November 9, 2017

Öztürk Türkdoğan, President of Human Rights Association(HRA), Ms Sevim Salihoğlu, Treasurer of the HRA, Ms Derya Uysal, Member of the Central Management Board of HRA and Ms Besra Varli, staff of the HRA  were taken under police custody at noon of 9 November 2017 (today) before the Human Rights Monument at Yüksel Avenue in Ankara.

Human Rights Monument have been under blockade with iron barriers since months.

Just a year ago on 9 November 2016, Nuriye Gülmen intitiated a “sitting action”  with a slogan of “I want my job back”  before the Human Rights Monument. She was joined later by Semih Özakça, Acun Karadağ and Veli Saçılık with same slogan.

Nuriye and Semih had later commenced the hunger strike.

Human Rights monument represents  human rights. Iron barriers represent blockade!

As Human Rights Association, our President and board members and our staff demanded the lift of this blockade. This is why we were before the Human Rights Monumet today.

Our second demand was related with the acceptance of public servants’ demand  to return to their job who were unlawfully purged.

As a result;

Human Rights Defenders should be released immediately.

Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça who unfairly and unlawfully dismissed  should return to their job.

Human Rights Association

Human Rights Foundation of Turkey