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ADVOCATES OF SILENCED TURKEY REPORT 2020

WORDS FROM THE ADVOCATES

When the Turkish President declared in an infamous speech that “old Turkey no longer exists. This Turkey is new Turkey”, the story of Turkish authoritarianism had once and for all taken on a new character. Since July of 2016, the Turkish government has improperly imprisoned 130,214 homemakers, teachers, NGO workers, academics, judges, prosecutors, and journalists.

Once upon a time, the Republic of Turkey was lauded by insiders and outsiders for constituting a powerful model for democratization. In New Turkey, however, silence against the regime’s draconian laws, mass imprisonment, and frequent violations of universal human rights has become the sole norm.

In a regime which ranks as the worst upholder of the rule-of-law: typo in Eastern Europe & Central Asia, 187 media outlets have been shut down and 308 journalists, including Ilhan Isbilen Ahmet Altan, Hidayet Karaca, Buşra Erdal, Selahattin Demirtaş and Osman Kavala are held as political prisoners of the state.

We are a group of lawyers, judges, academics, journalists, and hundreds of activists who cherish democratic ideals and universal human rights. We are prisoners of conscience wanted by Erdogan’s regime, relatives of political prisoners, and victims who have lost their jobs, property, and even family members to the current administration which has been described as a Mafia State.

We are the Advocates of Silenced Turkey. We, the Advocates, have made it our mission to champion the rights of Silenced Turkey until universal human rights and democratic governance are established and sustained as the utmost priorities of the Republic of Turkey.

In this activity report, AST summarizes its programs and activities. As of January 2020 approximately 1410 lectures, panels, reports, activities, events, SM campaigns, etc produced by your generous donations and volunteering. On the other hand, more than 410 programs and materials produced just in 2020. This can not be possible without you and your great donations. Thank you. We will try to do our best to give a voice to the voiceless in Turkey.


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