The tenants of the apartment suddenly found themselves in the middle of a series of traumatizing events.

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