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Turquie : information sur le traitement que réservent la société et les autorités gouvernementales aux alévis; les mesures prises par l'État en cas de mauvais traitements (2008-mai 2012)

1 June 2012 | Publisher: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada | Document type: Query Responses

Turkey: Treatment of Alevis by society and government authorities; state response to mistreatment (2008-May 2012)

1 June 2012 | Publisher: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada | Document type: Query Responses

Turquie : information sur la violence conjugale, y compris les lois, la protection offerte par l'État et les services de soutien

28 May 2012 | Publisher: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada | Document type: Query Responses

Turkey: 1. Please provide an update on the situation of Kurds and Alevis in Turkey. 2. Is there any available information about a ceremony to unveil a statue of Seyid Riza in Dersim (Tunceli) in August 2010? 3. Is there any information about recent (since 2008) incidents involving Kurds or Alevis in Erzincan? 4. Do Kurds generally have difficulty getting passports in Turkey and is it common to be able to bypass the usual channels by paying for a passport?

13 March 2012 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Turkey: 1. Please advise whether official records of birth and marriage in Turkey are unreliable. 2. What is the current treatment of Kurdish people in Istanbul? In the rest of Turkey? Do they have state protection? 3. Please provide information (including policies) about the HADEP and the DTP. How are members treated by the Turkish government? 4. Are there reports of assaults/rapes by government officers/police against Kurdish women? 5. Information about relocation? Is a Kurdish accent recognisable throughout Turkey?

28 April 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Turkey: 1. Was being non-Muslim illegal in Turkey circa 1987? 2. Are Christians able to practice their religion in Turkey? 3. Do Christians face discrimination and harassment in employment in Turkey? 4. Are Christians targeted by authorities for organising conferences and meetings about religion? 5. Is there any information to suggest that the close relatives of former Turkish politicians can wield influence over police and the courts?

28 March 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Turkey: 1. Please provide background on the history and characteristics of the Kurdish people in Gaziantep. 2. Please provide information on the treatment of Kurds in Turkey generally, and in Kurdish Hill a suburb of Gaziantep. Are they at risk of being harassed or ill-treated because they are characterised as being terrorists? 3. Please provide information on the major political parties in Turkey and in particular whether there are "pro-Kurdish parties". 4. Are Kurdish people prevented from speaking their native language? 5. Please provide information on the HADEP and whether a member of the Youth Branch of that party is likely to be targeted for harm. 6. Please provide information on Newroz Celebrations and is there information that anyone was beaten by police at the 2000 Newroz Celebrations? 7. Please confirm whether the HADEP was banned by the Turkish Court of Constitution and DEHAP became the new party for Kurds? 8. Is there any information to suggest that a Kurd in Turkey might be terminated from employment because of their political activities? 9. Is there information to suggest the police had members of the DTP under surveillance during the general election of July 2007? 10. Is there any information that the police raid the houses of members of the DTP and that the police take such members to the anti-terror unit of police headquarters? Is there any evidence that the police torture people when they interrogate them? 11. Is there any information indicating that towards the end of January 2010, police arrested many Kurds in Gaziantep and that they were tortured and threatened with killing if they did not cease their political activities? 12. Is there information that the police try to target political activists using "fascist" groups

4 March 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Turkey: Peace and Democracy Party (BDP)

20 January 2011 | Publisher: Country of Origin Research and Information (CORI) | Document type: Query Responses

Turkey: Military, conscription, ethnic Kurds, discrimination, deployment, draft evasion

20 January 2011 | Publisher: Country of Origin Research and Information (CORI) | Document type: Query Responses

Turkey: Kurucu system (Village Guards) a) Is the system is still active and efficient, b) how many units is it based upon and how does its recruitment system work? In particular what are the selection criteria, if any; is participation on a voluntary basis or, are people also subject to coercion/duress?; how is it formalised (formal appointment, other) and c) are persons with a pro-Kurdish political profile/background trusted by the authorities as to be offered or even forced to adhere to the kurucu system?

20 January 2011 | Publisher: Country of Origin Research and Information (CORI) | Document type: Query Responses

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