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By David A. Korn June 1, 1996 First came the sound of shattering glass. Then the office door burst open and a dozen beefy men, several with shotguns at the ready, charged through it. As he turned from his desk to learn what was happening a command rang out: “Freeze!” He was grabbed, thrown face… Continue reading

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By Kani Xulam March 26, 1996 Hillary Rodham Clinton is on a tour of five countries for ten days. Among the places she is scheduled to visit is Turkey. While in that country, she is going to give a speech on the coexistence of secular governments and religious societies. A better topic for a speech… Continue reading

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By Bernice Rubens The dire sufferings of the Kurdish people are largely unknown in this country. In Turkey, a country not overly concerned with human rights, their plight is appalling. The war between the Turks and the Kurds is now entering its twelfth year, with over 20, 000 countable casualties. This figure does not take… Continue reading

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By Kani Xulam January 28, 1996 Just a few weeks ago, “The European”, a weekly newspaper published in London, England, had a picture with a warning on its front page. It showed a Turkish soldier holding the decapitated heads of two Kurds. The caption read: “Pictures that will shock the world.” A closer look at… Continue reading

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By Eric Avebury Parliamentary Human Rights Group Chairman This paper was presented at the Middle East Studies Association in Washington, DC December 1995 When the Ottoman Empire finally disintegrated, following the allied victory in the war of 1914-18, and the birth of Armenian and Kurdish states appeared at first to be inevitable, Ataturk’s response was… Continue reading

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By Ismet G. Imset Thursday, December 7, 1995 The Crisis A burning war: When in 1984 Turkey found itself faced with a series of armed attacks on military installations in the dominantly Kurdish-populated rural Southeast region, it immediately resolved on a traditional policy, to deal with these so- called “handful of bandits”  in style, with… Continue reading

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By Yasar Kemal   “Increase your cruelty and thereby hasten your decline.” – Anatolian proverb   Perhaps for the first time in history, a century has acquired a name before it has even begun: the 21st century will be called the “century of human rights”. In our century, we have made no progress in this… Continue reading

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By Joan Melancon July 30, 1995 [Editor’s note: This interview was broadcast on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), on July 30, 1995. Joan Melancon, a radio journalist, spoke with Mr. Gerger in his jail.  Mr. Gerger since then has been released.  He continues to write about the folly of Turkish war against the Kurds and urges… Continue reading

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