Roj Women question the effectiveness of the Turkish National Action Plan to combat Violence against women

In a recent summary report of their campaign for an effective implementation of the National Action Plan to combat violence against women Roj Women explain why they believe the Turkish Plan is failing to deliver its goals.

In South East Turkey 1 out of 2 women are victims of violence against women. The national average is 39%. In a context of social and economic development neglect, pervasive patriarchal attitudes and militarization all contribute to high rates of violence against women in the region.

Overall, the legal and policy framework guaranteeing women’s rights and gender equality is broadly in place in Turkey. The National Action Plan to combat violence against women is the most important measure among them.

The 3€ million budget allocated by the EU to tackle domestic violence produced the tools, the Action Plan among them, to help the Government in its efforts towards gender equality; thus, the responsibility to allocate funds for the implementation of the plan lies with the Turkish Government.  Enforcement mechanisms so that legislation is implemented consistently across the country are scarce. Abundant evidence and cases in the last months are proof that measures envisioned in the Action Plan are not in place.

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Toplu mezarlar acilsin kayiplar bulunsun, failler yargilansin Turkiye karanligiyla yuzlessin..

Basina ve Kamuoyuna


Biz bu metinde imzasi bulunanlar,  Roj Kadin Meclisi, Sosyalist Kaindinlar Birligi, Britanya Baris Meclisi, Fed-Bir, Kurt Toplum Merkezi ve Halkevi olarak Kurdistan’da TC Devleti’nin insanliga karsi isledigi bu vahseti nefretle kiniyor, biran once Insan Haklari Evrensel Bildirgesi geregince sorumluluklarini yerine getirmesini talep ediyoruz.

 İnsanlığa karşı suçlar 1998 yılında Kabul edilen Uluslararası Ceza Mahkemesi’nce soyle tanimlanmaktadir. “cinayet, yoketme, köleleştirme, nüfusun sınır dışı edilmesi ya da zorla nakledilmesi, hukuka aykırı bir şekilde hapsetme ya da özgürlükten mahrum bırakma, işkence, tecavüz, cinsel kölelik, zorla fahişeliğe zorlama, zorla hamile bırakma, zorla kısırlaştırma, cinsel şiddet kullanma, zulmetme, kişilerin ortadan zorla kaybedilmesi, ırk ayrımcılığı, diğer insanlık dışı suçlar ,insanlığa karşı suçlar olarak nitelendirilmektedir”. Continue reading

Kurdish and Turkish NGO’s call for UK to exert political & economic sanctions on Turkey

05 February 2011

Press release: For immediate release

We, the following NGO’s: Roj Women Assembly, The Socialist Union of Women, Kurdish Federation UK, Kurdish Community Centre, Halkevi and Britain Peace Council strongly condemn the Turkish State’s barbaric murders and disappearances of Kurds and other minorities. We urge the Turkish State to comply with European Human Rights Convention 1998 and the Statement on the Protection against Enforced Disappearances, accepted by the United Nations 1992.

Turkey has been committing serious crimes against humanity in the Kurdish regions for the last 30 years. This has been proved once more after recent excavations of mass graves in the Mutki district of Bitlis province, where human bones were discovered. The Turkish government has been rejecting to investigate unsolved political murders conducted from 1990’s. Regardless of many complaints filed by the relatives of those forcibly disappeared and the confession of clandestine intelligence and witnesses, Turkish government remains silent. Moreover,  it has been trying cover up the evidence. Continue reading

Forced and arranged marriages: between elucidation and scandalising distortion

Filiz Sütcü, a lawyer of Turkish origin, has carried out academic research into the subject of forced and arranged marriages.

Source: Qantara

In an interview with Claudia Mende, she criticises the media’s sensational treatment of the issue and explains that public debate is usually more about cultural and religious defamation.

Ms Sütçü, in your doctoral dissertation you investigate how one can differentiate an arranged marriage from a forced marriage. Is this possible?

Filiz Sütçü: Under certain circumstances, an arranged marriage can be a forced marriage that is simply not recognizable as such from the outside. Also, in the case of forced marriages, the parents “initiate” the marriage and choose the partner. When a 14 or 15-year-old daughter is told by her parents that she is to marry a cousin from their homeland, then you can hardly assume that there is no compulsion in an arranged marriage. The girls are brought up in such a way that they aren’t allowed to oppose their parents. This is why they can’t really say “no” in this situation.

So it is simply because arranged marriages are taken for granted?

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Kurdistan National Congress analyses the situation of Kurdish women in Iran

One consequence of the Political Islam held by the Iranian regime is that  women have been subjected to double-suppression and far much deeper violations of their right. “We are both women and Kurds; so, in the Islamic Republic of Iran, we are doubly accused”.

Source: KNK

Women are victims of violence on a daily basis and face discrimination in the patriarchal society as well as by state officials. Perpetrators of violence against women may be state officials, members of groups or private individuals including family members. To escape the violence and the double suppression some women resort to the most extreme form of self-harm including self-immolation.

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Turkey Takes the Lead in Europe in Violations in 2010

Turkey ranks first among the number of countries convicted for rights violations by the European Court of Human Rights in 2010.  Main reasons for Turkey’s convictions were the fairness or the length of trials.


Among 47 countries under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, Turkey ranks at the top position regarding the number of convictions in 2010. Continue reading