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CRAG E-Alert - 4 April 2005

Dear Friends & Supporters:

*** Amnesty International & Turkey ***

Much concern has been expressed over the past weeks about the Turkish new Penal Code (that is part of the reformative EU-driven process in Turkey).

For instance, Articles in the old Turkish Penal Code criminalising acts that 'insult or belittle' various state institutions have re-appeared as new Articles under a new heading (Arts 299-301). Furthermore, new Articles (eg, Art 305) have been introduced that criminalise 'acts against the fundamental national interest' wherein the written explanation gives as examples Cyprus and the Armenian Genocide.

Amnesty International (AI) came out on 23 March 2005 with a Public Statement [Index: EUR 44/011/2005 (Public)] entitled 'Turkey: Concerns about new Penal Code should be addressed' that you can read by logging on: http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGEUR440112005?open&of=ENG-TUR

You can also read other issues related to Turkey & AI on: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/action/turkey/

*** Website for Genocide Events ***

An informative and helpful website for events that commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide worldwide can be found by logging on: http://www.genocideevents.com You can also see the events that focus on the United Kingdom on:

England - www.genocideevents.com/cities/england.shtml
Scotland - www.genocideevents.com/cities/scotland.shtml
Wales - www.genocideevents.com/cities/wales.shtml

In addition, you can log on the CRAG website at www.crag.org.uk to update yourself with the latest news & events, as well as read the highlights of commemorative events in England, Wales and Scotland (including those on 20, 22 & 24 April) put together by the 90th Anniversary Committee for 2005.

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