TOHAV – Turkey
The Foundation for Society and Legal Studies (in Turkish: Toplum ve Hukuk Araştırmaları Vakfı – TOHAV) was established in İstanbul in October 1994 by 46 lawyers. Members of this civil society NGO come from bar associations in İstanbul, Ankara, İzmir, Diyarbakır, Batman, Van and Malatya. Since its inception TOHAV’s activities have focused on the investigation, follow-up, and documentation of human rights violations across Turkey – with a special focus on torture. Through its members, as well as voluntary legal experts and medical doctors specialising in torture diagnosis and rehabilitation, TOHAV provides direct legal and medical aid to survivors of torture and ill treatment, as well as supporting the rights of refugees and immigrants, as well as on minority rights and women’s representation. Visit TOHAV’s website.