Feminist network promoting human rights of women and children

Strong solidarity with human and women’s rights activists from Turkey

On the 5th of July 2017, a group of 10 women’s and human rights activist, including the Director of Amnesty International Turkey, Idil Eser, were detained in Istanbul.  İlknur Üstün and Nalan Erkem, members of the Turkish women’s coalition Kadın Koalisyonu were also among those detained. According to a statement by Amnesty International, the detention occurred during a digital security and information management workshop in Büyükada, Istanbul. It is understood that all detainees have been denied access to lawyers, which police are entitled to do for 24 hours, and the right to contact a family member, which has to be granted immediately according to Turkish Law.

Joint Statement on the Conditions of Adminstrative Dentention of Migrants

On the 22nd of June 2017, the International Detention Coalition, of which WAVE is part of with 53 other organizations, has released a joint statement to the European Committee on Legal Co-Operation of the Council of Europe (CDCJ), calling for the adoption of a fundamentally different approach for the conditions of administrative detention of migrants. The reliance upon immigration detention is a particular worrying phenomenon, detention for the purpose of immigration control becoming a trend among European States, despite not being essential to the proper functioning of well-managed migration systems.

Solidarity Statement with our Sisters in Hungary!

On June 13th 2017 the Hungarian parliament approved the 'Law on the Transparency of Organisations Receiving Foreign Funds' that requires non-governmental organisations (NGOs) receiving more than €24,000 in direct or indirect funding from abroad to register as "civic organisations funded from abroad". NGOs who fail to comply with this new regulation, on top of the already existing stringent transparency requirements, risk closure.

The EU signs Council of Europe Istanbul Convention!

The European Union signed today, 13 June 2017, Council of Europe (Istanbul Convention) on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. Ambassador Joseph Filletti, Permanent Representative of Malta to the Council of Europe, on behalf of the Presidency-in-office of the Council of the EU, and Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality signed the convention on behalf of the European Union, in the presence of Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.