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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Urgent Appeal for HRDs in Turkey – THE OBSERVATORY

New information TUR 005 / 0717 / OBS 078.6 Provisional release / Arbitrary detention / Judicial harassment / Restriction to freedom of movement Turkey October 27, 2017 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent […]

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On 25 October 2017, the hearing of EuroMed Rights’ Executive Committee member and General Secretary of the Human Rights Association in Turkey (IHD), Osman İşçi, was held before the 6th Heavy Penal Court in Ankara. Osman İşçi, together with 71 trade union members, is being charged of “being a member of an illegal organisation”. This […]

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Joint Statement by Human Rights Organisations: The Right to Defend Our Rights is a Fundamental Right.

The Right to Defend Our Rights is a Fundamental Right. We Demand the Release of Rights Defenders and Revocation of the Investigations and Cases Filed against Them! As we explained in detail in the annotations[1] announced to the public on 11 July, 14 August and 8 September 2017, a training workshop was organised in Büyükada […]

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EuroMed Rights strongly condemns recent developments concerning 10 human rights defenders, who were arrested, detained without the presence of a lawyer in the first 30 hours, and later charged on 18 July with “aiding armed terrorist organisation”. Following their arrest on 5 July 2017, they were accused of being members of an illegal-armed organisation under […]

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On 18 July 2017, Nalan Erkem, Seyhmuz Ozbekli, Ozlem Dalkiran, Idil Eser, Veli Acu, Gunal Kursun, Ilknur Ustun, Nejat Tastan, Ali Gharavi and Peter Steudtner were charged with “aiding an armed terrorist organisation”. Six of the human rights defenders, including Ozlem Dalkiran, Idil Eser, Veli Acu, Gunal Kursun, Ali Gharavi and Peter Steudtner are being […]

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TUR 005 / 0717 / OBS 078 Arbitrary detention / Judicial harassment / Obstacles to freedoms of association and peaceful assembly Turkey July 7, 2017   The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in […]

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