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The Freedom House concludes Turkey is no more a free country. What is next?

The Freedom House concludes Turkey is no more a free country. What is next?

A new report released by the independent, non-profit and non-partisan watchdog organization Freedom House concluded that democratic principles such as election integrity and freedom of the press, political and civil rights have severely downgraded in Turkey that is no longer ‘a free country.’ The study added that Turkey’s status declined from Partly Free to Not Free due to a deeply flawed constitutional referendum that centralized power in the presidency, the mass replacement of elected mayors with government appointees, arbitrary prosecutions of rights activists and other perceived enemies of the state, and continued purges of state employees, all of which have left citizens hesitant to express their views on sensitive topics.

The Freedom House has been publishing annual reports since 1973 for assessing the condition of political rights and civil liberties around the world.

It has been a great source for scholars and academics since then. Their methodology is very strong and reliable. Their ranking provides a snapshot of the world and political circumstances in each state. It has always been interpreted seriously by international organizations and financial institutions as well.

The report noted that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan broadened and intensified the crackdown on his perceived opponents that began after a failed 2016 coup attempt. In addition to its dire consequences for detained Turkish citizens, shuttered media outlets, and seized businesses, the chaotic purge has become intertwined with an offensive against the Kurdish minority, which in turn has fueled Turkey’s diplomatic and military interventions in neighboring Syria and Iraq.

According to Freedom House, which analyzed data from 195 countries over the 2017 calendar year, Turkey’s passage over the threshold from Partly Free to Not Free is the culmination of a long and accelerating slide in Freedom in the World.

‘The country’s score has been in free fall since 2014 due to an escalating series of assaults on the press, social media users, protesters, political parties, the judiciary, and the electoral system, as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan fights to impose personalized control over the state and society in a deteriorating domestic and regional security environment. Erdoğan has pushed out his rivals and former allies within the ruling party, reshaped media ownership to fit his needs, and rammed through an unpopular constitutional referendum to create a “super-presidential” system without meaningful checks and balances.’

The study also noted that President Erdogan’s response to the July 2016 coup attempt has become a sprawling witch hunt, resulting in the arrest of some 60,000 people, the closure of over 160 media outlets, and the imprisonment of over 150 journalists. The leaders of the third-largest party in the parliament are in prison, and nearly 100 mayors across the country have been replaced through emergency measures or political pressure from the president. The government has even pressed its crackdown beyond. Turkey’s borders, triggering a flood of Interpol “red notice” requests to detain critics abroad, among other effects.

How will the report affect the Asylum seekers?

Since the controversial coup attempt, thousands of military officials, government officials, academics, and civilians have been detained, arrested or fired from their positions. The purge has led to a large number of these individuals to flee Turkey and seek asylum elsewhere.

It is safe to analyze that The Freedom House report will have major consequences on several issues especially asylum applications of thousands of people since the report extensively provided all the necessary data about the failure of democracy in Turkey. The report which confirmed Turkey’s passage over the threshold from ‘Partly Free to Not Free’ is considered both essential and useful for the court processes of the Asylum applications.

How should NATO respond?

A core principle of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is that member states adhere to democratic values. Here is how NATO defines its core principle and the purpose of its very existence:

‘NATO’s purpose is to guarantee the freedom and security of its members through political and military means. POLITICAL – NATO promotes democratic values and enables members to consult and cooperate on defense and security-related issues to solve problems, build trust and, in the long run, prevent conflict.’

As a democratic security organization, NATO should clarify its stance and policies towards Turkey, which is openly defined as a non-democracy and not-free? Can NATO promote democratic values while one of its biggest members is already defined a dictatorship by non-partisan international organizations?

The recent study by the Freedom House which reports the decline in Turkey’s human rights record may cause some U.S. lawmakers and decision makers to question the country’s NATO membership.

ECtHR appears as a new venue

The shocking lower court rulings of the last several days rejecting the authority of Turkey’s Constitutional Court to hear individual applications has also been considered as the end of the rule of law in Turkey. This new episode in Turkish judiciary will lead the Turkish citizens who seek legal recourse to violations of their rights at European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) which still remains a proper venue that they should pursue. The recent study by The Freedom House can definitely be used as a source by the Turkish citizens to strengthen their cases at the ECtHR despite the fact that the ruling processes of the Court may take so long.


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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”
https://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”
https://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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