Seminar: Turkey – A Landscape of Political Oppression, Persecution and Fear

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Seminar on Freedom of Expression in Turkey on Friday 03rd February at 9.00am


Civil Rights Defenders invites you to a seminar on the human rights situation in Turkey.
Over the past year the human rights situation has greatly deteriorated in Turkey. The Kurdish Peace Process has all but collapsed, media outlets have been shut down and Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has engaged in the purging of all opposition to his rule after a failed coup attempt back in July of 2016.

Soon after the coup ended over 110,000 state employees were detained or fired and the authorities began waging a war against independent media through physical assaults, arrests and intimidation of journalists while media outlets were subjected to censorship and intimidation. In such a landscape, freedom of expression can land a journalist in jail for merely writing derogatory comments about the Turkish President.

Speaker: Murat Çelikkan is a journalist and also a Co-Director of Hafıza Merkezi (Truth Justice Memory Center), an NGO based in Istanbul working on documenting gross human rights violations of the past for redress and reconciliation and seeking justice for victims. He has worked in the field of journalism for the past 25 years in various positions: reporter, editor, columnist, chief executive on human rights violations and democracy. He was a founding member and has been on the boards of the Human Rights Association, Helsinki Citizens Assembly, Amnesty International and Human Rights Foundation. He has also worked on projects related to the Kurdish problem and media ethics and has been involved in developing the Center since its beginning in 2010.

Speaker: Meltem Aslan is the Executive Director of Anadolu Kultur and also a Co-Director of Hafıza Merkezi. Ms. Aslan received her Master of International Affairs (MIA) degree from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) as a Turkish Education Foundation (TEV) fellow and her Master of Human Rights degree from the European Inter-University. She received her BA in Business Administration from Bosphorus University in Istanbul. Her master thesis focused on violations of freedom of expression in Turkey in the name of state security. Recently, her area of work has focused on transitional justice, dealing with the past and intercultural dialogue and reconciliation through arts and culture. Over the past 10 years she has also done work related to local governance and women’s rights at TESEV and Kadın Yurttaş Ağı Derneği (KAYA) respectively.

Murat Çelikkan and Meltem Aslan will travel to Stockholm to speak about these recent trends and provide an overview of the demise of human rights and civil society in Turkey today.

The seminar will be moderated by Goran Miletic, Programme Director for the Western Balkans at Civil Rights Defenders.

Date: Friday, February 03rd
Time: 09.00am sharp (Please be at the venue no later than 8.45am)
Venue: Civil Rights Defenders, Head Office Sergels torg 12, floor 12
111 57 Stockholm, Sweden
Language: English

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Categories: Events.
Tags: Freedom of expression, Seminar, and Turkey.
Regions: Turkey.