Memorials Dedicated to Musa Anter

An armed conflict between the Turkish state and the Workers’ Party of Kurdistan (PKK) emerged in the mid-1980s and peaked in the 1990s as a result of the decades-old denial, assimilation and repression policies targeting the Kurds. Although the full truth of the devastation caused by the civil war is still not known, approximately 50,000 people lost their lives and […]

Memorial Day for Metin Göktepe

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 […]

Diyarbakır Military Prison Project

The Kurds in Turkey, who have constituted 15-20 percent of the whole population, have been subjected to denial, repression and assimilation policies since the establishment of Turkish nation-state. Although the Kurdish movement actors started to make demands for the collective rights of the Kurds beginning from the late 1950s, Turkish state showed no tolerance such peaceful demands for recognition and […]

Bloody May Day Memorial Gathering

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 […]

Saturday Mothers

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 […]