Who are we?

 

Solidarity with OTHERS is a non-governmental organization established in Brussels with the aim of defending and promoting human rights in Turkey and elsewhere.

Our team mainly consists of political exiles from Turkey along with European citizens who have joined in as founders, employees or volunteers.

Our name reflects our solid commitment to act in solidarity with anyone who has been subjected to injustice and violations in Turkey; regardless of race, religious beliefs, social affiliation or political views.

We firmly believe that we are only as human as we are able to stand up for the rights and liberties of OTHERS, and not just ourselves.

 

What do we do?

First and foremost, our work consists of ensuring that rights violations in Turkey do not go unnoticed and unrecorded.

In order to accomplish this, we prepare and release reports, fact sheets and newsletters on major human rights issues, rights violations and developments of concern in Turkey, with a view to informing public opinion.

We also organize or participate in awareness-raising events such as exhibitions, conferences, roundtable discussions and demonstrations in order to highlight human rights violations and to urge authorities to take action to stop them.

Last but not least, we hold contacts with European institutions, particularly the European Parliament and the European Commission, with the aim of supporting the role of human rights in the relations between Brussels and Ankara.

Our team

 

Yavuz Altun

President

Journalist and editor Yavuz Altun holds a bachelor degree in cultural studies from Sabanci University in Istanbul. He had worked for the now-closed Zaman newspaper between 2009 and 2016 in Turkey.  Altun continues his profession as a freelancer and involves in projects to promote press freedom.

İsa YILMAZ

Board Member

Educator and project development specialist, İsa Yılmaz holds a bachelor's degree in English from the Payap University in Thailand. He is now completing his master's degree in business administration from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium. Yılmaz is in charge of social media and public relations and he is also involved in the organization of awareness events and campaigns as well as coordination of institutional partnerships and cooperation with other NGOs.

M.ECİRLİ

Legal Consultant

Ecirli is a lawyer with a bachelor's degree in law from the Gazi University in Turkey and a master's degree in public and international law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. He is involved in projects related to judicial independence, rule of law, monitoring of hate speech as well as migrant and refugee rights. He also takes part in the OTHERS TV project.

Delphine de HEMPTINNE

EU Project Coordinator

Delphine de Hemptinne has completed bachelor’s degrees in human and social sciences and political science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium and just finished her master's Degree in international politics at Leiden University in the Netherlands. She is involved in the European projects and also participates in the Others TV project.

Nurullah ALBAYRAK

Board Member

Lawyer and specialist of human rights law, Nurullah Albayrak is a member of the Ankara and Brussels bar associations. He holds a bachelor's degree in law from the İstanbul University and a master's degree in public law from the Atılım University in Turkey. Albayrak follows projects related to judicial independence, rule of law and monitoring of hate speech.

Ali DİNÇER

Secretary General

Formerly a diplomat for the Turkish MFA, Ali Dinçer holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Galatasaray University in Turkey. He is generally responsible for the day-to-day follow up of the organizational activities; in particular the institutional contacts with other NGOs and European Union institutions, organization of awareness events and campaigns and the drafting of regular and special reports as well as the weekly newsletter.

Nurşah TUTAR

Intern

Nurşah Tutar is currently completing her bachelor's degree in law from the Haute École Bruxelles-Brabant in Belgium. She takes part in the coordination of institutional partnerships and cooperation with other NGOs. She also participates in the OTHERS TV project.

Jacques DECOCQ

EU Project Coordinator & Public Relations Officer

Jacques Decocq has a bachelor's and masters degree in History from the Catholic University of Leuven and completed last year his master degree in Advanced European and International Studies at the Centre International de Formation Européenne. He was during his student years board member of the Flemish student movement Minos and was involved as an editor for the Kent Political Almanac at Kent University. Currently he works on European projects and participates in the Others TV project.

Yüksel KAYA

Board Member

Human rights activist and educator, Yüksel Kaya is the Chair of European Professionals Network (EPN) in Brussels. He holds a bachelor's degree in physics from the Marmara University in Turkey and a master's degree with a specialization on migrant integration from the Islamic University of Europe in the Netherlands. Kaya takes part in the organization of awareness events and campaigns as well as coordination of institutional partnerships and cooperation with other NGOs.

Melike GENÇ

Intern

Melike Genç is a lawyer with a bachelor's degree in law from the İstanbul University and a master's degree in public law from the Yıldırım Beyazıt University in Turkey. She is involved in projects related to judicial independence, rule of law and monitoring of hate speech.

Yasemin AYDIN

Public Relations

Yasemin Aydin is a German-Turkish social anthropologist and social psychologist. She does research on topics such as transcultural and transnational identities in heterogeneous societies, politicization of otherness and socio-political dynamics of inclusive societies. As a Feminist and Human Rights Activist, she has established several youth projects in the areas of gender equality, diversity competence, human rights, the fight against extremism and sustainable development. 

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