Mr. Yahya AKMAN

Kamu Denetçisi Yahya Akkman

Born in Suruç-Şanlıurfa on May 7, 1966. Completed his primary education level in Suruç Ağırbaş Village; and his secondary education in Suruç-Şanlıurfa and Nizip-Gaziantep. Graduated from the Faculty of Law in Istanbul University in which he was accepted in the year 1984, in May 1988. Following his internship of law and his short term military service in Şanlıurfa, between the years 1990 to 1999, he worked as a free-lance lawyer in Birecik-Şanlıurfa.

Elected as the member of the parliament in General Election of 1999 from Şanlıurfa list of Virtue Party. During this period, he was assigned a member of Committee of Justice and the secretary general of the Presidency Council under TGNA.

Following the closure of Virtue Party in the year 2001, he became one the founders of Justice and Development Party.

Elected as the member of the parliament in General Elections of the years 2002, 2007 and 2011 from the list of Justice and Development Party.

Worked as the Head of Committee of Petitions in TGNA for a period of five years between the years 2002 to 2007.

Worked as a member of Committee of Justice and as Head of Committee of Petitions in TGNA between the years 2007 to 2011.

Worked as the member of the Committee of Constitution and Group Head of Turkey and Qatar Fellowship.

Worked actively for the awareness and promotion of Turkey’s Ombudsman Institution. In this regard, for a period of seven years, through his position as the Head of Committee of Petitions, he worked as if he was the ombudsman in Turkey in a way.

Participated in various organizations within or outside the country such as panels, seminars, meetings and workshops etc., including development of the Law on Ombudsman Institution at the ministerial level. He also met with various European Ombudsmen and Heads of Committee of Petitions for the establishments of an Ombudsman Institution in Turkey.

He actively participated in the developmental process for the best accountable ombudsman model for Turkey, taking into account the best examples around the world.

At his own request, he did not stand for parliamentary candidateship in 2015 Elections and ended his active political career.

Elected as the Chief Ombudsman by the Joint Committee of Petitions and Human Rights under TGNA on November 2016.

He speaks Kurdish and English well.

Married with 6 children.