Turkish News Folder, 25 September 2012

25.09.2012

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CHP MP Mustafa Balbay’s call from where the law does not exist

CHP MP and journalist Mustafa Balbay. As of September 25, 2012 he has been detained for 1290 days. So far, he spent 576 days of his detention alone in a cell. He is in detention for 472 days after he is elected as a MP.

Prison Number 1, Lower Ward F-3, Silivri/Istanbul What was experienced on Tuesday, Sept. 18 during the Ergenekon trial, provided a summary of the point to which our justice has reached. (The Ergenekon case is an alleged ultra …Continue reading →

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CHP Foreign Policy Chief Faruk Loğoğlu criticized gov’t refusal to extradite al-Hashemi and the lack of progress in the EU reform process

The government’s refusal to extradite Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who has been convicted of murder and sentenced to death in absentia by an Iraqi court, may be the last straw in bilateral relations between the countries, a main opposition … Continue reading →

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Former Turkish judge at the ECHR and current CHP deputy Rıza Türmen: Top judges should give rulings in parallel with the ECHR in order for the Constitutional Court to be recognized as an effective domestic remedy by the European court

Rıza Türmen, a former Turkish judge at the ECHR and current CHP deputy, is skeptical as to whether the Constitutional Court will be recognized as an effective domestic remedy by the ECHR, stressing that the top Turkish … Continue reading →

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CHP likens Balyoz to McCarthy trials in US

CHP spokesperson Haluk Koç says the right to a fair trial had been violated in the Balyoz case. ‘This court has made a political decision,’ he says in a press meeting. The court verdict in the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup plot … Continue reading →

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CHP Deputy Osman Korutürk: Friendship with Turkey becomes a dangerous thing

Turkey’s friendship is becoming a dangerous thing, says an opposition lawmaker as friendly relations with neighbors is turning sour. “The fire in Syria has spilled over to Turkey due to the actions of the AKP. We believe that the government’s … Continue reading →

CHP Proposal for the Resolution of the Syrian Crisis

I. THE RATIONALE Continuing to lose blood, Syria is now faced with the prospect of possible disintegration and the division of the country.  The crisis has entered a new phase with the resignation of Kofi … Continue reading →

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CHP Vice President Umut Oran: A Common Future: Turkey and the European Union

Umut Oran, CHP deputy wrote an article about Turkey’s accession to the EU for Turkish Policy Quarterly. In his article he paints a worrisome picture about Turkey’s trajectory. He refers to the “autocratic pressure” of the AKP government on the … Continue reading →

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