Category Archives: Europe And Central Asia

Turkey Twitter trial

By Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International Turkey researcher On Monday 21 April, I will be in a courtroom in Izmir, observing the second hearing in the ‘Twitter case’ against 29 men and women who are being accused of ‘inciting the public … Continue reading

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Beloved ashes – remembering a tireless human rights defender

A small homage to a human rights defender, a close colleague, a tireless example of dignity, someone who never gave up. In memory of Giulia Tamayo; may she rest in peace. By Ángel Gonzalo, press officer at Amnesty International Spain. … Continue reading

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The power of insistence

Political prisoner Albin Kurti represented himself in court using Amnesty’s Fair Trial Manual – and was released. To mark our publication today of the new, updated manual, he told us his story. Activists, lawyers, judges, trial observers and the UN … Continue reading

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We really need to talk: the EU-Africa summit and human rights

By Nicolas Beger, Director of Amnesty International’s European Institutions Office In every true partnership, there is always some point where there is no other option than straight talk. This week’s EU-Africa summit is one of those moments. Whilst the issue … Continue reading

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Twitter is still blocked in Turkey, and battle lines over internet freedom are being drawn

By Andrew Gardner, Amnesty’s Turkey Researcher. The Twitter shutdown started at about 11pm on Thursday night. My telephone started to ring: had I heard that Twitter was blocked? There was confusion about who could access Twitter, who couldn’t, and why. … Continue reading

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