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Info Collectif VAN –
Publié le : 12-07-2007

Le Collectif VAN vous propose de signer cette pétition de protestation
contre l’Article 301.

Dear Armenian brothers and sisters

Arat Dink, Serkis Seropyan, Karin Karakashli, Aydin Engin, all
members of the staff of "Agos" weekly in Istanbul, and Erdal Dogal,
the Dink family lawyer, are charged with "denigrating Turkishness"
under Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code. Some of them may face
three years of jail time if convicted. The pretext is the publication
of an old interview with the Reuters News Agency in which the late
assassinated Hrant Dink had referred to the Genocide of the Armenians.

Renowned writers, scholars and journalists such as Orhan Pamuk, Elif
Shafak, Taner Akcam, Ragip Zarakolu and others were charged with
similar criminal offences over the last while. Some of them have
chosen self-exile and are now living in Europe, the United States
and elsewhere for fear of their own lives and avoiding the destiny
that the late Hrant Dink faced.

Please visit to voice your opinion by
endorsing an open letter of protest. This letter will be delivered to
International PEN at Whether the
letter will have any impact on the outcome of the trials is unknown,
however, it will be yet another document in the annals of Human Rights
abuses in Turkey. As such it could help bring attention to the plight
of Turkish Scholars, Human Rights activist, writers, journalists and
people at large to end a Draconian rule that prevents Turkey to explore
its own past history without fear of persecution. Furthermore, it may
highlight the timeliness of the application that Taner Akcam filed
before the European Court of Human Rights on the 20th of June 2007.

Your endorsement, dear friend, is solicited, because on previous
occasions you have supported similar initiatives. The website
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Dikran Abrahamian BA MD



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