March 3, 1999 |
A European anti-torture delegation visited the prison island where Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan is being held. They are the first foreign officials to visit the heavily guarded Imrali island since he was jailed there. The team of 15 lawyers and doctors from the Council of Europe did not comment on the trip but is expected to prepare a report on Ocalan's condition. It was unclear whether the delegation met with Ocalan.
February 18, 1999 |
A day after bringing Abdullah Ocalan home to face trial, Turkey on Wednesday sought to turn the capture of the Kurdish warlord into a demoralizing rout of his cause, sending troops against his insurgents' strongholds in northern Iraq and airing a videotape of the macho orator looking ill, dispirited and barely able to speak.
May 13, 1998 |
Two unidentified gunmen seriously wounded this nation's most prominent human rights campaigner in his office here Tuesday, provoking a storm of protest against the Turkish government for failing to protect him. Akin Birdal, 50, president of the Human Rights Assn. and a critic of the government's bloody crackdown on Kurdish separatists, was listed in critical condition with six bullet wounds--including three in the chest--from 9-millimeter automatic pistols.
March 14, 1998 |
About two weeks ago, police stopped Cetin Paydar on his way to work at a coffeehouse in this village in western Turkey. They had a complaint from a relative that the 40-year-old waiter had killed his own father. A short, thin man with listless eyes, Paydar shook as he recalled what happened next: "The police hit me nonstop during the ride to the station. They kept demanding that I confess," he said. "I kept telling them I had done nothing of the kind and that I had no idea where [my father] was.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1997
I was annoyed by John Tirman's article (Commentary, Dec. 19), which I found offensive, misrepresentative and unprofessional. The facts are quite to the contrary. There is not even one country in this world which is free of human rights violations. Every country and every society share this problem in differing forms. Turkey is neither the best nor the worst. Turkey is a democracy just like the U.S. The difference with respect to human rights lies in national income and public priorities to spend it. As governments respond to public demands with limited resources, it is usually investments in the justice system, law enforcement and education that suffer.
October 2, 1996 |
Amnesty International launched a worldwide campaign to highlight human rights abuses in Turkey and issued a report condemning extrajudicial killings, torture and disappearances. Amnesty chief Pierre Sane said the London-based human rights group would pressure international organizations in a bid to expose rights abuses by the Turkish government and by the Kurdistan Workers Party rebels and other guerrilla groups.