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.”

Questions Addressed

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Question 1

Can we see a pattern in the facts underlying the (torture) testimonies? What groups are targeted and why? What is the motivation, and what is the highest level of state involvement?

Question 2

Do the testimonies about torture allow us to conclude that there is a systematic and organized use of torture in Turkey ?

Question 3

Can we, taken in account the reports and the testimonies produced before the tribunal, conclude that abductions again are a part of the action of the state towards opposing persons and that no serious inquiry is organized about these facts ?

In recent years, human rights violations have increasingly been reported in Turkey.

Question 4

Can Turkey at this stage be considered as a country within which a sufficient degree of freedom of the press and freedom of expression is guaranteed, so it can be in compliance with the standards of a good functioning democracy?

Question 5

Can the decisions taken by the Turkish government (still) be considered as a reaction linked to the “ coup d’etat” or need they to be evaluated as a way to “destroy” the voices and/or organizations critical towards the government in Turkey.

Question 6

Is there an internal system of preventing and monitoring torture or mistreatment, and if yes, how does it function in reality?

Question 7

Is there an efficient system of sanctioning possible mistreatment or torture? Or can we speak of an organized impunity towards mistreatment and torture against people hold in detention?

Question 8

Can we evaluate the judiciary system of Turkey as corresponding to internationally protected standards of independence and impartiality?

Question 9

Can we evaluate the judicial system of Turkey as ensuring full access to justice and effective judicial protection in case of human rights violations?

Question 10

Do we need to qualify the acts of torture, as well as the national and the extraterritorial abductions, as described in the reports brought before the Turkey Tribunal, as crimes against humanity, according to the Rome Statute?