Projects in form: Commemorations
The story of the Families of Workers Who Search for Justice goes back to an explosion that occurred in an illegal roman candle workshop in Davutpaşa on October 31, 2008. Following the event, the families who have lost their relatives in Davutpaşa initiated a struggle to bring to justice and punish those who are responsible for this occupational murder that [...]
A new political period began in Turkey in the 1960s, as a result of the emerging activities of social movements from nearly every sector of society. Unlike the previous periods, for the first time, segments of society such as workers and youth began to engage in sustained social and political activism, demanding political and economic change and going beyond merely [...]
Over the last 50 years, serious regime changes have occurred in Turkey, including military interventions and counter-insurgency measures, that have been accompanied by gross human rights violations. Two historical periods are crucial in this regard: first, the 1980 military coup; second, the Turkish state’s response to Kurdish political mobilization in the 1990s. After the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) seized political [...]
Reports by human rights organizations have shown that the severity of rights violations greatly increased in Turkey in the 1990s. This radical escalation occurred in almost all categories, including the right to life, freedom from torture, the right to a fair trial, freedom of speech, and freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Although the majority of these violations arose in [...]
Industrialization and urbanization processes gained considerable momentum in Turkey during the 1960s and 1970s. In parallel to these developments, this period witnessed the emergence of an urban working class, as along with a leftist movement that mobilized university students, intellectuals and workers. The first wave of movement activities peaked at the end of the 1960s. In 1971, the Turkish military [...]