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Indien

Pictures of two weeks travelling in India – Delhi, Jaipur, Mandawa, Varanasi.

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Neredesin Aşkım? Istanbul´s Pride March 2014

Ten thousands of people took to the streets to celebrate Istanbul´s Pride March in June 2014 and to support the rights of Turkey´s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. Homosexuality is not illegal in Turkey. However, LGBT persons are confronted with homophobia in daily life. Legislation against hate crimes and discrimination still needs to be adopted by the Turkish parliament.

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Women´s Football from Palestine: Diyar Bethlehem

“Yes, women in Palestine play football”. That´s the message of Diyar Bethlehem, a women´s football team from Bethlehem (Palestine). It was created by players of the Bethlehem University in 2008 and successfully succeeded in the first Palestinian women´s championships in 2010-2011. Many of Diyar´s players also play in the national team.  For the international women´s football tournament “Discover Football” in 2013, Diyar travelled to Berlin to play against other teams from Ukraine, Tunisia and Egypt. The tournament is supposed to empower girls and women in football and to fight discrimination.

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Burnt alive: The story of Oury Jalloh

Oury Jalloh was an asylum seeker from Sierra Leone, who died in a police cell in the German city of Dessau in 2005. He burnt alive, handcuffed to the wall and floor. In the past eight years two trials were opened against policemen how were sued for not saving Oury Jalloh. However, it could never be clarified how the fire broke out in the first place. The judges followed the prosecution‘s approach that Oury Jalloh set himself accidently on fire by using a lighter. A civil society support movement, led by Jalloh’s friend Mouctar Bah, has since then criticized the way the investigations took place: During the hearings policemen remained silent about the incidents or „couldn´t remember“, video tapes disappeared, the assumption of „self-combustion“ remains questionable. The movement believes that Oury Jalloh´s death is not a result of him committing accidently suicide but of racial profiling and institutional racism within the German authorities.

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People & Rights

This portrait series depicts human rights defenders, political activists and journalists from all over the world, who engage themselves in supporting fundamental rights and freedoms. All pictures were taken for the Amnesty Journal - the German magazine of Amnesty International - from 2011 to 2013.

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Inside Istanbul

There are many ways to describe Istanbul: exciting, exhausting, chaotic, romantic. After all, it is Istanbul´s population, which makes the city so divers and vibrant. Walking with a camera through the various neighbourhoods is inspiring, there is always one special moment to capture. The slideshow shows some of them. All pictures were taken from September 2013 to September 2014.

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Khodahafez Iran

From Tehran to Isfahan, from Yazd to Shiraz. Travelling in Iran is an adventure, not only because of its landscape and historical places, but also because of its people. They reveal a country, which is hospitable and welcoming, cosmopolitan and curios. Sitting in Isfahan, at the Naqsh-e Jahan Square during sunset, or wandering through Tehran´s streets looking for a place to have cay, is well suited to get a glimpse of how life in Iran actually is.

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Hip Hop from Sulukule: Tahribad-ı İsyan

Asil Slang, Zen-G and V.Z. are Tahribad-ı Isyan, a young Hip Hop group from Istanbul´s neighbourhood of Sulukule. They grew up listening to musicians from the U.S., like Eminem, Tupac, Biggie and Vinnie Paz and soon started to make their own music. In 2009 most of Sulukule´s inhabitants, the majority Sinti and Roma, where evicted. Tahribad-ı Isyan reflect some of these events in their lyrics. The group received international attention as protagonists of Halil Altındere´s video clip „Wonderland“, which he produced for the Istanbul Biennial in 2013.

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Summer in Cairo

August, 2011 in Cairo. It is Ramadan, the city and its life take a break due to the incredible heat. Seven months before, in February, a massive protest movement had ousted long-term president Hosni Mubarak. Terms like the “Arab Spring” or the “January 25 Revolution” were used to describe these unprecedented events. The pictures show some of Cairo´s people in their daily life, now living under military rule, awaiting the upcoming presidential elections.

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August, 10: A New Turkey

On August 10, 2014, and for the first time in history, Turkish citizens could elect their president in a direct vote. In Istanbul not only supporters of the country´s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (AKP) were campaigning for votes, also the other candidates Ekmeleddin Ihsanoğlu (CHP/MHP) and Selahattin Demirtaş (HDP) were supported. As widely expected, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won the elections. He announced to be an “active president” by using “the full extent of his constitutional powers” introducing a “new Turkey”. Especially in Istanbul´s neighbourhood of Kasımpaşa, an AKP stronghold, people were celebrating the victory of their candidate.

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Without words: Deaf Poetry Slam

“BÄÄM! Der Deaf Slam” was a nationwide poetry slam contest in Germany in 2013 organized by “Aktion Mensch”. The event was open for all poetry slammers who are able and who are not able to hear. The pictures show one of the pre-finals in Berlin.