Arzu Geybullayeva

A regional analyst and a blogger, Arzu holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey and a Master’s of Science degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her areas of interest include regional politics, conflict resolution, and new social media.

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Latest posts by Arzu Geybullayeva

26 October 2017

After 113 Days Behind Bars, #Istanbul10 Human Rights Defenders Are Released Pending Trial

“I don’t have anything to regret. I just did my work as a human rights defender,” Idil Eser told the court.

5 September 2017

50 Shades of Erdogan's Propaganda

The enemies of Turkey's authoritarian government are everywhere and state propaganda is taking on an increasingly absurd hue.

26 July 2017

Who Are the #Istanbul10? Learn About the Work of Jailed Human Rights Defenders in Turkey

A group of human rights defenders and information technology trainers continue to face jail time in Turkey and accusations that they were "aiding a terrorist organization without being a member."

18 July 2017

In State of Emergency, Turkey Jails Six Human Rights Defenders Pending Trial

"The accusations of aiding an armed terrorist organisation against them are groundless. Workshops of this kind are common, essential education for human rights organisations."

6 July 2017

Turkish Authorities Detain Top Human Rights Defenders at Training Workshop

"[These] people who have dedicated their lives to human rights. A day will come when they will stand for the rights of those behind these vile news stories."

14 June 2017

Mirror Websites Are Helping Turkish Users Reconnect to Wikipedia

While the platform remains blocked, multiple "mirror" websites -- sites designed to reproduce the content of Wikipedia, which is constantly being updated -- have sprung up.

19 May 2017

Azerbaijan Blocks Independent Media (And Actually Admits it)

"This was one thing we had left and they have taken it too. May God punish them. All they think about is how to shut people up."

6 March 2017

In Azerbaijan, Another Blogger Gets Jail Time

"Instead of investigating credible allegation of ill-treatment, Azerbaijan jails outspoken critic #MehmanHuseynov for two years."

11 January 2017

Will 2017 Be a Better Year for Turkey's Media?

Turkey's government continues to conflate journalism it doesn't like with terrorism and other crimes against the state.