Advocates of Silenced Turkey Inc

AST gives voice to the voiceless

aka None   |   Wayne, NJ   |  https://silencedturkey.org

Mission

To address all human rights violations in Turkey regarding civil, political, economic, social, and cultural as contained in the basic human rights documents. To prevent genocide, a crime against humanity, arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment, discrimination and to defend the right to life, rule of law, right to privacy, freedom of expression, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of associations. To utilize all human rights advocacy tools, mechanisms, and systems that can possibly be used to protect and promote the human rights of those whose voices are being silenced in Turkey and beyond.

Ruling year info

2019

CEO

Mehmet Murat Kaval

Main address

360 Black Oak Ridge Road

Wayne, NJ 07470 USA

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EIN

83-1568246

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

Women's Rights (R24)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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When the Turkish President declared in an infamous speech that “old Turkey no longer exists. This Turkey is new Turkey”, the story of Turkish authoritarianism had once and for all taken on a new character. Since July of 2016, the Turkish government has improperly imprisoned 130,214 homemakers, teachers, NGO workers, academics, judges, prosecutors, and journalists. The Republic of Turkey was lauded by insiders and outsiders for constituting a powerful model for democratization. In New Turkey, however, silence against the regime’s draconian laws, mass imprisonment, and frequent violations of universal human rights has become the sole norm. In a regime which ranks as the worst upholder of the rule-of-law in Eastern Europe & Central Asia, 187 media outlets have been shut down and 308 journalists, including Idil Eser, Ahmet Altan, Hidayet Karaca, Aslı Erdoğan, Şahin Alpay, Selahattin Demirtaş, and Andrew Brunson are political prisoners of the state. Dissent in New Turkey is absent.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Freedom Form

International Conference on Human Rights Violations focus on Turkey

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Increasing

Context Notes

Creating papers and reports on human rights violations especially abductions, torture, women rights issues, children by conducting interviews with victims and gathering information from open sources.

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Number of list subscribers

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Number of testimonies offered

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Increasing

Number of multimedia produced on human rights violations in Turkey

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Increasing

Number of stories recorded in APH project (Archiving Persecution of Hizmet Movement)

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Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To address all human rights violations in Turkey regarding civil, political, economic, social, and cultural as contained in the basic human rights documents.

To prevent genocide, a crime against humanity, arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment, discrimination and to defend the right to life, rule of law, right to privacy, freedom of expression, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of associations.

To utilize all human rights advocacy tools, mechanisms, and systems that can possibly be used to protect and promote the human rights of those whose voices are being silenced in Turkey and beyond.

To hold accountable the perpetrators of Human Rights in Turkey and beyond together with the opportunity for victims to obtain justice and reparation, in order to do so, it uses the power of the law to fight the impunity of perpetrators, accomplices, and instigators of crimes defend the interests of victims before national and international courts and bring cases before the appropriate international human rights bodies, in close collaboration with its local partners and the victims to get authorities to take firm action against violations.

A highly educated and dedicated national and international volunteer network is one of the key factors behind the success of AST.
Prior planning, teamwork, and professional guidance resulted in high impact activities. Case-based projects allow to-the-point solutions to problems that victims of human rights violations face with.
Public donations and support help to realize the programs and increase the awareness through social media outlets.
Constant feedback from serving communities make it possible to organize activities that reach out to diverse communities.

As of today, more than 700 active volunteers helping AST to accomplish its mission. and around 500 monthly donors and more than 4000 individual donors in three years.

AST's social media accounts reach more than 40,000 followers including twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.




AST organizes programs ranging from campaigns and conventions to exhibitions and workshops both at local and national platforms to raise awareness of ongoing human rights violations in Turkey by being strong advocates of the victims. To date, AST created 1360 materials and events to shed light on the ongoing persecution, human rights violations, and its influences in Turkey. Some of these events include the Immigrant Women Empowerment Panel, Freedom Forum, and advocacy conference.
AST organizes information sessions such as AST talk series (lectures and panels), archival projects (Archiving Persecution of Hizmet) that record victims’ stories per year and reports publications. To increase the awareness of human rights violations, AST also widely publicized actions, such as petitions to release political prisoners in Turkey and Take Action projects where AST members were heavily involved in.
In addition, AST provides services to victims and their families by organizing legal training sessions and creating resources that provide necessary and useful information to immigrants for their settlement in the United States. AST has prepared 82 legal applications explaining how to apply to the UN and other international bodies about arbitrary detentions and guides for victimized people.

Financials

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Advocates of Silenced Turkey Inc

Board of directors
as of 8/15/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mehmet Murat Kaval

Advocates of Silenced Turkey

Term: 2018 -

Goksel Kaya

Advocates of Silenced Turkey

Nureddin Karaca

Advocates of Silenced Turkey

Mehmet Kaval

Advocates of Silenced Turkey