7 June 2013.
The actions initially referred to as the “Gezi Park Protests” which within a short period of time spread beyond Gezi Park and Istanbul are known to the public. The events first began in Istanbul and later continued in Ankara İzmir and many other cities of Turkey with widespread police violence against the protesters. Organizations sensitive…
2 May 20013.
On 1 May several fundamental rights and freedoms foremost right to life freedom of expression assembly and organisation and immunity of domicile of not only the labourers but all the people were severely violated in İstanbul Province which virtually transformed into a city of state of emergency by the political power. The labourers who showed…
14 October 2011.
Laudatio on the occasion of the conferral of the 2011 International Medical Peace Award to Prof. Dr Sebnem Korur Fincanci Erlangen 14 October 2011 Matthew Happold* Thank you. I’m very happy to be here this evening to celebrate the award of the International Medical Peace Award to Prof. Dr Sebnem Korur Fincanci. I have to…
International Law Prohibits Torture and Violation of Right to Life. Prohibition is Absolute and Non-derogable »
STATES ARE OBLIGED TO RESPECT TO THIS PROHIBITION AND THERE IS NOT ANY EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER MAY BE INVOKED BY A STATE TO JUSTIFY ACTS OF TORTURE, INCLUDING WAR.
YET, VIOLENCE OF POLICE FORCES AGAINST TO PEOPLE WHO ARE ENYOJING THEIR RIGHT TO ASSEMBLY AND DEMONSTRATION WHICH HAS STARTED IN ISTANBUL AND SPREAD ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY REACHED THE LEVEL OF BRUTALITY.
THIS IS CLEARLY ACT OF TORTURE AND VIOLATION OF RIGHT TO LIFE.
IT IS A CRIME IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS STANDARTS THAT POLITICAL POWER IN TURKEY HAS NOT STOPPED THIS BRUTALITY AND NOT DISCHARGED THOSE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE VIOLATIONS AND DID NOT BRING THEM TO JUSTICE BY STARTING AN EFFECTIVE INVESTIGATION.
WE CALL INTERNATIONAL MECHANISMS WHICH ARE AUTHORIZED BY THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS TO PREVENT HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS BY MAKING THE STATE PARTY FULFIL THEIR OBLIGATIONS ARISING FROM THE CONVENTIONS TO WHICH THEY ARE PARTY.
In recent days the violence carried out by security forces against people taking part in peaceful protests in Turkey using their freedom to convene and demonstrate has reached levels of torture and ill treatment and in fact turned into an atrocity by causing deaths. As a result of attacks on peaceful and democratic protests thousands…
Front Line Defenders: Turkey – Trial against VAKAD and other civil society organisations in Van continues »
13 May 2013.
On 17 May 2013 the second hearing in the case against the Van Women's Association (VAKAD) and nine other civil society organisations is due to take place at the Van 3rd Court of First Instance. The Van chief prosecutor initiated court proceedings for the closure of the ten groups on charges of links with the…
28 Trade Unionist and Human Rights Defenders Released in Turkey: Out of Jail but Charges NOT Dropped! »
Ankara/ Copenhagen 11 April 2013 - The Euro Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) and the Turkish Human Rights Association (IHD) welcome the release yesterday of 28 Turkish trade unionists and human rights defenders who have been detained at the Ankara F Type High Security Prison ‘on terror charges’ and accused with membership of an illegal…
There is a growing disjuncture between those who promote modern-day Turkey as a democracy and those who experience Turkey as a land of arbitrary detentions political repression and military destruction. In the past two years the Turkish state has imprisoned thousands of its citizens under the sweeping rubric of counter-terrorism operations. The recent wave of…
Thomas Hammarberg, “Human rights principles need to be firmly embedded in Turkish justice system”, 14 October 2011. »
“There are some long-standing systemic dysfunctions in the Turkish justice system adversely affecting the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Issues related to the independence and impartiality of judges and prosecutors excessively lengthy pre-trial detention and judicial proceedings are some of the major issues which call for the government’s particular attention” said the Council…
(06/091) Actions against the interventions of the government to the fundamental rights and freedoms and the right to the city…
The protests that had sparkled on 27 May 2013 and spread all over Turkey due to the use of excessive/disproportionate/limitless force by law enforcement, went on also on 17 June 2013.
On 17 June 2013 El-Cezire Türk Channel’s cameramen Kemal Soğukdere and Alper Çakıcı were beaten by approximately 30 police officers in Taksim Square.
The Fighting with Terrorism Department teams raided on the offices of the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP), People’s House, Independent Revolutionary Class Platform, Odak journal, Özgür Radio Etkin News Agency, Atılım Newspaper and the houses of the members and workers of these institutions in several provinces especially in Istanbul and Ankara Provinces in the morning of 18 June 2013.
Due to confidentiality decision on the case 86 people in custody were hindered to meet with their lawyers for 24 hours.