2018 Civil Rights Advocate Award Goes to Murat Çelikkan

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Civil Rights Defenders has awarded rights defender Murat Çelikkan the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award 2018.

Murat Çelikkan is the co-director of independent human rights organization Truth Justice Memory Center.

Founded in 1975 as the Sweden Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, Civil Rights Defenders has given this award annually since 2013.

The Truth Justice Memory Center was founded by a group of attorneys, journalists, and human rights defenders in 2010. The center aims to to uncover the truth concerning past human rights violations, strengthen the collective memory about those violations, and support survivors in their pursuit of justice.

“This award is an acknowledgment of the work we do, and I personally feel privileged to receive it. It is important to keep supporting the civil society in countries where human rights are under attack. I hope that this acknowledgment will lead to stronger international support to civil society in Turkey, as well as to increased security of rights defenders in the country,” said Murat Çelikkan after receiving the award.

Murat Çelikkan had served as Deputy Editor-in-Chief in Özgür Gündem’s May 28, 2016 issue to show support for the newspaper. He was tried at Istanbul 13th Heavy Penal Court on May 16, 2017 for his support and found guilty for “terror propaganda” under Article 7/2 of the Anti-Terror Law.

The court board comprising Pınar Gezen Atanian and Kadri Arslan didn’t apply remission on the ground that “the suspect hasn’t shown sufficient remorse” and didn’t postpone the sentence despite precedent.

Çelikkan was sent to Kırklareli Prison on August 14 and released on October 21.

About Murat Çelikkan

He has worked in multiple positions such as reporter, editor, columnist and editor-in-chief during his 25-year career in journalism.

An active participant in the human rights movement in Turkey, he founded the Human Rights Association, Amnesty International Turkey, the Helsinki Citizens’ Association and took place in their board of directors. He has worked on projects concerning the Kurdish question and media ethics.

Since 2010, he has been serving as co-director of the Truth Justice Memory Center of which he is one of the founders. (HK/PU)

2018 Civil Rights Advocate Award Goes to Murat Çelikkan

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Civil Rights Defenders has awarded rights defender Murat Çelikkan the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award 2018.

Murat Çelikkan is the co-director of independent human rights organization Truth Justice Memory Center.

Founded in 1975 as the Sweden Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, Civil Rights Defenders has given this award annually since 2013.

The Truth Justice Memory Center was founded by a group of attorneys, journalists, and human rights defenders in 2010. The center aims to to uncover the truth concerning past human rights violations, strengthen the collective memory about those violations, and support survivors in their pursuit of justice.

“This award is an acknowledgment of the work we do, and I personally feel privileged to receive it. It is important to keep supporting the civil society in countries where human rights are under attack. I hope that this acknowledgment will lead to stronger international support to civil society in Turkey, as well as to increased security of rights defenders in the country,” said Murat Çelikkan after receiving the award.

Murat Çelikkan had served as Deputy Editor-in-Chief in Özgür Gündem’s May 28, 2016 issue to show support for the newspaper. He was tried at Istanbul 13th Heavy Penal Court on May 16, 2017 for his support and found guilty for “terror propaganda” under Article 7/2 of the Anti-Terror Law.

The court board comprising Pınar Gezen Atanian and Kadri Arslan didn’t apply remission on the ground that “the suspect hasn’t shown sufficient remorse” and didn’t postpone the sentence despite precedent.

Çelikkan was sent to Kırklareli Prison on August 14 and released on October 21.

About Murat Çelikkan

He has worked in multiple positions such as reporter, editor, columnist and editor-in-chief during his 25-year career in journalism.

An active participant in the human rights movement in Turkey, he founded the Human Rights Association, Amnesty International Turkey, the Helsinki Citizens’ Association and took place in their board of directors. He has worked on projects concerning the Kurdish question and media ethics.

Since 2010, he has been serving as co-director of the Truth Justice Memory Center of which he is one of the founders. (HK/PU)

Statement by Solidarity Academics for Detained Prof. Hamzaoğlu

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Kocaeli Solidarity Academy (KODA) has made a statement for the press concerning KODA member Prof. Dr. Onur Hamzaoğlu being detained.

Hamzaoğlu was detained due to his social media posts about Afrin operation this morning (February 9).

Serving as spokesperson for the KODA, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yücel Demirer said, “Our dear lecturer Prof. Dr. Onur Hamzaoğlu, who devoted his life to struggle for peace and free academy, was detained in the morning hours today in İstanbul”.

“We strongly condemn the detention of our colleague, friend Kocaeli Solidarity Academy member Onur Hamzaoğlu”. (DÇ/ÇT/TK)

Statement by Solidarity Academics for Detained Prof. Hamzaoğlu

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Kocaeli Solidarity Academy (KODA) has made a statement for the press concerning KODA member Prof. Dr. Onur Hamzaoğlu being detained.

Hamzaoğlu was detained due to his social media posts about Afrin operation this morning (February 9).

Serving as spokesperson for the KODA, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yücel Demirer said, “Our dear lecturer Prof. Dr. Onur Hamzaoğlu, who devoted his life to struggle for peace and free academy, was detained in the morning hours today in İstanbul”.

“We strongly condemn the detention of our colleague, friend Kocaeli Solidarity Academy member Onur Hamzaoğlu”. (DÇ/ÇT/TK)

Transgender Inmate’s 'Death Fast' Brought to Parliamentary Agenda

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Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Filiz Kerestecioğlu has brought transgender woman inmate Diren Coşkun’s death fast to the parliamentary agenda.

An inmate at Tekirdağ F-Type Closed Men’s Prison, Coşkun embarked on a death fast on January 25, demanding laser epilation therapy, recognition of her right to gender reassignment, and an end to their severe isolation.

Kerestecioğlu, in her parliamentary address, indicated that Coşkun’s visitor at prison and Istanbul LGBTI Administrative Boardmember Kıvılcım Arat had also started a death fast on February 6 in solidarity, and urged Parliament to “Hear this voice.”

“Denial of gender identity leads to severe trauma”

Kerestecioğlu stated: “Whether you agree with it or not, a person’s gender identity is one of the most fundamental elements of their existence. This is also a universal legal principle. Denying this identity leads to severe trauma, especially in transgender individuals, who strive their whole lives for societal acceptance of their identity.

“Sadly, many trans individuals come to the point of ending their lives under similar pressures.”

Incarcerated since August 2017

Diren Coşkun was arrested on a charge of “terrorist organization propaganda” in August 2017 in Diyarbakır province. Served a definitive judgment, she is facing three years in prison.

She shares her cell with another trans woman, Buse, who was arrested 18 years ago. (TP/PU)

Transgender Inmate’s 'Death Fast' Brought to Parliamentary Agenda

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Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Filiz Kerestecioğlu has brought transgender woman inmate Diren Coşkun’s death fast to the parliamentary agenda.

An inmate at Tekirdağ F-Type Closed Men’s Prison, Coşkun embarked on a death fast on January 25, demanding laser epilation therapy, recognition of her right to gender reassignment, and an end to their severe isolation.

Kerestecioğlu, in her parliamentary address, indicated that Coşkun’s visitor at prison and Istanbul LGBTI Administrative Boardmember Kıvılcım Arat had also started a death fast on February 6 in solidarity, and urged Parliament to “Hear this voice.”

“Denial of gender identity leads to severe trauma”

Kerestecioğlu stated: “Whether you agree with it or not, a person’s gender identity is one of the most fundamental elements of their existence. This is also a universal legal principle. Denying this identity leads to severe trauma, especially in transgender individuals, who strive their whole lives for societal acceptance of their identity.

“Sadly, many trans individuals come to the point of ending their lives under similar pressures.”

Incarcerated since August 2017

Diren Coşkun was arrested on a charge of “terrorist organization propaganda” in August 2017 in Diyarbakır province. Served a definitive judgment, she is facing three years in prison.

She shares her cell with another trans woman, Buse, who was arrested 18 years ago. (TP/PU)

Apex Shipping Begins Process for CRI Group’s Anti-Bribery Management Certification

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Founded on ethical values, Dubai-based logistics firm enrolls in ISO 37001:2016 ABMS standard LONDON, Feb. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Corporate Research and Investigations Pvt. Ltd. (CRI Group) announced today that Apex Shipping Services LLC, based in Dubai, UAE, has engaged its CRI Certification services to achieve the ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management System Standard certification. In a […]