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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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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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Turkish government’s ‘Global Purge’ targeted opponents in at least 46 countries

Turkish government has pursued an aggressive policy to silence its perceived enemies in at least 46 countries across four continents, as part of its post-coup crackdown, a Foreign Affairs article noted Monday. The Turkish government has been hunting its opponents abroad, particularly the supporters of the Gulen movement since before and after the failed putsch on July 15, 2016, the article said adding that government’s alleged enemies were targeted at least in 46 countries.

Elaborating on the purge abroad, the magazine said: “Ankara has revoked thousands of passports, and achieved the arrest, deportation, or rendition of hundreds of Turkish citizens from at least 16 countries, including many who were under UN protection as asylum seekers. It has successfully pressured at least 20 countries to close or transfer to new owners dozens, perhaps hundreds, of Gulen movement schools.”

Turkish government accuses the movement of masterminding the 2016 failed coup while the latter denies involvement. More than 150,000 has passed through police custody while over a one-third of those were remanded in prison over Gulen links in Turkey. More than 3,000 schools, dormitories, and universities were shuttered while over 1,000 companies were seized at home.

While the article presents an in-depth insight into the chronological relations between the movement and Turkey’s governments in the recent history, it says the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government labeled the group as a terrorist organization before waging an all-out war against it.

Deportations

“Since the failed coup attempt, Turkey has exerted diplomatic pressure on various governments to arrest or deport hundreds of individuals from around the world. By my count, 15 countries have arrested or deported various representatives of the movement, ranging from supposed financiers to schoolteachers. Those countries include Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Georgia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Turkmenistan. …In at least three cases—Kazakhstan, Myanmar, and Sudan—individuals appear to have been turned over to Turkey without judicial proceedings, perhaps through the operation of a special National Intelligence Organization unit that Turkey’s state news agency says was established to track down “high-value” Gulenists. There have also been multiple cases in which those deported were apparently seeking asylum and thus had protected status at the time they were sent to Turkey: news reports say this was the case in Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Malaysia, and Pakistan. Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov admitted that the August 2016 deportation of a software engineer who had applied for asylum before the coup attempt was “on the edge of the law.” In other cases, like in Angola, Pakistan, and Qatar, there were mass deportations following the closure of Gulen schools.”

Also, pro-government commentators, such as Cem Kucuk, have talked casually about how MIT should kill members of the Gulen movement abroad, the magazine reported.

Closure of schools abroad

“The movement’s schools are under extreme pressure in the global purge,” the article highlighted before detailing the pressure on Gulenists’ overseas facilities: “Since its falling-out with the Gulenist movement in 2013, the government has been pressing other countries to shutter the schools. The Gambia closed its Gulen schools in April 2014. Turkey’s close ally Azerbaijan followed soon thereafter and Tajikistan shut down its Gulen schools in 2015. But elsewhere in the world, these schools largely remained open until the coup attempt of July 2016, after which Turkey increased the pressure. The results were quick. Schools were almost immediately closed in Jordan, Libya, and Somalia. Angola, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Morocco, and Tanzania followed suit in early 2017. Before the year was out, Afghanistan, Chad, Georgia, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, and Tunisia had all closed or transferred schools.

Pressure extends beyond Gulenists

Not only the supporters of the movement have been targeted, the article said, adding that all alleged government enemies within and outside Turkey were affected.

“In fact, 31 percent of all those arrested in government operations under the state of emergency, which has been in place since October 2016, were associated with Kurdish or leftist groups, according to official figures compiled by iHop, a Turkish human rights monitoring group. Nearly 400 academics who signed a petition before the coup attempt calling for peace between the state and the PKK in January 2016 have also been fired, and some have left Turkey or remained abroad. Others who have been convicted or charged while outside the country now fear traveling because of the threat of detention due to Interpol notices.”

“The global purge has also touched Interpol. In December, the AP reported that Interpol representatives were examining up to 40,000 extradition requests, some perhaps from Turkey, for possible political abuse. The report came after a number of high-profile cases involving Turks abroad, including Dogan Akhanli, a left-wing writer with dual German and Turkish citizenship who was arrested and forced to remain in Spain for two months while Spanish authorities assessed Turkey’s extradition request.”

Sources:
https://turkeypurge.com/report-turkish-governments-global-purge-targeted-opponents-least-46-countries
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/turkey/2018-01-29/remarkable-scale-turkeys-global-purge?cid=int-fls&pgtype=hpg

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