A Plea to the World from a Turkish Citizen

Friends of Syria


Now , I am writing this email and I am not quite sure if we will have internet connection in Turkey tomorrow. Every morning I wake up feeling sick . My stomach hurts when I watch the news. I feel like living in a fantastic horror movie. 

Erdoğan government has long been violating our basic human rights. He has created a police-state, controlled the media, violated our reproductive rights… He imprisoned opposing voices and kept behind bars without a proper trial. He threatens, punishes and silences every opposing voice. Our right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion is violated through religious fascism.

Even, Central Council of Turkish Medical Association felt the need to publish a press release on his mental state. (http://www.ttb.org.tr/index.php/Haberler/basbakan-4447.html )

Now, he is almost about to declare a war to Syria just to create conflict and benefit the unrest. You should all know that “Turkey…

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Organ Trafficking adds up to Syrians’ Misery, Children Common Victims

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Syrian people, suffering a harsh living condition under the massive foreign-charged war in their country, marked with extremism, severe shortage of basic needs, rights abuses and insecurity, are now dealing with organ traffickers who are slicing off their own share from the unfortunate Syrian families.

Syrian children are seen at a make-shift refugee camp some kilometers away from the Syria-Turkey border on April 23, 2013. Syrian children are seen at a make-shift refugee camp some kilometers away from the Syria-Turkey border on April 23, 2013.

Head of the forensic pathology department of the Damascus University, Hossain Noufel, told the Syrian al-Watan daily that, more than 18 thousand organ trafficking cases have been recorded in northern side of the country where extremist militant groups have been more active.

Most of the victims are children, he said.

Noufel said the same problem exists in the refugee camps inside Turkey, adding that more than 100,000 Syrian children are endangered by the same threat.

He said the camps are not properly supervised by the…

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The Euro-Mid: Israeli army increases detentions of Palestinian children by 80%


A report issued on March 17th  by the Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights points out that  the Israeli forces have detained 740 Palestinian children during the first two months of 2014, 465 of them remained in custody for at least one week.


The Euro-Mid Observer, an independent human rights organization based in Geneva, states that approximately 200 Palestinian minors were detained monthly on average by the Israeli forces during 2013, and 197 on average during 2012, according to data published by Defense for Children International (DCI) and Israel Prison Service.

The first month of 2014 witnessed the detention of 350 Palestinian children; some of them were released within hours of their capture, while 220 others were held for one week or more. However, in February 2014, 390 children were arrested,  of whom 245 were kept under custody up to one week or more. This indicates an increase in the number of detained Palestinian children by 80% during the first two months of  2014 in comparison with monthly average of detentions during 2013.

Euro-Mid’s report  notes that after following up the cases of the detained Palestinian children, it was apparent that most charges held against them were linked to throwing stones at Israeli patrols roaming around in Palestinian cities, or taking part in a peaceful demonstration condemning Israel’s separation wall, or for shouting slogans, writings statements or paintings glorifying Palestine and rejecting the occupation.  Such acts, the report confirms, are not deemed as crimes in international law and do not require the detention of a child as punishment.

According to the Israeli Military Order 1651, Palestinian child prisoners may be sentenced in military courts from the age of twelve, which violates both international and Israeli juvenile law.

The Israeli Military Order 1651 establishes a minimum age of criminal responsibility at 12 years, and sets out the maximum penalties that can be imposed on children in various age categories for a number of listed offences. The most common offence that children are charged with in the military courts is for stone throwing.

Euro-Mid draws  the attention to the fact that most cases of detention against Palestinian child  prisoners are carried out after midnight, and are accompanied by repressive police actions frightening children and their families without  acute or security necessity. Moreover, the children’s  parents are not allowed to accompany their  children and are not told where they are taken to. Most children, meanwhile, are denied from their right to immediate legal assistance  as Israeli authorities often starts investigations right after the detention of the child without  the presence of a lawyer. No child should be interrogated in the absence of a lawyer of choice and family member. Additionally, the majority of those children are faced by solitary confinement, a practice with severe negative psychological impacts on the children.

A number of children told Euro-Mid following their release that during their interrogation by the Israeli forces, they were subjected to psychological pressure, scolding,  deprivation of sleep, denial of access to toilets, and beating; different forms of torture and “harm, abuse, and violence” prohibited under the provisions of article (19/1) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The report stressed that such escalation in detentions against Palestinian children without any legal basis is at odds with article 37  of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that : (a) No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; (b) No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time”.

” The report, more importantly, made clear that the detention of Palestinian children mounts to “a stark violation of their right to their freedom of expression.”

Mira Bushara, a researcher at Euro-Mid’s legal department, said “Israel is totally indifferent to the Convention on the Rights of the Child when it comes to Palestinian children” pointing at the incident of Wadea Muswada, a 5 years old Palestinian child from Hebron detained in June 2013 on the charge of “throwing stones”.

Bushara said incidents documented in the film “Children in Chains” by British director Jonathan Pullman, “shows us that what Israel is practicing against the rights of Palestinian children represents a methodology that applies to all Palestinian cities and are not mere individual incidents that happen here and there, especially when nearly 190 Palestinian children under the age of 8 are held in Israeli prisons until this moment”.


Obama Backed Opposition Behead Christian.

A new footage posted on the Internet shows the notorious terrorist group of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) behead a Christian youth with a sword for deserting prayers.

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Before carrying out the execution, one of the terrorists accuses the victim of drinking and quitting prayers, threatening others of the same fate.

Syria is now the world’s foremost terrorist training ground, with as many as 10,000 foreigners fighting to overthrow the Syrian government, US intelligence sources say.


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