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Category: Executive Committee
DATE: 24 June 2022
PLACE: Strasbourg, France
COMMITTEE: Human Rights Defenders
Strasbourg protest was a joint protest among 24 organisations in Europe. The main goal of this protest was to let the European Court of Human Rights know that we are not holding back and not accepting them to blind their eyes to human rights abuses in Turkey.
Since 2016 European Court of Human Rights has barely decided cases on Turkey’s significant human rights violations. All the organisations there prepared a joint letter to the ECHR, and when the protest crowd reached the front ECHR, we wanted to give the joint letter to them and continue protesting till we went to the European council and council of Europe. A significant number of people, more than ten thousand, were there. They were all shouting and asking for justice.
The protest continued with a rally, where people who managed to escape from Turkey, family members of enforcedly disappeared people in Turkey, family members who died on the way from running from Turkey, and people who experienced prison and whose loved ones are in prison unjustly and more. They have asked to end this .
The mission of ECHR is to ‘raise the standards of protection of human rights and extending human rights jurisprudence throughout the community of the Convention States’. However, it has been evident since 2016 that Turkey has breached significant obligations under international law, including human rights. ECHR has stopped considering the cases, which was the point everyone raised at the protest.
The protest raised an issue and showed the ECHR, Council of Europe, and European Council that people are in tremendous suffering and justice needs to be addressed immediately.
DATE: 01 June 2022
PLACE: Turkish Embassy, London
COMMITTEE: Human Rights Defenders
We are once again in front of the Turkish Embassy in London!
We would love to have come here for celebration of Turkey’s EU membership, or of an international success of a Turkish team. But we are here for a reason that shames us all: We are here to protest the human rights violations the Turkish regime has been perpetuating.
We are here to protect the most basic human rights of living free lives, freedom of travelling and the right to have a fair trial.
Today is the anniversary of enforced disappearance of Educationist Orhan Inandi.
On this day last year, Orhan Inandi was forced to get off his car and was forcefully dragged to a van. His wife Reydan Inandi alarmed the world.
Orhan Inandi’s students and many Kyrgyz citisens called for a stop to his possible extradition to Turkey. Believing that he was kept at the Turkish Embassy in Bishkek, many camped around the embassy, protesting and demanding his immediate release.
Some of you were with us in protesting exactly here, in front of the Turkish Embassy.
For more than a month neither the Kyrgyz nor the Turkish authorities said anything about whereabouts of Orhan Inandi despite all calls from the United Nations.
Only after 37 days, the Turkish President stated that the Turkish intelligence had brought him to Turkey.
The Kyrgyz Government, which had previously awarded Inandi with a medal of honour was also complicit in this crime.
Orhan Inandi was tortured. He was forced to become an informer. He declined. His right hand was kept in strappado. He has been in jail for a year now and his right hand is still not fully cured.
Turkey’s Erdogan Regime has already become a mafia regime.
Every other day we hear another story of torture coming from Turkey.
This government kidnapped more than 100 educationists from around the world.
More than that number have forcefully disappeared within Turkey.
Sunay Elmas, Ayhan Oran, Yusuf Bilge Tunc, Gulistan Doku, Hurmuz Diril, Mehmet Bal…
These are only a few of the people who has gone missing for months and even years.
The Turkish Government is doing nothing to find them.
Because the perpetrator is the government.
In Turkey pregnant women, breast feeding mothers, ill and elderly people are arrested every other day.
Innocent girls are tortured under the pretext of investigation.
None of these are acceptable.
We reject all of these illegalities.
Turkish courts are not upholding the country’s laws, constitution and international obligations.
Erdogan has openly declared that he does not recognize the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.
In fact, the European Courts decisions on Selahattin Demirtas and Osman Kavala have not been implemented.
How? And why the democratic word does not do anything to stop this?
The compromises given to the dicta regime in Ankara invites for more illegalities.
Today, this regime is asking for extradition of journalists and academics who have sought asylum in Sweden and Finland in return for unblocking these countries’ NATO membership.
Europe: Erdogan takes this courage from the concessions you gave to him as the guardian of Europe’s borders against immigrants.
Our governments are complicit in Erdogan regime’s crimes.
You cannot become truly democratic in London while blinding yourself to the human rights violations in Turkey.
We are a bunch of people here in front of the Turkish embassy – what we are doing is in fact the responsibility of all human rights organizations, of all democratic institutions of the world.
We are asking immediate release of Orhan Inandi and all other victims of enforced disappearances all around the world.
We are asking information on the whereabouts of other missing people who have gone missing while under state custody.
We support the basic human right of living free from arbitrary detention and unnecessary state intervention into one’s life.
We support the right to a fair trial for Orhan Inandi and for all other inmates in Turkish prisons.
Thank you very much for being with us and supporting this cause today.
The Yemen crisis remains one of the largest and worst crises in the World. The eight-year-old conflict between external powers makes it a totally unsafe country to inhabit.
The civil war has displaced more than one million people and currently affects around 23.7 million people, including almost 13 million children. The conflict has given rise to cholera outbreaks, medicine shortages, and famine, making it a living hell for its residents.
This devastating humanitarian crisis was caused by several factors such as fuel price hikes, military division, and Saudi intervention. With around three-quarters of its population living in poverty, Yemen has long been the Arab world’s poorest country and its humanitarian crisis has only gotten worse after the break-out of COVID-19. Yemen’s already severe famine problem, meanwhile, is dangerously close to total disaster.
Around 17.4 million individuals require food assistance, and an increasing percentage of people are dealing with emergency levels of hunger. Three out of four Yemenis require humanitarian aid and protection, and four million are internally displaced, according to the UN refugee agency.
DATE: 10 December 2021
PLACE: Opposite of Number 10, Downing Street
COMMITTEE: Executive Committee
We celebrate our rights on the 10th of December every year on the occasion of the UN Human Rights Day. We demand justice for those who cannot speak up for themselves and whose voices are not heard. To make sure our voices are heard, we showed up opposite Downing Street with an 8m long banner wall and asked people to write their views on justice and current human rights violations around the world. We’ve seen people demanding justice for Uyghurs, Latin Americans, Palestine, Kurds, Turks, Libyans, Afghanis, Belarusian, women and transgenders. This project showed us the importance of true solidarity for human rights. We supported our Justice Wall with Instagram broadcasts at different times throughout the day.
Here are a volunteer’s words on their experience at the Justice Wall:
“ It was phenomenal, and one of my first interactive events (other than protests). I feel like us being in the frontier and socially interacting people in public and getting to see their reactions live was energetic and hyping!! It let us remember what we are doing, and what we can do. I truly believe it was a huge motivator as well as an amazing and inclusive project.”
And here is the speech HRS volunteer Asiye Betul made during the protest:
Before we get started, I would like to celebrate our rights. Mine, yours and all of ours! Happy day human rights day to us!
We have united here today to observe and celebrate the day of our rights, the day of the rights that make us who we are and the rights that should be available for all of us. While doing so, we demand justice for those whose rights are being violated, those whose voices are being silenced. We remind you that we will not forget the rights that some have forgotten.
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, and has been celebrated every year since then.
But Dear friends,
How much have these rights been applied since then? Why can’t all humans reach those rights?
Isn’t it strange that some rights are still being violated while we’re sat here celebrating them? Isn’t it strange that there’s a genocide happening in front of our eyes in China? Isn’t it strange that we’re building walls, putting out immigration bills? That there are journalists arrested in Brazil and Turkey? Isn’t it so strange that our rights are still being violated, in this very day?!
As we stand here with our wall of Justice, we will ask for the long awaited justice! We will not only ask for ours, but everyone’s rights! And we will let this wall be proof, of all those whose rights are denied and forgotten.
Because rights are only human, when they apply to all of us.
Because we are only human, when we fight for rights.
Happy Human rights day!
Let us celebrate our rights! Let us fight for our rights!
DATE: 28 March 2021 & 6 May 2021
PLACE: Parks & Instagram
COMMITTEE: Executive Committee
Human Rights Solidarity attests particular importance to supporting relatives of oppressed people in their times of difficulty. Hakan Dagdeviren is one such “child of incarcerated parents” who was diagnosed with leukaemia and was informed that cancer had metastasized to his liver, abdomen, neck, and armpits.
Human Rights Solidarity organized two Run for Hakan Events in March and May 2021 and gathered donations to improve conditions of Hakan and facilitate the marrow transplant surgery. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions we asked our volunteers to go out to the parks and run for Hakan for a minimum of 5 kilometers. We invited the running volunteers to join our live instagram broadcasts and share their thoughts with other volunteers.
Since the July 2016 coup attempt, Turkey has seen mass arrests and trials on terrorism charges of hundreds of thousands of people who have not involved in any violent act. Those people, among them are journalists, teachers, academics, human rights defenders, and opposition politicians, have been accused and tried for who they are, rather than what they might have done. Human rights groups have established that these proceedings were political and unfair.
Hakan’s parents are two of the 100,000 who have been imprisoned on false charges after 2016 in Turkey. His father was arbitrarily accused of terrorism just for being the head of a legally incorporated education company. Police raided their house on many occasions and interrogated Hakan about his parents when he was only 10 years old. These police raids and imprisonment of his parents made Hakan distressed. After all the things he went through Hakan was diagnosed with Leukaemia. He is being taken care of by his 70-year-old grandmother who is under threat due to COVID19 outbreak. Imagine a 10-year old kid’s life being upside down in political conflicts and imagine his parents’ grief and pain.
We didn’t only gather financial support for Hakan. We also encouraged our audience to write to their MPs and to the Ministry of Justice of Turkey in order to facilitate temporary release of either one of Hakan’s parents to stay with him during the murrow transplant. These attempts failed to convince the Turkish authorities, but we managed to transfer over £8,000 to Hakan’s relatives taking care of him before the transplant surgery.
Eventually Hakan had a successful surgery and entered a lengthy recovery process.