Murat Çelikkan

Join Us in Celebration!


On 12 April, in connection with our conference Defenders’ Days, Civil Rights Defenders hands out this year’s Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award to Mr. Murat Çelikkan. Join us in celebration as we celebrate Murat Çelikkan’s work and achievements during an award ceremony in Stockholm.

In connection with the award ceremony we also invite you to the exciting event “The Future of Democracy and Human Rights”, guested by leading human rights defenders from around the world. Welcome!

Civil Rights Defender of the Year 2018 – Murat Çelikkan


Civil Rights Defenders is pleased to announce that the Turkish human rights defender Murat Çelikkan has been awarded the Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award 2018. Murat Çelikkan is a journalist by profession, and one of the most tenacious voices for human rights in the country. Despite the increasingly difficult situation for the country’s civil society, he continues to fight for a more open Turkey.

18 Months in Prison for Prominent Turkish Human Rights Defender Murat Çelikkan

Freedom of Expression

Prominent Turkish human rights defender and Co-Director of Hafiza Merkezi (Truth Justice Memory Centre), Murat Çelikkan was charged on 16 May under “terror organization propaganda” and sentenced by summary judgement to 18 months in prison. The hearing was held at the Istanbul 13th Heavy Penal Court under the Anti-Terror Law Article 7/2. The Courts did not reduce or defer his sentence as they ruled that “The defendant did not show sufficient remorse with his attitudes in the trial”.