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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 […]

UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria: Turkey-backed SNA committed the war crimes

UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria: Turkey-backed SNA committed the war crimes

Syrians continue to be killed, suffer severe hardships and grave rights violations, despite a relative reduction in largescale hostilities since the 5 March ceasefire, according to the latest findings of the UN Syrian Commission of Inquiry. The Commission of Inquiry’s 25-page report released today documents continuing violations and abuses by nearly every conflict actor controlling territory in […]

Persecution of human rights defenders in Turkey

Persecution of human rights defenders in Turkey

Friday’s conviction of four human rights defenders of terrorism charges in Istanbul continues a pattern of prosecutions designed to restrict human rights defenders and silence critical voices. These baseless convictions are consistent with the recent warning of Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, of a politicised Turkish judiciary criminalising legitimate and peaceful […]

Three opposition MPs in Turkey removed from office and arrested

Three opposition MPs in Turkey removed from office and arrested

Three opposition MPs in Turkey had their parliamentary immunity revoked and were arrested on Thursday in a re-opening of the Government’s campaign against the democratic mandate. The announcement in parliament prompted shock, anger and protests among People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputies. This latest disregard for the expression of the will […]

Tsitsekun*:  The Circassian genocide will neither be forgotten nor forgiven !

Tsitsekun*: The Circassian genocide will neither be forgotten nor forgiven !

« What happened was a terrible tragedy, but it wasn’t intentional » « …to suppress the mountain people and to obliterate disobedient. » How many times have we listened these sayings taken from the cliche-box of the genocide denial?  So were they used also to talk apologetically about the Circassian genocide. The indigenous peoples of Circassia; Circassians, mainly Adyghe, […]

Watching History Slowly Disappear: Hasankeyf

Watching History Slowly Disappear: Hasankeyf

“Those who opposed (the project) were accused of being political. Even if you’re an environmentalist, a patriot, or animal lover, they labelled you as something else when you said ‘Stop!’ to the project. Now, we’re watching history slowly disappear” (see here) From the Bamiyan statues (see here) to the cities of Palmyra (see here) and […]

The Detention of Selahattin Demirtaş and the Situation of Opposition Politicians in Turkey

The Detention of Selahattin Demirtaş and the Situation of Opposition Politicians in Turkey

On 20 November 2018, the European Court of Human Rights released its judgment on the pre-trial detention of Selahattin Demirtaş, the former co-chair of the People’s Democratic Party (Halkların Demokratik Partisi / Partiya Demokratȋk a Gelan, HDP) (see here). The Court’s finding of a violation of Article 18 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) (restrictions […]

Criminalisation of Lawyers in Turkey

Criminalisation of Lawyers in Turkey

Today the Mesopotamia Observatory of Justice submitted a communication to the United Nations expressing our serious concern about continuing attacks on lawyers in Turkey. We urge the UN Special Rapporteurs on Independence of Judges and Lawyers, on Human Rights Defenders, on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and on the Promotion […]