Stand Against Torture Virtual Protest – 26 June 2022

We cordially invite you to the virtual protest on the occasion of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on June 26, 2022. Along with reflections from law professionals and human rights experts, true stories of survivors of torture will be shared in this virtual protest which will be live-streamed on YouTube.

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International Solidarity for Human Rights Forum – June 5th 2022

You are Cordially invited

As Advocates of Silenced Turkey (AST), we are thrilled to announce “The International Solidarity Day for Human Rights” that will be held on June 5, 2022.

This special event aims to draw attention to human rights violations in various parts of the world, particularly in Turkey, and amplify the silent scream of the victims to reach a wider public recognition.

We cordially invite you to this significant forum that will be held at Baymont by Wyndham Hotel, Wayne, NJ on June 5, 2022 at 5pm – 8:30pm.

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Grievances in Turkey and other countries within the scape of human rights violations can be expressed with art especially song as a powerful method.

In this context, AST is organizing a song contest to raise awareness about human rights violations in Turkey.

This competition aims to raise awareness with the power of art about political prisoners, torture, deprivation of fundamental human rights. Another goal of this competition is to bring individuals in the field of art to speak out; reflect aesthetic skills, present the message clearly to the listener; to engage in artistic activities for human rights.

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Freedom Convention Turkey 2021; that will address injustices, inequalities, human rights violations taking place under the current regime in Turkey; will be held virtually on December 10th, Human Rights Day.

Consisting of three panels, the convention will shed a light on human rights violations in Turkey.

Mark your calendars to hear from exclusive voices on these topics.

Violations of civil and political rights, aspects of dictatorships, stigmatizations and persecution are among the issues that will be touched on in the first panel.

The panelist in the second session will discuss enforced disappearances, ill-treatment and torture in custody and detention, elderly and sick inmates’ situations in Turkey’s jails.

In the last session of the convention, speakers will talk about ethnic-based discrimination, gender-based oppression, Turkey’s Syria policies & more.

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Hope Stories from 2,000 Refugee Kids

Hello there,

Do you know that we are so curious about your journey to hope? How was the trip? What do you think about the country and society you arrived at the end of the road ? Are you excited? How your life is going in the school and your new environment? What do you want to do? What are your dreams? Can you tell us by writing a story even attaching a video and photo or art work to it?

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Project Achievements:

Do you know what you will gain?

1. Up to 2,000 participants will win a $50 incentive prize. If you add a picture and/ or a photo to your story you will win $10, you may earn $10 more adding a video as well.

2. Awards to contest winners

First place story $500
Second place story $300
Third place story, $ 200

3. This is not all! hopeful life stories which you might be one of the authors are going to be published as books on Amazon and will be introduced to the readers all over the world. We believe that would be a reference for your future succeses.


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Konusu ” TÜRKİYE’DEKİ İNSAN HAKLARI İHLALLERİ KAPSAMINDA ŞİİRLER ” olan şiir yarışmasının amacı Türkiye ve dünyada yaşanan insan hakları ihlalleri ve bu bağlamda yaşanan mağduriyetleri şiir sanatıyla duyurmak, mağdur insanların unutulmadığını ve acılarının geniş kitlelerle paylaşıldığını dile getirmek ve ümit aşılamaktır.


Birincilik ödülü 1000 $

İkincilik ödülü 500 $

Üçüncülük ödülü 250 $



Son Başvuru Tarihi: 1 Ekim 2021

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Advocates of Silenced Turkey is organizing the 2nd Short film Competition to develop awareness of unjust practices; to develop individuals in short film making; to reflect aesthetic skills in filmmaking; to be able to present the message clearly to the audience; to contribute to the formation of habit and taste in engaging in artistic activities.

The subject is “INNOCENCE – INNOCENCY” as part of human rights violations What is experienced within the scope of human rights violations and victimizations in Turkey and other countries of the world. Covers sub-topics such as political prisoners, torture, deprivation of basic human rights, etc., including innocent women, infants and seniors in prisons.



1st Prize $3,000

2nd Prize $2000

3rd Prize $1000

In addition, the top 10 films will be broadcasted/shared on AST’s website and social media channels.

Submit by October 30th, 2021

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Advocates of Silenced Turkey is organizing the 3rd international art contest about ongoing human rights violations in Turkey on behalf of 9-year-old Nurefşan Teke who died in the Maritsa river on March 4th, 2021 while fleeing from the persecution in Turkey.

Human Rights Violations in Turkey.


1st Prize $1,000

2nd Prize $500

3rd Prize $250

Certificate for the best 10 artists.

Submit by October 1st, 2020

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Please send your artwork to art@silencedturkey.org

*All varieties of art will be acceptable submissions.

**Dimensions: At least 17 x 11-inch landscape

***You retain your rights to your artwork; however, by entering the contest, you grant the Advocates of Silenced Turkey and its affiliates a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any purpose.

About Nurefsan Teke:

A 9-year-old Turkish girl named Nurefşan Teke died after a boat carrying a group of asylum seekers capsized in the Maritsa River on March 4, 2021.

Nurefşan and her mother Neslihan Teke reportedly wanted to reunite with the father who reportedly fled to an African country from Turkey last year in order to avoid an ongoing government crackdown on alleged members of the Gülen movement.

Because they were denied passports by the Turkish authorities, the mother-daughter decided to flee Erdogan’s Turkey. The boat that carried them, however, capsized in the river early on March 4, causing the death of Nurefsan.

Her body was reportedly found close to the scene of the accident sometime afternoon.

Following the incident, The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu broadcasted an interview with the mother Neslihan Teke on social media. During the interview, the deputy also talked about previous incidents, in which tens of women, men, and children who died trying to flee to Greece over the Maritsa River in the aftermath of a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Thousands of innocent people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the authoritarian Erdogan regime against sympathizers of the Gülen movement after July 15, 2016.

More than 500,000 people have been investigated, and nearly 97,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen, and others have been put in pretrial detention since the so-called coup attempt. Meanwhile, 150,000 people have lost their jobs in the government’s post-coup purge of state institutions.

Many oppressed tried to flee Turkey as the government had canceled thousands of passports.


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A First of its kind: Virtual Protest for Women’s Rights

After the widely successful protests on March 6th for women’s rights in 5 countries and 42 locations with thousands of attendees, AST (Advocates of Silenced Turkey) assembled a first of its kind virtual protest on March 21st, 2021 at the channel:


to support women in Turkey and in the World with more than 70,000 attendants during the event. Leading members of the community, activists, journalists, human rights defenders, and advocates joined with their remarks during this unique protest.

AST is committed to the freedom, rights, and well-being of all women and children and this will be a priority issue until all inequality, discrimination, and oppression are eliminated.


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Postponement of Freedom Forum 2020: Grave Human Rights Violations in Turkey

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Re: Postponement of Freedom Forum 2020: Grave Human Rights Violations in Turkey

We regret to inform you that we are postponing Freedom Forum 2020: Grave Human Rights Violations in Turkey in Washington, DC on March 24-25.

Given the coronavirus’ rapid spread around the globe, we have been closely monitoring news reports and communicating with health departments and local government outlets. Unfortunately, numerous cities and states have declared states of emergency and the health of our participants is our utmost priority. Following suit with other organizations who have postponed their events scheduled for the near future, including many that would have taken place at the National Press Club, we have decided to postpone the Freedom Forum 2020: Grave Human Rights Violations in Turkey.

A new date for the Freedom Forum will be determined and communicated to you in a timely fashion when local and international monitors declare that the threat of coronavirus has been contained.

We are very sorry to have to postpone this event as it will be a great gathering, but we hope you can understand the circumstances.



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