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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On 5 July 2017, police raided an Istanbul Büyükada hotel where a group of human rights defenders had gathered to conduct a training session. As a result, 9 members of some of the leading human rights organisations in Turkey were detained, along with 3 instructors in charge of conducting training seminars. However, names of those 3 people […]

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TUR 004 / 0617 / OBS 074 Provisional release / Judicial harassment / Restriction to freedom of movement Turkey 30 June 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 Turkey. Description of the situation: […]

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TUR 004 / 0616 / OBS 049.5 Judicial harassment Turkey June 20, 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 intervention in the following situation in Turkey. New information: The Observatory has been informed by […]

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TUR 003 / 0617 / OBS 064Arbitrary detention /Judicial harassmentTurkey16 June 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 Turkey. Description of the situation: The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about […]

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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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Ankara, 14 April 2017 2016 was the worst year for human rights in Turkey since the negotiations between the EU and Turkey began in 1999. 2016 was the year in which the government suspended democracy by means of a de facto presidential system resulting in authoritarian rule. The human rights situation in Turkey also drastically […]

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Relatives of those claimed to have been disappeared in Ankara by means of abduction shared the situation with the public on social media. It is also claimed that Önder Asan reappeared on 12 May 2017. Additionally, families of Turgut Çapan and Fatih Kılıç made written application to Human Rights Association (İHD). The responsibility of clarifying the situation through […]

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