April 13, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A Turkish court in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Monday acquitted a Dutch journalist accused of producing propaganda materials on behalf of a Kurdish rebel group. Freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink was charged with disseminating "terrorist propaganda" after she made a series of ...[read more]
February 22, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Iran reportedly executed Saman Naseem, a juvenile offender who was 17 years-old when sentenced to death, despite international pressure to halt the execution. According to Iran Human Rights (IHR), it is unclear if the execution occurred on Thursday or Friday, but Naseem's family was asked to ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday urged Iran to halt the execution of Saman Naseem, a man jailed as a teen and sentenced to death for "enmity against God" and "corruption on earth." Naseem was arrested in July 2011 following a battle between the Revolutionary Guard and the opposition Party ...[read more]
August 15, 2014
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law makes the historical legal case for a change in US policy on Kurdistan ... Having existed through millennia of foreign dominance and occupation, hard by the Zargos mountains, Kurds have a saying older than our country. ...[read more]
March 18, 2014
by Ann Schober
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday condemned Turkey for violating the rights of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The court found that Ocalan, imprisoned on the Turkish island of Imarli since 1999, had been subjected to "inhuman" ...[read more]
January 4, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
A Turkish court on Saturday ordered the release of three Kurdish lawmakers charged with having links to militants after ordering the release of two others on Friday. A judge in Diyarbakir ruled that the detainment of Selma Irmakand and Faysal Sariyildiz, Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party members ...[read more]
December 16, 2013
by Amy Mathieu
The Turkish court in Diyarbakir on Monday rejected bids to be released from pre-trial detention by two members of the parliament for the Kurdish Peace and Democratic Party (BDP), Gulser Yildirim and Ibrahim Ayhan. Yildirim and Ayhan have been detained since 2010 when they were each charged with ...[read more]
February 10, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to stop detaining journalists and political opponents who criticize government officials. HRW stated that the Kurdistan Security Agency and Kurdistan police had arrested journalists and publishers ...[read more]
June 29, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On June 29, 2006, the Turkish Grand National Assembly broadened the country's anti-terror laws by adopting legislation that delayed a suspect's guaranteed access to a lawyer for the first 24 hours of detention and expanded the definition of offenses classified as terrorism. The acts classified as ...[read more]
April 12, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
Iraqi authorities must end attacks on peaceful protesters, according to a Tuesday report from Amnesty International (AI). The report, "Days of Rage: Protests and Repression in Iraq", asserts that Iraqi and Kurdistan authorities have shot and killed demonstrators and have detained and tortured pol... ...[read more]

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