On 24 January 2013 the Turkish journalist Doğan Özgüden officially transferred his papers at a festive meeting at the IISH.
In the fifties and sixties Doğan Özgüden was a renowned journalist of leftist persuasion in Turkey, always into the breach for freedom of speech and opinion.
After the coup d’état in 1971, he and his wife İnci Tuğsavul were forced to leave their country because of their political conviction and activism. They settled down in Belgium to continue their crusade.
The collection includes:
- correspondence* and other documents on Democratic Resistance of Turkey (1971-73), the press agency Info-Türk (1974-2013), the Workers' Party of Turkey (TIP) (1975-1982), the Union for Democracy in Turkey (DIB) (1978-1982) and other movements and action committees (1971-2013)
- Pictures, albums, posters, videos, etc. about coups, demonstrations, and migration since the 1960s
- Leaflets and other documentation about political events, human rights, prisons, refugees, etc.
- Books and periodicals from various leftist Turkish and Kurdish organizations in Turkey and abroad
* Correspondents include Behice Boran, İsmail Beşikçi, Piet Dankert, Ufuk Güldemir, Kerim Korcan, Faruk Pekin, Osman Sakalsız, Nihat Sargın en Ragıp Zarakolu.