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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly Feb 19

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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 2/12/2018-2/19/2018

1-“Turkey detained 666 people so far for opposing Afrin operation: data”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-detained-666-people-far-opposing-afrin-operation-dat

2-“568 people detained over Gülen links in past week: gov’t”
https://turkeypurge.com/568-people-detained-gulen-links-past-week-govt

3-“UK-educated computer science professor, jailed for 13 months, dies of liver cancer”
https://turkeypurge.com/uk-educated-computer-science-professor-jailed-13-months-dies-liver-cancer

4-“Turkish court sentences wife of alleged coup plotter to 18 years in prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-court-sentences-wife-alleged-coup-plotter-18-years-prison

5-“Turkey now demands 10 years for pro-Kurdish HDP co-chairperson”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-now-demands-10-years-pro-kurdish-hdp-co-chairperson

6-“Turkey hands down prison sentences to 205 alleged coup plotters in Ankara: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-hands-prison-sentence-205-alleged-coup-plotters-ankara-report

7-“Teacher, 2 children dead, 5 others missing in attempt to escape Turkey’s post-coup crackdown”
https://turkeypurge.com/teacher-2-children-dead-while-4-others-missing-after-failed-attempt-to-escape-turkeys-post-coup-crackdown-to-greece

8-“Purge-victim architect detained for refusing to stand for Turkey’s national anthem: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/purge-victim-architect-detained-refusing-stand-turkeys-national-anthem-report

9-“Opposition deputy gets 5 years, 10 months in prison: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/opposition-deputy-gets-5-years-10-months-prison-report

10-“73-year old human rights advocate detained for opposing Turkey’s Afrin operation: son”
https://turkeypurge.com/73-year-old-human-rights-advocate-detained-opposing-turkeys-afrin-operation-son

11-“Turkish police raid pro-Kurdish publishing house in Diyarbakır: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-police-raid-pro-kurdish-publishing-house-diyarbakir-report

12-“24-year-old Boğaziçi University student arrested over Gülen links”
https://turkeypurge.com/24-year-old-bogazici-university-student-arrested-gulen-links

13-“7 executives from exporters’ union under custody for depositing money in Bank Asya”
https://turkeypurge.com/7-executives-exporters-union-custody-depositing-money-bank-asya

14-“[VIDEO] Warrants issued for 9 more Boydak family members: 6 detained”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-warrants-issued-9-boydak-family-members-6-detained

15-“Folk band Grup Yorum members in ‘wanted terrorists’ list”
https://turkeypurge.com/folk-band-grup-yorum-members-wanted-terrorists-list

16-“Turkey’s top appeal court says Bank Asya depositors ‘terrorist’”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkeys-top-appeal-court-says-bank-asya-depositors-terrorist

17-“Education Ministry cancels licenses of 1,272 educators on terror charges: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/education-ministry-cancels-licenses-1272-educators-terror-charges-report

18-“8,480 Turkish nationals sought asylum in Germany in 2017: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/8480-turkish-nationals-sought-asylum-germany-2017-report

19-“Turkish judicial board suspends another 17 judges, prosecutors”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-judicial-board-suspends-another-17-judges-prosecutors

20-“Turkey’s judiciary must protect rule of law, says Europe diplomat”
https://www.ft.com/content/11793664-12ac-11e8-940e-08320fc2a277

21-“Turkey blocks access to Furkan news portal on terror charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-blocks-access-furkan-news-portal-terror-charges

22-“HDP deputy to be stripped of parliamentary status for insulting Erdoğan”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/16/hdp-deputy-to-be-stripped-of-parliamentary-status-for-insulting-erdogan/

23-“CoE’s Jagland criticizes Turkish gov’t over human rights violations”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/18/coes-jagland-criticizes-turkish-govt-over-human-rights-violations/

24-“Yücel: I was released with a ruling ordering me to stay in prison”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/17/yucel-i-was-released-with-a-ruling-ordering-me-to-stay-in-prison/

25-“OSCE, UN representatives: Life sentences for Turkish journalists an attack on freedom of expression”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/17/osce-un-representatives-life-sentences-for-turkish-journalists-an-attack-on-freedom-of-expression/

26-“6 journalists including Altan brothers given aggravated life sentences”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/16/6-journalists-including-altan-brothers-given-aggravated-life-sentences/

27-“Slain general’s widow sentenced to 18 years”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/12/slain-generals-widow-sentenced-to-18-years/

28-“US politician describes her visit to Turkish refugees in Greece”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/12/us-politician-describes-her-visit-to-turkish-refugees-in-greece/

29-“EP’s Harms to visit jailed Turkish teacher in Georgia for second time”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/14/eps-harms-to-visit-jailed-turkish-teacher-in-georgia-for-second-time/

30-“Zaman employee says facing life sentence due to a TV commercial”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/14/zaman-employee-says-facing-life-sentence-due-to-a-tv-commercial/

31-“Altans’ lawyer tells judges ignoring top court’s ruling could lead to expulsion from post”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/16/altans-lawyer-tells-judges-ignoring-top-courts-ruling-could-lead-to-expulsion-from-post/

32-“Journalist recounts flight from post-coup crackdown in Turkey”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/12/journalist-recounts-flight-from-post-coup-crackdown-in-turkey/

33-“Syrian Kurdish Groups Claim Turkish Army Hit Village In Afrin With Suspected Gas”
https://stockholmcf.org/syrian-kurdish-groups-claim-turkish-army-hit-village-in-afrin-with-suspected-gas/

34-” Turkish Court Rules For Continuation Of Former HDP Co-Chair Demirtaş’s Imprisonment”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-court-rules-for-continuation-of-former-hdp-co-chair-demirtass-imprisonment/ulen-links/

35-“Jailed Turkish Air Forces’ Colonel Reportedly Losses His Life In İstanbul’s Silivri Prison Because Of Negligence”
https://stockholmcf.org/jailed-turkish-air-forces-colonel-losses-his-life-in-prison-because-of-negligence/

36-“Int’l Press And Human Rights Bodies Slam Turkish Court’s Rule Of Aggravated Life Sentences For Prominent Journalists”
https://stockholmcf.org/intl-press-bodies-slam-turkish-courst-rule-of-aggravated-life-sentences-for-prominent-journalists/

37-“Turkish Family Still Missing After Capsized Boat Incident On Turkish-Greek Border”
https://stockholmcf.org/members-of-dogan-family-who-were-on-the-same-boat-capsized-as-crossing-river-on-turkish-greek-border-couldnt-be-reached/

38-“Turkey Witnesses Yet Another Family Tragedy Under Rule Of Emergency Over Alleged Links To Gülen Movement”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkey-witnesses-yet-another-family-tragedy-under-rule-of-emergency-over-alleged-links-to-gulen-movement/

39-“Murat Belge, A Renowned Turkish Academic, Leaving Turkey As ‘Scholar At Risk’”
https://stockholmcf.org/murat-belge-a-renowned-turkish-academic-leaving-turkey-as-scholar-at-risk/

40-“15-Year Prison Sentence Sought For Turkish Journalist Who Founded Two National News Channel”
https://stockholmcf.org/15-year-prison-sentence-sought-for-turkish-journalist-who-founded-two-national-news-channel/

41-“Famous Turkish Businessman Hosta Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison Over His Alleged Gülen Links”
https://stockholmcf.org/famous-turkish-businessman-hosta-sentenced-10-years-in-prison-over-his-alleged-gulen-links/

42-“UK high court refuses Turkey extradition due to overcrowded prisons”
https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/feb/15/uk-high-court-refuses-turkey-extradition-due-to-overcrowded-prisons

43-“Human Rights Watch sees no end to Turkish crackdown”
https://ahvalnews.com/press-freedom/human-rights-watch-sees-no-end-turkish-crackdown

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 2/12/2018-2/19/2018

1-“Türkiye’den Almanya’ya iltica başvuruları arttı”
http://www.dw.com/tr/t%C3%BCrkiyeden-almanyaya-iltica-ba%C5%9Fvurular%C4%B1-artt%C4%B1/a-42617056?maca=tur-rss-tur-pol-ger-3312-xml-mrss

2-“Boydak Ailesine soykırım!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/boydak-ailesine-soykirim-h112433.html

3-“Avrupa’dan gazetecilere verilen müebbete tepki: Türkiye’yi ekonomik olarak cezalandırın!”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/avrupadan-gazetecilere-verilen-muebbete-tepki-turkiyeyi-ekonomik-olarak-cezalandirin-h112432.html

4-“Cem Özdemir: Türkiye’de hiçbir şey doğru yürümüyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/cem-ozdemir-turkiyede-hicbir-sey-dogru-yurumuyor-h112427.html

5-“İşadamı Hidayet Kadiroğlu’na Bankasya’ya para yatırdığı iddiasıyla yakalama kararı”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/isadami-hidayet-kadirogluna-bankasyaya-para-yatirdigi-iddiasiyla-yakalama-karari-h112423.html

6-“Beştepe Sarayı’na komşu işkence merkezi”
http://aktifhaber.com/analiz/bestepe-sarayina-komsu-iskence-merkezi-h112414.html

7-“‘Niye çıktım, bir sene önce neden tutuklandım, bilmiyorum’”
http://aktifhaber.com/medya/niye-ciktim-bir-sene-once-neden-tutuklandim-bilmiyorum-h112413.html

8-“‘Niye çıktım, bir sene önce neden tutuklandım, bilmiyorum’”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cezaevinde-insalik-disi-muamele-tutuklunun-sirtinda-sandalye-kirdilar-h112286.html

9-“Foto Muhabiri Çağdaş Erdoğan: 4 polis tarafından çırılçıplak soyulup işkenceye uğradım!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/foto-muhabiri-cagdas-erdogan-4-polis-tarafindan-cirilciplak-soyulup-iskenceye-ugradim-h112231.html

10-“Cemaat üyesi olmakla suçlandı; hamileyken cezaevine girdi ve ikizlerini kaybetti”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cemaat-uyesi-olmakla-suclandi-hamileyken-cezaevine-girdi-ve-ikizlerini-kaybetti-h112187.html

11-“Polis’in tutuklattığı Selma Polat’a 7 yıl 7 ay 7 gün hapis cezası”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/polisin-tutuklattigi-selma-polata-7-yil-7-ay-7-gun-hapis-cezasi-h112178.html

12-“Erdoğan rejiminin cezaevinde kanser ettiği genç akademisyen hayatını kaybetti”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/erdogan-rejiminin-cezaevinde-kanser-ettigi-genc-akademisyen-hayatini-kaybetti-h112130.html

13-“Semih Terzi’nin eşi ‘Sippenhaft’ uygulamasıyla hapis cezasına çarptırıldı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/semih-terzinin-esi-sippenhaft-uygulamasiyla-hapis-cezasina-carptirildi-h112121.html

14-“Afrin operasyonundan dolayı mahkuma dayak attılar”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/afrin-operasyonundan-dolayi-mahkuma-dayak-attilar-h112094.html

15-“Erdoğan Türkiye’sinde siyah transportların sırrı ne?”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/erdogan-turkiyesinde-siyah-transportlarin-sirri-ne-h112395.html

16-“3. havalimanı inşaatında çoğu iş cinayeti sümen altı ediliyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/3-havalimani-insaatinda-cogu-is-cinayeti-sumen-alti-ediliyor-h112342.html

17-“Roboskililer 320 haftadır adalet bekliyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/roboskililer-320-haftadir-adalet-bekliyor-h112332.html

18-“Aram Yayınevi’nin ofisine polis baskınında kapılar balyozla kırıldı”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/aram-yayinevinin-ofisine-polis-baskininda-kapilar-balyozla-kirildi-h112312.html

19-“Bandırma Cezaevi’nde işkence: Dövülen tutsaklar kan kusuyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/bandirma-cezaevinde-iskence-dovulen-tutsaklar-kan-kusuyor-h112339.html

20-“Hapishanelerde büyüyen çocuklar ABD medyasında geniş yer buldu”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/hapishanelerde-buyuyen-cocuklar-abd-medyasinda-genis-yer-buldu-h112303.html

21-“Tutuklular, gardiyanlardan gördüğü şiddetten dolayı yürüyemiyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/tutuklular-gardiyanlardan-gordugu-siddetten-dolayi-yuruyemiyor-h112274.html

22-“AYM bireysel başvuru istatistiklerini açıkladı: Yargı var adalet yok”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/aym-bireysel-basvuru-istatistiklerini-acikladi-yargi-var-adalet-yok-h112269.html

23-“‘Türkiye’de kalmaktansa, Atina’da aç kalmayı tercih ettik’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/turkiyede-kalmaktansa-yunanistanda-ac-kalmayi-tercih-ettik/

24-“Washington Post’tan Yazıcı’ya destek”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/yabanci-meslektaslarindan-fevzi-yaziciya-dayanisma-mesajlari/

25-“Engelli oğlunu öldürüp intihar eden kadın toprağa verildi”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/engelli-oglunu-oldurup-intihar-eden-kadin-topraga-verildi/

26-“‘Meriç’te can verenler Tayyip Erdoğan’ın kurbanları’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/mericte-can-verenler-tayyip-erdoganin-kurbanlari/

27-“Darbe davasında gazetecilere ağırlaştırılmış müebbet”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/darbe-davasinda-gazetecilere-agirlastirilmis-muebbet/

28-“Meclis’te bir ilk: Erdoğan’a hakaret suçlamasıyla vekilliği düşürülecek”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/mecliste-bir-ilk-erdogana-hakaret-suclamasiyla-vekilligi-dusurulecek/

29-“63 harp okulu öğrencisi için müebbet istemi”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/63-harp-okulu-ogrencisi-icin-muebbet-istemi/

30-“TOMA’nın ezerek öldürdüğü vatandaş kusurlu bulundu”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/tomanin-ezerek-oldurdugu-vatandas-kusurlu-bulundu/

31-“Engelli oğlunu öldürüp intihar eden kadın toprağa verildi”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/engelli-oglunu-oldurup-intihar-eden-kadin-topraga-verildi/

32-“Erdoğan’dan partisinin ‘KHK eleştirileri’ne: Hayat risktir”
http://www.diken.com.tr/erdogandan-partisinin-khk-elestirilerine-hayat-risktir/

33-“Beş yaşındaki çocuk üzerine 500 kiloluk reklam panosu düşünce öldü, sorumlu yok!”
http://www.diken.com.tr/bes-yasindaki-cocuk-uzerine-500-kiloluk-reklam-panosu-dusunce-oldu-sorumlu-ortada-yok/

34-“AP’de Türkiye’ye insan hakları ve Afrin eleştirisi”
http://www.dw.com/tr/apde-t%C3%BCrkiyeye-insan-haklar%C4%B1-ve-afrin-ele%C5%9Ftirisi/a-42474407

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Mehmet Altan and Sahin Alpay should be immediately released

Amnesty International Orange County:

On January 11, 2018, Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled in a criminal case that Mehmet Altan and fellow journalist Sahin Alpay’s rights were being violated by pre-trial detention and ruled that they should be released, nut the 27th High Criminal Court in Istanbul declined to implement the Constitutional Court decision.

Following the coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016, and the imposition of a state of emergency, over 180 news outlets have been shut down under laws passed by presidential decree. There are now at least 148 writers, journalists, and media workers in prison, making Turkey the biggest jailer of journalists in the world.

Prof. Mehmet Altan and Sahin Alpay are only two of the hundreds of victims of this horrific violation of democratic values and principles within Turkey.

Mehmet Altan, the Faculty of Economics at Istanbul University since 1986, was also a journalist working in the daily Sabah (1987-2006) and worked as an editor-in-chief in the daily Star until 2012. He has been dismissed from his newspaper because of the government’s pressures on free media.

Sahin Alpay, faculty in Bahcesehir University since 2001, was arrested in 2016. He worked as a writer and editor for Cumhuriyet, Sabah, and Milliyet Newspapers. He directed the “Intellectual Perspective” a weekly program at Turkish CNN and he was a columnist at the now closed-down Zaman Newspaper. He also hosted a program, which aired on the now closed-down Mehtap TV channel.

In September 2016, Mehmet Altan and Sahin Alpay were detained as part of a wave of arrests of thinkers and writers following the failed July 2016 coup attempt. Arrested for allegedly giving “subliminal messages” to announce the coup on a television roundtable discussion show, Mr. Altan was charged with attempting to overthrow the “constitutional order”, “interfering with the work of the national assembly”, and “interfering with the work of the government” through violence or force.

Amnesty Orange County call the authorities in Turkey to respect and implement the ruling of the Turkish Constitutional Court for Mehmet Altan and Sahin Alpay to be released immediately alongside all the other journalists and writers, including Mehmet Altan’s brother Ahmet Altan who is also among the incarcerated writers and journalists.

We urge everyone to take action. Please sign the petition linked below: https://www.change.org/p/turkey-mehmet-altan-and-sahin-alpay-should-be-immediately-released?recruiter=841476427&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition

This petition will be delivered to:
Turkey Consulate of Turkey in Los Angeles
Embassy of Turkey, Washington, D.C.
TURKEY MINISTRY OF JUSTICE

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Human Rights Watch’s Report Shows the Severity of Human Rights Violations in Turkey

On January 18, 2018, the Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) published a report reviewing the human rights practices around the world in 2017. The report titled “World Report 2018: Events of 2017” examined more than 90 countries including Turkey. In parts relevant to Turkey, the HRW scrutinized a wide range of topics such as the state of emergency measures, freedom of expression, association and assembly, torture and ill-treatment in custody as well as refugees’ situation.

The report firstly referred to the April 2017 referendum which introduced a new presidential system lacking satisfactory system of checks and balances. It highlighted the fact that the referendum was carried out under the state of emergency in an environment of heavy media censorship. The HRW’s points about the new presidential system indeed indicate that the separation of powers is at risk in Turkey whereas it is one of the most significant components of democracy.

The state of emergency measures also attract attention. The president can adopt decree laws without parliamentary oversight or the possibility of judicial review according to Turkish legislation. As reported by the HRW, these decree laws include many controversial measures incompatible with Turkey’s responsibilities under the international human rights law. More than 110,000 people were dismissed or suspended from their public positions with no explanation but only their names on lists published via decree laws. The government shut down plenty of institutions including media outlets, businesses, schools and universities, hospitals and non-governmental organizations such as associations and foundations. What is worse, there is still no effective authority for all these real and legal persons to apply for a review. People had little hope when the “State of Emergency Procedures Investigation Commission” was introduced to investigate measures taken under the state of emergency. Nevertheless, as stated by the HRW, independence of the Commission is doubtful since all of its members are appointed with the government’s approval. Further appeal is possible on the paper, but it is likely to take too much time because of the high influx of applications and applicants have nothing else but wait about their right to work in public service to be taken away, bank accounts to be frozen and passports to be canceled.

Many people including teachers, public servants such as police officers and military personnel, journalists and politicians were either arrested or detained under the state of emergency as well. The striking point is that most were imprisoned with no compelling evidence of any criminal activity, but only because of their alleged links with the Hizmet Movement inspired by an Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen who has been blamed by the government to mastermind the coup attempt. It is crucial to note here that the Movement has been strongly denying any involvement and Mr. Gulen has called for an international investigation on the issue.

Freedom of expression, association and assembly were also violated considerably by the Turkish government. To clarify, the government has blocked many websites and banned a huge amount of content, and all types of peaceful public protests were banned by the government as well as were violently dispersed. Unsurprisingly, Turkey is the leading country in the number of jailed journalists whose trials and case files are again insufficient. The documents used as an evidence against arrested journalists are mostly writing and reporting which do not promote any type of violence. As there is always a prominent risk of imprisonment and censorship, other journalists and media agencies cannot publish anything critical but only pro-government ideas. In March, 21 journalists who were arrested because of their connections with the Hizmet Movement, were released by the court. Their families went to the prison facilities to bring them back to their homes but could not. After huge criticisms by pro-government media, an appeal was lodged against eight of them and a new investigation was started against the rest. Therefore, eventually, none of them were released. In addition, judges and a prosecutor who was at this trial were suspended by the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors. Many of the journalists from the newspaper Zaman, claimed to be supporting the Movement, have been on trial due to writings without a reference to any type of violence and they face life imprisonment.

Not only individuals related to the Hizmet Movement but also leftist and Kurdish people were targeted by the government. According to the HRW’s report, 19 journalists from the newspaper Cumhuriyet were jailed as well. In one of the cases concerning Cumhuriyet, Enis Berberoglu was sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment who is a parliamentarian from the main opposition party, Republican People’s Party (CHP). The court of appeal has overturned his conviction, yet he is not released as well as not expected to be released as the government still wants him behind bars. Similarly, plenty of journalists were arrested from the newspaper Ozgur Gundem which was shut down by the government.

Lawyers and human rights defenders received their own shares from the Turkish government’s oppression. Around 500 lawyers have been arrested and 1000 are yet on trial, mostly because of supporting the Hizmet Movement. Chair of Amnesty International, Taner Kilic, has been in prolonged detention with “politically motivated and unsubstantiated charges” as said by the HRW.

The HRW also explored the detention conditions during police custody and concluded that many instances of torture and ill-treatment were witnessed. There have been many cases reported where police officers beat detainees, left them in physically stressed positions and threatened them to rape. Enforced disappearances, scaring defense lawyers and interfering with medical examinations also took place in the country.

Regarding the ongoing conflict in the southeast region, the government could not yet make a progress. Party co-leaders and parliamentarians of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) were sent to prison. Additionally, 89 mayors were dismissed by the government as specified by the report. The government has clearly violated freedom of expression and rights to political association, participation, and representation.

The report highlighted the refugee crisis as well which indeed concerns the whole world. The conditions in which refugees live (mostly Syrian but also from other countries) are not compatible with international standards.

All these were expressed in various occasions by international actors. The United Nations, the European Union, the Council of Europe, the United States State Department and many other foreign governments have called the Turkish government to end this human rights disaster going on in the country as was stated by the Human Rights Watch’s report.


Download as a PDF File: AST_1-22-2018_HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH’S REPORT SHOWS THE SEVERITY OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN TURKEY_P7

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It is high time for the European Court of Human Rights to step in!

Turkey witnessed a coup attempt on 15 July 2016. The 3-month State of the Emergency regime which was declared immediately after the coup attempt (21/07/2016) by the Cabinet “to preserve the democratic order” has since been extended for five times.Despite calls by the European Union, the Council of Europe, and the Venice Commission and numerous human rights institutions for the Turkish government to end it, the State of Emergency Regime remains in effect. In defiance of its purpose, The Turkish government has subversively used the State of Emergency Regime against the country’s democratic parliamentary system, the rule of law and human rights.

During the state of emergency, so far;
-28 deputies have been taken into custody, duly elected mayors of 90 different towns/cities have been removed from office,
-61,247 individuals, including 16 deputies, two members of the Constitutional Court, 193 members of the Court of Cassation, 2360 judges and prosecutors, 571 lawyers and 308 journalists have been arrested,
-As of today, a total of 128,998 people have been taken into custody for terrorism-related offenses (being the members of an armed terrorist organization. 100 people a day are being arrested on average.

With thirty different Emergency Decree Law, which is exempt from judicial review;
-146,713 public servants including 4463 judges and prosecutors, 8693 academics, 6687 doctors and paramedics 44,392 teachers have been dismissed from their jobs,
-3003 private hospitals, schools, student dorms and universities, 187 media outlets, 1,412 associations and 139 charities have been shut down, and their assets have been confiscated,
-1,020 private companies have been seized.

On the face of these human rights breaches, European Court of Human Rights is the ultimate hope of the victims. Yet, the ECHR has been consistently refusing applications on the grounds that the domestic remedies in Turkey is not yet consummated.In order to prevent conviction at the ECHR, the Turkish government instituted the Constitutional Court as an additional court of appeal for individuals and established a highly unproductive Commission on Statutory Decrees Under State of Emergency. Neither institution helps the victims.

Only last week, four separate criminal courts of the first instance have refused to implement an order of the Turkish Constitutional Court to release veteran journalist Mehmet Altan and Sahin Alpay:
-On 11 January 2018, the Turkish Constitutional Court decided that the detention of journalists Sahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan were unlawful and that it constituted a violation of their rights protected by both the Turkish Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights,
-On the same day, Istanbul 13th and 26th High Penal Courts refused to release Altan and Alpay on the grounds that the decisions (of the TCC) have not yet been published in the Official Gazette,
-On 12 January 2018, Istanbul 13th and 26th High Penal Courts declined release of Altan and Alpay once again on the grounds that the TCC exceeded its authority as specified in the Constitution itself,
-On 15 January 2018, Istanbul 14th and 27th High Penal Courts turned down objections from the lawyers of Altan and Alpay that the decision of the TCC had to be implemented without delay and ordered their detention to continue.

In the light of the above, there is without a doubt no effective domestic remedy in Turkey and the judicial hierarchy as determined by the Turkish Constitution has been disrupted.

We, therefore, urge The European Court of Human Rights to reconsider its current view that the Turkish Constitutional Court offers an effective domestic remedy and start without further delay reconsidering applications brought by thousands of victims against Turkey.

It is high time for the European Court of Human Rights to step in!

We urge everyone to take action. Please sign the petition linked below:
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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly Jan 8

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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 1/1/2018-1/8/2018

1-” Arti Gercek columnist under police custody for 3 days”
https://turkeypurge.com/arti-gercek-columnist-police-custody-3-days

2-” Gülen’s nephew detained in Istanbul”
https://turkeypurge.com/gulens-nephew-detained-istanbul

3-” Turkish police detain another pro-Kurdish deputy in İzmir: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-police-detain-another-pro-kurdish-deputy-izmir-report

4-” Turkey’s National Intelligence received 25,000 informer reports on Gülenists in 2017: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkeys-national-intelligence-received-25000-informer-reports-gulenists-2017-report

5-” Turkey’s new racist political party: ‘Turks are superior race’”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkeys-new-racist-political-party-turks-superior-race

6-” Turkish court approves 34-year sentence for 6 pro-Kurdish university students”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-court-approves-34-year-sentence-6-pro-kurdish-university-students

7-” Journalist Aysenur Arslan gets 12-month jail sentence for insulting Erdogan”
https://turkeypurge.com/journalist-aysenur-arslan-gets-12-month-jail-sentence-insulting-erdogan

8-” [VIDEO] Pro-Erdogan journalists urge gov’t to seize Gulenists’ assets and pay potential US fines against Halkbank”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-pro-erdogan-journalists-urge-govt-seize-assets-gulenists-pay-us-fines-halkbank

9-” Yet another journalist jailed in Turkey, already worst jailer of media in world”
https://turkeypurge.com/yet-another-journalist-jailed-turkey-already-worst-jailer-media-world

10-” Two women detained during visit to jailed husbands in Edirne prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/two-women-detained-visit-jailed-husbands-edirne-prison

11-” Former Zaman columnist Ali Unal, under arrest for 17 months, denied request for release”
https://turkeypurge.com/zaman-columnist-ali-unal-arrest-17-months-denied-request-release

12-” ‘Gülenist’ couple ‘battered and tortured’ in Nevşehir prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/gulenist-couple-battered-tortured-nevsehir-prison-claim

13-” Disabled son of purge-victim ‘Gülenist’ family dies of intestinal cancer: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/disabled-son-purge-victim-gulenist-family-dies-intestinal-cancer-report

14-” Turkish court sentences pro-Kurdish deputy to 16 years, eight months in jail”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-court-sentences-pro-kurdish-deputy-16-years-eight-months-jail

15-” Pro-Kurdish HDP deputy gets 21 months in jail for insulting Erdogan”
https://turkeypurge.com/pro-kurdish-hdp-deputy-gets-21-months-jail-insulting-erdogan

16-” Report: 189 journalists detained, 58 remanded in prison in 2017″
https://turkeypurge.com/report-189-journalists-detained-58-remanded-prison-2017

17-” At least 49 former Bank Asya shareholders taken into custody over coup charges: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/least-49-former-bank-asya-shareholders-coup-charges

18-” Pro-Kurdish deputy, already in jail, gets 1.5 years more in prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/pro-kurdish-deputy-already-jail-gets-1-5-years-prison

19-” 5-year-old boy dies after being hit by police vehicle in Diyarbakir: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/5-year-old-boy-dies-hit-police-vehicle-diyarbakir-report

20-” HDP leader, already in jail, fined TL 15,000 for insulting Erdogan”
https://turkeypurge.com/hdp-leader-already-jail-fined-tl-15000-insulting-erdogan

21-” Civilians now taking up arms in two provinces, says İYİ Party leader”
https://turkeypurge.com/civilians-now-taking-arms-two-provinces-says-iyi-party-leader

22-” Business ethics professor remanded in prison after trying to escape to Greece”
https://turkeypurge.com/business-ethics-professor-remanded-prison-trying-escape-greece

23-” 36 more sought in İstanbul on suspicion of ByLock use”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/06/36-more-sought-in-istanbul-on-suspicion-of-bylock-use/

24-” Turkish minister: 48,305 people jailed in 2017 over Gülen links”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/05/turkish-minister-48305-people-jailed-in-2017-over-gulen-links/

25-” Lawyer under investigation, accompanied by infant, put in pretrial detention”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/01/lawyer-under-investigation-accompanied-by-infant-put-in-pretrial-detention/

26-” Detention warrants issued for 70 more military personnel over Gülen links”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/04/detention-warrants-issued-for-70-more-military-personnel-over-gulen-links/

27-“German Ministry Confirms Connection Between Violent Gang And Turkish Gov’t”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/30/erdogan-says-chp-leader-supports-all-terrorist-organizations/

28-“German Ministry Confirms Connection Between Violent Gang And Turkish Gov’t”
https://stockholmcf.org/german-ministry-confirms-connection-between-violent-gang-and-turkish-govt/

29-“KESK: Over 50 Public Officials, Who Were Dismissed By Gov’t Decrees, Commit Suicide In Turkey”
https://stockholmcf.org/kesk-over-50-public-officials-who-were-dismissed-by-govt-decrees-commit-suicide-in-turkey/

30-“Gülen’s 63-Year-Old Disabled Cousin Put Into Solitary Confinement By Turkish Authorities ”
https://stockholmcf.org/gulens-63-year-old-disabled-cousin-put-into-solitary-confinement-by-turkish-authorities/

31-“Erdoğan Targets Boğaziçi University, Claims ‘Engaged In Activities Against Turkey’”
https://stockholmcf.org/erdogan-targets-bogazici-university-claims-engaged-in-activities-against-turkey/

32-” Four Young People Subjected To Turkish Police Violence Due To Hair Style”
https://stockholmcf.org/four-young-people-subjected-to-turkish-police-violence-due-to-hair-style/

33-” Report: Erdoğan Constructing New Regime In Turkey By Gov’t Decrees Under Rule Of Emergency”
https://stockholmcf.org/report-erdogan-constructing-new-regime-in-turkey-by-govt-decrees-under-rule-of-emergency/

34-” İstanbul Bar Files Complaint Against Minister Soylu Over His ‘Break The Legs’ Order”
https://stockholmcf.org/istanbul-bar-files-complaint-against-minister-soylu-over-his-break-the-legs-order/

35-” France Judicial Union Urges Macron To Require Erdoğan To Release Jailed Lawyers”
https://stockholmcf.org/france-judicial-union-urges-macron-to-require-erdogan-to-release-jailed-lawyers/

36-” France’s Macron urges respect of rule of law in talks with Erdogan”
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-turkey/frances-macron-urges-respect-of-rule-of-law-in-talks-with-erdogan-idUSKBN1EU1LI

37-” More than 100,000 Turks who lost jobs after 2016 coup attempt await rulings”
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/more-than-100000-turks-who-lost-jobs-after-2016-coup-attempt-await-rulings/article37477562/

38-” Council of Europe criticizes Turkish ban on LGBTI events”
http://jacksonobserver.com/council-of-europe-criticizes-turkish-ban-on-lgbti-events/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 1/1/2018-1/8/2018

1-” Katil sivillerden sonra, şirket yağmalayan kayyımları da korumaya aldılar.”
http://aktifhaber.com/ekonomi/katil-sivillerden-sonra-sirket-yagmalayan-kayyimlari-da-korumaya-aldilar-h110310.html

2-” Gergerlioğlu: Berk’i kaybettik, bari Eray babasını görmeli”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/gergerlioglu-berki-kaybettik-bari-eray-babasini-gormeli-h110289.html

3-” ‘Tek tip Erdoğan’ın kişisel intikam davasıdır'”
http://aktifhaber.com/genel/tek-tip-erdoganin-kisisel-intikam-davasidir-h110292.html

4-” AYM, 12 Eylül işkenceleriyle ilgili hukuk defterini kapattı”
http://aktifhaber.com/genel/aym-12-eylul-iskenceleriyle-ilgili-hukuk-defterini-kapatti-h110301.html

5-” OHAL Türkiye’sinde KHK mağduru 50 kişi intihar etti”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ohal-turkiyesinde-khk-magduru-50-kisi-intihar-etti-h110265.html

6-” 15 öğrenciye cinsel istismarda bulunan okul görevlisi tutuklandı..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/15-ogrenciye-cinsel-istismarda-bulunan-okul-gorevlisi-tutuklandi-h110250.html

7-” Engelli öğrenciyi döven öğretmen ikinci kez serbest kaldı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/engelli-ogrenciyi-doven-ogretmen-ikinci-kez-serbest-kaldi-h110234.html

8-” Gergerlioğlu, Görmez ailesine uygulanan zulmü kaleme aldı..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/gergerlioglu-gormez-ailesine-uygulanan-zulmu-kaleme-aldi-h110197.html

9-” Çankırı’da Polisten uzun saç dayağı..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cankirida-polisten-uzun-sac-dayagi-h110183.html

10-” Ahmet Altan: Darbenin değil, hukukun ve demokrasinin peşindeydik”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ahmet-altan-darbenin-degil-hukukun-ve-demokrasinin-pesindeydik-h110170.html

11-” ‘Çocuklar ölmesin’ diyen Ayşe öğretmen’in cezası ertelendi..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cocuklar-olmesin-diyen-ayse-ogretmenin-cezasi-ertelendi-h110169.html

12-” Ethem Sarısülük davasındaki delillerin tahrip edildiği ortaya çıktı..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ethem-sarisuluk-davasindaki-delillerin-tahrip-edildigi-ortaya-cikti-h110161.html

13-” Savcı “Sizin dosyanız zaten hazır” diyerek tutuklattı cezaevinde hücreye atıldılar”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/savci-sizin-dosyaniz-zaten-hazir-diyerek-tutuklatti-cezaevinde-hucreye-atildilar-h110142.html

14-” İşkenceyle öldürülen Yurdakul’un avukatı: C3 koğuşu özellikle oluşturulmuş..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/iskenceyle-oldurulen-yurdakulun-avukati-c3-kogusu-ozellikle-olusturulmus-h110056.html

15-” 35 günlük Akif Bebek de cezaevine götürüldü..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/35-gunluk-akif-bebek-de-cezaevine-goturuldu-h110041.html

16-” Aile Bakanı’nın hapisteki bebeklere duyarsız kalmasına tepki yağdı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/aile-bakaninin-hapisteki-bebeklere-duyarsiz-kalmasina-tepki-yagdi-h110036.html

17-” Gazi’de polisin öldürdüğü 2 kişinin davasında OHAL koruması..”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/gazide-polisin-oldurdugu-2-kisinin-davasinda-ohal-korumasi-h110186.html

18-” “Hayatı boyunca darbelere karşı olmuş biri olduğum ortada…””
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/hayati-boyunca-darbelere-karsi-olmus-biri-oldugum-ortada-h110175.html

19-” Soylu, Gülen hareketine yönelik cinnet halinin raporunu sundu..”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/soylu-gulen-hareketine-yonelik-cinnet-halinin-raporunu-sundu-h110100.html

20-” Konya’da Gülen Hareketi’ne kitlesel operasyonlarda 14 kişiye gözaltı..”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/konyada-gulen-hareketine-kitlesel-operasyonlarda-14-kisiye-gozalti-h110103.html

21-” OHAL’in suç karnesi: 126 suç türü”
http://www.tr724.com/ohalin-suc-karnesi-126-suc-turu/

22-” Türkiye’deki baski, tecrit, tutuklamalar ve yurt dişina hicretin belgeseli”
http://www.tr724.com/turkiyedeki-baski-tecrit-tutuklamalar-yurt-disina-hicretin-belgeseli/

23-“Anayasa mahkemesi, ‘insanlik suçu’ olan işkenceyi kapatti; gerekçe zamanaşimi ”
http://www.tr724.com/anayasa-mahkemesi-insanlik-sucu-olan-iskenceyi-kapatti-gerekce-zamanasimi/

24-” Ümit Özdağ: silahli kamplar için nokta verebiliriz, 23 ayda 2.3 milyon silah satildi ”
http://www.tr724.com/umit-ozdag-silahli-kamplar-icin-nokta-verebiliriz-23-ayda-2-3-milyon-silah-satildi/

25-” Anayasa hukuku profesörü Kaboğlu: KHK’lari mit hazirliyor, hukuken yok hükmünde”
http://www.tr724.com/anayasa-hukuku-profesoru-kaboglu-khklari-mit-hazirliyor-hukuken-yok-hukmunde/

26-” Zeybekçi yine gebertmekten söz etti, KHK’yi savundu: birkaç kişiyi gebertirsem hesabi mi sorulacak?”
http://www.tr724.com/zeybekci-yine-gebertmekten-soz-etti-khkyi-savandu-birkac-kisiyi-gebertirsem-hesabi-mi-sorulacak/

27-” Bank Asya hissedarlarina operasyon, 68 gözalti karari ”
http://www.tr724.com/bank-asya-hissedarlarina-operasyon-68-gozalti-karari/

28-” ‘Boğaziçi Üniversitesi yerli ve milli değerlere yaslanamıyor’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/erdogan-bogazici-universitesi-yerli-ve-milli-degerlere-yaslanamiyor/

29-” Bu kez Keysan Gülen: Gülen’in bir yakını daha gözaltına alındı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/bu-kez-keysan-gulen-gulenin-bir-yakini-daha-gozaltina-alindi/

30-” Gazeteci Deniz Yücel: Tek tip kıyafeti asla kabul etmeyeceğim”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/gazeteci-deniz-yucel-tek-tip-kiyafeti-asla-kabul-etmeyecegim/

31-” ‘Nazilerden tek fark; Bugün Türkiye’de sadece gaz odaları yok’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/nazilerden-tek-fark-bugun-turkiyede-sadece-gaz-odalari-yok/

32-” AKP’li Elitaş: Şunu taciz ettin, yumruk vurdun, diye mi yargılansınlar?”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/gulu-elestiren-akpli-elitasa-gore-sunu-taciz-etmek-yumruk-vurmak-normal/

33-” Dünya tanık: Özakça’nın annesi yerlerde sürüklenerek gözaltında”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/semih-ozakcanin-annesi-yerlerde-suruklenerek-gozaltinda/

34-” Bitlis’te PKK’lılara ait olduğu iddia edilen 279 mezar açıldı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/bitliste-pkklilara-ait-oldugu-iddia-edilen-279-mezar-acildi/

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