Turkey Events of 2016


On July 15, 2016, elements of the military attempted to carry out a coup d’état against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government. The attempted coup left at least 241 citizens and government law enforcement dead.

During the attempted coup fighter jets bombed Turkey’s parliament. In the aftermath, the government declared a state of emergency, jailed thousands of soldiers and embarked on a wholesale purge of public officials, police, teachers, judges, and prosecutors.

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HRD is a non-profit and independent civil society organization campaigning to defend human rights and to help people facing persecution all around the world and with a special focus on Turkey. HRD was established in 2018 Cologne-Germany, by Turkish lawyers, former bureaucrats and entrepreneurs who are political-asylum seekers in Germany and Europe.

HRD is preparing reports concerning human rights violations, establishing contacts to other Human Rights NGO`s and stakeholders, State Officials and regional as well as international organizations. 

HRD is also giving legal advice to victims, initiating litigation procedures on behalf of the victims and preparing official petitions and communications to the relevant UN Human Rights Mechanisms.