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ISLP Urges European Commissioner to Review Case of Turkish Attorney Detained for Human Rights Advocacy

ISLP LogoAugust 12, 2013  New York, NY – The International Senior Lawyers Project has written to the European Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, urging him to intervene in the case of Muharrem Erbey, Vice President of the Human Rights Association of Turkey and a prominent human rights attorney. ISLP is concerned that Turkey has used vague and overbroad counterterrorism laws to prosecute lawyers for simply providing legal services to victims of human rights abuses. <more>

Northern Kurdistan Unity and Solution Conference

Final Declaration

dyb-16-06-13-konferans-ahmet-turkOur Conference, in which representatives of various political, ethnic and religious groups participated in Amed [Diyarbakir] city on 15-16 June 2013, has taken historically significant decisions, and concluded successfully. We, representing all the different hues of Kurdistan, are sharing the conclusions and decisions reached after intense debate and discussion.

The Republic of Turkey has inflicted on its citizens the most severe oppression and exploitation as a result of its official founding ideology and unitary nation-state approach. It has not onlycoerced the Kurdish people and all the communities of Kurdistan to assimilate into a single Turkish identity, but also inflicted the same policies on Anatolian communities. Various Christian minorities, such as the Armenians and Syriacs, ethnic groups like the Arabs, Laz and Georgians and Moslem minorities like the Alevis have all suffered as a result of state oppres.  <more>

Öcalan: “Our Armed Forces Should Withdraw Beyond Border”

dyb-abdullah-ocalan-mesaj1“In the witnessing of millions today I am going to start a new era. Not arms but politics. Our armed forces should withdraw beyond border,” Öcalan said in his letter read during the Newroz celebrations in Diyarbakır.
Hundreds of thousands people gathered in Diyarbakır this morning demanding “Freedom to Öcalan, Status to Kurdish people”, a slogan that was adopted by several other cities across Turkey. <more>