Human Rights

OSCE Statement of the JWF; Silencing Journalists: The Habitus of Turkey

Statement of the Journalists and Writers Foundation: Silencing Journalists: The Habitus of Turkey OSCE Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting: THE ROLE OF THE FREE MEDIA IN THE COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO SECURITY 2-3 November 2017 Hofburg – Vienna / Austria SESSION I: FREE MEDIA AS A BASIS FOR EUROPEAN SECURITY The Journalists and Writers Foundation ● reminds …

Report: The State of Turkey`s Children- Victims of Unlawfulness

The findings of the report reveal a disturbing pattern of human rights abuses against innocent children in Turkey and abroad. By the end of August 2017, six hundred sixty-eight (668) children under the age of six are in jails across Turkey with their mothers; hundreds of children living abroad are born stateless because the Turkish …

Request For an International Commission to Investigate Turkey’s Failed Coup of July 15th, 2016

New York, 25 September 2017 Request for an International Commission to Investigate Turkey’s Failed Coup of July 15th, 2016 The coup attempt of July 15 2016 was undoubtedly an attack on Turkey’s hard won democratic gains. Though it is regretfully noted that the subsequent government measures indicate a deliberate effort to abuse the atmosphere of …

JWF’s Report: Women`s Rights Under Attack In Turkey

In recent years, under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) rule Turkey has experienced a sharp declining trend in almost all democratic indicators, including the rights of women, civil, economic and social rights, freedom of expression and media, free and fair elections, government accountability and corruption. Since the breakdown of the Kurdish peace process in …

JWF’s Statement on its General Consultative Status

The Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) is an international civil society organization dedicated to peace, human rights and sustainable development. JWF promotes diversity and inclusion by creating forums for intellectual and social engagement, generates and shares knowledge with stakeholders, builds partnerships worldwide and develops policy recommendations for positive social change.

JWF will Keep Standing for Democracy and Human Rights

We, as the Journalists and Writers Foundation, affirm and underline, that we will keep raising up our voice through our events and projects to advocate human rights, to strengthen democracy and rule of law, and to contribute to sustainable development, striving for a life with human dignity and freedom.

JWF Delivers Oral Statement at ECOSOC High-Level Segment 2015

On July 9, 2015, JWF attended the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) High-Level Segment 2015 meeting along with high-level representatives from various countries and other major civil society organizations at UN Headquarters, New York.

Human Rights Review: Increasing Gender Violence a Worrying Sign for Turkey

JWF focused on women’s rights in Turkey during the 30th Plenary Meeting of the Human Rights Council, 29th Regular Session, at the UN Office at Geneva on June 26, 2015. Event attendees included high-level representatives from member states, intergovernmental organizations, and other major civil society organizations.

JWF Seeks Protection for Freedom of Speech in Turkey

On June 24, 2015, JWF attended the 25th Plenary Meeting of the Human Rights Council, 29th Regular Session, along with high-level representatives from member states, intergovernmental organizations, and other major civil society organizations at the UN Office at Geneva.

Vienna Panel Discusses Corruption and Social Justice

A discussion panel titled “Fight against Corruption from the Perspective of Equal Opportunity” was held as part of the 24th Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) on May 22, 2015, at the UN office in Vienna.

JWF Statement Urges Greater Civil Society Involvement in Afghanistan

JWF’s recent statement on Afghan girls’ access to education is now available on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) website. The statement was submitted as part of the 26th session of the Human Rights Council, which took place in Geneva on June 10-27, 2014.

33rd Abant Meeting Seeks to Revamp Turkey’s Foreign and Domestic Policies

This weekend, JWF hosted the 33rd Abant Platform meeting, titled “Turkey’s Direction,” to discuss the country’s future. The meeting was attended by 120 intellectuals from around the world, including scholars, journalists, NGO leaders, and former politicians. The event took place on June 20-22, 2014, in Turkey’s northwestern town of Akcakoca.

Turkish-Afghan Schools Highlighted as Step Forward for Girls’ Education

In partnership with the Dialog-Institut and the Permanent Missions of Afghanistan, the UK, and Finland, the Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) organized a well-attended conference concerning Afghan girls’ access to education. The event took place on June 11, 2014, at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

JWF & NYIT Host Conference on Democratization in the Middle East

As part of the New York Institute of Technology’s (NYIT) “The Year of Turkey,” JWF and NYIT hosted an international conference on April 28, 2014, at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. The conference was titled “Challenges to Democratization in the Middle East: The US, Turkey, and the Arab World.”

Ambassadors Series Presents 2nd Panel Focused on Africa

The Ambassadors Series Africa Panel #2: African Solutions to African Problems brought United Nations diplomats together with academics, experts, and civil society to discuss global issues and exchange multiple perspectives. The panel was hosted by the Journalists and Writers Foundation New York on April 16.

Panel Discusses Achievements and Challenges in Afghan Girls’ Education

Working alongside Peace Islands Institute New York (PIINY) and the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the UN, the JWF Women’s Platform co-organized a panel on the achievements and challenges of girls’ education in Afghanistan. The event took place on March 18, 2014, at United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York.

Abant Africa Forum Calls for Freedom of Expression and Respect for the Sacred

The 32nd Abant Platform forum, which took place in Addis Ababa on March 8-9, 2014, confirmed its commitment to the respect for sacred values and the encouragement of freedom of religion by international and regional organizations.

Ambassadors Series Panel #2 Discusses Relations between Balkans and EU

The Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) and Peace Islands Institute held the second panel of the Ambassadors Series in JWF’s New York office on February 26, 2014. The theme of the panel was intergovernmental relations among Balkan nations and the European Union (EU).

Ambassadors Series Panel Seeks African Solutions to African Problems

JWF and Peace Islands Institute in New York (PIINY) held the first panel in the African Ambassadors Series in New York on February 12, 2014. The series aims to create a space for United Nations diplomats, academics, experts, and civil society to discuss global issues and exchange multiple perspectives.

Medialog Calls for Law against Hate Speech and Hate Crimes

In a two-day conference on hate speech and hate crime organized by Medialog in Istanbul in October 2013, leading journalists and academics urged the Turkish government to draft a law against defamation, blasphemy, and discrimination while protecting the freedom of expression.

Global Dignity Day Celebrated in Ankara and Istanbul

The Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) organized a number of activities in Turkey to mark the annual Global Dignity Day, which is celebrated with Global Dignity-led events around the world with the participation of 350,000 young people across 50 countries.

EU Discusses Gezi Park and Freedom of Expression

Recent developments in Turkey set the agenda for the second “Speak Up!” conference titled “Freedom of Expression and Media in the Western Balkans and Turkey.” The event was organized by the European Commission in Brussels on June 20, 2013.

Turkey Urges Creation of Humanitarian Corridor in Syria to End Refugee Influx

At a recent conference, Turkish officials reiterated that in order to find a solution to the number of Syrian refugees fleeing their war-battered country for neighboring states, it is necessary to create a humanitarian corridor in Syria that would allow for the delivery of aid inside of the country.

28th Abant Meeting Launches with Identity Debates in Turkey

The Abant Platform held its 28th meeting from February 8-10, 2013, at Lake Abant with the participation of over a hundred intellectuals, academics, journalists, and pundits from different ideological backgrounds to discuss the current issues in Turkey.

JWF Hosts EU Roundtable Meeting

The roundtable meeting of the European Union (EU) Delegation was held by the Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) at the Sheraton Hotel in Ankara on January 25th, 2013.

Conference Recommends Greater Gov’t Action against Domestic Violence

The government should take a more active role in preventing domestic violence — which is on the rise throughout Turkey and the world — stated the final declaration of a conference on violence and society organized by JWF Women’s Platform in Istanbul on November 24 to 26, 2012.

27th Abant Meeting Ends with Stress on Democratization

One of the conclusions of the 27th Abant meeting, which brought together foreign and domestic academics and journalists living in Turkey, was that Turkey’s democracy needs to be more consolidated for it to be more effective in the world and for it to be a role model in its region.

Workshop Proposes Steps to Eliminate Media’s Negative Influence on Children

A workshop held at Istanbul University’s Faculty of Communication on April 5, 2012, recommended ten steps for eliminating the media’s negative influence on children and teenagers in Turkey.

Women Misrepresented and Misperceived in the Media

The JWF Women’s Platform and Medialog Platform organized a workshop titled “The Media’s Perception of Women: Abuse and Recruitment” on March 5 and 6, 2011. The event was held at the Bolu Gazelle Resort Hotel, bringing together journalists, writers, academics, and activists to write a final declaration on the issue.

Turkish and Syrian Journalists Unite at Workshop

Turkish and Syrian journalists met at a recent workshop organized by JWF’s Medialog Platform. The program included presentations and exchanges of ideas, noting that in spite of political divisions between Turkey and Arab countries after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, there was no alienation among the people.

Kurdish, Turkish Journalists Call for Dialogue

Kurdish and Turkish journalists met in Istanbul on Saturday to discuss the role of the media and put forward suggestions for eliminating misconceptions and prejudices that exist both among Iraqi Kurds and Turks.

17th Abant Platform to Discuss Kurdish Issue

The Abant Platform, a think tank supported by the Journalists and Writers Foundation, will convene to discuss Turkey’s long-standing Kurdish issue on July 4-5, 2008, at the Abant Palace Hotel in Bolu, Turkey.

‘Abant Spirit’ Lends Support to Democratic Constitution in Turkey

This reflection focuses on the ‘Abant spirit’ of love, tolerance, dialogue, and sincerity, tracing its development from the first Abant meeting in 1998 to the 15th Abant meeting in November 2007.

Middle East Democracy and Security Considered at 11th Abant Platform

The 11th meeting of the Abant Platform, a leading civil society initiative, focused on the future of the Middle East. Platform participants gave weight to the issues of security and democracy, emphasizing that the region could not be united and stabilized without settling the Israel-Palestine crisis.

Abant Platform Meeting Focuses on Islam, Democracy, and Secularism

The 7th meeting of the Abant Platform, one of the leading civil society initiatives in Turkey, opened in Washington, DC, on April 19, 2004. This marks the first time the Platform meeting has been held abroad.

Turkish Scholars Aspire to Democratic, Constitutional State at 3rd Abant Meeting

Scientists and intellectuals in Turkey exchanged ideas at the Abant Platform’s third meeting, titled “The Democratic Constitutional State.” The event took place in Bolu, Turkey, on July 21-23, 2000.

1st Abant Platform Meeting Addresses Islam and Secularism

The first Abant Platform meeting, titled “Islam and Secularism,” was held in Bolu, Turkey, on July 17-19, 1998. It was attended by Turkish scholars and intellectuals of different political tendencies.