Projects owned by: Non-Governmental Organisation
In Turkey, with the escalation of state violence during the 1970s and the bans that were introduced as part of the military coups, “other” identities were able to get organized only by the second half of the 1980s. They had to come together through “illegal means” in the first years of their organization. During this period, LGBTİ+ activism was under [...]
As part of its project “Revealing and Advocating Multicultural Heritage of Anatolia” that started in 2015, Hrant Dink Foundation created an inventory of monasteries, churches, schools, synagogues, hospitals, orphanages and cemeteries and collected and recorded data regarding these buildings. The project is aimed at developing an alternative model that can set an example for other projects that are geared towards [...]
2015-2016 mark a turbulent time in Turkey, a time when the peace process collapsed and consecutive bomb attacks targeted civilians in public spaces. The peace process officially started on March 21, 2013 when Abdullah Öcalan’s letter calling for peace was read out. At the beginning of 2015, the two-year negotiations have reached an important milestone. On February 28, 2015, the [...]
Founded by Hrant Dink and his friends in 1996, Armenian daily newspaper Agos defined its mission as to reclaim linguistic, cultural and historical values that make up the Armenian identity, pass them on to next generations, learn about Armenians living in Turkey and integrate them into society, get their issues on the public agenda in Turkey and find solutions to [...]
The foundations for the Hope Archive have been laid with the video archive of the Düzce Solidarity Housing Cooperative for Homeless and Tenant Earthquake Victims who have been fighting for the right to healthy and safe housing since the 1999 earthquake. The videos showing the implementation process of the Düzce Hope Homes, Turkey’s first mass housing project that has been [...]
Karakutu Association was set up in January 2014 as a dream of Emrah Gürsel and Özlem Yalçınkaya, who both had extensive previous civil society experience. What brought them together was the belief that a more democratic society required a process of individual freedom and the development of a critical eye towards the past. Emrah Gürsel states that Karakutu “is an [...]
Curious Steps inspired from memory walks organized by feminist historian Andrea Petö in Budapest, ausZeiten feministisches Archiv in Bochum and Soledad Falabella in Chile. In 2014, an exhibition titled Mobilizing Memory: Women Witnessing was held within the framework of the workshop Mobilizing Memory for Action. Held by Columbia University’s “Women Creating Change” initiative, the workshop brought together academicians, artists, and [...]
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 [...]
After the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1923, the Republican People’s Party (RPP) consolidated a one-party rule in Turkey and did not tolerate the existence of any opposition political parties, groups, or persons until the post-WWII period. The RPP relied on Kemalism, the ideological cement of the Turkish nation-state since its founding. Kemalism relied on radical secularism, ethnically-based Turkish [...]
Assyrians are one of the oldest communities in Mesopotamia and one of the earliest Christian communities in history. Although the relationship between Muslims and Christians was not free of problems during the Ottoman period, different religious communities were able to co-exist for many centuries. Nevertheless, following the collapse of the empire and World War I, the centuries-old grievances of Assyrians [...]