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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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Turkey Raping, Torturing and Starving Thousands of Coup Prisoners to Death

Credible evidence that the Turkish police are holding detainees, denying them food, water and medical treatment. In some of the worse cases, individuals have been subjected to severe beating and torture.
 

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