A total of 3369 people have been arrested on 16-24 February 1999, after Abdullah Ocalan was brought to Turkey.                               Diyarbakir       1196                                                                                                                    Van                101                                                                                                               Malatya          4                                                                                                                        Urfa                188                                                                                                                Mardin            36                                                                                                                  Elazig            18                                                                                                                     Batman           313                                                                                                                     Kayseri          6                                                                                                                                                             izmir               138                                                                                                                  Adana            190                                                                                                                   Mersin            62                                                                                                                   iskenderun […]

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  There are news appeared in some daily newspapers which states that the Human Rights Association (HRA) has appointed lawyers to defend Abdullah Öcalan.” Human Rights Association has not taken any decision concerning the defense of Öcalan in any of its executive organs. The Human Rights Association does not have such duty, authority and function. […]

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Central Executive Board of the Human Rights Association was gathered to assess the recent developments, on 18 February 1999. There are different revealed views on how the legal process will work for Abdullah Öcalan who was captured in Kenya and brought to Turkey. The Human Rights Association (HRA) believes that the interrogation and investigation process […]

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FROM: the Human Rights Association/Turkey MESSAGE: For your information, enclosed is the press release of June 1998 by the Human Rights Association concerning the imprisonment of a prominent human rights defender, Eşber Yagmurdereli.                                                    ………………………………………. In Turkey, abuses of freedom of thought and of expression uninterruptedly continue and attacks against individuals and organizations defending human rights […]

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The attackers to our General President Akın Birdal are caught, and this revealed the identity of the circles that organised the attacks. Now everyone knows it is the criminal organisations within the Government who are directly involved in these attacks. Recently, certain parts of the media and some circles try to stick ethnic labels to […]

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We are working for Human Rights in a country where those responsible for torture, political assassinations, missings in custody, executions and misappropriations are not prosecuted but those who want a life suitable to human integrity are punished We, the sufferers of Human Rights violations have been assembling in front of the Human Rights Monument for […]

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  Mr. Akın Birdal, President of the Human Rights Association (HRA) was severely wounded during the armed assault of 12 May 1998 at the headquarters of the association. Previously, 14 members of the HRA, including officials and members, were murdered, and their perpetrators remained unidentified. As human rights defenders, we always stated clearly that within the […]

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Mr. Mesut Yılmaz should immediately explain to the public "what he is afraid of"! Executive Board of Human Rights Association has decided to give a statement to the public in response to the statements of Prime Minister Mesut Yìlmaz which was published in the press today. Prime Minister Mesut Yìlmaz has called the armed assault […]

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 Our Association which struggles for the defense and improvement of fundamental rights and freedom, and also for ensuring democracy and peace which are directly related with these facts, carries on its struggle independently from governments and political parties. Since its inception, 14 members, -including officers- of the Human Rights Association (HRA) have been killed by […]

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Akın Birdal is severely wounded On 12 May 1998, at about 12:25, our President Mr. Akin Birdal was severely wounded because of an armed assault by two unknown assailants, at his office at the Human Rights Association's Headquarters. The intelligence police officers, who normally are present every day in front of our association's building to […]

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