79 Day Curfew Cizre Field Report

In accordance with Provincial Administration Law no 5442 Article 11/C, a curfew had been declared in Cizre district by the governor of Şırnak on 4 September 2015 at 20.00. The first curfew lasted until 12 September 2015. The second curfew was on 13-14 September 2015, the third curfew on 14-15 November 2015. The longest and continuous curfew was implemented between 14 December-3 March 2016 and lasted for 79 days.

This research report includes interviews and investigations carried out in the curfew implemented neighborhoods Yafes, Sur, Cudi and Nuh between 6-8 March 2016.

Now you can download the report in English through this link.

Good Medical Practice is Convicted on Behalf of Serdar Küni MD!

Conviction of good medical practice by the Şırnak Local Court on behalf of Serdar Küni MD is unacceptable!

25 April 2017

Dear friends and colleagues,

As you know, Serdar Küni MD. Human Rights Foundation of Turkey Cizre Representative and former president of the Şırnak Medical Chamber was arrested on October 19th, 2016 and has been detained since then pending trial. Küni is tried for his alleged treatment of persons alleged to be ‘militants’ and alleged to be ‘members of a terrorist organization’, and he is accused of membership to the armed organization.

The first hearing of the case was held on March 13th, 2017, at the Şırnak 2nd Heavy Penal Court. During the first hearing, it became very obvious that these allegations are not based on any concrete evidence. The witness testimonies upon which the allegations rely, do not include any specific information that can be linked to the charges. Furthermore, the testimonies have been denied also by the witnesses themselves, who stated that they have testified under torture and that the concerned testimonies have been fabricated. Despite all, Serdar Küni MD. wasn’t released in this first hearing and the hearing was postponed.

The 2nd hearing of the case was held on April 24th, 2017 in the presence of national and international observers, including representatives of the most prominent international medical and human rights organizations. The local court stated that no relationship of MD Küni with the armed organization was detected. Yet, at the end of this hearing, despite the absence of any concrete evidence, the court convicted and sentenced MD Küni to 4 years 2 months imprisonment. At the same time, Küni was released pending final decision of the Gaziantep regional high court.

We believe, the contradictory attitude of the panel of judges and its decision to release MD Küni, is indicative of the fact that the panel was not convinced by the nature of the evidence. We are deeply convinced that in this case where there is no concrete evidence, MD Küni will be definitely acquitted by the regional high court in the further period.

The proceeding has shown us clearly that what’s on trial is in fact, the universal ethical principles related to medical practice. Despite immense difficulties, MD. Serdar Küni has been, for many years and in the witness of many, practicing human rights-based medicine in Cizre district of Şırnak, with a strong commitment to the ethical and scientific references of good medical practice. Since the very first day, we know that the real target of this “trial” is national and international law and conventions, universal ethical principles of good medical practice and mainly human conscience.

As HRFT, we extend our most sincere gratitudes to all our friends and colleagues who stood by Serdar Küni in this process. Thanks to an enormous solidarity environment both at the national and international levels, Serdar Küni is with us again. We believe that with support of you all, he will be acquitted as required, and this case will be an exemplary one in terms of good medical practice in conflict environments throughout the world.

We will share with you our schedule in the upcoming days.

Warm regards,

Metin Bakkalcı

HRFT Secretary General

Call on the Second Hearing of Imprisoned Medical Doctor Serdar Küni

22 April 2017

The second hearing of the case based on groundless allegations concerning professional practices of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT) Cizre Reference Center Representative and former President of Şırnak Medical Association Dr. Serdar Küni, who is detained now for 6 months, will be held at the Şırnak 2nd Heavy Penal Court on Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 2 pm.

Dr. Serdar Küni, who has been decisively practicing medicine in Cizre for years with a strong commitment to the fundamental values, was arrested on October 19th , 2016. During the first hearing, it became very obvious that these allegations are not based on any concrete evidence. The authenticity of the witness testimonies upon which the allegations rely, has been refused by the witnesses themselves, who stated that they have testified under torture and that the concerned testimonies have been arranged on behalf of them. Despite all, Dr. Serdar Küni wasn’t released.

As we have stated since the very beginning, the real target of this trial is national and international law and conventions, universal ethical principles of good medical practice and mainly human conscience. Thus, we will be at the Şırnak Court on April 24th, 2017 to remind one more time that good medical practice cannot be prosecuted.

We are honored to express that, herewith, the solidarity for good medical practice gets beyond the borders. Representatives of several international medical and human rights organizations from throughout the World, including Senior program officer of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Christine Mehta, REDRESS Director Carla Ferstman, Per Stadig from Red Cross Center for Tortured Refugees Stockholm-Sweden, Deputy Secretary General of Norwegian Helsinki Committee Gunnar M. Ekelove-Slydal, German Medical Association and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War-Germany (IPPNW) Ernst Ludwig Iskenius, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War-Europe Barbara Neppert and Andreas Speck from War Resisters’ International and La Transicionera will be observing the hearing along with Vice President of Turkish Medical Association Prof. Dr. Sinan Adıyaman and General Secretary of HRFT Dr.Metin Bakkalcı and many more representatives from different cities in Turkey.

We believe that thanks to this formidable solidarity environment, Dr. Serdar Küni will become free by this second hearing which will be held at the Şırnak 2nd Heavy Penal Court on Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 2 pm.

Good medical practice cannot be prosecuted!

 

HUMAN RIGHTS FOUNDATION OF TURKEY

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Human Rights Award to HRFT President Prof. Şebnem Korur Fincancı

19 April 2017

Today, we are honored to announce that the President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT) forensic expert Prof. Şebnem Korur Fincancı is awarded with the Human Rights Award of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR).

Prof. Fincancı, who received her award on 18 April 2017 in New York at the Annual Gala of PHR, is one of Turkey’s leading human rights defenders and a world-renowned forensic expert. She is one of the authors of the Istanbul Protocol – the internationally recognized global standard for investigating and documenting torture.

In this respect, we support the words of Prof. Şebnem Korur Fincancı on never loosing hope and always keeping solidarity strong “We depend on each other. Humanity needs each other.” Thus, by being aware of the importance of this international solidarity that we have, we, as the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, are grateful first to PHR for their valuable award and to all our friends whom we are in solidarity with. Moreover we would also like to state our belief on this precious solidarity environment that we built all together in accordance with our common cause on achieving the values of human rights for everyone and in everywhere, is getting stronger by each hardship we have confronted and with each passing day.

Sincerely,

HUMAN RIGHTS FOUNDATION OF TURKEY

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Information Note on Third Hearing of the Trial Fincancı, Önderoğlu and Nesin

21 March 2017

Dear friends and colleagues,

Arrested on June 20, 2016 for defending freedom of press and expression in solidarity with Ozgur Gundem Daily, Prof. Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı (HRFT President), Erol Önderoğlu (Reporters without Borders Turkey Representative), and Ahmet Nesin (Journalist-Writer) had been released ten days after their arrest.

The third hearing of the case in the trial of the three human rights defenders and journalists on charges of “provoking commission of an offence”, “praising the offence and the offenders” and “making propaganda of terrorist organisation through means of press”, was held today (March 21st, 2017) at the 13th Çağlayan Heavy Penal Court.

The hearing was observed by representatives of several human rights organizations from throughout the world, including  Prof. Dr. MD. Christian Pross, international observer on behalf of the German Medical Association; Angelika Claussen, Regional Vice President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War-Europe; Safya Akorri from International Federation for Human Rights; Britta Jenkins, former staff of the Berlin Treatment Center for Torture Victims; Leif Hinrichsen from Jiyan Foundation in the Kurdistan Regional Government; Barbara Neppert from Amnesty International Germany, Sara Kokemüller from Physicians Group of Amnesty International Germany and Alper Öktem from International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War-Germany.

In this short hearing, the amicus curiae prepared by the ARTICLE 19, an internationally respected NGO defending freedom of expression and information worldwide, was presented to the court. The court postponed the hearing to June 8, 2017 11.45AM, on the grounds of completion of missing documentation.

We thank all our friends and colleagues who provided their support to Fincancı, Önderoğlu, and Nesin, and who stood with us against the judicial harassment of human rights defenders and journalists in Turkey.

We will share the programme concerning the fourth hearing in the upcoming days.

Kind regards,

Metin Bakkalcı

HRFT Secretary General

Turkey Prolongs Unlawful Detention of Physician Who Treated Patients During Unrest in Southeast

New York, NY – 03/17/2017

A court in the southeastern Turkish city of Şırnak has ordered the continued arbitrary detention of Dr. Serdar Küni, a member of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey and former president of the Şırnak medical chamber, this week extending his five-month confinement by at least another month.

Dr. Küni is charged with providing medical treatment to alleged members of Kurdish armed groups. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) – which attended and moitored the trial on March 13 – demands the immediate dismissal of all legal actions against Dr. Küni and a stop to the ongoing persecution of health workers in Turkey’s southeast.

Dr. Küni was arrested and detained on October 19, 2016 on charges that he provided medical treatment to alleged members of Kurdish armed groups while they clashed with Turkish security forces in 2015 and 2016. In a letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, PHR wrote that the charges against Dr. Küni are part of a wave of arbitrary arrests and prosecutions of health workers throughout Turkey’s southeast. At the conclusion of this week’s trial, a judge ordered that Dr. Küni remain in custody until a second hearing set for April 24.

“By bringing criminal charges against doctors who treat patients, Turkey is sending a chilling message that undermines the medical profession and prevents access to health care,” said Susannah Sirkin, PHR’s director of international policy and partnerships. “We observed similar tactics of intimidation and harassment used against doctors attempting to treat protesters at Istanbul’s Gezi Park in 2013 and against doctors all over Turkey standing up for human rights during the state of emergency imposed after last July’s attempted military coup.”

“It is unlawful for the Turkish authorities to punish Dr. Küni for simply doing his job,” said Sirkin. “A doctor’s duty is to treat the sick and wounded, regardless of a patient’s race, nationality, political affiliation, or status as a party to a conflict.”

The continued detention and prosecution of Dr. Serdar Küni runs counter to Turkey’s obligations under international human rights law to provide effective protection for health care workers, including during times of conflict, unrest, or emergency. Such obligations also allow health professionals to provide care for all without discrimination, in accordance with international medical ethics. The UN General Assembly resolution on the Principles of Medical Ethics (A/RES/37/194), which is applicable in and outside of armed conflict situations, likewise obligates states not to compel medical personnel to undertake actions that contravene medical ethics, including refusing to provide treatment. The arrest of medical professionals for delivering treatment may amount to arbitrary arrest and detention under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Turkey is a state party.

PHR also said Turkey is failing its obligation under international law to conduct proceedings against Dr. Küni that meet international fair trial standards. PHR observed four witnesses withdraw their statements against Dr. Küni on March 13, alleging they had been tortured in police custody and coerced into signing statements that were then used as evidence to detain and charge Dr. Küni. International law prohibits the use of evidence elicited by torture, ill-treatment, or coercion. The prohibition applies at all times, including during times of emergency and regardless of the seriousness of the alleged crime. Turkish domestic law also prohibits the use of evidence obtained through torture, ill-treatment, or coercion.

Despite the lack of evidence and the witnesses’ withdrawal of their statements, the judge remanded Dr. Küni to custody. The judge also failed to order inquiries into the allegations of torture from the witnesses, but did request medical records kept during their time in custody.

“Turkish authorities should immediately drop all legal actions against Dr. Küni and release him from detention,” said Sirkin. “Turkish authorities must also ensure that all legal proceedings meet international fair trial standards. The legal proceedings against Dr. Küni in Şırnak raise serious questions about the independence and impartiality of Turkish courts in the current climate within the country, and represent an alarming assault on medical neutrality.”

Background

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) conducted an investigation in April 2016 into reports of violations of human rights and medical neutrality in southeastern Turkey starting in July 2015. The Turkish government sent thousands of Turkish soldiers and special operations police forces into the southeast to quell an uprising of youth militias seeking greater Kurdish autonomy. The government imposed dozens of curfews on entire towns and cities, cutting off access to water, food, electricity, and health care, even in emergency situations. In response, some health professionals living in neighborhoods under curfew treated the wounded and sick from their homes, or remained stationed around-the-clock at hospitals.

PHR documented several incidents in which health professionals, including ambulance drivers, were shot at or killed while responding to calls for emergency care in neighborhoods under curfew. Between July 2015 and June 2016, numerous health care workers were either charged with the crimes of “making terrorist propaganda” and “being part of an illegal organization, or were subjected to administrative inquiries by the Ministry of Health, in some cases for treating alleged members of the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement or Kurdistan Workers’ Party in hospitals in areas under curfew. For more detail, see PHR’s August 2016 report “Southeastern Turkey: Health Care Under Siege.”

Legal actions, both criminal and administrative, that punish health professionals for carrying out their duties are in direct violation of the Turkish state’s international human rights obligations. International humanitarian law and international human rights law both mandate the protection of health professionals in order to allow them to fulfill their duties to provide care for those in need, without regard to any element of identity, affiliation, or political opinion. These medical professionals should therefore not be criminalized.

PHR has also repeatedly called for Turkish authorities to cease the ongoing harassment of medical professionals, lawyers, academics, journalists, and other human rights defenders in Turkey since the outbreak of hostilities in southeastern Turkey in July 2015, and exacerbated by last year’s attempted military coup.

You can visit PHR’s web site through the link.

International Observers monitored MD Serdar Küni’s Trial

17 March 2017

Early this week, War Resisters’ International joined a group of international organisations to observe the hearing of Serdar Küni, a doctor and veteran human rights defender in Şırnak, Turkey. Dr. Küni has been kept in custody since October 2016, accused of being a member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) under Article 314/2 of Turkish Penal Code. His first trial, attended by 70 observers, including six observers from Germany, UK, Sweden, Norway and US. took place on 13th March, Monday.

During the hearing, witnesses who initially testified against Dr. Küni revoked their testimonies stating that they were tortured by police during their testimonies and they actually didn’t know Dr. Küni. Despite the witness declarations, the court decided to hold Dr. Küni in custody until the next hearing, due to take place on 24th April.

Serdar Küni, who was recently awarded the Peace Companionship and Democracy Award by the Diyarbakir Medical Chamber, is a medical doctor based in Cizre,a town of Şırnak in the Southeast of Turkey. He is the Cizre Representative of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TİHV) and former President of the Şırnak Chamber of Medicine, and working as a physician In the town for several years, including during the curfews and intense fighting between Kurdish Turkish security forces and Kurdish guerilla in the early months of 2016. “It is my duty as a physician to treat every person who need treatment. But I never violated the law during my work“, he said during the trial last Monday.

However, the prosecutor accused him of “providing treatment to alleged militants” and not informing security services about it, and accused Dr. Küni of being a member of PKK. In order to prove these accusations, the prosecutor brought testimony from four witnesses. However, the oral statements of the witnesses in the court room showed how police and security forces were acting during the curfews. In Cizre, hundreds of people were killed during the armed conflict between the young Kurdish rebels and Turkish security forces. Tens of thousands of inhabitants had to leave the town. Today, a large areas of these neighbourhoods are destroyed, and houses have been expropriated.

During the trial, one witness after another declared that they had never met Serdar Küni, and don’t know him. One witness described how he was coerced into signing a statement, which he was not allowed to read before signing. The other witnesses made clear statements that they were tortured after arrests by police and security forces. “They beat out a tooth, one of them reported, “then they dressed me in an explosive vest and threatened to blow it up. I signed, but nothing of it is true.”

In a closing statement, the defence described Serdar Küni’s professional obligation as a a physician, that he was obliged to treat every person who needed medical help. In response to the testimonies from the witnesses, the defence called for the immediate release of MD Serdar Küni.

However, in his statement, the prosecutor said that he is still not convinced that MD Serdar Küni is not guilty, and applied to prolong his the custody. The judges followed his application and postponed the trial until 24th April to take place in Sirnak.

“It is terrifying that the judiciary is following the policy of the Turkish government in such a way”

The trial was observed by around 70 people, including six observers from Germany, UK, Sweden, Norway and US. They were shocked about the decision of the court. “Following the Convention on Torture, a proceeding has to be stopped immediately if it‘s shown that testimonies are given under torture”, Ernst Ludwig Iskenius of IPPNW Germany said afterwards. “The testimonies clearly showed how brutal the Turkish security forces were acting during the war in Southeast of Turkey,“ added Rudi Friedrich who was coming to Şırnak on behalf of Connection e.V. and War Resisters‘ International. “It is terrifying that the judiciary is following the policy of the Turkish government in such a way.”

“The case of MD Serdar Küni is very important. We are so glad to get such huge international support”, emphasized Metin Bakkalcı of the Turkish Human Rights Foundation. The international observers demand the immediate release of MD Serdar Küni.“We strongly condemn the course of action of the Turkish judiciary”, Ernst-Ludwig Iskenius stressed. “Further on we are continuing to support the human rights activists in Turkey who are working under high risk of detention and prosecution by acting for a peaceful solution of the conflicts in Turkey” Rudi Friedrich added.

You can visit War Resisters International’s page through the link.

Information Note on the First Hearing of the Trial of HRFT Cizre Representative Serdar Küni MD.

15 March 2017

Good Medical Practice Cannot be Prosecuted!

The first hearing of the case concerning Human Rights Foundation of Turkey Cizre Representative and former president of the Şırnak Medical Chamber Serdar Küni MD., who was detained for almost 5 months, was held on March 13th, 2017, at the Şırnak 2nd Heavy Penal Court.

By this trial, a mervellous solidarity environment has been established by both participation of representatives of the most prominent medical and human rights organisations from all around the World in person, and also by the written statements and letters that they have sent.

Along with representatives of Turkish Medical Association and Medical Chambers of many cities, Trade Union of Public Employees in Health and Social Services, Human Rights Association, Bar and Lawyers Association; there were also representatives of several human rights organizations from throughout the world, including Bjorn Oscar Hoftved from World Medical Association and Norwegian Medical Association, Susannah Sirkin from Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), Per Stadig from Stockholm-Red Cross Center for Tortured Refugees, Lutz Oette from School of Oriental and African Studies Law Department, Rudi Friedrich from War Resisters’ International (WRI) and Ernst Ludwig Iskenius from Physicians Group of Amnesty International Germany and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) attended the hearing.

As you know, Serdar Küni MD. has been detained and tried with groundless allegations concerning his professional practices and yesterday during the trial it became very obvious that these allegations are not based on any concrete evidences by the statements of witnesses who stated that they were tortured during interrogation, alongside with the indisputableness of universal ethics. Despite all, Serdar Küni MD. wasn’t released and next trial is postponed to April 24, 2017. This decision has no possiblity to be accepted by none of the members of national and international community.

We thank all our friends and colleagues, who attended to this valuable gathering, and who through various channels, provided their support and displayed solidarity with us, in the face of these unfounded charges concerning Serdar Küni MD., who practiced his profession in the witness of everyone by the fundamental ethical and scientific references of good medical practice.

Since the very first day, we know that the real target of this “trial” is national and international law and conventions, universal ethical principles of good medical practice and mainly human conscience. Therefore, we once again lay emphasis on the importance of this case both for Turkey and for the whole medical World.

As the consequence of all these, we believe that Serdar Küni MD. will become free on April 24, 2017 through this environment of solidarity that we will strengthen more all together.

Sincerely,

Metin Bakkalcı

HRFT Secretary General

 

URGENT CALL FOR ACTION: Chairperson of Human Rights Association (İHD) Diyarbakır Branch and Vice-Chairperson of İHD Headquarters M.Raci Bilici Must Immediately be Released!

15 March 2017

Chairperson of Human Rights Association (İHD) Diyarbakır Branch and Vice-Chairperson of İHD Headquarters M.Raci Bilici has been arrested this morning (March 15,2017) and still in custody at Diyarbakır Anti-Terror Branch. By this operation, along with Raci Bilici, 11 old and new representatives of the NGOs in Diyarbakır have been arrested. According to the information obtained by the lawyers, alleged charges are still not learned since morning due to the confidentiality order on the investigation file.

Human Rights Association is an internationally recognised human rights organisation and has played a vital role in the promotion of human rights and democracy in Turkey, since 1986.

As well-known by everyone, the important role human rights defenders has been recognised in various international documents such as the OSCE Document of the Moscow Meeting (1991), the Vienna Declaration (1993) or the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders (1998). Also, in April 2004 UN prepared fact sheet no.29 titled as ‘Human Rights Defenders: Protecting the Right to defend Human Rights’ to make UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders more clear. Moreover, due to the increased pressure on human rights defenders not only in Turkey but all around the World despite of all these assessments, UN General Assembly adopted a special resolution (70/160) on 17 December 2015 allocated again on UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and raised their concerns on the matter.

All these documents contain provisions protecting human rights defenders who face many risks because of their work for the protection, development and promotion of human rights. Promoting respect for democracy and human rights is only possible when human rights defenders can carry out their work in a safe environment without obstructions.

In this regard, we emphasize that M. Raci Bilici carries out all his activities duly in scope of human rights values for many years. The operation against and detention of Raci Bilici is unacceptable under no circumstances..

As Human Rights Association and Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, we are calling upon the international community to take urgent action for the release of Raci Bilici and the other NGO representatives.

 

HUMAN RIGHTS ASSOCIATION

HUMAN RIGHTS FOUNDATION OF TURKEY

                                                     

 

Actions requested:

  1. Release M.Raci Bilici and other NGO representatives immediately and unconditionally, as their detention is arbitrary since it only aims at sanctioning the legitimate human rights activities;
  2. Put an end to all forms of harassment, including at judicial level, against them, as well as all human rights defenders in Turkey;
  3. Comply with all the provisions of abovementioned international documents.

List of Authorities in Turkey 

President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Cumhurbaşkanlığı Külliyesi 06560 Beştepe-Ankara, Phone: (+90 312) 525 55 55, Fax: (+90 312) 525 58 31, E-mail: contact@tccb.gov.tr

Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yıldırım, Vekaletler Caddesi Başbakanlık, Kızılay/Ankara Phone: +90 (312) 422 10 00; Fax +90 (312) 403 62 82 Email: ozelkalem@basbakanlik.gov.tr

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Dr. Sadık Ahmet Cad, No: 8 Balgat / Ankara – Turkey 06100; Phone : +90 (312) 292 10 00

Minister of Justice, Mr. Bekir Bozdağ, 06659 Kizilay, Ankara; Phone: +90 (312) 417 77 70; Fax: +90 (0312) 419 33 70; E-mail: info@adalet.gov.tr

Minister of Interior, Mr. Süleyman Soylu, Bakanlıklar Ankara; Phone: +90 (312) 422 40 00; Fax: 90 312 418 1795; Email: ozelkalem@icisleri.gov.tr

Minister of Health, Mr. Recep Akdağ, Mithatpaşa Cad. Sıhhıye / Ankara 06434-Turkey; Phone: +90 (312) 585 10 00eposta@saglik.gov.tr

You can download the urgent call as pdf.

IRCT Calls for Immediate Release of Human Rights Foundation of Turkey Representative Dr. Serdar Küni

13 March 2017

Today, in Sirnak, Turkey, Dr Serdar Kuni will stand trial accused of providing medical treatment to alleged members of Kurdish armed groups. This is a direct violation of Turkey’s international legal obligations to protection of health professionals in order to allow them to fulfil their duties to provide care for those in need, without regard to any element of identity, affiliation, or political opinion. Dr Kuni is the Cizre Representative of IRCT member, Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT), and his trial is the latest in a long line of administrative and judicial harassment of the HRFT and its staff.

In a joint statement with other international health based organisations, the IRCT calls on the Government of Turkey to uphold international law and human rights in Turkey and in particular to:
  1. Immediately release Dr. Serdar Kuni, and drop all legal actions immediately and unconditionally.
  2. Respect and fulfil Turkey’s obligation to protect the right to health, medical neutrality, and freedom of association and expression; and
  3. Provide an effective remedy and reparation to victims of arbitrary arrest, detention, and judicial and legal harassment.
“We are extremely concerned to see that this crackdown on civil society continues to escalate. In this light, the IRCT is supporting an event today at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to bring the situation to the attention of the UN’s highest human rights body. We hope that this will lay the foundation for more robust action by the international community before irreparable harm is done to the essential fabric of democratic society in Turkey,” says Advocacy Director of the IRCT, Asger Kjaerum.