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The ugly truth about the Kurdish question -- the Armenian question!?

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Orhan Kemal CENGİZ

If we could discuss the Armenian question openly, if we could confront the Armenian tragedy, there would not have been a Kurdish question. We are far from understanding the Armenian question, yet can we be close to solving the Kurdish question?

To answer this, we need to look at how the Kurdish question emerged in the first place. The same state “problem solving” mentality was in work for both the Armenian and Kurdish questions.

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State budgets reveal whether the government is committed to human rights

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Strasbourg, 03.08.2009 – “The current economic crisis has made it particularly important to screen state budgets for their compliance with human rights” said Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, in his latest Viewpoint published today. “The allocation of resources will affect human rights protection - including gender equality, children’s rights and the situation of old or disabled persons, migrants and other groups which risk being disadvantaged. The way state revenues are obtained will also have an influence on justice and fairness in society; in this regard no tax system is neutral.”

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Prisoners’ Right to Education

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We cannot imprison a person for many years without providing an avenue for change… Indeed change will have occurred but certainly not how it was envisioned. For we will have created an envious, frustrated, delusional, pent-up, angry and de-humanized individual who will certainly seek revenge.”

These words come from a prisoner interviewed by the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Vernor Muñoz for his recent report to the Human Rights Council on access to education in prisons.

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Open Letter to Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of the Rebublic of Turkey

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Ongoing arbitrary detention of 32 trade union leaders

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), wishes to express its deep concern about the ongoing arbitrary detention of 32 leaders of the Confederation of Public Employees’ Trade Unions (KESK) and of its affiliates, including the teachers’ trade union Egitim-Sen.

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[Gitmo's darkness] Time for change and enlightenment (1)

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Ömer Zarplı*

Within days of taking office, US President Barack Obama issued an executive order to close down the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, where, as part of the war on terror, suspected terrorists have been held indefinitely without charge or trial since 2002.

Moreover, the president suspended the military commission proceedings in Guantanamo and argued that instead of military commissions, he would prefer federal courts or the military justice system prosecute detainees in Guantanamo.

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Hate Crimes in Turkey

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Introduction and Acknowledgments

Hakan Ataman and Orhan Kemal Cengiz

During the last year there has been an increase in "hate crimes" in Turkey originating from racism, nationalism and intolerance. Article 10 of the Constitution of the Turkish Republic stipulates that everyone is equal before the law with no difference (discrimination) according to language, ethnic origin, color, sex, political opinion, philosophical belief, religion, confession or other reasons. Similarly, Article 3 of Law 5237 (the Turkish Penal Code, TPC) secures equality before justice and law. Article 76 TPC defines the crime of genocide; Article 122 TPC bans discrimination and Article 216 TPC provides that it is a crime to incite or denigrate people to hatred and enmity.

 

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Humanizing Development

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Global Photography campaign

How do you see development? How can you portrait the human face of the development processes? How do you show that development initiatives and programmes improve the lives of people? This Global Photography Campaign aims to show examples of people winning the battle against poverty, social exclusion and marginalization. It is intended to raise awareness of the successes in the development process. The campaign is intended to counterbalance the frequently shown images of desolation and despair.

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Millions of European children still denied an education – new global report

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Although Europe boasts high standards of education, for children from minority communities segregated classes, obstacles to mother tongue education and difficulties with integration are resulting in discrimination and sometimes exclusion, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) says in a new report released today.

The State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2009, themed on education and prepared this year with UNICEF's collaboration shows that of the world's 101 million children out of school, between 50 and 70 per cent are from minorities or indigenous peoples.

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Is the ecumenical patriarchate in Turkey waiting for Godot?

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Orhan Kemal CENGİZ

Since the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) came to power in 2002, the reopening of the Halki Seminary has repeatedly returned to the political agenda in Turkey.

There is almost a pattern. Some government officials say, “There is no harm in reopening the school [which was closed down in 1971], and there are some preparations taking place to that effect.

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Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights concludes his visit to Turkey

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Strasbourg, 03.07.2009 - Commissioner Hammarberg concluded today a six-day visit to Turkey during which he held discussions with the President, the Ministers of Justice and EU Affairs and other representatives of national and local authorities, international agencies and non-governmental organisations. The focus was on the human rights of minorities as well as of asylum seekers and refugees.

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Torture equals terror

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Andy HULL

Torture is terror. We must reject it: no ifs, no buts. In the words of General Lord Guthrie, former chief of defence staff and one of the members of Institute for Public Policy Research's independent commission on national security, "Torture does violence to the defenceless, using their bodies against their souls. It is illegal, unethical, counter-productive and dumb".

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