Osman Kavala

Chairperson at Anadolu Kültür

Wrong Osman Kavala?

Last Updated 11/20/2017

General Information

Employment History

President  - French-Armenian NGO Yerkir Europe

Executive  - Kavala Group

Attorney  - US Department of State Spokesperson Nauert


Department at Manchester University


Board Member  - CDRSEE

Board Member  - The CDRSEE and SEETV

Board Member  - Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation

Founder of Fellow  - CZKD sa

Board Member  - Turkey-Poland Business Council

Board Member  - Turkey-Greece Business Council

Web References  

In Brief: Henry Moore's sculpture 'Old Flo' returns to east London; Documenta sued by Germany's right-wing AfD party - a-n The Artists Information Company

Arrest of cultural activist at Turkish airport sparks outcry Renowned Turkish peace activist Osman Kavala was detained by counterterrorist police at Atatürk Airport in Istanbul.
Kavala is the chairman of Anadolu Kültür (Anatolian Culture), a nonprofit that fights for artistic rights and cultural diversity.

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Message from Kavala: I hope Justice Will Be Secured Sooner or Later - english

Kavala in his message said:
Anadolu Kültür Executive Board Chair, human rights advocate and businessperson Osman Kavala was taken into custody in the evening hours on October 18 at stanbul Atatürk Airport upon his return from a meeting of a project planned to be realized in cooperation with Goethe Institute in Antep. He was targeted by some pro-government newspapers following his detention. Speaking at the weekly group meeting of his party, President and Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chair Recep Tayyip Erdoan referred to Kavala as the "Soros of Turkey", mentioning his name and said: About Osman Kavala Kavala was born in Paris in 1957. He graduated from Department of Economy at Manchester University. He has been working as executive at Kavala Group since 1982. He participated in the foundation of Turkey's one of the most prominent publishing houses, letiim Publications, with Murat Belge. He served as member of administrative boards of business institutions and NGOs such as Turkey-Poland Business Council, Turkey-Greece Business Council, and Center For Democracy in Southeast Europe. Kavala is a member of Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) Administrative Board, Open Society Institute Consulting Board, and supporter of Helsinki Citizens' Assembly, History Foundation and Diyarbakr Culture House. (ÇT/TK) Message from Kavala: I hope Justice Will Be Secured Sooner or Later Through a statement he issued via his lawyers, Kavala has thanked everyone who sent message of support: "I hope justice will be secured sooner or later". stanbul - BIA News Desk 13 November 2017, Monday 10:24 Share the article via email. Kapat Tags Osman Kavala Call for Release of Arrested NGO Activist Osman Kavala in Financial Times 07 November 2017 Prominent politicians such as former PM of Sweden Bildt, former FM of Spain ... Business Person, Human Rights Advocate Kavala Arrested 01 November 2017 Human rights advocate, businessperson Osman Kavala, who was detained on October 18 at ... Writers, Academics from Europe Address Letter To Erdoan for Kavala's Release 31 October 2017 35 academics, writers and researchers have come together under the guidance of the ... Call by Chomsky for Imprisoned Journalists, Osman Kavala 30 October 2017 Speaking to bianet concerning imprisoned journalists and detention of Kavala in turkey, Chomsky ...

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Letter in Support of Osman Kavala | CZKD

Letter in Support of Osman Kavala
We, the undersigned representatives of debate centers across Europe, members of the European Network of Houses for Debate "Time to Talk", were shocked to learn about the detention of the chairperson of Anadolu Kultur and founder of our fellow "Time to Talk" member center DEPO-Istanbul, Osman Kavala. Osman Kavala is a key figure in Turkey's culture and civil society, a committed European and democrat, a central figure inspiring and enabling cultural exchanges across Turkey and with European countries. Collaborating with some of the important cultural organisations that he has founded across Turkey we have witnessed the power of his commitment to democracy, pluralism, freedom of speech, peace and human rights as well as his devotion to intercultural dialog, cultural heritage and the arts. On 18. October 2017 Osman Kavala was detained, and after 14 days in custody, on November 1 he was charged with attempting to overthrow the constitutional order in Turkey and for having ties to terrorist organizations. According to Turkish media reports, he is accused of being the "leader and organizer" of the Gezi protests, as well as of having had contacts with a U.S.-based Turkey expert, who apparently the Turkish state considers as one of the conspirors of the putsch of the Summer of 2016. Such accusations are entirely absurd and grotesque. We urge European media and politicians to follow closely and request full transparency of the Osman Kavala case. We insist on and hope to see a prompt release of Osman Kavala by the Turkish authorities. For the sake of Turkey and its people.

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