August 3 Should Be Observed as the Genocide Remembrance Day!   It has been 4 years since August 3, 2014 when the jihadist mob ISIS comitted a genocide attack against the Yazidis, one of the most ancient peoples of the Middle East, in Iraq’s Sinjar’s region and the Yazidi homeland. As the Human Rights Association […]

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    Human Rights Association (İHD) and Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT) have issued a joint statement on July 9, 2018 expressing that the armed conflict that had been reignited in Turkey’s Eastern and Southeastern regions since July 24, 2015 has been increasingly deteriorating, that we, as human rights organizations, were often forced to […]

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As is known, the State of Emergency (SoE) that has been in effect in Turkey since July 21, 2016 has not been extended and lifted on July 18, 2018. Nevertheless, the political power has adopted Law No. 7145 on the Amendment of Some Laws and Emergency Decrees that would render the SoE permanent on July […]

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The public statements by the current Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu both before and after the June 24 elections are not acceptable in any way. Soylu assumes that he can threaten and target everyone knowing that he is the Interior Minister and is backed by the power of the Ministry. Furthermore, he can defiantly defend his […]

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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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