Petition to President of the United States, U.S. Department of State, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), United Nations, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, United Nations Security Council, European Parliament, Council of the European Union
URGENT: #FreeHDPnow Stop Turkish Fascism!
We express our outrage at the arbitrary arrests of Turkey’s opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, and its 10 MPs on November 4, 2016. With the charges of treason and association with terrorism, HDP MPs are the latest victims of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) dictatorial purge, following an attempted coup in July. Their homes have been broken into and their offices ransacked, access to social media and sharing websites such as Facebook and Twitter have been blocked throughout Turkey following the arrests. All 59 HDP MPs have been threatened with prosecution, including Armenian MP Garo Paylan, signaling that the number of party members arbitrarily detained is bound to increase.‘We are living in 1915—Today is April 24,’ said Mr. Paylan in reference to the Armenian Genocide, through a Tweet released shortly after the arrests. His tweet implies the current actions taken by Erdogan are reminiscent of the evening Ottoman authorities in Constantinople rounded up Armenian elected parliamentarians and leaders at the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. Erdogan is waging an unprecedented purge in Turkey firing over 100,000 employees, and imprisoning thousands of HDP members, executives, mayors, and city council members associated directly or indirectly with the HDP. Just last week, a prosecutor accused Mrs. Gultan Kisanak, Diyarbakir’s first female mayor and a former parliamentarian, and her co-mayor Mr. Firat Anli, of terrorism. HDP lawmakers have issued a joint statement objecting to Erdogan’s inquisition and its legitimacy. Erdogan began singling out HDP leadership after AKP lost its parliamentary majority in the 2015 elections and HDP rejected Erdogan’s desires for a powerful presidential system. The arrests aim to destroy the very foundation of the HDP, as the AKP is afraid of future electoral victories, and ethnic and religious representations of minorities including Kurds and Armenians in Turkey. We will see more arrests unless serious action is taken against arbitrary arrests, intimidation, censorship of the media, political assembly, and repression of ethno-political organizations. Legally elected officials and lawmakers and thousands of people imprisoned in Turkey deserve the legal protection of international law against what appears to be only the tip of an iceberg of repression. We stand in solidarity with HDP and salute their resilience against the political nightmare that is plaguing Turkey and call on your good will to denounce the Turkish state’s boundless defiance of all international laws and to halt the endless war that is being waged against the Kurdish people and other minorities. Continuing military, economic, and political support for AKP is antithetical to the precarious state and interests of ethnic and religious minorities in particular and Turkish society, in general. We hope that you will use the power of your office to seek the unconditional release of unconditional release of HDP parliamentarians, mayors, political prisoners, journalists, academics, intellectuals, authors, and editors who have been imprisoned for defending fundamental freedoms and human rights against the tyranny of the Turkish state. Armenian Youth Federation Armenian Revolutionary Federation Shant Student Association All-Armenian Student Association Kurdish American Education Society Los Angeles Kurdish Human Rights Advocacy Group Kurdish Community of Southern California Kurdish Human Rights Watch Kurdish National Congress Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights VOKRADIO (Voice of Kurdish-American Radio For Democracy, Peace, and Freedom) Ezidi Relief FundKurdish Community Center of California
Petition to Government of Turkey, Council of Higher Education, Ministry of National Education
Nuriye and Semih are on hunger strike! Reinstate them to their jobs!
Nuriye Gülmen, an academic, and Semih Özakça, a primary school teacher, are two among tens of thousands of public employees who have been arbitrarily and unlawfully dismissed by decree law from their positions since the imposition of State of Emergency rule in Turkey on July 20, 2016. Demanding their jobs back, they began their sit-in protest on Yüksel Street in central Ankara in November 2016. Following several police attacks and detentions, on March 11, 2017, they began their hunger strike. Today, May 9, 2017, is the 62nd day of their hunger strike. The government continues to remain indifferent to their rightful demands. Their hunger strike has entered a critical stage, and Nuriye Gülmen had to be taken home yesterday, when her blood pressure dropped severely (https://twitter.com/seyrisokak/status/861630239323156481). It is imperative that we lend our voice to their rightful demands, and support Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça to secure their reinstatement to their jobs. Several Academics for Peace have already initiated a hunger strike on a rotating basis to display their solidarity with Gülmen and Özakça, and make their voice heard. At this critical stage, time is of absolute essence. TOMORROW MAY BE TOO LATE! It is time for the international community to raise its voice for the struggle of Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça! Sign the petition and tell the government of Turkey to reinstate Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça to their jobs. If you are in a position to do so, ask your local Member of Parliament to bring up this urgent matter in your national parliament, or at international platforms your country is a member of. On social media, support the hashtag #NuriyeAndSemihAreNotAlone to spread the news, call for solidarity, and ask the government of Turkey to listen to their demands! You can also contact the Turkish embassy in your country. To find the contact numbers and addresses of the Turkish embassies visit: http://www.mfa.gov.tr/yurtdisi-teskilati.tr.mfa
Petition to President of the United States, United Nations, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Tell the U.S. to Hold Turkey Accountable for Genocide Against Armenians, Kurds & Others!
Please call on THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, U.S. CONGRESS, and the UNITED NATIONS to recognize and condemn the deadly and aggressive history by Turkey and their pattern of committing the crimes of Genocide and Human Rights Violations. Today the Kurdish People in Syria are being ethnically cleansed by Turkish forces backed by Turkish President Erdogan. He has ordered the Turkish military to cleanse the Kurds of Syria (most recently on Mach 18, 2018 in Afrin, Syria) by the use of airstrikes, artillery, and execution. After hundreds of civilians were mercilessly slaughtered (including women and children), a Turkish flag was raised. This extends a pattern of Genocides by Turkey (and by extension, the Turkish Ottoman Empire). They have committed genocides against Kurds, Greeks, Assyrians, Bulgarians, and one of the most notable genocides, against Armenians. Nobody spoke up against these genocides, and even today many governments do not recognize Turkey's crimes against humanity. One example is the Armenian Genocide. In 1915, the Ottoman Turks systematically slaughtered 1.5 million Armenian Christians, nearly wiping them out. Armenia was the first nation to accept Christianity in the year 301 A.D., and the Turkish Ottoman Empire did not accept that they would not convert to Islam. As a result, they committed a Genocide against Armenians as well as other Eastern Christian peoples. To this day, while 48 U.S. states recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915, the U.S. Federal Government does not. Every year when the U.S. President speaks on ending genocides around the world, they always fall short to recognize the Armenian Genocide, Greek and Assyrian Genocides, or the ongoing Kurdish Genocide all committed by Turkey. PLEASE URGE THE U.S. PRESIDENT, U.S. CONGRESS, and the UNITED NATIONS TO STOP PANDERING TO TURKEY AND TO RECOGNIZE AND CONDEMN THEIR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY AND PUNISH THEM FOR THE GENOCIDES THEY HAVE COMMITTED AND STILL ARE COMMITTING.
Petition to Ambassador Nikki Haley, Filippo Grandi, Angela Merkel
Stop Turkey from deporting journalist Neda Amin to Iran
UN Watch is gravely concerned that on August 5th, 2017, Turkey is planning to deport journalist Neda Amin back to Iran, where she could face execution. Ms. Amin works as a journalist for the Persian-language edition of the The Times of Israel, and is in grave danger should she be deported back to Iran. During Ms. Amin’s stay in Turkey, she received threats from the Iranian intelligence service because she works for an Israeli news outlet. Don't let Neda be deported. Urge your representatives in government to speak out and save her. Read more: https://www.unwatch.org/turkey-deport-iranian-journalist-wrote-israeli-site/
Petition to Turkish Embassy in Skopje
Macedonians for democracy in Turkey
We, the citizens of Macedonia who believe in the rule of law and the democratic values of the world - ask the release of thousands of political prisoners in Turkey, among whom are many activists, journalists, intellectuals, artists, politicans and citizens of Turkey who believe in democratic and European future of their country. Prisoning people just because they think different than their political rulers shows not just the lack of democracy and the warning signs of fascism, but also the inability of the rulers to deal with different views on the world and their lack of self-esteem for their governing. We want to see Turkey as a democratic, free and European country.