6 thoughts on “Turkish earthquake, poverty and war

  1. Quake death toll now over 500

    Turkey: Rain and snow made conditions even worse for thousands of people left homeless by Sunday’s earthquake.

    Over 500 people have since been confirmed dead, 2,300 people injured and 185 people have been pulled from the rubble.

    A moderate earthquake hit the Hakkari province today, sending people rushing out of buildings in fear and pani, but no damage was reported.


  2. Juveniles moved after abuse fears

    TURKEY: Two hundred Kurdish youngsters will be moved from a juvenile prison and receive psychiatric help following allegations of mistreatment by prison officials there and sexual abuse by adult inmates, Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin announced today.

    Mr Ergin said that inspectors have launched a probe into the allegations that adult inmates raped the minors at the prison in Pozanti.

    Abuse at the facility first came to light last summer when seven Kurdish boys told human rights activists about their ordeal there.


  3. Pro-Kurdish paper banned for month

    TURKEY: A court banned a pro-Kurdish newspaper for a month at the weekend for spreading “terrorist propaganda” and police raided its offices in Istanbul to confiscate the Sunday edition.

    Ozgur Gundem editor Huseyin Aykol said the court cited its reporting of Kurdish New Year celebrations from the Qandil mountains in northern Iraq, where Kurdistan Workers Party guerillas have bases.

    Police detained several of the newspaper’s journalists.


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  5. Newsletter of the BRussells Tribunal – June 14, 2012


    Please help set up an international delegation to support our colleague and friend Ayse Berktay Hacimirzaoglu

    Ayse Berktay, one of the founders of the World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI), has been held in prison in Istanbul since October 2011. Her trial with others begins on July 2nd, 2012. She was apprehended in a wide sweep of arrests (up to 8,000 people), in an attempt to silence protest and criminalize activism under the guise of fighting terrorism. Read all about it in Ayse’s letter from prison (see below)).

    It is very important that there is an international delegation to attend her trial to give a strong signal to the Turkish authorities (via the local press) that the international community is watching. Now that we know that her involvement in the WTI process is being held against her, it is all the more important that we are there. We hope to raise some 2000€ to pay some of the costs of sending a small delegation.

    Our account number is: 132-5251479-37 (IBAN: BE35 1325 2514 7937 – BIC: BNAGBEBB), Delta Lloyd Bank, Sterrenkundelaan 23 – B-1210 Bruxelles – Reference: ” Ayse Berktay”
    For the time being the delegation consists of:

    Fabio Marcelli, a lawyer, who represented the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights at the World Tribunal on Iraq

    Paloma Valverde & Pedro Rojo, of the Spanish antiwar organisation CEOSI, which has been very active in the WTI endeavour

    Lieven De Cauter, philosopher, president of the BRussells Tribunal

    Tony Simpson, director of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation
    With your help, we will stand in solidarity with Ayse! Thank you!

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