August 3 Should Be Observed as the Genocide Remembrance Day!   It has been 4 years since August 3, 2014 when the jihadist mob ISIS comitted a genocide attack against the Yazidis, one of the most ancient peoples of the Middle East, in Iraq’s Sinjar’s region and the Yazidi homeland. As the Human Rights Association […]

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    Human Rights Association (İHD) and Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT) have issued a joint statement on July 9, 2018 expressing that the armed conflict that had been reignited in Turkey’s Eastern and Southeastern regions since July 24, 2015 has been increasingly deteriorating, that we, as human rights organizations, were often forced to […]

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As is known, the State of Emergency (SoE) that has been in effect in Turkey since July 21, 2016 has not been extended and lifted on July 18, 2018. Nevertheless, the political power has adopted Law No. 7145 on the Amendment of Some Laws and Emergency Decrees that would render the SoE permanent on July […]

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EuroMed Rights and the Human Rights Association (Insan Haklari Dernegi-IHD) denounce the new draft law, being discussed by Turkish Parliament today, which would see the state of emergency restrictive provisions integrated into ordinary law. If adopted, the supposedly exceptional restrictions to fundamental freedoms will pose an even more serious threat to rule of law in […]

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Human Rights Association (İnsan Hakları Derneği, İHD) was founded on July 17, 1986 by 98 individuals. The founders included inmates’ families, intellectuals, authors, journalists, publishers, academics, lawyers, physicians, architects, engineers, and teachers. We remember our founders who have passed away with love and gratitude. İHD has been speaking out that Turkey has a democracy and […]

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The public statements by the current Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu both before and after the June 24 elections are not acceptable in any way. Soylu assumes that he can threaten and target everyone knowing that he is the Interior Minister and is backed by the power of the Ministry. Furthermore, he can defiantly defend his […]

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Human Rights Association, Human Rights Foundation of Turkey and Independent Election Monitoring Platform announced their report on violations during propaganda period before the elections to be held on 24 June 2018. Following the joint decision of MHP and AKP on 18 April 2018 for early elections, State President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared the elections to […]

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Joint Statement on Roboski Massacre Decision of the ECHR

23 May 2018, Ankara – Diyarbakır Last week the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found the application about Roboski massacre which is one of the gravest in the history of Turkey, “inadmissible” on the grounds that the domestic remedies were not exhausted. (Selahattin Encü and Others v. Turkey, no. 49976/16, 17.5.2018). With this decision, […]

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VIENNA, 7 May 2018 – Following today’s two court hearings against editor and human rights lawyer Eren Keskin as well as several journalists of the now closed Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir expressed deep concerns about the immense pressure exercised on the defendants. “The extent of punishment […]

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