Rights advocates create a human chain in Turkey's İstanbul to mark Peace Day

With the call of Turkey’s Human Rights Association (İHD), rights defenders gathered in İstanbul’s central İstiklal Street on Friday to mark the September 1 Peace Day.

Creating a human chain along the long İstiklal Street under police blockade, the participants of the demonstration carried placard with messages for peace written in Turkish, Kurdish, Armenian, Greek, and in other languages and chanted slogans demanding an ‘end to wars’.

As BirGün reporter Zeynep Kuray reported, the press statement of the group was read by Gülseren Yoleri, the head of the İstanbul branch of İHD.

In the statement, Yoleri started out with a reference to the ‘right to peace as a right considered sacred by the UN’ and said ‘a pluralistic democracy must be embraced’ in Turkey in order for peace to be attained.

Source: http://www.birgun.net/haber-detay/ihd-insan-zinciri-olusturdu-177522.html

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