ECHR Convicts Turkey Twice

The Turkish government is to pay applicant Derman € 43,000 in compensation due to ill-treatment in police custody, the European Court of Human Rights decreed. Applicant İçen will receive a compensation of € 15,000 because she was tried as a civilian at a military court.

Source: BIA

Turkish applicant Emrullah Derman won his case before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding allegations that “he had been beaten, blindfolded, stripped naked, hosed with water and subjected to falaka (beating on the soles of the feet) when held in police custody”.

Additionally, civil servant Mualla Gökçe İçen sued out a compensation at the international court because she was tried and convicted at a military court while she was employed by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) as a civil servant. Continue reading


European Court of Human Rights asked questions to Turkey about 2000 prison massacre

Examining the application of ‘Reviving Massacre’ victims in Bayrampaşa prison, the Court asked how the prisoners’ right to live was protected in the operation and if they were tortured during the transferring.

Source: ANF

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) asked the Turkish government to give answer to some questions concerning the massacre of prisoners in Bayrampaşa prison on 17 December 2000. The Court asked Ankara to answer the questions ‘Was it necessary to use violence’, ‘Were prisoners subjected  to torture?’  Continue reading

Kurdish and Turkish NGO’s call for UK to exert political & economic sanctions on Turkey

05 February 2011

Press release: For immediate release

We, the following NGO’s: Roj Women Assembly, The Socialist Union of Women, Kurdish Federation UK, Kurdish Community Centre, Halkevi and Britain Peace Council strongly condemn the Turkish State’s barbaric murders and disappearances of Kurds and other minorities. We urge the Turkish State to comply with European Human Rights Convention 1998 and the Statement on the Protection against Enforced Disappearances, accepted by the United Nations 1992.

Turkey has been committing serious crimes against humanity in the Kurdish regions for the last 30 years. This has been proved once more after recent excavations of mass graves in the Mutki district of Bitlis province, where human bones were discovered. The Turkish government has been rejecting to investigate unsolved political murders conducted from 1990’s. Regardless of many complaints filed by the relatives of those forcibly disappeared and the confession of clandestine intelligence and witnesses, Turkish government remains silent. Moreover,  it has been trying cover up the evidence. Continue reading

Violations of human rights still high in Turkey

Violation of human rights in Turkey remained unchanged this year too. Torture is now applied on streets while an increase is observed in torture and cruel treatment under custody. According to a research by TİHV, there have been human rights abuses in all four corners of the country.

According to the research of Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TİHV) between 1 January and 30 November, in Turkey 28 people lost their lives due to extrajudicial execution, while 9 were murdered by unknown assailants. 70 people were wounded due to lynch attempt. While the number of torture and cruel treatment victims rose to 202 this year, 319 people appealed to TİHV with torture complaints. Separately, 40 institution buildings were attacked. Continue reading