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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3 May 2018 Eren Keskin (1959) is a lawyer and co-president of the Human Rights Association in Turkey (İHD). Having worked on contested human rights issues for almost thirty years, Keskin has contributed to the protection of minority rights, countered violence against women, and campaigned to challenge militarism and end torture. Keskin is the founder […]

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Being an executive of IHD Dersim (Tunceli) Branch, Özgür Ateş is an HRD known both for helping the families of civilian public officials who were killed by the organization by condemning their actions and demanding for peace by criticizing the government policies (see in Turkish https://www.evrensel.net/haber/291367/ihd-dersim-subesi-sivil-olumlerine-dikkat-cekti – https://www.pirha.net/dersimde-kacirilan-ogretmen-icin-basin-aciklamasi-68326.html/ – http://www.rudaw.net/turkish/kurdistan/1706201712). On 5 July 2018 Özgür […]

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MIGRATION AGENDA: EU, IT’S TIME TO ACT! Ahead of this Monday’s EU-Turkey Leaders’ Meeting in Varna (Bulgaria), EuroMed Rights calls on the European leaders to reconsider the “EU-Turkey deal” on migration. Commenting on the issue, EuroMed Rights’ President, Michel Tubiana, says: “We are very worried on the manner the cooperation with Turkey is being hailed […]

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The Netherlands Helsinki Committee announced Eren Keskin, a human rights lawyer and advocate of freedom of expression in Turkey, as the Laureate of the 2018 Helsinki Civil Society Award. On March 14, during the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the organisation, the NHC acknowledged the courageous work of human rights defenders across the OSCE […]

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HRDs Olcay Öztürk and Vural Kaya Must be Released!

IHD Ağrı Branch Secretary Atty. Vural Kaya and our former Ağrı Provincial Representative Atty. Olcay Öztürk were taken into custody on 27 February 2018. After their statements regarding the accusation of “membership to  armed illegal organisation against security and constitutional order of the state” in accordance with the Article 314 of Turkish Penal Code were […]

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Sexual violence against children which is a violation of human rights of children has come to the fore following the incidents recently reflected in the press. Expressing hatred and reprimand against the perpetrators, many people from footballers, singers etc. to the leader of opposition party, the Prime Minister and to the President expressed that there […]

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TUR 002 / 0218 / OBS 016 Arbitrary arrest / Arbitrary detention / Judicial harassment Turkey February 1, 2018 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 […]

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Arbitrary Detention and Judicial Harassment of 11 Members of the Central Council of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB)

URGENT APPEAL – THE OBSERVATORY TUR 001 / 0118 / OBS 014 Arbitrary detention / Judicial harassment / Defamation / Restrictions to Freedom of Expression Turkey January 31, 2018 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and FIDH, requests your urgent intervention in the […]

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