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Ministry of Agriculture Turns a Blind Eye to Use of Banned Pesticides in Turkey

Yazar / Referans: 
Bülent Şık, Bianet
Tarih: 
19/05/2020

Pesticides are hazardous chemicals used in agriculture. It is safe to say that I have got tired of writing about the issue of pesticides. But, it is also a necessity to follow what is going on about the issue and inform the public about the latest developments and changes of state, if there are any.

Last January, Greenpeace Mediterranean announced the findings of a field research that was conducted to detect pesticide residues in food.

Defending Human Rights in Turkey: Bülent Şık

Yazar / Referans: 
Netherlands Helsinki Committee
Tarih: 
30/04/2020

Bülent Şık is a food engineer and public health researcher, convicted for his whistle-blowing activities. Despite being barred from his research and academia in Turkey, Şık has remained steadfast in his work to spread information relating to public health which he believes the public has a right to know. Sustained attention and a proactive strategy by the EU and its Member States is needed to ensure Bülent Şık and other human rights defenders in Turkey can continue their work.

Coronavirus Outbreak, Human Rights, Peace

Yazar / Referans: 
Kıvılcım Turanlı, Bianet
Tarih: 
04/04/2020

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) reports, the amount of money only spent for armament and war across the world is as vast as 2 trillion dollars and it keeps increasing.

In his article published on bianet on March 26, 2020, Osman İşçi defines the coronavirus outbreak as a matter of human rights and points out what human rights defenders can do in this process.

World-Renowned Scientists Express Support for Bülent Şık

Yazar / Referans: 
Hikmet Adal, Bianet
Tarih: 
02/04/2020

Over 600 world-renowned scientists, including Nobel laureates, have condemned the 15-month prison sentence given to bianet columnist, food engineer Asst. Prof. Bülent Şık for sharing the results of a cancer research with the public.

Launched in support of bianet columnist, food engineer Asst. Prof. Bülent Şık, who was sentenced to 1 year, 3 months in prison on September 26, 2019 for announcing the results of a cancer research conducted by the Ministry of Health, the petition is now drawing to an end.

Is Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Transmitted Through Food?

Yazar / Referans: 
Bülent Şık, Bianet
Tarih: 
31/03/2020

We need to avoid overcooking processes such as keeping food in high temperatures for a long time, etc. out of fear or worry about the virus. We have to keep cooking our food how we have always cooked them.

Though it is usually called coronavirus on social media, the coronavirus that causes "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome" (SARS) is termed "coronavirus 2" or "SARS-CoV-2" in abbreviation.

Ranking Academic Freedom Globally

Yazar / Referans: 
Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed
Tarih: 
30/03/2020

Global Levels of Academic Freedom 2019: Status Groups According to Academic Freedom Index (scale 0-1). Countries with "A" rankings have the highest score, and those with E rankings have the lowest. Countries in gray are not rated due to insufficient data.

Developers of new index rating countries by their level of academic freedom are challenging university rankers to consider such freedoms more broadly.

Coronavirus Outbreak is a Matter of Human Rights

Yazar / Referans: 
Osman İşçi, Bianet
Tarih: 
26/03/2020

"As coronavirus outbreak is a matter of human rights, it can only be solved based on the principles of human rights. We can find a way out of these dark days only by developing policies and practices based on human rights principles."

Originating in Wuhan, the capital city of China's Hubei province, in December 2019, novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken hold of the whole world. The outbreak reached such an extent that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the situation that we faced a pandemic on March 11, 2020.

The War Against Academics for Peace

Yazar / Referans: 
Tansu Pişkin, Inside Turkey
Tarih: 
06/03/2020

“They took my job, my career and my home from me,” said Serdar Değirmencioğlu, a former head of the psychology department at Istanbul’s Doğuş University. “That wasn’t enough, so they took my wife hostage. But they weren’t able to take my hope for peace and my power to fight back.”

Değirmencioğlu is one of hundreds of academics to have come under pressure from the state since 2016. Many have received prison sentences, or lost their jobs and their reputations – and all for signing a public statement calling for peace.

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