Diyarbakır branch of the Human Rights Association (HRA) was closed down a few minutes after its re-opening on 12 August 2000! Diyarbakır branch of the HRA is one of the most oppressed branches of the Association which is very often prevented from carrying out its activities for the protection and promotion of human rights and […]

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Former President of the Human Rights Association, Mr. Akın Birdal, was imprisoned upon the refuse of his application for the postponement of the sentence on health reasons. His sentence was already postponed until 23rd of March, 2000. Akın Birdal was sentenced to 1 year in prison for each speeches he made on the occassion of […]

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Human Rights Association (HRA) is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to work for the defence, establishment and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Turkey. Mr. Akın Birdal, well-known human rights activist, Vice President of the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH) and former President of the Human Rights Association (HRA) is going to […]

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Human Rights Association (HRA) is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to work for the defence, establishment and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Turkey. A court action was launched against the Secretary General of the HRA, Mr. Nazmi Gür by Ankara State Security Court No:1, because of a special bulletin issued by the HRA […]

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H.E. Bülent Ecevit Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Ankara   Mr. Prime Minister,  A group, introducing themselves as the relatives of martyrs, came to the Headquarters of Human Rights Association on 25 November 1999. They were welcome in the sitting room. Meanwhile, I had an interview with Japanese TV reporters and was talking on […]

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Most serious obstacles to upgrade human rights and democratic standards in Turkey are embedded in the constitutional and legal structure. The constitutional and legal structure of the country contains anti-democratic, repressive and authoritarian features. Therefore Turkey’s main problem is democracy and the most significant component of this problem relates to the Kurdish problem. Democratization of […]

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FINALIZED CASES A-Cases Resulted in Acquittal 1. A trial was launched against Mr.Akın Birdal, President of the HRA due to the speech he made on Yüksel Street on 17 June in Ankara. He was acquitted. 2. A trial was launched against Mr.Akın Birdal, President of the HRA; Mr.Hüsnu  Öndül , former Secretary General of the […]

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  Pressure on human rights defenders in Turkey continue. Most recently, a court action was launched against the central executive board members of the Human Rights Association (HRA) at the Court of First Instance No: 5 in Beyoğlu district in Istanbul. International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH), which the HRA is a member organization, […]

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The The government compromised regarding Amnesty Law and pardoned the perpetrators who are public officials, involved in gang’s organization within the state and the crimes they committed; pardoned their negligence in their duties. For example, regarding the recent earthquake, many public officials who are from Reconstruction and Housing Directorates and many members of Municipality Assemblies […]

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A major earthquake hit the north-west cities (Istanbul, Adapazarı, izmit, Yalova, Gölcük, Düzce, and Bursa) of Turkey on 17 August 1999. There are very devastating results of the earthquake. This leads to different kind of difficulties to rescue the victims and to provide emergency service. It has been officially announced that the death toll is […]

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