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Mustafa Ceyhan Abducted in Front of the Courthouse

Mustafa Ceyhan is a businessman from Turkey who resides in Georgia with his family under UN protection. He visited Azerbaijan from Batumi (Georgia) on 4/20/2017 for a business trip. Once he entered Azerbaijan, he was unjustly arrested on charges of illegally crossing the border to Azerbaijan.

On April 26th, Ceyhan was brought before court in Baku. The trial date was rescheduled to an earlier date, and happened without a notice to his lawyers. His lawyer, Tural Emenov and another lawyer appointed by the United Nation found out about the trial and accompanied him. The judge acquitted him from charges pressed against him.

Ceyhan’s wife, Meryem Ceyhan indicated that as Ceyhan was leaving the court around 12:00 PM, he was abducted in front of the courthouse by a group of eight men in a black Range Rover with black tinted windows. His whereabouts are unknown since then. His family and friends are worried about his condition and fear that he may be illegally sent back to Turkey where he faces risks of torture and ill-treatment.

Ceyhan’s lawyers called the United Nations mission in Baku, Azerbaijan and requested assistance, however, representatives there told them that they could not do anything. They told them to deal with it on their own.

The Turkish government had accused Ceyhan of having ties to the Gulen Movement (also known as Hizmet Movement) and appealed to Azerbaijan to extradite Ceyhan. Alleged supporters of the Movement in Turkey have been dealing with arrest, imprisonment, torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, confiscation and passport seizure. There are many examples of abductions and physical violence incidents in several countries like Sudan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Georgia, Myanmar, Malaysia and most recently in Kosovo. President Erdogan has on numerous occasions explicitly praised the abductions and promised more abduction in near future.

We encourage members of the media to contact Mustafa Ceyhan’s Lawyer, Tural Emenov from his phone number, +994554480700.

We urge international bodies and human rights organizations to take all necessary steps to find Mustafa Ceyhan and prevent his extradition to Turkey.

For more detailed information about these risks supporters of the Gulen Movement experience, please look at the report prepared by the Advocates of Silenced Turkey on the current and possible threats supporters of the Gulen Movement face abroad titled “I Cannot Say We Are Absolutely Safe Even Abroad.”

Download the report as pdf: http://silencedturkey.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/AST_Report_Threats_Gulen-Movement.pdf

We urge everyone to take action. Express your views or send attached statement below to following relevant individuals and organizations.

Download sample statement as a word document: AST_letter_Mustafa Ceyhan

1) Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan
Email: office@pa.gov.az
Fax: (0099412) 492 35 43, 492 06 25
Twitter: @presidentaz
Website: https://en.president.az/administration/contacts

2) Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the United States
Email: elinsuleymanov@yahoo.com, azerbaijan@azembassy.us
Phone: (202) 337-3500
Fax: (202) 337-5911
Twitter: @ElinSuleymanov
Website: http://washington.mfa.gov.az/content/6

3) U.S. Embassy Baku
Phone: 994 12 488-3300
Fax: 994 12 488-3330
Twitter: @USEmbassyBaku

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

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

6) Human Rights Watch
Twitter: @hrw
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HumanRightsWatch
NY Address:350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor New York, NY 10118-3299 USA
Tel: +1-212-290-4700
Fax: +1-212-736-1300

Emma Daly, Communications Director
Tel: +1-212-216-1835
Fax: +1-212-736-1300

7) Human Rights Foundation
Twitter: @HRF
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanrightsfoundation/
New York Address:350 5th Ave., #4515 New York, NY, 10001
Phone Number: (212) 246-8486

8) Freedom House
Twitter: @FreedomHouseDC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FreedomHouseDC
info@freedomhouse.org
Phone: 202-296-5101
Fax: 202-293-2840

Annie Boyajian, Advocacy Manager
boyajian@freedomhouse.org

6) Amnesty International
Twitter: @amnestyusa
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amnestyusa
report@aiusa.org

7) International Federation for Houman Rights
Twitter: @fidh_en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FIDH.HumanRights
FIDH AT THE UN (NEW-YORK)
110 East 42nd street, Suite 1309 NY 10017 New-York
Phone Number: 001 646 395 7103

9) International Court of Justice
Email: information@icj-cij.org
Phone: (+31) 70 302 23 23
Fax: (+31) 70 364 99 28
Twitter: @CIJ_ICJ
Website: http://www.icj-cij.org/en

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“Turkish businessman affiliated with Gülen movement abducted in Baku”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-businessman-affiliated-with-gulen-movement-abducted-in-baku/

“Mustafa Ceyhan, a Turkish citizen of Azerbaijan, was detained in custody – the FETO accusation”
http://ovqat.com/kriminal/19646-turkiynin-azrbaycandan-istdiyi-mustafa-ceyhan-hbsd-saxlanld-feto-ittiham.html

“Bir ‘siyah transporter’ vakası daha: ‘Bakü’de Mustafa Ceyhan kaçırıldı'” (TURKISH)
https://ahvalnews.com/tr/kacirilma/bir-siyah-transporter-vakasi-daha-bakude-mustafa-ceyhan-kacirildi

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly April 9

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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 4/2/2018-4/9/2018

1-” Turkish court seeks Interpol warrant for exiled journalist Can Dundar”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-court-seeks-interpol-warrant-exiled-journalist-can-dundar

2-” Former top judiciary member dies of heart attack in prison: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/former-top-judiciary-member-dies-heart-attack-prison-report

3-” 1,250 academics in 37 countries campaign for Bogazici students’ release”
https://turkeypurge.com/1250-academics-in-37-countries-campaign-for-release-of-bogazici-students

4-” Former editor-in-chief of state-run TRT News gets 9 years, 9 months on terror charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/former-editor-chief-state-run-trt-news-gets-9-years-9-months-terror-charges

5-” WATCH: Video shows İzmir police beat 2 handcuffed detainees”
https://turkeypurge.com/watch-video-shows-istanbul-police-beat-2-handcuffed-detainees

6-” Veteran journalist Hasan Cemal receives suspended jail sentence on terror charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/veteran-journalist-hasan-cemal-receives-suspended-jail-sentence-terror-charges

7-” [BREAKING] Gabon police detain 5 ‘Gülenist’ teachers at Turkey’s request”
https://turkeypurge.com/breaking-gabon-police-detain-5-gulenist-teachers-turkeys-request

8-” 9 Bogaziçi students sent to prison for participating in protest against Turkey’s Afrin operation”
https://turkeypurge.com/breaking-9-bogazici-students-sent-prison-participating-protest-turkeys-afrin-operation

9-” Detention warrant issued for pollster due to social media postings”
https://turkeypurge.com/detention-warrant-issued-pollster-due-social-media-postings

10-” EU Commission on Kosovo abductions: Arbitrary arrest, exile against EU principles”
https://turkeypurge.com/eu-commission-kosovo-abductions-arbitrary-arrest-exile-eu-principles

11-” Erdogan’s lawyer says Turkish intel could abduct more Gulenists in coming days”
https://turkeypurge.com/erdogans-lawyer-says-turkish-intel-abduct-gulenists-coming-days

12-” 14,640 Turkish citizens claimed asylum in EU in 2017: Eurostat”
https://turkeypurge.com/14630-turkish-citizens-claimed-asylum-eu-2017-eurostat

13-” Turkish professor gets 15 months in prison for signing 2016 peace declaration”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-professor-gets-15-months-in-prison-for-signing-2016-peace-declaration

14-” Osman Kavala writes from prison: Spring is felt in the courtyards of the prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/osman-kavala-writes-from-prison-spring-is-felt-in-the-courtyards-of-the-prison

15-” [VIDEO] Kayseri police detain steel factory owner on coup charges: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-kayseri-police-detain-steel-factory-owner-on-coup-charges-report

16-” Research assistant kills 4 academics at Eskişehir university over alleged ‘Gulen membership’”
https://turkeypurge.com/research-assistant-kills-4-academics-at-eskisehir-university-on-grounds-of-gulen-membership

17-” Turkish President sues opposition leader once more for 500,000 TL: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-president-sues-opposition-leader-once-more-for-500000-tl-report

18-” Purge-victim gets 9.5 years in prison for paying tax through Bank Asya, indictment shows”
https://turkeypurge.com/purge-victim-gets-9-5-years-in-prison-for-paying-tax-through-bank-asya-indictment-shows

19-” Government spokesman: Turkish secret services seized 80 ‘Gulenists’ from 18 countries so far”
https://turkeypurge.com/government-spokesman-turkish-secret-services-seized-80-gulenists-from-18-countries-so-far

20-” Turkey seeks aggravated life sentences for 9 Zaman-linked journalists, columnists”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-seeks-aggravated-life-sentences-for-9-zaman-linked-journalists-columnists

21-” Kosovo grants asylum to Turkish educator who escaped Turkey’s abduction attempt”
https://turkeypurge.com/kosovo-grants-asylum-to-turkish-educator-after-escaping-turkeys-abduction-attempt

22-” Italian bar association calls for support for arrested lawyers in Turkey”
https://turkeypurge.com/italian-bar-association-calls-for-support-for-arrested-lawyers-in-turkey

23-” Police seal off Furkan-affiliated student houses in Adana”
https://turkeypurge.com/police-seal-off-furkan-affiliated-student-houses-vakfi-in-adana

24-” Groom detained for ‘insulting’ Erdoğan, bride performs ceremony alone”
https://turkeypurge.com/gloom-detained-for-insulting-erdogan-bride-performs-ceremony-alone

25-” Turkey prepares flawed documentation seeking extradition of journalist Arslan”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/04/05/turkey-prepares-flawed-documentation-seeking-extradition-of-journalist-arslan/

26-” Woman in fourth month of pregnancy detained over Gülen links”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/04/05/woman-in-fourth-month-of-pregnancy-detained-over-gulen-links/

27-” Turkey overwhelmingly leads world in Twitter censorship”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkey-overwhelmingly-leads-world-in-twitter-censorship/

28-” Body of Turkish woman fleeing to Greece found weeks after boat capsized”
https://stockholmcf.org/body-of-turkish-woman-fleeing-to-greece-found-weeks-after-boat-capsized/

29-” İHD report reveals 3,000 people tortured across Turkey in 2017″
https://stockholmcf.org/ihd-report-reveals-3000-people-tortured-across-turkey-in-2017/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 4/2/2018-4/9/2018

1-” ‘Adam kaçırma talimatı’: Kosova operasyonu ne ilktir, ne de son olacak”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/adam-kacirma-talimati-kosava-operasyonu-ne-ilktir-ne-de-son-olacak/

2-” Eşi ‘sohbet ablası’ olmak, kendisi ‘sohbet ablası’ eşi olmaktan tutuklandı”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/esi-sohbet-ablasi-olmak-kendisi-sohbet-ablasi-esi-olmaktan-tutuklandi/

3-” Gazeteci Ahmet Böken karar duruşmasına çıkıyor”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/gazeteci-ahmet-boken-karar-durusmasina-cikiyor/

4-” Eski HSYK üyesi Teoman Gökçe cezaevinde öldü”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/eski-hsyk-uyesi-teoman-gokce-cezaevinde-oldu/

5-” 20 aydır tutuklu iş adamlarına 8 yıl ceza: Tutuksuz olanlar da tutuklanacak”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/20-aydir-tutuklu-is-adamlarina-8-yil-ceza-tutuksuz-olanlar-da-tutuklanacak/

6-” Hasan Cemal’e beraat ettiği davadan 3 ay 22 gün hapis”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/hasan-cemale-beraat-ettigi-davadan-3-ay-22-gun-hapis/

7-” Hasan Cemal’e beraat ettiği davadan 3 ay 22 gün hapis”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/hasan-cemale-beraat-ettigi-davadan-3-ay-22-gun-hapis/

8-” Erdoğan’ın hedef gösterdiği Boğaziçili 9 öğrenci tutuklandı”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/erdoganin-hedef-gosterdigi-bogazicili-9-ogrenci-tutuklandi/

9-” Özgürlükçü Demokrasi gazetesi çalışanlarının evlerine polis baskını”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/saglam-girdigi-cezaevinden-hiv-virusu-bulasmis-sekilde-cikti-h114752.html

10-” Gazeteci Çağdaş Kaplan’a 15 yıla kadar hapis istemi”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/gazeteci-cagdas-kaplana-15-yila-kadar-hapis-istemi/

11-” Bitmeyen adalet arayışının geldiği yer: 23 yıldır tutuklu Çomak’a müebbet hapis”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/bitmeyen-adalet-arayisinin-geldigi-yer-23-yildir-tutuklu-comaka-muebbet-hapis/

12-” ‘Cadı avı’ sürüyor: Barış akademisyenlerine bir yıl üç ay hapis cezası”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/cadi-avi-suruyor-baris-akademisyenlerine-bir-yil-uc-ay-hapis-cezasi/

13-” Osman Kavala: OHAL olağanüstü suçlamaları olağan hale getiriyor”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/osman-kavala-ohal-olaganustu-suclamalari-olagan-hale-getiriyor/

14-” Ahmet Ümit: Ahmet Altan’a müebbet hapis Türkiye’nin utancıdır”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/ahmet-umit-ahmet-altana-muebbet-hapis-turkiyenin-utancidir/

15-” Zaman gazetesi davası: Bulaç, Türköne ve Alpay’a müebbet hapis talebi ”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/zaman-gazetesi-davasi-bulac-turkone-ve-alpaya-muebbet-hapis-talebi/

16-” OHAL boyunca 1480 avukata soruşturma açıldı, 570 avukat tutuklandı”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/ohal-boyunca-1480-avukata-sorus%CC%A7turma-ac%CC%A7ildi-570-avukat-tutuklandi/

17-” Erdoğan’a hakaretten tutuklanınca düğün damatsız yapıldı”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/erdogana-hakaretten-tutuklaninca-dugun-damatsiz-yapildi/

18-” ‘Gülen’e gönülden bağlıydım’ diyen Prof. Çolak’ın 22.5 yıl hapsi istendi”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/gulene-gonulden-bagliydim-diyen-prof-colakin-22-5-yil-hapsi-istendi/

19-” İhraç edilen akademisyenlerden ‘KHK Öyküleri’”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/ihrac-edilen-akademisyenlerden-khk-oykuleri/

20-” Kapatılan Furkan Vakfı’nın öğrencileri isterlerse ‘mağdur edilmeyecek’”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/kapatilan-furkan-vakfinin-ogrencileri-isterlerse-magdur-edilmeyecek/

21-” Birçok hastalığı bulunan sınıf öğretmenini gözaltına aldılar”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/bircok-hastaligi-bulunan-sinif-ogretmenini-gozaltina-aldilar-h115139.html

22-” Tahliye edilmeyen ağır hasta cezaevinde, yaşamını yitirdi”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/tahliye-edilmeyen-agir-hasta-cezaevinde-yasamini-yitirdi-h115095.html

23-” Erdoğan rejiminin canına kıydığı insanlara bir yenisi eklendi”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/erdogan-rejiminin-canina-kiydigi-insanlara-bir-yenisi-eklendi-h114876.html

24-” Polis gözaltındaki şüpheliye kameralar önünde tekme tokat daldı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/polis-gozaltindaki-supheliye-kameralar-onunde-tekme-tokat-daldi-h114874.html

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly April 2

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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 3/26/2018-4/2/2018

1-” 568 people detained over Gülen links in past week: gov’t”
https://turkeypurge.com/568-people-detained-gulen-links-past-week-govt-2

2-” [VIDEO] Businessman detained while on way to escape to Greece”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-businessman-detained-way-escape-greece

3-” Pro-gov’t journalist says jailed Gulenists should be forced to commit suicide”
https://turkeypurge.com/pro-govt-journalist-says-jailed-gulenists-forced-commit-suicide

4-” Jewelry store chain, another company in Istanbul seized over Gulen links”
https://turkeypurge.com/jewelry-store-chain-another-company-istanbul-seized-gulen-links

5-” Wife of purge-victim judge jumps to death from 9th floor”
https://turkeypurge.com/wife-purge-victim-judge-jumps-death-9th-floor

6-” 120 including on-duty soldiers and gendarmerie personnel in custody on coup charges: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/120-including-duty-soldiers-gendarmerie-personnel-custody-coup-charges-report

7-” Mother of this baby put in pre-trial detention on coup charges in İstanbul — claim”
https://turkeypurge.com/mother-baby-put-pre-trial-detention-coup-charges-claim

8-” Turkish police seize pro-Kurdish Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper”
https://turkeypurge.com/pro-kurdish-ozgurlukcu-demokrasi-newspaper-publisher-seized-several-employees-detained

9-” [VIDEO] 13 women detained over Gülen links in Turkey’s Karaman”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-13-women-detained-gulen-links-turkeys-karaman

10-” Ankara man missing for 111 days as wife finds his car abandoned with deflated tire”
https://turkeypurge.com/ankara-man-missing-111-days-wife-finds-car-abandoned-deflated-tire

11-” Yet another 12 teachers detained in Turkey’s Bilecik”
https://turkeypurge.com/12-teachers-detained-turkeys-bilecik

12-” Journalist says gov’t asked to work as ‘spy’ in police custody”
https://turkeypurge.com/journalist-says-govt-asked-work-spy-police-custody

13-” Report: 580 lawyers jailed, 103 sentenced in Turkey since 2016’s failed coup”
https://turkeypurge.com/report-580-lawyers-jailed-103-sentenced-in-turkey-since-failed-coup

14-” Six Turks arrested in Kosovo over Gulen links extradited to Turkey: Anadolu”
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-kosovo/six-turks-arrested-in-kosovo-over-gulen-links-extradited-to-turkey-anadolu-idUSKBN1H51JL

15-” Kosovan PM’s authority in doubt amid claims state intelligence arrested Turks without his knowledge”
http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/29/kosovan-pm-s-authority-in-doubt-amid-claims-state-intelligence-arrested-turks-without-his-

16-” Kosovo investigates seizure of Turkish nationals”
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-kosovo-security-turkey/kosovo-investigates-seizure-of-turkish-nationals-idUKKBN1H70C8

17-” Erdogan slams Kosovo PM over sackings after Gulen-linked deportations”
http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/31/erdogan-attacks-kosovo-prime-minister-for-sacking-officials-who-sanctioned-teacher-kidnap

18-” Human Rights Foundation asks Kosovo PM to free 6 Gulenists”
https://turkeypurge.com/human-rights-foundation-asks-kosovo-pm-free-6-gulenists

19-” [VIDEO] Erdoğan praises Turkey’s abduction of Gulenists in Kosovo, signals more to come”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-erdogan-praises-turkeys-abduction-gulenist-kosovo-signals-come

20-” Teacher abducted from Malaysia subjected to beating, torture in Ankara: cellmate”
https://turkeypurge.com/teacher-abducted-malaysia-subjected-beating-torture-ankara-cellmate

21-” [VIDEO] Erdogan: Turkish spies packed up Kosovo teachers, brought them to Turkey”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-erdogan-turkish-spies-packed-kosovo-teachers-brought-turkey

22-” Teacher diagnosed with cancer after dismissal from job dies”
https://turkeypurge.com/teacher-diagnosed-cancer-dismissal-job-dies

23-” Blind journalist transferred to remote prison, held in windowless cell”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/03/26/blind-journalist-transferred-to-remote-prison-held-in-windowless-cell/

24-” Gov’t seizes retirement bonus of rights activist removed from civil service job”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/03/26/govt-seizes-retirement-bonus-of-rights-activist-removed-from-civil-service-job/

25-” HRW: Turkish gov’t has reached ‘new low’ with social media crackdown”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/03/27/hrw-turkish-govt-has-reached-new-low-with-social-media-crackdown/

26-” Woman jailed over Gülen links not released despite serious health risk”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/03/28/woman-jailed-over-gulen-links-not-released-despite-serious-health-risk/

27-” Prosecutor finds doctor who took own life after firing not a ByLock user after all”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/03/29/prosecutor-finds-doctor-who-took-own-life-after-firing-not-a-bylock-user-after-all/

28-” English PEN report: Freedom of expression in jeopardy in Turkey”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/03/29/english-pen-report-freedom-of-expression-in-jeopardy-in-turkey/

29-” 1,250 academics from around the world ask for release of Boğaziçi students”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/04/02/1250-academics-from-around-the-world-ask-for-release-of-bogazici-students/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 3/26/2018-4/2/2018

1-” Görme engelli Gazeteci Cüneyt Arat’ı hayattan koparmaya çalışıyorlar..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/gorme-engelli-gazeteci-cuneyt-arati-hayattan-koparmaya-calisiyorlar-h114430.html

2-” Annesiyle babası tutuklu 2 yaşındaki çocuğa 70 yaşındaki babaanne bakıyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/annesiyle-babasi-tutuklu-2-yasindaki-cocuga-70-yasindaki-babaanne-bakiyor-h114491.html

3-” 3.5 aydır tutuklu Birgül Bulut’un doktoru uyardı: Heran kalp krizi geçirebilir”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/35-aydir-tutuklu-birgul-bulutun-doktoru-uyardi-heran-kalp-krizi-gecirebilir-h114514.html

4-” Yüksek güvenlikli cezaevine nakledilen Celalettin Can’ı biyopsiye götürmüyorlar”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/yuksek-guvenlikli-cezaevine-nakledilen-celalettin-cani-biyopsiye-goturmuyorlar-h114608.html

5-” Gardiyanların tutukluyu boğarak öldürmeye çalıştığı ortaya çıktı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/gardiyanlarin-tutukluyu-bogarak-oldurmeye-calistigi-ortaya-cikti-h114610.html

6-” İHD açıkladı: Erzincan Cezaevi’nde darp edilen tutuklunun kulak zarı patladı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ihd-acikladi-erzincan-cezaevinde-darp-edilen-tutuklunun-kulak-zari-patladi-h114623.html

7-” MİT Kosova’da 6 kişiyi Türkiye’ye kaçırmak için Havalimanında bekletiyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/mit-kosovada-6-kisiyi-turkiyeye-kacirmak-icin-havalimaninda-bekletiyor-h114626.html

8-” İnsan Hakları İzleme Örgütü Kosova’ya öğretmenler için mektup gönderdi”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/insan-haklari-izleme-orgutu-kosovaya-ogretmenler-icin-mektup-gonderdi-h114679.html

9-” Sağlam girdiği cezaevinden HİV virüsü bulaşmış şekilde çıktı!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/saglam-girdigi-cezaevinden-hiv-virusu-bulasmis-sekilde-cikti-h114752.html

10-” Malezya’dan kaçırılan Alaaddin Duman’a yapılan işkenceleri anlattı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/malezyadan-kacirilan-alaaddin-dumana-yapilan-iskenceleri-anlatti-h114790.html

11-” KHK ile ihraç edilenlerin emeklilik ikramiyeleri gasp ediliyor!”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/khk-ile-ihrac-edilenlerin-emeklilik-ikramiyeleri-gasp-ediliyor/

12-” İnsan Hakları İzleme Örgütü’nden ‘sosyal medyaya baskı’ raporu”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/insan-haklari-izleme-orgutunden-sosyal-medyaya-baski-raporu/

13-” HRW: ‘Sosyal medya gözaltıları’ Türkiye Hükümeti’nin düştüğü en dip nokta”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/hrw-sosyal-medya-gozaltilari-turkiye-hukumetinin-dustugu-en-dip-nokta/

14-” ‘Sahibi il imamı’ gerekçesiyle kuyumcu dükkanına el konuldu”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/sahibi-il-imami-gerekcesiyle-kuyumcu-dukkanina-el-konuldu/

15-” ‘Dersaneler sorumlusu’ suçlamasıyla aranan öğretmen yakalandı”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/dersaneler-sorumlusu-suclamasiyla-aranan-ogretmen-yakalandi/

16-” KHK ile kapatılan dernek yöneticisi 14 kişi daha tutuklandı”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/khk-ile-kapatilan-dernek-yoneticisi-14-kisi-daha-tutuklandi/

17-” 20 aydır tutuklu askeri ilk duruşmaya götürmeyi ‘unuttular’”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/20-aydir-tutuklu-askeri-ilk-durusmaya-goturmeyi-unuttular/

18-” Atina: Erdoğan Varna’dan ‘askerleri takas edelim’ mesajı gönderdi”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/yunanistan-erdogan-bize-takas-imasinda-bulundu/

19-” İhsan Eliaçık’a 7,5 yıl hapis istendi”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/ihsan-eliacika-75-yil-hapis-istendi/

20-” Gözaltındaki gazeteciye ajanlık teklifi”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/gozaltindaki-gazeteciye-ajanlik-teklifi/

21-” Basın örgütleri: Özgürlükçü Demokrasi’nin sesini kayyımla susturamazsınız!”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/basin-orgutleri-ozgurlukcu-demokrasinin-sesini-kayyumla-susturamazsiniz/

22-” 15 Temmuz’da askerle çatışmayan polislere 12 yıl hapis cezası”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/basin-orgutleri-ozgurlukcu-demokrasinin-sesini-kayyumla-susturamazsiniz/

23-” Yüksek lisans öğrencisine Bylock gözaltısı”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/yuksek-lisans-ogrencisine-bylock-gozaltisi/

24-” 600 polis ‘bayan yapılanması’ operasyonu yaptı: 70 kadına gözaltı”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/600-polis-bayan-yapilanmasi-operasyonu-yapti-70-kadina-gozalti/

25-” Mehmet Altan’ın tutukluluğuna itiraz bir kez daha reddedildi”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/mehmet-altanin-tutukluluguna-itiraz-bir-kez-daha-reddedildi/

26-” Yargıtay ‘ByLock mahkumiyeti’ni bozdu: Yeterli araştırma yok”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/yargitay-bylock-mahkumiyetini-bozdu-yeterli-arastirma-yok/

27-” ‘İşimizi geri istiyoruz’ eyleminde polis eylemcinin saçını yoldu”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/isimizi-geri-istiyoruz-eyleminde-polis-eylemcinin-sacini-yoldu/

28-” ‘Adam kaçırma talimatı’: Kosova operasyonu ne ilktir, ne de son olacak”
https://kronoshaber.com/tr/adam-kacirma-talimati-kosava-operasyonu-ne-ilktir-ne-de-son-olacak/

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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 : http://silencedturkey.org/missing-teachers-in-afghanistan

Read more on the situation of Turkish teachers in Afghanistan : http://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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Interpol shelves Turkish government’s arrest requests over baseless terrorism charges

The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) has put on hold almost 50 requests from the Turkish government to arrest people wanted by Ankara on baseless terrorism charges, the pro-government Sabah daily reported on Friday.

The requests by the Turkish government are political in nature, Interpol has ruled, according to the Erdoğanist daily.

Turkey is seeking the arrest and extradition of alleged “senior terrorist leaders” including Salih Muslim, the former co-leader of a Kurdish political group in Syria, and Adil Öksüz, a senior member of FETÖ, Sabah reported.

The paper also claimed that Interpol previously displayed its stance against the Turkish government by reportedly deleting a list of 72,000 alleged members of the Gülen movement. The list was uploaded by the Turkish police on August 2, 2016, right after a controversial coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

The Turkish government’s blatant abuse of Interpol to persecute, harass and intimidate critics and opponents is much worse than one can imagine, research by the Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) revealed on September 20, 2017.

The dubious and false charges filed by Turkey through Interpol to hunt down legitimate critics of Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have in some cases succeeded in the extradition of people from abroad, subjecting returnees to torture and ill treatment in notorious Turkish prisons. In other cases, people were stranded in third countries while travelling and were forced to fight the forcible return as they remained in detention facilities.

The Turkish government also revoked the travel documents and passports of many Turks without informing them and filed missing and lost reports with Interpol on their behalf when in fact no such request was made by the passport holders. Erdoğan has also pursued his witch-hunt against foreign companies that traded with almost 1,000 Turkish companies which were unlawfully seized and nationalized by the government on fabricated terrorism charges. Interpol mechanisms were used to gather information on foreign partners on absurd charges of terrorism, which sparked diplomatic crises with other countries.

Source:
https://stockholmcf.org/interpol-shelves-turkish-governments-arrest-requests-over-baseless-terrorism-charges/

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Detention warrants issued for 300 teachers in a month in Turkey’s capital of Ankara

The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has issued detention warrants in the past month for 300 teachers who worked in schools owned by people close to the Gülen movement, the tr724 news website reported.

The schools were closed and the teachers dismissed by the government as part of a witch-hunt launched after a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Chief Public Prosecutor Yüksel Kocaman, who runs the operation targeting the Gülen movement, was the prosecutor at Pınarhisar Prison when President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was jailed there for four months in 1999.

On Nov. 15, 2017 Kocaman refused to comply with a ruling from the court of cassation which said that being sympathetic to or following publications of the Gülen movement is not sufficient to declare a person a member of the movement, which was designated as a terrorist organization by President Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government.

Source:
https://stockholmcf.org/detention-warrants-issued-for-300-teachers-in-a-month-in-turkeys-capital-of-ankara/

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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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Petition Campaign Launched In Turkey For Release Of Ailing 78-Year-Old Female Prisoner

A petition campaign has been launched for the release from prison of 78-year-old Sise Bingöl, who is suffering from heart and lung disease and hypertension, as reported by Bianet.

Bingöl was detained and arrested in the Varto district of Muş province on April 6, 2017. She was sentenced to four years, two months in prison on charges of “willingly and knowingly aiding an illegal organization.”

She suffered a heart attack one month before she was imprisoned.

Bingöl was first confined to Muş’s Type E Prison when she was arrested. She was later transferred to the Tarsus Type T Closed Prison, on October 4, 2017, without the knowledge of her family. The prison administration informed her relatives a week after the transfer.

The petition campaign text demands that Bingöl, whose health has been worsening while in prison, to be released on probation.

Sick prisoners can apply to the court with their medical reports for a deferral of their sentences. As of the time of writing, more than 2,500 signatures had been collected for Bingöl’s release.

According to data compiled by the Human Rights Association (İHD), there are currently 1,025 sick prisoners in Turkish penal institutions, 357 of whom are in critical condition.

Campaign link (in Turkish):
https://www.change.org/p/adalet-bakan%C4%B1-sis%C3%AA-bing%C3%B6l-serbest-b%C4%B1rak%C4%B1ls%C4%B1n?recruiter=526409120&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=share_petitionSource:
https://stockholmcf.org/petition-campaign-launched-in-turkey-for-release-of-ailing-78-year-old-female-prisoner/

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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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