Truth Justice Memory Center


Gamze Hızlı, Özlem Kaya (Truth Justice Memory Center)

Memory, justice, archive

04 February 2017

5533 (İMÇ)





The Truth Justice Memory Center aims to uncover the truth concerning past violations of human rights in Turkey, to strengthen collective memory about those violations and support survivors in their pursuit of justice. Project coordinators Gamze Hızlı ve Özlem Kaya talk about the Enforced Disappearances Database, an ongoing archive of enforced disappearances which has been occurring mainly in southeastern Turkey following the military coup in 12 September 1980. This growing database contains information on people who disappeared including the date, location and stories of their disappearance.


About Truth Justice Memory Center:


Truth Justice Memory Center is an independent human rights organization set up by a group of lawyers, journalists and human rights activists in Istanbul in 2011. The center implements a range of activities in accordance with the universal standards such as monitoring of precedent cases, dissemination of marginalized truths and narratives on these violations to a large section of society and support the recognition and rehabilitation of victims of such atrocities. Findings from the center’s various reasearch projects are published online at The Enforced Disappearances Database can be reached at