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Can Atalay is a human rights lawyer, an activist and member of Taksim Solidarity group, as well as the executive board member of Social Rights Association.

Human rights defenders in Turkey have been subjected to harassment, threats, surveillance, violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly, judicial harassment including criminal prosecution, violent attacks, prolonged arbitrary detention and ill-treatment. They are targeted for their work on denouncing impunity for serious human rights violations, defending sexual rights, investigating on ultra-nationalist networks, advocating for labour rights or defending the right to conscientious objection.


Can Atalay Speaking at a Forum in Istanbul, 2014