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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly Jan 15

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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 1/8/2018-1/15/2018

1-“Seized Gülen dormitory in Istanbul transferred to pro-gov’t Ensar foundation”
https://turkeypurge.com/seized-gulen-dormitory-istanbul-transferred-pro-govt-ensar-foundation

2-“Report: Police chief who fought against ‘Erdogan assassins’ during coup sentenced to 6 years in jail”
https://turkeypurge.com/police-chief-fought-erdogan-assassins-coup-sentenced-6-years-jail

3-“Diyarbakir man says cows seized by gov’t as part of post-coup crackdown”
https://turkeypurge.com/diyarbakir-man-says-cows-seized-govt-part-post-coup-crackdown

4-“Turkey’s pro-gov’t mayors ban theater play ‘Just Dictator’”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkeys-pro-govt-mayors-ban-theater-play-just-dictator

5-“Local deeds officer suspended for insulting Erdogan on social media”
https://turkeypurge.com/local-deeds-officer-suspended-insulting-erdogan-social-media

6-“Pro-Erdogan hackers take over Der Spiegel editor’s Twitter account”
https://turkeypurge.com/pro-erdogan-hackers-take-der-spiegel-editors-twitter-account

7-“7,655 dismissed, 243 others suspended at Health Ministry so far: minister”
https://turkeypurge.com/7655-dismissed-252-others-suspended-health-ministry-far-minister

8-“Prison warden commits suicide after being dismissed on coup charges — claim”
https://turkeypurge.com/prison-warden-commits-suicide-dismissed-coup-charges-claim

9-“Turkey’s prize-winning author Aslı Erdoğan: University students in Turkey are being jailed over tweets”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkeys-prize-winning-author-asli-erdogan-university-students-turkey-jailed-tweets

10-“Imprisoned Kurdish leader Demirtaş makes first appearance in court in 14 months”
https://turkeypurge.com/imprisoned-kurdish-leader-demirtas-makes-first-appearance-court-14-months

11-“2 media outlets closed, 262 dismissed in new gov’t decree”
https://turkeypurge.com/2-media-outlets-closed-262-dismissed-new-govt-decree

12-“Teacher, three others caught in attempt to flee to Greece”
https://turkeypurge.com/teacher-three-others-caught-attempt-flee-greece

13-“Warrants issued for 70 teachers in Turkey’s capital”
https://turkeypurge.com/warrants-issued-70-teachers-turkeys-capital

14-“Pro-Kurdish deputy gets 8 years, 1 month in prison on terror charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/pro-kurdish-deputy-gets-8-years-1-month-prison-terror-charges

15-“Turkey strips another pro-Kurdish deputy of parliamentary status”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-strips-another-pro-kurdish-deputy-parliamentary-status

16-“[VIDEO] 25 teachers detained in Turkey’s Samsun”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-25-teachers-detained-turkeys-samsun

17-“Jailed writer Ahmet Altan fined TL 7,000 for insulting Erdogan”
https://turkeypurge.com/jailed-writer-ahmet-altan-fined-tl-7000-insulting-erdogan

18-“French writers, journalists ‘adopt’ Turkish colleagues in solidarity”
https://turkeypurge.com/french-writers-journalists-adopt-turkish-colleagues-solidarity

19-“Report: Ankara investigating 60 businessmen for stock market selloff ahead of 2016 coup attempt”
https://turkeypurge.com/report-ankara-investigating-60-businessmen-stock-market-selloff-ahead-2016-coup-attempt

20-“24 former Bank Asya shareholders put in pretrial detention”
https://turkeypurge.com/24-former-bank-asya-shareholders-put-pretrial-detention

21-“Father of cancer patient boy denied release from prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/court-denies-request-release-father-cancer-patient-child

22-” Journalist, writer and 28 others detained in Istanbul”
https://turkeypurge.com/journalist-writer-28-others-detained-istanbul

23-“Turkey issues detention warrants for 56 more military members over coup charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-issues-detention-warrants-56-military-members-coup-charges

24-“[VIDEO] Dismissed air force pilot detained while selling waffle in Konya: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-dismissed-air-force-pilot-detained-selling-waffle-konya-report

25-“Jailed father allowed to attend son’s funeral only with handcuffs”
https://turkeypurge.com/jailed-father-allowed-attend-sons-funeral-handcuffs

26-“Theater play on dictatorship not allowed to be staged in Turkey’s Artvin”
https://turkeypurge.com/theater-play-dictatorship-not-allowed-turkeys-artvin

27-“Jailed engineer to judge: You will stand trial when democracy comes to this country!”
https://turkeypurge.com/jailed-engineer-judge-will-stand-trial-democracy-comes-country

28-“[VIDEO] 8 including pharmacists, lawyers detained over Gulen links”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-8-including-pharmacists-lawyers-detained-gulen-links

29-“[VIDEO] 5 children, 8 others detained while on way to escape to Greece”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-5-children-8-others-detained-way-escape-greece

30-“President Erdoğan once again sues Turkey’s main opposition leader over ‘insult’: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/president-erdogan-sues-turkeys-main-opposition-leader-insult-report

31-“Turkish gov’t uses emergency rule to suppress dissent: opposition leader”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-govt-uses-emergency-rule-suppress-dissent-says-opposition-leader

32-“Imprisoned teacher dies of cancer in Balıkesir — claim”
https://turkeypurge.com/imprisoned-teacher-dies-cancer-balikesir-claim

33-“Turkey’s post-coup State of Emergency to be extended for another 3 months: gov’t”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkeys-post-coup-state-emergency-extended-another-3-months-govt

34-“262 more dismissed, 1,828 reinstated with new gov’t decree”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/12/262-more-dismissed-1828-reinstated-with-new-govt-decree/

35-“20 more detained in Bursa, Antalya over Gülen links”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/12/20-more-detained-in-bursa-antalya-over-gulen-links/

36-“Jailed police chiefs who led 2013 corruption ops taken to police HQ”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/14/jailed-police-chiefs-who-led-2013-corruption-ops-taken-to-police-hq/

37-“Int’l NGOs slam lower courts’ failure to free jailed journalists Altan, Alpay”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/12/intl-ngos-slam-lower-courts-failure-to-free-jailed-journalists-altan-alpay/

38-“Former President Gül expresses support for top court ruling on Altan, Alpay”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/12/former-president-gul-expresses-support-for-top-court-ruling-on-altan-alpay/

39-“Gov’t slams top court for decision on Altan and Alpay”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/12/govt-slams-top-court-for-decision-on-altan-and-alpay/

40-“German-Turkish footballer says shot at on highway in western Germany”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/08/german-turkish-footballer-says-shot-at-on-highway-in-western-germany/

41-“Turkey warned of judicial crisis over jailed journalists”
https://www.ft.com/content/048dc200-f932-11e7-9b32-d7d59aace167

42-“Turkish writer Asli Erdogan: ‘Thousands of students are in jail for one tweet'”
http://www.france24.com/en/20180112-interview-asli-erdogan-turkey-trial-crackdown-students-human-rights-eu-macron

43-“A new refugee flow to Europe: Turkish refugees”
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/01/turkey-turkish-refugee-flow-to-europe.html

44-“Turkish courts reject jailed journalists’ request to be released”
https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/turkish-courts-reject-jailed-journalists-request-to-be-released/

45-“Biggest prison for journalists: Turkey prepares for election year”
https://eadaily.com/en/news/2018/01/09/biggest-prison-for-journalists-turkey-prepares-for-election-year

46-“Ergun Babahan wrote about risk of torture for police chiefs”
http://silencedturkey.org/ergun-babahan-wrote-about-risk-of-torture-for-police-chiefs

47-“Honorary President of Court of Cassation of Turkey, Sami Selçuk: Last Nail in the Coffin”
http://silencedturkey.org/sami-selcuk-last-nail-in-the-coffin

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 1/8/2018-1/15/2018

1-“Türkiye’de hukuk nasıl ayaklar altına alındı nasıl zulüm aracına dönüştü!”
http://aktifhaber.com/analiz/turkiyede-hukuk-nasil-ayaklar-altina-alindi-nasil-zulum-aracina-donustu-h110682.html

2-“17 Aralık polis şeflerine emniyette işkence mi yapılıyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/17-aralik-polis-seflerine-emniyette-iskence-mi-yapiliyor-h110681.html

3-“ByLock kullanmadığı tespit edilmesine rağmen 16 ay tutuklu kalan vatandaş isyan etti”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/bylock-kullanmadigi-tespit-edilmesine-ragmen-16-ay-tutuklu-kalan-vatandas-isyan-etti-h110680.html

4-“‘Erdoğan’a suikast timi’ ile çatışan polis Bylock’tan tutuklandı”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/erdogana-suikast-timi-ile-catisan-polis-bylocktan-tutuklandi-h110672.html

5-“Gözaltına aldıkları anneyi 4 aylık bebeğinden ayırıp Bayburt’a götürdüler”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/gozaltina-aldiklari-anneyi-4-aylik-bebeginden-ayirip-bayburta-goturduler-h110669.html

6-“Kahramanmaraş Emniyeti’ndeki işkenceci polisler ortaya çıktı”
http://aktifhaber.com/genel/kahramanmaras-emniyetindeki-iskenceci-polisler-ortaya-cikti-h110667.html

7-“Spiegel’in genel yayın yönetmeninin Twitter hesabı hacklendi”
http://aktifhaber.com/dunya/spiegelin-genel-yayin-yonetmeninin-twitter-hesabi-hacklendi-h110665.html

8-“Eski AKP’li Osman Can: Mahkemelerin tahliyeye direnmesi hukuken yanlış”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/eski-akpli-osman-can-mahkemelerin-tahliyeye-direnmesi-hukuken-yanlis-h110663.html

9-“Rektör Erdöl’den Soylu’nun ‘ayak kırın’ talimatına destek”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/rektor-erdolden-soylunun-ayak-kirin-talimatina-destek-h110661.html

10-“Ergun Babahan polis şeflerine yapılan işkenceyi yazdı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ergun-babahan-polis-seflerine-yapilan-iskenceyi-yazdi-h110659.html

11-“Alpay ve Altan’ın tahliye edilmemesine büyük tepki!”
http://aktifhaber.com/medya/alpay-ve-altanin-tahliye-edilmemesine-buyuk-tepki-h110645.html

12-“Hukukçu Varol ByLock’la ilgili: Dosyalar boş ama 9-10 yıl ceza veriliyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/hukukcu-varol-bylockla-ilgili-dosyalar-bos-ama-9-10-yil-ceza-veriliyor-h110632.html

13-“Gözaltına aldıkları anneyi 4 aylık bebeğinden ayırıp Bayburt’a götürdüler”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/gozaltina-aldiklari-anneyi-4-aylik-bebeginden-ayirip-bayburta-goturduler-h110669.html

14-“İhraç edilen savaş pilotu, kumpir satarken kıskıvrak(!) yakalandı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ihrac-edilen-savas-pilotu-kumpir-satarken-kiskivrak-yakalandi-h110459.html

15-“Bebekli kadınların tutuklanmasının Türk hukukunda da İslamda da yeri yok!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/bebekli-kadinlarin-tutuklanmasinin-turk-hukukunda-da-islamda-da-yeri-yok-h110449.html

16-“AKP’nin OHAL’i 3 kişinin daha hayatını kararttı..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/akpnin-ohali-3-kisinin-daha-hayatini-karartti-h110427.html

17-“Berk Görmez’in cenazesine babasını kelepçeyle getirdiler!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/berk-gormezin-cenazesine-babasini-kelepceyle-getirdiler-h110411.html

18-“Cinsel istismarı kamera ile kayıt altına alındı; yine de red etti..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cinsel-istismari-kamera-ile-kayit-altina-alindi-yine-de-red-etti-h110401.html

19-“OHAL’in suç karnesi: 126 suç türü!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ohalin-suc-karnesi-126-suc-turu-h110347.html

20-“Geç kalan adalet, bir öğretmenin daha hayatını kararttı..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/gec-kalan-adalet-bir-ogretmenin-daha-hayatini-karartti-h110328.html

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

22-“Emekli Hakim Kardaş: ByLock’ta sadece isim bildiren listeler delil kabul edilemez”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/emekli-hakim-kardas-bylockta-sadece-isim-bildiren-listeler-delil-kabul-edilemez-h110633.html

23-“Alman Freie Presse Gazetesi: Hizmet Hareketi mensuplarının mağduriyetlerini yer verdi”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/alman-freie-presse-gazetesi-hizmet-hareketi-mensuplarinin-magduriyetlerini-yer-verdi-h110607.html

24-“Türkiye Barolar Birliği Başkanı Feyzioğlu: AYM’nin kararı bağlayıcıdır”
http://aktifhaber.com/politika/turkiye-barolar-birligi-baskani-feyzioglu-aymnin-karari-baglayicidir-h110603.html

25-“Emniyet Müdürü’nden Soylu’ya mesaj: Yeri gelirse kafalarını kıracağız”
http://aktifhaber.com/genel/emniyet-mudurunden-soyluya-mesaj-yeri-gelirse-kafalarini-kiracagiz-h110573.html

26-“TÜRGEV ve Ensar Vakfı’nın 3 yurdunda öğrencilerin hayatı hiçe sayıldı”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/turgev-ve-ensar-vakfinin-3-yurdunda-ogrencilerin-hayati-hice-sayildi-h110559.html

27-“Yargıtay Onursal Başkanı Sami Selçuk: Tabuta son çivi”
https://www.evrensel.net/haber/283205/yargitay-onursal-baskani-sami-selcuk-tabuta-son-civi

28-“Mevcut rejim bakimindan anayasa mahkemesi’nin Alpay ve Altan kararlari ”
http://www.tr724.com/mevcut-rejim-bakimindan-anayasa-mahkemesinin-alpay-altan-kararlari/

29-“15 Temmuz’da erdoğan’i korumak için çatişan polise Bylock’tan 6 yil 3 ay hapis”
http://www.tr724.com/15-temmuzda-erdogani-korumak-icin-catisan-polise-bylocktan-6-yil-3-ay-hapis/

30-“Bayraktar’a ‘ben dilenci değilim’ diye isyan eden lenf kanseri hastasi Dilek Özçelik hayatini kaybetti”
http://www.tr724.com/bayraktara-ben-dilenci-degilim-diye-isyan-eden-lenf-kanseri-hastasi-dilek-ozcelik-hayatini-kaybetti/

31-“TBMM’nin önünde kendini yakan işçiye fiili gözalti!”
http://www.tr724.com/tbmmnin-onunde-kendini-yakan-isciye-fiili-gozalti/

32-” Yok böyle bir “taniklik”: mahkemede gerçekleri söyleyince segbis’i dondurdular, davayi ertelediler!”
http://www.tr724.com/yok-boyle-bir-taniklik-mahkemede-gercekleri-soyleyince-segbisi-dondurdular-davayi-ertelediler/

33-” OHAL’de cezaevlerindeki sağlik hakki ihlalleri artti: her yil 215 kişi hayatini kaybediyor”
http://www.tr724.com/ohalde-cezaevlerindeki-saglik-hakki-ihlalleri-artti-her-yil-215-kisi-hayatini-kaybediyor/

35-“16 Temmuz sabahi köprüde ilk kez yayinlanan görüntüler: 4 tanesini öldürdük…”
http://www.tr724.com/16-temmuz-sabahi-koprude-ilk-kez-yayinlanan-goruntuler-4-tanesini-oldurduk/

35-“Avrupa parlamentosu’ndan aym kararina uygulamayan mahkemelere tepki ”
http://www.tr724.com/avrupa-parlamentosundan-aym-kararina-uygulamayan-mahkemelere-tepki/

36-“Freedom House: ‘Bazı devlet görevlileri cezadan muaf gibi davranıyor’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/freedom-house-bazi-devlet-gorevlileri-cezadan-muaf-gibi-davraniyor/

37-” ’11 bin 480 ByLock mağduru buz dağının görünen yüzü’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/11-bin-480-bylock-magduru-buz-daginin-gorunen-yuzu/

38-“HÖH’ten soruşturma açıklaması: Memnuniyet duyduk, gururluyuz”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/hohten-sorusturma-aciklamasi-memnuniyet-duyduk-gururluyuz/

39-“Çöpe atılan kitapta parmak izi çıkan üniversite öğrencisi gözaltına alındı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/cope-atilan-kitapta-parmak-izi-cikan-22-yasindaki-genc-kizi-gozaltina-aldilar/

40-“Açlığın 310’uncu günü: ‘Bir komisyon var mı’ emin değiliz”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/acligin-310uncu-gunu-bir-komisyon-var-mi-emin-degiliz/

41-” Savcılık: ‘Muharrem’in cenazesinin çuvalda taşınmasında ihmal yok’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/cenazesi-cuvalda-tasinan-muharremin-olumunde-ihmal-gorulmedi/

42-” AYM ‘hak ihlali’ yorumu: ‘Doğru kararı ilk derece mahkemesi verir’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/mahkemeler-feto-ile-mucadeleyi-zaafa-ugratmamali/

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Statement on Human Rights Day

As Advocates of Silenced Turkey, we are pleased to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day. Yet, unfortunately, the values emphasized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are today undermined in many countries. It is the duty of each informed citizen to advocate for peace and sustain justice. Human Rights Day is therefore not only about few people, but it is about all of us.

Turkey is one of the countries that have experienced significant deterioration in regards to values mentioned in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. After the failed coup, more than 130,000 people have been arbitrary detained and more than 60,000 people have been arrested. Many of those arrested do not have any evidence against them. Nonetheless, there are 17,000 women in jail and 688 babies under age of six. Furthermore, there has been more than 2,200 torture and numerous abduction cases. All independent media in Turkey have been shut down and confiscated by the government. More than 4,400 judges and prosecutors have been dismissed. The government has also seized more than 800 companies worth more than $10 billion.

We urge every individual to voice the silenced voices of people in Turkey. As mentioned earlier, it is the duty of each of us to advocate for peace and justice in order to attain it. We hope the situation in Turkey will get better for those in Turkey and abroad who are oppressed by the ruling government of Turkey.

Download as pdf: AST_Statement-on-Human-Rights-Day

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly Dec 4

Download as pdf: AST_Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly_Dec4

Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 11/27/2017-12/4/2017

1-“Turkish Police Bar İstanbul Rally To Show Solidarity With Jailed Journalists, Lawyers”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-police-bar-istanbul-rally-show-solidarity-jailed-journalists-lawyers/

2-“Turkish Government Jails Another Journalist”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-government-jails-another-journalist/

3-“Turkish Gov’t Investigates All Members Of CHP Party Assembly Over Erdoğan’s Complaint”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-investigates-members-chp-party-assembly-erdogans-complaint/

4-“People Flock To Social Media For Zarrab’s Trial As Turkish Media Opts Auto Censorship”
https://stockholmcf.org/people-flock-social-media-zarrabs-trial-turkish-media-opts-auto-censorship/

5-“Turkish Court Sentences 82-Year-Old Türk For 10 Years Over Gülen Links, Releases Him From Prison”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-court-sentences-82-year-old-turk-10-years-gulen-links-releases-prison/

6-“Turkish Court Releases Hunger Striking Nuriye Gülmen From Prison”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-court-releases-hunger-striking-nuriye-gulmen-prison/

7-“Turkish Gov’t Confiscates Assets Of Zarrab, Close Relatives Amid His Confessions In US”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-confiscates-assets-zarrab-close-relatives-amid-bribe-confessions-us/

8-“The Door Of Alevi Family Marked With Nationalist/Islamist Phrases In İstanbul”
https://stockholmcf.org/door-alevi-family-marked-nationalist-islamist-phrases-istanbul/

9-” EU Cuts Funds For Turkey’s Membership Bid As A Solid Warning To Ankara Over Human Rights Violations”
https://stockholmcf.org/eu-cuts-funds-turkeys-membership-bid-solid-warning-ankara-human-rights-violations/

11-“Turkish Gov’t Detains Hundreds Of People, Mostly Military Officers Over Alleged Links To Gülen Movement”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-detains-hundreds-people-mostly-military-officers-alleged-links-gulen-movement/

10-“Turkish Gov’t Detains Nationalist News Portal’s Editor Over Alleged Links To Gülen Movement”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-detains-nationalist-news-portals-editor-alleged-links-gulen-movement/

12-“22-Year Jail Term Sought For Turkish Director Over Movie Showing Erdogan’s Execution”
https://stockholmcf.org/22-year-jail-term-sought-for-turkish-director-over-movie-showing-erdogans-execution/

13-“ECtHR Rejects CHP’s Application Against April 16 Presidential Referendum In Turkey”
https://stockholmcf.org/ecthr-rejects-chps-application-against-april-16-presidential-referendum/

14-“EU’s Counter-Terrorism Chief: EU Does Not Deem Gülen Movement As ‘Terror Organization’”
https://stockholmcf.org/eus-counter-terrorism-chief-eu-does-not-deem-gulen-movement-as-terror-organisation/

15-“Turkish Journalist Cuma Ulus Jailed For Retweeting ‘Journalism Is Not A Crime’”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-journalist-cuma-ulus-jailed-for-retweeting-journalism-is-not-a-crime/

16-“EUobserver: European Foundation Demands Release Of Turkish Journalist Parıldak”
https://stockholmcf.org/euobserver-european-foundation-demands-release-of-turkish-journalist-parildak/

17-“Turkish Gov’t Issues Detention Warrants For 333 Military Officers Over Alleged Links To Gülen Movement”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-issues-detention-warrants-for-333-military-officers-over-alleged-links-to-gulen-movement/

18-“Turkish Gov’t Sentences Former Deputy, HSYK Inspector, University Student In Prison Over Alleged Gülen Links”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-sentences-former-deputy-hsyk-inspector-university-student-in-prison-over-alleged-gulen-links/

19-“Another Turkish Woman Detained On Coup Charges One Day After Giving Birth”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-detains-hundreds-people-mostly-military-officers-alleged-links-gulen-movement/

20-“Turkish Author Perihan Mağden: I Feel Like A Jew In Nazi Germany”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-detains-nationalist-news-portals-editor-alleged-links-gulen-movement/

21-“Imprisoned HDP Leader Demirtaş Sues Turkish Interior Minister In Libel Case”
https://stockholmcf.org/imprisoned-hdp-leader-demirtas-sues-turkish-interior-minister-in-libel-case/

22-“Turkish Gov’t Issues Detention Warrants For 85, Including 10 Lawyers, Over Links To Gülen Movement”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-issues-detention-warrants-for-85-including-10-lawyers-over-links-to-gulen-movement/

23-“Turkish Police Suggested To Use ‘German Model’ To Identify Sympathisers Of Gülen Movement”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-police-suggested-to-use-german-model-to-identify-sympathisers-of-gulen-movement/

24-“A 57-Year-Old Prisoner With Toothache Passes Away At Turkey’s Mersin Prison”
https://stockholmcf.org/a-57-year-old-prisoner-with-toothache-passes-away-at-turkeys-mersin-prison/

25-“Report: Turkey’s MİT Abducts Turkish Businessman From Sudan”
https://stockholmcf.org/report-turkeys-mit-abducts-turkish-businessman-from-sudan/

26-“Father of three released only after wife died following heart attack”
https://turkeypurge.com/father-three-released-wife-died-following-heart-attack

27-“Main opposition lawmaker faces life in prison in retrial for espionage charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/main-opposition-lawmaker-faces-life-prison-retrial-espionage-charges

28-“Alevi home in Istanbul marked with racist slur”
https://turkeypurge.com/alevi-home-istanbul-marked-attacked-racist-slur

29-“Zarrab case in US further imperils 1 million Gülenists, family members in Turkey: AK Party deputy”
https://turkeypurge.com/zarrab-case-us-imperils-1-million-gulenists-family-members-turkey-ak-party-deputy

30-“28-year-old lawyer detained while planning to flee Turkey to Rhodes”
https://turkeypurge.com/28-year-old-lawyer-detained-planning-flee-turkey-greece

31-“Turkey’s national intel established special unit to go after Gülen supporters abroad: state-run news agency”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkeys-national-intel-established-special-unit-go-gulen-supporters-abroad-state-run-news-agency

32-“Uşak University’s former rector sentenced to 8 years in prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/usak-universitys-former-rector-sentenced-8-years-prison

33-“Erdoğan’s former speechwriter threatens Gülen movement over Zarrab case”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/11/28/erdogans-former-speechwriter-threatens-gulen-movement-over-zarrab-case/

34-“Elderly prisoner gets 11 days in solitary for expressing hope for release”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/11/28/elderly-prisoner-gets-11-days-in-solitary-for-expressing-hope-for-release/

35-“Gov’t trustee shuts down Kurdish-language audio library for disabled children”
https://turkeypurge.com/govt-trustee-shuts-kurdish-language-audio-library-disabled-children

36-“Businessmen who attempt to move assets abroad traitors: Erdogan”
https://stockholmcf.org/report-turkeys-mit-abducts-turkish-businessman-from-sudan/

37-“85 more military officers arrested on coup charges: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/85-military-officers-arrested-coup-charges-report

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 11/27/2017-12/4/2017

1-” Çocukları elinden alınan kadın feryat etti!”
http://aktifhaber.com/yasam/cocuklari-elinden-alinan-kadin-feryat-etti-h108413.html

2-“Reuters kareleriyle Gülmen’in tahliyesi”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/reuters-kareleriyle-gulmenin-tahliyesi-h108416.html

3-“Türkiye 2006-16 döneminde basın özgürlüğünün en çok zayıfladığı ülke oldu..”
http://aktifhaber.com/genel/turkiye-2006-16-doneminde-basin-ozgurlugunun-en-cok-zayifladigi-ulke-oldu-h108409.html

4-“Yargıtay ByLock Kullanımı için: Suçun işlenmesine somut olayın koşullarına göre kuvvetli belirti ”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/yargitay-bylock-kullanimi-icin-sucun-islenmesine-somut-olayin-kosullarina-gore-kuvvetli-belirti-h108407.html

5-“Hapishane koşullarını protesto için kendini yaktı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/hapishane-kosullarini-protesto-icin-kendini-yakti-h108313.html

6-“Silivri Cezaevinde yalnız kalmaması gereken Epilepsi hastası tek kişilik hücrede tutuluyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/silivri-cezaevinde-yalniz-kalmamasi-gereken-epilepsi-hastasi-tek-kisilik-hucrede-tutuluyor-h108236.html

7-“Gökhan Açıkkollu’nun işkenceyle öldürüldüğü kesinleşti..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/gokhan-acikkollunun-iskenceyle-olduruldugu-kesinlesti-h108211.html

8-“AKP döneminde mahkum sayısı en az 4 kat arttı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/akp-doneminde-mahkum-sayisi-en-az-4-kat-artti-h108187.html

9-“Ve AKP 90’ları aştı: İşkence sorulamayacak konu statüsüne girdi”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ve-akp-90lari-asti-iskence-sorulamayacak-konu-statusune-girdi-h108181.html

10-“Cezaevlerinde son 30 yılın en vahşi dönemi yaşanıyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cezaevlerinde-son-30-yilin-en-vahsi-donemi-yasaniyor-h108180.html

11-“Tahliye oldu Tarsus Cezaevi işkencelerini anlattı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/tahliye-oldu-tarsus-cezaevi-iskencelerini-anlatti-h108110.html

12-” İşkence cezasızlık politikasıyla artırıldı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/iskence-cezasizlik-politikasiyla-artirildi-h108072.html

13-“Suçlama: Lüks sitelerde oturmak ve tutuklu ailelerine yardım etmek”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/suclama-luks-sitelerde-oturmak-ve-tutuklu-ailelerine-yardim-etmek/

14-“‘Sizi gördüğüme inanamıyorum’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/nuriye-gulmene-tahliye-icimizdeki-mecbur-kurdunu-yitirmeyelim/

15-“‘Gurur tablosu’: İsparta’da Gülenci suçlamasıyla 397 kişi tutuklandı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/malatyada-alevi-ailelerin-evlerine-kirmizi-isaret/

16-“Avukat Selçuk Kozağaçlı 19 gündür tecritte tutuluyor”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/avukat-selcuk-kozagacli-19-gundur-tecritte-tutuluyor/

17-“Gülen’in yeğeni Mezher Gülen hakkında 22,5 yıl hapis cezası istendi”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/gulenin-yegeni-mezher-gulen-icin-225-yil-hapis-cezasi-istendi/

18-“MİT’ten ‘büyük operasyon’: Vergi rekortmeni işadamı Sudan’dan getirildi”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/mitten-buyuk-operasyon-tutuklu-isadami-sudandan-getirildi/

19-“‘400 dilekçe verdim, tek bir tutukluyu ziyaret edemedim’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/400-dilekce-verdim-tek-bir-tutukluyu-ziyaret-edemedim/

20-“Türkiye ceezaevlerindeki 700 bebege ve 17 bin kadina ozgurluk!”
http://www.tr724.com/turkiye-cezaevlerindeki-700-bebege-17-bin-kadina-ozgurluk/

21-“Anne Nesrin Oğuz bebeğiyle gözaltına alındı”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/anne-nesrin-oguz-bebegiyle-gozaltina-alindi-h108456.html

22-“Beraat ettiysem suçsuzum işime iade edin”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/erdogana-osman-kavalayi-serbest-birakin-cagrisi/

23-“’TSK’ya operasyonda 85 tutuklama”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/tskya-operasyonda-85-tutuklama-h108431.html

24-“Cezaevini bomba arıyoruz diye köpeklerle bastılar”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cezaevini-bomba-ariyoruz-diye-kopeklerle-bastilar-h108429.html

25-“‘Varlıklarını yurt dışına kaçıran işadamlarına asla izin vermeyin’
http://www.kronos.news/tr/erdogan-bazi-isadamlari-varliklarini-yurt-disina-kaciriyor/

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European Court Of Human Rights Should Reconsider Judicial Independence in Turkey

POSITION PAPER
EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS SHOULD RECONSIDER JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE IN TURKEY BEFORE REFERRING CASES TO DOMESTIC AUTHORITIES

Background
In recent years and in particular in the aftermath of attempted coup of  July 15, 2016, the Turkish government has been targeting dissidents belonging to different ideologies. Among the many dissident groups, in particular the Gulen Movement has been the primary target. The members or sympathizers of the movement have been subject to extreme and unlawful measures,  including dismissals, detention, arrest, imprisonment, enforced and involuntary disappearance, seizure of their assets and passport cancellation. International organizations, including the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the European Union have repeatedly expressed their grave concern regarding the human rights violations perpetrated on individuals by the government. Repeated calls to Turkey to comply with its obligations under its own legislation and the international human rights law have however had little, if any effect to the improvement of the human rights situation in the country.
The far-reaching, increasingly repressive and almost unlimited discretionary powers exercised by the Turkish authorities during the state of emergency – now in its 15th month – endanger the general principles of rule of law and human rights safeguards, the ones the state of emergency is designed to protect.
The human rights protection system of the Council of Europe thus represented,  a glimmer of hope for the people of Turkey as it has been traditionally one of the most successful systems in the world protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, which decisions are also binding for Turkey.
Regrettably, the European Court of Human Rights (hereinafter “ECtHR”), which monitors the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in the Council of Europe member states has been rejecting the applications related to recent events taking place in Turkey on the ground that the applicants have not exhausted domestic remedies. The Court specifically refers to the need to exhaust “available” domestic remedies, i.e. including the complaint procedure presumably offered through the establishment of the State of Emergency Inquiry Commission (hereinafter “the Commission”), as provided for in Emergency Decree 685.

Brief analysis
The brief analysis in this section argues that the establishment of the Commission cannot be an effective remedy for more than 100,000 dismissed individuals.
In absence of any clear procedure to challenge decisions on their abrupt dismissal, public officials dismissed from office and organizations dissolved by emergency decrees launched either individual or concurrent appeals with administrative bodies (administrative remedy), administrative courts, the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights . The outcome of the appeals has been devastating for hundreds of thousands of families and entire communities across Turkey.
Few administrative appeals have been relatively successful in restoring several individuals in their former positions. Administrative appeals however are not guided by any rules or principles and in no respect can these appeals be regarded as an effective remedy.
In the aftermath of July 15, 2016, both the Constitutional Court and the ECtHR were flooded with individual applications originating from Turkey. 8,308 applications were lodged with the ECtHR against Turkey in 2016, compared to only 2,212 in the previous year [2015].[1] If necessary measures were not taken, having into account that most dismissals have not yet been brought before the ECtHR in the post July 15 context, it was obvious that the sheer volume of applications yet to reach the ECtHR, seriously risked bringing down the entire ECtHR system.
The Venice Commission noted in the above context that both administrative courts and individual application to the Constitutional Court were not available to public officials who were dismissed by Emergency Decrees.[2] Having made this determination, the Venice Commission recommended that the government establish an ad hoc commission to review the State of Emergency measures.[3] The Secretary General of the Council of Europe made a similar recommendation, which was supported by an ad hoc sub-committee established by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.[4]
With the intention to preempt sharp criticism from the Council of Europe resulting from its relentless crackdown on dissent, the government issued Emergency Decree 685,[5] which establishes the Commission.[6]
To illustrate the immediate effect of its issuance, on the same day the Emergency Decree was published (January 23, 2017), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe rejected[7] the request to hold an urgent debate on Turkey.[8]
By mid-November 2017 the Commission has received more than 100,000 cases from different occupational groups such as military personnel, police officers, teachers and academics. Since its establishment the Commission has taken no single decision on any of the hundreds of thousands of applications it has received ever since. As a matter of fact, the government is yet to appoint a president to head the Commission.[9]
Even if the Commission begins its work immediately, there will still be doubts regarding its impartiality, just as the judicial system in general. These concerns have been, inter alia, raised by various governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations as well as legal and human rights experts. Former judge of the ECtHR Riza Turmen, for instance, has argued  that possible non-transparency of the Commission’s work and appointment of its members create reasonable questions regarding its independence.[10]
The Commission is predetermined to fail in achieving its alleged objectives and serve the interests of justice:
First, the seven members of the Commission are chosen from the same institutions that have decided for the dismissals.[11] The principles of independence and impartiality are thus disregarded from its inception.
Second, even based on the most optimistic estimates and presuming that it performs its work in good faith – given the workload, it will take many years for the seven-member Commission to review hundreds of thousands of applications – that is only one of the subsequent domestic remedies to be exhausted.
Third, for cases reversed by the administrative courts, the appeals or the Constitutional Court, the cycle of exhaustion of domestic remedies will take many more years and those cases will probably never be able to reach the ECtHR, or even their day in court.
Fourth, pursuant to Article 9 of KHK 685, “the Commission shall perform its examinations on the basis of the documents in the files,” which are out of reach of those dismissed. In absence of any knowledge on the entities or groups which were presumably designated by the National Security Council as being “terrorist organizations”, this fact alone wipes-out the opportunity of those dismissed to have any defense, let alone effective defense.
Fifth, the Commission is presumed to work and take its decisions on the basis of information and documents provided by the government, which can decide on a case-by-case basis which documents to disclose. Even if the government would be willing to disclose all relevant documents to the Commission – the later has no authority in reviewing classified documents. Since the dismissals have been argued on basis of terrorist affiliation which undermines, inter alia, national security – most of the documents that the government claims to have played a role in the dismissals, as state secrets, will be out of the reach of the Committee.
The Venice Commission, supporting the idea of an ad hoc body for the review of the emergency measures envisaged that “the essential purpose of that body would be to give individualized treatment to all cases. That body would have to respect the basic principles of due process, examine specific evidence and issue reasoned decisions. This body should be independent, impartial and be given sufficient powers to restore the status quo ante, and/or, where appropriate, to provide adequate compensation. The law should enable for subsequent judicial review of decisions of this ad hoc body. Limits and forms of any compensation may be set by Parliament in a special post-emergency legislation, with due regard to the Constitution of Turkey and its international human-rights obligations.”[12]
In conclusion, the State of Emergency Inquiry Commission will certainly not be able to meet the criteria foreseen by the Venice Commission and the standards adopted in the case-law of the ECtHR. The establishment of the Commission will only serve the immediate interests of the ECtHR and the government of Turkey, not the interests of justice and those hundreds of thousands of individuals. In addition:
The establishment of the Commission is expected to create much more serious consequences. Hundreds of thousands of individuals who have suffered injustice will turn to the ECtHR in several years later as the Commission will not provide any justice. By that time the government would have “acquired” between approximately two to ten years, maybe more. During the same time, hundreds of thousands of people will have suffered tremendously without any available remedy.
During this long period, the applicants not only will be condemned to a “slow death” – they will also continue to bear the label of ‘terrorist’. They shall not be eligible to work in public service and their social security records will show that they were dismissed by an emergency decree.
Based on the complicated procedures related to the Commission, it is expected that individuals who are denied the opportunity to challenge the criminal charges against them for an entire year, will wait before an administrative commission for years and then apply for an administrative judicial review, which, as explained above, has no power to remedy the situation. In short, this is undoubtedly a reversal of the presumption of innocence.

Rule of law in the country
Rule of law within the country has started to be weakened by the government’s policies. According to the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index,[13] Turkey was ranked among the worst 15 out of 113 countries, dropping 8 positions compared to the last year and trailing countries such as Iran, Russia, Guatemala and Myanmar.[14] The Index is calculated taking into consideration different crucial components such as “Constraints on Government Power, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Order and Security, Regulatory Enforcement, Civil Justice and Criminal Justice,” and Turkey’s scores are not promising in any of these. Moreover, consecutive reports prepared by the Venice Commission have been pointing out the problems regarding the rule of law. The Venice Commission has published detailed reports and opinions on the situation in Turkey most of which have common points. Especially after the attempted coup in 2016, measures taken in the country failed to meet the requirements of the rule of law such as necessity and proportionality. Additionally, the basic principle of separation of powers is under threat for a long time, risking the independence of judiciary.[15]
The three crucial components of what constitutes a fair trial, namely the defense, the prosecution and the courts, have all collapsed in Turkey in recent years, turning the judicial system into merely an extension of the political authority that thwarts an effective defense and appoints (or better employs) partisan and loyalist prosecutors and judges.
Dismissals of judges in particular have had an adverse and devastating effect on the Turkish judiciary, its independence and the effectiveness of the principle of separation of powers. In the current circumstances, when thousands of judges are detained and imprisoned (close to one-third of judges and prosecutors), it is inconceivable that the remaining judges could reverse any measure declared under the emergency decree laws out of fear of becoming subject to such measures themselves.
The U.S. State Department’s Human Rights Report in 2016 has explicitly asserted that the government’s applications have a “chilling effect on judicial independence” especially as regards the politically sensitive cases.[16] Likewise, the Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have expressed their concerns that imprisonment and dismissal of officials jeopardize judicial independence, and moreover that new laws tying the judiciary to the executive poses a clear threat to the rule of law.[17] Both organizations are rightfully worried about the newly created appointment system of judges and prosecutors as well as recently established courts with power over politically sensitive investigations.[18]
Similarly, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has indicated that the “selection and appointment process as a whole is highly susceptible to executive manipulation, and likely to be weighted against candidates who are not seen as supportive of the government.” The ICJ has also drawn attention to the criminal charges against judges and prosecutors and specified that many  officials from the judiciary were dismissed because their judgments were conflicting government’s interests. According to the ICJ this amount of interference with the judiciary is clearly against internationally accepted standards.[19] The International Commission of Jurists and other international organizations have determined that the independence of the judiciary has now been eroded to its core in Turkey.[20]
In December 2016, the Board of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ) concluded that the Turkish High Council for Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) no longer meets the requirements of the ENCJ, so as to ensure the independence of the Turkish Judiciary. The ENCJ General Assembly accordingly resolved to suspend, with no Council member voting against, the observer status of the Turkish High Council for Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK).[21]
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe decided on April 25, 2017 to reopen the monitoring procedure in respect of Turkey until “serious concerns” about respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law “are addressed in a satisfactory manner.”
The above concerns were also voiced by the former chief justice of the Turkish Constitutional Court, Hasim Kilic, who stated that  “Everybody knows the political views of judges and prosecutors, even in the remotest villages of the country. We cannot move forward with such a judiciary,” and he continued “The judiciary is not an instrument of revenge, it is not anyone’s tool to achieve their aims.”[22] Ergun Ozbudun, Professor of Political Science and Constitutional Law, also raised similar concerns when he commented on the proposed constitutional amendment (which was adopted through referendum afterwards) and said “What we have here is the weakening of legislation while the president, with full executive powers, forms a parliament under his influence.” Furthermore, Metin Feyzioglu, head of the Turkish Bar Association, stated that “This is a system that will finish judicial integrity and sovereignty,” reminding that half of the judges are to be appointed by the president.[23]
Nils Muiznieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights as well remarked that independence and impartiality of judiciary have started to be eroded and must be redeveloped as soon as possible. He added that “it is in particular the role of the criminal judges of peace that is the most concerning, because these formations have transformed into an instrument of judicial harassment to stifle opposition and legitimate criticism.”[24]
The list of similar reports and statements raising above-mentioned concerns grows everyday thanks to the government’s new actions. In the light of all the above, one can conclude that the judicial system in Turkey has been weakened by the government’s actions, therefore; it is highly likely that judges cannot give verdict against the ruling party’s interests not to face different types of punishments including imprisonment.
There have been cases in the past where the European Court examined the cases substantially even though the domestic remedies were not exhausted, when it was believed that they were not available or not going to be effective. For instance, in Akdivar v. Turkey (1996) case the Court stated that the Court “must take realistic account not only of the existence of formal remedies in the legal system of the Contracting Party concerned but also of the general legal and political context in which they operate as well as the personal circumstances of the applicants.”[25] Hence, merely having the domestic rules providing remedies to the victims is not seen as satisfactory by the ECtHR. We believe the current situation in Turkey as well falls into this category and warrants immediate action by the Court. Hence, the ECtHR should not reject cases on the ground that the applicants could have gone to the domestic authorities from which, with great deal of certainty they will not receive any effective remedy.


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Persecution of Women and Children in Turkey

PERSECUTION OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN TURKEY

After July 15 failed coup attempt, Turkish government accused Fethullah Gulen and his followers for having connection with the failed coup. After death of 245 people failed coup, Turkish authorities started investigating people with any kind of link with the Gulen Movement. Since July 15 of 2016, more than 60,000 people have been arrested. They are all well educated individuals with different backgrounds such as soldiers, lawyers, judges, teachers, engineers and so on. Almost 150,000 people have been dismissed from their governmental jobs. But the most miserable stories are, of course, women and children’s.

Today 17,000 women, 668 babies and children are jailed in Turkey. While some of the children are brought to the prison with their mother, lots of children stays with their relatives or public dorms due to their parents are jailed. Nonetheless, some women imprisoned have serious disease and illnesses, which are exacerbated with the hard for prison conditions.


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Erdogan’s Government Established Political Control over Turkish Judiciary and Selective Application of Law

ERDOGAN’S GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHED POLITICAL CONTROL OVER TURKISH JUDICIARY AND SELECTIVE APPLICATION OF LAW

Following the attempted coup, very extensive suspensions, dismissals and arrests took place in Turkey. There are numerus reports of extremely serious human rights violations, including alleged widespread ill-treatment and torture of detainees.


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Freedom of the Net 2017

FREEDOM OF THE NET 2017 REPORT PREPARED BY THE FREEDOM HOUSE

SUMMARY OF THE PARTS CONCERNING TURKEY

In November 2017, the Freedom House[1] published a report titled Freedom of the Net 2017[2] which assesses the internet freedom around the world making country-based evaluations.

According to the Report, Turkey falls into the category of “Not Free” in 2017. Together with Egypt and Ukraine, Turkey is in the top three countries who declined most compared to the last year. Turkey and Russia are both ranked as 15th among 65 countries falling behind countries such as Myanmar, Sudan and Venezuela.[3] The Report refers to different applications in Turkey many times showing that the State has been taking considerably restrictive measures.

Especially in 2017 thousands of people were arrested and/or taken into custody for downloading a mobile communication app called ByLock reasoning that coup plotters allegedly used the same app as well. The Report highlights that the app was easily accessible as well as publicly available in different app stores.

According to the Freedom House, the Turkish government has not only been using the internet to accuse government critics of serious crimes, but also to manipulate public discussions and control particular agendas. As per the allegations, around 6,000 people were employed to achieve these aims. To illustrate, many dissident journalists and academics have been dealing with online harassment by pro-government troll accounts through social media websites. Disinformation methods used by the State vary including paying government commentators (without explicit sponsorship), maintaining pro-government media and propaganda, hijacking politically dissent websites (such as social media accounts and news sites), and lastly creating fake news around elections intentionally to affect voters.

Besides these direct methods, the Turkish government uses indirect restrictions as well to control the use of the internet. To exemplify, WhatsApp as the most common mobile communication app was throttled many times especially right after significant political events and became almost inaccessible. Moreover, Turkey has taken measures to limit and control VPNs channels which enable internet users to reach banned websites and content. For example, Tor which is one of the most secure VPNs has been targeted by repressive governments. The Report emphasizes that Turkey has also applied new blocking orders to limit the use of Tor network making it harder for users to reach.

The Report specifies topics and content censored by the Turkish government; some of which can be listed as criticisms of authorities, corruption, conflict, political opposition, satire as well as mobilization for public causes. Out of 9 types of key internet controls categorized by the Freedom House, Turkey has been applying 7 of them including blocking of online communication tools, network shutdowns, increasing censorship through new laws, arrest and imprisonment of opposing internet users.

To sum up, the Freedom of the Net 2017 report illustrates how Turkey has been using the internet to serve the government’s own interests and also to limit individual freedoms such as freedom of expression and right to privacy.

1- Freedom House is a US based non-governmental organization “dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world.”; “About Us.” Freedom House, freedomhouse.org/about-us.

2-Freedom House, Freedom of the Net 2017, Nov 2017, available at: https://freedomhouse.org/sites/default/files/FOTN_2017_Final.pdf

3- It must be noted that these 65 countries represent 87% of the world’s internet users.

 


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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly Nov. 20

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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 11/13/2017-11/20/2017

1-” Mother of baby with congenital heart defect arrested on coup charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/mother-baby-congenital-heart-defect-arrested-coup-charges

2-“Turkish PM: We didn’t ask US gov’t for evidence of Sept. 11, why do you ask for it when it comes to July 15 coup attempt?”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-pm-didnt-ask-us-govt-evidence-sept-11-ask-comes-july-15-coup-attempt

3-“Turkish lieutenant colonel recants testimony, says drugged and tortured”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-lieutenant-colonel-recants-testimony-says-drugged-tortured

4-“15-year-old girl to be removed from foster family over Gülen links”
https://turkeypurge.com/15-year-old-girl-removed-foster-family-gulen-links

5-“Head of Progressive Lawyers’ Association arrested on terror charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/head-progressive-lawyers-association-arrested-terror-charges

6-“Court denies request to release 6 journalists including Altan brothers, Ilıcak”
https://turkeypurge.com/court-denies-request-release-6-journalists-including-altan-brothers-ilicak

7-“10 detained over social media posts in Ankara”
https://turkeypurge.com/10-detained-social-media-posts-ankara

8-“Turkish Gov’t Imprisons 6 Female Lawyers Over Alleged Links To Gülen Movement”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-imprisons-6-female-lawyers-over-alleged-links-to-gulen-movement/

9-“UN Experts Call For Dropping Of Terror Charges Against Leading Human Rights Defenders”
https://stockholmcf.org/un-experts-call-for-dropping-of-terror-charges-against-leading-human-rights-defenders/

10-“Jailed Turkish-German Journalist Yücel: Isolation Is Torture”
https://stockholmcf.org/jailed-turkish-german-journalist-yucel-isolation-is-torture/

11-“Female Detainees Exposed To Severe Ill-Treatment In Turkey’s Jail”
https://stockholmcf.org/female-detainees-exposed-to-severe-ill-treatment-in-turkeys-jail/

12-” Freedom House: Turkish Gov’t Detains Tens Of Thousands Arbitrarily Over Alleged Use Of ByLock”
https://stockholmcf.org/freedom-house-turkish-govt-detains-tens-of-thousands-arbitrarily-over-alleged-use-of-bylock/

13-“Ankara governor bans all gay festivals, forums, exhibitions on security grounds: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/ankara-governor-bans-gay-festivals-forums-exhibitions-security-grounds-report

14-“Turkey jails 36 on-duty officers, soldiers on coup charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-jails-36-duty-officers-soldiers-coup-charges

15-“60-year-old ‘Gülenist’ farmer put in pre-trial detention on coup charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/60-year-old-gulenist-villager-put-pre-trial-detention-coup-charges

16-“Heart attack strikes Kırklareli electrician jailed on coup charges — claim”
https://turkeypurge.com/heart-attack-strikes-kirklareli-electrician-jailed-coup-charges-claim

17-“Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code banned in Turkish prison due to emergency rule”
https://turkeypurge.com/dan-browns-da-vinci-code-banned-turkish-prison-due-emergency-rule

18-“Imprisoned journalist loses 30 kg amid kidney disease as family asks for help”
https://turkeypurge.com/imprisoned-journalist-loses-30-kg-amid-kidney-disease-family-asks-help

19-“Wives of another 3 police chiefs who led 2013 corruption operations detained”
https://turkeypurge.com/wives-another-3-police-chiefs-led-2013-corruption-operations-detained

20-“Detention warrants issued for 45 over ByLock use”
https://turkeypurge.com/detention-warrants-issued-45-bylock-use

21-“Turkey closes 5 more schools in post-coup crackdown”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-closes-5-schools-post-coup-crackdown

22-” Seriously Ill 81-Year-Old Turkish Man Ordered To Remain In Prison On Coup Charges”
https://stockholmcf.org/seriously-ill-81-year-old-turkish-man-ordered-to-remain-in-prison-on-coup-charges/

23-“Turkish court rules for ‘bankruptcy’ of Gülen-linked Bank Asya”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-court-rules-bankruptcy-gulen-linked-bank-asya

24-“Turkish police raid university, detain 42 academics, staff on coup charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-police-raid-university-detain-42-academics-staff-coup-charges

25-” Elderly villager detained for questioning gov’t coup narrative”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/11/17/elderly-villager-detained-for-questioning-govt-coup-narrative/

26-“Minister says 48,739 people jailed over Gülen links so far”
https://turkeypurge.com/minister-says-48973-people-arrested-gulen-links-far

27-“Thousands arbitrarily detained over ByLock use, Wikipedia blocked: Freedom House
https://turkeypurge.com/thousands-arbitrarily-detained-bylock-use-wikipedia-blocked-freedom-house

28-“Academics, journalists who signed Peace Declaration do not deserve to live: ruling party deputy”
https://turkeypurge.com/academics-journalists-signed-peace-declaration-not-deserve-live-ruling-party-deputy

29-“Turkish government sentences two kurdish journalists to ten months in prison”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-sentences-two-kurdish-journalists-to-ten-months-in-prison/

30-” Germany In Communication With Interpol To Protect Refugees From Turkey”
https://stockholmcf.org/germany-in-communication-with-interpol-to-protect-refugees-from-turkey/

31-” 666 detained in one week over Gülen links”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/11/20/666-detained-in-one-week-over-gulen-links/

32-” Amnesty International launches campaign protesting trial of activists on ‘trumped-up “terrorism” charges’”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/11/17/ai-launches-campaign-protesting-trial-of-activists-on-trumped-up-terrorism-charges/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 11/13/2017-11/20/2017

1-“Fişleme’den 33 ay tutuklu kaldı, beraat etti!”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/fislemeden-33-ay-tutuklu-kaldi-beraat-etti-h107440.html

2-“Elazığ’da kadın koğuşuna tazyikli suyla baskın!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/elazigda-kadin-kogusuna-tazyikli-suyla-baskin-h107437.html

3-“Freedom House: Amaç Gülenistlerin üzerine çökmek”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/freedom-house-amac-gulenistlerin-uzerine-cokmek-h107399.html

4-“Anayasa Mahkemesi süresiz OHAL tatiline girdi”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/anayasa-mahkemesi-suresiz-ohal-tatiline-girdi-h107398.html

5-“Cezaevinden gelen bu bebek kıyafetine iyi bakın”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cezaevinden-gelen-bu-bebek-kiyafetine-iyi-bakin-h107390.html

6=”Türkiye, özgürlüklerin kısıtlandığı ülkeler arasında!”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/turkiye-ozgurluklerin-kisitlandigi-ulkeler-arasinda-h107432.html

7-“Tutukluluğa devam kararı çıktı…Ahmet Altan: böyle hukuk olmaz, böyle mahkeme olmaz. Sözlerim bu kadar”
http://www.tr724.com/hakim-cildirdi-altan-kardesler-ilicakin-avukatlarini-salondan-atti/

8-“‘Red gerekçesi’: ‘Cinsel şiddet, İşkence, yargısız infaz’ ifadeleri kaba!”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/red-gerekcesi-cinsel-siddet-iskence-yargisiz-infaz-ifadeleri-kaba/

9-” BM’den Türkiye’ye ‘insan hakları’ eleştirisi: Hükümet kanıt sunmuyor”
http://t24.com.tr/haber/bmden-turkiyeye-insan-haklari-elestirisi-hukumet-kanit-sunmuyor,489348

10-“Eşi 15 aydır tutuklu 3 çocuk annesi kalp krizi geçirdi”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/esi-15-aydir-tutuklu-3-cocuk-annesi-kalp-krizi-gecirdi-h107662.html

11-“Tutuklu gazeteci cezaevinde 30 kilo verdi, hayati tehlikesi var”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/tutuklu-gazeteci-cezaevinde-30-kilo-verdi-hayati-tehlikesi-var-h107640.html

12-“Diyarbakır Barosu’nun Elazığ Cezaevi işkence raporu”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/diyarbakir-barosunun-elazig-cezaevi-iskence-raporu-h107604.html

13-“OHAL nedeniyle hapishanelerde sistematik işkenceler zirve yaptı..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ohal-nedeniyle-hapishanelerde-sistematik-iskenceler-zirve-yapti-h107538.html

14-“Bartın KOM Şube Müdürlüğünde gözaltında sistematik işkence..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/bartin-kom-sube-mudurlugunde-gozaltinda-sistematik-iskence-h107530.html

15-“Kolu kırılan tutuklu avukat, tedavi edilmiyor!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/kolu-kirilan-tutuklu-avukat-tedavi-edilmiyor-h107506.html

16-“Türkiye’deki OHAL zulmü bu sergide!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/turkiyedeki-ohal-zulmu-bu-sergide-h107500.html

17-“Tutuklu 668 bebeği büyük maçta duyurdular!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/tutuklu-668-bebegi-buyuk-macta-duyurdular-h107498.html

18-“81 yaşındaki tutuklu Mustafa Amcanın eşi konuştu: Bizi Bülent Arınç’a sorsunlar!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/81-yasindaki-tutuklu-mustafa-amcanin-esi-konustu-bizi-bulent-arinca-sorsunlar-h107497.html

19-“Baba 14 aydır tutuklu bu sabah anneyi aldılar”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/baba-14-aydir-tutuklu-bu-sabah-anneyi-aldilar-h107458.html

20-“Elazığ’da kadın koğuşuna tazyikli suyla baskın!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/elazigda-kadin-kogusuna-tazyikli-suyla-baskin-h107437.html

21-“Türkiye’de zulme uğrayan hizmet hareketi mensuplarına Norveç’ten koruma”
http://aktifhaber.com/dunya/turkiyede-zulme-ugrayan-hizmet-hareketi-mensuplarina-norvecten-koruma-h107649.html

22-“‘Hocaefendi’ye FETÖ deme’diye uyardı, gözaltına alındı”
http://www.tr724.com/hocaefendiye-feto-deme-diye-uyardi-gozaltina-alindi/

23-“Atatürk ve Erdoğan’a hakaretle suçlanan işçiye altı yıl hapis”
http://www.diken.com.tr/ataturk-ve-erdogana-hakaretle-suclanan-isciye-alti-yil-hapis/

24-“Emniyet, 661 ‘FETÖ’ sanığına 34 milyon liralık tazminat davası açtı”
http://www.diken.com.tr/emniyet-661-feto-sanigina-34-milyon-liralik-tazminat-davasi-acti/

25-” 668 Bebek için Afrika’da eylem
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/668-bebek-icin-afrikada-eylem-h107768.html

26-” Mengü’den kitlesel kırım eleştirisi: Bir sürü gencecik öğretmen kızları F..’cü diye içeri alındı”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/menguden-kitlesel-kirim-elestirisi-bir-suru-gencecik-ogretmen-kizlari-fcu-diye-iceri-alindi-h107754.html

27-” Öğretmenlere operasyon: 107 gözaltı kararı”
http://aktifhaber.com/genel/ogretmenlere-operasyon-107-gozalti-karari-h107750.html

28-” OHAL’de 1020 şirket TMSF yönetimine geçti”
http://aktifhaber.com/ekonomi/ohalde-1020-sirket-tmsf-yonetimine-gecti-h107745.html

29-” Konya’daki cadı avından yargılanan polislere hapis cezaları”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/konyadaki-cadi-avindan-yargilanan-polislere-hapis-cezalari-h107740.html

30-” Hapisteki çocuklara OHAL döneminde işkence ve kötü muamele arttı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/hapisteki-cocuklara-ohal-doneminde-iskence-ve-kotu-muamele-artti-h107721.html

31-“Gece gündüz dayak yemenin ne demek olduğunu bilir misin?”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/gece-gunduz-dayak-yemenin-ne-demek-oldugunu-bilir-misin-h107736.html

32-“Hapisteki çocuklar şiddetten şikayetçi
http://www.diken.com.tr/hapisteki-cocuklar-siddetten-sikayetci/

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