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GIT Türkiye vom 2.7.2012

08/07/2012 Leave a comment

Düşünceye, Üniversiteye, Büşra’lara Özgürlük!

[Freiheit für das Denken, die Universitäten, für Büşra(s)!]

Prof. Dr. Büşra Ersanlı’nın da aralarında bulunduğu 193 sanığın yargılandığı İstanbul KCK duruşmaları bugün (2 Temmuz) Silivri’de başladı. GITTürkiye yaklaşık 40 kişilik bir kafileyle oradaydı.

[Die Istanbuler KCK-Prozesse, bei denen 193 Personen, darunter Prof. Dr. Büşra Ersanlı vor Gericht gestellt werden, beginnen heute (2. Juli) in Silivri. GIT Türkiye war mit einer Gruppe von ca. 40 Personen anwesend.]

 

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’19 Mayıs parodinizin kuklaları değiliz’

20/05/2012 Leave a comment

OLGU KUNDAKÇI/BİRGÜN

Tutuklu Öğrencilerle Dayanışma İnisiyatifi cezaevinde bulunan 600 üniversite öğrencisinin durumuna dikkat çekerek dün İstanbul Taksim Meydanı’nda 19 Mayıs kutlamalarını protesto etti. Yapılan eylemde gençlerin cezaevlerinde haksız bir şekilde yıllarca tutulduğu,  ucuz emek gücü olarak sömürüldüğü, piyasalaşmış eğitim sistemine ve işsizliğe mahkûm edildiği koşullarda 19 Mayıs’ın kutlanamayacağı dile getirildi.

PARALI EĞİTİME MAHPUSTAN EĞİTİM EKLENDİ

İnisiyatif adına açıklama yapan Turgut Alabeyoğlu, Türkiye’de ortaöğrenim çağında binlerce gencin ve buna ek olarak 600 üniversite öğrencisinin cezaevlerinde tutulduğunu belirterek “Paralı eğitime, uzaktan eğitime, mahpustan eğitim eklendi” şeklinde konuştu. Terörle Mücadele Kanunu’na dayanılarak Özel Yetkili Mahkemelerde yargılanan öğrencilerin yıllarca tutuklu kaldığına dikkat çeken Alabeyoğlu, gençlerin ömürlerinin hiçe sayıldığını dile getirdi.

Yüz binlerce gencin öğrenim görmesi gerekirken işçilik yapmaya mahkum bırakıldığını, ucuz emek gücü olara sömürüldüğünü, beş milyon gencin ise işsiz olduğunu dile getiren Alabeyoğlu, gençliğin baskı, sömürü ve yoksulluk pençesinde yaşam mücadelesi verdiğini ifade etti.

‘GİDİN SARAYLARDA KUTLAYIN’

Alabeyoğlu, tüm bu koşullar altında 19 Mayıs’ı kutlamayı reddettiklerini belirterek şöyle konuştu:

“Gençlik bu sorunlarla boğuşurken, nefes alamazken 19 Mayıs’a dair bir bayram kutlaması tartışması devam ediyor. Memlekette gençliğin hiç sorunu yokmuşçasına bu anlamsız tartışmaların devam etmesi, gençliğin esas gündeminin, yoksulluğun, paralı eğitimin, tutuklamaların perdelenmesinden başka bir işlev görmemektedir. Kapalı kapılar altında yürütülen gözaltı ve tutuklama operasyonlarına, gençliği sindirme politikalarına boyun eğmiyoruz. 19 Mayıs’ı gidin saraylarda kutlayın. Nasıl olsa gençlik sizin bu 19 Mayıs parodinizin kuklaları! Biz kutlamıyoruz.”

Yapılan eylemde “TMY çöpe öğrenciler kampüse”, “İşte AKP demokrasisi”, “Gözaltılar, tutuklamalar, baskılar bizi yıldıramaz” sloganları atıldı, eylemin bitiminde 19 Mayıs kutlamalarına gönderme yapılarak Hava Kuvvetleri Gösterisine istinaden kağıt uçaklar atıldı, üzerinde “Tutuklu Öğrencilere Özgürlük!” yazılı ‘bayrak’ açıldı ve ‘kaygı duruşunda’ bulunuldu.

 

Link: http://www.birgun.net/actuels_index.php?news_code=1337501810&year=2012&month=05&day=20

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BDP-Delegation in Washington

15/05/2012 Leave a comment

BDP co-chair speaks about U.S. visit

03 May 2012

U.S. do not see the Kurdish question as a ‘matter of violence’ any more, says BDP co-chair

Speaking to papers Cumhuriyet and Radikal about the impressions of the U.S. visit last week, Peace and Democracy Party Co-Chair Gültan Kışanak remarked that the Washington government expected Turkey to take steps concerning the issues of mother language, long periods of detention and democratization.

Noting that there has been a significant change in the U.S. government’s point of view about the solution of the Kurdish problem, Kışanak said that; “The U.S. do not see the Kurdish question as a ‘matter of violence’ any more. They think the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) should also be included in the process of finding a solution.”

The officials we met and talked with find it surprising that the Turkish government objects to the “democratic autonomy” form proposed by the BDP for a solution to the problem, said Kışanak and added that the U.S. executives very closely monitor the developments concerning the issue of jailed deputies.

Concerning the U.S. expectations from Turkey in the direction of democratization, Kışanak said the followings; “They evaluate the current situation in Turkey as troublesome and expect the government to take steps primarily with respect to legal arrangements, release of jailed deputies, a libertarian constitution, mother language and localization.”

Regarding U.S. officials statements on Turkey’s policy on Syria, Kışanak noted that; “Turkey’s policy based on trenchant expressions is being followed with deep concern. They expect Turkey to play a part in the process to make a contribution, not to greaten the problem.”

D.F. – ANF / NEWS DESK

http://en.firatnews.eu/index.php?rupel=article&nuceID=4608

to read this article in turkish click here.

 

© 2012 Firat News Agency

New York Times, 24.04.2012

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New York Times article on the Gulen-movement

Turkey Feels Sway of Reclusive Cleric in the U.S.

By DAN BILEFSKY  and  SEBNEM ARSU  –  Published: April 24, 2012

ISTANBUL — When Ahmet Sik was jailed last year on charges of plotting to overthrow the government, he had little doubt that a secretive movement linked to a reclusive imam living in the United States was behind his arrest. “If you touch them you get burned,” a gaunt and defiant Mr. Sik said in an interview in March at his apartment here, just days after being released from more than a year in jail. “Whether you are a journalist, an intellectual or a human rights activist, if you dare to criticize them you are accused of being a drug dealer or a terrorist.”

Mr. Sik’s transgression, he said, was to write a book, “The Army of the Imam.” It chronicles how the followers of the imam, Fethullah Gulen, have proliferated within the police and the judiciary, working behind the scenes to become one of Turkey’s most powerful political forces — and, he contends, one of its most ruthless, smearing opponents and silencing dissenters. The case quickly became among the most prominent of dozens of prosecutions that critics say are being driven by the followers of Mr. Gulen, 70, a charismatic preacher who leads one of the most influential Islamic movements in the world, with millions of followers and schools in 140 countries. He has long advocated tolerance, peace and interfaith dialogue, drawing on the traditions of Sufism, a mystical strain of Islam generally viewed as being moderate.

But the movement’s stealthy expansion of power — as well as its tactics and lack of transparency — is now drawing accusations that Mr. Gulen’s supporters are using their influence in Turkey’s courts and police and intelligence services to engage in witch hunts against opponents with the aim of creating a more conservative Islamic Turkey. Critics say the agenda is threatening the government’s democratic credentials just as Turkey steps forward as a regional power. “We are troubled by the secretive nature of the Gulen movement, all the smoke and mirrors,” said a senior American official, who requested anonymity to avoid breaching diplomatic protocol. “It is clear they want influence and power. We are concerned there is a hidden agenda to challenge secular Turkey and guide the country in a more Islamic direction.”

The movement has strong affiliations or sympathy in powerful parts of Turkey’s news media, including the country’s largest daily newspaper, Zaman, and, Turkish analysts say, among at least several dozen members of its 550-seat Parliament, with support extending to the highest levels of government.

With its extensive influence in the media and a small army of grass-roots supporters, the Gulen movement has provided indispensable support to the conservative, Islam-inspired government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Some officials and analysts suspect that some elements within the Gulen movement have served as a stalking-horse for the government, which has benefited, too, as the Gulen-affiliated media have attacked common opponents and backed trials that Mr. Erdogan has publicly supported.

But the relationship between Mr. Erdogan and Mr. Gulen has sometimes been tense, with the prime minster, a mercurial and populist leader, sensitive to any challenges to his authority. Analysts say that in recent months Mr. Erdogan and other members of his Justice and Development Party have grown increasingly wary, as high-profile arrests of critics of the Gulen movement have embarrassed the government. There is growing talk of a power struggle.

A culture of fear surrounding the so-called Gulenists, however exaggerated, is so endemic that few here will talk openly about them on the telephone, fearing that their conversations are being recorded and that there will be reprisals.

Ayse Bohurler, a founding member of the Justice and Development Party, said that the lack of transparency and clear organizational structure made it impossible to hold the group accountable. “There is no reference point; they are kicking in the shadows,” Ms. Bohurler said. “They are everywhere and nowhere.”

Mr. Gulen rarely gives interviews, and he declined a request for this article. But Mustafa Yesil, president of the Journalists and Writers Foundation, a group based in Istanbul that is affiliated with the movement, described the Gulenists as a “civic movement” with no political aspirations. If sympathizers of the movement are well represented in Turkey’s state bureaucracy and the police, Mr. Yesil said, their presence is based on merit.

“The old guard feel squeezed because their space is getting smaller, and they are sending the bill to the movement,” Mr. Yesil said.

Keep on reading the whole article here.

(Check also out the Nort American GIT Blog on this)

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/25/world/middleeast/turkey-feels-sway-of-fethullah-gulen-a-reclusive-cleric.html?_r=1

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Bianet vom 24.4.2012

27/04/2012 Leave a comment
DEPRIVATION IN DEPRIVATION AT TEKİRDAĞ PRISON

Extra 10 Years for “Unnecessary” Slogan

The prisoners at Tekirdağ No.2 are accused with “shouting unnecessary slogans” and they got the penalty of deprivation of access to communication means and deprivation of accepting visitors for periods up to years. Prisoners Kılıç and Özçelik lost their right to release on probation, Kılıç will stay extra 10 years in prison.


Ayça SÖYLEMEZ
 

“As a result of the disciplinary actions at Tekirdag F-type Prison No. 2, there’s restriction of accepting visitors for the prisoners for periods up to years. The prisoners are not allowed to see their families and they face deprivation in deprivation”

Lawyer Oya Aslan told that her clients received successive disciplinary penalties and moreover they were exposed to physical violence.

“In all prisons in Turkey, political prisoners shout slogans, however only in this prison there’re so much disciplinary penalties. At Tekirdag F-type Prison No.1, the prisoners are exposed to physical violence and the connection of the prisoners with the outside world is cut off at Tekirdag F-type Prison No.2 due to successive disciplinary penalties.”

Osman Demirel was appointed to the prison as warden on July 14, 2009. Aslan changed the prison rules at the end of 2009 and told that “the acts like shouting slogans, whistling, singing marches are all ‘subjects of penalty’ ”

The result of the slogan: Prison sentence for an extra 10 years

Prisoners Cem Kılıç and Fırat Özçelik lost their right to to release on probation, as they were not in “good conduct”. As a result of the slogan penalties, Kılıç who already had the right to release will stay in prison for an extra 10 years; 14 months have already passed. Özçelik will stay in prison for extra 20 months.

Both remaining silent and shouting slogans are forbidden.

Law No 5275, The Law on the Execution of Penalties and Security Measures Article 42/2 explains the acts that will end up with prohibition of communication as follows:

a) Participating in a mass action of refusing the meal provided by the administration, with the aim of making a protest.

b) Not doing the work considered appropriate by the workshop management committee of the administration.

c) Engaging in a mass silent resistance against the administration or with the aim of protesting against anything.

d) Stocking medicines or foodstuffs in rooms, annexes or other areas.

e) Singing a march or shouting slogans unnecessarily.

According to Article 48/2, a convict who again commits an act punishable by a disciplinary penalty within the period at the end of which a previous finalized disciplinary penalty may be lifted shall be liable to the next heavier penalty each time.

Different penalties for the same march

Lawyers give an example for the arbitrariness of the implementations: “They didn’t open an investigation for the slogans at the commemoration activities on January 4, 2011; however the convicts were punished due to the same slogans on January 4, 2011. They were punished for the marches on January 22, 2011 as they were found ‘unnecessary’; however the same marches that were sang on January 22, 2012 were ‘legal’.

The penalties of the convicts were as follows since 2009: Nedim Öztürk 30 months visitor, 17 months communication , Mehmet Akdemir 28 months visitor, 16 months commnication,Kenan Gönyel 32 months visitor, 11 months communication, Özçelik 32 months visitor, 11 months communication, Kılıç 28 months visitor, 17 months communication.

The penalty of deprivation or restriction of access to communication means is completely or partly depriving the convict, of receiving and sending letters, fax messages and telegrams, watching television, listening to the radio, making telephone calls and using other communication means. The penalty of deprivation of accepting visitors is not allowing the convict to receive visits; so the convicts cannot see their families and friends.

“What’s the meaning of ‘Unnecessary Slogan’?”

On February 10, some of the convicts defended themselves as:

Cebrail Günebakan: ” Shouting slogans is one of the forms of expression, it’s my freedom of expression and I used my right”

Hüseyin Polat: ” We are shouting slogans twice a day. They do not open an investigation for them; however they open an investigation for the slogans we shouted at the commemoration activities.”

Muhammet Akyol: “The definition of ‘unnecessary slogan’ should be defined in concrete terms by law.”(AS)

URL:

http://bianet.org/english/human-rights/137827-extra-10-years-for-unnecessary-slogan

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Bianet vom 23.4.2012

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APRIL 23TH

“Life was Never a Feast”

Followers of Justice for Children (ÇİAT) organized an event entitled “Life was never a Feast” including an exhibition of paintings and a forum at Ankara on April 21, in order to draw attention to children victims of Anti-Terrorism Law.

 

Serhat Korkmaz
 

Today is April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day. Followers of Justice for Children (ÇİAT) organized an event entitled “Life was never a Feast”,  including a painting exhibition and a forum that was handled at Ankara Su’dem Restaurant on 21st of April referring to April 23rd.

The exhibition called “My Room in My Dreams” was composed of children’s paintings that were painted during the researches of ÇİAT activist Hülya Tarman in 2006-2007. Tarman who handled a painting workshop with 158 children says, “We can see how we steal the dreams of those children on these paintings.

There are flowers, table and lamp in all drawings. In fact, these are all reflecting the pure worlds of them.” While we are visiting the exhibition, Tarman shows a painting to me. It’s the painting of an 11-years-old girl. It’s composed of his mother, father, brother, sister and a grandmother.

The father and brother are looking back; we cannot see their faces. “In fact that girl is expressing that she was exposed to violence” says Hülya Tarman.   “There are many drawings like this. The children drew many things that happen or do not happen in their room. In fact these drawings show us the clues about their childhood.”

“We do not want to be put in prison”

The forum begins. A child victim of Anti-Terrorism Law who doesn’t prefer to tell his name speaks: “We didn’t kill anybody, we didn’t damage to property of anyone. Why are we kept in prison while people selling drugs are walking outside? Nothing happens to the drug-dealers. However, we are put in prison. We are beaten. We do not want to be put in prison any more.”

We asked him why he didn’t prefer to tell his name and he reminded us the child who was subjected to 40 years of penalty as he talked to press after he was released from Pozantı Prison.

“The problems of Kurdish children continue”

We are talking to Sedat Yağcıoğlu from ÇİAT. He says they had ’23 April is not a feast for each child’ idea and they decided to organize such an event. ÇİAT had many serious campaigns in 2010 to let off the penalties of children victims of Anti-Terrorism Law. I ask to Yağcıoğlu why they needed to act again and Yağcıoğlu says, The problems of Kurdish children continue. The children known as “Anti-Terror Law Victims” were released by the la amendment. However, they are put into jail again when they were 18 years of age.  That’s why we decided to act again as ÇİAT.”

He believes that “children” and “guilt” concepts should not come together and the freedom of the children should not be taken away with any kind of reason and he adds: “We’ll be the followers of justice until the children in the prisons are released” (SK/HK)

URL:

http://bianet.org/english/children/137792-life-was-never-a-feast

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Bianet vom 19.4.2012

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A PANEL AT STRASBOURG

Turkey in the Mirror of Selek Case

Atalay, Alp Selek, Çalışlar, Karakaşlı, Direk, Pradel, Lauchbihler and Flautre discussed the judiciary problems in Turkey using Pınar Selek case as example.


Strasbourg – BİA Haber Merkezi
 

The international meeting about ” Pınar Selek Case and the Judiciary Problems in Turkey” was handled in Strasbourg, France the other evening and Turkey’s judiciary problems and current developments in political sphere are discussed in detail.

The participants of the meeting were Pınar Selek case lawyer Akın Atalay, Pınar Selek’s father and lawyer Alp Selek, journalist and author Oral Calislar, journalist and author Karin Karakaşlı, philosophy professor and author Zeynep Direk, lawyer Martin Pradel from FIDHChairman of the EP Human Rights Subcommittee Barbara Lauchbihler and the President of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Commission Hélène Flautre.

The meeting was organized with the initiatives of Turkey origin Citizens’ Union of Associations (RACORT) and its member associations (Intercultural Citizens’ Movement at Strasbourg ASTU, Turkey origin Citizens’ Association at Paris, Turkish Workers Association etz’de Moselle and L’ACORT ) at the House of Unions at Strasbourg in the evening of April 18th and it was leaded by historian and political scientist Samim Akgönül from Strasbourg University.

The importance of Selek Case’s symbolic meaning

 

Pınar Selek case has been on the agenda for 14 years. The symbolic meaning of this case in terms of Turkey’s democracy was discussed in the meeting and the participants called for support.

Chairman of the EP Human Rights Subcommittee Barbara Lauchbihler made the opening speech and mentioned that they were following the judiciary process of Pınar Selek case closely and they would continue to contribute to freedom of expression process in Turkey by the Progress Reports they issue.

Alp Selek and lawyer Akın Atalay examined the unlawful details of the ongoing case for fourteen years.

In the darkness of February 28

Alp Selek stated that even though it was clear that the explosion was because of the gas leak and Pınar Selek’s statements were taken under torture, they insistently try to convict her. They seized her scientific study about Kurdish movement and they convicted her by Egyptian Bazaar conspiracy.

He underlined the interventions of police headquarters, Foreign Ministry, Interior Ministry and Ministry of Justice to this case at the darkest period of Feb.28 and added that although Pınar Selek has been acquitted 3 times, there’s an inexplicably insistent attempt for the case to persist.

Lawyer Pradel from FIDH expressed that their organization is following this case closely; philosophy professor and author Zeynep Direk pointed out the extraordinary perspective of Pınar Selek as the sociologist.

While describing Selek’s studies, Direk said that Selek adopted the “asking independent questions towards groups of people who are exposed to violence due to their ethnic and sexual identities” method.

“The attitude of the media has changed”

 

Journalist and author Oral Çalışlar has been following the case closely for 14 years. He stated that media process began with targeting headlines and police cooperation but in time it evolved to a point of solidarity and the media began to give place to the facts. Oral Çalışlar indicated that primarily the press contacts of Alp Selek and the solidarity of all groups who want justice for Pınar Selek were effective on this. Oral Çalışlar also asked for support from abroad.

Finally journalist and author Karin Karakaşlı began to her speech by talking about Hrant Dink who introduced Pınar Selek to her.  She mentioned the process of targeting people who struggle for peace and she talked about the necessity to look for justice at the sense of community, as it cannot appear at Turkish courts. She underlined that the solidarity for Pınar Selek brought together many different groups in accordance with Selek’s philosophy of life and politics.  She finally expressed that when Pınar Selek is released, live happily and work productively in Turkey that will be the sign of democracy for Turkey. (IC)

URL:

http://bianet.org/english/human-rights/137729-turkey-in-the-mirror-of-selek-case

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