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URGING AUTHORITIES TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY STEPS FOR THE PROTECTION OF HIZMET PARTICIPANTS

Urging Authorities To Take All Necessary Steps For The Protection of Hizmet Participants

As it is known Turkish government has been taking strict measures to silence dissidents from various ideologies recently. Gulen Movement has been the main target of the government, which is a faith-based group of people engaging in different voluntary activities such as education, business and health. Alleged supporters of the Movement in Turkey have been dealing with arrest, imprisonment, torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, confiscation and passport seizure. Regrettably, Turkish government’s actions against the Gulen Movement are not limited to Turkish borders but are also extraterritorial. There are many examples of abductions and physical violence incidents in several countries as well as threats by pro-government people referring to the supporters abroad. Individuals linked to the Movement cannot feel safe abroad either.

It is evident that the actions of the government have cross-border impacts putting even people abroad at risk. People that are perceived as linked to the Gulen Movement are justifiably right to be afraid of the possible incidents. Therefore, we as the Advocates of Silenced Turkey urge foreign governments to take all the necessary steps to ensure safety to these people before it is too late. Security officers must be aware of the potential risks. Officials working for the Turkish government abroad must be watched closely, they must be prevented if they are in preparation of any harm. Lastly, both individuals and organizations that are deemed to be Hizmet participants must be provided extra protection when there is an imminent risk targeting them.

We, as the Advocates of Silenced Turkey, remind foreign security officers and relevant bodies of the foreign governments the risks Hizmet participants may face, and to request all necessary steps to be taken to provide sufficient protection ensuring human rights and fundamental freedoms.

For more detailed information about these risks, please look at the report prepared by the Advocates of Silenced Turkey on the current and possible threats supporters of the Gulen Movement face abroad titled “I Cannot Say We Are Absolutely Safe Even Abroad.”

Download the report as pdf: AST_Report_Threats_Gulen Movement

STEP 1:
Sign the petition. We will deliver the petitions to foreign security officers and relevant bodies of the foreign governments to request support in reducing risks Followers of the Gulen Movement face.

The petitions will be delivered to following addresses

U.S. Homeland Security
United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC)
International Court of Justice
The Federal Intelligence Service of Germany

Or

Express your views or send attached statement to following addresses:
(Some of the institutions do not have an email address. You would need to submit it to them through their submission form on their websites)

Download sample statement as a word document: AST_Letter_Threats_Gulen Movement

1) U.S. Homeland Security
Email: https://www.dhs.gov/online-forms-and-email / hrv.ice@dhs.gov
Phone: 202-282-8000
Twitter: @DHSgov
Website: https://www.dhs.gov/

2) The Federal Bureau of Investigation
Email: (need to submit form online)
Phone: 202-278-2000
Twitter: @FBI
Website: https://www.fbi.gov/

3) U.S. Department of State
Email: https://register.state.gov/contactus/contactusform
Phone: (202) 647-6575
Twitter: @StateDept
Website: https://www.state.gov/

4) U.S. Department of Justice
Email: https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice
Phone: 202-353-1555
Twitter: @TheJusticeDept
Website: https://www.justice.gov/

5) United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC)
Email: civilsociety@ohchr.org
Phone: (+41) 22 917 9656
Twitter: @UN_HRC
Website: www.ohchr.org/hrc

6) European Court of Human Rights
Email: http://appform.echr.coe.int/echrrequest/request.aspx?lang=gb
Phone: (+33) 0 3 88 41 20 18
Fax: (+33) (0)3 88 41 27 30
Website: http://www.echr.coe.int/pages/home.aspx?p=basictexts

7) International Court of Justice
Email: information@icj-cij.org
Phone: (+31) 70 302 23 23
Fax: (+31) 70 364 99 28
Twitter: @CIJ_ICJ
Website: http://www.icj-cij.org/en

8) European Union
Email: (need to submit form online)
Phone: 80067891011
Twitter: @EU_Commission
Website: https://europa.eu/european-union/index_en

9) Interpol
Email: https://www.interpol.int/Forms/CPO
Fax: +33 4 72 44 71 63
Twitter: @INTERPOL_HQ ‏
Website: https://www.interpol.int/

10) The Federal Government of Germany
Email: (need to submit form online)
Website: https://www.bundesregierung.de/Webs/Breg/EN/Homepage/_node.html

11) Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
Email: (need to submit form online)

12) Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
Email: (need to submit form online)
Phone: (+49) 911 9430
Twitter: @BAMF_Dialog
Website: http://www.bamf.de/EN/Startseite/startseite-node.html

13) The Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany
Email: https://www.bundestag.de/en/service/contactform
Phone: (+49) (0) 30 227-0
Fax: (+49)(0) 30 227-36878
Twitter: @INTERPOL_HQ ‏
Website: http://www.bundestag.de/en/

14) The Federal Intelligence Service
Email: zentrale@bundesnachrichtendienst.de
Phone: (+49) (0) 30 4 14 64 57
Website: http://www.bnd.bund.de/EN/_Home/home_node.html

15) Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Email: http://www.mfa.gr/en/contact/mfa-en-contacts/hellenic-ministry-of-foreign-affairs.html
Phone: (+30) 210 368 1000
Fax: (+30) 210 368 1717
Website: http://www.mfa.gr/en/

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Turkish Family Drowned in Aegean Sea Escaping from Erdogan’s Regime

This statement is a short summary of the Position Paper prepared by the AST to call the international and non-governmental human rights organizations to raise awareness about the drowned Maden family and other families that are forced to take tough choices to escape injustice in Turkey. For detailed information please download the Position Paper below.

Victims of Erdogan’s regime are increasing everyday, as there has not been an effective mechanism preventing him. On November 21, 2017, Greek media reported that Greek authorities have found bodies of five, including three children, short time ago on the Greek Island of Lesvos. Identities of the bodies were revealed through the ID cards found on them, which were handed out to the Turkish police to check the records. On the other hand, relatives of the Maden family have not heard from them for some time. Reportedly, the bodies were the Maden family who has been trying to flee from Erdogan’s Turkey. The father, Huseyin Maden, and mother, Nur Maden, were allegedly linked to the Gulen Movement that has been blamed for everything going wrong in Turkey just like a scapegoat. According to the gathered information, both were sacked from their jobs as a result of the government’s actions targeting everyone in connection with the Gulen Movement. Moreover, there were detention warrants on their names accusing them of being a terrorist, therefore, it was speculated that the family was trying to escape from Erdogan’s autocratic regime in the search for freedom. The Greek police presume that the family was a part of a larger refugee group escaping from the country and thus questioning recently arrived refugees. The investigations are still on going to lighten the case.

We, as the Advocates of Silenced Turkey, are calling all the international and non-governmental human rights organizations to raise awareness about the drowned Maden family and also to take immediate action as regards the problems in Turkey to prevent other families and children from suffering as such.

Download the Position paper: AST_Maden Family Position Paper

STEP 1:
Sign the petition. We will deliver the petitions to international and non-governmental human rights organizations to raise awareness about the drowned Maden family and also to take immediate action.

The petitions will be delivered to following addresses:

COMMISSION ON SECURITY AND COOPERATION IN EUROPE, U.S. HELSINKI COMMISSION
FREEDOM HOUSE and Annie Boyajian, Advocacy Manager
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL (UN HRC)
TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL SECRETARIAT

Or

Express your views or send attached statement to following addresses:

Download sample statement as a word document:  AST_Sample-Statement-for-Maden Family

1) COMMISSION ON SECURITY AND COOPERATION IN EUROPE, U.S. HELSINKI COMMISSION

234 FORD HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING
3RD AND D STREETS SW, WASHINGTON, DC 20515
TEL: 202-225-1901 | FAX: 202-226-4199 |
EMAIL: INFO@CSCE.GOV |
Twitter: @HelsinkiComm | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helsinkicommission/

Chairman: Senator Roger F. Wicker
Address and Contact:
555 Dirksen 555 Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Main: (202) 224-6253 |Fax: (202) 228-0378 | Twitter: @SenatorWicker

Co-Chairman: Representative Christopher H. Smith
Washington DC Office: 2373 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3765 | Fax: (202) 225-7768 | Twitter: @RepChrisSmith

2) UNICEF

Twitter: @UNICEF | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unicef/

National Committee, New York
Mail Address: United States Fund for UNICEF 125 Maiden Lane, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Phone Number: 212 686 5522
E-mail: http://www.unicefusa.org/about/contact/

Headquarters, New York
Mail Address: UNICEF House 3 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York, 10017, U.S.A.
Phone Number: 212 326 7000
E-mail: http://www.unicef.org/

3) HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

Twitter: @hrw | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HumanRightsWatch

NY Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor New York, NY 10118-3299 USA
Tel: +1-212-290-4700
Fax: +1-212-736-1300

Emma Daly, Communications Director
Tel: +1-212-216-1835
Fax: +1-212-736-1300

4) HUMAN RIGHTS FOUNDATION

Twitter: @HRF | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanrightsfoundation/

New York Address: 350 5th Ave., #4515 New York, NY, 10001
Phone Number: (212) 246-8486

5) FREEDOM HOUSE

Twitter: @FreedomHouseDC | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FreedomHouseDC

For all general inquiries, please contact Freedom House: info@freedomhouse.org or
call our main line: 202-296-5101, fax 202-293-2840
For Congressional inquiries, please email Annie Boyajian, Advocacy Manager, at boyajian@freedomhouse.org

Freedom House Washington Office Address:
1850 M Street NW, Floor 11
Washington D.C. 20036

Freedom House New York Office Address:
120 Wall Street, Fl. 26
New York, NY 10005

6) AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Twitter: @amnestyusa | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amnestyusa

If you believe your human rights have been violated and you need referrals for assistance or want to share your story, contact our research team report@aiusa.org

7) UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL (UN HRC)

Twitter: @UN_HRC | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNHRC

Civil Society Section
Phone Number: +41 22 917 9656
E-mail: civilsociety@ohchr.org

8) NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY

Twitter: @NEDemocracy | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/National.Endowment.for.Democracy

CONTACT US (202) 378-9700 | INFO@NED.ORG

9) TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL

Twitter: @anticorruption | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TransparencyInternational/

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL SECRETARIAT
Address: Alt-Moabit 96 10559 Berlin Germany
General contact:
Telephone: +49 30 3438 200
Fax: +49 30 3470 3912
Email: ti@transparency.org

10) INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

Twitter: @fidh_en | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FIDH.HumanRights

FIDH AT THE UN (NEW-YORK)
110 East 42nd street, Suite 1309 NY 10017 New-York
Phone Number: 001 646 395 7103

11) HUMAN RIGHTS FIRST

Twitter: @humanrights1st | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanrightsfirst

New York
Human Rights First
75 Broad St, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10004
Tel: (212) 845 5200
Fax: (212) 845 5299

Washington
Human Rights First
805 15th Street NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 547 5692
Fax: (202) 543 5999

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Take Action: Urging the European Court Of Human Rights to Take Immediate Action As Regards the Recent Applications from Turkey

URGING THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION AS REGARDS THE RECENT APPLICATIONS FROM TURKEY

This statement is a short summary of the Position Paper prepared by the AST on the approach of the European Court of Human Rights towards recent applications coming from Turkey. For detailed information please see the Position Paper titled “European Court of Human Rights Should Reconsider Judicial Independence in Turkey Before Referring Cases to Domestic Authorities.”

The European Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “ECtHR”) has rejected nearly 25,000 applications from Turkish applicants as regards the convention rights violated after the attempted coup in July 15, 2016 on the ground that the applicants have not exhausted domestic remedies. Exhaustion of domestic remedies is an admissibility criteria prescribed in Article 35(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights (hereinafter “ECHR”). If an admissibility criterion has not met, the Court rejects the case without examining on merits, therefore, all the criteria in Article 35 ECHR are essential. However, it must be noted that the ECtHR has developed some exception clauses by its case-law. According to the case-law of the Court, non-exhaustion of domestic remedies can be ignored if the domestic remedies are not available or not going to be effective when applied. Hence, merely having the domestic rules providing remedies to the victims is not seen as satisfactory by the ECtHR. We believe the present situation in Turkey falls into this category. The applicants must not be referred to the existing local remedies as they will not provide any comfort to the victims, but moreover will only increase their suffering.

The Court referred applicants to the State of Emergency Inquiry Commission that was founded recently to examine cases regarding the applications of the decree laws adopted during the state of emergency. However, as explained in detail by the Position Paper, there are strong doubts on the work of the Commission. It has taken no decision as of mid-November out of more than 100,000 applications and no president has been appointed to the Commission yet. Just as the judiciary in general, independence and impartiality of the Commission is under suspicion as well. Independence of judiciary is a crucial component of the rule of law and very important for the effectiveness of the domestic remedies. The Position Paper elaborates in detail why the judiciary in Turkey has been weakened by the government’s actions and cannot be seen as acting independently. Recent amendments to the system of appointment of judges and prosecutors enable the government to employ people based on their political ideas. Basically all the judges and prosecutors feel threatened by the government’s actions targeting dissidents. Not to risk their jobs and freedom, it is not quite possible for judges and prosecutors to give a judgment against the ruling party’s interests where nearly one-third of judges and prosecutors were dismissed because of their ideologies.

Considering all the information in the Position Paper, the AST urges the European Court not to refer cases to the domestic authorities as this will create more severe situation in the country.

Download the Position paper: AST_ECtHR Position Paper


STEP 1:

Sign the petition. We will deliver the petitions to the European Court of Human Rights to urge the European Court not to refer cases to the domestic authorities, and consider the 25,000 appeals of Turkey’s post-coup victims, whose voices are not heard in Turkey.

The petitions will be delivered to following addresses:

Mr. Günter SCHIRMER, Head of the Secretariat at European Court of Human Rights
Mme Aurélie HAUG, Assistant at European Court of Human Rights
RAuN Ulrich Schellenberg, President of German Bar Association

or

Express your views or send attached statement to following addresses:

Download sample statement as a word document: AST_Sample Statement for ECtHR

The European Court of Human Rights

European Court of Human Rights
Council of Europe
F-67075 Strasbourg cedex
Phone : +33 (0)3 88 41 20 18
Fax : +33 (0)3 88 41 27 30

Mr. Günter SCHIRMER
Head of the Secretariat
Phone : +33/3 88.41.2809
guenter.schirmer@coe.int

Mme Aurélie HAUG
Assistant
Phone : 33/3 90.21.5229
aurelie.haug@coe.int

Judges of the Court

Guido Raimondi, President, Italy
Angelika Nußberger, Vice-President, Germany
Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, Vice-President, Greece
Ganna Yudkivska, Section President, Ukraine
Helena Jäderblom, Section President, Sweden
Robert Spano, Section President, Spain

Following are the members that were in the committee that decided on the ruling:

Ledi Bianku,
Valeriu Griţco,
Stéphanie Mourou-Vikström
Hasan Bakırcı, Deputy Section Registrar

RAuN Ulrich Schellenberg (advocated against ECtHR’s decision)
President of German Bar Association

Kurfürstendamm 182
10707 Berlin
Correspondence to:
German Lawyers Association
Littenstraße 11, 10179 Berlin
Phone : +49 (30) 726152-140
Fax : +49 (30) 726152-192
schellenberg@anwaltverein.de


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