Justice distributes women

Kader Kadem | 03:24 | 0 Comments
And 1943 showing the date of the hearing in Ankara, with a net of this photo archive records of grades is as follows: usually in the order of the court where the sexes reversed. Judges and prosecutors are women. Clerk and usher men. "Women in Turkey in 1926 and after the law was put into practice the liberal professions, due largely leaves behind the men.

A Jewish newspaper published in Brooklyn, New York, Operation Laden following the censorship of women belong in the room had been publishing his own newspaper photograph. Then came the reason. Ahead and offend the religious feelings of the women had a strong showing in the pictures, and so I deleted the other.

Spring on the Arab people

Kader Kadem | 09:20 | 0 Comments
Spring on the Arab people
A major disagreement between observers and commentators is on the nature of the driving force of change. Is it domestic or international, meaning is it the US holding the strings? Whatever the verdict may be, everyone seems to be surprised and is unsure of the outcome.

If observed carefully, one can see similar trends of change as well as different clusters of countries that may end up with similar political structures. The most obvious are Tunisia and Egypt, which avoided bloodshed and are in transition to constitutional democracies. This does not mean that the armed forces overseeing the transition period will not remain in the equation until a pluralistic regime can mature.

There is another group, like Syria and Bahrain, with varying degrees of participation by armed forces. The fall of minority governments in these countries may have such devastating effects that they may opt to negotiate to remain in power provided that they share that power with other forces which had been kept out of the political center. If they do not, they are likely to fall as well, with much bloodshed.

ECHR: Ersin Pulatlı court decision

Kader Kadem | 07:03 | 0 Comments
Decision to deprive a serviceman of his liberty must be taken or reviewed by a competent and independent judicial body
In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Pulatlı v. Turkey (application no. 38665/07), which is not final,1 the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been:

A violation of Article 5 § 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The case concerned a disciplinary sanction depriving the applicant, a Turkish serviceman, of his liberty, without any examination of his case by a judicial body.

The Court found that the most appropriate form of redress would be for Turkey to introduce a mechanism to ensure that disciplinary sanctions involving deprivation of liberty were imposed or reviewed in proceedings before a judicial body.

The applicant, Ersin Pulatlı, is a Turkish national who was born in 1981 and lives in Diyarbakır (Turkey). At the time of the events of this case, he was a serviceman.After going absent without leave from his garrison in April 2007, he was remanded under close arrest for seven days by his immediate superior (a captain), under the Military Criminal Code.

Nickname: Gandhi Kemal

Kader Kadem | 06:59 | 0 Comments
Born in 1948 in the Nazımiye district of Tunceli, an area where the population is predominantly ethnic Kurds, Kılıçdaroğlu would never have forecast that he could one day become the chairman of the Republican People’s Party, or CHP.

Nor would his family and friends. His parents were from modest Anatolian families. His father was an ordinary state employee at the land registry office with limited income to raise their seven children.

Kemal was the only one in the family who graduated from university Kılıçdaroğlu’s family comes from a local tribe called the Kureyşan, known as a holy kin group among the Alevis. The tribe is considered to have descended from Caliph Ali and Kılıçdaroğlu does not deny this. This also brings clues about his dignified character and cool and tolerant approach to almost every issue, even in strained times.

The reflections of this culture and philosophy of Alevi belief surely can be found in Kılıçdaroğlu’s identity.Beginning his career as a certified public accountant at the Finance Ministry in 1971, Kılıçdaroğlu learned how being an honest state employee helps a worker earn promotions. He still describes himself as “a former public accountant,” in a move to emphasize the qualifications of this specific bureaucratic post.

Google Censorship in Turkey

Kader Kadem | 06:50 | 0 Comments
In October, 2010 Turkey lifted a ban on YouTube that had been in place for two years.
About 600,000 Turkish bloggers are thought to use the Google tool to publish their personal journals. The ban has been imposed because Turkey’s copyright protection laws allow for entire services to be shut down.
Google confirmed the Blogger ban in a statement and said those with worries about piracy should turn to its easy-to-use takedown systems rather than seek a wholesale shutdown. “The process for making a copyright claim for content uploaded to Blogger is straightforward and efficient, and we encourage all content owners to use it rather than seek a broad ban on access to the service,” said a spokesperson. “that way, people in Turkey can continue to enjoy Blogger whilst we respond to the specific complaint.”

Digiturk said it went to court to protect its right to broadcast Turkey’s Spor Toto Super League games on its Lig channel. Digiturk said the ban had not curbed all piracy as other sites beyond Blogger were still showing pirated streams of football matches.

The Hardest Prison in History

Kader Kadem | 06:46 | 0 Comments
Fleet Prison was a notorious London prison by the side of the Fleet River in London. The prison was built in 1197 and was in use until 1844. It was demolished in 1846.

The prison was built in 1197 off what is now Farringdon Street, on the eastern bank of the Fleet River after which it was named. It came into particular prominence from being used as a place of reception for persons committed by the Star Chamber, and, afterwards, for debtors and persons imprisoned for contempt of court by the Court of Chancery. In 1381, during the Peasants’ Revolt, it was deliberately destroyed by Wat Tyler’s men.

In 1666, during the Great Fire of London, it was burned down on the third day of the fire, the prisoners fleeing at the last moments. The then-warden of the prison, Sir Jeremy Whichcote, purchased Caron House in Lambeth after the fire to house the prison’s debtors while the prison was rebuilt on the original site at his own expense.

During the 18th century, Fleet Prison was mainly used for debtors and bankrupts. It usually contained about 300 prisoners and their families. Some inmates were forced to beg from their cells that overlooked the street, in order to pay for their keep. At that time prisons were profit-making enterprises. Prisoners had to pay for food and lodging. There were fees for turning keys or for taking irons off, and Fleet Prison had the highest fees in England.

World Trade Center and Turkish Flag

Kader Kadem | 06:42 | 0 Comments
A recent episode of famous American animated TV show “South Park” featured an image of terrorist attacks being carried out by al Qaeda aircraft bearing Turkish flags, drawing complaints from Turks for an apparent attempt to link the terrorist group and Turkey.

The plot of the episode, titled “Jersey Things,” jokingly posited that New Jersey’s inhabitants were slowly expanding and taking over a greater portion of the United States. Following a zombie-like siege of the small town of South Park, Colorado, the town’s inhabitants fight back against “the tanned, sleeveless hordes.” One of the show’s characters then decides that the solution to the Jersey “problem” is to request help from the elusive al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. After bin Laden agrees, suicide bombers crash into South Park’s Jersey population with planes that bear Turkish flags.
The “South Park” episode comes shortly after a similar but unrelated move by the Christian Action Network, a US based right wing organization, which recently produced a documentary on Sept. 11 featuring a Turkish flag flying among the debris of the World Trade Center on the film’s promotional poster. The documentary, which was filmed in response to proposals to build an Islamic center and a mosque near Ground Zero, the site where the World Trade Center had stood, is titled “Sacrificed Survivors: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Mega Mosque.

Tears in Akhtamar Surp Cross Church..

Kader Kadem | 06:38 | 0 Comments
The ceremony made on 19th September for the first time after 95 years in Surp Cross Church in Akhtamar Island was made without a Cross.

Turkish goverment which gave permit for making a ceremony for once in the historical cathedral does not deem the cathedral as a worship place. It wants to show itself to the West as a country which has religious tolerance, to accelerate the acceptance process for European Union and to attract more tourists to the location, by using the cathedral as a tool for its political and economical objectives.
On one side, Turkish government smiles at the outer world and on the other side it makes inquiries for the purpose of determining whether there are families in Van who offer Armenian pilgrims to host them at their home and continues to launch formal investigations about those families it has detected.
And beyond everything, Ankara likes to see Armenians in conflict with eachother.
I don’t want to enter into details of that matter, but I want to share an approach bearing the Armenian spirit.

Human rights violations in Turkey

Kader Kadem | 06:32 | 0 Comments
In an annual report released on Thursday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), the top judicial body to rule on human rights violations in Europe, found that Turkey is by far the worst violator of human rights among the 47 signatory states of the European Convention on Human Rights.

In statistical data on violation judgments by country for the period between 1959 and 2009, Turkey topped the chart with 18.81 percent of all violation judgments, followed by Italy with 16.57 percent and Russia 6.34 percent. Within this timeframe, 2,295 judgments were entered for Turkey and only in 46 cases did the court find no violations.

The most common human rights violation committed by Turkey was the denial of the right to a fair trial. Italy scored second with 2,021 judgments against it. In 2009 alone, Turkey again topped the list in terms of violations of articles of the European Convention on Human Rights. In a tally of the number of judgments entered for Turkey, 356 cases out of a total of 1,625 put the country in the worst violator class. In only nine cases out of the 356 did the court find there was no violation, while stating that at least one violation occurred in the rest of the cases. Russia followed Turkey in 2009 with 210 judgments against it.

Swedish parliament approved Armenia genocide

Kader Kadem | 05:45 | 0 Comments
Armenian allegations was approved with 131 votes against 130. Foreign Relations Commission of the Swedish Parliament discussed the resolution on March 2.Parliamentarians from the leftist Social Democrat Party, Left Party and Environment Party, who were in favor of the resolution, said the incidents that had occurred in the last years of the Ottoman Empire in 1915 were genocide defending that Turkey had to face its history and admit it.

Some parliamentarians of the rightist parties opposed the resolution saying Swedish Parliament was not an international court.
Mehmet Kaplan, Turkish parliamentarian of the Environment Party, said the resolution could obstruct the recent developments in Turkey and called on the parliamentarians to vote against the resolution.
A US House of Representatives committee approved last week a nonbinding measure condemning killings that took place nearly 100 years ago, in the last days of the Ottoman Empire.
Turkey was infuriated and recalled its ambassador after the announcement.
Swedish television programme Aktuellt reported that the Turkish ambassador in Stockholm would be recalled to Ankara.

Israel has blocked the convoy

Kader Kadem | 05:40 | 0 Comments
An estimated 19 dead, dozens injured, on the pro Palestinian flotilla lead boat, the Turkish Marmara with 600 activists aboard, intercepted by Israel naval commandos 80 miles out at sea, Monday, May 31. Israel reports the clash was triggered by passengers shooting with a weapon snatched from a soldier and wielding knives and iron bars. Ten troops were injured, two critically. All casualties have been ferried by helicopter to Israel hospitals. Nationwide alert for disturbances declared in Israel and around its borders.
Turkey, which sponsored the flotilla to break Israel's blockade of Gaza and deliver aid to the Hamas-ruled territory, now threatens incalculable consequences for Israel's attack. The Turkish chief of staff was recalled urgently to Ankara from his visit to Egypt.

Reclusive Turkish Imam Criticizes Gaza Flotilla

Kader Kadem | 05:36 | 0 Comments
Imam Fethullah Gülen, a controversial and reclusive U.S. resident who is considered Turkey's most influential religious leader, criticized a Turkish led flotilla for trying to deliver aid without Israel's consent.

Speaking in his first interview with a U.S. news organization, Mr. Gülen spoke of watching news coverage of Monday's deadly confrontation between Israeli commandos and Turkish aid group members as its flotilla approached Israel's sea blockade of Gaza. "What I saw was not pretty," he said. "It was ugly."
Mr. Gülen said organizers' failure to seek accord with Israel before attempting to deliver aid "is a sign of defying authority, and will not lead to fruitful matters."

Turkish jets raid northern Iraq

Kader Kadem | 05:32 | 0 Comments
Terrorists attacked a military outpost near the Iraqi border early on Saturday, sparking clashes in which at least eight soldiers and 12 terrorists were killed, Turkey's military said. Fourteen other soldiers were wounded in the fighting.
The military immediately sent special forces as reinforcements to the area while helicopter gunships and artillery fire targeted terror positions, the military said in a statement.
Separately, Turkish warplanes attacked terrorist hideouts across the border in northern Iraq, it said.

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorists have dramatically stepped up attacks in Turkey in recent months, threatening a government attempt to end one of the world's longest conflict. Six soldiers were killed and seven others wounded last month in a rocket attack on a vehicle near a naval base in southern Turkey.

Armenian, American lawyers sue Turkey

Kader Kadem | 05:28 | 0 Comments
Lawyers were seeking class-action status for the suit, a process that attorney Brian Kabatek said could take as long as three yearsThe suit alleges breach of statutory trust, unjust enrichment, human rights violations and violations of international law.
Armenian-American lawyers filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the Turkish government and two banks seeking compensation for the heirs of Armenians whose property was allegedly seized nearly a century ago as they were driven from the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

Lawyers were seeking class-action status for the suit, a process that attorney Brian Kabatek said could take as long as three years. “We are rolling up our sleeves and are going forward,”he said.

The suit was filed on behalf of plaintiffs Garbis Davouyan of Los Angeles and Hrayr Turabian of Queens, New York. It alleges breach of statutory trust, unjust enrichment, human rights violations and violations of international law.
It seeks compensation for land, buildings and businesses allegedly seized from Armenians along with bank deposits and property, including priceless religious and other artifacts, some of which are now housed in museums in Turkey.

Attorney Mark Geragos said it was the first such lawsuit directly naming the government of the Republic of Turkey as a defendant. “All of the lawyers involved have relatives who perished or fled the Armenian genocide, which gives it a special poignancy for us,” he said.

The lawsuit claims more than a million Armenians were killed in forced marches, concentration camps and massacres “perpetrated, assisted and condoned” by Turkish officials and armed forces.

The U.S. government does not recognize the mass killings of Armenians during World War I as genocide.

Also named in the lawsuit were the Central Bank of Turkey and T.C., Ziraat Bankasi, the largest and oldest Turkish bank with origins dating back to the 1860s.

The lawsuit claims the government of Turkey agreed to administer the property, collect rents and sale proceeds from the seized assets and deposit the receipts in trust accounts until the property could be restored to owners.

Instead, the government has “withheld the property and any income derived from such property,” the lawsuit said.

A message left with the Turkish Consul General's office in Los Angeles was not immediately returned. After-hours e-mails seeking comment from both banks were not immediately returned.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs believe records of the properties and profits still exist, and they are seeking an accounting that could reach billions of dollars.

Geragos said the biggest issue in Armenian communities is seeking recognition for the ethnic bloodshed that allegedly claimed the lives of as many as 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1919.

In 2000, the California Legislature recognized the deaths as genocide when it allowed heirs to seek payment on life insurance policies of dead relatives.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals later invalidated the law. Geragos has appealed that ruling.

Still, the heirs were paid nearly $40 million by New York Life Insurance Co. and French insurer AXA.

Interlaken next year on the reform

Kader Kadem | 05:17 | 0 Comments
The upcoming conference in Interlaken next year on the reform of the supervision of the ECHR is already yielding a range of preparatory documents. The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe has published a memorandum in which he gives his views. He points amongst others to the need to strengthen national supervision of human rights and specifically national monitoring by e.g. national human rights institutions. Not surprisingly the Commissioner also calls for more staff for his own office in order to make his own contribution to the ECHR supervisory system. In the past few years, the budget of the Council of Europe's institutions (apart from the Court) has indeed stagnated. Now that both attention and emphasis are being put more heavily on implementation of the Court's judgments, the enabling environment - as I would call it - of the Convention indeed needs reinforcement.
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