Arrest of IHD President Öztürk Türkdoğan

9 November 2017 Today in Ankara the President of Human Rights Association (IHD), Mr Ozturk Turkdogan, was arrested by police forces together with two more executive committee members, Ms Sevim Salihoglu and Ms Derya Uysal, and one staff member, Ms Besra Varli. They were protesting against the human rights situation in Ankara and in particular […]

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URGENT APPEAL – THE OBSERVATORY  TUR 007 / 1117 / OBS 111 Arbitrary arrest / Release Turkey November 9, 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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Urgent Appeal for HRDs in Turkey – THE OBSERVATORY

New information TUR 005 / 0717 / OBS 078.6 Provisional release / Arbitrary detention / Judicial harassment / Restriction to freedom of movement Turkey October 27, 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 […]

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On 25 October 2017, the hearing of EuroMed Rights’ Executive Committee member and General Secretary of the Human Rights Association in Turkey (IHD), Osman İşçi, was held before the 6th Heavy Penal Court in Ankara. Osman İşçi, together with 71 trade union members, is being charged of “being a member of an illegal organisation”. This […]

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Joint Statement by Human Rights Organisations: The Right to Defend Our Rights is a Fundamental Right.

The Right to Defend Our Rights is a Fundamental Right. We Demand the Release of Rights Defenders and Revocation of the Investigations and Cases Filed against Them! As we explained in detail in the annotations[1] announced to the public on 11 July, 14 August and 8 September 2017, a training workshop was organised in Büyükada […]

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Situation of Abducted Soldiers and Police Officers

With the reemerging armed conflicts in Turkey as of 24 July 2015, the civilian servants and officials abducted by the PKK/HPG became a current issue of public opinion once again. In the past period, all of those abducted were returned unharmed to their families as a result of the efforts by human rights organisations. 20 […]

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UN Human Rights Council 36th Regular Session Report on HRDs

The Human Rights Council, in resolution 12/2, expressed concern over continued reports of intimidation and reprisals against individuals and groups seeking to cooperate or having cooperated with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights, and deep concern at the seriousness of such reported acts. The Council further condemned all […]

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TUR 006 / 0817 / OBS 086 Arbitrary detention / Conditional Release / Judicial harassment / Ill-treatment / Turkey 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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 New information TUR 005 / 0717 / OBS 078.3 Arbitrary detention /  Judicial harassment / Turkey July 26, 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 […]

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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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