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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly May 11

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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 05/05/2019-05/11/2019

1-“Teacher who pleaded with gov’t to spare children’s lives vindicated by top Turkish court”

https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/05/09/teacher-who-pleaded-with-govt-to-spare-childrens-lives-vindicated-by-top-turkish-court/

2-“Turkey to build 43 prisons using funds from inmate labor”

https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/05/09/turkey-to-build-43-prisons-using-funds-from-inmate-labor/

3-“Incidents of gun violence in Turkey kill 3,000 people in 2 years: ministry”

https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/05/09/incidents-of-gun-violence-in-turkey-kill-3000-people-in-2-years-ministry/

4-“Turkey cancels press accreditation of 682 journalists in 4 months”

https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/05/09/turkey-cancels-press-accreditation-of-682-journalists-in-4-months/

5-“Turkish academic begins serving prison sentence for signing 2016 peace petition”

https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/05/08/turkish-academic-begins-serving-prison-sentence-for-signing-2016-peace-petition/

6-“Turkey holds thousands in solitary in Erdoğan’s prisons: report”

https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/05/08/turkey-holds-thousands-in-solitary-in-erdogans-prisons-report/

7-“Photo of woman in German language textbook doctored to include headscarf”

https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/05/08/photo-of-woman-in-german-language-textbook-doctored-to-include-headscarf/

8-“HDP deputies on hunger strike request official declaration ending Öcalan’s ‘isolation’”

https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/05/07/hdp-deputies-on-hunger-strike-request-official-declaration-ending-ocalans-isolation/

9-“36 women in Turkey murdered in April: report”

https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/05/06/36-women-in-turkey-murdered-in-april-report/

10-“Nearly 1,500 military members sacked by Turkish Defense Ministry in last 10 months”

https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/05/06/nearly-1500-military-members-sacked-by-turkish-defense-ministry-in-last-10-months/

11-“Turkey’s election board cancels İstanbul results, announces new polls on June 23”

https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/05/06/turkeys-election-board-cancels-istanbul-results-announces-new-polls-on-june-23/

12-“[VIDEO] Turkish philosophy teacher says wife had to give birth at home due to Erdogan’s witch-hunt”

https://turkeypurge.com/video-turkish-philosophy-teacher-says-wife-had-to-give-birth-at-home-due-to-erdogans-witch-hunt

13-“[VIDEO] 14 detained over Gulen links in Turkey’s Samsun”

https://turkeypurge.com/video-14-detained-over-gulen-links-in-turkeys-samsun

14-“DW: Turkish gov’t cancels press credentials of 682 journalists in 4 months”

https://turkeypurge.com/dw-turkish-govt-cancels-press-credentials-of-682-journalists-in-4-months

15-“2-year-old enters Mersin prison with mother arrested on coup charges: HDP deputy”

https://turkeypurge.com/2-year-old-enters-mersin-prison-with-mother-arrested-on-coup-charges-hdp-deputy

16-“Turkish academic enters prison for signing 2016 peace petition”

https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-academic-enters-prison-for-signing-2016-peace-petition

17-“Video purportedly shows Turkish soldiers torturing Kurdish villager in Afrin”

https://turkeypurge.com/video-purportedly-shows-turkish-soldiers-beat-kurdish-villager-in-afrin

18-“DW: Around 3,000 inmates are being kept in solitary confinement in Erdogan’s prisons”

https://turkeypurge.com/dw-around-3000-inmates-are-being-kept-in-solitary-confinement-in-erdogans-prisons

19-“Former Supreme Court judge sentenced to 12 years in jail in post-coup trial”

https://turkeypurge.com/former-supreme-court-judge-sentenced-to-11-years-in-jail-in-post-coup-trial-2

20-“Kütahya parent in pre-trial detention for 3 months on coup charges, 3-year old daughter left in the care of relatives: report”

https://turkeypurge.com/kutahya-parent-in-pre-trial-detention-for-3-months-on-coup-charges-3-year-old-daugter-left-in-care-of-relatives-report

21-“İstanbul police stifle iftar meal organized by dissident Anticapitalist Muslims”

https://turkeypurge.com/istanbul-police-stifle-iftar-meal-organised-by-dissident-anticapitalist-muslims

22-“Psychiatrist under investigation over therapy services to victims of Erdogan’s purge”

https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-prosecutor-sues-psychiatrist-for-therapy-services-to-victims-of-erdogans-purge

23-“2-year-old enters Mersin prison with mother arrested on coup charges: HDP deputy”

https://turkeypurge.com/2-year-old-enters-mersin-prison-with-mother-arrested-on-coup-charges-hdp-deputy

24-“Turkish academic enters prison for signing 2016 peace petition”

https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-academic-enters-prison-for-signing-2016-peace-petition

25-“Video purportedly shows Turkish soldiers torturing Kurdish villager in Afrin”

https://turkeypurge.com/video-purportedly-shows-turkish-soldiers-beat-kurdish-villager-in-afrin

26-“DW: Around 3,000 inmates are being kept in solitary confinement in Erdogan’s prisons”

https://turkeypurge.com/dw-around-3000-inmates-are-being-kept-in-solitary-confinement-in-erdogans-prisons

27-“Former Supreme Court judge sentenced to 12 years in jail in post-coup trial”

https://turkeypurge.com/former-supreme-court-judge-sentenced-to-11-years-in-jail-in-post-coup-trial-2

28-“Kütahya parent in pre-trial detention for 3 months on coup charges, 3-year old daughter left in the care of relatives: report”

https://turkeypurge.com/kutahya-parent-in-pre-trial-detention-for-3-months-on-coup-charges-3-year-old-daugter-left-in-care-of-relatives-report

29-“İstanbul police stifle iftar meal organized by dissident Anticapitalist Muslims”

https://turkeypurge.com/istanbul-police-stifle-iftar-meal-organised-by-dissident-anticapitalist-muslims

30-“Psychiatrist under investigation over therapy services to victims of Erdogan’s purge”

https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-prosecutor-sues-psychiatrist-for-therapy-services-to-victims-of-erdogans-purge

31-“The new depths of Erdogan’s autocracy”

https://www.economist.com/leaders/2019/05/11/the-new-depths-of-erdogans-autocracy

32-“Istanbul re-run is a risky strategy for Erdogan”

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48190346

33-“Erdogan’s Long Arm in Europe”

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/05/07/erdogans-long-arm-in-europe-germany-netherlands-milli-gorus-muslim-brotherhood-turkey-akp/

34-“In Istanbul Election Do-Over, Erdogan’s Opponents Unify”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/world/europe/istanbul-election.html

35-“Baby accompanying mother in prison joins 700 other kids growing up behind bars”

https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/05/10/baby-accompanying-mother-in-prison-joins-700-other-kids-growing-up-behind-bars

36-“Turkish academic from French university arrested for terrorist propaganda”

https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/05/12/turkish-academic-from-french-university-arrested-for-terrorist-propaganda/

37-“3 Turkish journalists detained overnight in İstanbul”

https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/05/12/3-turkish-journalists-detained-overnight-in-istanbul/

38-“Turkish journalist assaulted in front of his house”

https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/05/12/turkish-journalist-assaulted-in-front-of-his-house/

Erdogan rejimi tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 05/05/2019-05/11/2019

1-“​Sürgündeki iki insan, farklı hikâyeler, ortak duygu: Özlem”

http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/surgundeki-iki-insan-farkli-hikayeler-ortak-duygu-ozlem-h132216.html

2-“Dünyayı ‘Ramazanlaştıran’ heyecan sosyal medyada”

http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/dunyayi-ramazanlastiran-heyecan-sosyal-medyada-h132347.html

3-“Konuşmacı olmadığı panelde ‘propaganda yapmak’ ile suçlanan barış akademisyeni tutuklandı”

http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/konusmaci-olmadigi-panelde-propaganda-yapmak-ile-suclanan-baris-akademisyeni-tutuklandi-h132333.html

4-“Gazeteci Demirağ’a evinin önünde hain saldırı”

http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/gazeteci-demiraga-evinin-onunde-hain-saldiri-h132318.html

5-“15 Temmuz şehidinin oğlu: Herkese PKK’lı dedikten sonra Öcalan’la el ele sandığa gitsinler”

http://www.tr724.com/15-temmuz-sehidinin-oglu-herkese-pkkli-dedikten-sonra-ocalanla-el-ele-sandiga-gitsinler/

6-“‘Senatör’ Sofuoğlu’ndan sanatçılara: Erdoğan sayesinde ünlü nankörlersiniz”

http://www.tr724.com/senator-sofuoglundan-sanatcilara-erdogan-sayesinde-unlu-nankorlersiniz/

7-“AYM kararından sonra Ayşe Öğretmen tahliye oldu”

http://www.tr724.com/anayasa-mahkemesinden-ayse-ogretmen-karari/

8-“Haluk Savaş: Beraat ettim, yurtdışı yasağım kalktı ama pasaportumu alamıyorum”

http://www.tr724.com/haluk-savasberaat-ettim-yurtdisi-yasagim-kalkti-ama-pasaportumu-alamiyorum/

9-“AntiKapitalist Müslümanlar’ın iftar sofrasına polis müdahale etti, İhsan Eliaçık yerde sürüklendi”

http://www.tr724.com/antikapitalist-muslumanlarin-iftar-sorfasina-polis-mudahale-etti-ihsan-eliacik-yerde-suruklendi/

10-“Asrın Hukuk Bürosu Abdullah Öcalan’la görüştüklerini açıkladı”

http://www.tr724.com/asrin-hukuk-burosu-abdullah-ocalanla-gorustuklerini-acikladi/

11-“Şırnak’ta çatışma; 2 asker şehit oldu”

http://www.tr724.com/sirnakta-catisma-2-asker-sehit-oldu/

12-“Diyarbakır’da tutuklu anneleri yine darp edilerek ters kelepçeyle gözaltına alındı”

http://www.tr724.com/diyarbakirda-tutuklu-anneleri-yine-darp-edilerek-ters-kelepceyle-gozaltina-alindi/

13-“Iğdır’da çatışma: 1 asker şehit oldu”

http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/igdirda-catisma-1-asker-sehit-oldu-h132287.html

14-“Bahçeli’nin ‘artık sevemem’ dediği Cem Yılmaz’ın sevenleri sosyal medyayı salladı”

http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/bahcelinin-artik-sevemem-dedigi-cem-yilmazin-sevenleri-sosyal-medyayi-salladi-h132336.html

15-“‘Anneler Günü çocuklarımızın açlık grevinden çıktığı gündür’”

http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/anneler-gunu-cocuklarimizin-aclik-grevinden-ciktigi-gundur-h132325.html

16-“Ayşe Öğretmen: Kızımı unutup, cezaevindeki bebeklere kahroldum”

http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/ayse-ogretmen-kizimi-unutup-cezaevindeki-bebeklere-kahroldum-h132323.html

17-“Kanser hastası KHK’lıya ilaç işkencesi: Bir gün veriliyor diğer gün kesiliyor”

http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/kanser-hastasi-khkliya-ilac-iskencesi-bir-gun-veriliyor-diger-gun-kesiliyor-h132280.html

18-“Ailece tutukluluk dönemi: Anne ve babasının ardından Betül bebek de cezaevinde”

http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/ailece-tutukluluk-donemi-anne-ve-babasinin-ardindan-betul-bebek-de-cezaevinde-h132239.html

19-“KHK’lılara psikolojik destek vermek de suç sayıldı”

http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/khklilara-psikolojik-destek-vermek-de-suc-sayildi-h132054.html

20-“’Bugüne kadar hep sustum ama artık yetti’”

http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/bugune-kadar-hep-sustum-ama-artik-yetti-h132063.html

21-“Erdoğan rejiminin cezaevi ölümlerine bir yenisi daha eklendi”

http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/erdogan-rejiminin-cezaevi-olumlerine-bir-yenisi-daha-eklendi-h132027.html

22-“’Hücrede ölümler’ gözleri sayıları gizlenen hücre mahkumlarına çevirdi”

http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/hucrede-olumler-gozleri-sayilari-gizlenen-hucre-mahkumlarina-cevirdi-h132283.html

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly April 15

Download as pdf: AST_Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly_April 15

Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 04/08/2019-04/15/2019

1-“Election authority says elected mayors not to be given mandate if they are purge victims”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/04/10/election-authority-says-elected-mayors-not-to-be-given-mandate-if-they-are-purge-victims/

2-“Turkey’s Erdoğan urges Sudan to operate under ‘normal democratic process”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/04/11/turkeys-erdogan-urges-sudan-to-operate-under-normal-democratic-process/

3-“Video game portrays opposition mayoral candidate’s quest for mandate”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/04/11/video-game-portrays-opposition-mayoral-candidates-quest-for-mandate/

4-“Wives of jailed police chiefs who exposed corruption given lengthy prison sentences”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/04/10/wives-of-jailed-police-chiefs-who-exposed-corruption-given-lengthy-prison-sentences/

5-‘’Jailed woman forced to go through labor for two days in handcuffs”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/04/10/jailed-woman-forced-to-go-through-labor-for-two-days-in-handcuffs/

6-“HRW: Turkey has arbitrarily jailed hundreds of lawyers since 2016 coup”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/04/10/hrw-turkey-has-arbitrarily-jailed-hundreds-of-lawyers-since-2016-coup/

7-“Turkey orders detention of 292 people over Gülen links: report”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/04/09/turkey-orders-detention-of-292-people-over-gulen-links-report/

8-European rights court orders Turkey to compensate citizen held in police custody when he was 8
https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/04/09/european-rights-court-orders-turkey-to-compensate-citizen-held-in-police-custody-when-he-was-8/

9-“Convicted coup suspect says he was victim of that night”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/04/08/convicted-coup-suspect-says-he-was-victim-of-that-night/

10-“Erdoğan’s targeting of journalist goes unnoticed: ‘Public got used to it’ former editor says”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/04/07/erdogans-targeting-of-journalist-goes-unnoticed-public-got-used-to-it-former-editor-says/

11-“Ministry says purged staff cannot be reinstated unless family member is acquitted’”
https://turkeypurge.com/ministry-says-purged-staff-cannot-be-reinstated-unless-family-member-is-acquitted

12-“HRW: Bar associations in Europe, US, Canada should advocate for lawyers in Turkey”
https://turkeypurge.com/white-house-must-stand-up-to-erdogans-politically-motivated-detentions-us-senator-says

13-‘’Detention warrants issued for 292 people over Gulen links”
https://turkeypurge.com/detention-warrants-issued-for-292-people-over-gulen-links

14-“Wives of police chiefs who led 2013 corruption operations sentenced to 6 years in prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/wives-of-police-chiefs-who-led-2013-corruption-operations-sentenced-to-6-years-in-prison

15-“Pro-Erdogan mafia boss says will take to the streets if the government asks”
https://turkeypurge.com/pro-erdogan-mafia-boss-says-will-take-to-the-streets-if-the-government-asks

16-‘’Mayor-elect purged teacher denied certificate of election by electoral council: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/mayor-elect-purged-teacher-denied-certificate-of-election-by-electoral-council-report

17-“First-Ever Comprehensive Biography on Fethullah Gülen”
https://hizmetnews.com/24806/first-ever-comprehensive-biography-on-fethullah-gulen/#.XLClfLfYrnE

18. “300 purge victim judges, prosecutors barred from obtaining law licenses: report”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/04/11/300-purge-victim-judges-prosecutors-barred-from-obtaining-law-licenses-report/

19. “ 9 purge-victim mayor-elects denied mandate by Turkey’s election authority”
https://turkeypurge.com/9-purge-victim-mayor-elects-denied-mandate-by-turkeys-election-authority

20. “Berkin Elvan’ın vurulduğu yerde 6 yıl sonra keşif”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/berkin-elvanin-vuruldugu-yerde-6-yil-sonra-kesif-h130907

21. “Yandaşta kavga başladı: ‘Reis’çilere ‘Zübükzade’ benzetmesi”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/yandasta-kavga-basladi-reiscilere-zubukzade-benzetmesi-h130911.html

22. “Rabia Naz’ın babası akıl hastanesine yatırılıyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/rabia-nazin-babasi-akil-hastanesine-yatiriliyor-h130908.html

23. “Meriç Nehri’nde sonlanan genç, coşkulu ve neşeli bir hayat”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/meric-nehrinde-sonlanan-genc-coskulu-ve-neseli-bir-hayat-h130875.html

24. “Akın İpek’in iade davasında İngiltere’den Türkiye’ye ikinci ret”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/akin-ipekin-iade-davasinda-ingiltereden-turkiyeye-ikinci-ret-h130873.html

25. ‘’Gazeteci İbrahim Karayeğen, koğuş arkadaşı Ahmet Altan’ı anlattı”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/gazeteci-ibrahim-karayegen-kogus-arkadasi-ahmet-altani-anlatti-h130987.html

26. “Karikatürist Carlos Latuff, Türkiye’deki tutuklu hamile kadınları çizdi”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/karikaturist-carlos-latuff-turkiyedeki-tutuklu-hamile-kadinlari-cizdi-h130986.html

27. ‘’Babasında Bylock olduğu gerekçesiyle kızına 6 yıl 3 ay ceza verildi”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/babasinda-bylock-oldugu-gerekcesiyle-kizina-6-yil-3-ay-ceza-verildi-h130959.html

28. ‘’Hastanede skandal; tutuklu kadına, kelepçeli doğum!”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/hastanede-skandal-tutuklu-kadina-kelepceli-dogum-h130867.html

29. “KHK ile ihraç 59 polis hakkında daha gözaltı kararı”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/khk-ile-ihrac-59-polis-hakkinda-daha-gozalti-karari-h130850.html

30. “Erdoğan’ın yeni köşkü için inşaat başladı”
http://www.tr724.com/erdoganin-yeni-kosku-icin-insaat-basladi/

31. “Birçok ilde ‘cadı avı’ operasyonu: 288 gözaltı kararı”
http://www.tr724.com/bircok-ilde-cadi-avi-operasyonu-288-gozalti-karari/

32. “AKP gündeme getirdi; Büyükçekmece’de ‘sahte seçmen’ operasyonu başladı”
http://www.tr724.com/akp-gundeme-getirdi-buyukcekmecede-sahte-secmen-operasyonu-basladi/

33. “Profesyonel infazı böyle tarif etti: “Cinayet Türkiye için yeni bir Susurluk’tur”
http://www.tr724.com/profesyonel-infazi-boyle-tarif-etti-cinayet-turkiye-icin-yeni-bir-susurluktur/

34. “Tedavi için dışarıda olması gereken Avşin bebeğe mahkemeden ret!”
http://www.tr724.com/tedavi-icin-disarida-olmasi-gereken-avsin-bebege-mahkemeden-ret/

35. ”Türkiye genelinde 280 kişi için gözaltı kararı”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/turkiye-genelinde-280-kisi-icin-gozalti-karari-h130849.html

36. “Hekimlerle derdiniz ne?”
http://www.tr724.com/hekimlerle-derdiniz-ne/

37. “Zindana açık mektup: Hakkını helal et bacım!”
http://www.tr724.com/zindana-acik-mektup-hakkini-helal-et-bacim/

38. “Sippenhaft –aile boyu “suç”
http://www.tr724.com/sippenhaft-aile-boyu-suc/

39. “Çocuklarınız sizden utanacak”
http://www.tr724.com/cocuklariniz-sizden-utanacak/

40. “Mahir Mete Kul’un hikâyesi”
http://www.tr724.com/mahir-mete-kulun-hikayesi/

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SEND A LETTER | PURGED PUBLIC WORKERS

PURGED BEYOND RETURNS

SEND A LETTER to COUNCIL OF EUROPE, VENICE COMMISSION & MEMBER OF CABINET

“On the evening of 15 July 2016, elements within Turkey’s armed forces attempted a violent coup. The coup attempt was quickly thwarted as thousands of people took to the streets and state forces overpowered the coup plotters. Hundreds died, and thousands were injured in a night of terrible violence. The government declared a state of emergency soon afterwards on 20 July 2016 with the stated aim of countering threats to national security arising from the coup attempt. While the state of emergency was initially declared for three months, it would be renewed seven times, and its remit broadened to include combatting ‘terrorist’ organizations. The state of emergency finally ended on 18 July 2018, two years after it was first announced, having ushered in a period of tremendous upheaval in Turkish public life.

During the state of emergency, the government had the extraordinary power to issue emergency decrees with the force of law. These decrees were used to enact a wide variety of measures, affecting diverse issues from detention periods and NGO closures to snow tyre requirements. Around 130,000 public sector workers were dismissed by emergency decrees. Those dismissed include teachers, academics, doctors, police officers, media workers employed by the state broadcaster, members of the armed forces, as well as people working at all levels of local and central government. Their dismissals did not include specific evidence or details of their alleged wrongdoing. Instead, the decrees offered a generalized justification that they ‘…had links to, were part of, were connected to, or in communication with…’ proscribed groups.
The arbitrary dismissals have had a devastating impact on those who lost their jobs and their families. They did not only lose the jobs they occupied; in some cases, they were entirely cut off from access to their professions, as well as housing and healthcare benefits, leaving them and their families without livelihood opportunities.

For a long time, these dismissed public sector workers did not have any recourse against their dismissal as they had no access to ordinary administrative or legal channels in Turkey. Following considerable domestic and international pressure, the government passed an emergency decree in January 2017 setting up a ‘State of Emergency Inquiry Commission’ (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Commission’) to review decisions taken by the emergency decrees, including the appeals of purged public sector workers. Amnesty International research, which involved a review of procedures and a sample of decisions taken by this Commission and interviews with dismissed individuals and their families, reveals that the Commission – by its very design – is not set up to provide an effective remedy to the thousands of public sector workers dismissed from their jobs by emergency decrees. The combination of factors – including the lack of genuine institutional independence, lengthy review procedures, absence of necessary safeguards allowing individuals to effectively rebut allegations about their alleged illegal activity and weak evidence cited in decisions upholding dismissals – resulted in the failure of the Commission to provide a recourse against dismissals, leaving more than a hundred thousand individuals – their livelihoods on hold – without a timely and effective means of justice and reparation. The Commission does not have institutional independence from the government as its members are largely appointed by the government and may be dismissed simply by virtue of an ‘administrative investigation’ on the basis of suspicion of links to proscribed groups. Thus, the provisions for
appointments and dismissals could easily influence the decision-making process; should members fail to make decisions expected of them, the government can just as easily dispense with them.”

Purged Beyond Return Report by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, pp. 4-5, October 2018.

SEND A LETTER AS A DISMISSED PUBLIC WORKER OR DEFENDER

The Commission of Europe invited OHAL commission to Strasbourg in November about their political decisions and the violation of rights of the dismissed 130,000 public workers. We urge the dismissed public workers or their defenders to write letters to the commission, member of the parliament, President of the Council of EU and Secretary of Venice Commission:
In order to comply with the human rights standards that they profess to uphold, Turkish authorities should reinstate all the dismissed public sector workers and, in any cases where individuals are reasonably suspected of wrongdoing or misconduct in their employment, or of a criminal offense, any decision on their dismissal should be made solely in a regular disciplinary process with full procedural safeguards.

3 SAMPLE LETTERS FOR PUBLIC WORKERS

Below are the sample letters created for a dismissed teacher, doctor and public worker. Do not forget to include your own story by changing the related parts.

You can download TEACHERS SAMPLE LETTER here…

https://silencedturkey.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Teacher_sample_letter.pdf

You can download DOCTORS SAMPLE LETTER here…

https://silencedturkey.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Doctors_sample_letter.pdf

You can download PUBLIC WORKER SAMPLE LETTER here…

https://silencedturkey.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/public_servants_Sample_letter.pdf

CONTACT INFORMATION TO SEND YOUR LETTER.

1) PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL
Donald TUSK
https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/contact/general-enquiries/send-message/?IsPresident=true

2) PRESS OFFICE
press.office@consilium.europa.eu

3) PRESS CENTER
press.centre@consilium.europa.eu
Planning.Audiovisuel@consilium.europa.eu

4) SECRETARY OF VENICE COMMISSION
Thomas Markert
Thomas.markert@coe.int

4) RIAA OOMEN
Chairperson of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy: Bureau of the Assembly
ria.oomen-ruijten@eerstekamer.nl

5) BERNARD BRUNET
Bernard Brunet is currently Head of Unit “Thematic Support, Monitoring, and Evaluation” in the
European Commission (DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement
Bernard.BRUNET@ec.europa.eu

6) JOHANNES NOACK
Member of Cabinet
johannes.noack@ec.europa.eu

7) MEMBERS OF COMMITTEE on Political Affairs and Democracy
http://www.assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/AssemblyList/AL-XML2HTML-EN.asp?lang=en&XmlID=Committee-Pol

8) TWITTER

—-VENICE COMMISSION—-
@venicecomm

—-EUROPEAN COUNCIL—-
@EUCouncil

“PURGED BEYOND RETURN” 28 pages report released by Amnesty International about the
130,000 dismissed public workers in Turkey. You can reach the report from the link;

https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur44/9210/2018/en/

NEED HELP?

If you need help to translate your story, AST volunteers in your local community will help you.
If you could not find an AST volunteer for the translation of your letter from Turkish to English to submit, you can send the Turkish letter to help@silencedturkey.org until November 15. We will try to do our best to translate your letter by our volunteers and empower you to submit your letter to the relevant commissions and officials in Europe

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WARNING AGAINST SENIOR TURKISH AIDE’S ABDUCTION THREATS IN US

On September 25, 2018 Erdogan’s Long Arms Aiming to Reach US Territory

Turkey Seeks to Target Erdogan Opponents on US Soil

Turkey’s long-running campaign to target and capture political opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan living abroad has taken a new turn after his spokesman threatened to conduct operations in the U.S., similar to the ones which took place in Moldova, Ukraine, Kosovo, Malaysia, Gabon and a number of other countries.

Ankara’s indulgence in risky and bold operations, in clear disregard and violation of international norms, have already aroused controversy and a state of tension with its allies and the countries where such kidnappings or captures occurred. As recently as in September, the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) snatched a group of Turkish teachers critical of the Erdogan government from Moldova after collaboration with the local security agency.

Almost all incidents, without an exception, have stirred political controversy and intense partisan bickering among political parties within countries where Ankara’s long arms involved in controversial security operations to target opponents, mostly affiliated with Gulen Movement, a banned civil society group in Turkey.

Turkey’s assertive and robust push to get Gulen-linked people shows no signs of receding. And after Ibrahim Kalin, President Erdogan’s spokesman, stepped in to declare that Turkey may conduct similar operations on the U.S. soil as well, things would stumble into an uncharted territory and would inject a new layer of uncertainty into an already perilous and tense relationship between the two NATO allies.

Speaking to reporters in Ankara in late September, Kalin vowed that the Turkish government would never relent its campaign against Gulen people. “They will feel Turkey breathing down their neck,” he said.

He went on to say: “Relevant units and institutions will continue their operations in countries where Gulen Movement operates, whether in the U.S. or another country. The Turkish Republic will not let them rest.”

Turkey’s authorities describe the Gulen Movement as a terrorist organization and ascribe the blame for the abortive 2016 coup to the movement, without offering a convincing evidence.

The presence of Fethullah Gulen, the inspired leader of the movement, in the U.S. territory remains a lasting source of friction between Ankara and Washington. Turkey’s numerous attempts and endless demands for the extradition of Gulen from the U.S. have yielded no result so far today. Although Ankara sent countless boxes of documents and dossiers supposedly containing evidence to Washington, the U.S. authorities did not budge their position.

The U.S. officials say Turkey has yet to offer tangible evidence linking Gulen to the coup.

While Turkey’s relentless pursuit of Gulen people in countries with weak rule of law and corrupt governments is a well-known phenomenon, the hint from a senior aide to Erdogan about a potential attempt to snatch people linked with the movement from the U.S. soil is a first of its kind.

This evidently illustrates the zeal and ambition of the Turkish government to get their opponents from anywhere else with little regard for diplomatic ramifications. It also clearly reveals that Ankara, otherwise unanimously and collectively condemned and pressured by its Western allies, would never abate its operations to target Gulen people, even in the U.S.

Kalin’s threat comes on the heels of an ongoing dispute regarding the continuing imprisonment of a U.S. pastor in Turkey. Erdogan already unveiled his plan for a potential prisoner swap to get Gulen back to Turkey in exchange of Pastor Andrew Brunson. But his proposal was bluntly rebuffed by the U.S. officials in 2017.

Kalin’s remarks appear as no mere speculation or wishful thinking. Rather, his statement points to the existence of determination and a certain course of policy on behalf of the Turkish government to haunt Gulen sympathizers in the U.S.

In 2017, the U.S. prosecutors revealed a scheme involving Michael Flynn, former National Security Advisor of President Donald J. Trump, to spirit Gulen away from the U.S. territory. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, former Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, Turkish envoy to the U.S. and a former CIA chief were also present during the discussion of a plan to smuggle Gulen. Flynn also lobbied on behalf of Ankara for the extradition of Gulen.

Against this backdrop, Kalin’s threatening remarks have taken a special meaning and context. The Turkish government has already expertly versed in the business of overseas operations to capture Erdogan’s opponents. The U.S. authorities should keep an eye on this possibility and would remain alarmed in the face of threats for conducting similar operations on the U.S. soil.

We write you to emphasize our great concern about such threats and urge the U.S. authorities to seek clarification from the Turkish administration over Kalin’s threatening remarks. In this respect, the State Department may summon the Turkish Ambassador to the U.S. to demand further elaboration and elucidation of Kalin’s remarks.

Separately, we request from the U.S. law enforcement agencies to pay extra attention to the situation and keep a closer eye on any suspicious moves or acts of pro-Erdogan Turks living in the U.S. with regard to the security and wellbeing of Gulen Movement sympathizers across the U.S.

Download this statement as a word document:
https://silencedturkey.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Warning-Against-Senior-Turkish-Aide’s-Abduction-Threats-in-US.docx

We request from the U.S. authorities to pay extra attention to this situation in the U.S. with regard to the security and wellbeing of Gulen Movement sympathizers across the U.S.

Download the sample letter for your local authorities as a word document:
https://silencedturkey.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Senator-Letter.docx

You can find your U.S Senator from the link below.

https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

You can find your U.S Representatives from the link below.

https://www.house.gov/representatives

We also request from the U.S. law enforcement agencies to pay extra attention to the situation and keep a closer eye on any suspicious moves or acts of pro-Erdogan Turks living in the U.S. with regard to the security and wellbeing of Gulen Movement sympathizers across the U.S.

Download the sample letter for your local Law Enforcement authorities as a word document:

https://silencedturkey.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/To-Law-Enforcement-Officials.docx

We urge everyone to take action. Express your views or send attached statement to following addresses:

1)Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 (202) 612-6700
Email: embassy.washingtondc@mfa.gov.tr
Twitter: @TurkishEmbassy
Website: http://washington.emb.mfa.gov.tr/Mission

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

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

4) Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States
Phone: 202-456-6213
Email: vice.president@whitehouse.gov
Twitter: @VP

5) Senator Cory Booker
Phone: (202) 224-3224
Fax: (202) 224-8378
Email: https://www.booker.senate.gov/?p=contact
Twitter:@SenBooker

6)Human Rights Watch U.S.
Phone: +1-212-290-4700
Email: hrwpress@hrw.org
Website: https://www.hrw.org/united-states

7) Dana Tyrone Rohrabacher, House of Representatives
Phone: (202) 225-2415
Twitter: @RepRohrabacher, @DanaRohrabacher
Email: https://rohrabacher.house.gov/contact

News articles on the raid:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/turkey-will-conduct-operations-against-erdogan-s-enemies-u-s-n912996

https://dailycaller.com/2018/09/24/erdogan-operations-america/

https://ahvalnews.com/turkey-us/turkish-presidents-spokesman-threatens-operations-against-opponents-us-soil

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1022726/turkey-news-Recep-Tayyip-Erdogan-Fethullah-Gulen-FETO-Ibrahim-Kalin-pensylvania-USA

https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/09/23/turkey-says-operations-targeting-gulen-movement-could-extend-to-us/

https://theregion.org/article/13128-turkey-threatens-to-target-dissidents-abroad-039-anytime-anywhere-039

Ibrahim Kalin’s threatening video

Ibrahim Kalin’s threatening video

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Turkish Teachers in Afghanistan

The National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghan intelligence agency, abducted four teachers including one Afghan and three Turkish nationals from one of the schools run by the Afghan Turk CAG Educational NGO (ATCE) on 12 December 2017. While three Turkish nationals and one Afghan teacher were released, two Turkish nationals are still under house arrest and face possible deportation to Turkey.

The ATCE was founded by Gulen inspired Turkish businessmen and teachers and has been running several schools in different cities of Afghanistan since 1995. Despite all the difficulties in the region, the ATCE has continued to maintain its services believing that education is the only way to overcome those difficulties.

Former Deputy Minister of Education, Sediq Patman classified the situation as “politically motivated and unethical.” Former NDS chief has also defined the move as unprecedented in recent years, also as a shameful act for the government. According to former government officials, the raid by the NDS was illegal in the sense that the security forces have been used by the government leaders for political objectives. Despite these statements, there has not been an official comment on the incidence, neither by the government nor the intelligence agency.

Moreover, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani traveled to Istanbul a day before the incidence (12/11/17) to attend a summit organized by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Ministry of Education said, “it was satisfied with the functioning of these schools, but decision on their fate rested with President Ghani.” Reportedly few days before the operation, the Turkish government announced arrest warrant on teachers’ name for taking part in the so-called coup attempt. Documents indicate that the UN has provided asylum protection to one of the abducted teachers and asked authorities not to extradite him to Turkey.

The operation against the ATCE is part of a Turkish campaign against the followers of Fethullah Gulen who is a Turkish cleric which lives in self-imposed exile in the U.S. He promotes a moderate form of Islam, supports inter-faith communication and inspires to promote education in different parts of the world. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses him of orchestrating the failed coup-attempt. Mr. Gulen has strongly been denying all the allegations.

As the Advocates of Silenced Turkey, we strongly request your assistance to remind the Afghan authorities to ensure that the individuals at risk avoid expulsion in Turkey, where they would, with a great deal of certainty, be subject to torture and ill-treatment. We do believe that this is also an important moment to act in accordance with the Constitution of Afghanistan and relevant provisions of accepted international human rights treaties, in particular, CAT Article 3. We further believe that this is also an opportunity to demonstrate Afghanistan’s resolute commitment to upholding the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights, ahead of its upcoming UN Human Rights Council membership.

Read AST’s statement on the Turkish teachers in Afghanistan : https://silencedturkey.org/missing-teachers-in-afghanistan

Read more on the situation of Turkish teachers in Afghanistan : https://silencedturkey.org/fate-of-four-afghan-turk-teachers-remains-uncertain
http://www.sundayguardianlive.com/news/12278-erdogan-s-long-shadow-reaches-g-len-s-schools-afghanistan

Download sample statement as a word document: AST_Letter_Teachers_in_Afghanistan

Download UPDATED (4/5/18) statement as a word document: AST_Sample_Letter-Afghanistan_Updated_4/5/18

We urge everyone to take action. Express your views or send attached statement to the following addresses:

1. Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan
Twitter: @ashrafghani
Phone: 0202104444, 0202104445
(Can be reached through the Acting Spokesperson for the President’s Office)

Shah Hussain Murtazawi, Acting Spokesperson for the President’s Office
Phone: +93 (0) 728 998 907
Email: murtazawi84@yahoo.com

2. Salahuddin Rabbani. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Address: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, Malek Asghar St. Kabul, Afghanistan
Phone: 0093 (0) 20 2100372, 0093 (0) 20 2100371
Email: info@mfa.af
Twitter: @mfa_afghanistan
http://mfa.gov.af/en/form/contactus

3. Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States
Address: Embassy of Afghanistan, 2341 Wyoming Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-483-6410
Fax: 202-483-6488
Twitter: @hmohib
info@afghanembassy.ushttps://www.afghanembassy.us/contact-us/

4. Mahmoud SAIKAL, Ambassador and Permanent Representative
Permanent Mission of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New York
Address: 633 Third Avenue Floor 27A, New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-972 1212
Fax: 212-972 1216
@AfghanMissionUN
info@afghanistan-un.org

5. U.S. Embassy Kabul
Phone: (00 93) (0)700-10-8000
Fax: (00 93) (0)700-108-564
@USEmbassyKabul
KabulACS@state.gov

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly March 12

Download as pdf: AST_Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly_March 12

Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 3/5/2018-3/12/2018

1-” Antalya-based Kırmızıtaş Holding seized, owners detained in post-coup crackdown”
https://turkeypurge.com/antalya-based-kirmizitas-holding-seized-owners-detained-post-coup-crackdown

2-” Actor-director battered, threatened with death in police custody: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/actor-director-battered-threatened-death-police-custody-report

3-” Gülen’s cousin jailed for ‘membership to Gülen movement’”
https://turkeypurge.com/gulens-cousin-jailed-membership-gulen-movement

4-” Theology professor Suat Yildirim says Diyanet removed his articles from Islamic Encyclopedia”
https://turkeypurge.com/theology-professor-suat-yildirim-says-diyanet-removed-articles-islamic-encyclopedia

5-” Cumhuriyet’s Şık, Sabuncu released as CEO Akın Atalay remains behind bars”
https://turkeypurge.com/cumhuriyets-sik-sabuncu-released-ceo-akin-atalay-remains-behind-bars

6-” RSF calls Turkish journalists’ convictions ‘an act of political despotism’”
https://turkeypurge.com/rsf-calls-turkish-journalists-convictions-act-political-despotism

7-” Turkey’s high court overrules 5-year term given to Can Dündar, asking for heavier sentence on “espionage” charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkeys-high-court-overrules-5-year-term-given-can-dundar-asking-heavier-sentence-espionage-charges

8-” Detention warrants issued for 121 women including sister-in-law of prime coup suspect Adil Öksüz”
https://turkeypurge.com/detention-warrants-issued-121-women-including-sister-law-prime-coup-suspect-adil-oksuz

9-” 25 journalists, columnists given prison sentences of up to 7 years on terror charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/25-journalists-columnists-given-prison-sentences-7-years-terror-charges

10-” Turkey now seeks up to 15 years in prison for wife of Turkish teacher tortured to death in police custody”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-now-seeks-15-years-prison-wife-turkish-teacher-tortured-death-police-custody

11-” 65 personnel from naval forces get life sentences in coup trial: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/65-personnel-naval-forces-get-life-sentences-coup-trial-report

12-” Zaman newspaper’s bureau chief in Izmir gets 9-year jail sentence”
https://turkeypurge.com/zaman-newspapers-bureau-chief-izmir-gets-9-year-jail-sentence

13-” Outspoken lawyer barred from taking up Gulen-linked cases”
https://turkeypurge.com/outspoken-lawyer-banned-taking-gulen-linked-cases

14-” 43 out of 80 ‘Gülenist’ women sent to prison for charity sale in benefit of purge-victims in Mersin”
https://turkeypurge.com/43-80-gulenist-women-sent-prison-charity-sale-benefit-purge-victims-mersin

15-” Cellmate of deceased teacher: They kneed him in the back. He held his chest until the day he died due to severe pain”
https://turkeypurge.com/cellmate-deceased-teacher-kneed-back-held-chest-day-died-due-severe-pain

16-” ‘Gülenist’ cancer patient dies days after being released from prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/gulenist-cancer-patient-dies-days-released-prison

17-” Turkish gov’t has detained a third of pro-Kurdish HDP members over last 3 years”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-has-detained-a-third-of-pro-kurdish-hdp-members-over-last-3-years/

18-” Turkish prosecutors revise charge against journalist Soncan over his ‘Gülen movement is not a terror organisation’ statement”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-prosecutors-revise-charge-against-journalist-soncan-over-his-gulen-movement-is-not-a-terror-organisation-statement/

19-” Detention warrants issued for 300 teachers in a month in Turkey’s capital of Ankara”
https://stockholmcf.org/detention-warrants-issued-for-300-teachers-in-a-month-in-turkeys-capital-of-ankara/

20-” Interpol shelves Turkish government’s arrest requests over baseless terrorism charges”
https://stockholmcf.org/interpol-shelves-turkish-governments-arrest-requests-over-baseless-terrorism-charges/

21-” EP member Sommer: High time for EU to act over shocking developments in Turkey”
https://stockholmcf.org/ep-member-sommer-high-time-for-eu-to-act-over-shocking-developments-in-turkey/

22-” CPJ calls on Turkey to stop equating journalism with terrorism”
https://stockholmcf.org/cpj-calls-on-turkey-to-stop-equating-journalism-with-terrorism/

23-” Turkish gov’t puts property of 5 shuttered media outlets up for sale”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-puts-property-of-5-shuttered-media-outlets-up-for-sale/

24-” Turkish court sentences 25 journalists to long prison terms over alleged links to Gülen movement”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-court-sentences-17-journalists-to-long-prison-terms-over-alleged-links-to-gulen-movement/

25-” UN slams Turkish government over widespread human rights violations”
https://stockholmcf.org/un-ohchr-slams-turkish-government-over-widespread-human-rights-violations/

26-” Turkish gov’t issues detention warrants for 121 women on Int’l Women’s Day over alleged Gülen links”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-issues-detention-warrants-for-121-women-on-intl-womens-day-over-alleged-gulen-links/

27-” Turkish gov’t refuses to release woman jailed for alleged Gülen links despite risk of loss of vision”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-refuses-to-release-woman-jailed-for-alleged-gulen-links-despite-risk-of-loss-of-vision/

28-” Int’l bar associations urge Turkish gov’t to stop arbitrary detentions, torture”
https://stockholmcf.org/intl-bar-associations-urge-turkish-govt-to-stop-arbitrary-detentions-torture/

29-” Turkey must return to rule of law – European parliamentarian”
https://ahvalnews.com/trials/turkey-must-return-rule-law-european-parliamentarian

30-” HDP deputy: Prison population in Turkey increased by 100 percent in past 6 years”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/03/09/hdp-deputy-prison-population-in-turkey-increased-by-100-percent-in-past-6-years/

31-” OSCE urges Turkey to free jailed journalists, drop unfounded charges”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/03/09/osce-urges-turkey-to-free-jailed-journalists-drop-unfounded-charges/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 2/26/2018-3/5/2018

1-” İşkencenin belgesi: Gökhan Açıkkollu böyle öldürüldü”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/iskencenin-belgesi-gokhan-acikkollu-boyle-olduruldu-h113605.html

2-” Gözaltındaki yönetmen: Saatlerce işkenceye maruz kaldım”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/gozaltindaki-yonetmen-saatlerce-iskenceye-maruz-kaldim-h113593.html

3-” Kırıkkale Cazaevi’nde yine işkence: ‘Adettendir’ deyip saldırıyorlar”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/kirikkale-cazaevinde-yine-iskence-adettendir-deyip-saldiriyorlar-h113590.html

4-” Silivri cezaevinde hak ihlalleri hız kesmeden devam ediyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/silivri-cezaevinde-hak-ihlalleri-hiz-kesmeden-devam-ediyor-h113581.html

5-” Sivas E Tipi yönetiminden tutuklulara işkence, kötü muamele ve psikolojik baskı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/sivas-e-tipi-yonetiminden-tutuklulara-iskence-kotu-muamele-ve-psikolojik-baski-h113543.html

6-” Cezaevinde ayakta sayım vermeyen tutuklulara hem darp hem de ceza”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cezaevinde-ayakta-sayim-vermeyen-tutuklulara-hem-darp-hem-de-ceza-h113531.html

7-” Türkiye’deki adaletten bir aile manzarası: Anne, baba ve kızları tutuklu”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/turkiyedeki-adaletten-bir-aile-manzarasi-anne-baba-ve-kizlari-tutuklu-h113507.html

8-” İşkenceyle öldürülen Açıkkollu için örgüt, diyerek meşrulaştırmaya çalışmak da işkence suçu”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/iskenceyle-oldurulen-acikkollu-icin-orgut-diyerek-mesrulastirmaya-calismak-da-iskence-sucu-h113506.html

9-” Hayati tehlikesi bulunan Öğretmen Şerif Ağu’nun tedavisi için tahliye edilmesi gerekiyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/hayati-tehlikesi-bulunan-ogretmen-serif-agunun-tedavisi-icin-tahliye-edilmesi-gerekiyor-h113487.html

10-” Yunan gazeteci, işkenceleri ve muhalif medyayı belgeselle ortaya koydu”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/yunan-gazeteci-iskenceleri-ve-muhalif-medyayi-belgeselle-ortaya-koydu-h113450.html

11-” Birleşmiş Milletler: Türkiye’de insan haklarının durumu kötüleşiyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/birlesmis-milletler-turkiyede-insan-haklarinin-durumu-kotulesiyor-h113432.html

12-” Savcılık Gökhan öğretmenle ilgili açıklama yaptı; Gazeteci Ceyhan belgelerle açıklamayı çürüttü”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/savcilik-gokhan-ogretmenle-ilgili-aciklama-yapti-gazeteci-ceyhan-belgelerle-aciklamayi-curuttu-h113427.html

13-” Gözaltında işkenceden ölen Gökhan Açıkkollu’nun belgeseli yapıldı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/gozaltinda-iskenceden-olen-gokhan-acikkollunun-belgeseli-yapildi-h113424.html

14-” Mersin’de sohbetten suikast çıkartıp 43 kişiyi tutukladılar”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/mersinde-sohbetten-suikast-cikartip-43-kisiyi-tutukladilar-h113421.html

15-” Ağır ilaçlar alan Emrah Hanım kör olmak üzere ama tahliye edilmiyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/agir-ilaclar-alan-emrah-hanim-kor-olmak-uzere-ama-tahliye-edilmiyor-h113412.html

16-” Erdoğan rejimi cezaevinde bir kişiyi daha öldürdü”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/erdogan-rejimi-cezaevinde-bir-kisiyi-daha-oldurdu-h113347.html

17-” İşkencelere maruz kalan Deniz Hakan Şen hayatını kaybetti”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/iskencelere-maruz-kalan-deniz-hakan-sen-hayatini-kaybetti-h113346.html

18-” Eskişehir’de gözaltındaki kadınların başörtüsünün zorla çıkarıldığı belirtiliyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/eskisehirde-gozaltindaki-kadinlarin-basortusunun-zorla-cikarildigi-belirtiliyor-h113334.html

19-” Gökhan öğretmenin yaşadığı işkenceleri koğuş arkadaşı teker teker anlattı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/gokhan-ogretmenin-yasadigi-iskenceleri-kogus-arkadasi-teker-teker-anlatti-h113287.html

20-” Tutuklu polis müdürü: Eşimin can güvenliğinden endişe ediyorum”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/tutuklu-polis-muduru-esimin-can-guvenliginden-endise-ediyorum/

21-” Polis pazarcılara tazyikli su ve gazla saldırdı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/polis-pazarcilara-tazyikli-su-ve-gazla-saldirdi/

22-” Üniversitelilere gözaltında işkence: Kadın öğrencinin burnu çatladı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/universitelilere-gozaltinda-iskence-kadin-ogrencinin-burnu-catladi/

23-“Kadınlar Günü: Gülen’in yeğeni, Öksüz’ün baldızı, 33 kadına gözaltı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/29-ilde-operasyon-kadinlar-gununde-onlarca-kadin-gozaltinda/

24-” AKP döneminde kadına şiddet: İlk kez, bir yılda 400 kadın öldürüldü”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/kadina-siddet-akp-iktidarinda-rekor-kiriyor-ilk-kez-bir-yilda-400-kadin-olduruldu/

25-” İstanbul’da gece baskını: Gazeteci Hayri Tunç gözaltında”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/istanbulda-gece-baskini-gazeteci-hayri-tunc-gozaltinda/

26-” Kız öğrencilerin evlerine polis baskını: 9 kişi gözaltına alındı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/kiz-ogrencilerin-evlerine-polis-baskini-9-kisi-gozaltina-alindi/

27-” Cezaevinde kadın ve çocuklara çıplak arama: Mahkumlar açlık grevine başladı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/cezaevinde-kadin-ve-cocuklara-ciplak-arama-mahkumlar-aclik-grevine-basladi/

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly March 5

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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 2/26/2018-3/5/2018

1-” Daughter of imprisoned author Ahmet Altan: Journalists have become bargaining chips in Turkey”
https://turkeypurge.com/daughter-imprisoned-author-ahmet-altan-journalists-become-bargaining-chips-turkey

2-” Physics teacher detained over Gülen links, baby left to neighbor’s care”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/26/physics-teacher-detained-over-gulen-links-baby-left-to-neighbors-care/

3-” Foreign academic indicted in Turkey on terror charges for using ByLock”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/26/foreign-academic-indicted-in-turkey-on-terror-charges-for-using-bylock/

4-” 2 workers detained at İzmir airport after police check their social media messages”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/26/2-workers-detained-at-izmir-airport-after-police-check-their-social-media-messages/

5-” Turkish Police To Journalist: If You Don’t Speak, We’ll Throw You Off Balcony”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-police-to-journalist-if-you-dont-speak-well-throw-you-off-balcony/

6-” Turkish Gov’t Detained 845 People To Date Over Critical Stance On Afrin Offensive”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-detained-845-people-to-date-over-critical-stance-on-afrin-offensive/

7-” Turkey takes over 12 Gülen schools in Afghanistan”
https://ahvalnews.com/gulen-movement/turkey-takes-over-12-gulen-schools-afghanistan

8-” UN official concerned by allegations of torture in Turkey”
https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/02/27/world/europe/ap-eu-turkey-human-rights.html

9-” An open letter to President Erdoğan from 38 Nobel laureates”
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/28/nobel-laureates-president-erdogan-turkey-free-writers

10-” Court rules for continuation of arrest of Turkish columnist: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/court-rules-continuation-arrest-turkish-columnist-report

11-” UN Rapporteur says Turkish detainees reportedly tortured with severe beatings, electrical shocks, icy water, sexual assault”
https://turkeypurge.com/un-rapporteur-says-turkish-detainees-reportedly-tortured-severe-beatings-electrical-shocks-icy-water-sexual-assault

12-” Two pro-Kurdish MPs stripped of parliamentary status for insulting Erdogan, social media posts”
https://turkeypurge.com/two-pro-kurdish-mps-stripped-parliamentary-status-insulting-erdogan-social-media-posts

13-” Pro-gov’t TV anchor: If Turkish military were to kill civilians, it’d start with traitors in Istanbul, opposition”
https://turkeypurge.com/pro-govt-tv-anchor-turkish-military-kill-civilians-itd-start-traitors-istanbul-opposition

14-” Seized Gülen dormitory transferred to association vice-chaired by Erdogan’s daughter”
https://turkeypurge.com/seized-gulen-dormitory-transferred-association-vice-chaired-erdogans-daughter

15-” We must speak up for free expression in Turkey”
http://www.dw.com/en/we-must-speak-up-for-free-expression-in-turkey/a-42765598

16-” Turkish State-Run TRT Bans Broadcasting Of 208 Songs”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-state-run-trt-bans-broadcasting-of-208-songs/

17-” OSCE Urges Turkish Gov’t Not To Adopt New Internet Bill”
https://stockholmcf.org/osce-urges-turkish-govt-not-to-adopt-new-internet-bill/

18-” Academic Arrested By Turkish Gov’t Over Alleged Gülen Links Denied Prescribed Medication For 11 Months”
https://stockholmcf.org/academic-arrested-by-turkish-govt-over-alleged-gulen-links-denied-prescribed-medication-for-11-months/

19-” Turkish Gov’t Seeks Up To 22.5 Years In Jail For Bank Asya Managers On Terror Charges”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-seeks-up-to-22-5-years-in-jail-for-bank-asya-managers-on-terror-charges/

20-” UN Expert Melzer Says Deeply Concerned By Rise In Torture Allegations In Turkey”
https://stockholmcf.org/un-expert-melzer-says-deeply-concerned-by-rise-in-torture-allegations-in-turkey/

21-” Turkish Court Sentences Kurdish Journalist To 8 Years In Prison”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-court-sentences-kurdish-journalist-to-8-years-in-prison/

22-” HDP deputy sentenced to 10 years in prison on terrorism charges”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/03/01/hdp-deputy-sentenced-to-10-years-in-prison-on-terrorism-charges/

23-” Jailed journalist Altan sentenced to additional 6 years on terror-related charges”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/28/jailed-journalist-altan-sentenced-to-additional-6-years-on-terror-related-charges/

24-” Teacher tortured to death by Turkish police found innocent, reinstated to job”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/27/teacher-tortured-to-death-by-turkish-police-found-innocent-reinstated-to-job/

25-” I’m a human rights lawyer who travelled to Erdogan’s Turkey to see his political opponent tried in court. This is what it’s really like”
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/turkey-erdogan-selahattin-demirtas-rebels-government-democracy-court-human-rights-lawyer-a8232606.html

26-” Turkey’s crumbling rule of law a global issue – Human rights lawyer”
https://ahvalnews.com/rule-law/turkeys-crumbling-rule-law-global-issue-human-rights-lawyer

27-” Sentenced to life on coup charges, Turkish author now gets 6 more years in prison on terror charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/sentenced-life-coup-charges-turkish-author-now-gets-6-years-prison-terror-charges

28-” Turkish gov’t bans access to critical Ahval news website: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-govt-bans-access-critical-ahval-news-website-report

29-” Education Ministry insists deceased teacher Gökhan Açıkkolu was not ‘innocent’”
https://turkeypurge.com/education-ministry-insists-slain-teacher-gokhan-acikkolu-not-innocent

30-” Turkish Gov’t Detains Dozens Of Teachers, Sentences Gülen Relative Over Links To Gülen Movement”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-detains-dozens-of-teachers-sentences-gulen-relative-over-links-to-gulen-movement/

31-” Petition Campaign Launched In Turkey For Release Of Ailing 78-Year-Old Female Prisoner”
https://stockholmcf.org/petition-campaign-launched-in-turkey-for-release-of-ailing-78-year-old-female-prisoner/

32-” We must speak up for free expression in Turkey”
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/03/we-must-speak-up-for-free-expression-in-turkey/

33-” Turkey’s tyrant just got even more despicable”
https://nypost.com/2018/03/01/turkeys-tyrant-just-got-even-more-despicable/

34-” Turkish physics teacher arrested by court due to objection by prosecutor, leaves her baby behind”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-physics-teacher-arrested-by-court-due-to-objection-by-prosecutor-leaves-her-baby-behind/

35-” Turkish gov’t detains lawyer of arrested officers over alleged Gülen movement propaganda”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-detains-lawyer-of-arrested-officers-over-alleged-gulen-movement-propaganda/

36-” Leftist activist visits grave of teacher tortured to death by Turkish police after coup”
https://stockholmcf.org/leftist-activist-visits-grave-of-teacher-tortured-to-death-by-turkish-police-after-coup/

37-” 17 detained as Turkish police intervene in Women’s Day celebrations in Ankara, Tekirdağ”
https://stockholmcf.org/17-detained-as-turkish-police-intervene-in-womens-day-celebrations-in-ankara-tekirdag/

38-” Turkish prison administration obliges Kurdish woman to speak in Turkish”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-prison-administration-obliges-kurdish-woman-to-speak-in-turkish/

39-” RSF appeals to ECtHR — #SaveTurkishJournalists”
https://stockholmcf.org/rsf-appeals-to-ecthr-saveturkishjournalists/

40-” Turkish gov’t arrests 17, detains 13 people for allegedly promoting terror on social media”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-arrests-17-detains-13-people-for-allegedly-promoting-terror-on-social-media/

41-” HDP calls Turkish prisons ‘torture centers,’ urges EP, EU and UN to take action”
https://stockholmcf.org/hdp-calls-turkish-prisons-torture-centers-urges-ep-eu-and-un-to-take-action/

42-” İHD: 1,154 prisoners sick, 402 of them in serious condition, across Turkey”
https://stockholmcf.org/ihd-1154-prisoners-sick-402-of-them-in-serious-condition-across-turkey/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 2/26/2018-3/5/2018

1-” CHP’li Tanrıkulu, Süleyman Soylu’ya sordu: Enver Kılıç nerede?”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/chpli-tanrikulu-suleyman-soyluya-sordu-enver-kilic-nerede-h112929.html

2-” Polis: “Konuşmazsan balkondan atarız””
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/polis-konusmazsan-balkondan-atariz-h112901.html

3-” Mersin Emniyeti’nde kız öğrencilerin de olduğu 100’e yakın kadına işkence”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/mersin-emniyetinde-kiz-ogrencilerin-de-oldugu-100e-yakin-kadina-iskence-h112900.html

4-” Tutuklu avukatlara keyfi eziyet: Eşleriyle görüşmeleri de yasak”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/tutuklu-avukatlara-keyfi-eziyet-esleriyle-gorusmeleri-de-yasak-h112860.html

5-” Bir bebek daha annesinden ayrıldı”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/bir-bebek-daha-annesinden-ayrildi-h112923.html

6-” MEB müsteşarı: Gökhan öğretmen ‘vefat ettiği için’ görevden uzaklaştırma tedbiri kararı kaldırılmıştır”
http://tr.euronews.com/2018/02/27/gozalt-nda-hayat-n-kaybeden-gokhan-ogretmenin-sucsuz-oldugu-ortaya-c-kt-

7-” Yine öğretmen anne ve bebeğini şantaj için tutukladılar!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/yine-ogretmen-anne-ve-bebegini-santaj-icin-tutukladilar-h113234.html

8-” ‘Herkes bir vedayı hak eder’”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/herkes-bir-vedayi-hak-eder-h113201.html

9-” Mazlum-Der raporu: Mersin’de gözaltındaki kadınların zorla başörtüsü alınıyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/mazlum-der-raporu-mersinde-gozaltindaki-kadinlarin-zorla-basortusu-aliniyor-h113173.html

10-” Cezaevinden işkence açıklaması: İsyan çıkarmasınlar diye tazyikli su sıktık”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cezaevinden-iskence-aciklamasi-isyan-cikarmasinlar-diye-tazyikli-su-siktik-h113130.html

11-” Birleşmiş Milletler: Türkiye’de artan işkencelerden dolayı kaygılıyız”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/birlesmis-milletler-turkiyede-artan-iskencelerden-dolayi-kaygiliyiz-h113063.html

12-” Hasta tutuklunun annesi: Osmaniye cezaevinde hasta oğlumu tedavi ettirmiyorlar”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/hasta-tutuklunun-annesi-osmaniye-cezaevinde-hasta-oglumu-tedavi-ettirmiyorlar-h113013.html

13-” Gözaltına alınan Alev Şahin: ‘Susuz bıraktılar, mehter marşı dinlettiler’”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/gozaltina-alinan-alev-sahin-susuz-biraktilar-mehter-marsi-dinlettiler-h112994.html

14-” Cezaevinde üst aramada çocuğunun yanında tacize uğradı itiraz edince görüşü iptal ettiler”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cezaevinde-ust-aramada-cocugunun-yaninda-tacize-ugradi-itiraz-edince-gorusu-iptal-ettiler-h112941.html

15-” KHK’yla ihraç edilip tutuklanan hasta öğretim üyesine ilaçları verilmiyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/khkyla-ihrac-edilip-tutuklanan-hasta-ogretim-uyesine-ilaclari-verilmiyor-h112962.html

16-” AİHM’den, Mehmet Altan ve Şahin Alpay için ‘açık ihlal’ kararı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/aihmden-mehmet-altan-ve-sahin-alpay-icin-acik-ihlal-karari/

17-” Gökhan öğretmenin eşi Mümine Açıkkollu: Suç delilleri ortada”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/gokhan-ogretmenin-esi-mumine-acikkollu-suc-delilleri-var-muhatap-yok/

18-” Nobellilerden Erdoğan’a mektup: Altan kardeşleri ve Nazlı Ilıcak’ı serbest bırakın”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/nobellilerden-erdogana-mektup-altan-kardesleri-ve-nazli-ilicaki-serbest-birakin/

19-” MEB’den skandal açıklama: Gökhan öğretmen ‘öldüğü için’ göreve iade edilmiş”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/mebe-gore-gokhan-ogretmen-oldugu-icin-goreve-iade-edilmis/

20-” Gözaltı gerekçesi: Tutuklu yakınlarına ve öğrenci evlerine yardım”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/gozalti-gerekcesi-tutuklu-yakinlarina-ve-ogrenci-evlerine-yardim/

21-” Diyarbakır Valiliği’nden ‘Kadınlar Günü’ne yasak”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/diyarbakir-valiliginden-kadinlar-gunune-yasak/

22-” Akit TV: Sivil öldürecek olsak Cihangir ve Nişantaşı’ndan başlarız”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/akit-tv-sivil-oldurecek-olsak-cihangir-ve-nisantasindan-baslariz/

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An open letter to President Erdoğan from 38 Nobel laureates

Dear President Erdoğan,

We wish to draw your attention to the damage being done to the Republic of Turkey, to its reputation and the dignity and well-being of its citizens, through what leading authorities on freedom of expression deem to be the unlawful detention and wrongful conviction of writers and thinkers.

In a Memorandum on the Freedom of Expression in Turkey (2017), Nils Muižnieks, then Council of Europe commissioner for Human Rights, warned:

“The space for democratic debate in Turkey has shrunk alarmingly following increased judicial harassment of large strata of society, including journalists, members of parliament, academics and ordinary citizens, and government action which has reduced pluralism and led to self-censorship. This deterioration came about in a very difficult context, but neither the attempted coup nor other terrorist threats faced by Turkey, can justify measures that infringe media freedom and disavow the rule of law to such an extent.

“The authorities should urgently change course by overhauling criminal legislation and practice, redevelop judicial independence and reaffirm their commitment to protect free speech.”

There is no clearer example of the commissioner’s concern that the detention in September 2016 of Ahmet Altan, a bestselling novelist and columnist; Mehmet Altan, his brother, professor of economics and essayist; and Nazlı Ilıcak, a prominent journalist – all as part of a wave of arrests following the failed July 2016 coup. These writers were charged with attempting to overthrow the constitutional order through violence or force. The prosecutors originally wanted to charge them with giving “subliminal messages” to coup supporters while appearing on a television panel show. The ensuing tide of public ridicule made them change that accusation to using rhetoric “evocative of a coup”. Indeed, Turkey’s official Anatolia News Agency called the case “The Coup Evocation Trial”.

As noted in the commissioner’s report, the evidence considered by the judge in Ahmet Altan’s case was limited to a story dating from 2010 in Taraf newspaper (of which Ahmet Altan had been the editor-in-chief until 2012), three of his op-ed columns and a TV appearance. The evidence against the other defendants was equally insubstantial. All these writers had spent their careers opposing coups and militarism of any sort, and yet were charged with aiding an armed terrorist organisation and staging a coup.

The commissioner saw the detention and prosecution of Altan brothers as part of a broader pattern of repression in Turkey against those expressing dissent or criticism of the authorities. He considered such detentions and prosecutions to have violated human rights and undermined the rule of law. David Kaye, the UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression, concurred and dubbed the legal proceedings a “show trial”.

Turkey’s own constitutional court concurred with this criticism. On 11 January this year, it ruled that Mehmet Altan and fellow journalist Şahin Alpay’s rights were being violated by pre-trial detention, and that they should be released. Yet the first-degree courts refused to implement the higher constitutional court’s decision, thus placing the judicial system in criminal violation of the constitution. Mr President, you must surely be concerned that the lower criminal court’s defiance and this non-legal decision was backed by the spokesperson of your government.

On 16 February 2018, the Altan brothers and Ilıcak were sentenced to aggravated life sentences, precluding them from any prospect of a future amnesty.

President Erdoğan, we the undersigned share the following opinion of David Kaye: “The court decision condemning journalists to aggravated life in prison for their work, without presenting substantial proof of their involvement in the coup attempt or ensuring a fair trial, critically threatens journalism and with it the remnants of freedom of expression and media freedom in Turkey”.

In April 1998, you yourself were stripped of your position as mayor of Istanbul, banned from political office, and sentenced to prison for 10 months, for reciting a poem during a public speech in December 1997 through the same article 312 of the penal code. This was unjust, unlawful and cruel. Many human rights organisations – which defended you then – are appalled at the violations now occurring in your country. Amnesty International, PEN International, Committee to Protect Journalists, Article 19, and Reporters Without Borders are among those who oppose the recent court decision.

During a ceremony in honour of Çetin Altan, on 2 February 2009, you declared publicly that “Turkey is no longer the same old Turkey who used to sentence its great writers to prison – this era is gone for ever.” Among the audience were Çetin Altan’s two sons: Ahmet and Mehmet. Nine years later, they are sentenced to life; isn’t that a fundamental contradiction?

Under these circumstances, we voice the concern of many inside Turkey itself, of its allies and of the multilateral organisations of which it is a member. We call for the abrogation of the state of emergency, a quick return to the rule of law and for full freedom of speech and expression. Such a move would result in the speedy acquittal on appeal of Ms Ilıcak and the Altan brothers, and the immediate release of others wrongfully detained. Better still, it would make Turkey again a proud member of the free world.

Full list of Nobel laureate signatories:

Svetlana Alexievich, Philip W Anderson, Aaron Ciechanover, JM Coetzee, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Elias J Corey, Gerhard Ertl, Albert Fert, Edmond H Fischer, Andrew Z Fire, Andre Geim, Sheldon Glashow, Serge Haroche, Leland H Hartwell, Oliver Hart, Richard Henderson, Dudley Herschbach, Avram Hershko, Roald Hoffmann, Robert Huber, Tim Hunt, Kazuo Ishiguro, Elfriede Jelinek, Eric S Maskin, Hartmut Michel, Herta Müller, VS Naipaul, William D Phillips, John C Polanyi, Richard J Roberts, Randy W Schekman, Wole Soyinka, Joseph Stiglitz, Thomas C Südhof, Jack W Szostak, Mario Vargas Llosa, J Robin Warren, Eric F Wieschaus

Source:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/28/nobel-laureates-president-erdogan-turkey-free-writers

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Turkish Teacher Gökhan Açıkkollu, Tortured To Death Under Police Custody, Reinstated To His Duty

It was revealed that Turkish teacher Gökhan Açıkkollu, who had been tortured to death under police custody in the wake of a controversial military coup attempt on July 15, 2016, over his alleged membership to the Gülen movement, was found innocent after 1,5 years and he was reinstated to his duty(!)

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) government led by Turkish autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, which led to the death of Açıkkollu under the police custody, has eventually decided over the innocence of the deceased teacher.

The reinstatement decision for teacher Açıkkolu was given by Turkish Education Ministry on Feb. 7, 2018, with the decision number E.2561776. The official document for the reinstatement of Açıkkolu was delivered by the principal of the school, that he used to work for, to Açıkkollu’s teacher wife, who had also been dismissed from her duty by a government decree under the rule of emergency declared in the aftermath of a controversial coup attempt on July 15, 2016. Thus, the honor of the late Gökhan Açıkkollu was restored by saying a simple ‘pardon’ after 1,5 years passed over his death(!)

Açıkkollu was detained on July 24, 2016 on trumped-up charges of coup plotting and terrorism and stayed in police custody for 13 days, during which time he was subjected to both physical and psychological torture. He was never officially interrogated, and the police did not even take a statement from him. Instead, he was taken from his detention cell every day to face torture and rushed to the hospital when his condition deteriorated, only to be shipped back to detention. He told doctors about abuse and torture; yet, in some cases, his statements were not even registered in medical reports, and evidence of physical abuse was covered up under pressure from the police.

Teacher Açıkkollu was beaten, slapped in the face, kicked in the rib cage, kneed in the back and his head banged against the wall. His medical check-up before he was put in detention showed no signs of any heart troubles; yet, he was pronounced dead due to heart failure. When he collapsed in his cell, emergency services were belatedly called and he died in detention, although official records were doctored to reject the false fact that he died at the hospital.

Prof. Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı, the President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TİHV), emphasized that Açıkkollu lost his life in consequence of a heart attack due to the torture he was exposed to in her report.

His family had found out his death when they were called to the İstanbul Forensic Medicine Institute. The ill-treatment for Açıkkollu continued here as well. It was said that the funeral could be given on condition that he was to be buried in “a graveyard of the traitors,” prepared by İstanbul Greater Municipality for the alleged “traitors,” despite he was not tried yet and even his interrogation was not done. Imams assigned by the Turkish Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) did not even wash his funeral and they had refused to conduct a funeral prayers for Açıkkollu.

His family had to disinfect the funeral with their own efforts and was obliged to take him to his hometown, Konya province, with their own vehicle. Here too, the imam of the local mosque did not perform the funeral prayer because of the instruction given by the Religious Affairs Directorate by saying that the ‘funeral prayer will not be performed for the traitors.’ So, the last duty for him was also done by his close relatives.

Source:
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-teacher-gokhan-acikkollu-tortured-to-death-under-police-custody-reinstated-to-his-duty/

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UN expert says deeply concerned by rise in torture allegations in Turkey

GENEVA (27 February 2018) – The UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, expressed serious concerns about the rising allegations of torture and other ill-treatment in Turkish police custody since the end of his official visit to the country in December 2016.

Melzer said he was alarmed by allegations that large numbers of individuals suspected of links to the Gülenist Movement or the armed Kurdistan Workers’ Party were exposed to brutal interrogation techniques aimed at extracting forced confessions or coercing detainees to incriminate others.

Reported abuse included severe beatings, electrical shocks, exposure to icy water, sleep deprivation, threats, insults and sexual assault.

The Special Rapporteur said no serious measures appeared to have been taken by the authorities to investigate these allegations or to hold perpetrators accountable.

Instead, complaints asserting torture were allegedly dismissed by the prosecutor citing a ‘state of emergency decree (Article 9 of Decree no. 667)’ which reportedly exempts public officials from criminal responsibility for acts undertaken in the context of the state of emergency.

“The human right to be free from torture and other ill-treatment is absolute and non-derogable, and continues to apply in all situations of political instability or any other public emergency,” the Special Rapporteur said. No circumstances, however exceptional and well argued, can ever justify torture or any form of impunity for such abuse.

“Torture is not only a notoriously ineffective interrogation method, but it constitutes the most fundamental assault on human dignity and is invariably listed among the most serious international crimes, including war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

Melzer said by inviting his mandate to visit the country in December 2016, soon after an attempted coup, the Government had demonstrated its commitment to its official “zero tolerance” policy on torture.

“However, the authorities’ failure to publicly condemn torture and ill-treatment, and to enforce the universal prohibition of such abuse in daily practice seems to have fostered a climate of impunity, complacency and acquiescence which gravely undermines that prohibition and, ultimately, the rule of law,” he said.

The Special Rapporteur also said he remained keen to engage in a “direct and constructive dialogue” with the Turkish authorities to achieve full implementation of the prohibition on torture and ill-treatment.

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