Fellowship Opportunity: The Center for Victims of Torture

The Center for Victims of Torture is accepting applications from human rights defenders (HRDs) living in exile or internally displaced to participate in a global, dynamic and collaborative capacity development project. The Incubator for Defenders Remaining in Exile to Advance Movements (IDREAM) project will provide training and networking activities with the goals of: advancing advocacy efforts, promoting exiled HRD’s psychosocial resilience and well-being, and improving HRD’s physical and digital security.


Businessperson and rights defender Osman Kavala, who was sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment in late April for "attempting to overthrow the government" in the Gezi trial, completed the fifth year of his imprisonment today (November 1).

Türkiye’s failure to release human rights defender Osman Kavala from prison may have far reaching consequences for all those seeking justice in the country, a UN expert warned today.

“This month marks five years since Osman Kavala was arrested and Türkiye has now twice ignored binding rulings of the highest human rights court in Europe for his release,” said Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.

“Türkiye’s continued disregard for the court’s decision is a dangerous attack on the regional human rights mechanism,” she said.

The World Medical Association has issued a strong condemnation about the arrest in Turkey of Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, President of the Turkish Medical Association.

She was detained today in Istanbul after claims that she made comments about the use of poisonous gas against Kurds in Iraq.

Dr. Frank Ulrich Montgomery, Chair of the WMA Council, said today: ‘It is totally unacceptable that Dr. Korur Fincancı has been detained and that members of the Turkish Medical Association are being threatened with suspension.


Turkish Medical Association (TTB) President Prof. Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, who was detained after being targeted by President Tayyip Erdoğan and his partner MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli, arrested.


The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your intervention in the following situation in Turkey.



Turkish police have detained the head of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB), Sebnem Korur Fincanci, for allegedly "spreading terrorist group propaganda", the state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Wednesday.

The Ankara chief prosecutor's office as saying a request had been made to a civil court for the termination of her role as head of the association and for the selection of a new chairperson, the news agency reported.

Hüseyin Yaviç

UPDATED: 09/19/2023 - 10:15

Having acted as the Chairman of the Van-Hakkari Medical Chamber during 2020-2022, Hüseyin Yaviç, the current physician in charge of applications at the Van Representative Office of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, is also a relative of a victim of police brutality. He was charged with creating propaganda for an illegal organization because he attended Newroz celebrations in 2006. He was given 10 months in prison but the sentencing was delayed. He is currently facing two separate trials for defiance of Law no. 2911 on Meetings and Demonstrations. 

Bilal Yıldız

UPDATED: 01/06/2023 - 17:20

Social services specialist Bilal Yıldız has been working for the Istanbul Representative Office of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TİHV) since 2015. He offers consultancy services of treatment, rehabilitation, and well-being to torture victims and their close ones. He has co-signed many reports by the Foundation including the Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers Report (2021). Specializing in the field of immigrant and refugee rights, Yıldız also worked for the Migration Monitoring Association (GÖÇİZDER) in 2016.



Prosecutors are investigating Şebnem Korur-Fincancı, head of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) because of her remarks on the allegations of a chemical attack on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Iraq's Kurdistan Region.

Korur-Fincancı, a forensic physician by profession, had commented for the pro-Kurdish Medya Haber TV on a video allegedly showing two PKK members suffering from a chemical attack.

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