An event held on 1 September 2004 in Ankara to mark "World Peace Day," including attendance, venue, organizations involved, and any reports of arrests of demonstrators [TUR43514.E]

Information on an event held on 1 September 2004 in Ankara to mark "World Peace Day" was scarce among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate. A 1 September 2004 Anatolia News Agency article noted that former parliamentarians from the banned Democracy Party (DEP) had delivered a statement of peace and reform at a press conference in Ankara on "World Peace Day." The Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT) reported that on the occasion of "World Peace Day," a group of people, including members of the musical band Grup Yorum, had attempted to deliver a press statement in front of the Justice Ministry in Ankara but were "hindered" by police (September 2004). There was no further information on the incident in the HRFT monthly report.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Anatolia [Ankara]. 1 September 2004. "Former DEP Deputies State Need to Lay Down Arms, End Clashes." (FBIS-WEU-2004-0901 2 Sep. 2004/WNC)

Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT). September 2004. Human Rights in Turkey: September 2004 Report. [Accessed 31 Mar. 2005]

Additional Sources Consulted

Two oral sources did not provide information within the time constraints of this Response.

Internet sites, including: Al Bawaba, European Country of Origin Information Network, Grup Yorum, Mazlumder, Middle East International, Turkish, Turkish Times.