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.”

Compilation of Reports Submitted to The Tribunal

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Compilation of Reports Submitted to The Tribunal

This has been the guiding motto for the Turkey Tribunal since its inception in 2019. It shaped the purpose and motivation to organise a people’s tribunal to consider the situation of human rights in Turkey. The Turkey Tribunal will be held in Geneva from 20–24 September 2021. It will be adjudicated by a prestigious panel of independent judges who, in their professional careers, are either former judges or renowned academic professors. Therefore their critical mindset, ability to impartially assess the evidence presented and maintain independence is undisputed. This is the collection of detailed reports that have been compiled by independent experts to submit to the judges of the tribunal. The reports will also be provided to the Turkish authorities to ensure that they also have the same opportunity to engage. The judges will question the rapporteurs on their findings in the reports and witnesses will be invited to testify before the tribunal. Finally the tribunal will decide on the different questions posed and publish its verdict on the human rights situation in Turkey today. The rapporteurs hope that the content of the reports will encourage the reader to reflect on the vulnerability of our fundamental rights and the necessity to speak up; because, silence is the greatest enemy of fundamental Human Rights.
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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. It is a Tribunal established by civil society and serves as an instrument and platform to give recognition, visibility and a voice to people who allegedly suffer(ed) violations of their fundamental rights.

* Please note that all Turkey Tribunal steering committee members, judges, rapporteurs, witnesses participate in Turkey Tribunal on voluntary basis, and no one of them will be paid for their contributions to the tribunal.