Urgent call to resolve mounting problems in Hasankeyf

In past years, the ancient city of Hasankeyf attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, offering them the chance to explore the traces of more than 20 civilizations that contributed to the city’s cultural heritage. Hasankeyf – with a history spanning 12,000 years – held a special appeal to visitors from the region as well as to those from western Turkey and every corner of the globe, and this enabled local residents not only to provide for their families but also to share their specialized knowledge of this historic landscape.

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FIDH: Authorities are responsible for Ebru Timtik’s death in custody

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH-OMCT) is shocked and deeply saddened by the death of human rights lawyer Ebru Timtik yesterday, after 238 days of hunger strike while in custody. The Observatory, which is holding the Turkish authorities responsible for her death, calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all human rights defenders arbitrarily detained in the country, including lawyer Aytaç Ünsal, who has been on hunger strike for over six months and whose health has sharply deteriorated.

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Maria Arena: Tragic news on human rights defenders continue to flow from Turkey

Maria Arena, Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) issued the following statement:“We are deeply shocked by the death of lawyer Ebru Timtik in an Istanbul hospital after a 238 days hunger strike. Ms Timtik was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison during a parody of justice.

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