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Merve Arkun

Turkey: Investigation against Conscientious Objection Association Co-chair, Merve Arkun

(14.06.2018) The Office of the Chief Prosecution in Diyarbakir, Turkey, has opened an investigation against the co-chair of the Conscientious Objection Association (Turkey), Merve Arkun. The Association has reported that the investigation is due to a press conference they organised two years ago on International Conscientious Objectors Day.

Culture of war in Istanbul Metro

A visit to Turkey at a time of oppression and war

(02.04.2018) At first sight, not much in Istanbul shows that the country is at war. The queues of tourists at passport control are long. Everything is running as normal. Main shopping roads like İstiklal are full of people. But we can say that the sustained deterioration of the human rights situation is really horrifying. Since Turkey's operation in the north of Syria started, it is very difficult for activists in Turkey to even use terms like “peace”, to criticise the war in Afrin or to demand the return of a peace process with the Kurdish population.

Human Rights Association and Human Rights Foundation Turkey

Turkey: War Kills! No to War! We Want Peace!

Human Rights Association and Human Rights Foundation Turkey to the war in Afrin

(21.01.2018) The statements of the Turkish political authority regarding military intervention into Afrin in Syrian lands turned into a hot war on 20 January 2018. The air operation to Afrin was launched subsequent to the statements of the President of the Republic and then of General Staff. Additionally, it is understood from the images of the press that the ground assault was also launched together with the participation of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) consisted of nondescript paramilitary groups which were transported into Syrian lands through Turkey.

Vigil in Halle, October 25, 2017

"What a good morning! Peter, Ali and all the rest of the Istanbul10 have been released"

Campaign Newsletter Nr. 7

(26.10.2017) Dear friends of the Istanbul10,

what a good morning! Peter, Ali and all the rest of the Istanbul10 have been released. Late last night the court decided to end their pre-trial detention. Peter and Ali are allowed to leave the country today and to be united again with their dearest. The trial is supposed to be continued. The charges have not been dropped, they have not been declared innocent. But we are very relieved that they are all free and don’t have to stay in prison anymore.