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Turkey’s Destruction of Kurdish Graves

Turkey’s Destruction of Kurdish Graves

This report, published by the Swiss based Mesopotamia Observatory of Justice (MOJUST) and Turkey based Özgürlük için Hukukçular Derneği (Association of Lawyers for Freedom – ÖHD) provides, for the first time, an unprecedented account of Tur- key’s war that has been directed against Kurdish cemeteries and graves in the South East of Turkey (North Kurdistan) […]

UN Report on Torture in Iraqi Prisons

UN Report on Torture in Iraqi Prisons

Iraq’s legal framework to prevent ill-treatment, developed over several years, now needs to be translated into effective measures to tackle torture in detention centres and prevent further violations, a UN report published on Tuesday highlights.   The report* of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN Human Rights Office, entitled “Human Rights in the […]

UN: discrimination against Palestinian minority must stop

UN: discrimination against Palestinian minority must stop

A UN human rights expert condemned attacks on Israel’s Palestinian minority by extreme right-wing and vigilante groups, including settlers – at times with the reported backing of security forces – and urged Israel to fully and equally protect all of its citizens without discrimination. Palestinians citizens of Israel, including the Bedouin, constitute an Arab minority […]

UN: appeals for respect international law

UN: appeals for respect international law

“Over the past 10 days, the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel has deteriorated at an alarming rate,” she said in a statement. [Version Français] “The situation in Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem, triggered by threats of forced evictions of Palestinian families; the heavy presence of Israeli Security Forces and violence around the […]

Justice for the victims of Dersim Genocide

Justice for the victims of Dersim Genocide

On 4 May 1937, the Council of Ministers of Turkey, in close collaboration with the General Staff of Turkish Army decided secretly on a forceful attack against the alavi Kurdish population of Dersim, to kill all kurds who resisted to the forced assimilation policies and to deport the civilian surviving population according to the 1934 […]

Mojust in memoriam for the victims of Armenian Genocide

Mojust in memoriam for the victims of Armenian Genocide

April 24th marks the 106th anniversary of Metz Yeghern -the Great Evil – when more than one million men, women, and children were exterminated by the ottoman nationalist government in Mesopotamia.  Armenian Genocide in 1905 was a prelude to a series of  other mass-atrocity crimes such as deportations, ethnic cleansing, mass murders, forced migrations and […]

UN: Turkey’s withdrawing from Istanbul Convention is shocking

UN: Turkey’s withdrawing from Istanbul Convention is shocking

Turkey’s announcement at the weekend that it was withdrawing from the Istanbul Convention, an important regional human rights treaty on combatting all forms of violence against women, highlights wider concerns regarding the human rights situation in the country, notably the shrinking of civic space and the lack of meaningful and democratic participation in decision making.  […]

UN expert: US must remove sanctions and allow Syria to rebuild

UN expert: US must remove sanctions and allow Syria to rebuild

UN human rights expert Alena Douhan today called on the United States to remove unilateral sanctions which may inhibit rebuilding of Syria’s civilian infrastructure destroyed by the conflict. “The sanctions violate the human rights of the Syrian people, whose country has been destroyed by almost 10 years of ongoing conflict,” said Douhan, UN special rapporteur […]

Une semaine pas très spéciale à Diyarbakir

Une semaine pas très spéciale à Diyarbakir

C’est un dur métier d’être défenseur.e des droits ou avocat.e à Diyarbakir. Pour celles et ceux qui ne la connaissent pas, Diyarbakir est une ville mésopotamienne dont le quartier antique avait été intégré dans l’inventaire du patrimoine culturel mondial avant d’être rasé et carrément bombardé en 2015 par les chars de l’armée et les escadrons […]