Osman Kavala

ISTANBUL (EuroNews) — A Turkish court sentenced prominent civil rights activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala to life in prison without parole on April 23. The court cleared Kavala of espionage charges but found him guilty of[...]

By Amberin Zaman A Turkish court ruled on Monday, March 21, that Osman Kavala, a renowned philanthropist and peace advocate, remain in prison in a long-running trial seen as a bellwether for Turkey’s crippled democracy. The decision has[...]

Since the beginning of the Cold War, Turkey has been the beneficiary of the East-West confrontation. The oft-used phrase that Turkey was a bulwark of democracy against Soviet expansionism is a euphemism for the actual mission that Ankara[...]

By Carlotta Gall ISTANBUL (New York Times) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey stepped back on Monday from a threat to expel 10 Western ambassadors, averting a diplomatic storm that analysts and diplomats were warning would[...]

ISTANBUL (France24) — Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday, October 19, summoned the ambassadors of France, the United States and eight other countries to protest a statement they issued that called for the release of imprisoned[...]

By Prof. Taner Akçam Basically, the whole Hagia Sophia affair can be summed up with the phrases “improper” or “a shame.” But I think that the audience whom I am addressing do not possesses the cultural delicacy to find these words[...]

By Borzou Daraghahi ISTANBUL (The Independent) — Hours after he was acquitted by a court and freed after more than two years in jail, a high-profile Turkish philanthropist was rearrested on separate charges in a case that has raised[...]

ISTANBUL (AFP) — A Turkish court on Tuesday, December 24 ignored calls to release a businessman charged with seeking to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, despite a ruling by Europe’s top rights body.[...]

STRASBOURG, France (Deutsche Welle) — The Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday, December 10, told Turkey to release philanthropist and human rights activist Osman Kavala. The 62-year-old was arrested in[...]