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SEND A LETTER | PURGED PUBLIC WORKERS

PURGED BEYOND RETURNS

SEND A LETTER to COUNCIL OF EUROPE, VENICE COMMISSION & MEMBER OF CABINET

“On the evening of 15 July 2016, elements within Turkey’s armed forces attempted a violent coup. The coup attempt was quickly thwarted as thousands of people took to the streets and state forces overpowered the coup plotters. Hundreds died, and thousands were injured in a night of terrible violence. The government declared a state of emergency soon afterwards on 20 July 2016 with the stated aim of countering threats to national security arising from the coup attempt. While the state of emergency was initially declared for three months, it would be renewed seven times, and its remit broadened to include combatting ‘terrorist’ organizations. The state of emergency finally ended on 18 July 2018, two years after it was first announced, having ushered in a period of tremendous upheaval in Turkish public life.

During the state of emergency, the government had the extraordinary power to issue emergency decrees with the force of law. These decrees were used to enact a wide variety of measures, affecting diverse issues from detention periods and NGO closures to snow tyre requirements. Around 130,000 public sector workers were dismissed by emergency decrees. Those dismissed include teachers, academics, doctors, police officers, media workers employed by the state broadcaster, members of the armed forces, as well as people working at all levels of local and central government. Their dismissals did not include specific evidence or details of their alleged wrongdoing. Instead, the decrees offered a generalized justification that they ‘…had links to, were part of, were connected to, or in communication with…’ proscribed groups.
The arbitrary dismissals have had a devastating impact on those who lost their jobs and their families. They did not only lose the jobs they occupied; in some cases, they were entirely cut off from access to their professions, as well as housing and healthcare benefits, leaving them and their families without livelihood opportunities.

For a long time, these dismissed public sector workers did not have any recourse against their dismissal as they had no access to ordinary administrative or legal channels in Turkey. Following considerable domestic and international pressure, the government passed an emergency decree in January 2017 setting up a ‘State of Emergency Inquiry Commission’ (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Commission’) to review decisions taken by the emergency decrees, including the appeals of purged public sector workers. Amnesty International research, which involved a review of procedures and a sample of decisions taken by this Commission and interviews with dismissed individuals and their families, reveals that the Commission – by its very design – is not set up to provide an effective remedy to the thousands of public sector workers dismissed from their jobs by emergency decrees. The combination of factors – including the lack of genuine institutional independence, lengthy review procedures, absence of necessary safeguards allowing individuals to effectively rebut allegations about their alleged illegal activity and weak evidence cited in decisions upholding dismissals – resulted in the failure of the Commission to provide a recourse against dismissals, leaving more than a hundred thousand individuals – their livelihoods on hold – without a timely and effective means of justice and reparation. The Commission does not have institutional independence from the government as its members are largely appointed by the government and may be dismissed simply by virtue of an ‘administrative investigation’ on the basis of suspicion of links to proscribed groups. Thus, the provisions for
appointments and dismissals could easily influence the decision-making process; should members fail to make decisions expected of them, the government can just as easily dispense with them.”

Purged Beyond Return Report by AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, pp. 4-5, October 2018.

SEND A LETTER AS A DISMISSED PUBLIC WORKER OR DEFENDER

The Commission of Europe invited OHAL commission to Strasbourg in November about their political decisions and the violation of rights of the dismissed 130,000 public workers. We urge the dismissed public workers or their defenders to write letters to the commission, member of the parliament, President of the Council of EU and Secretary of Venice Commission:
In order to comply with the human rights standards that they profess to uphold, Turkish authorities should reinstate all the dismissed public sector workers and, in any cases where individuals are reasonably suspected of wrongdoing or misconduct in their employment, or of a criminal offense, any decision on their dismissal should be made solely in a regular disciplinary process with full procedural safeguards.

3 SAMPLE LETTERS FOR PUBLIC WORKERS

Below are the sample letters created for a dismissed teacher, doctor and public worker. Do not forget to include your own story by changing the related parts.

You can download TEACHERS SAMPLE LETTER here…

https://silencedturkey.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Teacher_sample_letter.pdf

You can download DOCTORS SAMPLE LETTER here…

https://silencedturkey.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Doctors_sample_letter.pdf

You can download PUBLIC WORKER SAMPLE LETTER here…

https://silencedturkey.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/public_servants_Sample_letter.pdf

CONTACT INFORMATION TO SEND YOUR LETTER.

1) PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL
Donald TUSK
https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/contact/general-enquiries/send-message/?IsPresident=true

2) PRESS OFFICE
press.office@consilium.europa.eu

3) PRESS CENTER
press.centre@consilium.europa.eu
Planning.Audiovisuel@consilium.europa.eu

4) SECRETARY OF VENICE COMMISSION
Thomas Markert
Thomas.markert@coe.int

4) RIAA OOMEN
Chairperson of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy: Bureau of the Assembly
ria.oomen-ruijten@eerstekamer.nl

5) BERNARD BRUNET
Bernard Brunet is currently Head of Unit “Thematic Support, Monitoring, and Evaluation” in the
European Commission (DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement
Bernard.BRUNET@ec.europa.eu

6) JOHANNES NOACK
Member of Cabinet
johannes.noack@ec.europa.eu

7) MEMBERS OF COMMITTEE on Political Affairs and Democracy
http://www.assembly.coe.int/nw/xml/AssemblyList/AL-XML2HTML-EN.asp?lang=en&XmlID=Committee-Pol

8) TWITTER

—-VENICE COMMISSION—-
@venicecomm

—-EUROPEAN COUNCIL—-
@EUCouncil

“PURGED BEYOND RETURN” 28 pages report released by Amnesty International about the
130,000 dismissed public workers in Turkey. You can reach the report from the link;

https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur44/9210/2018/en/

NEED HELP?

If you need help to translate your story, AST volunteers in your local community will help you.
If you could not find an AST volunteer for the translation of your letter from Turkish to English to submit, you can send the Turkish letter to help@silencedturkey.org until November 15. We will try to do our best to translate your letter by our volunteers and empower you to submit your letter to the relevant commissions and officials in Europe

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly March 26

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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 3/19/2018-3/26/2018

1-” Police officer suspended in post-coup crackdown dies of heart attack”
https://turkeypurge.com/police-officer-suspended-post-coup-crackdown-dies-heart-attack

2-” Journalist’s lawyer brother detained, beaten by plainclothes police”
https://turkeypurge.com/journalists-lawyer-brother-detained-beaten-plainclothes-police

3-” 24 jailed pending trial over money deposits to Bank Asya”
https://turkeypurge.com/24-jailed-pending-trial-money-deposits-bank-asya

4-” 73-year-old German-Turkish dual citizen in solitary confinement in Silivri prison: family”
https://turkeypurge.com/73-year-old-german-turkish-dual-citizen-solitary-confinement-silivri-prison-family

5-” Orange is the New Black’s Turkish adaptation faces censorship over terror propaganda”
https://turkeypurge.com/orange-new-blacks-turkish-adaptation-faces-censorship-terror-propaganda

6-” 24 employees of Gülenist publishing house arrested on coup charges: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/24-employees-gulenist-publishing-house-arrested-coup-charges-report

7-” UN calls on Turkey to end state of emergency, torture, ban on purged civil servants”
https://turkeypurge.com/un-calls-turkey-end-state-emergency-torture-ban-purged-civil-servants

8-” Purge-victim engineer abducted in Rize — claim”
https://turkeypurge.com/purge-victim-engineer-abducted-rize-claim

9-” ECtHR: Turkey violates liberty, security, freedom of expression of Şahin Alpay, Mehmet Altan”
https://turkeypurge.com/ecthr-turkey-violates-liberty-security-freedom-expression-sahin-alpay-mehmet-altan

10-” Turkey’s largest media group sold to pro-gov’t businessman Demirören”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkeys-largest-media-group-sold-pro-govt-businessman-demiroren

11-” Pro-Kurdish politician arrested for ‘insulting’ Erdogan during Newroz speech”
https://turkeypurge.com/pro-kurdish-politician-arrested-insulting-erdogan-newroz-speech

12-” Turkish singer Zuhal Olcay gets 10 months in prison for ‘insulting’ Erdogan: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-singer-zuhal-olcay-gets-10-months-prison-insulting-erdogan-report

13-” Pro-Kurdish deputy Lezgin Botan gets 18 years in prison on terror charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/pro-kurdish-deputy-lezgin-botan-gets-18-years-prison-terror-charges

14-” Warrants issued for 55 employees of gov’t-closed publisher”
https://turkeypurge.com/warrants-issued-for-55-employees-of-govt-closed-publisher

15-” Prosecutors seek 54 months for AKP co-founder for ‘insulting’ Erdogan”
https://turkeypurge.com/prosecutors-seek-54-months-akp-co-founder-insulting-erdogan

16-” Turkish government now blocks use of VPN: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-government-now-blocks-use-vpn-report

17-” Hours after being released, man pictured sitting near graves of family members who died in traffic accident after visiting him in prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/hours-released-man-pictured-sitting-near-graves-family-members-died-traffic-accident-visiting-prison

18-” [VIDEO]Police detain 7 Bogaziçi students for participating in protest against Turkey’s Afrin operation”
https://turkeypurge.com/videopolice-detain-7-bogazici-students-participating-protest-turkeys-afrin-operation

19-” 16 members of Alevi association detained in Erzincan on terror charges: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/16-members-alevi-association-detained-erzincan-terror-charges-report

20-” Report: At least 2,113 people detained over Gülen links in March alone”
https://turkeypurge.com/report-least-2113-people-detained-gulen-links-march-alone

21-” Under pretrial detention for 20 months, academic Sedat Laciner says ‘miss my home, children, wife, friends, students and books’”
https://turkeypurge.com/pretrial-detention-20-months-professor-sedat-laciner-says-miss-home-children-wife-friends-students-books

22-” 2,500 schools, dormitories confiscated as 30,000 teachers dismissed during post-coup emergency rule: ministry”
https://turkeypurge.com/2500-schools-dormitories-confiscated-30000-teachers-dismissed-post-coup-emergency-rule-ministry

23-” Turkish couple, both teachers, under police custody in post-coup crackdown: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-couple-teachers-police-custody-post-coup-crackdown-report

24-” UN report details extensive human rights violations in Turkey during protracted state of emergency”
https://stockholmcf.org/un-report-details-extensive-human-rights-violations-in-turkey-during-protracted-state-of-emergency/

25-” CPT publishes report on İmralı Prison saying conditions satisfactory but…”
https://stockholmcf.org/cpt-publishes-report-on-imrali-prison-saying-conditions-satisfactory-but/

26-” CoE’s annual report shows record increase in Turkish prison population”
https://stockholmcf.org/coes-annual-report-shows-record-increase-in-turkish-prison-population/

27-” Turkish court sentences rector, deans, academics of closed university to long prison terms over alleged Gülen links”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-court-sentences-rector-deans-academics-of-closed-university-to-long-prison-terms-over-alleged-gulen-links/

28-” Canada’s Green Party leader on human rights violations in Turkey: I am entirely horrified”
https://stockholmcf.org/canadas-green-party-leader-on-human-rights-violations-in-turkey-i-am-entirely-horrified/

29-” CPJ calls on EU officials to raise press freedom with Erdoğan”
https://stockholmcf.org/cpj-calls-on-eu-officials-to-raise-press-freedom-with-erdogan/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 3/19/2018-3/26/2018

1-” AİHM’in diyet yemek kararına rağmen hasta tutuklulara verilmiyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/aihmin-diyet-yemek-kararina-ragmen-hasta-tutuklulara-verilmiyor-h114083.html

2-” Hakimi gözaltına alırken ağzına silah sokup darp etmişler!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/hakimi-gozaltina-alirken-agzina-silah-sokup-darp-etmisler-h114200.html

3-” KHK ile ihraç edilen Nuray öğretmen işkence ile itirafçı edilmeye çalışılıyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/khk-ile-ihrac-edilen-nuray-ogretmen-iskence-ile-itirafci-edilmeye-calisiliyor-h114223.html

4-” KHK ile hayatı kararan öğretmen intihar etti”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/khk-ile-hayati-kararan-ogretmen-intihar-etti-h114280.html

5-” Hasta tutuklulara ‘çift kelepçe’”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/hasta-tutuklulara-cift-kelepce-h114381.html

6-” Grup Yorum üyesi Varan: Saçım yolundu dosya işlemden kaldırıldı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/grup-yorum-uyesi-varan-sacim-yolundu-dosya-islemden-kaldirildi-h114391.html

7-” KHK ile işten atıldı, tutuklandı, ailesini kaybetti, tahliye edildi”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/khk-ile-isten-atildi-tutuklandi-ailesini-kaybetti-tahliye-edildi-h114399.html

8-” Erdoğan’ın hedef gösterdiği 7 öğrenci gözaltına alındı!”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/erdoganin-hedef-gosterdigi-7-ogrenci-gozaltina-alindi-h114404.html

9-” AKP, VPN’in ipini çekmek üzere”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/akp-vpnin-ipini-cekmek-uzere-h114374.html

10-” Mehmet Altan’ın avukatı açıkladı; Bugün tahliye edilmesini bekliyoruz”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/mehmet-altanin-avukati-acikladi-bugun-tahliye-edilmesini-bekliyoruz-h114293.html

11-” Işık Yayıncılık’a 2. operasyon: 55 kişi hakkında gözaltı kararı”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/isik-yayincilika-2-operasyon-55-kisi-hakkinda-gozalti-karari-h114271.html

12-” Gergerlioğlu: Hakkım olan emekli ikramiyemi vermediler, yani gasp ettiler, maksat zulüm olsun”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/gergerlioglu-hakkim-olan-emekli-ikramiyemi-vermediler-yani-gasp-ettiler-maksat-zulum-olsun-h114203.html

13-” Kaçırılan Ümit Horzum dosyası sil baştan!”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/kacirilan-umit-horzum-dosyasi-sil-bastan-h114199.html

14-” OHAL’in kaldırılması için hukukçular AİHM’e başvurdu”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/ohalin-kaldirilmasi-icin-hukukcular-aihme-basvurdu-h114153.html

15-” ‘2500 okul ve yurt kapattık, 30 bin öğretmeni ihraç ettik’”
http://kronoshaber.com/tr/gurur-tablosu-2500-okul-kapattik-30-bin-ogretmeni-ihrac-ettik/

16-” Gazeteci Resul Cengiz’e resmi yazıyla cezaevinde uyutmama işkencesi”
http://kronoshaber.com/tr/gazeteci-resul-cengize-resmi-yaziyla-cezaevinde-uyutmama-iskencesi/

17-” Sibel ve Harun öğretmen gözaltına alındı, çocukları kimsesiz kaldı”
http://kronoshaber.com/tr/sibel-ve-harun-ogretmen-gozaltina-alindi-cocuklari-kimsesiz-kaldi/

18-” Deniz Yücel’le telefonda konuşan 59 kişiye ‘örgüt bağlantısı’ suçlaması!”
http://kronoshaber.com/tr/deniz-yucelle-telefonda-konusan-59-kisiye-orgut-baglantisi-suclamasi/

19-” Basın meslek örgütleri: Tek bir aykırı ses çıksın istemiyorlar”
http://kronoshaber.com/tr/basin-meslek-orgutleri-tek-bir-aykiri-ses-ciksin-istemiyorlar/

20-” Zuhal Olcay’a ‘Cumhurbaşkanı’na hakaret’ten 10 ay hapis cezası”
http://kronoshaber.com/tr/zuhal-olcaya-cumhurbaskanina-hakaretten-10-ay-hapis-cezasi/

21-” Birleşmiş Milletler’den Türkiye’ye insan hakları eleştirisi”
https://www.cnnturk.com/son-dakika-birlesmis-milletlerden-turkiyeye-insan-haklari-elestirisi

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