Turkey


    Turkey jails a UN judge
    18.01.17
    Stéphanie Maupas, correspondent in The Hague

    For four months, the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) has been trying to obtain the release of one of its judges, Judge Aydin Sefa Akay, who was  detained in Turkish government purges. The judge, who was appointed by the UN, has diplomatic immunity. Turkish authorities were summoned to The Hague for a hearing on January 17 but failed to attend. It was with apparent indifference that Ankara met the summons of the MICT, the UN body charged with handling residual matters of the ad hoc tribunals for former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. The Turkish authorities, who had been...

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    Key facts on the Armenian genocide
    02.06.16
    AFP

    German lawmakers vote Thursday on a resolution branding the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a genocide, drawing angry warnings from Turkey that it could harm relations. Here are the key facts and background on the 1915-1917 massacres and deportations, the focus of the longstanding Turkish-Armenian diplomatic standoff: - Historical background - Following centuries of alternating Ottoman and Persian rule, Armenians by the mid-19th century lived across the Russian and Ottoman empires. Between 1.7 and 2.3 million Armenians were living in eastern provinces of the Ottoman Empire by 1915, according to estimates of Western scholars. Ottoman authorities had been suspicious about the...

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    MSF pulls out of World Humanitarian Summit

    The UN expects 6,000 people at a historic humanitarian conference in Istanbul later this month. But one prominent participant has dropped out. The international medical organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF or Doctors Without Borders), announced today that it is not going to the World Humanitarian Summit. In a statement, MSF said it was pulling out “with disappointment”, after months of preparatory discussions. MSF believes the summit may let those most responsible for spiralling humanitarian need – governments – off the hook. The summit has lost its way and become, in MSF’s opinion,...

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    Turkey, Israel, Russia and the age of “Realjuridik”
    05.01.16
    Pierre Hazan, JusticeInfo.net editorial advisor and assistant professor at Neuchâtel University

    In the mid- nineteenth century, German writer and politician Ludwig von Rochau coined the term Realpolitik to describe the clash between the Age of Enlightenment’s aspirations for progress and the power play between the new nation-States. A century and a half later, we are entering the age of “Realjuridik”, a new reality where talk of human rights, development and international justice clashes with the power play between countries. For States, Realjuridik is the art of legitimizing their version of history whilst preserving their own interests as much as possible during a conflict or crisis....

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    Turkish politician had right to deny Armenia genocide: Europe court
    15.10.15
    AFP

    The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that a Turkish politician should not have been prosecuted for denying that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turkey in 1915 was a genocide.In a landmark free speech ruling, the ECHR judges ruled by 10 votes to seven that Dogu Perincek, chairman of Turkey's Patriotic Party, should never have been convicted of racial discrimination by a Swiss court for saying that the "Armenian genocide is a great international lie".Perincek was convicted and fined in 2007 after a series of press conferences on the topic, which the ECHR ruled was an...

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    The armenian genocide
    15.10.15
    AFP

    Armenia and Turkey are at odds over whether the World War I massacres and deportations of Armenians between 1915 and 1917 by their Ottoman rulers should be described as "genocide".The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg is set to rule on Thursday on whether denial of the genocide is illegal.Armenia says the massacres and deportations by the Ottomans during World War I left more than 1.5 million of its people dead, while Turkey puts the number at between 300,000 and 500,000.Clashes with the Turks had already started at the end of the 19th century as the Ottoman Empire was falling apart, costing between 100,000 and 300,000 Armenian lives between 1895 and 1896, according to Armenian...

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