Rights Organizations: Free Taner Kılıç

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Human rights organizations have demanded that Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, refugee rights defender and attorney Taner Kılıç be released.

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In a joint statement, the Human Rights Joint Platform member organizations Human Rights Association, Human Rights Agenda Association, International Amnesty Turkey Branch and Citizenship Association requested that the unlawful practice be ended.

Kılıç was detained yesterday (June 6) as part of the FETÖ (Fethullahist Terror Organization) investigation.

About Taner Kılıç

Taner Kılıç has served on the board of Amnesty International Turkey for various periods since 2002 and has been Chair since 2014. During his decades of work for human rights organizations in Turkey he has consistently demonstrated an unswerving commitment to human rights.

Taner Kılıç was detained from his house in Izmir at 6.30 this morning before being taken to his office. Both properties were searched. He is currently in police custody in Yeşilyurt district of Izmir.

At present, Taner Kılıç’s detention does not seem to be connected to any of Amnesty International’s work, nor to be specifically targeting the organization. The detention order refers to an investigation into suspected members of the “Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization”. It is currently unclear why Taner Kılıç is suspected of having these links. (AS/TK) 

3 Women Statue in Ordu Attacked for the 3rd Time

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The 3 Women Statue in Ordu has been attacked for the third time. Legs of the statues have been broken.

According to a report by Nedim Kocan from the Doğan News Agency (DHA), the statues were taken for repair by the municipality units. It was stated that the security camera, which was installed for deterrence, was damaged as well and they didn’t work.

The 3 Women Statue

The 3 Women Statue was sculptured by Ordu Municipality in 2006. Being installed in Taşbaşı Neighborhood, the statue was influenced by Ordu’s local folk song “Tabya başında 3 kız yan yana” (3 girls are side by side by the bastion).

The statues that were deformed due to damage inflicted by the citizens was taken under maintenance by sculptor Özgür Özmen in 2013.

One of the statues, which were put into their place after 2 months of repair, was attacked in November 2016. Its head was broken and later put into place following a repair.

“The statues are in contrary with our moral sensitivity”

In 2012, the International Stone Statue Symposium was organized by the Ordu Municipality. 12 statues made by eight sculptors were exhibited in the city center, at streets and parks.

Ordu Mayor Enver Yılmaz from the Justice and Development Party (AKP) had the five women statues moved from streets and parks to the garden of Taşbaşı Cultural Center (Taşbaşı Church).

“Considering our society’s general custom and our moral sensitivity, we planned to move them another place”, Yılmaz had said. (TP/EKN/TK)

3 Women Statue Attacked in Ordu

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The 3 Women Statue in Ordu has been attacked for the third time. Legs of the statues have been broken.

According to a report by Nedim Kocan from the Doğan News Agency (DHA), the statues were taken for repair by the municipality units. It was stated that the security camera, which was installed for deterrence, was damaged as well and they didn’t work.

The 3 Women Statue

The 3 Women Statue was sculptured by Ordu Municipality in 2006. Being installed in Taşbaşı Neighborhood, the statue was influenced by Ordu’s local folk song “Tabya başında 3 kız yan yana” (3 girls are side by side by the bastion).

The statues that were deformed due to damage inflicted by the citizens was taken under maintenance by sculptor Özgür Özmen in 2013.

One of the statues, which were put into their place after 2 months of repair, was attacked in November 2016. Its head was broken and later put into place following a repair.

“The statues are in contrary with our moral sensitivity”

In 2012, the International Stone Statue Symposium was organized by the Ordu Municipality. 12 statues made by eight sculptors were exhibited in the city center, at streets and parks.

Ordu Mayor Enver Yılmaz from the Justice and Development Party (AKP) had the five women statues moved from streets and parks to the garden of Taşbaşı Cultural Center (Taşbaşı Church).

“Considering our society’s general custom and our moral sensitivity, we planned to move them another place”, Yılmaz had said. (TP/EKN/TK)

Clashes in Van: 1 Soldier Killed

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A corporal major has lost his life in the clashes in a rural area in Başkale district of Van province between security forces of Turkey and members of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

An operation was carried out in the rural area between Yolmaçayır and Gedikbaşı neighbourhoods 30 km away from Başkale district of Van in eastern Turkey in the morning hours today (June 7).

Clashes have occurred between a group of PKK members and soldiers from Turkish army.

A corporal major with severe injuries was transferred to Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Hospital on a helicopter but could not be rescued despite all efforts. (EKN/DG)

Germany Decides to Withdraw From İncirlik

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Germany’s Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen’s plan to withdraw troops from İncirlik Air Base in Adana has been approved by the Ministerial Cabinet.

The decision to deploy troops in the base was taken in the German Bundestag in the first place.

Jordan alternative

The political parties in the German Parliament except The Left (Die Linke) back the plan to move the troops from İncirlik to Jordan. The Left on the other side demands that Germany withdraw from the fight against ISIS (Islamic State of Syria and Iraq).

Armed Forces Rapporteur Hans-Peter Bartels stated that the alternative air base in Al Azraq of Jordan would be more dangerous for the German soldiers than the İncirlik Base.

The base in Jordan is also deployed by US soldiers.

The German troops consisting of approximately 260 soldiers are on duty in the fights against ISIS and back the anti-ISIS coalition with exploration fights.

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Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen had stated earlier that preparations were being made in order to deploy troops from the İncirlik Base to Jordan and had pointed out that the air base in Azraq province of Jordan was an alternative to incirlik.

Merkel had also stated earlier that Jordan was one of the alternatives that came in question besides Kuwait and Cyprus.

What happened?

A delegation consisting of Chair of Federal Parliament of Germany Defence Commission Wolfgang Hellmich and other members of the commission had requested permission from the Government of Turkey to visit the İncirlik Military Base to examine the current situation regarding the fight against the İslamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) and as well as to observe the working conditions of the soldiers from Germany.

The visit was planned to be on May 16. Yet, the government of Turkey denied the request of the German officials.

Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Gabriel, who came to Turkey to discuss the matter that German MPs are not allowed to visit German soldiers in İncirlik, couldn’t reach an agreement in the meeting.

Gabriel said that the German soldiers will have to be withdrawn from the İncirlik. (YY/DG)

Call by Academics for Peace for Trial in Mersin

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Mersin Academics for Peace have made a call for solidarity for the trial of Asst. Prof. Dr. Hakan Mertcan, Research Member Esin Gülsen, Asst. Prof. Dr. Selim Çakmaklı and Asst. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Şener, who were discharged through statutory decree from Mersin University.

Mersin Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office had sued Mertcan, Gülsen, Çakmaklı and Şener, who signed the declaration entitled “We Will not be a Party to This Crime”, and demanded from 2.5 to 17.5 years in prison.

The four academics are charged with “propagandizing for a terror organization” and “inciting people to hostility and animosity”.

The trial will be held tomorrow (June 8). (TP/BK/TK)

WISE Explores how Entrepreneurship Education can Address Youth Unemployment and Help Build Sustainable Future

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BRUSSELS, June 7, 2017/PRNewswire/ — WISE leads a panel debate at the European Development Days in Brussels The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), a prime international platform for collaboration and creative action in education, led today a panel discussion “21st Century Skills: Why Entrepreneurship Matters” during the European Development Days (EDD) 2017 organised by […]

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