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.”

Crimes Against Humanity under the Rome Statute in Turkey Today

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BY Prof. Dr. Em. Johan Vande Lanotte I AUGUST 2021

Crimes Against Humanity

Crimes Against Humanity

Together with war crimes, genocide and the crime of aggression, crimes against humanity are one of the four “core crimes” – the most serious violations of human rights and international criminal law – with respect to which the International Criminal Court (the “ICC”) in the Hague has jurisdiction Crimes against humanity were first introduced as a separate category of international crimes in the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal.3 The aim was to criminalize three sorts of criminality that had, until then, evaded the sanction of international law: atrocities committed outside the context of an armed conflict or independent of it, crimes committed against fellow nationals and institutionalized discriminatory violence that resulted in individuals being targeted and mistreated by a state because of their identity.
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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.

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