”No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment‘’ (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 5)
Soldier Rights was established in April 2011, to remind that like everyone, conscripts in Turkey are also entitled to all the principles set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, primarily to the above quoted Article 5. Soldier Rights (Asker Hakları) is a civil initiative that monitors the violations exposed during compulsory conscription including bullying, beating, ill-treatment and torture. We, as a group of activists who contribute voluntarily to the Soldier Rights Iniative, believe that making efforts to eliminate ill-treatment that conscripts are exposed to in their everyday life is important and extremely neglected social responsibility.
Soldier Rights helps people subjected or witnessed to any form of human rights violation, particularly physical violence (beating), verbal abuse (slander) and torture, during his military service to file a claim with the Turkish Parliament’s Human Rights Investigation Commission. It helps with writing the petitions of those who wants to make a complaint.
Soldier Rights brings together and publishes media news on human rights violations in the military in order to create public awareness about ill-treatment and torture exposed during compulsory conscription and to guide aggrieved people.
Our principal aims are:
to help of those who exposed to ill-treatment during their military services to seek justice in this regard.
to raise awareness about what can be done in the face of any kind of ill-treatment and human rights violations, particularly physical violence and verbal abuse that conscripts are exposed to and to support those seeking justice.
to contribute in the use of existing control mechanisms on compulsory conscription more efficiently, to ensure the implementation of the legal and structural mechanisms and regulations necessary to eliminate human rights violations that occur during compulsory conscription
Soldier Rights Initiative was not established under the structure of any political groups, associations or foundations. However Soldier Rights is ready to cooperate and develop projects with any platform that believes it is important to improve the conditions of conscripts and is willing to give support in this issue.
Soldier Rights is a non-governmental initiative that consists of volunteers and its services are free of charge.
Soldier Rights acts in common with the leading human rights associations. Among Our Supporters are:
- Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (HYD)
- The Human Rights Association (IHD)
- Human Rights Joint Platform (IHOP)
- The Organization of Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed People (MAZLUMDER)
- The Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV)