EuroMed Rights strongly condemns recent developments concerning 10 human rights defenders, who were arrested, detained without the presence of a lawyer in the first 30 hours, and later charged on 18 July with “aiding armed terrorist organisation”. Following their arrest on 5 July 2017, they were accused of being members of an illegal-armed organisation under […]

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On 18 July 2017, Nalan Erkem, Seyhmuz Ozbekli, Ozlem Dalkiran, Idil Eser, Veli Acu, Gunal Kursun, Ilknur Ustun, Nejat Tastan, Ali Gharavi and Peter Steudtner were charged with “aiding an armed terrorist organisation”. Six of the human rights defenders, including Ozlem Dalkiran, Idil Eser, Veli Acu, Gunal Kursun, Ali Gharavi and Peter Steudtner are being […]

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TUR 005 / 0717 / OBS 078 Arbitrary detention / Judicial harassment / Obstacles to freedoms of association and peaceful assembly Turkey July 7, 2017   The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in […]

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On 5 July 2017, police raided an Istanbul Büyükada hotel where a group of human rights defenders had gathered to conduct a training session. As a result, 9 members of some of the leading human rights organisations in Turkey were detained, along with 3 instructors in charge of conducting training seminars. However, names of those 3 people […]

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TUR 004 / 0617 / OBS 074 Provisional release / Judicial harassment / Restriction to freedom of movement Turkey 30 June 2017 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Turkey. Description of the situation: […]

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TUR 004 / 0616 / OBS 049.5 Judicial harassment Turkey June 20, 2017 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Turkey. New information: The Observatory has been informed by […]

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TUR 003 / 0617 / OBS 064Arbitrary detention /Judicial harassmentTurkey16 June 2017 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Turkey. Description of the situation: The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about […]

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The arrest of CHP Member of Parliament Enis Berberoğlu and his sentencing to 25 years in prison in the court case known as the “MIT (National Intelligence Organisation) Trucks” represent a clear violation of the right to personal freedom as well as a violation of the protections afforded members of parliament in the constitution. The […]

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15 June 2017 On 6 June 2017, Murat Çelikkan’s attorney filed a plea before the Court of Appeal of Turkey against the decision to incarcerate the human rights defender for eighteen months issued by the Istanbul 13th Heavy Penal Court on 16 May 2017. Murat Çelikkan is a human rights defender and journalist who was […]

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Those Responsible for Openly and Publicly Torturing Veli Şaçılık and His Friends must be Tried! Under the State of Emergency Decrees, paragraph 15/2 of the Constitution of the Republic of Turkey, Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and Article 4 of the UN Convention on Civil and Political Rights have been violated, […]

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