Robert Spano, the head of the European Court of Human Rights, may receive an honorary doctorate in law from Istanbul University this week, prompting criticism that the act would conflict with the court’s stance and principles. Spano is due to visit Turkey this week for meetings and to give a lecture at the Justice Academy,..
A lawyer sentenced to more than 13 years in prison by a Turkish court on terror charges died on Thursday after 238 days of a hunger strike she embarked on to call for a fair trial. The People’s Law Office had earlier indicated that doctors were trying to resuscitate her with cardiac massage and then..
“To Make a Note in History” As Academics At Risk Platform, we want to support the writing of the events experienced in these difficult times by the memory holders themselves. Our main goal is to leave a historical advice so that the tragedies of humanity are recorded on the pages of history and that similar..
SONG CONTEST — TERMS AND GUIDELINES COMPETITION ORGANIZER: Advocates of Silenced Turkey, USA INTRODUCTION A contest with the title “SONGS SUNG FOR THE OPPRESSED” will be organized and promoted by AST (Advocates of Silenced Turkey). The contest will be held according to the application terms and conditions listed in this document. OBJECTIVESa) To raise awareness of..
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place..
In recent years, Turkey has experienced a massive deterioration in the independence and impartiality of both the judiciary and the adherence to the rule of law. This decline began in 2014, when the Union in Judiciary Platform1, a group endorsed by the Turkish Government, won the election for the Turkish Council of Judges and Prosecutors…
International human rights standards are increasingly understood to require special and improved care for women prisoners with children. Pregnant women, women in the post-partum phase of childbirth, and crucially, newborns, require access to intensive and routine medical services and highest attainable prison standards. Imprisoned women with children face distinct challenges that other prisoners may not..
Turkey is a constitutional republic with an executive presidential system and a 600- seat parliament. The unicameral parliament (the Grand National Assembly) exercises legislative authority. In presidential and parliamentary elections in 2018, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) observers expressed concern regarding restrictions on media reporting and the campaign environment that restricted the..
Thirty years ago today, the “Convention on the Rights of the Child” was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. We firmly believe that the family, as a basic unit of society and a natural environment, should be given the necessary protection and assistance as a basic unit of society and a natural environment for..