HM-Berlin

ABOUT

Hafiza Merkezi Berlin was founded within a global context of rising authoritarian governments, increasing nationalism and right-wing extremist movements. This increasingly alarming trend of the erosion of the rule of law and a setback in human rights at a global scale puts human rights advocates, truth seekers and defenders of accountability under a growing pressure to act...

This has a direct impact on the shrinking civil space that secures the democratic basis of the society. Turkey is one of the countries which has had more than its fair share of this pressure and restricted civic space. Under these circumstances, the founders of Hafıza Merkezi, a human rights organization operating in İstanbul since 2011, decided to establish an independent organization in Berlin. The main aim was to engage more directly with the international human rights system, engage with human rights issues in countries other than their own and build bridges between different countries, groups and activists through internationalisation, knowledge production and civil engagement. We were established as a Berlin based organization in 2018 and received our charity status the same year.

Based on the comprehensive accumulation of knowledge and expertise stemming from its sister organisation Hafiza Merkezi, HMB aims to promote human rights in alliance with other international actors, with the goal of fostering change at a global level. We believe in the significance of international advocacy and solidarity actions with a comparative perspective to tackle the global backlash. To this end, we aim to support CSOs in Turkey and in Europe and to establish long-term, efficient relationships in order to define common agendas for the global human rights movement defending democracy, rule of law and peace.

ABOUT

Hafiza Merkezi Berlin was founded within a global context of rising authoritarian governments, strengthening nationalism and right-wing extremist movements. This increasingly alarming trend of the erosion of the rule of law and a setback in human rights at a global scale puts human rights advocates, truth seekers and defenders of accountability under a growing pressure to act...

This has a direct impact on the shrinking civil space that secures the democratic basis of the society. Turkey is one of the countries which has had more than its fair share of this pressure and restricted civic space. Under these circumstances, the founders of Hafıza Merkezi, a human rights organization operating in İstanbul since 2011, decided to establish an independent organization in Berlin. The main aim was to engage more directly with the international human rights system, engage with human rights issues in countries other than their own and build bridges between different countries, groups and activists through internationalisation, knowledge production and civil engagement. We were established as a Berlin based organization in 2018 and received our charity status the same year.

Based on the comprehensive accumulation of knowledge and expertise stemming from its sister organisation Hafiza Merkezi, HMB aims to promote human rights in alliance with other international actors, with the goal of fostering change at a global level. We believe in the significance of international advocacy and solidarity actions with a comparative perspective to tackle the global backlash. To this end, we aim to support CSOs in Turkey and in Europe and to establish long-term, efficient relationships in order to define common agendas for the global human rights movement defending democracy, rule of law and peace.

ABOUT

Hafiza Merkezi Berlin was founded within a global context of rising authoritarian governments, strengthening nationalism and right-wing extremist movements. This increasingly alarming trend of the erosion of the rule of law and a setback in human rights at a global scale puts human rights advocates, truth seekers and defenders of accountability under a growing pressure to act...

This has a direct impact on the shrinking civil space that secures the democratic basis of the society. Turkey is one of the countries which has had more than its fair share of this pressure and restricted civic space. Under these circumstances, the founders of Hafıza Merkezi, a human rights organization operating in İstanbul since 2011, decided to establish an independent organization in Berlin. The main aim was to engage more directly with the international human rights system, engage with human rights issues in countries other than their own and build bridges between different countries, groups and activists through internationalisation, knowledge production and civil engagement. We were established as a Berlin based organization in 2018 and received our charity status the same year.

Based on the comprehensive accumulation of knowledge and expertise stemming from its sister organisation Hafiza Merkezi, HMB aims to promote human rights in alliance with other international actors, with the goal of fostering change at a global level. We believe in the significance of international advocacy and solidarity actions with a comparative perspective to tackle the global backlash. To this end, we aim to support CSOs in Turkey and in Europe and to establish long-term, efficient relationships in order to define common agendas for the global human rights movement defending democracy, rule of law and peace.

ENCOUNTERS

As an organization that is founded at the crossroads of Germany, Turkey and Europe one of our first missions is to acknowledge this plurality and frame it as a ...space of encounter. Our aim is to provide a space for people from different geographical and professional contexts to come together. Through these encounters, we aim to facilitate exchange between civil society actors facing similar challenges in shrinking democratic spaces, sharing lessons from their work and building solidarity actions.

ADVOCACY

We follow a broad approach to advocacy. This includes focused training and intensive exchange between activists as well as interaction with broader audiences ...through putting different mediums into use. The core to effective advocacy is knowledge, that is why we want to enable easy access to resources and a network that strengthens the advocacy capacity of civil society in Turkey and beyond.

RESEARCH

We aim to conduct and publish well-designed, deeply analytical research in line with international standards that is made with and for civil society actors. We ...want to connect academic knowledge and sound methodologies with the practical experience and political knowledge of actors in the field. Through this, we aim to work closely towards the needs of civil society and provide knowledge that is directly applicable to the ongoing struggle in shrinking civil spaces.

ENCOUNTERS

As an organization that is founded at the crossroads of Germany, Turkey and Europe one of our first missions is to acknowledge this plurality and frame it as a ...space of encounter. Our aim is to provide a space for people from different geographical and professional contexts to come together. Through these encounters, we aim to facilitate exchange between civil society actors facing similar challenges in shrinking democratic spaces, sharing lessons from their work and building solidarity actions.

ADVOCACY

We follow a broad approach to advocacy. This includes focused training and intensive exchange between activists as well as interaction with broader audiences ...through putting different mediums into use. The core to effective advocacy is knowledge, that is why we want to enable easy access to resources and a network that strengthens the advocacy capacity of civil society in Turkey and beyond.

RESEARCH

We aim to conduct and publish well-designed, deeply analytical research in line with international standards that is made with and for civil society actors. We ...want to connect academic knowledge and sound methodologies with the practical experience and political knowledge of actors in the field. Through this, we aim to work closely towards the needs of civil society and provide knowledge that is directly applicable to the ongoing struggle in shrinking civil spaces.

NEWS

HMB Report on Istanbul Convention Released 1000 750 HM-Berlin

HMB Report on Istanbul Convention Released

This report will first provide a comprehensive mapping of the political landscape surrounding women’s rights in both countries with an emphasis on current issues and secondly explore women’s struggles and mobilization in response to the backlash in order to identify common strategies for civil society actors.

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Decolonizing the Screen and Fighting Against an Atmosphere of Fear – An Interview with Necati Sönmez 450 225 HM-Berlin

Decolonizing the Screen and Fighting Against an Atmosphere of Fear – An Interview with Necati Sönmez

Berke Göl spoke to Necati Sönmez, film critic, journalist, and documentary filmmaker about his organisation of the film festival “Documentarist”, the necessity of giving a platform for critical artists during a rise of global and local backlash, and the difficulties of getting recognition and funding under political pressure and censorship.

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Anti-intellectualism as a reaction against the rise of minority politics – An Interview with Éric Fassin 750 375 HM-Berlin

Anti-intellectualism as a reaction against the rise of minority politics – An Interview with Éric Fassin

Hande Gülen talks with Éric Fassin about how the shifting narratives of the extreme-right influence politics in France, the way anti-intellectualism turns into tangible threats against individuals, and the discussions of exile, that become more frequent while the community anticipates the presidential elections in 2022.

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New HMB Report Released 978 611 HM-Berlin

New HMB Report Released

This report explores the scope of civil society engagement with international organisations, to what extent this engagement leads to effective advocacy, and which areas need to be developed.

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For the second #HMBInterview on 'Gendering Human Rights' @Yaro_Sychenkova speaks with the Belarusian human rights lawyer Victoria Fedorova, co-founder of the International Committee for the Investigation of Torture in #Belarus. For the full interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzwa_sjsOOA

Our #HMBInterview series 'Gendering Human Rights' starts today. @Yaro_Sychenkova speaks with #WHRD|s from around the world about their gendered experiences. Our first interview guest is UN Special Rapporteur on HRDs @MaryLawlorhrds. For the full interview: https://youtu.be/6LZzyF9EUsQ

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HMB Live – 10.12.2020: Promise of Justice & International Law 555 278 HM-Berlin

HMB Live – 10.12.2020: Promise of Justice & International Law

Promise of Justice & International Law Date published: 12/1/2020 –Metnin Türkçesi aşağıdadır– Hafiza Merkezi Berlin (HMB) organises the live event Promise of Justice & International…

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HMB Live – 08.12.2020: Challenging Patriarchy with the Crowds 555 278 HM-Berlin

HMB Live – 08.12.2020: Challenging Patriarchy with the Crowds

Challenging Patriarchy with the Crowds  Date published: 12/1/2020 –Metnin Türkçesi aşağıdadır– Hafiza Merkezi Berlin (HMB) organises the live event Challenging Patriarchy with the Crowd with…

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Local Struggles – Transnational Strategies: Experiences from Poland and Turkey 555 278 HM-Berlin

Local Struggles – Transnational Strategies: Experiences from Poland and Turkey

Local Struggles – Transnational Strategies: Experiences from Poland and Turkey Date published: 11/18/2020 -Metnin Türkçesi aşağıdadır.- Hafiza Merkezi Berlin (HMB) invites you to the Local…

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For the second #HMBInterview on 'Gendering Human Rights' @Yaro_Sychenkova speaks with the Belarusian human rights lawyer Victoria Fedorova, co-founder of the International Committee for the Investigation of Torture in #Belarus. For the full interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzwa_sjsOOA

Our #HMBInterview series 'Gendering Human Rights' starts today. @Yaro_Sychenkova speaks with #WHRD|s from around the world about their gendered experiences. Our first interview guest is UN Special Rapporteur on HRDs @MaryLawlorhrds. For the full interview: https://youtu.be/6LZzyF9EUsQ

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Greifswalder Str. 4
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