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Petitioning Human Rights Campaign, Council of the European Union, United Nations Security Council, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Sun, Human Rights Watch, European Committee for the ...

STOP the Torture in Turkey!

On 15 July 2016, a faction within Turkey’s military attempted to overthrow the government. The coup failed and in the following days, weeks and months the Turkish government embarked on a crackdown of exceptional proportions, targeting people it accuses of being linked to Fethullah Gülen – a Turkish cleric in exile in the US, who the government accuse of masterminding the coup. The Turkish president declared a three-month state of emergency and suspension of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) for the duration – allowing him to bypass parliament when creating new laws or restricting freedoms and rights. President Erdoğan refused to rule out the use of the death penalty. Tortured, raped and starvedMore than 510,000 ( According to S.Soylu Minister of the Interior Affairs) people have been detained since the attempted coup. We have evidence that many of those people are being subjected to torture, beatings, rape and sexual abuse. We spoke to lawyers, doctors and detention facility staff who said some detainees were being held in unofficial locations such as sports centres and even a stable. Some detainees, including at least three judges, were held in the corridors of courthouses. Police have been holding detainees in stress positions, denying them food, water and medical treatment, verbally abusing them and subjecting them to beatings and torture, including rape and sexual assault. Two lawyers in Ankara told us that detainees said they witnessed senior military officers in detention being raped with a truncheon or finger by police officers. What we’re calling forDespite chilling images and videos of torture that have been widely broadcast across the country, the government has so far remained silent on the abuse. Human rights abuses during the coup attempt must be investigated and their perpetrators brought to justice. But the investigation cannot be used as an excuse to crackdown on human rights.  We’re urging the president and Turkish authorities to condemn torture and allow independent human rights monitors access to detention facilities. All detainees must have regular access to lawyers and family members. Citations:

Muhammet Ali Kucuker
2,871 supporters
Petitioning Welsh Government, Jeremy Corbyn MP, David Cameron MP, The Sun, Owen Smith MP, UK Parliament, Justine greenling

Same sex partner on the birth certificate

Change the law to allow both female partners in a lesbian relationship have their name on a child's birth certificate if they are not married So a lot of society still seam to think that the world has changed so much and the LGBT community have so many equal rights now, but the truth is we are still fighting for equality and that's what I'm doing here today by starting this petition. So me and my beautiful life partner have been together for 5 years now and 3 years ago we decided to take our relationship to the next level and start to plan for our own little family.Now for a gay couple this is not easy it takes a lot of planning and costs a lot of money, so we looked in to IVF and soon realised that we could not afford the cost privately and that the NHS would not help us because of our sexuality however hope was not lost as we did find some web sites that help couples who are in same sex relationships, single women and heterosexual couples conceive by offering free sperm donations. How this worked is that men from all over the world would offer their sperm to couples like me and my partner to help us start our dream of having a family.So after months and months of speaking to these amazing men who are so selfless in what they do for others we finally found the person who would change our lives forever. He donated sperm to us only once and we then went through the artificial insemination process in the comfort of our own home, 2 weeks later we done a pregnancy test and we could not believe our eyes ours dream had come true my amazing partner was finally pregnant with our first baby. Once I found out I was soon going to be a mummy I made some phone calls to family law solicitors to see if I could be put on the birth certificate when the baby was born and to my disappointment and shock this would not be and here is the reason. I could not be on the birth certificate of my beautiful baby girl because my partner and I were not married before conception, yet if we had gone through a registered clinic I would of been. Also and this is the really upsetting part, a woman can take any man to the registry office and put his name on a child's birth certificate yet ME a woman who has helped create this life just as much as my partner, Me a woman who has been there from pregnancy to birth, who has worked and provided for this child day in day out, who loves her daughter unconditionally, ME her mother I cannot be on my own daughters birth certificate because I am not married to my partner! How is that equality? Why does marriage make us stronger, it does not! I have committed the rest of my life to my partner so why would marriage change that. We are now pregnant with our second baby due in just only 2 weeks time (same sperm donor) and again I face the same discrimination because of my sex and sexuality. For my children to be legally mine and for me to have parental rights I must now adopt and I cannot do this until the new child has lived with me for 6 months, it's discussing how the LGBT community, gay couples and family's are still treated so unfairly. Please help me change this law so I can finally be what I so rightfully deserve and that's a mother to my children legally on their birth certificates. Thank you

Natalie Thomas
2,711 supporters
Petitioning East sussex county council

Change in the laws of the reporting of sensitive topics by newspapers

We want the laws surrounding sensitive stories being used in newspaper articles changed. There needs to be laws to protect families and loved ones from having information shared so publicly. Media sources should not be able to access the private details of stories. Recently there has been a reoccurring problem with newspapers and media outlets publishing indepth details of people's deaths. Details that sometimes loved ones still did not know. This causes extra distress to an already impossible situation for so many. Often this is done without any consent from the relatives. We have decided to pursue this change as recently we all experienced indescribable pain when we read the personal details of our friends suicide. These were published without permission from any relatives or even the courtesy of letting them know it was going to be public. Many parts of these articles were untrue and twisted. Other parts were as detailed as the method, assumed reasons and her final words. All of which were not public, even to many of her close friends. There was no purpose to having these parts in the article other than to make it more of an interesting read. It goes without saying that this was extremely distressing to all those close to her that had to read it. Sadly this is not an isolated case. We have had many others contact us who have had to go through the same ordeal. This needs to change. The families and friends need to be given consideration. Enough heart ache is experienced after a loss, it should not be  exacerbated and prolonged. #notanewsstory

2,191 supporters
Petitioning UN Human rights, Human Rights Campaign, Council of the European Union, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Sun, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights Action Center, Children's Defe...

Turkey’s passport cancellations should stop! It's against domestic, int’l law

The cancellation of the passports of thousands of people in Turkey during an ongoing state of emergency is against both domestic law and the European Convention on Human Rights. The Platform for Peace and Justice (PPJ) in March 2018 released a report titled “Cancellation of Turkish Passports and Prevention of the Freedom of Movement”. Shedding light on the abusive use of the cancellation of passports by the current Turkish government, the report illustrates that the state of emergency declared in Turkey immediately following an abortive coup in July 2016 was deliberately established to condemn dissidents to civil death not only by dismissing them from their jobs and arresting them but also by destroying their hopes and ability to start new lives elsewhere. According to the PPJ report, “Even though it is envisaged under Article 23 of the constitution that freedom to travel may only be restricted by a judicial decision due to criminal investigation or prosecution, it has also been reiterated with the past judicial decisions that the prohibition of the citizens’ freedom to travel with the determination of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in accordance with the Article 22 of the Passport Act is both against the law and unconstitutional. As a matter of law, passports of hundreds of thousands of individuals who had nothing to do with the declaration of the state of emergency have been cancelled by the provisions of the Decree Law No. 667 and 773, and a good part of [them] have not been able to [exercise] their freedom of travel. “What is even worse is that the passport cancellations and prevention of the freedom to travel take place in an irresponsible way and are based on legally absurd grounds even contrary to Article 22 of the Passport Act and to the provisions of the decree laws which are themselves contrary to Article 23 of the Constitution and the international treaties. “Upon the cancellation of passports of the individuals who have no ongoing investigation or connection, affiliation or membership with terror organizations, their application for getting new passports or for removing the travel ban have been rejected on the basis of the Right to Information Act No. 4982. The passport cancellations and the restrictions on the freedom to travel are being used as [a] method of collective punishment by the government for the individuals and families even without bothering to find any link with the ‘alleged’ crime.” Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said in December that 234,419 passports have been revoked as part of investigations into the faith-based Gülen movement, accused by the government of masterminding the failed coup attempt in 2016. The seizure of passports started in early 2016. In June of that year the passport of Nevin İpek, Koza İpek Holding CEO Akın İpek’s wife, was cancelled after it was allegedly reported lost by someone other than herself. On Sept. 5, 2016 the government banned Dilek Dündar, wife of former Editor-in-Chief of the Cumhuriyet daily Can Dündar, from travelling abroad after seizing her passport at an İstanbul airport. On Sept. 28, 2016 the passport of former Today’s Zaman reporter Arslan Ayan was confiscated by officials at the Turkish Consulate General in New York City on the grounds that a warrant for his detention was outstanding back in Turkey. Similarly on Oct. 5 of the same year the government banned journalists Ayşe Yıldırım and Celal Başlangıç from travelling abroad after seizing their passports, at an airport in İstanbul. On May 20, 2017 Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter’s passport was seized by Romanian police at Henri Coanda Airport upon a request from the Turkish government due to alleged links to the Gülen movement.On June 1, 2017 the Turkish government revoked the passport of Levent Tüzel, a former pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy and Central Executive Board member of the leftist Labor Party (EMEP). Last year, Belgian police returned the passport of a Turkish citizen since the cancellation of passports by the Turkish government after a July 15 failed coup in Turkey was considered unlawful. Similarly in April, Romanian police returned the passport of Soner Cesur, a Turkish businessman with investments in Romania, which they seized on March 25 upon a demand made by the Turkish government. The report also examines cases in which Interpol Red Notices are also being abused by the Turkish government to harass dissidents abroad.

Muhammet Ali Kucuker
2,185 supporters