Advocates of Justice and Human Rights (AJHR) is a grassroots movement. We aim to be the voice for Turkish people who suffer under an oppressive regime. AJHR is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization.
On July 15, 2016, the Turkish people suffered a horrific coup attempt. Since then human rights violations in Turkey have reached dangerous, unprecedented levels. A government-led purge of innocent parties has grown into a systematic, ongoing campaign of political repression. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has given the orders for this campaign and still does. Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) carry out enforcement.
The campaign involved a large-scale purge of officials from within the state bureaucracy. Authorities have also suppressed thousands of civilians for alleged links Hizmet Movement (Gulen Movement). President Erdogan and the AKP have focused on these person’s supposed links to US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen who has consistently promoted democracy and dialogue throughout his writings and speeches.
Campaigns of intimidation continued with extensive police surveillance. Imprisonment of people “assumed guilty until proven innocent” continues to this day. Widespread allegations of torture and unrecorded deaths in Turkish prisons continue to build. An increasing number of people have simply disappeared.
International human rights and humanitarian law guide our work. We respect the dignity of each human being. We aim to defend basic rights all people agree on.
- The Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
- Rule of Law
- Freedom of Speech
- Freedom from Discrimination
- Freedom from Persecution
- Preservation of Social Rights
- Protection of Vulnerable Groups
- Maintenance of Democracy
We work with a broad range of organizations to maximize our impact. These include local and international civil society organizations.