CoE: Memorandum on freedom of expression and media freedom in Turkey


 

Urgent measures are needed to restore freedom of expression in Turkey

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The space for democratic debate in Turkey has shrunk alarmingly following increased judicial harassment of large strata of society, including journalists, members of parliament, academics and ordinary citizens, and government action which has reduced pluralism and led to self-censorhip. The authorities should urgently change course by overhauling criminal legislation and practice, re-develop judicial independence and reaffirm their commitment to protect free speech

Legitimate dissent and criticism of government policy is vilified and repressed, thus shrinking the scope of democratic public debate and polarising society.

The deterioration goes hand-in-hand with the erosion of the independence and impartiality of the Turkish judiciary. While this problem affects the whole judiciary, it is in particular the role of the criminal judges of peace that is the most concerning, because these formations have transformed into an instrument of judicial harassment to stifle opposition and legitimate criticism and are now at the origin of some of the most obvious violations of the right to freedom of expression.

A first step is to lift the current state of emergency and reverse the numerous unacceptable infringements of freedom of expression, and in particular media freedom and academic freedom.

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Türkiye’de ifade ve medya özgürlüğüne ilişkin Memorandum

Des mesures urgentes sont nécessaires pour rétablir la liberté d’expression en Turquie

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«Etnisite» veya Çok Kültürlülük Üçgeni…


 

Ulusal Kültür; Etnik Kültür; Dinsel Kültür!

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Etnisite, ilk ortaya atıldığı zamandan günümüze, anlam kaymasına uğramış bir kavram.

Başlangıçta ‘etnisite’yi anlamlandırmak için, kişiler “kan” yolu na başvurmakta idi. Ancak zamanla, saf ırkın kalmamasından dolayı, etnisite kelimesi, anlatılmak istenileni tam olarak karşılamamaya başladı.

Bilim insanları, o vakitten sonra, çeşitli kültür unsurlarını, coğrafi nitelikleri de işin içine katarak yeniden bir etnisite tanımlamasına gitmek zorunda kaldılar. Ortaya çıkan etnisite tanımlamaları da genelde ulusa, millete karşılık gelen tanımlar oldu.

Gerd Baumann, Çok Kültürlülük Bilmecesi [The Multicultural Riddle. Rethinking National, Ethnic, and Religious Identities]adlı kitabında, etnisiteyi şöyle tanımlamaya çalışır; “etnisite köklerdir; nereden geldim, beni ben yapan nedir? Veya tek bir deyişle ‘doğal kimlik’tir ya da böyle görünür.” [Kaynak.]

İyi de konumuzla ne ilgisi var diyeceksiniz yine. Buyrun okuyun!

 

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ECHR: Annual Report 2016 : Incoming cases considerably increased.


Especially in Turkey since the dramatic attempted coup d’état !

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Council of Europe : No to open the urgent monitoring procedure for Turkey…


Better to carry on bilateral dialogue

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In the light of current developments, it necessary that the Assembly decides to re-open the monitoring procedure for Turkey, currently subject to a post-monitoring dialogue.But, challenging the credentials of the Turkish parliamentary delegation would not only be erroneous but also counterproductive. It would target majority and opposition members from the Turkish parliament alike, harm the dialogue that has been engaged and could lead to distancing the country from the Organisation. We should count on the continuing and full co-operation with the Turkish parliamentary delegation.

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Council of Europe : Urgent Debate on the functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey


Serious concerns on the current text of the new Constitution

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5’li KIBRIS Konferansı…


Close-up on Cyprus Summit in Geneva!

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Cyprus Summit in Geneva has begun

The Success Story the EU Needs Could Be Written in the Eastern Mediterranean

We are now in the moment of truth

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2016’nın son yazısı: «Milli Seferberlik…»


…ve «Vatan Hainliği!»

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I pray to Allah that the new year will lead to favorable developments for all people in our country, region and the entire world.

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