Ender Özkul, father of Muhammed Eray (13), was initially sacked from his deputy police chief position and then arrested with decree laws during the State of Emergency. Özkul’s son Eray was diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer and his condition has exacerbated every day he is apart from his father. On January 10 Özkul was brought back to court for trial, but was not discharged. Eray’s mother, Oya Özkul, said on social media that Eray became ill because he was distressed with his father’s arrest. Several Fenerbahçe soccer players have visited Eray in Istanbul to give him morale.
Jan Walters, a solicitor and member of @AmnestyKirklees writes a letter of solidarity to an imprisoned #judge in Turkey, #Neslihan Ekinci.
Please spread this video so that it may reach her loved ones as a #Christmas gift#WriteforRights #Amnesty #Turkey #HumanRights #FreeTaner pic.twitter.com/rpXrVqrg4I
— Amnesty Kirklees (@AmnestyKirklees) December 28, 2017
Jan Walters, a solicitor and member of Amnesty Kirklees writes a letter of solidarity to an imprisoned judge in Turkey, Neslihan Ekinci.
Download as pdf: AST_Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly_Dec18
Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 12/11/2017-12/18/2017
1-“Turkish singer Zuhal Olcay indicted on charges of insulting Erdoğan”
2-“Detention warrants issued for 79 Finance Ministry staff over Gülen links”
3-“[VIDEO] Pro-gov’t journalist suggests killing family members of jailed Gülen followers”
4-“Turkish interior minister: 55,665 jailed, 234,419 passports revoked over Gülen links”
5-“Kurdish man dies under suspicious circumstances at Turkish police station”
6-“Pro-Erdoğan businessman offers $780K reward for arrest of Rubin and Fuller”
7-“PAKURD Chairman Baran refutes Erdoğan: I was tortured for 13 days”
8-“Detention warrant issued for wife of famous Turkish businessman İpek”
9-“Erdoğan calls on people to show no mercy to Gülen movement”
10-“[VIDEO] Pro-Erdoğan columnist: Gülen followers soon won’t be able walk freely in the US”
11-“Deputy PM threatens main opposition leader: He will be harmed if he doesn’t give up”
12-“Governor bans commemorative events ahead of Maras massacre anniversary”
13-” Prosecutor demands aggravated life sentences for journalists Ilıcak and Altan brothers”
14-“Report: Turkey twists peace declaration into an act of terrorism”
15-“Top police chief says 22,987 police officers dismissed over Gülen links”
16-“Turkish interior minister: 55,665 jailed, 234,419 passports revoked over Gülen links”
17-“Purged civil servant abducted from car in Turkey’s capital, wife says”
18-“Detention warrants issued for 33 more Turkish military members”
19-“Erdoğan’s news agency targets journalist covering Atilla case”
20-“Diyarbakır Bar files criminal complaints against Küçük, Uğur”
21-“Turkey boosting prison capacity to be able to jail 345,000 people in 5 years”
22-“8 including children, academics detained while on way to escape to Greece”
23-“Architect, son given 14 months in jail for insulting Erdogan”
24-“Newly married Antalya journalist behind bars for 17 months: wife”
25-“HRW Turkey head says post-coup crackdown aimed at building empire of fear”
26-“39 civilians detained in simultaneous police raids in 8 provinces”
27-“Gülen-linked teachers, businessman detained in Afghanistan”
28-“Investigation launched against news platform established by jobless journalists”
29-“CPJ: Turkey remains worst jailer of journalists in the world”
30-“Gendarmerie detain 13 people aged between 40 to 90 in Kurdish village”
31-“70 including Isparta military entrance processing commander detained on coup charges”
32-“Osmaniye woman detained while visiting ‘Gülenist’ husband in prison”
33-” Mother of purge-victim public servant beaten by police for protesting son’s dismissal from service”
34-“4 teachers given prison sentences of up to 10 years over coup charges”
35-“Ugandan teacher in Turkey’s Diyarbakir detained in post-coup probe”
36-“DIHA reporter Nedim Türfent sentenced to 8 years and 9 months in jail”
37-“Turkish man in Netherlands sentenced for threatening Erdogan critic”
38-“Gov’t selling properties of 30 media outlets seized from critics after failed coup”
39-“Governor bans film festival in Turkey’s Diyarbakir: report”
40-“Afghan officials detain Turkish teachers ‘linked to Gulen’ – report”
41-“Turkish teachers linked to Erdogan foe detained in Afghanistan”
42-“Afghanistan’s Intelligence Agency Releases Four Abducted Teachers Of Turkish Schools, Report”
Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 12/11/2017-12/18/2017
1-” Yargitay üyesini başkasinin bylock kaydi yüzünden 16 aydir hapiste tutuyorlar”
2-“Mama ile beslenen kanser-hastasini- iyasi tutuklu diye tedavi etmiyorlar ”
3-“İşimizi istiyoruz protestosunda, veli saçilik ile 7 kişiye gözalti”
4-“Adli tip profesörü korur: işkenceciler yarin yargilanacak, her ihlal kayit altina alinmali”
5-“Enver Kiliç ve Zabit kişi’nin de MIT tarafindan kaçirildiği ortaya çikti”
6-” Doç. Dr. Korb: Hitler Almanyasi’nda yapilanlarla Erdoğan rejiminin zulmü çok benzer”
7-“Afganistan gizli servisi Türk eğitimciler ile bir işadamini gözaltina aldi”
8-“15 Temmuz’dan bu yana: 159 bin 506 gözaltı, 47 bin 523 tutuklama”
9-“Şüpheli ölüm: PKK zanlısı için ‘3. kattan atladı, intihar etti’ iddiası”
10-“Açık faşizm dönemindeyiz
11-“‘Diyarbakır sevdalısı’ Ugandalı öğretmen gözaltında”
12-” ‘Gülenci’ şantajıyla para alırken suçüstü yakalandı, serbest kaldı”
13-” Tutuklu eşini ziyarete giden kadın gözaltına alındı”
14-“‘Öğretmen Sümeyye Özkurt hapishaneye dönmesin’”
15-“Kütahya ve Antalya’da ‘gaybubet evi’ operasyonu: 12 gözaltı”
16-“Boydaklar tutuklu ama ‘mafya’ davasında tutuklu tek sanık da tahliye edildi”
17-“‘Gaybubet evleri’ operasyonu: 45 gözaltı daha”
18-” ‘Asfalta yatırıp çıplak arama’ davasının avukatına soruşturma”
19-“İzmir’de ‘OHAL Değil Acil Demokrasi Mitingi’ne OHAL yasağı”
20-“El konulan İpek Holding davasında Nevin İpek için yakalama kararı”
21-“Sanık polisin avukatı: Delilleri müvekkilim değil TEM şube karartı”
22-“Tutuklulara işkence ve infaz öneren Küçük ve Uğur’a suç duyurusu”
23-“Ankara’nın ortasında kaçırılan Ümit Horzum’dan haber alınamıyor”
24-“CPJ: Dünyada hapisteki gazeteci sayısı rekora ulaştı”
25-” Hamileyken tutukladılar doğum yapınca bebeğiyle tekrar zindana koydular”
26-” Tutuklandığından beri aynı pantolonu giyiyor”
27-“Hakkındaki deliller tutuklandıktan 3 ay sonra oluşturulmuş”
28-“Tutukluyken ağır ve sistematik darptan öldürüldü ama sorumlusu yok..”
29-“7 yıl 6 ay ceza alan Fatma Salın’ın hikayesi”
30-“Ankara’da bir kaçırılma olayı daha!”
31-” 24 kişiye 10 kişilik yemek, tek tip kıyafet, hakaret ve tehdit”
A Turkish family that was victimized by a government purge of the Gülen movement following a failed coup in July 2016 has fled to Greece in an inflatable boat, telling their children it was a “game,” Euronews reported.
A family of five fleeing Turkish authorities has drowned after their boat capsized in the Aegean Sea. Their bodies washed up on the Greek island of Lesbos. The drowning has sparked outrage over an ongoing political purge that has seen hundreds of thousands of civil servants, teachers, and journalists imprisoned or fired from their jobs.
A Turkish media worker, who has been behind bars for 478 days, faces three consecutive life sentences and additional 15 years in jail on fabricated terrorism and coup plotting charges.
Zafer Özsoy, 44-year-old media professional who specializes in broadcasting network and satellite uplink services, is charged under Turkey’s abusive anti-terror laws when his company FİA was found to have provided infrastructure services to critical media outlets.
The company does not get involved in editorial policies of the clients that it provided services yet he stands accused of attempting to overthrow the constitutional order, the Turkish government and the Turkish Parliament without any evidence to back up any of the charges.
Özsoy started his media career at Cihan News Agency in 1995 right after he graduated from İstanbul University’s Radio and Television department. He had worked almost for 20 years at the same company’s various departments. Thanks to his experience and extensive network of contacts, he became one of the best media professional in his field of expertise.
Starting in 2014, Erdoğan’s government intensified pressure on Cihan news agency and its clients, forcing the company to downsize a year later to survive by shedding some of its assets and laying off workers.
Özsoy and his colleagues who worked together for years decided to establish their own production company FİA that would serve live streaming, broadcasting and digital video content for businesses. FİA purchased some of the technical equipment from the Cihan news agency under a deal that included negotiated fee for severance and compensation payments.
However, on March 7, 2016, Turkish government unlawfully seized both the Cihan news agency and FİA as part of the escalating crackdown on critical media outlets in Turkey. Özsoy and his partners were the first ones who were fired by the government appointed trustees who took over the management of these companies.
After working 20 years in media industry, Özsoy’s dream to run his own company with a selected team of his own was over but the worst was yet to come.
He was detained on July 27, 2016 at his home in İstanbul following detention warrants were issued for 47 journalists on dubious charges. He was formally arrested on August 4, 2016 over alleged links to FETÖ, a hoax terror organisation that was fabricated by the regime of autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to defame the civic Gülen movement. He was sent to notorious Silivri Prison pending trial.
During the interrogation, Özsoy was asked why he continued to work for “Zaman Newspaper” when Turkey’s biggest corruption investigations incriminating cabinet ministers and President Erdoğan’s family members were made public at the end of 2013. Erdoğan, then prime minister, presented graft probes as a coup attempt against his government and accused critical media outlets, which covered the graft scandal, of being traitors and coup plotters against his government. Özsoy told his interrogators that he has never worked in Zaman newspaper.
The police even asked Özsoy whether he made any contribution to a piece written by Today’s Zaman former editor-in-chief Bülent Keneş who forewarned that a coup would be terrible for Turkey’s future, in an article Keneş wrote on July 8, 2016. Özsoy replied “I heard about the article for the first time here.” Keneş has also been indicted over absurd terrorism charges in several cases and remain at large. Ironically, this question was asked to all suspects who were detained along with Özsoy on July 27, 2016.
Özsoy appeared before judges for the first time in 14 months after he was arrested on September 18, 2017. The most difficult moment of the hearing was that he had to defend himself against the indictment that included no direct accusation on him. The public prosecutor mentioned his name twice in 64-page indictment. The first citation of him is recorded among the list of defendants in the first part of the indictment. The second and the last was in the list of suspects for whom the prosecutor demanded severe punishment for him. The prosecutor did not bother to present any evidence against the suspect whom he asked for sentencing that amounted to three life sentences and additional 15 years in prison.
As expected the court ruled for the continuation of his arrest pending next hearing which will be held on December 8, 2017.
Özsoy who is married with two children and known for his Formula-1 passion is looking forward to being free one day and reuniting with his loved ones.
Turkey is the biggest jailer of journalists in the world. The most recent figures documented by the SCF has showed that 256 journalists and media workers are in jails as of November 21, 2017, most in pre-trial detention languishing in notorious Turkish prisons without even a conviction. Of those in Turkish prisons, 230 are arrested pending trial, only 26 journalists remain convicted and serving time in Turkish prisons. An outstanding detention warrants remain for 135 journalists who live in exile or remain at large in Turkey.
Detaining tens of thousands of people over alleged links to the Gülen movement, the government also closed down more than 180 media outlets after the controversial coup attempt.
Turkey survived a controversial military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
Gülen, who inspired the movement, strongly denied having any role in the failed coup and called for an international investigation into it, but President Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
Turkey has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants since July 15. Turkey’s Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.
As Turkey celebrates the Teachers Day, the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Friday issued detention warrants for a total of 79 teachers due to alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
According to the report, all of the 79 teachers were dismissed by the government following a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
Teachers Day in Turkey is celebrated on Nov. 24, which marks the day when Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, was declared the nation’s head teacher 86 years ago.
The Gülen movement is accused by the Turkish government of mounting the attempted coup last year, but the movement strongly denies any involvement.
Amid an ongoing witch-hunt targeting the Gülen movement, Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on Nov. 16 said 48,739 people had been jailed and eight holdings and 1,020 companies seized as part of operations into the movement.
The Turkish Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup on July 15, 2016.
Turkey has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants since July 15 of last year through government decrees issued as part of a state of emergency.
Erdogan’s Government Established Political Control over Turkish Judiciary and Selective Application of Law
ERDOGAN’S GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHED POLITICAL CONTROL OVER TURKISH JUDICIARY AND SELECTIVE APPLICATION OF LAW
Following the attempted coup, very extensive suspensions, dismissals and arrests took place in Turkey. There are numerus reports of extremely serious human rights violations, including alleged widespread ill-treatment and torture of detainees.
Download PDF File: Political Control over Turkish Judiciary and Selective Application
Download as pdf: AST_Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly_Nov6
Human Rights Violations committed by Turkey | 10/30/2017-11/06/2017
1-“1,025 in poor health in Turkish prisons, 357 seriously ill: rights group”
2-“Tearful Balıkesir Mayor Uğur resigns in the face of threats to his family”
3-“759 detained in operations targeting Gülen movement in past week”
4-“İzmir police detain 6 lawyers on terror charges: report”
5-“12 journalists detained, 4 arrested, 11 imprisoned in Turkey in October”
6-“31 more sought for detention over alleged Gülen links”
7-“3,158 detained in October over Gülen links”
8-“EP’s Harms calls on EULEX to look into Turkish teacher case”
9-“Local businessman gets 42.5-year jail time plus $35,000 fine”
10-“Academics Flee Turkey for Germany as Erdogan targets teachers”
11-“Letter reveals visually impaired journalist can barely survive in prison”
12-“Turkey detains four more journalists over coup charges: report”
13-“Turkish court orders 81-year-old man to stay behind bars on coup charges”
14-” Detention warrants issued for 112 over links to gov’t-closed writers foundation”
15-” Cumhuriyet daily journalists to remain in jail following Tuesday hearing”
16-” Turkish activist charged with trying to overthrow government: media ”
17-“3,158 detained in October over Gülen links”
18-“Historian Armağan sentenced to 15 months for insulting Atatürk”
19-” Turkish Government Imprisons One More Mother With Her Baby Over Links To Gülen Movement”
20-“Opposition deputy being investigated for calling Erdoğan ‘a fascist dictator’”
21-” Municipal worker commits suicide following investigation over Gülen links”
22-“All demonstrations, public gatherings banned for 3 months in capital Ankara”
23-” Anonymous witnesses fail to identify suspects they earlier tipped off as Gulenist”
24-” Court rules to keep award-winning human rights lawyer in jail”
25-” Man with speech, hearing impairment gets 3-year jail time for ‘chanting terror slogans’”
26-” Famous baklava maker says under arrest for 15 months over a book seized at workplace”
27-“Journalist Hidayet Karaca gets 31-year jail time over 2013 TV series”
28-“EU calls on Turkey to respect standards of European Convention on Human Rights
29-“Detention warrants issued for 41 including comedian Demirci”
30-“Yet another child put behind bars along with jailed mother”
31-“Turkey seizes another company on coup charges”
32-“Dozens take to Parliament Hill to protest Turkish human rights violations”
33-“Purge In Turkey Worries KC Emigres”
34-“Report: Torture inflicted by founding member of new Turkish party exposed”
Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 10/30/2017-11/06/2017
1-“Hapisteki 668 bebek için dünya nasıl ses verdi?”
2-“Gizli tanık, “sanıkları” tanımadı””
3-“Tahliye edildiği cezaevinde gözaltına alınan öğretmen Nazife Onay tutuklandı”
4-“100 barış akademisyenine terör davası!”
5-“‘Muayeneye giden tutuklulara kamerayı kapatttığı gerekçesiyle dayak'”
6-“70 bin öğrenci hapiste”
7-” 3 gazeteci daha gözaltına alındı!”
8-” Gazeteci Çetinkaya işkence nedeniyle böbreklerini kullanamaz halde”
9-” Tekirdağ Cezaevi’nde tutuklulara sistematik işkence!”
10-“Gazeteci Arat cezaevinde yaşadığı mağduriyetleri mektupla paylaştı”
11-“Kazakistan’ta kaçırılan öğretmenlerin eşlerinden yeni açıklama”
12-“Tahşiye davasında karar açıklandı”
14-“Bir anne daha bebeğiyle tutuklandı”
15-“Atalay Demirci yeniden gözaltına alındı”
16-“Terör gazisi Belediye işçisi intihar etti!”
17-“Şahitler gelmedi diye serbest bırakılmadı!”
18-“Ölseniz de hastaneye götürmeyeceğiz”
19-“Ali Türkşen’in ifadelerdeki işkencelerini yazdı”
20-“Bursa’da işkence Adli Tıp raporuna girdi!”
21-“Konya Emniyeti’nde işkence yapılıyor!”
22-“Cezaevleri ölüm evi oldu; her yıl 215 kişi hayatını kaybediyor”
23-“Cezaevinde cinayet gibi ihmal: Hamile kadın ve karnındaki bebeği hayatını kaybetti”
24-“Tutuklu Tuğgeneral Ankara’da hayatını kaybetti”