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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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  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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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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Opinions, which Abdullah Öcalan has made public through his lawyers, concern all circles of the society. Öcalan’s call to PKK to abandon its armed struggle and to move its armed forces outside the borders of the Republic of Turkey is generally regarded as a promising and daring initiative. These are reasonable assessments. For, the text […]

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Abdullah Öcalan today has been sentenced to death. The Human Rights Association (HRA) is against death penalty in principle. There has been 4 Laws in the Turkish Legislation and 41 articles of these Laws that provide death penalty. HRA claims for the removal of these articles from the Laws and wants Turkey to adopt the […]

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 PRESS STATEMENTON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS DURING ELECTIONS PERIOD IN TURKEYLegislative and local administrative organs are determined by general and local elections that the people’s free wills should be reflected on the results of elections without any restrictions. This constitutes the basis of democracy. Political parties are the main instruments for the people’s wills to be […]

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The Yugoslavian has been engaged in ethnic cleansing in Kosovo for some time. NATO has launched a military operation against Yugoslavia. These two sentences are addressing two facts. But at the same time they also include some questions. Racist, fascist characteristics of the Yugoslavian government are well known from the Bosnia Herzegovina war. Trials in […]

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