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Top court upholds ban on Nuriye Kesbirs extradition

22.9.06
Netherlands: Top court upholds ban on Kurd activist's extradition

The Dutch Supreme Court has blocked the extradition to Turkey of Kurdish
activist Nuriye Kesbir, leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on the
grounds that she could face torture there by Turkish police. "Kesbir cannot
be extradited to Turkey," the court said in a statement on its website. The
ruling comes as a relief to Kesbir but represents a defeat for justice

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TIT is Under the Control of the Military

18.09.2006 Gundem newspaper– While the government and the police were
denouncing the involvement of the Turkish Revenge Brigades’ (TIT) in the
bomb attacks in the Diyarbakir, Timurtas stated during his court trial that
TIT was under the control of the military.

Triggerman Timurtas Confessed

Although the bombing in Diyarbakir, which resulted in the death of 10
civilians, was assumed by TIT the incident is trying to be blamed on the

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Turkish Revenge Brigades’ claims responsibility for the bomb attack in Amed

Sat, 16. Sep 2006
The notorious Turkish ultra-nationalist terrorist group ‘Turkish Revenge
Brigade’ (Turkish: “Turk Intikam Tugayi”, “TIT”) claimed on their homepage
responsibility for the bomb attack outside a family park in the Baglar
district of Amed (Diyarbakir) in northern Kurdistan (southeastern Turkey).
The blast killed seven Kurdish children and three adults. Another 13 people
were wounded, of them two seriously.

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Dark Forces Blast a Bomb in Diyarbakir

Wed, 13. Sep 2006

Last night a bomb blasted in Baglar-Diyarbakir, near Kosyolu Park in front
of a bus stop. Eight people were killed, 6 of them children, 16 people
wounded. The wounded were taken to Dicle University Medicine Faculty. DTP
(Democratic Society Party) representatives stated that during a period where
messages are being given to end hostilities indicated that this type of
incident is the work of dark forces. Former JITEM (Gendarme Intelligence

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Investigate into Killing of 9-year-old Mizgin Ozbek

Sun, 10. Sep 2006
9-year-old Mizgin Ozbek and two others were sprayed with bullets in a car in
southeast Batman while officials maintain child was caught in cross-fire.
Human rights NGOs and local Bar Association set up fact-finding delegation.

A nine year old child named Mizgin Ozbek was killed by gunfire in the
southeast province of Batman on September 5, Tuesday.

In a statement on the incident, the Batman Governor's Office said she was

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Charges Leveled Against retired Lieutenant General Altay Tokat

Thu, 07. Sep 2006
Chief of Staff Prosecutor's Office charges retired General Tokat for public
revelation of ordering clandestine street bombings in Southeast Turkey.
Rights activists insist retired commander should be put on trial for human
rights violations.

Turkey's Chief of General Staff Prosecutor's Office has drawn up its
indictment against retired Lieutenant General Altay Tokat for his public

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Journalist To Face "Abetting" Charges

Arrested 3 months ago on allegations made by a state repentant, Reporter
Demirkaya is to be tried for "aiding and abetting the PKK". He faces 10
years imprisonment if found guilty and on separate trial for covering the
release of kidnapped soldier Kirandi

Arrested three months ago on allegations made by a former member of the
outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) who surrendered to security forces in

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CPT: Conditions of detention of Abdullah Öcalan are of particular concern

STRASBOURG 06.09.2006 - The Council of Europe's Committee for the prevention
of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (CPT) has
published today the report on its most recent visit to Turkey, in December
2005, together with the response of the Turkish Government.

These documents have been made public at the request of the Turkish
authorities. During the December 2005 ad hoc visit, the CPT's delegation

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AI: Turkey: Unfair trials failed justice under new courts

PRESS RELEASE, September 2006 Amnesty International has revealed today that
people charged under anti-terrorism legislation in Turkey continue to face
unending trials with some people still detained after more than a decade.In
its report, Turkey: Justice delayed and denied, the organization points out
that such trials often rely on past evidence obtained through torture.

"Unfair trials continue to blight Turkey's human rights record. A look at

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Turkish prisoners still mistreated

Thu, 07. Sep 2006
Europe's top human rights watchdog on Wednesday urged Turkey to halt all
mistreatment of prisoners, saying that the conditions in Turkish detention
centres were not 'reassuring.'

Turkey has made progress in stamping out abuse of prisoners, but detainees
are still beaten, threatened and humiliated, a Council of Europe special
anti-torture committee said in a new report.

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