Demand Justice for Murdered Human Rights Defender Tahir Elçi

 

On 28 November 2015, prominent lawyer and human rights defender Tahir Elçi was shot dead in Diyarbakır, Turkey. 

Tahir Elçi dedicated his life to truth, justice and the pursuit of human rights. He risked his own life to defend the rights of people who were detained, tortured and forcibly disappeared and he brought human rights abuses committed in Turkey to international attention.

This made his voice impossible to ignore, so his opponents looked for ways to silence him. In October, Tahir Elçi was charged and faced seven and a half years’ imprisonment for saying that “the PKK [the Kurdish armed group The Kurdistan Workers Party] is not a terrorist organization, it is an armed political movement with considerable support” on television. This sparked a campaign of intimidation and harassment against him, including death threats made on the telephone and social media.

Tahir Elçi was shot dead in November following a press statement he made, saying "we don’t want guns here, clashes, or [police] operations". Who killed him and why they killed him is still unclear.

The investigation into Tahir Elçi’s murder has started badly. A thorough crime scene investigation was not carried out immediately and the crime scene was not secured, yet the authorities claim to have recovered the bullet that killed him three days after his death .

Sign our petition [by clicking on İMZALA button on the right] to call on the Turkish authorities to ensure a prompt, thorough and impartial investigation into Tahir Elçi's death, and to bring his killer to justice.

 

 

 

    

"AİHM Kararlarının Uygulanmasının İzlenmesi" projesi 2012-2013 yıllarında Almanya Büyükelçiliği Ankara, 2014-2015 yılları için de Avrupa Birliği Türkiye Delegasyonu ile İngiltere Büyükelçiliği Ankara tarafından desteklenmektedir. 

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