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Time for justice : ending impunity for killings and disappearances in 1990s...

Author, etc.: Human Rights Watch (Organization)
Title: Time for justice : ending impunity for killings and disappearances in 1990s Turkey / Human Rights Watch.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Human Rights Watch,
Date: c2012.
Description: [3], 65 p. ; 27 cm.
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Notes: "September 2012"--P. [3] (1st group).
"The report was written by Emma Sinclair-Webb"--P. 65.
Includes bibliographical references.
Spine title: Turkey, time for justice
Contents: Summary -- Key Recommendations -- Methodology -- I. Building Momentum for Justice -- Early Efforts at Accountability -- The Ergenekon Case -- Growing Openness to Accountability? -- Parliamentary Support -- Pressure for Accountability from Relatives of the Dead and Missing -- II. The Temizöz Trial -- A Climate of Fear -- III. Obstacles to Justice : Lessons from the Temizöz Trial -- Limited Scope of Investigation -- Non-application of Witness Protection -- Witnesses Retracting their Statements -- Attempts to Direct and Intimidate Witnesses -- Threats to Lawyers -- Length of Proceedings -- A Social Obstacle to Justice : the Village Guard System -- IV. Statute of Limitations : Limiting Wider Accountability? -- V. Thousands More Cases to Investigate -- VI. Recommendations -- To the government of Turkey -- To the European Union and its member states, and the United States government -- To the Council of Europe -- Acknowledgements.
Summary: "Turkey’s modern history has been marked by impunity for serious human rights abuses with the authorities systematically failing to hold to account members of the security forces and other public officials for violations, including thousands of killings and enforced disappearances they carried out during the armed conflict between the Turkish military and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the 1990s. Time for Justice examines the tentative moves in Turkey over the past four years towards bringing to justice members of the security forces and public officials. Focusing on the trial of a gendarmerie officer and six others for 20 killings and disappearances in the southeast city of Cizre in Şırnak province between 1993 and 1995, the report identifies some of the obstacles to wider and more effective investigation and prosecution of past abuses, including: intimidation of witnesses; a continuing climate of fear; lack of effective chain of command investigations; and time limitations on prosecutions. The report also examines the social impact of the government’s village guard system and its role in inhibiting accountability. Calling for bold steps to investigate thousands of other cases, Time for Justice recommends that: the time bar on the prosecution of serious human rights abuses should be removed; courts and prosecutors should take steps to investigate chain of command responsibility and provide better witness protection and a victim-centered approach to justice; Turkey’s parliament should set up an independent truth commission to examine past abuses; and that the government should dismantle the village guard system operating in provinces of southeast Turkey"--P. [4] of cover.
Library of Congress subject headings: Temizöz, Cemal --Trials, litigation, etc.
Partiya Karkerên Kurdistanê.
Human rights --Turkey.
Criminal justice, Administration of --Turkey.
Trials (Murder) --Turkey.
Extrajudicial executions --Turkey.
Limitation of actions --Turkey.
Impunity --Turkey.
Other authors, titles, etc.: Sinclair-Webb, Emma.
ISBN: 9781564329349
1564329348 (pbk.)

Location: Law Library: N,ETU (Rubloff 3rd floor)
Call number: N,ETU JC 599 .T87H875 2012
Status: Not checked out
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