Faili Belli (Perpetrator Not-unknown) has been prepared to follow-up on trials concerning massive human rights violations in the recent history of Turkey. Massive and systematic human rights violations committed by the state, which eventually became cases are monitored, tracked and current information concerning them, along with various related analytical articles, source documents and tools of intervention are published within this endeavor.
The common feature of the court cases being monitored is that they all involve critical cases concerning state officials who were responsible for gross human rights violations against the Kurds in the 1990s and hence present an opportunity for dealing with the past. The points of departure for the endeavor include the ‘’fact of impunity’’ that we face concerning the crimes committed in the 1990s along with the ‘’statue of limitations’’.
These cases which involve perpetrators who have committed crimes against humanity can be considered as a means of confronting with our past. Although it is obvious that the demands for justice on the part of the victims of violence cannot be met fully on the basis of criminal law, we believe that the search for justice can contribute to the confronting process to some degree at different levels.
Faili Belli (Perpetrator not-unknown) materialized in 2012 as a part of ‘’Human Rights Court Monitoring’’, which started in 2010, under TESEV’s Democratization Program to accompany its work in confronting the past and the fight against immunity via cases. At this time, seven cases crucial in determining the political agenda of Turkey were brought under scrutiny; i.e. Ergenekon, JİTEM, Temizöz and the Others, Musa Çitil, the Murder at the Zirve Publishing House, the Assasination of Musa Anter and the 12th of September Trial Military Coup.
The Truth, Justice, Memory Center (Hafıza Merkezi) took up the administration of Faili Belli (Perpetrator not-unknown) in 2015. At this time, in addition to the above listed and continuing trials, culprits of enforced disappearances, the cases referrred to as Yavuz Ertürk (Kulp), Nezir Tekçi, Kızıltepe (JİTEM*) Dargeçit (JİTEM), Mete Sayar, Naim Kurt and the Ankara JİTEM Cases along with Vartinis (Altınova) and the Lice Case will be followed up and the information gathered therein will be shared with the public at large through this website.
Hafıza Merkezi was founded in 2011 to contribute to the uncovering and coming to terms with rights’ violations that took place during conflict and authoritarian regimes in Turkey within the perspective and context of transitional justice periods. Within this framework and at the initial phase, the concrete violation of enforced disappearances has been the major occupation of the center with an eye towards understanding its nature and mechanisms of operation to assure that individuals and institutions involved will be held to account within the prevailing legal framework. The coordination of the efforts of TESEV and Hafıza Merkezi in following up on the cases of confronting, with Hafıza Merkezi taking up coordination from where TESEV left off has been instrumental in the agreement between the two organizations.
We wish that Faili Belli ( Perpetrator Not-unknown) will support the work of the many lawyers and human rights organizations carried on with great sacrifice throughout the years and will aid in accounting for and making visible the violence involved therein. Although Hafıza Merkezi will be coordinating the efforts concerning Faili Belli, the whole endeavor will continue to develop with the work and solidarity of the constituents of the Coalition Against Impunity.
Hafıza Merkezi would like to thank The Turkey Delegation of the European Union, The Oak Foundation, The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Heinrich Böll Stiftung Association, Chrest Foundation, Open Society Foundation and the Swedish Consulate General for their contriubutions to the website. The responsibility for the contents of the site belongs entirely to the publishers and does not reflect the views of the institutions that support it.
We would also like to thank the young artist Şener Özmen for a photograph taken by him called ‘Shut-up’ and the Outlet İstanbul Art Gallery which displayed it and which we used as the main visual for our web site.
For any questions, opinions, suggestions and appraisals you may have concerning Faili Belli you are welcome to reach us via e-mail at email@example.com.
TESEV, would also like to thank The Advisory Board of TESEV and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) for their support between the years of 2012-2015.