The 12th International Hrant Dink Award has been granted to Turkish businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala and Egyptian feminist and human rights defender Mozn Hassan. The award ceremony was held online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Each year, the Award is given to two individuals or organizations: one from Turkey and one from abroad.
Main opposition CHP chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has said former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş is behind bars because he said in 2015 that the HDP would not let Erdoğan become president, whereas renowned activist Osman Kavala is imprisoned because “Erdoğan wants it so.” “Those who are kept imprisoned in an unjust way will always wear their served prison time as a badge of honor on their chest,” Kılıçdaroğlu said.
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has urged Turkey to ensure the immediate release of jailed businessman and human rights defender Osman Kavala pending the Turkish Constitutional Court’s forthcoming decision on his case. The Committee, tasked with monitoring the implementation of ECHR judgments, considered the Kavala vs Turkey judgment for the first time as Kavala completed 34 months held in pre-trial detention.
According to Turkey's presidential spokesperson Kalın “We were told other people’s tales under the guise of modernization. Now, it’s time to write of our own tale.” Just to avoid any sensationalism, let’s put it on the record that Mr. Kalın is no lunatic. That’s why his expression of his teenage dreams of accomplishing a full back-somersault must be taken for what it’s worth.
Though he wants to come to power, the main opposition leader does not even know if there will be an election. He insists the days ahead are bright while the AKP-MHP government twists and undermines the few remaining freedoms and rights that prevail in this country: from gender equality to social media.
Turkey and the United States are in a fresh row over Washington's call to release businessman, philanthropist and human rights activist Osman Kavala. Turkey's Foreign Ministry said the U.S. statement did not respect the principles of a state based on the rule of law. "No state or person can give orders to Turkish courts regarding judicial processes," it said.
A thousand words were said for philanthropist, businessman and human rights activist Osman Kavala to mark his 1,000th day of imprisonment on July 27. "Conscience and just" topped the list via being written 48 times, which were followed by "humble and humility."
A thousand words that participants will submit to an online effort will be released on the 1,000th day of philanthropist, businessman and human rights activist Osman Kavala's incarceration. The deadline for participation was set for July 23.
Jailed philanthropist and civil society activist Osman Kavala has said that the Turkish government has been unlawfully keeping him in jail as there is not a single evidence to back up the accusations against him. "They are trying to maintain my imprisonment with a chain of legal cases. None of the investigations against me are legally enough to keep me here," he told CHP MP Utku Çakırözer who visited him at the Silivri Prison.
A U.S.-based documentary maker produced a 10-minute opera about jailed philanthropist Osman Kavala and his pet snails. The human rights activist and businessman has been imprisoned for nearly a thousand days, and adopted two snails as pets in prison. The volunteers recorded the opera from remote locations, only to be mixed together later.
Turkish musician Zülfü Livaneli has said in a video that jailed businessman, philanthropist and human rights defender Osman Kavala is “one of the best philanthropists in the world.” The video was shot as part of the campaign "Artists United for Kavala," which has brought together several artists who tell the story of how Kavala touched their lives.
Germany calls on Turkey to be ‘state of law,’ to free Kavala in line with top Euro rights court’s decision
German Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth has called on Turkey to "respect its international obligations" and to implement the European Court of Human Rights' decision urging for philanthropist Osman Kavala's immediate release.
Three top human rights groups have called on the Council of Europe to issue a decision at its June 4-dated meeting directing Turkey to release the human rights defender Osman Kavala and drop all charges against him.
Unlike the actual social distancing lines, the imaginary lines for freedoms and rights in Turkey are blurry and changing. The President and his allies distort and change the law to suit their whims. The Penal Code, the Constitution, and universal law are twisted accordingly.
The German government's Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance at the Federal Foreign Office has called on Turkey to release Osman Kavala after the ECHR rejected a Turkish appeal of a Dec. 10 ruling that found the influential businessman's imprisonment to be in violation of his rights. “I therefore call on the Turkish Government to meet the obligations it has entered into under the European Convention on Human Rights,” Bärbel Kofler said on May 12.