What is Next?
Despite the fact that Turkey does not recognize the Rome Statute, the Turkey Tribunal continues the preparations to present a comprehensive report to the ICC in early 2022, considering the fact that the ICC's jurisdiction is established in terms of crimes such as enforced disappearance, imprisonment, and torture committed by state officials affiliated with the Erdogan regime in countries party to the Statute
Turkey Tribunal also plans to use as an option to mobilize global sanctions regimes for human rights violations, such as the Global Magnitsky Law adopted in the USA in 2016 and the Global Human Rights Sanction Regime (EUGHRSR) adopted by the EU in December 2020
Turkey Tribunal also continues its research and studies under the Universal Jurisdiction, which means that a state initiates criminal proceedings in relation to certain serious crimes, regardless of the nationality of the perpetrator or victim, and regardless of where the crime was committed.
Turkey Tribunal started this petition to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (President of Republic of Turkey) and Bekir Bozdağ (Justice Minister)
We therefore ask the AKP government to stop mass arrests and end all other human rights violations and not to further compromise democracy, justice and the rule of law.
We invite everybody who shares our concerns to take action to help stop mass arrests and other violations of law carried out by the Turkish government under the pretext of fighting terrorism which interfere with human rights and freedoms. Please answer our call!
STOP MASS DETENTIONS!
In the last 6 years, approximately 2 million Turkish citizens have been charged with terrorism offences and 512,000 of them have been prosecuted.
SIGN THE PETITION
Dear Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (President of Republic of Turkey) and Bekir Bozdağ (Justice Minister),
In the early 2000s, Turkey was seen a model Muslim and democratic country at meeting point of European and Asian civilizations. The ruling AKP’s discourse and policies in the firsts years of its government as to improving the democracy and making the rule of law prevail as well as seeking to be a part of the European Union were welcomed by advocates of democracy everywhere.
Since 2012, the political power has started to move away from democracy, justice, the rule of law and human rights. Abandoning its priority of improving democracy, it has begun to be associated with police operations against opposition groups, extrajudicial killings, unfair trials, torture and kidnappings.
In the last 6 years, approximately 2 million Turkish citizens have been charged with terrorism offences and 512,000 of them have been prosecuted. 320,000 people have been convicted and 131,000 people have been imprisoned. There are more than 30,000 Turkish citizens, including the sick, the elderly, the disabled and children, a who are currently imprisoned for terrorism offences with tens of thousands of others facing the same fate.
Please Answer Our Call!
About the Turkey Tribunal 2021 Session
The mission of the Turkey Tribunal is to assess and report in an independent and professional manner, based on the standards and principles elaborated by other international courts and tribunals and drawing on the experience of the best practices of national courts, all allegations of human rights violations taking place under the jurisdiction of Turkish authorities.
All documents and the testimonials of the judges will be published in full transparency through modern digital means of communication.
In recent years, human rights violations have increasingly been reported in Turkey. Various international bodies and courts have confirmed this, sometimes even in very sharp terms.