Soma mine disaster survivors face 6 years imprisonment for damage to property

Orhun Hakan Yalincak Blog/Reblog

Original story found here.

Nine of the miners who managed to survive Turkey’s largest ever mining disaster in which 301 people lost their lives in the western district of Soma last year now face the prospect of six years imprisonment each on charges of damaging property and violating a law on staging demonstrations.

A case has been filed against the nine workers at the Soma 2nd Penal Court of First Instance over an indictment filed by the Soma Prosecutor’s Office. The indictment said miners E.A., O.E., T.C., E.M., S.K., C.B., H.G., S.Y., A.M. and N.A. staged a march on June 17, 2014 because they could not take the bodies of their colleagues from the disaster site and closed the Soma Beşyol junction to traffic, prevented passage of a vehicle and caused material damage. The miners are facing charges of violating the Law on Public Meetings and Demonstration and causing material damage during the demonstration.

On May 13, 2014, Turkey was shocked by news of an explosion and fire at a coal mine in Soma, a district in the western province of Manisa. The fire rapidly depleted the oxygen in the mine shaft, causing 301 trapped workers to die of carbon monoxide poisoning. A total of 162 other people were injured in the blast.

The BirGün daily previously reported that a miner who was kicked by then-prime minister and current Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s aide Yusuf Yerkel in Soma following the Soma disaster also faces a prison term of up to six years for damaging Erdoğan’s convoy’s official car.

The Akhisar Public Prosecutor Adem Aktaş launched a case against Erdal Kocabıyık over the damage to the car, which is one used by Erdoğan’s bodyguards and which carries the license plate 06 ZDB 91. In the indictment that he prepared, Aktaş stated that the injured party was the Prime Ministry of the Turkish Republic, and said the damage sustained by the car amounted to TL 543.44. The prosecutor is seeking a prison sentence of between one and six years for damaging public property, as per the Turkish Penal Code (TCK).

Troubled Turkish lira continues to tumble, hits 2.60

The Turkish Lira continued to drop to record lows on Thursday, falling to 2.60 against the ever-strengthening US dollar amid a period of intense pressure applied by the government upon the central bank.

Troubled Turkish Lira Continues To Tumble, Hits 2.60

Reporting by Today’s Zaman, one of the few non-Government Turkish newspapers. For a background story about what happened at Today’s Zaman a few months ago, see here: What the Zaman Raid Means for Turkey’s Media

*Due to certain media restrictions and other freedom of expression issues in Turkey I wish to add: the thoughts and opinions expressed in these Articles are solely those of the original authors/publishers.  My re-blogging/sharing of these Articles does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of the views or opinions contained in the Articles. You should make up your own mind. Further, I do not own the copyright and have therefore only posted the links above.

Men support women’s rights in Turkey… by wearing miniskirts

Updated 1507 GMT (2307 HKT) February 23, 2015

This is a very recent article (Feb. 23, 2015) written by Monica Sarkar. The original can be found here: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/22/europe/turkey-men-miniskirts/

Turkish men wearing skirts demonstrate in Istanbul to support women's rights in memory of 20-year-old murdered woman Ozgecan Aslan on February 21, 2015.

Woman in Turkey: I urgently need 7,000 Turkish Liras by BELGİN AKALTAN

Woman cleaning house, orhun hakan yalincak

I urgently need 7,000 Turkish Liras

This was an article by Belgin Akaltan and it appeared in a Turkish newspaper called Hurriyet. Over the past several years divorce has become increasingly difficult for woman in Turkey. In some parts of Turkey (not all), viewing woman as chattels is considered the norm. Despite all the purported progress towards EU membership and equality (including positive discrimination legislation), the cultural norms have not changed much and don’t seem to be getting better. The original Article can be found at this link and is re-blogged/shared below:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/i-urgently-need-7000-turkish-liras.aspx?pageID=238&nID=70154&NewsCatID=469

*Due to certain media restrictions and other freedom of expression issues in Turkey I wish to add: the thoughts and opinions expressed in this Article are solely those of the author (Belgin Akaltan). My re-blogging/sharing of this Article by Belgin Akaltan (and published in Hurriyet) does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of the views or opinions contained in the Article/Letter. You should make up your own mind. Further, I do not own the copyright and have therefore only posted the link above.

Turkey’s coming police state Turkey’s new security bill curbs freedom of expression and legalises suppression of dissent.

Orhun Hakan Yalincak

Turkey’s coming police state: Turkey’s new security bill curbs freedom of expression and legalises suppression of dissent.

This is an Article by David Lepeska, a freelance writer based in Istanbul, Turkey and appeared on Aljazeera. The link to the Article can be found here and is worth a read:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/02/turkey-coming-police-state-150225121446232.html

*Thoughts and opinions expressed are solely those of the author (David Lepeska). I do not own the copyright. The original can be accessed at the link above.

**My re-blogging/sharing of this Article does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of the views or opinions of Mr. Lepeska or Aljazeera.

Court of Appeal strikes down state immunity rules that prevent embassy employees seeking justice – Diarmuid Laffan

UK Human Rights Blog

SudanBenkharbouche & Anor v Embassy of the Republic of Sudan [2015] EWCA Civ 33, 5th February 2015 – read judgment

This judgment concerned the conjoined appeals of Ms. Benkharbouche and Ms. Janah which arose from employment law claims brought against, respectively, the Sudanese and Libyan embassies. Certain of their claims, such as those for unfair dismissal, were founded on domestic law. Others, such as those under the Working Time Regulations 1998, fell within the scope of EU law. All were met with pleas of state immunity under the State Immunity Act 1978.

The Court of Appeal’s judgment provides a neat illustration of the relative remedial potency, on the one hand of human rights claims based on the European Convention on Human Rights by way of the Human Rights Act 1998, and on the other, those based on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights via the doctrine of ‘horizontal direct…

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Concerns Over the Arrest, Detention and Trials Against Lawyers in Turkey

Original By European Lawyers Promoting Law & Justice (Les Avocats Europeens Pour Le Droit & La Justice) on behalf of Council of Bars & Law Societies of Europe

Found Here:

http://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/user_upload/NTCdocument/HR_Letter_Turkey__Pr1_1423564098.pdf

*Due to certain media restrictions and other freedom of expression issues in Turkey I wish to add: the thoughts and opinions expressed in the letter are solely those of the author (European Lawyers Promoting Law & Justice). My re-blogging/sharing of this Article/Letter does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of the views or opinions contained in the Article/Letter.

The Debate about having a debate about a business and human rights treaty

Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

By Joanna Kyriakakis

The current debate about the desirability of renewing discussions on a UN Business and Human Rights treaty frustrates me a little. There. I said it. I am not referring to conversations about what the substance of any treaty might look like, which will in due course be necessary. Rather, it is opposition to the renewal of treaty efforts at all that I am struggling with. I say this well aware of the political history in this area and, in particular, that the last proposed treaty, the Draft Norms for Transnational Corporations, inspired polarised views.

To provide some background. Following recommendations of the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights (SRSG), the UN adopted the Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework (2008) and Guiding Principles (2011) to guide international action on business and human rights. According to this approach, states will commit more strongly to remedying the…

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