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The Story of the Maden Family

Under Erdogan’s brutal regime, Turkey’s democracy derailed, innocent people are tortured or even killed in prisons. Those who wish to flee Turkey have a challenging journey to take, likely to end up in death. Here is the story of Maden family.
Husband: Math teacher
Wife: History teacher
They were charged with terrorism and involvement in the 7/15 coup attempt. They chose to leave their country. Last year this time the family was drowned in the Aegean sea. Here is their story.

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Witness Confirms Gokhan Teacher Tortured to Death by Police

Witness Confirms Gokhan Teacher Tortured to Death by Police

Prison Cellmate Recollects Moments of Horror After Teacher’s Suspicious Death

Two years after his tragic death, details of teacher Gokhan Acikkolu’s last days have emerged and come to public scrutiny once again as one of his prison cellmates offered a harrowing account into the torture claims.

The Turkish public was stunned by revelations over police torture of Acikkolu in summer 2016. The Turkish authorities steadfastly refused torture claims then and stamped out an independent investigation into the tragic incident. In the official account, he died because of health problems presaging his prison days.

But according to his family, and independent observers, Acikkolu was tortured to death. He was brutally beaten and deprived of medical treatment although he suffered a heart attack in prison. Prison administration turned down his family’s quest for transferring him to a hospital for a proper treatment and denied access to most needed medicines for his diabetes. When he was finally brought to a hospital in August 2016, it was too late to save him.

More startling and disturbing was the fact that almost two years after his death, authorities cleared him of coup-related and terrorism charges and restored the now deceased teacher back to his post. It was too little and too late.

How he died in prison still remains a matter of controversy and mystery. The way how the Turkish government handled the case fuels genuine skepticism and suspicion over the official narrative. Almost nobody believes it in Turkey.

And with a former prison cellmate of the deceased teacher now publicly speaking about his last days, the issue has taken a new turn. Journalist Cevheri Guven, living in northern Greece after fleeing the persecution in Turkey, spoke to Bold Medya, divulging details about how police headquarters in Istanbul became the center of torture for people who were taken into custody in the post-coup crackdown.

The Gokhan teacher appears to be the first victim of torture in this notorious place. Guven says that there are more than 15 witnesses who corroborate the claim that Acikkolu was tortured to death.

A teacher, who spoke to Bold Media on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution back in Turkey, was staying in the next cell to Acikkolu’s room. He also suffered torture at the same place, Istanbul Police Department headquarters.

There was a doctor in the witness’ room. He tells Bold Medya that one day there was a chaotic and urgent hurry on the part of policemen who back and forth moved from one place to another in a state of panic in the corridors.

Panic pervaded the atmosphere, and police shouted at one another. At one point, the door of their cell was wide opened. Police fetched the doctor there and urged him to check the situation of Gokhan teacher next room.

The doctor, the witness said, was trembling and his hands were shaking when he returned the room. Police moved Gokhan teacher out. “We lost the friend [Gokhan teacher],” the doctor told other prisoners in the cell.

The account of the witness challenges the prosecutor’s official document about the cause of Acikkolu’s death. The teacher, the prosecutor wrote, died of his diabetes. But the doctor, who, upon the request of police officers, first intervened to help Acikkolu said he died of beating. He appeared to receive fatal blows to his head and died of torture, not diabetes.

Cerebral hemorrhage or heart attack, the doctor said was the probable cause of Acikkolu’s death, the witness told in a new video interview.

Acikkolu was among the tens of thousands of people who had been remanded immediately in the aftermath of a failed coup in 2016. He was a history teacher at a public school in Istanbul’s Umraniye district when he, along with his wife, were both dismissed in a sweeping purge campaign.

His death was a particular case that stained public conscience as authorities denied a funeral service for his family. Istanbul Mayor’s Office refused to provide a space in a graveyard, so did the local officials in Acikkolu’s hometown, a village in the central province of Konya. Officials even proposed burying him in the “cemetery of traitors,” a policy briefly introduced as a form of punishment against coup plotters. Facing public criticism, the government later retracted the idea.

The teacher was interrogated neither by a prosecutor nor by the police officials. During his detention, he only faced mistreatment and, according to his family, torture. When his situation deteriorated, he was taken to a hospital, only to be sent back to the police detention.

Guven details how his wife, Mumine Acikkollu, struggled to deliver his medicines in the face of the official ban. After her first visit to custody to see her husband, she detected signs of torture and lodged a petition with the office of Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor to investigate whether her husband faced torture. But her efforts yielded no tangible result in the chaotic atmosphere of the post-coup era.

Their agony did not end with the teacher’s death. The inhumane treatment by authorities and denial of funeral service added to their plight.

Two years after into his death, authorities still refuse to launch an investigation into the role of police officers over his death. But as more and more people speak out and more witnesses come out to offer their sides of the story, it becomes ever difficult for authorities to bury the truth and drag their foot for a thorough probe.

Acikkollu might have been the first victim, but certainly was not the last one. As long as his case remains unresolved, police officers and officials, who commit crimes against humanity and involve in torture, would acquire the feeling that they may get away with whatever they do. They should not have such an impunity and freedom.

If Acikkollu’s torturers are brought to justice, other officials would be deterred and further such incidents would be prevented.


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Massive Erosion of Women’s Rights in Turkey

Massive Erosion of Women’s Rights in Turkey

The Turkish government’s oppressive regime relentlessly continues despite all the efforts by the international community. Since 2013, the government has been targeting anti-government groups, mainly the Hizmet Movement, and the situation got worse after the so-called coup attempt in July 15, 2016. The government has no mercy in that even members of vulnerable groups such as women and children are jailed over baseless claims. This document briefly describes the current women’s rights issues in Turkey aiming to provide an overview of the current crisis.

Especially after the attempted coup, the government has been taking dissidents collectively into custody, and then sending them to jail with no solid proof. In some cases, women are arrested and tortured in place of their male family members such as their fathers or husbands. Because of their special needs, women constitute one of the groups that suffer the most from this oppression. Prison overcrowding is another serious problem. Inmates often sleep on the floor or by taking turns. Therefore, it is difficult to claim that prison conditions are suitable for women. Turkey has only a few prisons specifically designed for women, meaning that most female detainees stay in prisons built for men. According to the latest CEDAW report, there are many allegations of sexual harassment and violence amounting to torture and ill treatment in prisons and these claims are not investigated properly. Women in prisons face various types of harassment, for instance, in many prisons, unnecessary and excessively intrusive strip searches are conducted by male personnel, and security cameras placed in rooms–including those in bathrooms–are monitored by male guardians. Detainees have only limited access to personal care and hygiene products, which are often at risk of confiscation during ward searches. Female detainees are trying to make themselves heard by sending out letters, however, these letters do not appear in Turkish press as a result of censorship.

Incarceration during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth is another issue that needs immediate attention. There are many instances where security officials wait at the door of hospital rooms once they are notified of the patients’ registration to the hospital. Patients’ medical conditions are not monitored and they are deprived of essential medication and dietary supplements. Mothers are not allowed to nurse their babies during custody and once they are arrested, their infant babies are also sent to jail. Currently, there are more than 700 children under the age of 6 (including infants) living in prisons.

Violence against women is still an issue despite Turkey’s supposed commitment to end it. As the CEDAW report indicates, relevant laws do not criminalize domestic violence and propose no procedures to prosecute offenders. Because of insufficient protection, many women have either been murdered or sexually harassed and perpetrators are not afraid of prosecution. Honor killings continue to be committed as well, even within well-educated families. More than 100 women have been victims of honor killings since 2010.

Education is another serious problem of Turkish women. The rate of literacy is quite low compared to men (illiteracy is more than five times more prevalent in women than in men), because most families, especially in the east and south-east, do not allow their girls to go to school, but instead force them to marry under the age of 18. For university-educated women, on the other hand, the main problem is the alarming levels of gender inequality at work. Turkey ranks 131st among 144 countries in terms of gender equality.

We briefly touched upon a few of the problems faced by women in Turkey. Many human rights reports have extensively explored the aforementioned problems and others. As the Advocates of Silenced Turkey, we urge every individual and authority to be aware of the worrisome situation of women in Turkey and take necessary steps urgently.


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Erdogan’s Long Arms Abroad and Recommendations to Governments

Is Turkey Turning into a Mafia State?

Evidence from Sudan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Georgia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Kosovo, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, and Mongolia Day by day, Erdogan and his oppressive government are extending their long arms to different countries around the world via the government institutions, intelligence agencies, and affiliated NGOs to expand their witch hunt against the Gulen Movement (aka Hizmet, which means Service in English)-affiliated people. Among their unlawful activities away from Turkey are intensified spying, intelligence gathering and profiling of critics that at times has led to harassment, intimidation and hate crimes. Although a majority of the countries do not pay attention to the unlawful requests of this oppressive leadership, there are some developing countries feel obligated to cooperate with Turkish agencies as they violate significant human rights, fundamental freedoms, and customary international laws.

To name a few, some officers within Sudan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Georgia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Kosovo, Azerbaijan, and Ukraine did not hesitate to operate the abductions and deportations of Gulen Movement-affiliated teachers, businessmen, journalists, academicians, and doctors, as well as their family members in some cases. These countries not only violated the UNHCR protection but also international human rights laws and customary international laws. The details of these unlawful abductions and deportations were revealed in a brief report recently released by the Advocates of Silenced Turkey (AST). According to the Human Rights Watch, US Report of Religious Freedom, Amnesty International and several international human rights agencies, alleged supporters of the Gulen Movement in Turkey have been subjected to property seizures, arrests, detainments, imprisonments, as well as tortures such as use of stress positions, denial of food and water, detention in unsanitary conditions, in addition to beatings and rapes.

Gulen Movement is a global volunteer movement that focuses on science education, volunteerism, community involvement, social work and interfaith and intercultural dialogue. Graham Fuller, an expert of the region and vice chair of CIA Intelligence Council, wrote an expert opinion just after the coup attempt entitled “The Gulen Movement Is Not a Cult – It’s One of the Most Encouraging Faces of Islam Today”.

The President of Turkey, Erdogan, falsely accused the movement of masterminding the coup d’état attempt on July 15th, 2016 and declared the movement as an armed terrorist organization, so-called Fetullahist Terrorist Organization – FETO. Following the staged coup attempt, a significant purge was initiated by the Turkish government and more than 170.000 people were persecuted without any concrete evidence.

However, Erdogan was not satisfied with purging the supporters of Gulen movement in Turkey and expanded its witch hunt against critics to numerous countries in the world with unlawful ways such as bribery, threats, and economic oppressions. Turkish embassies and government agencies including the intelligence services and nongovernmental organizations affiliated with the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) government have been involved in the profiling and harassment of the movement’s members in varying degree, scope and intensity.

This persecution abroad is personally approved by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who stated that no country in the world will be safe for members of the Gulen Movement, claimed they do not have the right to life and vowed to pursue them wherever they are. His propagandists have even suggested assassinating and abducting critics abroad and have put a bounty on their heads.

The report of AST not only covers the unlawful abductions and deportations but also remind foreign security officers the risks Gulen Movement-affiliated people may face, offer recommendations and point out important points that countries should pay attention to resist possible attempts of the Turkish Government. They request that governments take necessary legal, administrative and practical measures are to ensure the protection of individuals who might be at risk and subject to possible abduction, enforced disappearance, and extrajudicial killings. They make a call on to take counter-measures including legal and other steps to prevent such blatant interference by the Turkish government in their country’s internal affairs and to protect their residents and asylum-seekers from the long arm of Erdogan.


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Turkey’s New Normal: Torture and Ill-Treatment

Turkey, after the failed coup attempt has been a tumultuous ground for human rights. Many subtopics of human rights violations were brought into the spotlight especially after the declaration of the state of emergency. Perhaps some of the most important derivatives of such violations are torture and maltreatment. Although a state of emergency can help condense and concentrate efforts to bring perpetrators into justice it does not grant the government a blank check to suspend human rights. Even though a delicate matter like suspect and prisoner rights can never be dispensable, Turkey is currently infamous for infringing plenty of them from a global standpoint.

Since the coup attempt in 2016 a hefty sum of 160,00 people were detained 152,000 of which were state officials varying from teachers to lawyers. According to the government’s statement a majority of these detainees were associated with the Gulen movement. Since 2016 an overwhelming 7,907 cases of human rights violations occurred among these were 2,278 victims of torture and within that number 423 of them occurred under police detention. Methods of torture included but were not limited to thumps, electrical chairs, and sexual assault threats (particularly women). In addition, 48 extralegal killings were reported which were deemed tolerable under “troubling” provisions vaguely stated in emergency decree 667.

Besides the aforementioned brutishness, safeguards available to any prisoner were denied by the detainers. Among those violated safeguards were reasonable detention and legal review arrangements, access to medical reports, right to choose a lawyer, and last but not least monitoring the places of detention. Considering the absence of these safeguards combined with the turmoil within cells detainees came to be more vulnerable to mental and physical abuse.

Numerous examples of each different method of torture can be exemplified, whether that is a teacher beaten to death and his autopsy altered (teacher Acikkolu), or a woman tortured remorselessly in front of her husband (Asli S.). The defiling of basic detainee rights is not only tarnishing Turkey’s reputation in the world stage yet it is also obliviously and gradually driving the Turkish government to a dead end.


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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly Nov. 27

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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 11/20/2017-11/27/2017

1-“Journalist Güven sentenced to 3 years for a tweet”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/11/21/journalist-guven-sentenced-to-3-years-for-a-tweet/

2-“Turkish family of 5 drowns trying to flee to Greece ”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/11/21/turkish-family-of-5-drown-trying-to-flee-to-greece/

3-“Zaman journalist Ayşenur Parıldak sentenced to 7.5 years in prison”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/11/21/zaman-journalist-aysenur-parildak-sentenced-to-7-5-years-in-prison/

4-“Report exposes death from torture of Turkish teacher in police custody”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/11/21/report-exposes-death-from-torture-of-turkish-teacher-in-police-custody/

5-“LGBT event at Istanbul’s Taksim Square banned”
https://turkeypurge.com/istanbul-district-bans-lgtb-event-taksim-square

6-“Gülen lawyer sentenced to 12 years in prison”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/11/21/gulen-lawyer-sentenced-to-12-years-in-prison/

7-“40-day-old baby, mother under police custody for 4 days: opposition deputy ”
https://turkeypurge.com/40-day-old-baby-mother-police-custody-4-days-opposition-deputy

8-“Jailed writers denied access to own books under emergency rule”
https://turkeypurge.com/jailed-writers-denied-access-books-emergency-rule

9-” Police detain 51 teachers as warrants outstanding for 56 others”
https://turkeypurge.com/police-detain-51-teachers-warrants-outstanding-56-others

10-“A New Report Uncovers A Murder Of Detained Teacher In Turkey Due To Torture”
https://stockholmcf.org/a-new-report-uncovers-a-murder-of-detained-teacher-in-turkey-due-to-torture/

11-“Turkey’s Alevis Worried By Their Homes In Malatya Neighborhood Marked Red”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkeys-alevis-worried-by-their-homes-in-malatya-neighborhood-marked-red/

12-“Turkish Trustee-Mayor Insists On Keeping Toilet Over Armenian Graves”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-appointed-municipal-says-ministers-words-twisted-about-armenian-cemetery/

13-“Turkish court rules for continuation of Amnesty head’s imprisonment”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-court-rules-continuation-amnesty-heads-imprisonment

14-“Turkey detains 331 more soldiers on coup charges: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-detains-331-soldiers-coup-charges-report

15-“5 children, 6 others detained as trying to escape to Greece”
https://turkeypurge.com/5-children-6-others-detained-trying-escape-greece

16-“45 kindergartens, day care centers closed since failed coup: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/45-kindergartens-day-care-centers-closed-since-failed-coup-report

17-“Jailed Turkish journalist Şahin Alpay: My health is getting worse”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/11/22/jailed-turkish-journalist-sahin-alpay-my-health-is-getting-worse/

18-“Offensive graffiti sprayed on historic church in central Turkey”
https://turkeypurge.com/offensive-graffiti-sprayed-historic-church-central-turkey

19-“Dismissed public servants not allowed to work as private security guards, report says”
https://turkeypurge.com/dismissed-public-servants-not-allowed-work-private-security-guards-report-says

20-“Imprisoned journalist Oğuz Usluer given forced haircut in prison: opposition”
https://turkeypurge.com/imprisoned-journalist-oguz-usluer-given-forced-haircut-prison-opposition

21-“Purge-victim teacher passes away following heart attack”
https://turkeypurge.com/purge-victim-teacher-passes-away-following-heart-attack

22-“73-year-old imprisoned journalist says ‘want to spend final years with family members’”
https://turkeypurge.com/73-year-old-imprisoned-journalist-says-want-spend-final-years-family-members

23-“OSCE says Parıldak ruling unfounded, calls for her release”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/11/23/osce-says-parildak-ruling-unfounded-calls-for-her-release/

24-“Armenian church association attacked in Malatya”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/11/25/armenian-church-association-attacked-in-malatya/

25-“55 academics call on Erdoğan to release Kavala”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/11/24/55-academics-call-on-erdogan-to-release-kavala/

26-“Detention warrants issued for 79 teachers on Teachers Day”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/11/24/detention-warrants-issued-for-99-teachers-on-teachers-day/

27-“Detention warrants issued for 99 over alleged ByLock use”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/11/23/detention-warrants-issued-for-99-over-alleged-bylock-use/

28-“DIHA reporters face 45 years in prison over espionage charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/diha-reporters-face-45-years-prison-espionage-charges

29-“Izmir man who filed libel suit against Erdogan sentenced to 8 years in jail”
https://turkeypurge.com/man-filed-libel-suit-erdogan-sentenced-8-years-jail

30-“Chief physician at Kirsehir hospital jailed over alleged ByLock use”
https://turkeypurge.com/chief-physician-kirsehir-hospital-jailed-alleged-bylock-use

31-“Erdoğan sues main opposition leader over “slanderous” comments ”
https://turkeypurge.com/erdogan-sues-main-opposition-leader-slanderous-comments

32-“Turkey’s ‘Ministry of Truth’ in action: Drowned teacher’s accomplishment record removed”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkeys-ministry-of-truth-in-action-drowned-teachers-accomplishment-record-removed

33-“Turkish Media Worker Zafer Özsoy Faces 3 Life Sentences With No Evidence”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-media-worker-zafer-ozsoy-faces-3-life-sentences-with-no-evidence/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 11/20/2017-11/27/2017

1-“Erdoğan Rejimi’nden kaçarken boğulan Maden ailesinin hikayesi”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/erdogan-rejiminden-kacarken-bogulan-maden-ailesinin-hikayesi-h107844.html

2-“Zaman Gazetesi muhabiri Ayşenur Parıldak’a 7 yıl 6 ay ceza”
http://aktifhaber.com/medya/zaman-gazetesi-muhabiri-aysenur-parildaka-7-yil-6-ay-ceza-h107851.html

3-“Silivri’de sağlığım gittikçe kötüleşiyor”; Şahin Alpay’dan 4’üncü mektup
http://aktifhaber.com/medya/silivride-sagligim-gittikce-kotulesiyor-h107848.html

4-“3 çocuk annesi Rana Öztürk’ün beyin ölümü gerçekleşti”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/3-cocuk-annesi-rana-ozturkun-beyin-olumu-gerceklesti-h107841.html

5-“15 Temmuz’la ilgili işkence altında imzalattırılan ifadeler teker teker redediliyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/15-temmuzla-ilgili-iskence-altinda-imzalattirilan-ifadeler-teker-teker-redediliyor-h107835.html

6-” Lohusa anneyi 350 km yol götürüp nezarete attılar!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/lohusa-anneyi-350-km-yol-goturup-nezarete-attilar-h107788.html

7-“Dünya Çocuk Hakları Günü’nde 668 bebek protestosu!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/dunya-cocuk-haklari-gununde-668-bebek-protestosu-h107779.html

8-“KHK ile ihraç edilen öğretmen Selim Gündoğdu intihar etti”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/khk-ile-ihrac-edilen-ogretmen-selim-gundogdu-intihar-etti/

9-“Gazeteci Oğuz Güven’e, ‘tweet’ davasından 3 yıl 1 ay hapis”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/gazeteci-oguz-guvene-tweet-davasindan-3-yil-1-ay-hapis/

10-“Guardian: AKP, Türkiye’de LGBTİ hakları hareketinin faaliyetlerini engellemeye çalışıyor”
http://www.bbc.com/turkce/haberler-turkiye-42062152

11-“Türkiye’nin Çözümsüz Sorunu: Anneleriyle Cezaevinde Kalan Çocuklar”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/tutuklu-gazeteci-cezaevinde-30-kilo-verdi-hayati-tehlikesi-var-h107640.html

12-“Erdoğan rejiminden kaçarken ölen çocuklar”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/erdogan-rejiminden-kacarken-olen-cocuklar-h107832.html

13-“AKP’nin OHAL’i bir bebeğin geleceğini daha kararttı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/akpnin-ohali-bir-bebegin-gelecegini-daha-karartti-h107910.html

14-“Ege Denizi’nde hayatını kaybeden Maden ailesinin ardından!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ege-denizinde-hayatini-kaybeden-maden-ailesinin-ardindan-h107912.html

15-“Malatya’da Alevi ailelerin evlerine kırmızı işaret”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/malatyada-alevi-ailelerin-evlerine-kirmizi-isaret/

16-“İşkence cezasızlık politikasıyla artırıldı; İnsan Hakları Derneği’ne işkence başvuruları patladı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/iskence-cezasizlik-politikasiyla-artirildi-h108072.html

17-“Yargıtay: Türkiye nüfusunun yüzde 8’i şüpheli, yüzde 3’ü ise sanık”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/yargitay-turkiye-nufusunun-yuzde-8i-supheli-yuzde-3u-ise-sanik/

18-“Silivri’de 12 Eylül manzaraları… Bu sefer de Gazeteci Oğuz Usluer’in saçı zorla kesildi..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/silivride-12-eylul-manzaralari-bu-sefer-de-gazeteci-oguz-usluerin-saci-zorla-kesildi-h107948.html

19-“İki gazeteciye ajanlık suçlamasıyla 90 yıl hapis istemi”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/iki-gazeteciye-ajanlik-suclamasiyla-90-yil-hapis-istemi-h108042.html

20-“Malatya’da provokatif saldırılara devam: Bu kez de Ermeni derneğine saldırı!”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/malatyada-provokatif-saldirilara-devam-bu-kez-de-ermeni-dernegine-saldiri-h108059.html

21-“Meclis, İnsan Hakları Evrensel Beyannamesi’ni sansürlemiş”
http://www.diken.com.tr/meclis-insan-haklari-evrensel-beyannamesini-sansurlemis/

22-“Erdoğan’a, ‘Osman Kavala’yı serbest bırakın’ çağrısı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/erdogana-osman-kavalayi-serbest-birakin-cagrisi/

23-“’24 Kasım Öğretmenler Günü’nde 79 öğretmene daha gözaltı kararı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/24-kasim-ogretmenler-gununde-79-ogretmene-daha-gozalti-karari/

24-” Uluslararası Af Örgütü baskılara karşı kampanya başlattı”
https://www.evrensel.net/haber/338903/uluslararasi-af-orgutu-baskilara-karsi-kampanya-baslatti

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Report exposes death from torture of Turkish teacher in police custody

A new report from the Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) titled “Tortured to Death” exposes the case of 42-year-old history teacher Gökhan Açıkkollu, who died after enduring 13 days of torture and abuse in police detention in İstanbul.
The report details every day he was kept in custody, where he was repeatedly beaten by his interrogators. The government documents, medical reports, independent opinions and witness statements obtained by SCF and revealed in the report show his death was not due to natural causes.

“The details of this single case with hitherto unknown facts about Açıkkollu’s death have really shaken our investigators, and we have decided to dedicate this report to his memory to show the world what is taking place under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s brutally oppressive regime,” Abdullah Bozkurt, the president of SCF, said.

“He was telling doctors every day what he was going through, and the prosecutor’s office was getting copies of these records on a daily basis. Yet he was time and again sent back to detention to face a new round of torture that eventually claimed his life,”’ he added.

The report also exposes the names of the police officers who were present in the building at the time of Açıkkollu’s death and urges the Turkish government to hold to account those who were responsible for his death.

Unfortunately, the terrible saga of Açıkkollu’s family was far from over even after his death as authorities neither arranged for a hearse to transport him nor provided embalming of the body, which are standard services in Turkey for all deceased. He was hauled in a utility vehicle to the cemetery where the government imam refused to lead a prayer service. His wife, Mümüne Açıkkollu, was also briefly detained afterwards by the same prosecutor who ordered the detention of her husband.
The public prosecutor dropped the probe into torture allegations although he had more than enough evidence of torture according to the documents provided by government-designated health facilities. Several witnesses came forward and testified to torture. After a long legal challenge, the prosecutor had to open another probe, but there was no progress reported on the second probe, either.

Turkish authorities continue to deny that there is torture in Turkey while blocking the publication of a report by the Council of Europe Anti-Torture Committee (CPT), which visited Turkey for a fact-finding mission in September 2016.

The accumulation of overwhelming evidence in this case is quite valuable considering that the police in Turkey often try to cover up the commission of crimes. Authorities tamper with evidence and doctors’ records and ensure that the text of witness accounts, autopsies and medical reports reflect the official version of the detainee’s death.

Deaths in detention and prisons due to torture, abuse and ill treatment have become a recurring theme in Turkey with close to 100 cases reported as suspicious deaths and suicides in the last 16 months alone.

Many human rights monitoring groups have documented cases of torture and ill treatment of detainees that suggest a widespread, systematic and deliberate torture by the government of President Erdoğan.

SCF has already published several reports confirming that such cases have been taking place in detention centers and jails or sometimes in black sites that were used as mass holding facilities for a large number of detainees without due process.

Source: https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/11/21/report-exposes-death-from-torture-of-turkish-teacher-in-police-custody/

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