Category: Turkey

Genocide Commemoration in Istanbul Calls for Recognition

Genocide Commemoration in Istanbul Calls for Recognition

ISTANBUL (Washington Hatti) — A call to acknowledge Armenian Genocide was made during a commemoration of its 102nd anniversary at Taksim Square on April 24. As part of the 102nd anniversary of Armenian Genocide, a commemoration at Taksim Square was organized by 24thApril Remembrance Platform. Starting with silent protests, many people including HDP Istanbul MP Garo Paylan […]

Activist David Phillips Talks Turkey — and Armenia

Activist David Phillips Talks Turkey — and Armenia

By Aram Arkun Mirror-Spectator Staff NEW YORK – David L. Phillips has been going around the country, and, in fact, a good part of the world, speaking out against the dictatorship of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He just published a book on this issue (see last week’s Mirror-Spectator), and recently has even spoken at […]

Paylan Proposes Bill to Study Armenian Deportations

Paylan Proposes Bill to Study Armenian Deportations

ANKARA — Garo Paylan, a member of the Turkish Parliament who represents a district of Istanbul, and is in the HDP party, this week presented a bill to parliament in which he proposes that body research the results of the Temporary Deportation Law enacted on May 27, 1915. In a letter, he wrote, “Subsequent to the Temporary Deportation […]

Erdogan Offers ‘Condolences’ during Armenian Genocide Events

Erdogan Offers ‘Condolences’ during Armenian Genocide Events

By Amberin Zaman ISTANBUL (Al Monitor) — “I am firmly convinced that this is the greatest crime of the ages.” These were the words that Henry Morgenthau, American ambassador to the court of the Ottoman sultan, used to describe the mass destruction of the empire’s Armenian population in 1915. Since 2010, after decades of frenzied denial, […]

HRW Calls on Turkey to End State of Emergency in Southeast

HRW Calls on Turkey to End State of Emergency in Southeast

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Rudaw) — The recommendation by Turkey’s Council of Ministers for an extension of a state of emergency on Monday, April 17, should be reversed by its government or by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to unify the country, an international organization for human rights has contended. “After securing a narrow victory in Sunday’s referendum, […]

Turkish Referendum: The Price of Winning

Turkish Referendum: The Price of Winning

By Muriel Mirak-Weissbach Special to the Mirror-Spectator BERLIN — The “Yes” vote in the Turkish referendum may turn out to be a Pyrrhic victory for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Not only was the reported margin in favor of the constitutional changes far slimmer than Erdogan’s AKP party and pre-election polls had expected, with only 51.4 […]

Minorities, Human Rights Discussed at Dink Tribute

Minorities, Human Rights Discussed at Dink Tribute

By Alin K. Gregorian Mirror-Spectator Staff CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The third annual Hrant Dink Memorial Peace and Justice Lecture took place on April 5 on the topic of minorities and human rights in Turkey. The panel discussion, sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University, featured panelists Ayse Gul Altinay, Gerard Libaridian and Etyen Mahçupyan, […]

Author, Human-Rights Lawyer Fethiye Çetin to speak at Fresno State on ‘Echo of Silence’

Author, Human-Rights Lawyer Fethiye Çetin to speak at Fresno State on ‘Echo of Silence’

FRESNO — Author and human-rights lawyer Fethiye Çetin (Istanbul, Turkey), will speak on “Echo of Silence” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, at the Berberian Social Hall of St. Paul Armenian Church, 3767 N. First St. The lecture is being held as part of the commemorative activities associated with the 102nd Anniversary of the […]