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Yakay-Der

Yakay-Der (Turkish: Yakınlarını Kaybeden Ailelerle Yardımlaşma ve Dayanışma Derneği; "The Association of Solidarity and Assistance for the Families of Missing Persons") is a Turkish activist group. It was founded on 9 March 2001 to help the families of disappeared Kurds in Turkey.

According to Yakar-Der, more than 1,500 persons are unaccounted for following the "special war" period in Turkey from 1993 to 1998, in the context of actions taken to root out the PKK. These activities were brought to light in the Susurluk scandal which surfaced in 1996 and resulted in several high-level resignations in the Turkish Government.

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The current (May 2019) President of Yakar-Der is Pervin Buldan.

Its stated objectives are:

  • To investigate the unknown killings of known opponents of the State and the disappearance of such people under very suspicious situations and circumstances;
  • To investigate and try to find out who are responsible for the unknown killings and/or disappearances of such activists, and to bring them to book, i.e. to make certain that they are arrested, prosecuted and punished; and
  • To work with the families of those who have been killed or who have disappeared.

Yakar-Der was established as a result of a long struggle organised by what came to be known as the Saturday Mothers, a group of women who protested every Saturday for about two years in front of the Galatasaray High School in Taksim in Istanbul.

It is a successor to the Association Mag-Der, which was closed down by the Turkish authorities because of alleged irregularities with respect to the Turkish Law of Associations.

Each year, Yakar-Der, together with the Turkish Human Rights Association (İHD) and the International Committee Against Disappearances (ICAD), organise a series of special events to mark the Week of Disappeared People. In May 2006, they organised the 5th International Conference against Disappearances, in Diyarbakir. In 2008 they organized sit-down strikes, a photo exhibition and panel discussions with the relatives of missing persons. They also filed a complaint with the public prosecutor and demanded the punishment of officials responsible for the disappearance of the missing persons.

In May 2009, they began a campaign to urge Turkey to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances.

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Yakay Der Language Watch Edit Yakay Der Turkish Yakinlarini Kaybeden Ailelerle Yardimlasma ve Dayanisma Dernegi The Association of Solidarity and Assistance for the Families of Missing Persons is a Turkish activist group It was founded on 9 March 2001 to help the families of disappeared Kurds in Turkey According to Yakar Der more than 1 500 persons are unaccounted for following the special war period in Turkey from 1993 to 1998 in the context of actions taken to root out the PKK These activities were brought to light in the Susurluk scandal which surfaced in 1996 and resulted in several high level resignations in the Turkish Government Contents 1 About 2 History 3 See also 4 External links 5 ReferencesAbout EditThe current May 2019 President of Yakar Der is Pervin Buldan 1 Its stated objectives are To investigate the unknown killings of known opponents of the State and the disappearance of such people under very suspicious situations and circumstances To investigate and try to find out who are responsible for the unknown killings and or disappearances of such activists and to bring them to book i e to make certain that they are arrested prosecuted and punished and To work with the families of those who have been killed or who have disappeared History EditYakar Der was established as a result of a long struggle organised by what came to be known as the Saturday Mothers a group of women who protested every Saturday for about two years in front of the Galatasaray High School in Taksim in Istanbul 2 It is a successor to the Association Mag Der which was closed down by the Turkish authorities because of alleged irregularities with respect to the Turkish Law of Associations 3 Each year Yakar Der together with the Turkish Human Rights Association IHD and the International Committee Against Disappearances ICAD organise a series of special events to mark the Week of Disappeared People In May 2006 they organised the 5th International Conference against Disappearances in Diyarbakir 4 In 2008 they organized sit down strikes a photo exhibition and panel discussions with the relatives of missing persons They also filed a complaint with the public prosecutor and demanded the punishment of officials responsible for the disappearance of the missing persons 5 In May 2009 they began a campaign to urge Turkey to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances 6 See also EditForced disappearance Saturday MothersExternal links EditYakayder International Committee Against Disappearances International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances Yakar Der photos on Flickr Listen to the Saturday Mothers Amnesty International 1998References Edit Bohmer Daniel Dylan 2019 05 09 Kurden Politikerin Buldan Erdogan verliert zunehmend an Macht Retrieved 2019 05 11 Report and recommendations on the Kurdish question in Turkey PDF International delegation of Human Rights Lawyers 2005 Retrieved 2009 08 16 La Fondation du Yakar Der ICAD December 2005 Archived from the original on 2013 01 03 Retrieved 2009 08 16 Conference programme PDF ICAD December 2005 Retrieved 2009 08 16 dead link Turkey Some 800 victims of enforced disappearance remembered Today s Zaman 2008 05 25 Retrieved 2009 08 16 dead link NGOs seek ratification of convention on disappeared persons Today s Zaman 2009 05 23 Archived from the original on July 13 2009 Retrieved 2009 08 16 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Yakay Der amp oldid 1002262227, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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