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PHR Denounces Turkish Court’s Conviction of Leading Physician and Human Rights Defender

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) condemns a Turkish court’s sentencing today of Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, a leader in Türkiye’s medical and human rights community, to two years, eight months and 15 days of imprisonment on baseless charges of “making terrorist propaganda.”   Dr. Fincancı was released pending the appeal. The conviction is the latest form […]

January 11, 2023
Persecution of Health Workers
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International Human Rights Groups Call for the Immediate Release and Acquittal of Turkish Physician

Tomorrow, renowned Turkish doctor and human rights defender Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı will undergo a second judicial hearing on baseless charges in Istanbul Heavy Penalty Court. Due process violations, lack of evidence, and ill-treatment of Dr. Korur Fincancı during her transfer suggest that her arrest is a gross miscarriage of justice. International medical and human […]

December 28, 2022
Persecution of Health Workers
Press Release

PHR: Tũrkiye’s Failure to Release Renowned Physician is an “Abhorrent Assault on Human Rights”

In response to today’s ruling by Turkish authorities to deny the petition for release of internationally renowned human rights defender Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, chairperson of the Turkish Medical Association and executive committee member of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, who has been unlawfully detained since October 26, 2022, the following quote is attributed […]

December 23, 2022
Persecution of Health Workers
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Experts to Call for Release of Renowned Forensic Physician Ahead of Critical Hearing Friday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Local and international experts will host a press conference in Istanbul on Thursday to demand that President Erdoğan and Turkish authorities immediately release Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, a renowned human rights defender who has been arbitrarily detained since October. On Friday morning, Dr. Fincancı’s hearing will take place before the İstanbul 24th […]

December 20, 2022
Persecution of Health Workers
Press Release

Uluslararası Örgütler, Türk Hükümeti’nin keyfi olarak önde gelen bir doktoru tutuklama kararını kınıyor ve serbest bırakılmasını talep ediyor

English version here. Önde gelen dört uluslararası insan hakları ve sağlık STK’sı, Türk Tabipleri Birliği Başkanı ve Türkiye İnsan Hakları Vakfı Yönetım Kurulu üyesi Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı’nın 27 Ekim’de esaslara ve usullere dayanmayan tutuklanmasını kınadı.   Örgütler, Dr. Fincancı’nın derhal ve koşulsuz olarak serbest bırakılmasını ve Türk yetkililerinin ülkedeki insan hakları ve ifade özgürlüğüne yönelik baskılarını […]

October 31, 2022
Chemical Weapons, Persecution of Health Workers
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Global Organizations Condemn Turkish Government’s Arbitrary Detention of Leading Doctor, Demand Release

Turkish version here. Four leading international human rights and medical NGOs condemn the arbitrary arrest on 27 October of Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, chairperson of the Turkish Medical Association and executive committee member of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey.   The organizations demand Dr. Fincancı’s immediate, unconditional release and that Turkish authorities cease their crackdown […]

October 27, 2022
Persecution of Health Workers
Press Release

PHR: Acquittal of Turkish Physician Human Rights Defender Welcome and Overdue

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) welcomes a Turkish court’s acquittal today of Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, a prominent human rights defender, anti-torture advocate, and the president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, who in 2016 was arrested, briefly imprisoned, and charged with disseminating “terrorist propaganda” after taking part in a solidarity campaign with a newspaper critical […]

July 17, 2019
Persecution of Health Workers
Press Release

Turkish Court Sentences Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı to Prison on False Charges

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) denounces the sentencing today of Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, a prominent human rights defender and the president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, to two years and six months in prison for signing a peace petition in 2016 organized by a group of Turkish academics. Fincancı, a longtime PHR […]

December 19, 2018
Persecution of Health Workers
Press Release

PHR Condemns Sentencing of Turkish Doctor and Calls for Immediate Dropping of Charges

PHR condemns the sentencing in absentia of Dr. Gençay Gürsoy, founder and former president of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA), by the Istanbul 37th Penal Court in Turkey.  Dr. Gürsoy was sentenced to two years and three months in prison on the trumped-up charge of “disseminating propaganda for an armed terrorist organization.” The court decided […]

December 12, 2018
Persecution of Health Workers