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Dr. Serdar Kni (2nd left) after his release

Turkey: Conviction of good medical practice by the Şırnak Local Court on behalf of Serdar Kni MD is unacceptable!

(25.04.2017) The proceeding has shown us clearly that what’s on trial is in fact, the universal ethical principles related to medical practice. Despite immense difficulties, MD. Serdar Kni has been, for many years and in the witness of many, practicing human rights-based medicine in Cizre district of Şırnak, with a strong commitment to the ethical and scientific references of good medical practice. Since the very first day, we know that the real target of this “trial” is national and international law and conventions, universal ethical principles of good medical practice and mainly human conscience.

Turkey: International observers monitored MD Serdar Knis Trial

(17.03.2017) Early this week, War Resisters' International joined a group of international organisations to observe the hearing of Serdar Kni, a doctor and veteran human rights defender in Şırnak, Turkey. Dr. Kni has been kept in custody since October 2016, accused of being a member of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) under Article 314/2 of Turkish Penal Code. His first trial, attended by 70 observers, including six observers from Germany, UK, Sweden, Norway and US. took place on 13th March, Monday.

Turkey: Urgent Call for Action for Chairperson of Human Rights Association (İHD) Diyarbakır Branch

(15.03.2017) Chairperson of Human Rights Association (İHD) Diyarbakır Branch and Vice-Chairperson of İHD Headquarters M.Raci Bilici has been arrested this morning (March 15,2017) and still in custody at Diyarbakır Anti-Terror Branch. By this operation, along with Raci Bilici, 11 old and new representatives of the NGOs in Diyarbakır have been arrested. According to the information obtained by the lawyers, alleged charges are still not learned since morning due to the confidentiality order on the investigation file.

Şebnem Korur Fincancı and Erol nderoğlu

Turkey: Trial against human rights activists and journalists postponed

High number of international observers

(09.11.2016) The trial against the president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV), Prof. Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, the journalist Erol nderoğlu, and the writer Ahmet Nesin began on 8 November. The prosecutor accused the three of producing propaganda for a terrorist organization because of their participation in a freedom of expression campaign for the pro-Kurd newspaper zgr Gndem.