Sentencing Şebnem Korur Financı Is Sentencing Human Dignity   Şebnem Korur Fincancı, the president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT) which had been founded by İHD and its board of directors, has been sentenced to 2 years 6 months in prison by Istanbul 37th Heavy Penal Court under Article 7 § 2 of […]

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  İHD Condemns Daily Yeni Şafak for Targeting Human Rights Defenders   7 December 2018   Daily Yeni Şafak used the phrase “PKK supporters” for Human Rights Association (İHD) Co-Chair Öztürk Türkdoğan and İHD Vice Co-Chair Gülseren Yoleri, who attended the 15th International Conference on the “European Union, Turkey, the Middle East and the Kurds” […]

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RELEASE IHD MALATYA BRANCH CHAIRPERSON GÖNÜL ÖZTÜRKOĞLU NOW IHD’s Malatya Branch Chairperson, human rights defender Gönül Öztürkoğlu was taken into custody following a raid to her home on 27 November 2018. Officials stated that the investigation was confidential. Yet we do know that continuous arrest and detention operations have still been conducted against social dissidence, […]

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In the early hours of the morning on 16 November 2018, the Dean of Bilgi University’s Law School Prof. Dr. Turgut Tarhanlı, Prof. Dr. Betül Tanbay of Boğaziçi University, producer and author Çiğdem Mater, and Anadolu Kültür Association staff were taken into custody following raids into their homes. No information could be obtained earlier other […]

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Saudi Arabia: Kingdom must be held to account for suppression of dissent, following murder of journalist and widespread arrest of women’s rights defenders Recognizing the fundamental right to express our views, free from repression, we the undersigned civil society organizations call on the international community, including the United Nations, multilateral and regional institutions as well […]

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IHD has released several reports and statements arguing that there was no judicial structure in Turkey that was compatible with the principle of rule of law, there were grave barriers before the right to a fair trial, there was the threat of the implementation of enemy criminal law by means of specially authorized and mandated […]

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ATTACK AGAINST SATURDAY MOTHERS, FAMILIES OF THE DISAPPEARED, AND HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS BEFORE THE 700TH SIT-IN   Enforced disappearances of persons under custody constitute a shame for all Turkey, from the political power to the civil society. The attack of the law enforcement against the families of the forcibly disappeared in İstanbul, Galatasaray on August […]

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Under the State of Emergency, which was declared on 20 July 2016 and prolonged 7 times every 3 months, the pressure on human rights organisations and defenders continued increasingly. Human rights defenders (HRDs) were prevented from their ordinary activities through bans, detentions, arrests, investigations and court cases which led to a narrowed field for human […]

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HRDs Olcay Öztürk and Vural Kaya Must be Released!

IHD Ağrı Branch Secretary Atty. Vural Kaya and our former Ağrı Provincial Representative Atty. Olcay Öztürk were taken into custody on 27 February 2018. After their statements regarding the accusation of “membership to  armed illegal organisation against security and constitutional order of the state” in accordance with the Article 314 of Turkish Penal Code were […]

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