Turkey: Ten international organisations unite against the efforts to destroy civil society

first_img Follow the news on Turkey Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit In response to the absurd allegations levelled against Osman Kavala and Yiğit Aksakoğlu, who are both imprisoned pending trial, as well as 14 other civil society figures, all of whom are accused of “attempting to overthrow the government”, we, the undersigned human rights organizations, call for the escalating crackdown and criminalization of civil society to end.For the last five days, alledged details of an indictment against these 16 civil society actors have been leaked through the mainstream media in Turkey in a coordinated campaign of misinformation. According to purported leaks from the indictment, which has yet to be seen by lawyers representing the accused, the allegations focus on the 2013 Gezi Park protests, an overwhelmingly peaceful protest movement that was suppressed by the government amidst widespread police violence.A much larger group of civil society figures continue to be investigated under the auspices of the same investigation. Those under investigation and those facing indictment are neither responsible for the Gezi Park protests, which ought to be considered as a matter of freedom of expression, nor for any crime. The court should reject any indictment based on absurd conspiracies and which lack any meaningful evidence, and Osman Kavala and Yiğit Aksakoğlu, who have been imprisoned for 16 and 3 months respectively, should be immediately released.This latest assault on civil society comes at a time when human rights defenders and other civil society activists increasingly face detention, prosecution and imprisonment simply for exposing human rights violations and for demanding truth, justice and means of redress.The seventh hearing of “Büyükada” trial of 11 human rights defenders will be held next month despite no evidence having been presented to substantiate the trumped-up terrorism charges based solely on their human rights activism.Today human rights defenders Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Erol Önderoğlu and Ahmet Nesin are in court accused of producing “terrorist propaganda” by participating in a solidarity action with the now closed Özgür Gündem newspaper. Journalists who worked for Özgür Gündem are also facing  a campaign of judicial harassment. Şebnem Korur Fincancı was convicted two months ago of propaganda for terrorism and sentences to two years and 6 months imprisonment as a signatory of the ‘Peace petition’. The conviction is pending a regional appeals court, a court system that has shown itself to be no more independent of the government than the first instance courts. Human rights defender Eren Keskin, who acted as co-editor-in-chief of Özgür Gündem in an act of solidarity with the newspaper, is also being tried in over 100 cases. Meanwhile, 129 individuals will be imprisoned if the regional appeals court upholds their convictions. Their appeals are ongoing. Both the Özgür Gündem solidarity and the Academics for Peace trials are among those being used by the government to supress and silence hundreds of civil society activists in Turkey, as the courts hand down ever harsher prison sentences for the same acts of legitimate peaceful dissent.International treaties to which Turkey is a state place a special emphasis on the important role played by human rights defenders, civil society and a free press in ensuring respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. The effective protection of the freedom, security, dignity and physical and psychological integrity of human rights defenders is also a precondition for the right to defend human rights. International law also insists that the fundamental responsibility for protecting human rights defenders belongs to the state. The state is ultimately responsible for protecting all rights enjoyed by human rights defenders: from the rights to freedom of thought and expression to the rights to freedom of association and peaceful assembly.We, the undersigned organizations, stand united against these efforts to destroy independent civil society in Turkey, call for an end to the orchestrated campaign of intimidation and judicial harassment of civil society activists in Turkey and once again remind the authorities of their obligations to protect human rights defenders under international law.Civil Rights DefenderAssociation for Monitoring Equal Rights (Eşit Aklar İçin İzleme Derneği)Truth Justice Memory Center (Hakikat Adalet Hafıza Merkezi)The Rights Initiative (Hak İnisiyatifi Derneği)Human Rights Association (İnsan Hakları Derneği)Human Rights Agenda Association (İnsan Hakları Gündemi Derneği)Reporters Without Borders (Sınır Tanımayan Gazeteciler) Human Rights Foundation or Turkey (Türkiye İnsan Hakları Vakfı)Citizen’s Assembly Turkey (Yurttaşlık Derneği)Amnesty International (Uluslararası Af Örgütü) Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor RSF_en News News February 27, 2019 – Updated on February 28, 2019 Turkey: Ten international organisations unite against the efforts to destroy civil society Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and nine other international organisations stand united against efforts to destroy independent civil society in Turkey, and call for an end to the campaign of intimidation and judicial harassment of civil society activists in Turkey. 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BNest creates social impact with Limerick entrepreneurs

first_imgEmail Kasia Zabinska and BNest, Eamon Ryan, BNest Founder (centre back) with some of the participants from the 2017-18 BNest social enterprise incubator. Picture: Cian ReinhardtBNest, the first dedicated Social Enterprise Incubator Programme in Ireland held a free Ask&Advise evening at the Bank of Ireland Workbench space, O’Connell Street Limerick.The Ask&Advise evening allowed organisations with an aim of making a positive social impact to share advice, tips, and useful contacts with organisations and people making a social impact in our communities.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Eamon Ryan, founder of BNest said, “Our idea was simple – gather together in one room those who work on making a positive social impact and anyone willing to help them and give them advice.“Events like Ask&Advise shows the power of people’s minds when they let themselves loose and share problems with other like-minded people. There is nothing more powerful.”Chris MM Gordon, Founder of the Irish Social Enterprise Network and Managing Partner of Collaboration Ireland was the host of the evening.Mr Gordon said the evening is beneficial for social enterprises who often find themselves “caught between two stools,” as they are trying to make profits selling products and services but are also trying to achieve the social aspect.BNest is an initiative created specifically to help social entrepreneurs nurture their start-ups, it aims to bridge the gap between achieving social impact and running a business, while also supporting its participants on their personal journeys.Applications for the 2018/2019 BNest annual six-month programme will open July 1, 2018. The programme teaches emerging social entrepreneurs how to get their new organisations off to the best start by focusing on key areas related to developing their enterprises, in terms of business, social and personal aspects. Previous articleWin cinema ticketsNext articleEVA tour and talk Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Kasia Zabinska of BNest says, “We want BNest to be the go-to place for social impact businesses and Ask&Advise events help to increase connectively amongst them and anyone willing to help, because together we can achieve so much more!” adding, “What we’re doing here, is bringing people closer together. Every question asked received great, outside-of-the-box, practical suggestions, and so many useful contacts were shared.”While a third AskAdvise evening is being planned for the second half of the year, BNest encourages everyone interested in this space to attend their event, ‘Social Entrepreneurship – A Path For Me?” which will take place on Saturday, June 9 from 10am to 3pm at the Nexus Innovation Centre at University of Limerick. The event is a half-day interactive and practical workshop to give you insights into the reality of social impact business. It will let you explore the social enterprise space using actual stories of local businesses, non-profits, and community enterprises and help to understand a little more of the possibilities it might offer you. While the workshop is free, they are asking all participants to contribute €25 towards a local charity, Milford Hospice. For more info contact [email protected] the Limerick Post Business section for similar stories. WhatsApp Facebook Advertisement Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up NewsBusinessBNest creates social impact with Limerick entrepreneursBy Cian Reinhardt – May 11, 2018 2139 Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Linkedin TAGSBank of IrelandBNestbusinessCommunitysocialWorkbench Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Print TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! last_img read more