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. That is why we have taken the initiative to set up a “Turkey Tribunal.”

Discover Turkey Tribunal
The Turkey Tribunal (The Tribunal) is an international people's tribunal, and an Opinion Tribunal. The mandate of the Tribunal is to assess and report in an independent manner on all allegations of human rights violations taking place under the jurisdiction of Turkey.
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International Criminal Court
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Systematic abductions (enforced disappearances), torture and arbitrary arrests… With these charges, former (Belgian) minister Johan Vande Lanotte goes to the International Criminal Court against the regime of Turkish President Erdogan. Whether Erdogan will also be personally indicted has not yet been determined, according to the Mediahuis newspapers.
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Turkey Tribunal

What is Next?

The Turkey Tribunal will make a series of applications that could mobilize the international public opinion and initiate sanctions in order to ensure that the perpetrators don't go unpunished, based on the decision of the trial made in Geneva on September 24, 2021, that the Erdogan regime committed crimes against humanity.
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INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

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

MAGNITSKY ACT

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

UNIVERSAL JURISDICTION

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
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!
SIGN the PETITION

STOP MASS DETENTIONS!

'Mass detentions', which started with the detention of more than 5,000 protesters during the Gezi Park protests of 2013, have become Turkey’s new normal following the coup attempt in 2016. An average of 70 people is arrested by the police as reported by international human rights organisations.

In the last 6 years, approximately 2 million Turkish citizens have been charged with terrorism offences and 512,000 of them have been prosecuted.

The police operations target civil servants, politicians and other members of the public from all walks of life as well as prominent figures such as of Selahattin Demirtaş, Osman Kavala, Alpaslan Altan, who were not released from prison despite ECtHR decisions ordering their release.

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STOP MASS DETENTIONS!

Please Answer Our Call!

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.

    ‘Mass detentions’, which started with the detention of more than 5,000 protesters during the Gezi Park protests of 2013, have become Turkey’s new normal following the coup attempt in 2016. An average of 70 people is arrested by the police as reported by international human rights organisations. The police operations target civil servants, politicians and other members of the public from all walks of life as well as prominent figures such as of Selahattin Demirtaş, Osman Kavala, Alpaslan Altan, who were not released from prison despite ECtHR decisions ordering their release.
    This situation deeply saddens us as friends/supporters of Turkey. We hope and ask that:
    * Turkey reverses its direction towards being a modern and exemplary democracy. The reestablishment of justice will revive the respect for democracy, the rule of law and human rights;
    * People are not victimised because of their ethnicity, religion or sexual preferences, and those who are critical of the government’s policies are not labelled as “terrorists”, they and their families are no longer targeted by criminal investigations, extrajudicial killings, and unfair trials;
    * The government no longer tries to divert attention from social or political problems by way of mass detentions and law enforcement and judicial bodies no longer treat police operations and mass arrests which target opposition groups as a sign of merit;
    * Human rights, especially freedom of expression and right to liberty and security, are not treated as a threat.
    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.

    Sincerely,

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    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.

    The Opinion of Turkey Tribunal
    The Turkey Tribunal (The Tribunal) is an Opinion Tribunal. It is neither a regular court subject to a State’s judicial system, nor a court established by a Treaty or an international organisation.
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    THE JUDGES
    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...
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    THE REPORTS
    The reports can concern individual cases of human rights allegation in Turkey, allegations in an area of human rights, violations of human rights in a specific region of Turkey or violations concerning a particular group of population. ...
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    Full Transparency

    THEMES

    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.

    This report aims to provide an answer to the key questions addressed to the Turkey Tribunal about torture.
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    Matters related to kidnapping and grounds for unlawful deprivation of liberty...
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    This report addresses the persistent problem of impunity in Turkey in respect of serious human rights violations committed by state officials.
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    Press freedom is under immense pressure in Turkey. Too many journalists have already faced long convictions for the content of critical articles.
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    This is the collection of detailed reports that have been compiled by independent experts to submit to the judges of Turkey Tribunal.
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    This report investigates if the acts of torture and the abductions, as described in the other reports presented to the Turkey Tribunal, can be qualified as crimes against humanity, according to the Rome Statute and the case law of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
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