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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 Human rights violations still continue as before. A number of national or international organizations regularly document serious human rights abuses in Turkey. A great deal of cases of individual complaints are being held by the European Commission of Human Rights (ECHR) and the European Court of Human Rights; almost all of the cases are related […]

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The legal status of Abdullah Öcalan, who was brought to Turkey on 16 February 1999, keeps its uncertainty in different aspects such as: a)the place where he is being held, b ) access to the lawyer and his family members, c)his legal status with regard to the place of arrest, d) judiciary assurances.  İmrali Island […]

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A total of 3369 people have been arrested on 16-24 February 1999, after Abdullah Ocalan was brought to Turkey.                               Diyarbakir       1196                                                                                                                    Van                101                                                                                                               Malatya          4                                                                                                                        Urfa                188                                                                                                                Mardin            36                                                                                                                  Elazig            18                                                                                                                     Batman           313                                                                                                                     Kayseri          6                                                                                                                                                             izmir               138                                                                                                                  Adana            190                                                                                                                   Mersin            62                                                                                                                   iskenderun […]

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  There are news appeared in some daily newspapers which states that the Human Rights Association (HRA) has appointed lawyers to defend Abdullah Öcalan.” Human Rights Association has not taken any decision concerning the defense of Öcalan in any of its executive organs. The Human Rights Association does not have such duty, authority and function. […]

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