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Turkey: Ahmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak still in jail as retrial commences on new bogus terrorism charges

first_img TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeImprisonedWomenJudicial harassment On 8 October, the retrial of journalists, writers and media workers Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak, Yakup Şimşek, Fevzi Yazıcı and Şükrü Tuğrul Özşengül on terrorism charges began at the High Penal Court No. 26 in Istanbul. The retrial on these charges was ordered by the Supreme Court of Appeals in July 2019. ARTICLE 19 and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) observed the opening hearing of the retrial. The court issued an interim decision ordering the continued detention of all defendants apart from Mehmet Altan, who had previously been released following decisions by the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights that his rights had been violated. The cases of Ahmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak have been prioritised by the European Court of Human Rights, but are still pending. The undersigned organisations call for all defendants to be released, for the trial to be halted and all charges dropped given the lack of credible evidence presented in the indictment or referred to in the Supreme Court of Appeals decision.No prima facie caseIn July 2019, the Supreme Court of Appeals quashed the defendants’ convictions for ‘attempting to overthrow the constitutional order through violence and force’. The decision stated there could be no causal link established between the evidence presented and the crime, an argument also made by ARTICLE 19 in an expert opinion presented to the trial court. The Supreme Court of Appeals did not issue any new charges against Mehmet Altan but held that Ahmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak should be charged with ‘aiding a terrorist organisation’ and the other defendants, Yakup Şimşek, Fevzi Yazıcı, Şükrü Tuğrul Özşengül should be charged with ‘membership of a terrorist organisation’. The undersigned organisations believe that these new terrorism charges violate the defendants’ right to freedom of expression and that the evidence which has been relied upon to pursue them is as unrelated to terrorism as it was to the sedition charges. We are concerned that the retrial forms yet another phase of the systematic judicial harassment of journalists in Turkey.Concerns of bias at the trialConcerns about the appearance of bias were raised by defence lawyers during the hearing. The panel of judges was the same as those who had refused to implement the earlier judgment of the Constitutional Court: that Mehmet Altan’s rights had been violated due to his pre-trial detention. The defence lawyers for Mehmet Altan have also been filing motions with the Council of Judges and Prosecutors for the removal of the panel of judges on the grounds that they were not impartial during the previous trial. ARTICLE 19 and RSF monitored all hearings in that trial and believe the case to have been politically-motivated and that the defendants’ rights to a fair trial were violated before and during proceedings.Inconsistent Judgments at the Constitutional CourtIn January 2018, the Constitutional Court ruled that there had been a violation of the right to liberty and security, and the right to freedom of expression in the case of Mehmet Altan, but in July 2019 the court ruled that there had been no violation of these rights in the case of Ahmet Altan. While the evidence presented against Ahmet and Mehmet Altan is not strictly identical, it is hard to see how the evidence presented against Ahmet Altan, which consists mainly of his articles and speeches, could justify any criminal charges let alone terrorism-related charges. Indeed, five Constitutional Court judges dissented on the case of Ahmet Altan, including the presiding judge. While the European Court of Human Rights has considered the Constitutional Court capable of being an effective remedy to human rights violations, we believe that in this case the Constitutional Court has not provided an effective remedy due to the inconsistency of decision making. We are also concerned about the lack of implementation of its decision regarding Mehmet Altan by the trial court. Impact of European Court of Human Rights’ ruling on the trial The European Court of Human Rights issued a decision in Mehmet Altan’s case in March 2018. The Court found that the applicant’s rights to liberty and security and to freedom of expression had been violated. In so doing, it endorsed the decision of the Constitutional Court that Mehmet Altan’s pre-trial detention had been unjustified.This decision has had a clear impact on the outcome of the trial of Mehmet Altan: the Supreme Court of Appeals referred to the rulings of both the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights in support of its decision to quash Mehmet Altan’s conviction on charges of ‘attempting to overthrow the constitutional order through violence and force’.The European Court has yet to rule on the applications of Ahmet Altan and other journalists and members of civil society, such as Osman Kavala, who has been in pre-trial detention for over 700 days detained on politically motivated charges. We believe that a ruling from the European Court could have a decisive impact on the current criminal proceedings against them.Head of Europe and Central Asia at ARTICLE 19, Sarah Clarke said:“We are increasingly seeing disturbingly inconsistent decisions issued by the Constitutional Court, raising the spectre of political interference. At the same time, the rights of Ahmet Altan and others continue to be flagrantly violated.We believe the role of the ECtHR in identifying rights violations in these cases is critical and we hope to see the court review these cases as a matter of urgency, especially in light of the dissenting opinions at the Constitutional level in the case of Ahmet Altan.”We, the undersigned organisations call on the Turkish authorities to release, halt the trial and drop these baseless charges against the defendants immediately.ARTICLE 19Amnesty InternationalArticulo 21Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI)Civic Space Studies AssociationDanish PENEuropean Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)English PENFreedom HouseGerman PENGlobal Editors Network (GEN)Human Rights WatchInternational Federation of Journalists (IFJ)International Press Institute (IPI)Norwegian PENOsservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT)P24 (Platform for Independent Journalism)PEN AmericaPEN InternationalReporters Without Borders (RSF)South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)Swedish PENBackground on the case News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeImprisonedWomenJudicial harassment News Receive email alerts Related documents altans_case_background.pdfPDF – 122.42 KB RSF_en April 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Turkey Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summitcenter_img October 18, 2019 Turkey: Ahmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak still in jail as retrial commences on new bogus terrorism charges April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News Help by sharing this information From letf to right: Mehmet Altan, Ahmet Altan, and Nazlı Ilıcak Newslast_img read more

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Sierra Madre Provisional Ballots to be Counted Tuesday

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy The provisional ballots and vote by mail ballots deposited at the polling places during the April 12, 2016 election will be counted in the City Hall Council Chambers, 232 West Sierra Madre Boulevard, on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 10:00am.The uncertified election results tallied on Tuesday, April 12th are as follows:For City Council (2 seats):Capoccia – 1683Harabedian – 1524Write-in, Gold – 362For City Treasurer:Amerio – 1935For City Clerk:Carrillo – 1925Measure UUT:Yes – 1921No – 737The City Council is scheduled to certify the election on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News More Cool Stuff 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News center_img Subscribe Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBet You Didn’t Need Another Reason To Stay Coupled Up This SeasonHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Government Sierra Madre Provisional Ballots to be Counted Tuesday Published on Thursday, April 14, 2016 | 2:45 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Crz Yoga Joggers Are a Huge Hit With Amazon Shoppers

first_imgGet the CRZ YOGA Women’s Lightweight Joggers Pants with Pockets for just $28, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 11, 2020, but are subject to change.Before we forget, there’s one thing we need to flag: Numerous shoppers have reported that it’s crucial to consult the size guide while purchasing these lounge pants. Scoring an optimal fit isn’t easy, so do your research before you smash that “add to cart” button. In the end, it will all be worth it — not only are you going to stoked you scored these joggers, you will likely end up scooping up more pairs! In fact, they come in so many colors, you can wear a different shade every day for two weeks. Major!See it: Get the CRZ YOGA Women’s Lightweight Joggers Pants with Pockets for just $28, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 11, 2020, but are subject to change.Not what you’re looking for? Check out more styles from CRZ YOGA and shop all of the exercise and fitness gear available at Amazon! Don’t forget to check out all of Amazon’s Daily Deals here!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at [email protected] Happy shopping! So, we set out on a mission to find some new lounge pants that are just as plush and covetable as our current stash. Many options tend to look the same, especially in the joggers department. That’s why we like to see what shoppers have to say — and according to one proud owner, we should all be buying multiple pairs of these CRZ YOGA joggers!CRZ YOGA Women's Lightweight Joggers Pants with PocketsAmazonCRZ YOGA Women’s Lightweight Joggers Pants with Pockets See it!- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Get the CRZ YOGA Women’s Lightweight Joggers Pants with Pockets for just $28, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 11, 2020, but are subject to change.What exactly makes these joggers so special? For starters, reviewers are raving about the material they’re made from and their flattering fit. After one glance, it’s immediately apparent that these are lightweight and look far more expensive than their current cost. Many top products from CRZ YOGA have been compared to Lululemon in the past, and it looks like these joggers fall into the same category of quality.CRZ YOGA Women's Lightweight Joggers Pants with PocketsCRZ YOGA Women’s Lightweight Joggers Pants with Pockets AmazonSee it!- Advertisement – Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.After a brief respite during the summer season, we’re back to staying in more often. Of course, the best part about that is there’s less dressing up and increased time spent chilling in our most comfortable clothing. We’re rocking sweats 24/7 right now — and we’re honestly starting to wear them out!- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Eid Mubarak! Celebrating Islam’s Traditions at the Governor’s Residence

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 16, 2016 Governor’s Residence,  The Blog Muslims around the world yesterday marked the end of the Eid Al-Adha holiday or the “Feast of Sacrifice.” Considered Islam’s most sacred holiday, Eid al-Adha takes place each year on the 10th and final day of the Hajj, the celebration of the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, in the 12th month of the Islamic lunar calendar.As the sole Muslim member of the current Pennsylvania General Assembly, this year’s holiday was particularly special to me as I was honored to join Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf for the first-ever celebration of the Eid holiday at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence. We gathered with nearly two dozen members of the Muslim community across the Commonwealth to break bread together and discuss issues impacting Muslims in Pennsylvania and across the country. Honoring an ancient Eid tradition, the food that was shared during our gathering was divided into three parts – one third we consumed together, one third was shared with friends and family, and one third was given to those in need at Downtown Daily Bread in Harrisburg.Governor Wolf has long been a friend to the Muslim community in Pennsylvania and I know that his invitation to bring this tradition to the Governor’s Residence was inspired by his genuine desire to build partnerships and to be inclusive of all residents of the Commonwealth. It is my hope that we will all follow the Governor’s lead to welcome and learn from Pennsylvanians of all background and traditions.Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating this week! By: Jason Dawkins, State Representative Eid Mubarak! Celebrating Islam’s Traditions at the Governor’s Residence Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf   SHARE  TWEETlast_img read more

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Open Championship to return to Royal Portrush

first_imgThe Antrim venue last held a big tournament in 2012 when it hosted the Irish Open while the Open Championship was last held their in 1951.Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke says the return of the Championship is a “proud” moment.Clarke says it has a huge amount of significance.last_img

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Miami-Dade Goodwill Ambassadors deploy to South Beach for Memorial Day weekend…

first_imgGoodwill Ambassador Project Manager Yvans Morisseau and the City of Miami Beach Police Department briefed on logistics about 300 Miami-Dade County Goodwill Ambassadors to work in South Beach this Memorial Day weekend. The goodwill ambassadors will be wearing identifiable lime green shirts and the team leaders royal blue shirts. The volunteers will assist County residents and visitors until Monday, May 28. The Goodwill Ambassador Program under the Office of Community Advocacy is made up of volunteer county employees who work as ambassadors during large events, demonstrations, rallies, and elections. Morisseau makes sure more the volunteers receive annual training covering crowd control, customer service, mediation, conflict resolution, and crisis management; there is also specific briefing before deployments. The volunteers for this event are serving at the request of the County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.The Office of Community Advocacy is charged with making Miami-Dade County “One Community” that embraces our diverse and unique population. Follow us on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @AdvocacyMDC and follow the Goodwill [email protected]last_img read more

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