THE TURKEY TRIBUNAL
“Because silence is the greatest enemy of fundamental Human Rights”
This has been the guiding motto for the Turkey Tribunal since its inception in 2019. It shaped
the purpose and motivation to organise a people’s tribunal to consider the situation of human
rights in Turkey.
The Turkey Tribunal will be held in Geneva from 20–24 September 2021. It will be adjudicated
by a prestigious panel of independent judges who, in their professional careers, are either former
judges or renowned academic professors. Therefore their critical mindset, ability to impartially
assess the evidence presented and maintain independence is undisputed.
This is the collection of detailed reports that have been compiled by independent experts to
submit to the judges of the tribunal. The reports will also be provided to the Turkish authorities
to ensure that they also have the same opportunity to engage.
The judges will question the rapporteurs on their findings in the reports and witnesses will be
invited to testify before the tribunal. Finally the tribunal will decide on the different questions
posed and publish its verdict on the human rights situation in Turkey today.
The rapporteurs hope that the content of the reports will encourage the reader to reflect on the
vulnerability of our fundamental rights and the necessity to speak up; because, silence is the
greatest enemy of fundamental Human Rights.
PROF. DR. EM. JOHAN VANDE LANOTTE
2 August, 2021
REPORTS SUBMITTED TO THE TRIBUNAL(PDF DOWNLOAD)