Raci Bilici worked as the president at the IHD (Human Rights Association) Diyarbakır branch between 2012 and 2018. From 2016 he was also Vice President to the IHD headquarters. Bilici is especially known for reporting and documenting human rights violations in Diyarbakır.
In 2017, Raci Bilici was charged with “membership of a terrorist organisation” and “making propaganda of a terrorist organisation”. The charges were related to his work as head of the IHD, in particular to his role in the so-called “peace process”. Bilici was taken into custody for seven days for this. He was released but banned from leaving the country. The trial for his case is ongoing.
Another investigation opened into his attendance to the Saturday Mothers meeting but this did not lead to a prosecution. As a result of the pressures he faced, including a defamatory campaign against him, Bilici had to resign from his position as a secondary school teacher.
The last hearing in the case against Bilici was on 21 November 2019, 09:20 a.m., at the Diyarbakır 5th Criminal Court. The prosecutor presented his opinion on the merits and asked Bilici to be punished up to 15 years in prison for “membership in an armed terrorist organization”. The lawyers demanded time to prepare their defense on the merits. The court adjourned the hearing by accepting the lawyers’ request for time to defend against the opinion.