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Open letter: Five years after the EU-Turkey Statement, European Civil Society demands an end to containment and deterrence at the EU’s External Borders The 18th of March 2021 will mark five years since the announcement of the “EU-Turkey…
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To the attention of: Mr Josep Borrell Fontelles EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/ Vice-President European External Action Service (EEAS) Ministers of Foreign Affairs of EU Member States Brussels, 16 March 2021…
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Pursuant to Rule 9.2 of the Committee of Ministers’ Rules for the Supervision of the Execution of Judgments, Additional Observations on the Implementation of Kavala v. Turkey (Application no. 28749/18) final judgment

DGI - Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law   Department for the Execution of Judgments of the ECHR  F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex France   E-mail: dgI-execution@coe.int   Sent by email   2 November 2020…
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In June 2020, the Turkish government proposed a new draft law amending Turkey’s Law on Lawyers. The draft greatly reduces the representation of lawyers from Turkey’s main cities at the national Union of Turkish Bar Associations and proposes that in…
Chairs of Turkey’s provincial bar associations stage a sit-in demonstration after police blocked the group from marching to Ankara to protest a new draft law. The new law is set to divide the legal profession along political lines and has been strongly opposed by bar associations. June 22, 2020. © AP Photo
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Mr Abdulhamit Gül Minister of Justice Ministry of Justice Ankara     Dear Minister Gül, Human Rights Watch is writing to ask you to ensure the urgent and effective investigation of the…
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We are dismayed and appalled by the arrest and detention of ten human rights defenders by the Turkish government, now facing investigation for membership of an “armed terrorist organisation” on account of their peaceful human rights work. As an…
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Turkey will hold a referendum on April 16, 2017, on constitutional amendments that would change the structure of governance in the country from a parliamentary system to a presidential one in which the powers of the office of the…
Voters in Turkey will decide in an April 16 referendum whether to approve constitutional amendments that would change the structure of governance and greatly increase the powers of the presidency. Campaign posters read (left)  “Our decision is Yes” and (r
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Recent statements by leaders and governments in the United States, Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Jordan indicate an interest in creating so-called safe zones in Syria. While no detailed plans for creating and managing such…
An internally displaced Syrian woman walks in the Bab Al-Salam refugee camp, near the Syrian-Turkish border, northern Aleppo province, Syria, December 26, 2016.
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Deterioration of human rights in Turkey requires Parliamentary Assembly’s immediate attention

Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 20 January 2017 Dear Assembly Member, Re: Re: Deterioration of human rights in Turkey requires Parliamentary Assembly’s immediate attention Ahead of…
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  Q&A: Why the EU-Turkey Migration Deal is No Blueprint On March 18, 2016, the European Union signed an agreement with Turkey to stem migration and refugee flows to Greece. In 2015, over 850,000 people reached Greek islands by boat…
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Dear Prime Minister, I am writing to you to convey Human Rights Watch’s profound concern about the proposed implementation of the European Union Joint Action Plan with Turkey and to urge you to reject the new elements discussed at the EU-Turkey…
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On March 7, 2016, European Union (EU) member states and Turkish leaders will meet in Brussels to discuss implementation of the EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan on migration and refugees. The EU and Turkey agreed on the plan when they signed a controversial…
SEPTEMBER 2014. Syrian Kurdish refugees look out from the back of a truck as they enter Turkey from the town of Kobane  (Ayn al-Arab), Syria, and surrounding villages.   © 2014 Michael Christopher Brown/Magnum