Joint Statement on Roboski Massacre Decision of the ECHR

23 May 2018, Ankara – Diyarbakır Last week the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) found the application about Roboski massacre which is one of the gravest in the history of Turkey, “inadmissible” on the grounds that the domestic remedies were not exhausted. (Selahattin Encü and Others v. Turkey, no. 49976/16, 17.5.2018). With this decision, […]

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VIENNA, 7 May 2018 – Following today’s two court hearings against editor and human rights lawyer Eren Keskin as well as several journalists of the now closed Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir expressed deep concerns about the immense pressure exercised on the defendants. “The extent of punishment […]

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3 May 2018 Eren Keskin (1959) is a lawyer and co-president of the Human Rights Association in Turkey (İHD). Having worked on contested human rights issues for almost thirty years, Keskin has contributed to the protection of minority rights, countered violence against women, and campaigned to challenge militarism and end torture. Keskin is the founder […]

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MIGRATION AGENDA: EU, IT’S TIME TO ACT! Ahead of this Monday’s EU-Turkey Leaders’ Meeting in Varna (Bulgaria), EuroMed Rights calls on the European leaders to reconsider the “EU-Turkey deal” on migration. Commenting on the issue, EuroMed Rights’ President, Michel Tubiana, says: “We are very worried on the manner the cooperation with Turkey is being hailed […]

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The Netherlands Helsinki Committee announced Eren Keskin, a human rights lawyer and advocate of freedom of expression in Turkey, as the Laureate of the 2018 Helsinki Civil Society Award. On March 14, during the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the organisation, the NHC acknowledged the courageous work of human rights defenders across the OSCE […]

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Sexual violence against children which is a violation of human rights of children has come to the fore following the incidents recently reflected in the press. Expressing hatred and reprimand against the perpetrators, many people from footballers, singers etc. to the leader of opposition party, the Prime Minister and to the President expressed that there […]

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Arbitrary Detention and Judicial Harassment of 11 Members of the Central Council of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB)

URGENT APPEAL – THE OBSERVATORY TUR 001 / 0118 / OBS 014 Arbitrary detention / Judicial harassment / Defamation / Restrictions to Freedom of Expression Turkey January 31, 2018 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and FIDH, requests your urgent intervention in the […]

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15 June 2017 On 6 June 2017, Murat Çelikkan’s attorney filed a plea before the Court of Appeal of Turkey against the decision to incarcerate the human rights defender for eighteen months issued by the Istanbul 13th Heavy Penal Court on 16 May 2017. Murat Çelikkan is a human rights defender and journalist who was […]

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Those Responsible for Openly and Publicly Torturing Veli Şaçılık and His Friends must be Tried! Under the State of Emergency Decrees, paragraph 15/2 of the Constitution of the Republic of Turkey, Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and Article 4 of the UN Convention on Civil and Political Rights have been violated, […]

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