Turkey

Can the ECtHR provide an effective remedy following the coup d’état and declaration of emergency in Turkey?

The question posed in the title of this post has been discussed in various blogs suggesting that recent decisions of the ECtHR rejecting cases for non-exhaustion of domestic remedies have been politically motivated.  I recently discussed th...Read More

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL HEARS PRESENTATION OF HIGH COMMISSIONER ZEID’S ANNUAL REPORT AND ORAL UPDATE

7 March 2018 The Human Rights Council this morning heard the presentation of the annual report and oral update of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. The High Commissioner highlighted numerous human...Read More

CONFERENCE ON DISARMAMENT HEARS STATEMENTS BY HIGH-LEVEL OFFICIALS FROM TURKEY, RUSSIA, IRAN, ROMANIA, AND SOUTH AFRICA

28 February 2018 The Conference on Disarmament this morning continued its high-level segment, hearing addresses by ministerial officials from Turkey, Russia, Iran, Romania and South Africa. Ahmet Yildiz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs o...Read More

Turkey’s Military Operations in Syria

Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) carried out ‘Operation Euphrates Shield’ for 216 days from August 2016 to March 2017 in the triangle between Azaz, Jarablus and al-Bab in northern Syria. Thanks to this military operation, Turkey cleared Daesh fro...Read More

The Turkish Operation in Afrin (Syria) and the Silence of the Lambs

Operation Olive Branch On 20th January 2018, the Turkish military started to attack the Kurdish-populated region of Afrin in Syria (“Operation Olive Branch“). With its letter to the Security Council of 22nd January 2018, Turkey justified th...Read More

Statement On Behalf Of The UN Special Envoy For Syria, Staffan De Mistura

22 December 2017 Special Envoy de Mistura attended today the Astana meeting, which was hosted very effectively by President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan and organised under the auspices of the three guarantors of the 30 December 2016 ceasefire ...Read More

Six Elements Inscribed On The List Of Intangible Cultural Heritage In Need Of Urgent Safeguarding

turkey_ith_2017_if.png Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, General Directorate of Research and Training 2016. 06 December 2017 The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, meeting in Jeju ...Read More

Portugal Equipped With New National Tsunami Warning Provider

article_neamportugal.jpg © UNESCO After France, Turkey, Italy and Greece, Portugal is the latest country in the North-Eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean and Connected Seas (NEAM) region to be equipped with a new National Tsunami Warning Provid...Read More

TURKEY: UN EXPERTS CALL FOR DROPPING OF TERROR CHARGES AGAINST LEADING HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

13 November 2017 GENEVA, 13 November 2017 (Issued as received) – A group of United Nations experts* has condemned the use of terrorism charges against human rights defenders and people legitimately expressing dissent in Turkey. The experts ...Read More

Director-General Condemns Killing Of Journalist Qays Al-Qadi In Syria

03 November 2017 The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today deplored the killing of Qays al-Qadi in Eastern Ghouta, near the Syrian capital Damascus, on 29 October.   “I condemn the killing of Qays Al-Qadi,” the Director-General sa...Read More

SYRIA: SUFFERING OF CIVILIANS IN EASTERN GHOUTA “AN OUTRAGE” – ZEID

27 October 2017 GENEVA, 27 October 2017 (Issued as received) – The situation of at least 350,000 besieged civilians in Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus, is an outrage, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein ...Read More

HRW finds evidence of torture in Turkish prisons

[JURIST] Turkish prisons are committing torture and disappearing citizens, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [press release] Thursday. The report, entitled In Custody: Police Torture and Abductions in Turkey [text...Read More

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