Submissions Archives - ASSEDEL

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Submission of ASSEDEL for the Report of The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief to the 76th Session of The General Assembly

ASSEDEL responds to the call for input of the UN SR for their Report on Respecting, Protecting, and Fulfilling the Right to Freedom of Thought. The submission includes observations and inputs for 8 questions of the SR’s questionnaire. ASSEDEL argues that the post-2016 period in Turkey has not been discussed or assessed under the right of freedom of thought and this right is still undermined both in theory and practice.

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ASSEDEL submits its report on the Implementation of the European Social Charter to the Council of Europe

In this report, ASSEDEL responds to the invitation of The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) on national reports under the reporting procedure to the ECSR relating to the provisions belonging to the thematic group 2 on health, social security, and social protection.

The report approaches the subject from human rights violations perspective and emphasizes the mass dismissal of public servants in the post-coup period since July 2016. In this regard, the course of the Turkish regime contradicts national and international laws and indicates a social genocide pattern.

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ASSEDEL Communicates to Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

The letter emphasizes that Law No. 7262 Preventing Financing of Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction is yet another weapon in the Turkish Government’s dedicated arsenal against advocates of human rights and rule of law. The Law provides the Government with enough pretext to silence dissent and move further away from universal principles of human rights and democratic values.

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ASSEDEL submits its report in the frame of country reviews to the 132nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Committee

In this report as a source for list of issues prior to reporting ASSEDEL raises concerns for four (4) key issues of human right violations : – Detention of opposition party deputies after being stripped of parliamentary immunity, – Enforced disappearances, – Dismissal of public servants with emergency decree-law, and – The Arbitrary Detention of Masses

The report has been placed into the UN Treaty Body Database soon after its submission and available here.

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ASSEDEL responds to the 2020 Report of Commissioner for Human Rights, CoE

CoE – Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Dunja Mijatovic has visited Turkey between 1 and 5 July 2019. After her visit, the Commissioner’s office has published their Turkey report in February 2020.

Considering the content of the report of the respected Commissioner, ASSEDEL kindly requests the Commissioner to call on the Turkish authorities for, – the investigation and the termination of ill-treatment and torture, – abandoning the current practice of detaining or arresting pregnant women, – refraining the violations to the right to work and property right, – refraining from discriminating based on social origin and annulation of emergency decrees, and – putting an end to the enforced disappearances and abductions.

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ASSEDEL responses to the Accountability for Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment Thematic Report of the Special Rapporteur on Torture to 76th General Assembly of the United Nations

ASSEDEL emphasizes that one of the most crucial obstacles that contribute to the current global accountability gap for torture and ill-treatment is that in some extent human rights violations do not become priority topics in the agendas of some democratic countries. ASSEDEL proposes an extension of the definition of torture so that psychological dimensions for the loved ones, relatives, and acquaintances of the maltreated person and the public conscience should be included in official definitions and in relevant articles of criminal law.

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Response to the follow-up COVID-19 related statement by the council for PC-CP WG of the Council of Europe

The Council for Penological Co-operation Working Group (PC-CP WG) has held their 25th meeting on 8-10 September 2020. Additionally, members of the European Organization of Prison and Correctional Services (EuroPris) and the Confederation of European Probation (CEP) attended the meeting which aims to improve the general conditions of the prisoners within the member states, after the outbreak of COVID-19. Some states have taken measures in line with the proposals of the Council.

However, the statements of many prisoners indicate that Turkey has not taken the precautions and necessary measures for protecting the health of prisoners. The overcrowded prisons in Turkey, in the post-2016 period, need particular attention, especially after the spread of COVID-19. ASSEDEL’s response to The Council for Penological Co-operation Working Group (PC-CP WG) indicates the ongoing unlawful practices in Turkish prisons.

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ASSEDEL Submits a Third-party Intervention to the European Court of Human Rights

Following the corruption scandals that broke out in December 2013, the ruling party entered a definite crossroads and began appointing trustees to media outlets run by the Hizmet Movement. After the coup attempt in July 2016, hundreds of thousands of people associated with the Hizmet Movement were arrested. As one of the victims, professor Mümtazer Türköne has been sentenced to 10 years and 6 months imprisonment, based on his columns in Turkey’s best-selling newspaper Zaman.

ASSEDEL’s third-party intervention questions whether the judiciary can be independent in Turkey in post 2016 period and emphasizes the need to question the decisions of the Turkish judiciary.

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ASSEDEL responses to the United Nations Special Rapporteur’s call on the situation of human rights defenders

Attending to the call of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders for inputs to inform her thematic studies to be presented at the UN Human Rights Council in March session and at the UN General Assembly in October, ASSEDEL responses to the third (3rd), fourth (4th) and fifth (5th) questions of the questionnaire. The report presents the situations of three prominent human rights defenders Ebru Timtik, Mehmet Osman Kavala, and Eren Keskin. The report also compares Turkey’s democracy index before and after July 2016.

The report has been placed into the official website of the Special Rapporteur after its submission and available here.

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ASSEDEL communicates to the United Nations Special Procedures excessive use of force and human rights violations against the peaceful protests of Bogazici University students

Bogazici University, known for its achievements, libertarian identity, and international recognition has taken an opposing stance against the current Turkish Government as it has turned into authoritarianism in recent years. The University’s opposing stance has caused disturbances in the regime, and ultimately the government dismissed the University’s rector and, following an unconventional route, appointed a trustee-rector to the University. Students and faculty members who have not accepted this situation started to protest. The police, using excessive force, have degraded human dignity towards students who were protesting peacefully. In this communication, the violations committed by the police were expressed with concrete examples.

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