Category: HRFT IN NEWS

IRCT to Observe Second Hearing of President of Human Rights Foundation of Turkey

IRCT to Observe Second Hearing of President of Human Rights Foundation of Turkey

10 January 2017 On 11 January, the second hearing of Professor Sebnem Korur Fincanci, President of the Human Rights Foundation Turkey (an IRCT member) and a member of the Independent Forensic Expert Group (IFEG) will take place in Istanbul. IRCT Director for Governance and Policy, Miriam Reventlow, will join a delegation of human rights defenders to observe the hearing. The […]

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Human Rights On Trial in Turkey

Human Rights On Trial in Turkey

Donna McKay* – 21.11.2016 It was standing room only inside Europe’s largest courthouse, a fortress of a structure just north of Istanbul’s historic city center. I was crammed alongside human rights defenders and doctors from across Turkey and around the world to support our colleague and friend, Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, a forensic physician and long-time torture investigator put on […]

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Attacks on Civil Society in Turkey, Human Rights and Solidarity

Attacks on Civil Society in Turkey, Human Rights and Solidarity

LUTZ OETTE* – 17 November 2016 Protests and a show of strength demonstrate the importance of challenging a state that reverts to the arbitrary exercise of power. Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincani, a forensic doctor, university professor, and human rights defender, has been a leading figure in the struggle against torture worldwide. Now she stands accused, together with two prominent journalists, Erol Önderoĝlu and […]

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IRCT: “IRCT Member in Turkey Warns of Torture in the Aftermath of Failed Coup”

IRCT: “IRCT Member in Turkey Warns of Torture in the Aftermath of Failed Coup”

21-07-2016   IRCT member in Turkey Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT) has released a statement following Friday night’s failed coup d’état in Turkey, expressing its deep concern about the mass arrest of thousands of soldiers and civilians as well as allegations of torture and ill-treatment of detainees. Images have recently surfaced, showing dozens of detainees huddled together naked and […]

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Joint NGOs Statement Following the Arrest of the President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey

Joint NGOs Statement Following the Arrest of the President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey

The undersigned organizations, members of the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN), express their deep concern about the recent arrest of the President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT), Ms. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, together with MM. Erol Önderoğlu (journalist and Turkey representative of Reporters Without Borders) and Ahmet Nesin (journalist and writer). According to the HRFT and media […]

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Call from Norwegian Medical Association with Solidarity!

Call from Norwegian Medical Association with Solidarity!

Letter from Norwegian Medical Association for immediate and unconditional release of Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Erol Önderoğlu and Ahmet Nesin! You can also download the letter in pdf.

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IRCT Has Released a News Story Over UNCAT Turkey Review

IRCT Has Released a News Story Over UNCAT Turkey Review

Committee Against Torture Urges Turkey to Take Serious Action to End Torture and Stop Crackdown on Civil Society 17-05-2016 The UN Committee against Torture has expressed serious concern about torture and ill-treatment in Turkey, particularly in the context of counter-terrorism operations in the south-east of the country, and is calling on the Turkish Government to publically condemn acts of torture […]

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Free Speech Isn’t the Only Casualty of Erdogan’s Repression

Free Speech Isn’t the Only Casualty of Erdogan’s Repression

 13.04.2016 By Selahattin Demirtaş* DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — When Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, recently paid a visit to Washington, he gave Americans a taste of the kinds of policies he employs at home. His guards reportedly roughed up reporters outside a think tank while an LED-lit van that said “Truth + Peace = Erdogan” drove around the United States capital. […]

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Turkey: Arbitrary Detention of 20 University Academics and Researchers

Turkey: Arbitrary Detention of 20 University Academics and Researchers

TUR 001 / 0116 / OBS 010Arbitrary detention / ReleaseJudicial harassmentTurkeyJanuary 19, 2016 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (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 […]

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At Least 162 Civilians Killed in South East in Nearly 5 Months

At Least 162 Civilians Killed in South East in Nearly 5 Months

At least 162 civilians were killed in the fallout of the confrontation between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish security forces during curfews in southeastern provinces between Aug. 16, 2015 and Jan. 8, according to a report by the Turkish Human Rights Foundation (TİHV). The report, released late Saturday, reveals that during the period in question, at least […]

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