The noose | Ilmik

Α documentary about the press freedom and the human rights in Turkey. A film by Thomas Sideris.

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Hundreds of young Turkish children jailed alongside their moms as part of a post-coup crackdown

Hear some of the tragic stories of some of the over 600 children that are imprisoned in Turkey after the failed coup attempt in 2016.

“ Following the coup attempt in July 2016, tens of thousands of people have been detained. The vast majority are not accused of participating in the events of the coup and in many cases that Amnesty International has examined there is no credible evidence of criminal acts,” a spokesperson for that group told Fox News.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/02/13/hundreds-young-turkish-children-jailed-alongside-their-moms-as-part-post-coup-crackdown.html

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47 protesters detained in Turkey after demo in support of arrested teachers

Turkish police detained 47 protesters in the capital Ankara on 23 July, for demonstrating in support of two teachers arrested for going on a hunger strike. The teachers went on hunger strike after being dismissed from work, along with around 150,000 state employees, as part of President Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown since the attempted coup last July.

Source: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/videos/47-protesters-detained-turkey-after-demo-support-arrested-teachers-27676

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PA State Rep. Margo Davidson reflects on her visit to Turkish refugees in Greece

When my constituents who are from Turkey started telling me about the plight of the Turkish people, it became more and more concerning.

And then, when I was asked by a leader of the Turkish community which I’ve known for a number of years now to come and see for myself what was going on, I was more than open to be a witness to what was happening to friends and family members of my constituents here in Upper Darby.

The stories of how they were persecuted in their country and the great lengths and the danger that they went through in order to escape–no one would put themselves through that level of danger had they not faced the level of persecution that they were facing in their country.

I had many moments where I was in tears. I guess the most emotional moment for me was the story of the young girl whose mother was drowning…

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Dear Osman, dear Ahmet, dear Selahattin – speech in EP Plenary, Joint debate Turkey

The numbers are mind-boggling:
150,000 people fired
50,000 people imprisoned

Remember that all these people have a face, have a family and have friends who are hoping for normalization.

Kati Piri is Hungarian-born Dutch politician and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Netherlands since July 2014. Kati Piri is a member of Committee on Foreign Affairs and also serves as EU-Turkey rapporteur.

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Refugees are nowhere without your understanding

Some people find it hard to accept refugees. But what if they went through the same journey?

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Outside: Get out of Turkey

Is there a new refugee movement in Europe? Thousands of asylum seekers from Turkey already come from Turkey every month. The video is in Turkish and Finnish.

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Amnesty Kirklees’ letter of solidarity to an imprisoned judge in Turkey

Jan Walters, a solicitor and member of Amnesty Kirklees writes a letter of solidarity to an imprisoned judge in Turkey, Neslihan Ekinci.

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An int’l witch-hunt? ‘Four teachers working in the Afghan-Turkish schools were detained’

One Afghan and three Turkish teachers linked to the faith-based Gülen movement were detained by Afghan intelligence officials on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

The move against Afghan Turk CAG Educational NGO (ATCE), the organization that runs the schools, appeared to be part of a witch-hunt being waged on followers of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a coup attempt in July 2016.

The ATCE, which says it is an independent organization, runs schools in several cities including the capital, Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif, Kandahar and Herat and has been in Afghanistan since 1995.

“Around 7 am, four of our teachers traveling in two different cars were picked up by [Afghan intelligence],” said ATCE Chairman Numan Erdoğan.

Other intelligence officials later went to the group’s girls school nearby looking for another teacher, he said.

He said the men presented themselves as members of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, according to Reuters.

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