What is Bylock?

Tens of thousands of people in Turkey are arrested on account of having downloaded the “Bylock Secure Communication App”. The Erdogan regime regards the mere fact that one downloaded or used this app as sufficient evidence to incriminate him/her in terrorism charges.

Whether the Bylock App which constitutes the ground for detention of tens of thousands of people including teachers, journalists, artists, lawyers, academics, and even football players a handy pretext for mass arrests or a serious criminal finding is a question worthy of investigatory attention.Continue reading

European Convention on Human Rights

The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) protects the human rights of people in countries that belong to the Council of Europe.

The Council of Europe was founded after the Second World War to protect human rights and the rule of law, and to promote democracy.

The Convention consists of numbered ‘articles’ protecting basic human rights.

The Convention guarantees specific rights and freedoms and prohibits unfair and harmful practices.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Universal Declaration) is an international document that states basic rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled.

The Universal Declaration was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 10 December 1948. Motivated by the experiences of the preceding world wars, the Universal Declaration was the first time that countries agreed on a comprehensive statement of inalienable human rights.