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Turkey: International observers at the trial of human rights defenders and journalists in Istanbul

The trial of three human rights defenders and journalists from Turkey, who are being tried due to their participation in a freedom of expression campaign for a pro-Kurdish daily newspaper, began in Istanbul on 8 November. War Resisters’ International, together with many other national and international organisations, were ready at the courthouse to support Prof. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, the president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, and the journalists Erol Önderoğlu and Ahmet Nesin.

Turkey: International observers at the trial of human rights activists and journalists in Istanbul

Şebnem Korur Fincancı and Erol Önderoğlu together with international observers at the courthouseŞebnem Korur Fincancı and Erol Önderoğlu together with international observers at the courthouseThe trial against the president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV), Prof. Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, the journalist Erol Önderoğlu, 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 Özgür Gündem.

Before the hearing, international and local observers were invited by the Medical Chamber Istanbul for a gathering in their centre. On a morning gathering, the International Forum for Justice and Freedom, they emphasised their solidarity with the accused.

Reaching across the great divide of differences

Carol Thompson

The bright smile. Contagious laughter. Her sunshine drew others to her, to debate and argue, to learn and ponder. Energetic resolution, a passion for justice, for constant giving define Kayla Mueller; not her capture by ISIS, her torture and tragic death at age 26.

Conscientious objection declaration from Hilal Demir

We share the conscientious objection declaration by Hilal Demir, first published in Women and Conscientious Objection - An Anthology

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I don't want to live in a world that is sexist, hierarchic, authoritarian, militarist and patriarchal.

I do not want them to give me their system-based school education…

I do not want people to die in wars because they are deceived.

I do not want to have to prove that I am a fully intelligent being and individual, just because I am a woman.

I do not want to brush aside the state's war policies and their lies.

I do not want militaries that train dummies to die in wars…

I do not want people to decide for me about anything without asking me…

I do not want to see militarist concepts and behaviours within our movements…

I do not want to live under patriarchic rules and behaviors that invade my private life.

I do not want antbody to judge people's sexual identities.

I do not want to be ruled by labels such as "mother", "wife", "daughter", "girlfriend" just because I am a woman…

I do not want to live fenced in by borders…

I do not want to kill and be killed…

And.. I am rejecting all of these by listening to my conscience…

Because I WANT to live free and happy, in a world where there is no war, or any kind of violence, anti-authoritarian, without borders.

And you?

Hilal Demir, 2005 Izmir

Stoppt den Kreislauf der Gewalt in der Türkei: Unterschriften an die EU übergeben

Im Frühjahr 2016 hat die WRI eine neue Kampagne gestartet, bei der es um die eskalierende Gewalt in der Türkei geht. Als Teil dieser Kampagne und auf Vorschlag von AktivistInnen der WRI aus der Türkei hin hatten wir eine Petition an die EU zu Händen der Hohen Repräsentantin für Auswärtige Angelegenheiten, Federica Mogherini, gerichtet. Die Petition rief die EU auf, die Situation in der Türkei nicht aus den Augen zu verlieren und auf die eskalierende Gewalt in dem Land zu reagieren.

Stop the cycle of violence in Turkey: Signatures submitted to the EU

In Spring 2016 War Resisters' International launched a new campaign focusing on the escalating cycle of violence in Turkey. As part of this campaign, initiated in response to demands from WRI activists in Turkey, we have launched a petition addressing the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the European Union. The appeal was calling on the EU not to lose sight of the situation in Turkey, and to take action on the escalating violence in the country.

Türkei: Lasst uns die Spirale der Gewalt und die militaristischen Zumutungen verweigern

von Vicdani Ret Derneği

Militärputsche haben überall, wo sie stattgefunden haben, Menschenrechtsverletzungen mit sich gebracht. An allen Orten, an denen eine Armee mit Gewalt die Kontrolle übernommen hat, wurden Gewaltstrukturen gefestigt, die davon betroffene Gesellschaft war einer Spirale der Gewalt ausgesetzt. Was wir seit der Nacht des 15. Juli erleben, ist eine Variante dessen.

WRI Delegation Report: Stop the Cycle of Violence in Turkey

Download this report as a pdf

War Resisters‘ International (WRI), in collaboration with Connection e.V. in Germany and nonviolent activists and WRI members from Turkey sent a delegation to the Southeast of Turkey between 26-29 April. A report from the delegation's visit, which included activists from Austria, Germany, Spain and Sweden, is now available online. 

Internationale Delegation nach Diyarbakir und Cizre

WRI Delegation Visiting Co-Mayor Gültan Kisanak in DiyarbakırWRI Delegation Visiting Co-Mayor Gültan Kisanak in DiyarbakırEine internationale Delegation, die von der WRI organisiert wurde, hat vom 25. bis 30. April die Südosttürkei besucht. Die Gruppe, die AktivistInnen aus Österreich, Deutschland, Spanien und Schweden einschloss, besuchte Diyarbakir, Cizre und umliegende Orte, die von den Ausgangssperren und dem bewaffneten Konflikt betroffen sind, der seit 2015 herrscht. Während ihres Besuches traf die Delegation PolitikerInnen, Friedens- und MenschenrechtsaktivistInnen in der Region. Die Gruppe kam zu dem Ergebnis, dass der gewaltsame Konflikt zwischen der Türkei und der kurdischen PKK der Zivilbevölkerung in den kurdischen Regionen der Türkei enormes Leid und Traumatisierung zugefügt hat.

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