Mr. Mesut Yılmaz should immediately explain to the public "what he is afraid of"! Executive Board of Human Rights Association has decided to give a statement to the public in response to the statements of Prime Minister Mesut Yìlmaz which was published in the press today. Prime Minister Mesut Yìlmaz has called the armed assault […]

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 Our Association which struggles for the defense and improvement of fundamental rights and freedom, and also for ensuring democracy and peace which are directly related with these facts, carries on its struggle independently from governments and political parties. Since its inception, 14 members, -including officers- of the Human Rights Association (HRA) have been killed by […]

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Akın Birdal is severely wounded On 12 May 1998, at about 12:25, our President Mr. Akin Birdal was severely wounded because of an armed assault by two unknown assailants, at his office at the Human Rights Association's Headquarters. The intelligence police officers, who normally are present every day in front of our association's building to […]

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                                          iNSAN HAKLARI DERNEGI                                                                                              The book “insan Hakları Tarihi” (History of Human Rights) written by Mr.Erol Anar, Vice Secretary General of the Human Rights Association in Turkey was confiscated in May 1996 with a great emergency only 3 days after it was published. A court action was brought against the writer Erol Anar and […]

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Systematic oppressions and prohibitions against the Human rights Association were added a new one. Akın Birdal, president of our association, was sentenced to I year in prison on July 2, 1996 by the State Security Court in Konya due to his speech he delivered in meeting in Mersin during the World Week for Peace.  Akın […]

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Large scale violations of civil and political rights continue in Turkey. Journalists, writers, correspondents, human rights activists, people of democratic mass organizations are continuously being harassed, assassinated, imprisoned and threatened; journal offices are bombed with explosives. The pressure against the press was concentrated mostly on the left­wing of pro-Kurdish periodicals and newspapers like Özgür Gündem, […]

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The disappearances under police custody as a terrifying violation of right to life, which are being frequently discussed over the last years, increase in number.   This method which was previously developed in Hitler’s Germany to crush the anti-fascist resistance was later on systematized in Latin American dictator countries. It was applied in Guatemala in 1955 […]

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In Turkey, systematic and wide-spread torture and ill-treatment of political and criminal prisoners in police stations during long incommunicado detentions continue. Political suspects may be detained for 30 days in the provinces under emergency rule, for 15 days in other provinces. According to the Turkish Constitution when anyone is detained at any time his/her family […]

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