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Özgür Karabulut

Özgür Karabulut

HRD, Trade Unionist
Dev Yapı-İş (Progressive Construction Workers Union)

Özgür Karabulut is a trade unionist and human rights defenders focusing on labour rights. He is the head of Dev Yapı-İş (the Revolutionist Construction Workers Union), representing a group of workers in the construction site of Istanbul’s third airport, and also a board member of Devrimci İşçi Sendikaları Konfederasyonu (Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey).

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Human rights defenders (HRDs) in Turkey have been subjected to judicial harassment, including criminal prosecution, violent attacks, threats, surveillance, prolonged arbitrary detention, and ill-treatment. In the aftermath of an attempted coup in July 2016, the environment for the work of HRDs deteriorated even further.