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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly Jan 29

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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 1/22/2018-1/29/2018

1-“Activist Detained in Turkey for Tweets”
https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/01/22/activist-detained-turkey-tweets

2-“Turkey detains 41 including 6 journalists over tweets criticizing military operations in Afrin”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-detains-41-including-6-journalists-military-operations-afrin

3-“Turkey issues detention warrants for 16 military personnel over coup charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-issues-detention-warrants-16-military-personnel-coup-charges

4-“Warrants issued for 35 social media users over postings against Afrin operation”
https://turkeypurge.com/warrants-issued-35-social-media-users-postings-afrin-operation

5-“Journalist Nurcan Baysal detained for social media posts against Turkey’s Afrin operation”
https://turkeypurge.com/journalist-nurcan-baysal-detained-social-media-posts-turkeys-afrin-operation

6-“615 people detained over Gülen links in past week: ministry”
https://turkeypurge.com/615-people-detained-gulen-links-past-week-ministry

7-“Turkish Gov’t Detains At Least 91 More Over Alleged Propaganda On Social Media Against Military Operation In Afrin”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-detains-33-more-over-alleged-propaganda-on-social-media-against-military-operation-in-afrin/

8-“Turkish Charitable Businessman’s Heart Couldn’t Bear Erdoğan Regime’s Oppressions”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-charitable-businessmans-heart-couldnt-bear-erdogan-regimes-oppressions/

9-“Turkish Radio Show Host Calls On Police To Kill Afrin Operation Critics”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-radio-show-host-calls-on-police-to-kill-afrin-operation-critics/

10-“Kurdish Books Take Their Share From Turkish Government Crackdown”
https://stockholmcf.org/kurdish-books-take-their-share-from-turkish-government-crackdown/

11-“Turkish prosecutors launch investigation into pro-Kurdish deputies over Afrin tweets”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-prosecutors-launch-investigation-pro-kurdish-deputies-afrin-tweets

12-“Retired teacher put in pre-trial detention over posts critical of Turkey’s Afrin operation”
https://turkeypurge.com/retired-teacher-put-pre-trial-detention-posts-critical-turkeys-afrin-operation

13-“Quarterly magazine editor Haydar Ergül jailed”
https://turkeypurge.com/quarterly-magazine-editor-haydar-ergul-jailed

14-“15 years jail time sought for former editor in chief of state-run TRT News”
https://turkeypurge.com/15-years-jail-time-sought-former-editor-chief-state-run-trt-news

15-“[AUDIO] Pro-Erdogan radio host calls on police to kill Afrin operation critics”
https://turkeypurge.com/audio-pro-erdogan-radio-host-calls-police-kill-afrin-operation-critics

16-“[VIDEO] Owner, wife, principal detained following dawn raid at Bursa school”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-owner-wife-principal-detained-following-dawn-raid-bursa-school

17-“Warrants issued for 129 former police officers: 80 detained”
https://turkeypurge.com/warrants-issued-129-former-police-officers-80-detained

18-“Head of local lawyers’ association sentenced to 9 years in prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/head-local-lawyers-association-sentenced-9-years-prison

19-“Fethullah Gülen’s niece sentenced to 7.5 years in jail”
https://turkeypurge.com/fethullah-gulens-niece-sentenced-7-5-years-jail

20-“Access to The Region, Jin News banned in Turkey”
https://turkeypurge.com/access-region-jinnews-banned-turkey

21-“International bar association says concerned about torture against jailed Turkish lawyers”
https://turkeypurge.com/ibas-human-rights-institute-says-concerned-torture-jailed-turkish-lawyers

22-“Imprisoned pro-Kurdish politicians go on hunger strike in protest of Turkey’s Afrin operation”
https://turkeypurge.com/imprisoned-pro-kurdish-politicians-go-hunger-strike-protest-turkeys-afrin-operation

23-“Turkey issues detention warrant for son of former chief justice over coup charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-issues-detenton-warrant-son-former-chief-justice-coup-charges

24-“Int’l bar association calls on Turkey to stop persecution of legal professionals”
https://turkeypurge.com/intl-bar-association-calls-turkey-stop-persecution-legal-professionals

25-“Reinstatement denied: Purge-victim educators end hunger strike, vow to take fight to court”
https://turkeypurge.com/reinstatement-denied-purge-victim-educators-end-hunger-strike-vow-take-fight-court

26-“Report: Four detained for criticizing Friday sermon in support of Turkey’s Afrin operation”
https://turkeypurge.com/report-four-detained-criticizing-friday-sermon-support-turkeys-afrin-operation

27-“Woman detained after being overheard ‘insulting Erdogan’ during bus ride”
https://turkeypurge.com/woman-detained-overheard-insulting-erdogan-bus-ride

28-“Post-coup victim dies following explosion at firework company: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/post-coup-victim-dies-following-explosion-firework-company

29-“Belgian police say Turkish embassy in Brussels behind online threats against journalists”
https://turkeypurge.com/belgian-police-say-turkish-embassy-brussels-behind-online-threats-journalists

30-“721 Twitter accounts are currently banned in Turkey: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/721-twitter-accounts-currently-banned-turkey-report

31-“Turkish School Official Affiliated to Gulen [Movement] Missing in Sulaimani”
http://www.nrttv.com/EN/Details.aspx?Jimare=18478

32-“NASA scientist accused of terrorism awaits verdict in Turkish trial”
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/01/nasa-scientist-accused-terrorism-awaits-verdict-turkish-trial

33-“Targeted by Dictator Turkish Family Seeks Refuge ”
https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Targeted-by-dictator-Turkish-family-seeks-refuge-12518415.php

34-“OSCE’s Désir calls on Turkey to release detained journalists”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/26/osces-desir-calls-on-turkey-to-release-detained-journalists/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 1/22/2018-1/29/2018

1-“Türkiye’de 70 bin tutuklu öğrenci var!”
http://aktifhaber.com/egitim/turkiyede-70-bin-tutuklu-ogrenci-var-h111058.html

2-“Tek tip hukuksuzluğu Silivri’de de başladı!”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/tek-tip-hukuksuzlugu-silivride-de-basladi-h111053.html

3-“Yaşanan tüm zorluklara rağmen duruşundan taviz vermeyen mağdurlar!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/yasanan-tum-zorluklara-ragmen-durusundan-taviz-vermeyen-magdurlar-h111049.html

4-“Afrin Harekatına tepki gösteren emekli öğretmen tutuklandı”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/afrin-harekatina-tepki-gosteren-emekli-ogretmen-tutuklandi-h111050.html

5-“Gazeteci Seda Taşkın gözaltına alındı”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/gazeteci-seda-taskin-gozaltina-alindi-2-h111033.html

6-“Gazetecilere Afrin Harekatı gözaltısı!”
http://aktifhaber.com/medya/gazetecilere-afrin-harekati-gozaltisi-h111026.html

7-“BM Raportörü’nden dehşet verici ‘Türkiye’de artan işkence’ raporu”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/bm-raportorunden-dehset-verici-turkiyede-artan-iskence-raporu-h111030.html

8-“Kazakistan’da kaçırılan Öğretmen Zabit Kişi, 4 aydır Ankara TEM’de tutuluyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/kazakistanda-kacirilan-ogretmen-zabit-kisi-4-aydir-ankara-temde-tutuluyor-h110965.html

9-“Evlere baskın, gazetecilere gözaltı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/evlere-baskin-gazetecilere-gozalti/

10-“Yazar Baysal ve gazeteci Karakaş’a ‘sosyal medya gözaltısı’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/t24-yazari-baysala-sosyal-medya-gozaltisi/

11-“Erdoğan’ın hedef gösterdiği gazeteye saldırı: Madımak ruh halini yaşıyoruz”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/erdoganin-hedef-gosterdigi-gazeteye-saldiri-madimak-ruh-halini-yasiyoruz/

12-“Tek Tip Elbise İşkencedir, Derhal Vazgeçilmelidir!”
https://tihv.org.tr/tek-tip-elbise-iskencedir-derhal-vazgecilmelidir/

13-“HRW direktöründen Nurcan Baysal için çağrı”
http://www.agos.com.tr/tr/yazi/20097/hrw-direktorunden-nurcan-baysal-icin-cagri

14-“15 Temmuz’dan bu yana mağdur edilen insanlar!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/15-temmuzdan-bu-yana-magdur-edilen-insanlar-h111300.html

15-“‘Kalbin hızlı atıyor’ diyerek “çıplak arama” yaptı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/kalbin-hizli-atiyor-diyerek-ciplak-arama-yapti-h111271.html

16-“Tutuklu emniyet müdürlerine sistemetik işkence!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/tutuklu-emniyet-mudurlerine-sistemetik-iskence-h111268.html

17-“Kalp yetmezliği olan tutukluyu bile bile ölüme sürüklediler”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/kalp-yetmezligi-olan-tutukluyu-bile-bile-olume-suruklediler-h111230.html

18-“Yurt Atayün, Ömer Köse ve ailelerine sistematik psikolojik işkence uygulaması”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/yurt-atayun-omer-kose-ve-ailelerine-sistematik-psikolojik-iskence-uygulamasi-h111228.html

19-“Kırıkkale cezaevinde kameraların görmediği yerde işkence!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/kirikkale-cezaevinde-kameralarin-gormedigi-yerde-iskence-h111175.html

20-“OHAL’de avukatların durumu: 1488 kötü muamele, 572 tutuklama ve 72 hapis”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ohalde-avukatlarin-durumu-1488-kotu-muamele-572-tutuklama-ve-72-hapis-h111120.html

21-“HDP Pendik ilçe binasına saldırı: Daire ateşe verildi, eşyalar tahrip edildi”
http://www.diken.com.tr/hdp-pendik-ilce-binasina-saldiri-daire-atese-verildi-esyalar-tahrip-edildi/

22-“TRT Haber’den ‘tuhaf’ yayın: TSK, sivillere bombardıman yapıyor, saldırıyordu”
http://www.diken.com.tr/trt-haberden-tuhaf-yayin-tsk-sivillere-bombardiman-yapiyor-saldiriyordu/

23-“Erdoğan ‘Savaşı durdurun’ diyenlere ağzına geleni söyledi: Adiler, hainler, ahlaksızlar”
http://www.diken.com.tr/erdogan-savasi-durdurun-diyenlere-agzina-geleni-soyledi-hainler-vicdansizlar-ahlaksizlar/

24-“‘Tehdit mesajları konsolosluktaki bilgisayarlardan gönderildi’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/tehdit-mesajlari-konsolosluktaki-bilgisayarlardan-gonderildi/

25-“Sokak ortasında genç kıza saldırdı, serbest bırakıldı”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/kazakistanda-kacirilan-ogretmen-zabit-kisi-4-aydir-ankara-temde-tutuluyor-h110965.html

26-“Ambulans yerine cezaevi aracına bindirilen tutuklu hayatını kaybetti”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/sokak-ortasinda-genc-kiza-kaldirdi-aninda-serbest-birakildi/

27-“Enes Kanter’in bu fotoğrafı nedeniyle ‘dişçisi’ 18 aydır tutuklu”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/dis-hekimi-enes-kanterin-bu-fotografi-nedeniyle-18-aydir-tutuklu/

28-“Cezaevinde işkence: ‘Şurada kamera yok, dövebilirsiniz’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/cezaevinde-iskence-surada-kamera-yok-dovebilirsiniz/

29-“Cemevine nefret mektubu: Alevileri Müslüman olarak ölüme davet ”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/cemevine-nefret-mektubu-alevileri-musluman-olarak-olume-davet/

30-“Evinde Gülen’in kitapları bulundu: İlaç kaçakçılığı ile suçlandı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/evinde-gulenin-kitaplari-bulundu-ilac-kacakciligi-ile-suclandi/

31-“Otobüste sohbet eden kadını ‘cumhurbaşkanına hakaret’ten fişlemişler”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/otobuste-sohbet-eden-kadini-cumhurbaskanina-hakaretten-fislemisler-h111243.html

32-“69 gündür tutuklu HDP’liye Afrin gerekçesiyle gözaltı kararı!”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/69-gundur-tutuklu-hdpliye-afrin-gerekcesiyle-gozalti-karari-h111198.html

33-“Türkiye KHK ile ihraç edilen ismi AİHM’e aday göstermek zorunda kaldı!”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/turkiye-khk-ile-ihrac-edilen-ismi-aihme-aday-gostermek-zorunda-kaldi-h111081.html

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Severity of Human Rights Violations in Turkey & Support to Turkish Migrants and Refugees

Since the attempted coup of July 15, 2016, the government of Turkey has been taking strict measures to silence dissidents in other countries from various ideologies recently. One of these opposition groups, the Gulen Movement (a.k.a “Hizmet Movement”, meaning service in Turkish), has been the main target since 2013. The Gulen Movement is a faith-based non-political, cultural and educational movement. The Movement is composed of a cluster of religious, educational and social organizations inspired by Fethullah Gulen.

After the July 15 failed coup attempt, the Turkish government accused Fethullah Gulen and his sympathizers for having a connection with the failed coup. Gulen has repeatedly dismissed any involvement in the coup attempt. Foreign intelligence units such as Germany’s BND Foreign Intelligence Agency’s chief, EU intelligence-sharing unit (Intern), UK Parliament and U.S. House Intel Chair have all noted that there is no evidence that shows Gulen’s involvement. Nonetheless, Gulen spoke to global media outlets right after the coup attempt and called for an open international investigation to find out who was behind the attempt.

Yet, the Turkish government chose to declare state of emergency, which still continues, to purge thousands of people. Alleged supporters of the Movement in Turkey have been dealing with arrest, imprisonment, torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, confiscation and passport seizure. After the failed coup, more than 130,000 people have been arbitrarily detained and more than 60,000 people have been arrested. Most of them are from the elite part of the society and are all well-educated individuals with different backgrounds such as doctors, lawyers, judges, teachers, engineers and so on. The striking point is that most were imprisoned with no compelling evidence of any criminal activity. Nonetheless, there are 17,000 women in jail and 1914 children, where 688 are babies under age of six. There have also been several cases where women who just gave birth have been put in prison with their few days old babies. Moreover, more than 4,400 judges and prosecutors have been dismissed. The government has also seized 3,003 schools, dormitories, and universities. The government has also confiscated more than 800 companies worth more than $10 billion.

All independent media in Turkey have been shut down and confiscated by the government. Turkey is the leading country to imprison most journalists. Turkey has arrested 319 journalists since the coup. A lot of people are arrested for talking against government’s policies. Many students get imprisoned for their critical tweets. 70 thousand students are currently in jail in Turkey.

People are also arrested for having downloaded an encrypted messaging phone application called ByLock. The government believes coup plotters used this application. The Turkish Intelligence Organization (MIT) has handed over a list of people who have allegedly downloaded the application. People who are alleged of downloading the application have been imprisoned. Prof. Izzet Özgenç, who is one of the founders of the Turkish Penal Code, emphasized that the Bylock arrests made without revealing any evidence are unlawful. Recently, Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office announced that close to 11 thousand people have been mistakenly investigated for use of ByLock. Turkey has also put the Amnesty International’s Turkey head, Taner Kiliç in jail for having downloaded block. While Kiliç claims that he has never downloaded the application, he is facing imprisonment for up to 15 years.

International human rights organizations have condemned and reported the human rights violations occurring in Turkey. Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) announced Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the winner of ‘Most Outrageous Use of Terror Laws Against the Press’ and ‘Most Thin-skinned’ awards. 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’. Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported in its recent “World Report 2018” that innocent people are imprisoned with no substantial evidence, inalienable rights have been taken away, and that there are more than 2,200 cases of torture and ill-treatment. Hugh Williamson, Europe, and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch said that “everywhere you look, checks and balances that protect human rights and rule of law in Turkey are being eroded”.

Due to increasingly severe human rights violations in Turkey, families have chosen to leave their country to seek safe haven. Many families have sought to enter Europe to seek asylum due to geographical proximity. However, there are also thousands of people who have also successfully reached and sought asylum in the United States. Unfortunately not everyone successfully reaches Europe. On November 21, 2017, Greek media reported that Greek authorities have found bodies of five members of the Maden family, including three children, a short time ago on the Greek Island of Lesvos. The father, Huseyin Maden, and mother, Nur Maden, were allegedly linked to the Gulen Movement and was forced to flee due to arrest warrant issued out on their names. The drowning has sparked outrage over an ongoing political purge.

Regrettably, Turkish government’s actions against the Gulen Movement are not limited to Turkish borders but are also extraterritorial. There are many examples of abductions and physical violence incidents in several countries as well as threats by pro-government people referring to the supporters abroad. Recently some Turkish teachers and principles who worked at schools funded by the Gulen Movement in Malaysia, Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan have been abducted, and in some cases illegally deported back to Turkey.

Families who have successfully reached the United States by escaping the oppression of the Turkish government are now facing new challenges. Most of the families have left everything behind in Turkey; jobs, houses, education, relatives and the Turkish government have blocked their bank accounts. Some families were able to only bring a single luggage.

These families are now in need of shelter, financial support, and acceptance of their asylum applications. You could help by personally providing donations to these individuals, or donate through human rights organizations like Embrace Relief or Advocates of Silenced Turkey, who focuses on these Turkish nationals. You could also help with helping them attain legal help and cover legal fees for their asylum applications, with their education fees. Some other ways you can help is by sending support letters regarding the persecution of these Gulen sympathizers to relevant bodies such as the State Department, embassies and the European Court of Human Rights. You can also create awareness using social media and encourage other human rights and humanitarian aid organizations to create campaigns on behalf of these individuals. Given their circumstance, we hope that you can help these people through your support. Every bit of help will aggregate to make a big difference.


Download as a PDF File: AST_1-25-2018_SEVERITY OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN TURKEY & SUPPORT TO TURKISH MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES_P9

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Ergun Babahan wrote about risk of torture for police chiefs

Yakub Saygılı and his coworkers, who carried out the December 17 corruption investigation, were taken into custody in the Silivri Prison where they were detained and taken to Istanbul Security Directorate on Vatan Caddesi. Many social media users have raised concern of risk of torture for Saygılı and his coworkers in the Vatan police station. Journalist-writer Ergun Babahan also wrote in regards to allegations of torture.

Names close to the Hizmet Movement launched an anti-torture campaign on Twitter. Yakup Saygılı, Yasin Topçu, and Kazım Aksoy, who were brought to the Police Department from the prison due to the ongoing Reza Zarrab case in America, can be subject to heavy torture. Babahan noted that members of the Hizmet Movement, minority and opposition groups are extremely polarized and demonized. Babahan indicated that “No one takes care of these people”. He concluded by saying “Torture is a crime against humanity. Everyone needs to stand up for the mistreated people and condemn torture”.

Source: http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ergun-babahan-polis-seflerine-yapilan-iskenceyi-yazdi-h110659.html

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly Jan 8

Download as pdf: AST_Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly_Jan 8

Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 1/1/2018-1/8/2018

1-” Arti Gercek columnist under police custody for 3 days”
https://turkeypurge.com/arti-gercek-columnist-police-custody-3-days

2-” Gülen’s nephew detained in Istanbul”
https://turkeypurge.com/gulens-nephew-detained-istanbul

3-” Turkish police detain another pro-Kurdish deputy in İzmir: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-police-detain-another-pro-kurdish-deputy-izmir-report

4-” Turkey’s National Intelligence received 25,000 informer reports on Gülenists in 2017: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkeys-national-intelligence-received-25000-informer-reports-gulenists-2017-report

5-” Turkey’s new racist political party: ‘Turks are superior race’”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkeys-new-racist-political-party-turks-superior-race

6-” Turkish court approves 34-year sentence for 6 pro-Kurdish university students”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-court-approves-34-year-sentence-6-pro-kurdish-university-students

7-” Journalist Aysenur Arslan gets 12-month jail sentence for insulting Erdogan”
https://turkeypurge.com/journalist-aysenur-arslan-gets-12-month-jail-sentence-insulting-erdogan

8-” [VIDEO] Pro-Erdogan journalists urge gov’t to seize Gulenists’ assets and pay potential US fines against Halkbank”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-pro-erdogan-journalists-urge-govt-seize-assets-gulenists-pay-us-fines-halkbank

9-” Yet another journalist jailed in Turkey, already worst jailer of media in world”
https://turkeypurge.com/yet-another-journalist-jailed-turkey-already-worst-jailer-media-world

10-” Two women detained during visit to jailed husbands in Edirne prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/two-women-detained-visit-jailed-husbands-edirne-prison

11-” Former Zaman columnist Ali Unal, under arrest for 17 months, denied request for release”
https://turkeypurge.com/zaman-columnist-ali-unal-arrest-17-months-denied-request-release

12-” ‘Gülenist’ couple ‘battered and tortured’ in Nevşehir prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/gulenist-couple-battered-tortured-nevsehir-prison-claim

13-” Disabled son of purge-victim ‘Gülenist’ family dies of intestinal cancer: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/disabled-son-purge-victim-gulenist-family-dies-intestinal-cancer-report

14-” Turkish court sentences pro-Kurdish deputy to 16 years, eight months in jail”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-court-sentences-pro-kurdish-deputy-16-years-eight-months-jail

15-” Pro-Kurdish HDP deputy gets 21 months in jail for insulting Erdogan”
https://turkeypurge.com/pro-kurdish-hdp-deputy-gets-21-months-jail-insulting-erdogan

16-” Report: 189 journalists detained, 58 remanded in prison in 2017″
https://turkeypurge.com/report-189-journalists-detained-58-remanded-prison-2017

17-” At least 49 former Bank Asya shareholders taken into custody over coup charges: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/least-49-former-bank-asya-shareholders-coup-charges

18-” Pro-Kurdish deputy, already in jail, gets 1.5 years more in prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/pro-kurdish-deputy-already-jail-gets-1-5-years-prison

19-” 5-year-old boy dies after being hit by police vehicle in Diyarbakir: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/5-year-old-boy-dies-hit-police-vehicle-diyarbakir-report

20-” HDP leader, already in jail, fined TL 15,000 for insulting Erdogan”
https://turkeypurge.com/hdp-leader-already-jail-fined-tl-15000-insulting-erdogan

21-” Civilians now taking up arms in two provinces, says İYİ Party leader”
https://turkeypurge.com/civilians-now-taking-arms-two-provinces-says-iyi-party-leader

22-” Business ethics professor remanded in prison after trying to escape to Greece”
https://turkeypurge.com/business-ethics-professor-remanded-prison-trying-escape-greece

23-” 36 more sought in İstanbul on suspicion of ByLock use”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/06/36-more-sought-in-istanbul-on-suspicion-of-bylock-use/

24-” Turkish minister: 48,305 people jailed in 2017 over Gülen links”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/05/turkish-minister-48305-people-jailed-in-2017-over-gulen-links/

25-” Lawyer under investigation, accompanied by infant, put in pretrial detention”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/01/lawyer-under-investigation-accompanied-by-infant-put-in-pretrial-detention/

26-” Detention warrants issued for 70 more military personnel over Gülen links”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/04/detention-warrants-issued-for-70-more-military-personnel-over-gulen-links/

27-“German Ministry Confirms Connection Between Violent Gang And Turkish Gov’t”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/30/erdogan-says-chp-leader-supports-all-terrorist-organizations/

28-“German Ministry Confirms Connection Between Violent Gang And Turkish Gov’t”
https://stockholmcf.org/german-ministry-confirms-connection-between-violent-gang-and-turkish-govt/

29-“KESK: Over 50 Public Officials, Who Were Dismissed By Gov’t Decrees, Commit Suicide In Turkey”
https://stockholmcf.org/kesk-over-50-public-officials-who-were-dismissed-by-govt-decrees-commit-suicide-in-turkey/

30-“Gülen’s 63-Year-Old Disabled Cousin Put Into Solitary Confinement By Turkish Authorities ”
https://stockholmcf.org/gulens-63-year-old-disabled-cousin-put-into-solitary-confinement-by-turkish-authorities/

31-“Erdoğan Targets Boğaziçi University, Claims ‘Engaged In Activities Against Turkey’”
https://stockholmcf.org/erdogan-targets-bogazici-university-claims-engaged-in-activities-against-turkey/

32-” Four Young People Subjected To Turkish Police Violence Due To Hair Style”
https://stockholmcf.org/four-young-people-subjected-to-turkish-police-violence-due-to-hair-style/

33-” Report: Erdoğan Constructing New Regime In Turkey By Gov’t Decrees Under Rule Of Emergency”
https://stockholmcf.org/report-erdogan-constructing-new-regime-in-turkey-by-govt-decrees-under-rule-of-emergency/

34-” İstanbul Bar Files Complaint Against Minister Soylu Over His ‘Break The Legs’ Order”
https://stockholmcf.org/istanbul-bar-files-complaint-against-minister-soylu-over-his-break-the-legs-order/

35-” France Judicial Union Urges Macron To Require Erdoğan To Release Jailed Lawyers”
https://stockholmcf.org/france-judicial-union-urges-macron-to-require-erdogan-to-release-jailed-lawyers/

36-” France’s Macron urges respect of rule of law in talks with Erdogan”
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-turkey/frances-macron-urges-respect-of-rule-of-law-in-talks-with-erdogan-idUSKBN1EU1LI

37-” More than 100,000 Turks who lost jobs after 2016 coup attempt await rulings”
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/more-than-100000-turks-who-lost-jobs-after-2016-coup-attempt-await-rulings/article37477562/

38-” Council of Europe criticizes Turkish ban on LGBTI events”
http://jacksonobserver.com/council-of-europe-criticizes-turkish-ban-on-lgbti-events/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 1/1/2018-1/8/2018

1-” Katil sivillerden sonra, şirket yağmalayan kayyımları da korumaya aldılar.”
http://aktifhaber.com/ekonomi/katil-sivillerden-sonra-sirket-yagmalayan-kayyimlari-da-korumaya-aldilar-h110310.html

2-” Gergerlioğlu: Berk’i kaybettik, bari Eray babasını görmeli”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/gergerlioglu-berki-kaybettik-bari-eray-babasini-gormeli-h110289.html

3-” ‘Tek tip Erdoğan’ın kişisel intikam davasıdır'”
http://aktifhaber.com/genel/tek-tip-erdoganin-kisisel-intikam-davasidir-h110292.html

4-” AYM, 12 Eylül işkenceleriyle ilgili hukuk defterini kapattı”
http://aktifhaber.com/genel/aym-12-eylul-iskenceleriyle-ilgili-hukuk-defterini-kapatti-h110301.html

5-” OHAL Türkiye’sinde KHK mağduru 50 kişi intihar etti”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ohal-turkiyesinde-khk-magduru-50-kisi-intihar-etti-h110265.html

6-” 15 öğrenciye cinsel istismarda bulunan okul görevlisi tutuklandı..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/15-ogrenciye-cinsel-istismarda-bulunan-okul-gorevlisi-tutuklandi-h110250.html

7-” Engelli öğrenciyi döven öğretmen ikinci kez serbest kaldı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/engelli-ogrenciyi-doven-ogretmen-ikinci-kez-serbest-kaldi-h110234.html

8-” Gergerlioğlu, Görmez ailesine uygulanan zulmü kaleme aldı..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/gergerlioglu-gormez-ailesine-uygulanan-zulmu-kaleme-aldi-h110197.html

9-” Çankırı’da Polisten uzun saç dayağı..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cankirida-polisten-uzun-sac-dayagi-h110183.html

10-” Ahmet Altan: Darbenin değil, hukukun ve demokrasinin peşindeydik”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ahmet-altan-darbenin-degil-hukukun-ve-demokrasinin-pesindeydik-h110170.html

11-” ‘Çocuklar ölmesin’ diyen Ayşe öğretmen’in cezası ertelendi..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cocuklar-olmesin-diyen-ayse-ogretmenin-cezasi-ertelendi-h110169.html

12-” Ethem Sarısülük davasındaki delillerin tahrip edildiği ortaya çıktı..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ethem-sarisuluk-davasindaki-delillerin-tahrip-edildigi-ortaya-cikti-h110161.html

13-” Savcı “Sizin dosyanız zaten hazır” diyerek tutuklattı cezaevinde hücreye atıldılar”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/savci-sizin-dosyaniz-zaten-hazir-diyerek-tutuklatti-cezaevinde-hucreye-atildilar-h110142.html

14-” İşkenceyle öldürülen Yurdakul’un avukatı: C3 koğuşu özellikle oluşturulmuş..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/iskenceyle-oldurulen-yurdakulun-avukati-c3-kogusu-ozellikle-olusturulmus-h110056.html

15-” 35 günlük Akif Bebek de cezaevine götürüldü..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/35-gunluk-akif-bebek-de-cezaevine-goturuldu-h110041.html

16-” Aile Bakanı’nın hapisteki bebeklere duyarsız kalmasına tepki yağdı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/aile-bakaninin-hapisteki-bebeklere-duyarsiz-kalmasina-tepki-yagdi-h110036.html

17-” Gazi’de polisin öldürdüğü 2 kişinin davasında OHAL koruması..”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/gazide-polisin-oldurdugu-2-kisinin-davasinda-ohal-korumasi-h110186.html

18-” “Hayatı boyunca darbelere karşı olmuş biri olduğum ortada…””
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/hayati-boyunca-darbelere-karsi-olmus-biri-oldugum-ortada-h110175.html

19-” Soylu, Gülen hareketine yönelik cinnet halinin raporunu sundu..”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/soylu-gulen-hareketine-yonelik-cinnet-halinin-raporunu-sundu-h110100.html

20-” Konya’da Gülen Hareketi’ne kitlesel operasyonlarda 14 kişiye gözaltı..”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/konyada-gulen-hareketine-kitlesel-operasyonlarda-14-kisiye-gozalti-h110103.html

21-” OHAL’in suç karnesi: 126 suç türü”
http://www.tr724.com/ohalin-suc-karnesi-126-suc-turu/

22-” Türkiye’deki baski, tecrit, tutuklamalar ve yurt dişina hicretin belgeseli”
http://www.tr724.com/turkiyedeki-baski-tecrit-tutuklamalar-yurt-disina-hicretin-belgeseli/

23-“Anayasa mahkemesi, ‘insanlik suçu’ olan işkenceyi kapatti; gerekçe zamanaşimi ”
http://www.tr724.com/anayasa-mahkemesi-insanlik-sucu-olan-iskenceyi-kapatti-gerekce-zamanasimi/

24-” Ümit Özdağ: silahli kamplar için nokta verebiliriz, 23 ayda 2.3 milyon silah satildi ”
http://www.tr724.com/umit-ozdag-silahli-kamplar-icin-nokta-verebiliriz-23-ayda-2-3-milyon-silah-satildi/

25-” Anayasa hukuku profesörü Kaboğlu: KHK’lari mit hazirliyor, hukuken yok hükmünde”
http://www.tr724.com/anayasa-hukuku-profesoru-kaboglu-khklari-mit-hazirliyor-hukuken-yok-hukmunde/

26-” Zeybekçi yine gebertmekten söz etti, KHK’yi savundu: birkaç kişiyi gebertirsem hesabi mi sorulacak?”
http://www.tr724.com/zeybekci-yine-gebertmekten-soz-etti-khkyi-savandu-birkac-kisiyi-gebertirsem-hesabi-mi-sorulacak/

27-” Bank Asya hissedarlarina operasyon, 68 gözalti karari ”
http://www.tr724.com/bank-asya-hissedarlarina-operasyon-68-gozalti-karari/

28-” ‘Boğaziçi Üniversitesi yerli ve milli değerlere yaslanamıyor’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/erdogan-bogazici-universitesi-yerli-ve-milli-degerlere-yaslanamiyor/

29-” Bu kez Keysan Gülen: Gülen’in bir yakını daha gözaltına alındı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/bu-kez-keysan-gulen-gulenin-bir-yakini-daha-gozaltina-alindi/

30-” Gazeteci Deniz Yücel: Tek tip kıyafeti asla kabul etmeyeceğim”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/gazeteci-deniz-yucel-tek-tip-kiyafeti-asla-kabul-etmeyecegim/

31-” ‘Nazilerden tek fark; Bugün Türkiye’de sadece gaz odaları yok’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/nazilerden-tek-fark-bugun-turkiyede-sadece-gaz-odalari-yok/

32-” AKP’li Elitaş: Şunu taciz ettin, yumruk vurdun, diye mi yargılansınlar?”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/gulu-elestiren-akpli-elitasa-gore-sunu-taciz-etmek-yumruk-vurmak-normal/

33-” Dünya tanık: Özakça’nın annesi yerlerde sürüklenerek gözaltında”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/semih-ozakcanin-annesi-yerlerde-suruklenerek-gozaltinda/

34-” Bitlis’te PKK’lılara ait olduğu iddia edilen 279 mezar açıldı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/bitliste-pkklilara-ait-oldugu-iddia-edilen-279-mezar-acildi/

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STATUTORY DECREE NO. 696

After the July 15th failed-coup attempt, the Turkish state has engaged in many illegal activities. The Erdogan regime passed several statutory decrees including the Decree number 675, which is mentioned in detail below, to suppress fear of persecution its supporters possess and encourage them to continue their work. As a matter of fact, the statutory decree mentioned provides impunity to the government officials who have acted in an illegal manner toward masses demonized by the government aided media, in the direction of Erdogan regime’s policies. Nonetheless, it protects them from being prosecuted for any crimes they commit.

Currently, Erdogan regime has issued a new statutory decree (KHK) which indicates that all citizens, regardless of whether they are public servant, are entitled to any kind of intervention against those who are demonized and labeled as terrorist by the regime. Accordingly, any person or group considered to be a terrorist in the eyes of the government may be deprived of all rights recognized as universal human rights. Furthermore, anyone who unfairly treats these labeled individuals, without any authorization or court decision, will get impunity from legal or criminal penalties.

The new arrangement is such a dangerous law that can cause execution of a judge who acquits someone who has been unfairly judged as a member of a terrorist organization because doing so would seem as if the judge was supporting the terrorist organization.

Likewise, any person or group who is a terrorist in the eyes of the government can become a victim of any person who sees themselves as a supporter of the Erdogan regime.

To conclude, this arrangement has made lawlessness lawful and severely harms the independence of the Turkish judiciary. With this arrangement, everyone who receives government support becomes a judge, a prosecutor and everyone also become a legal victim.

Read AST’s statement on the Decree Law: http://silencedturkey.org/statement-statutory-decrees-no695-696

We urge everyone to take action. Express your views or send attached statement to following addresses:

U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senators
State Representatives
State Senators

Find your members of Congress:https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members

American Bar Association
https://www.americanbar.org/about_the_aba/contact.html

Federal Bar Association
http://www.fedbar.org/Menu/Contact-Us.aspx

Supreme Court Bar Association
https://www.supremecourt.gov/contact/contactus.aspx

Download sample statement for Bar associations as a word document: AST_Letter_Decree_Bar

Download sample statement for members of Congress as a word document: AST_Letter_Decree_Representatives

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STATUTORY DECREE NO. 696 AND THE DEMISE OF RULE OF LAW

Since the July 15 alleged coup attempt, which President Erdogan defined as a blessing from God, Turkish democracy and justice have continuously deteriorated every day. Within the 24 hours after the alleged coup attempt, the Turkish state that was future-promising and showing signs of being able to compete with countries such as those of the European Union changed drastically. In less than 24 hours after the July 15th, Turkey woke up the widespread chaos; unresolved crimes, kidnappings, coffee shop raids, corruption and many illegal acts that would are accustomed to Third World Countries.

After the July 15th failed-coup attempt, the state has engaged in many illegal activities. The Erdogan regime passed several statutory decrees including the Decree number 675, which is mentioned in detail below, to suppress fear of persecution its supporters possess and encourage them to continue their work. As a matter of fact, the statutory decree mentioned provides impunity to the government officials who have acted in an illegal manner toward masses demonized by the government aided media, in the direction of Erdogan regime’s policies. Nonetheless, it protects them from being prosecuted for any crimes they commit.

Currently, Erdogan regime has issued a statutory decree (KHK) which indicates that all citizens, regardless of whether they are public servant, are entitled to any kind of intervention against those who are demonized and labeled as terrorist by the regime. Accordingly, any person or group considered to be a terrorist in the eyes of the government may be deprived of all rights recognized as universal human rights. Furthermore, anyone who unfairly treats these labeled individuals, without any authorization or court decision, will get impunity from legal or criminal penalties.

Turkey, once shown as a model country for the Middle East, is being rebuilt by the Erdogan regime which is taking conscientious steps to change the state structure and amplify social polarization.

As stated above, on November 8, 2016, the AKP regime issued the 675 numbered Decree Law and tried to cover up crimes committed by civil servants on July 15th. According to this decree: m.37/1:”Within the scope of suppression of the acts of coup d’etat and terrorist acts carried out on 07/15/2016 and their continuing actions, the persons who make decisions or implements measures, and who take part in all kinds of judicial and administrative measures, are immune from legal, administrative, financial and criminal liability within the scope of the decree laws issued during the state of emergency. ”

The following provision has been added to the Decree Law No. 675, with the Decree Law No. 696. According to this:

It is indicated that “Regardless of whether they carry an official position or whether they fulfill an official duty, the first clause shall apply to those who act within the scope of suppression of acts of coup and terrorism carried out on 15 July 2016 and their continuing actions”.

According to the new regulation, regardless of an individual carrying an official position or irrespective of whether or not they have fulfilled an official duty, the persons acting in the context of the suppression of terrorist acts and their continuing actions on July 15th shall have immunity from legal, administrative, financial and penal responsibilities.

The decree law will allow individuals who may not be an official, someone in the law enforcement such as military or police, to take actions and measures without considering their legal, penal, judicial, or administrative consequences. This is a clear violation of the main criteria of fighting crimes, such as being moderate and following principles such as lawfulness. With this arrangement, people have a legal basis to perceive themselves as police officials, which is not possible under a normal legal system. As a result, individuals in the society who feel the government’s support will be able to act with unlimited power.

In a country where it is a crime to even torture a street dog, the legal right to kill any human in any inhumane manner on the basis of unfounded accusations illustrates the extremity of this arbitrary regulation. Accordingly, under the protection of the government, individuals can be a judge, prosecutor and executioner at the same time, and the treat anyone as they wish without the pressure of any time constraints.

Since the arrangement issued inherently protects any kind of actions taken, victims whose rights will be violated will not have any right to file appeals regarding the violations. As a matter of fact, rights have been granted that would not have been granted to anyone or be recognized in any legal system in any country governed by democracy with the noted decree law.

The new arrangement is a declaration of the demise of rule of law, and its replacement with a new state order. In recent times in Turkey, the concepts of acts of terror and terrorism have ceased to be clad in terms of legality. These terms are now merely political in nature. A new concept as ‘unarmed terrorist organization’ has been introduced the courtrooms in Turkey. In the noted decree-law, the concepts related to acts of terror or the term, “continuation of acts of terror”, has not been clarified. This issue is the greatest threat to the hundreds of thousands of people who are subject to or potentially will face unfair trials in the country.

The expression of “suppression of the continuity of the actions” mentioned in the decree-law stipulates that any kind of intervention in the name of suppressing actions regarded as a continuation of actions related to the coup attempt and acts of terror cannot be prosecuted. Furthermore, “the persons who, within the context of the decree laws issued during the state of emergency, makes decisions and acts according to their duties”, whether official or civilian, are given the right to intervene on matters related to individuals whom they label as a terrorist or affiliated with terrorist attacks.

According to this, when someone who has been purged with decree-laws gets in touch with someone else in a similar situation for any reason, they are accepted to potentially have a connection to the July 15th coup attempt.

In this case, since there is no authority to object to the uncountable unlawfulness that may arise, individuals that resorts to inhumane or illegal actions may continue their lives from where they have left it without facing any kind of legal action. Thus, if someone confiscates another’s car, the car owner will not be able to ask “Why did you take it?” Because the regulation in question blocks all kinds of legal initiatives.

Likewise, terrorist organizations close to the current government, mafia-like communities, and paramilitary organizations will get immunity from prosecution and will not be held responsible for their actions. These are privileges that even the state do not possess.

In this context, it is clearly seen that the AKP government seeks to establish a Turkish version of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Notions related to Democracy and human rights can be read in Turkey, yet these concepts will no longer be beyond imagination.

The new arrangement is such a dangerous law that can cause execution of a judge who acquits someone who has been unfairly judged as a member of a terrorist organization because doing so would seem as if the judge was supporting the terrorist organization.

Likewise, any person or group who is a terrorist in the eyes of the government can become a victim of any person who sees themselves as a supporter of the Erdogan regime.

To conclude, this arrangement has made lawlessness lawful and severely harms the independence of the Turkish judiciary. With this arrangement, everyone who receives government support becomes a judge, a prosecutor and everyone also become a legal victim.

Download the statement as pdf: Statutory Decree No. 696 and The Demise of Rule of Law

Download the statement in Turkish as pdf: AST_696 sayılı KHK ve hukuk devletin çöküşü

NEWS ARTICLES ON THIS SUBJECT:

Erdogan Law Stirs Fears of Legalized Extra-Judicial Violence
“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest emergency decree risks inciting political violence by giving legal cover to pro-government vigilantes, opposition parties and legal authorities warned. The order, declared in the Official Gazette on Sunday, grants sweeping immunity for acting against terrorism or attempts to overthrow the government. Civilians won’t face legal consequences for actions against last year’s coup attempt — or more importantly — anything that could be considered its “continuation,” the decree said.”
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-25/erdogan-decree-stokes-fears-of-legalized-extra-judicial-violence

Immunity to civilians thwarting coup stirs debate in Turkey
“A new state of emergency decree released on Dec. 24 providing immunity to civilians who fought against last year’s coup attempt and terrorist acts that followed it has triggered a fresh debate in Turkey. Metin Feylzioğlu, the head of the Bar Associations in Turkey, said such a law granting immunity to civilians who confronted the July 15 coup attempt and terrorist acts that followed it would result in “people shooting each other in the head on the streets.” “I was terrified when I inspected the decree law no. 696. I was very sad,” Feyzioğlu said.”
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/immunity-to-civilians-thwarting-coup-stirs-debate-in-turkey-124701

Erdogan decree stirs fears of legalized extrajudicial violence in Turkey
““They’ve paved the way for anyone who claims to be fighting against terrorism to slaughter everybody else,” Ozgur Ozel, a CHP parliament whip, said in televised remarks in the western province of Manisa. “They will unleash vigilantes on us in a future democratic rally and will face no charges.””
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/12/25/erdogan-decree-stirs-fears-of-legalized-extrajudicial-violence-in-turkey.html

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly Dec 18

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”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/12/turkish-singer-zuhal-olcay-indicted-on-charges-of-insulting-erdogan/

2-“Detention warrants issued for 79 Finance Ministry staff over Gülen links”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/14/detention-warrants-issued-for-79-finance-ministry-staff-over-gulen-links/

3-“[VIDEO] Pro-gov’t journalist suggests killing family members of jailed Gülen followers”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/12/video-pro-govt-journalist-suggests-killing-family-members-of-jailed-gulen-followers/

4-“Turkish interior minister: 55,665 jailed, 234,419 passports revoked over Gülen links”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/12/turkish-interior-minister-55665-jailed-234419-passports-revoked-over-gulen-links/

5-“Kurdish man dies under suspicious circumstances at Turkish police station”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/17/kurdish-man-dies-under-suspicious-circumstances-at-turkish-police-station/

6-“Pro-Erdoğan businessman offers $780K reward for arrest of Rubin and Fuller”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/07/pro-erdogan-businessman-offers-780k-reward-for-arrest-of-rubin-and-fuller/

7-“PAKURD Chairman Baran refutes Erdoğan: I was tortured for 13 days”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/11/pakurd-chairman-baran-refutes-erdogan-i-was-tortured-for-13-days/

8-“Detention warrant issued for wife of famous Turkish businessman İpek”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/15/detention-warrant-issued-for-wife-of-famous-turkish-businessman-ipek/

9-“Erdoğan calls on people to show no mercy to Gülen movement”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/16/erdogan-calls-on-people-to-show-no-mercy-to-gulen-movement/

10-“[VIDEO] Pro-Erdoğan columnist: Gülen followers soon won’t be able walk freely in the US”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/16/video-pro-erdogan-columnist-gulen-followers-soon-wont-be-able-walk-freely-in-the-us/

11-“Deputy PM threatens main opposition leader: He will be harmed if he doesn’t give up”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/17/minister-threatens-main-opposition-leader-he-will-be-harmed-if-he-doesnt-give-up/

12-“Governor bans commemorative events ahead of Maras massacre anniversary”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/17/governor-bans-commemorative-events-ahead-of-maras-massacre-anniversary/

13-” Prosecutor demands aggravated life sentences for journalists Ilıcak and Altan brothers”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/11/prosecutor-demands-aggravated-life-sentences-for-journalists-ilicak-and-altan-brothers/

14-“Report: Turkey twists peace declaration into an act of terrorism”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/11/report-turkey-twists-peace-declaration-into-an-act-of-terrorism/

15-“Top police chief says 22,987 police officers dismissed over Gülen links”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/12/top-police-chief-says-22987-police-officers-dismissed-over-gulen-links/

16-“Turkish interior minister: 55,665 jailed, 234,419 passports revoked over Gülen links”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/12/turkish-interior-minister-55665-jailed-234419-passports-revoked-over-gulen-links/

17-“Purged civil servant abducted from car in Turkey’s capital, wife says”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/13/purged-civil-servant-abducted-from-car-in-turkeys-capital-wife-says/

18-“Detention warrants issued for 33 more Turkish military members”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/12/detention-warrants-issued-for-33-more-turkish-military-members/

19-“Erdoğan’s news agency targets journalist covering Atilla case”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/14/erdogans-news-agency-targets-journalist-covering-atilla-case/

20-“Diyarbakır Bar files criminal complaints against Küçük, Uğur”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/14/diyarbakir-bar-files-criminal-complaints-against-kucuk-ugur/

21-“Turkey boosting prison capacity to be able to jail 345,000 people in 5 years”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-boosting-prison-capacity-able-jail-345000-people-5-years

22-“8 including children, academics detained while on way to escape to Greece”
https://turkeypurge.com/8-including-children-academics-detained-way-escape-greece

23-“Architect, son given 14 months in jail for insulting Erdogan”
https://turkeypurge.com/architect-son-given-14-months-jail-insulting-erdogan

24-“Newly married Antalya journalist behind bars for 17 months: wife”
https://turkeypurge.com/newly-married-antalya-journalist-behind-bars-17-months-wife

25-“HRW Turkey head says post-coup crackdown aimed at building empire of fear”
https://turkeypurge.com/hrw-turkey-head-says-post-coup-crackdown-aimed-building-empire-fear

26-“39 civilians detained in simultaneous police raids in 8 provinces”
https://turkeypurge.com/39-civilians-detained-simultaneous-police-raids-8-provinces

27-“Gülen-linked teachers, businessman detained in Afghanistan”
https://turkeypurge.com/gulen-linked-turkish-teachers-businessman-detained-afghanistan

28-“Investigation launched against news platform established by jobless journalists”
https://turkeypurge.com/investigation-launched-news-platform-established-jobless-journalists

29-“CPJ: Turkey remains worst jailer of journalists in the world”
https://turkeypurge.com/cpj-turkey-remains-worst-jailer-journalists-world

30-“Gendarmerie detain 13 people aged between 40 to 90 in Kurdish village”
https://turkeypurge.com/gendarmerie-detained-13-people-aged-40-90-kurdish-village

31-“70 including Isparta military entrance processing commander detained on coup charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/70-including-isparta-military-entrance-processing-commander-detained-coup-charges

32-“Osmaniye woman detained while visiting ‘Gülenist’ husband in prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/osmaniye-woman-detained-visiting-gulenist-husband-prison

33-” Mother of purge-victim public servant beaten by police for protesting son’s dismissal from service”
https://turkeypurge.com/mother-purge-victim-public-servant-beaten-police-protesting-sons-dismissal-service

34-“4 teachers given prison sentences of up to 10 years over coup charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/4-teachers-given-prison-sentences-10-years-coup-charges

35-“Ugandan teacher in Turkey’s Diyarbakir detained in post-coup probe”
https://turkeypurge.com/ugandan-teacher-turkeys-diyarbakir-detained-post-coup-probe

36-“DIHA reporter Nedim Türfent sentenced to 8 years and 9 months in jail”
https://turkeypurge.com/diha-reported-sentenced-8-years-9-months-jail

37-“Turkish man in Netherlands sentenced for threatening Erdogan critic”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-man-netherlands-sentenced-threatening-erdogan-critic

38-“Gov’t selling properties of 30 media outlets seized from critics after failed coup”
https://turkeypurge.com/govt-selling-properties-30-media-outlets-seized-critics-failed-coup

39-“Governor bans film festival in Turkey’s Diyarbakir: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/film-festival-diyarbakir-banned-due-post-coup-emergency-rule-report

40-“Afghan officials detain Turkish teachers ‘linked to Gulen’ – report”
https://www.rt.com/newsline/412881-afghanistan-turkish-teachers-gulen/

41-“Turkish teachers linked to Erdogan foe detained in Afghanistan”
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-afghanistan-turkey/turkish-teachers-linked-to-erdogan-foe-detained-in-afghanistan-idUKKBN1E621Z?il=0

42-“Afghanistan’s Intelligence Agency Releases Four Abducted Teachers Of Turkish Schools, Report”
https://stockholmcf.org/afghanistans-intelligence-agancy-releases-four-abducted-teachers-of-turkish-schools/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 12/11/2017-12/18/2017

1-” Yargitay üyesini başkasinin bylock kaydi yüzünden 16 aydir hapiste tutuyorlar”
http://www.tr724.com/yargitay-uyesini-baskasinin-bylock-kaydi-yuzunden-16-aydir-hapiste-tutuyorlar/

2-“Mama ile beslenen kanser-hastasini- iyasi tutuklu diye tedavi etmiyorlar ”
http://www.tr724.com/mama-ile-beslenen-kanser-hastasini-siyasi-tutuklu-diye-tedavi-etmiyorlar/

3-“İşimizi istiyoruz protestosunda, veli saçilik ile 7 kişiye gözalti”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/baski-rejiminin-oldugu-turkiyeden-kacis-h108522.html

4-“Adli tip profesörü korur: işkenceciler yarin yargilanacak, her ihlal kayit altina alinmali”
http://www.tr724.com/adli-tip-profesoru-korur-iskenceciler-yarin-yargilanacak-her-ihlal-kayit-altina-alinmali/

5-“Enver Kiliç ve Zabit kişi’nin de MIT tarafindan kaçirildiği ortaya çikti”
http://www.tr724.com/enver-kilic-zabit-kisinin-de-mit-tarafindan-kacirildigi-ortaya-cikti/

6-” Doç. Dr. Korb: Hitler Almanyasi’nda yapilanlarla Erdoğan rejiminin zulmü çok benzer”
http://www.tr724.com/doc-dr-korb-hitler-almanyasinda-yapilanlarla-erdogan-rejiminin-zulmu-cok-benzer/

7-“Afganistan gizli servisi Türk eğitimciler ile bir işadamini gözaltina aldi”
http://www.tr724.com/afganistanda-turk-egitimcilere-gozalti/

8-“15 Temmuz’dan bu yana: 159 bin 506 gözaltı, 47 bin 523 tutuklama”
http://www.diken.com.tr/15-temmuzdan-bu-yana-159-bin-506-gozalti-47-bin-523-tutuklama/

9-“Şüpheli ölüm: PKK zanlısı için ‘3. kattan atladı, intihar etti’ iddiası”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/supheli-olum-pkk-zanlisi-icin-3-kattan-atladi-intihar-etti-iddiasi/

10-“Açık faşizm dönemindeyiz
http://www.kronos.news/tr/acik-fasizm-donemindeyiz/

11-“‘Diyarbakır sevdalısı’ Ugandalı öğretmen gözaltında”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/kara-mizah-diyarbakir-sevdalisi-ugandali-ogretmen-gozaltinda/

12-” ‘Gülenci’ şantajıyla para alırken suçüstü yakalandı, serbest kaldı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/gulenci-santajiyla-para-alirken-sucustu-yakalandi-serbest-kaldi/

13-” Tutuklu eşini ziyarete giden kadın gözaltına alındı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/tutuklu-esini-ziyarete-giden-kadin-gozaltina-alindi/

14-“‘Öğretmen Sümeyye Özkurt hapishaneye dönmesin’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/ogretmen-sumeyye-ozkurt-hapishaneden-hastaneye-donmesin/

15-“Kütahya ve Antalya’da ‘gaybubet evi’ operasyonu: 12 gözaltı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/kutahya-ve-antalyada-gaybubet-evi-operasyonu-12-gozalti/

16-“Boydaklar tutuklu ama ‘mafya’ davasında tutuklu tek sanık da tahliye edildi”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/boydaklar-tutuklu-ama-mafya-davasinda-tutuklu-tek-sanik-da-tahliye-edildi/

17-“‘Gaybubet evleri’ operasyonu: 45 gözaltı daha”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/gaybubet-evleri-operasyonu-45-gozalti-daha/

18-” ‘Asfalta yatırıp çıplak arama’ davasının avukatına soruşturma”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/asfalta-yatirip-ciplak-arama-davasinin-avukatina-sorusturma/

19-“İzmir’de ‘OHAL Değil Acil Demokrasi Mitingi’ne OHAL yasağı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/izmirde-ohal-degil-acil-demokrasi-mitingine-ohal-yasagi/

20-“El konulan İpek Holding davasında Nevin İpek için yakalama kararı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/el-konulan-ipek-holding-davasinda-nevin-ipek-icin-yakalama-karari/

21-“Sanık polisin avukatı: Delilleri müvekkilim değil TEM şube karartı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/sanik-polisin-avukati-delilleri-muvekkilim-degil-tem-sube-kararti/

22-“Tutuklulara işkence ve infaz öneren Küçük ve Uğur’a suç duyurusu”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/tutuklulara-iskence-ve-infaz-oneren-kucuk-ve-ugura-suc-duyurusu/

23-“Ankara’nın ortasında kaçırılan Ümit Horzum’dan haber alınamıyor”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/ankaranin-ortasinda-kacirilan-umit-horzumdan-haber-alinamiyo/

24-“CPJ: Dünyada hapisteki gazeteci sayısı rekora ulaştı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/cpj-dunyada-hapisteki-gazeteci-sayisi-rekora-ulasti/

25-” Hamileyken tutukladılar doğum yapınca bebeğiyle tekrar zindana koydular”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/hamileyken-tutukladilar-dogum-yapinca-bebegiyle-tekrar-zindana-koydular-h109229.html

26-” Tutuklandığından beri aynı pantolonu giyiyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/tutuklandigindan-beri-ayni-pantolonu-giyiyor-h109212.html

27-“Hakkındaki deliller tutuklandıktan 3 ay sonra oluşturulmuş”
http://aktifhaber.com/medya/hakkindaki-deliller-tutuklandiktan-3-ay-sonra-olusturulmus-h109197.html

28-“Tutukluyken ağır ve sistematik darptan öldürüldü ama sorumlusu yok..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/tutukluyken-agir-ve-sistematik-darptan-olduruldu-ama-sorumlusu-yok-h109165.html

29-“7 yıl 6 ay ceza alan Fatma Salın’ın hikayesi”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/7-yil-6-ay-ceza-alan-fatma-salinin-hikayesi-h109130.html

30-“Ankara’da bir kaçırılma olayı daha!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ankarada-bir-kacirilma-olayi-daha-h108905.html

31-” 24 kişiye 10 kişilik yemek, tek tip kıyafet, hakaret ve tehdit”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/24-kisiye-10-kisilik-yemek-tek-tip-kiyafet-hakaret-ve-tehdit-h108851.html

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Report on the Current and Possible Threats Supporters of the Gulen Movement Face Abroad

“I CANNOT SAY WE ARE ABSOLUTELY SAFE EVEN ABROAD”

Report on the Current and Possible Threats Supporters of the Gulen Movement Face Abroad

Summary
Since the attempted coup of July 15, 2016 the Government of Turkey Turkish government has engaged in illegal extraterritorial and extrajudicial actions been taking strict measures to silence dissidents in other countries from various ideologies recently.

Gulen Movement (also known as “Hizmet Movement,” meaning service in Turkish) has been the main target of the government, which is a faith-based group of people engaging in different voluntary activities such as education, business and health. Alleged supporters of the Movement in Turkey have been dealing with arrest, imprisonment, torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, confiscation and passport seizure. Regrettably Turkish government’s actions against the Gulen Movement are not limited to Turkish borders but are also extraterritorial. There are many examples of abductions and physical violence incidents in several countries as well as threats by pro-government people referring to the supporters abroad. This paper discusses these issues to conclude that individuals linked to the Movement cannot feel safe abroad either. Therefore, this study aims to remind foreign security officers the risks Hizmet participants may face, and to request that necessary legal, administrative and practical measures are undertaken to ensure protection of individuals who might be at risk and subject to possible abduction, enforced disappearance, and extrajudicial killings.

Introduction
Even though actions of the Turkish government against dissidents including the Gulen Movement are not appreciated by many countries around the world, there are some states who are in cooperation with Turkey neglecting human rights and fundamental freedoms. This study will first talk about abductions and deportations around the world that are considered as violating international human rights law and customary international law. Then in the second section, violent reactions perpetrated in foreign states by pro-government people will be mentioned. Third section will be giving details about recent threats targeting the supporters of the Movement. Lastly, to cope with such risks and threats, the Advocates of Silenced Turkey recommends to foreign governments to take all the necessary steps for ensuring protection to these people.

1.     Abductions and Deportations around the World
There has been many news around world that members of the Movement have been abducted in different countries suspiciously by the intelligence agencies who aimed to sent them back to Turkey. Below there are summaries of different relevant cases occurred recently which are set out chronologically.

It must be noted that below there are only sample stories of people who could reach out to media and whose voices could be heard by the international community. There might be many more people living through similar things who are not mentioned here in this report.

i. Memduh Cikmaz – Sudan
Memduh Cikmaz has been running a factory in Sudan, and was wanted by Turkey for almost two years and Sudanese authorities informed him that there was no problem regarding his factory as well as his stay in Sudan.[1] However, after the so-called coup attempt in Turkey, the government has been sending letters to foreign governments to deport the supporters of the Movement. Following these, Mr. Cikmaz was detained in a joint operation by Sudanese and Turkish police. He wanted to meet with his lawyer but was denied access, and moreover his family has been concerned of his health relating to a protein-related disease. Hence, they urged domestic authorities not to deport Mr. Cikmaz as he might face persecution in Turkey. Their call was not responded positively.[2][3] He was deported as well as detained and arrested in Turkey after deportation. There has not been much detailed information about his situation. Nevertheless, if he has been facing with ill-treatment during his arrest, it means Sudan has breached its responsibilities the 1951 Refugee Convention by sending him back.[4]

ii. Enver Kilic and Zabit Kisi – Kazakhstan
Enver Kilic and Zabit Kisi were abducted from a plane in Kazakhstan by an unknown group of people. Their wives have been trying to make themselves heard through social media. Accordingly, on 16 September 2017, both were not allowed to get on the plane because their passports were allegedly cancelled. They had a court hearing in two weeks on 30 September 2017. Ms. Kilic and Ms. Kisi wrote on social media that they cannot get any news from their husbands since 30 September 2017. Two men were reported to be deported according to Turkish media, moreover, they were under custody in Turkey.[5] Nevertheless, there have not been any up-to-date information about them and their condition, their families are justifiably afraid of the possibility of torture. It must be noted that Kazakhstan has been party to the 1951 Refugee Convention, meaning that the country presumably violated the principle of non-refoulement prescribed in the Convention.[6]

iii.   Mesut Kacmaz and his family – Pakistan
Mesut Kacmaz and his family, including his two daughters, were abducted in Pakistan on 27 September 2017. Mr. Kacmaz was an educator at a chain of 28 PakTurk Foundation schools that were allegedly linked to the Hizmet Movement. The schools were closed by local authorities last year following the request of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey. Even though the Turkish government asked for their return to Turkey, teachers and employees of the schools have remained in Pakistan under temporary court rules and protection of the United Nations claiming that they will be detained and might be tortured once set foot in Turkey.

According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, the family was taken by “20 armed people in plain clothes.” A neighbor and a fellow friend of the family stated the family was “restrained, blindfolded and hustled into unmarked pickup trucks in Lahore.” Moreover, that he was also taken to a secret facility and released after several days only because he wanted to intervene. Pakistani police officers stated that they had no information regarding the family which directs suspicions to intelligence agencies.[7] Human Rights Watch highlighted that Kacmaz family was under the protection of the UNHCR with a valid certificate until 24 November 2017, thus cannot be extradited. The Pakistani government’s lawyer assured that the family would not be deported as per the UNHCR asylum seeker certificate.[8] Nonetheless, expected scenario happened. Pursuant to later news, the family was handed over to Turkish police and deported to Turkey presumably on 14 October 2017. According to their daughters’ statement, Mr. Kacmaz and his wife were taken into custody not suprisingly, which proves that the family’s fear of persecution was reasonably well-founded.[9] There are still many Turkish families in Pakistan under the UNHCR protection and they are afraid that they might be the next ones to be returned to Turkey through such illegal means.[10]

As the Human Rights Watch notes, the deportation violates both the Lahore High Court’s decision and international law. One might claim that Pakistan is not party to the 1951 Refugee Convention.[11] However, this cannot mean that the country is not under any obligation towards refugees as it is still bound by the customary international law. Accordingly, countries are prohibited to return people to their home countries where it is likely that they will face persecution such as torture, inhuman and degrading treatment. The deportation attracted attention of international journalists and politicians as well, for instance, Rebecca Harms, member of the European Parliament, criticized the Pakistani government strongly for deporting Kacmaz family on her social media account.[12]

iv.  Mustafa Emre Cabuk – Georgia
Mustafa Emre Cabuk, who has been living in Georgia since 2002, was detained on 24 May 2017 which was a day after Binali Yildirim, Turkish Prime Minister, visited his counterpart Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. He was sent to prison by the Georgian court’s provisional detention decision for three months. Police officers came to take him from his home said the operation was at the request of the Turkish government.[13] After his arrest, his family urged Georgian authorities not to extradite him to Turkey as his basic human rights would likely to be violated there. Furthermore, Amnesty International called for an urgent action to be taken to prevent his deportation before it was too late and stated “He could be extradited any minute and in Turkey he could be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment, unfair trial or other serious human right violations.”[14] Amnesty also remarked that Georgia was under obligation not to return Mr. Cabuk as per both international human rights law and its national legislation. Local non-governmental organizations were not silent about the issue as well. They voiced their concerns regarding Mr. Cabuk’s situation. They said in a statement

“[The] detention of Mustafa Chabuk in given context has [a] clearly pronounced political connotation and is indicative of political loyalty of Georgian authorities towards the Government of Turkey,” and continued his extradition “represents [a] gross violation of human rights and fundamental standards of supremacy of the law and will undermine the process of democratic development of the country.”[15]

Despite all these efforts, Mr. Cabuk was not quite lucky. His asylum application to Georgia was rejected on July 2017.[16] Moreover, the Georgian court extended his imprisonment for three more months on August 2017. It is yet expected whether Georgia will return him to Turkey. His wife right now can do nothing but trying to make her voice heard via the internet and social media.[17]

v.  Muhammet Furkan Sokmen – Myanmar (also known as Burma)
Similar to the previous individuals, Mr. Sokmen was working in Myanmar at Horizon International Schools (allegedly linked to the Movement). Sokmen family, including his wife and two-years old daughter, was detained in Yangon at an airport.[18] First, he was not allowed to board a plane and had a problem with Myanmarese immigration officers. In a video that was posted online, Mr. Sokmen said Turkish ambassador to Myanmar was pressuring local officers to seize the family’s passports. Human Rights Watch’s Deputy Asia Director Phil Robertson called Myanmar to provide protection to the family. He highlighted the possibility of risk he could face when returned to Turkey and told that

“The Embassy of Turkey unilaterally revoked or limited their passports in some way to make them vulnerable, and then sought to compel Myanmar to deport them to Turkey. This is a nasty, rights abusing tactic that is illegal under international human rights law because it renders them stateless. But clearly, the increasingly dictatorial government of President Erdogan is prepared to run roughshod over rights and put pressure countries like Myanmar to go along.”[19]

Mr. Sokmen was reportedly arrested and sent to Thailand, he was taken into an immigration detention center to be deported to Turkey there.[20] After being held in detention for a day, he was extradited to Turkey where he was taken into custody and arrested again.[21] No further information could be received regarding his recent condition, but unfortunately it is highly likely that he would be facing ill-treatment. Brad Adams, Asia Director of the HRW, stated “It is deeply alarming that both Burmese and Thai authorities prioritized showing deference to rights-violating demands from Turkey over respecting the bedrock principle of non-refoulement.”[22] Adams also called Myanmar and Thailand to provide access to UN agencies to assess the situation of Turkish asylum seekers within their borders.

Similarly, Laurent Meillan, acting regional representative of the UN Human Rights office for South-East Asia, stated “We reiterate our call to all governments, including in this latest case the Thai and Myanmar governments, to put in place an effective system of review before deportation occurs.”[23] Like Pakistan, even though Myanmar is not party to the 1951 Refugee Convention, Mr. Sokmen should not have been deported under the customary international law.

vi. Turgay Karaman, Ihsan Aslan, Ismet Ozcelik, Tamer Tibik, Alettin Duman – Malaysia
Turgay Karaman and Ihsan Aslan (a teacher and a businessman) were reported missing to local police by their families who have been living in Malaysia for a long time. Mr. Karaman was on his way to a meeting with his lawyer when he was bundled into a car by four or five unknown plain clothed Malaysian men on 2 May 2017 as revealed by surveillance cameras in an underground car park. His wife and friends believed he was abducted to be returned to Turkey. Likewise, Mr. Aslan has gone missing as well which was reported to the police by his wife on the same day as Mr. Karaman’s. Families of the two men went to the police and they found out eventually that both were detained “for activities that threaten the safety of Malaysia” as per counter-terrorism legislation. Mr. Karaman’s lawyer specified that neither his client nor Mr. Aslan were not involved with any violent activities.[24] Fellow friends of both men indicated that they were not only worried for their friends but also for their own safety reminding the possibility that same thing would happen to them in the future. Similarly, within the same week, Ismet Ozcelik, former academic at the Mevlana University which was shut down by decree laws after the attempted coup, was abducted from his car. Similar to Kacmaz family in Pakistan, Mr. Ozcelik held a refugee card by the UNHCR.[25]

Human Rights Watch reflected on the situation and stated that men were held without any charge – which is allowed under the Law of Malaysia.[26] “The authorities should release these men from custody if they haven’t charged them with a credible offense” said Phil Robertson, Deputy Asia Director of the HRW in his statement.[27] The HRW and Amnesty International expressed their concerns that men would at risk of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment and/or other serious human rights violations should they be returned to their home country of Turkey.[28] Both organizations have called the Malaysian government not to extradite three men to Turkey like they did in October 2016.[29]

Suspicions that these men were detained at the request of the Turkish government increased after their deportations, even though police chief Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters the opposite. As expected, expulsions were not welcomed by human rights organizations. Robertson from the HRW affirmed that it was a clear violation of international human rights law. Comparably, Josef Benedict, Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific of Amnesty International, condemned the deportations pointing out the risk of “arbitrary detention, unfair trial and a real risk of torture.”[30] The UN raised its concerns as well that other Turkish nationals at the region might be in danger because of Malaysia’s action. Laurent Meillan, acting regional representative of the UN Human Rights Office in Bangkok, asserted that this might have cross border impact on other countries in Southeast Asia.[31]

Last but not least, Mr. Ozcelik’s son, who was with him when he was taken, and other members of Ozcelik family were able to arrive in a European country where they applied for asylum, however told that they still do not feel safe because of the “long arm of the Turkish state.”[32]

Tamer Tibik and Alettin Duman had gone through similar challenges in October 2016 as well. Both were reported missing by their wives who have searched everywhere possible to find them including police stations and hospitals. It was several days later when they guessed it was their husbands that the Turkish Foreign Minister at the time talked about when he announced Malaysia handed over “terrorists” cooperating with Turkey. Yet, they could not get any more news about their situation. Mr. Tibik’s mother was able to find them after searching through various police stations door-to-door. Mr. Tibik wrote in a letter to his wife that unknown men took him in Malaysia to a forest for interrogation using torture. What is worse, Mr. Duman’s mother learned from his son that the torture have not ended once they arrived Turkey but continued for weeks.[33]

2.     Violent Reactions by Pro-Government People
Whereas these abductions and extraditions have been taking place in non-European countries, supporters of the Movement cannot feel completely safe in other countries as well. Pro-government people and organizations around the world as well as Turkey’s representatives abroad have been constituting a threat. Especially after the so-called attempted coup, the government’s partisans became more aggressive. For instance, former member of the European Parliament Ozan Ceyhun wrote on social media “Gülenists in Germany will have many sleepless nights. We owe that to our martyrs.”[34] Individuals who are perceived to be Gulenist have been dealing with death threats and arson attacks, also receiving insults on the internet, all were reported to police. For example, head of one of the pro-Erdogan organizations Dursun Bas wrote on social media “How do you dare to go out on the streets? For you there will be no easy death.”[35] Some people said they cannot even go to mosques not to come across government supporters.[36] Pro-government people have also damaged the institutions deemed to be linked to the Movement across Europe, to exemplify buildings of associations inspired by the Hizmet Movement in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany were stoned, burned and/or attacked physically.[37] Whereas European governments show significant efforts to protect the supporters of the Movement – just like everyone within their borders, it would still be possible for individuals to damage the supporters. To exemplify, a Turkish businessman who reportedly had links with the Movement was killed on September 2017. Ali Ekrem Kaynak was shot in Amsterdam, who was targeted earlier in 2017 as well. Someone has tried to set his restaurant fire, and moreover, his partner in business was shot in August 2017. His partner survived after the first shooting but Mr. Kaynak could not. Witnesses told news agencies that both men had already arguments before with the supporters of the government and were beaten by them.[38]  Similarly, members of the Movement have been exposed to verbal attacks in the United States too by pro-government people.[39]

Government agencies abroad also have also been taking actions against Hizmet supporters. To illustrate, Turkish preachers from the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB)[40] have been collecting information regarding the supporters of the Movement at the government’s request. Even though these were initially claimed to be “false media claims,” Secretary General Bekir Alboga then admitted that “a few” imams provided information to the Presidency of Religious Affairs, which is operating under the Turkish Prime Ministry.[41] Furthermore, as per later news, German police’s investigations revealed that these accusations may only be the tip of the iceberg meaning that such efforts could be taking place across Europe such as in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium.[42]

3.     Recent Threats against the Gulen Movement
Turkey has been on the news with a slightly different topic recently. In a case before the District Court of New York in the United States, Turkish businessmen are on trial for breaching Iranian sanctions. The defendants are charged with “participating in a billion-dollar scheme to smuggle gold for oil in violation of the Iran sanctions.”[43] The case is relevant for this study in the sense that the Turkish government, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is claimed to be helping those businessmen covering up the transactions through bribes.[44] Meanwhile, the US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser Mike Flynn was alleged to accept the Turkish government’s offer of 15 million dollars in exchange for delivering Mr. Fethullah Gulen to Turkey.[45] The case is still ongoing, therefore, there is no clear answer to the question of whether the government has tried something like this or not. However, what is evident is that the Turkish government has recently been mentioned and criticized in international news a lot by journalists, politicians and academics. Hence, it is speculated that the government will harshen its attitude even more against dissidents. Early signs of such assumptions have already started. The government announced its plans to build 228 new prisons in the next five years indicating that they are likely to arrest many more people.[46] Furthermore, at least 699 people were imprisoned last week because of their alleged links with the Movement.[47]

Other signals of such expectations are given by pro-government journalists and politicians as well. For instance, Aydin Unal, former speechwriter of President Erdogan and current deputy of the ruling party (Justice and Development Party), threatened supporters of the Movement explicitly in his column at a pro-government newspaper. Referring to the journalists in exile, he wrote “They should prepare for the extrajudicial organization executions approaching, rather than conduct an operation through the judicial theater.”[48] In his article, he claimed that the Movement would do something like this, because certain individuals’ living “does not serve the interests” of the Movement anymore. Nevertheless, it can be seen looking at recent news stories about Turkey that the Movement has turned into a scapegoat. To clarify, the government has been accusing the Movement of everything going wrong in Turkey. It does not matter if it requires to make radical changes in their statements, the government has dedicated itself to lay the blame on Mr. Gulen and his sympathizers. For example, very recently, Reza Zarrab, abovementioned businessmen who is on trial in the US, was declared as cooperating with the Movement by Ilnur Cevik, one of President Erdogan’s chief advisors.[49] This is unbelievable in the sense that the Movement has been in the target board of the government since December 2013 when Reza Zarrab and family members of the cabinet ministers were taken into custody for corruption claims by police officers claimed to be Gulenist. Erdogan was a prime minister at the time and he explicitly protected Zarrab and stated he was a philanthropist businessman.[50] Clearly, Erdogan’s such a clear sentence does not prevent Reza Zarrab to be declared Gulenist after conflicting interests arise.

Threat by Aydin Unal, who has been targeting the Movement in his other articles too,[51] attracted attention in the international community as well. Preet Bharara, former US attorney who started the investigation regarding Reza Zarrab, referred to his statement on his own social media account for awareness.[52] Furthermore, Carolyn B. Maloney, congresswoman representing the 12th District of New York, highlighted the importance of press freedom and called US Department of State to condemn such threats officially.[53]

Another shocking statement was made by Cem Kucuk, pro-government journalist who is devoted to President Erdogan. During a live television program, he suggested Turkish intelligence agencies to kill family members of people who were arrested over Gulenist links (or alleged links). He criticized public prosecutors to be soft against Hizmet followers and went further to the point that proposing arrestees to be tortured in jail, for instance that they must be “hanged out of the window by their legs”.[54]

Similar threats and statements have been made by different people one of which is Ahmet Zeki Ucok, retired colonel and military judge from air forces. In his social media account, he implied as if the Movement is in a preparation of assassination plots against politicians, religious officials, journalists, sports men and leaders of the civil society in Macedonia and Kosovo by special teams.[55] His statements are not surprising in the sense that it has become a cliché now to create conspiracy theories without any basis. It must be noted that many western countries are welcoming Turkish asylum seekers having links with the Hizmet Movement and that states do no believe in the government’s claims about the Movement being behind the coup attempt. Therefore, such claims by pro-government people would be aiming to create a perception of terrorist organization. So far, President Erdogan’s calls to declare war against the Movement are not responded positively by foreign governments in most states, however, such assassinations would serve the interests of the Turkish government.

Risks and threats Hizmet supporters might face are increasing day by day by the government’s and its supporters’ actions. According to German news agencies, Metin Kulunk, deputy from the ruling party, has allegedly been funding a Turkish gang named “Ottoman Germania” active in Germany. Surveillance cameras showed that Kulunk has been giving money to the members of this group which was then used to buy weapons. Research lead to the point that this gang has been assigned to attack the Turkish dissident groups in Germany.[56]

Last but not least, these concerns were voiced by a US magazine, Foreign Affairs, as well. The author of the article titled “Is Turkey Turning into a Mafia State?” mentioned different activities of the Turkish government implicating that the state is both neglecting and engaging with criminal activities such as illicit trading and smuggling, money laundering and corruption. Accordingly, Turkey has been creating fabricated stories targeting dissidents rather than fighting with real crimes. Statistics on the investigations against “conventional organized crime have dramatically decreased.”[57] These speculations are strengthened by the sudden release of Sedat Peker from prison, who is a notorious mafia boss, and photos of President Erdogan embracing him. The article puts forward reasonable suspicions to think that Turkey has started to withdraw the rule of law and democracy, but leaning towards an autocratic mafia state.

4.     Interviews with the Supporters
Considering all these, it is understandable why people deemed to be supporters of the Movement do not yet feel safe abroad. In an interview made by the AST, Bilal Eksili, partner at the Washington Diplomacy Group,[58] stated “The situation is quite worrying especially for the prominent people” and continued “It is not possible to estimate the government’s actions in such a desperate position.” He added that after all these threats if something happens to a supporter of the Movement, the government will be the first to blame and that it will be a breaking point after which the government will be considered as a terrorist state. He called all the security forces and states around the world to ensure security to the supporters of the Movement.[59]

In another interview with a human rights lawyer from Turkey, who talked on condition of anonymity as he is worried about his family members in Turkey, it was asserted that the government using the state’s opportunities for their own interests to target members of the Movement abroad. He specified “I cannot say we are absolutely safe even abroad” and said he cannot even go to the Turkish mosque in his city because religious officials keep records of people for purposes of blacklisting, just like they cannot go to the consulate buildings. He said the government’s partisans are mostly uneducated people who can easily be manipulated, thus might be provoked against the supporters of the Movement. Lastly, he asked foreign governments to watch especially employees of the Turkish embassies closely to prevent any possible harm.[60]

5.     Conclusion
Several United Nations and other multilateral human rights treaties, as well as UN treaty body jurisprudence is unambiguous when dealing with extraterritorial actions of a government in seizing their nationals in the territory of another country, without recourse to regular procedures and relevant judicial safeguards:

1. The abduction of citizens covertly and forcibly from the territory of another state is illegal and a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of the concerned state.

2. No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification for enforced disappearance.

3. The perpetrator (Government of Turkey) should organize all State organs and governance structures through which public authority is exercised in a manner consistent with the need to respect international law and ensure the right to life, both in Turkey and abroad.

4. The perpetrator (Government of Turkey) is finally, under obligation, pursuant to article 2 (3) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to provide effective remedies to the victims, including immediate release, permission to leave Turkey and compensation for the violations which he/she has suffered and to take steps to ensure that similar violations do not occur in the future.

To conclude, it is evident that the actions of the government have cross-border impacts putting even people abroad at risk. People that are perceived as linked to the Hizmet Movement are justifiably right to be afraid of the possible incidents. Therefore, we as the Advocates of Silenced Turkey urge foreign governments to take all the necessary steps to ensure safety to these people before it is too late. Security officers must be aware of the potential risks. Officials working for the government abroad must be watched closely, they must be prevented if they are in preparation of any harm. Lastly, both individuals and organizations that are deemed to be Hizmet participants must be provided extra protection when there is an imminent risk targeting them.

6.     Recommendations
We kindly request from the United States Government including the local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies as well as all the countries around the world caring about human rights to promptly:

1. Identify individuals in the country who are likely targets of the Turkish National Intelligence Agency and the Turkish government, and that is in danger of being threatened, abducted, tortured and/or killed or illegally extradited.
2. Investigate evidence of the Turkish government’s illegal activity, including potential perpetrators’ actions, behaviors and abductions; extrajudicial assassinations of targets; and the torture or illegal removal of person(s) from the country.
3. Urge the Turkish government to immediately dissolve the Office for Human Abduction and Executions.
4. Support Human Rights Defenders in Turkey and abroad, and prevent arbitrary deprivation of life and extrajudicial killings.

 

[1] “Sudan’da Türk işadamına gözaltı.” Aktif Haber, 8 Sept. 2017, aktifhaber.com/gundem/sudanda-turk-isadamina-gozalti-h103678.html.

[2] “Sudan arrests Gülen-Linked businessman at Turkey’s request.” Turkish Minute, 9 Sept. 2017, www.turkishminute.com/2017/09/09/sudan-arrests-gulen-linked-businessman-at-turkeys-request/.

[3] Gumrukcu, Tuvan. “Turkish, Sudanese intelligence agencies catch and return alleged coup suspect: Anadolu.” Edited by Dominic Evans and Mark Heinrich, Reuters, 27 Nov. 2017, reut.rs/2BqKVzD.

[4] Sudan has been party to the Convention since 1974.

[5] “Two Turkish nationals, abducted from plane in Kazakhstan, returned to Turkey: report.” Turkey Purge, 10 Nov. 2017, turkeypurge.com/two-turkish-nationals-abducted-plane-kazakhstan-returned-turkey-report; “Kaçırılan iki Türk’ün kayıtsız gözaltında tutulduğu ortaya çıktı.” Aktif Haber, 9 Nov. 2017, aktifhaber11.com/gundem/kacirilan-iki-turkun-kayitsiz-gozaltinda-tutuldugu-ortaya-cikti-h107173.html.

[6] Kazakhstan has been party to the Convention since 1999.

[7] For more detailed information about the case, see Khan, Haq Nawaz, and Pamela Constable. “A Turkish family has disappeared in Pakistan, and suspicion turns to intelligence agencies.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 11 Oct. 2017, wapo.st/2i2LnyK?tid=ss_mail&utm_term=.b3f52d4f73e9; Sayeed, Saad. “Turkish family of PakTurk Schools director abducted in Pakistan: rights group.” Reuters, 28 Sept. 2017, reut.rs/2yaIe6H;

[8] Ijaz, Saroop. “Pakistan’s Deportation of Turkish Family Shows Many at Risk.” Human Rights Watch, 18 Oct. 2017, www.hrw.org/news/2017/10/18/pakistans-deportation-turkish-family-shows-many-risk.

[9] Hashim, Asad. “Missing Turkish teacher ‘deported from Pakistan’.” Pakistan News | Al Jazeera, 16 Oct. 2017, aje.io/wgf3m.

[10] Khan & Constable, Ibid.

[11] See fn. 8; Article 33 (1) of the 1951 Refugee Convention states “No Contracting State shall expel or return (“refouler”) a refugee in any manner whatsoever to the frontiers of territories where his life or freedom would be threatened on account of his race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.” UN General Assembly, Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, 28 July 1951, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 189, p. 137, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3be01b964.html [accessed 6 December 2017].

[12] Harms, Rebecca (RebHarms). “How is this possible against high court decision and in spite of protection by @UNHCRPakistan @UNRefugeeAgency Any comment by UN? @hrw.” 15 Oct. 2017, 4:49 a.m. Tweet.

[13] “Gülen school manager arrested after Turkish PM’s Tbilisi visit.” OC Media, 25 May 2017, oc-media.org/gulen-school-manager-arrested-after-turkish-pms-tbilisi-visit/.

[14] “Urgent Action: Teacher at Risk if Extradited to Turkey.” Amnesty International, UA: 121/17 Index Eur 56/6372/2017 Georgia, 26 May 2017, https://www.amnestyusa.org/urgent-actions/urgent-action-teacher-risk-extradited-turkey-georgia-121-17/.

[15] “NGO’s appeal to the Government of Georgia regarding possible extradition of Mustafa Chabuk to Turkey.” EMC (Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center), 5 June 2017, emc.org.ge/2017/06/05/emc-298/.

[16] “Georgia refuses refugee status to detained ‘Gülen school manager’.” OC Media, 10 July 2017, oc-media.org/georgia-refuses-refugee-status-to-detained-gulen-school-manager/.

[17] A letter by Mr. Cabuk’s wife can be found here: Cabuk, Tugba. “Turkey Wants to Arrest My Husband. You Can Save Him.” The Globe Post, 6 June 2017, www.theglobepost.com/2017/06/06/turkey-wants-to-arrest-my-husband-you-can-save-him/.

[18] Goldberg, Jacob. “Myanmar-Based family abducted by Turkish embassy from Yangon airport | Coconuts Yangon.” Coconuts, 25 May 2017, coconuts.co/yangon/news/turkish-teacher-abducted-embassy-officials-yangon-airport/.

[19] Ibid.

[20] Lefevre, Amy Sawitta, et al. “U.N. expresses grave concern over Myanmar, Thai deportation of Turkish national.” Edited by Andrew Bolton, Reuters, 27 May 2017, reut.rs/2qZbEjt.

[21] “Burma/Thailand: Deported Turkish Man at Risk.” Human Rights Watch, 1 June 2017, www.hrw.org/news/2017/06/01/burma/thailand-deported-turkish-man-risk.

[22] Ibid.

[23] Lefevre, et al, Ibid.

[24] For more detailed information, see Dearden, Lizzie. “CCTV shows school principal being ‘abducted’ as post-Coup crackdown in Turkey spreads to Malaysia.” The Independent, 3 May 2017, www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/turkish-principal-men-abducted-malaysia-kuala-lumpur-turgay-karaman-ihsan-aslan-gulen-hizmet-coup-a7716376.html; Latiff, Rozanna. “Malaysia arrests two Turks suspected of threatening national security.” Edited by Nick Macfie, Reuters, 3 May 2017, reut.rs/2pWSqf2.

[25] For more detailed information, see Latiff, Rozanna. “Malaysia detains third Turkish national citing security fears.” Edited by Nick Macfie, Reuters, 5 May 2017, reut.rs/2pfl1bp; “Police arrest third Turkish man.” Free Malaysia Today, 5 May 2017, shar.es/1MCZY9.

[26] “Malaysia: Longtime Turkish Residents Detained.” Human Rights Watch, 5 May 2017, www.hrw.org/news/2017/05/05/malaysia-longtime-turkish-residents-detained.

[27] Ibid.

[28] Holmes, Oliver. “Fears grow Turks held in Malaysia may face unfair trial or torture at home.” The Guardian, 3 May 2017, www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/03/fears-grow-turks-held-in-malaysia-may-face-unfair-trial-or-torture-at-home.

[29] “Malaysia has deported three Gülenists, says Turkish FM.” Hürriyet Daily News, 14 Oct. 2016, www.hurriyetdailynews.com/malaysia-has-deported-three-gulenists-says-turkish-fm–104984; “Urgent Action: Three Turkish men arrested and at risk of torture.” Amnesty International, UA 102/17: ASA 28/6180/2017 Malaysia, 5 May 2017, https://www.amnesty.org.uk/files/2017-05/UA10217.pdf?5QWbhLChxi143jTm5gUX4hB_lBjYjOgG.

[30] “Malaysia: Extradition puts three Turkish men at risk of torture.” Amnesty International, 12 May

2017, www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/05/malaysia-extradition-puts-three-turkish-men-at-risk-of-torture/.

[31] Latiff, Rozanna, and Robert Birsel. “Malaysia deports three Turks amid U.N. fears of widening Turkish crackdown.” Edited by Nick Mackie, Reuters, 12 May 2017, af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFKBN1880PE.

[32] Weise, Zia. “Long arm of Turkey’s anti-Gülenist purge.” Politico, 21 Aug. 2017, www.politico.eu/article/long-arm-of-turkeys-anti-gulenist-purge/.

[33] Ibid.

[34] Baume, Maïa de La, and Giulia Paravicini. “‘Sleepless nights’ for Gülen’s supporters in Europe.” Politico, 24 Aug. 2016, www.politico.eu/article/sleepless-nights-for-fetullah-gulen-supporters-in-europe-erdogan-turkey-coup/.

[35] Ibid.

[36] Wolf, Marthe van der. “Turks Seen as Sympathetic to US-Based Muslim Cleric Say They Face Threats.” VOA News, 29 Aug. 2016, www.voanews.com/a/turks-seen-sympathetic-us-based-muslim-cleric-face-threats/3485265.html.

[37] Ibid.

[38] “A Turkish businessman killed in Amsterdam over his alleged links to Gülen movement.” Stockholm Center for Freedom, 16 Sept. 2017, stockholmcf.org/a-turkish-businessman-killed-in-amsterdam-over-his-alleged-links-to-gulen-movement/.

[39] Roman, Gabriel San. “Turkish Trash Talk: Erdogan Backer Accosts Gulenist Vendor at OC Halal Food Festival.” OC Weekly, 7 Dec. 2017, www.ocweekly.com/news/video-erdogan-supporter-accosts-gulenist-vendor-at-muslim-food-festival-8605011.

[40] The DITIB is an umbrella organization active in Europe working for the Presidency of Religious Affairs of Turkey.

[41] Winter, Chase. “Turkish Islamic organization DITIB admits preachers spied in Germany” Deutsche Welle, 12 Jan. 2017, p.dw.com/p/2Vgzu?tw.

[42] Winter, Chase. “Turkish imam spy affair in Germany extends across Europe.” Deutsche Welle, 16 Feb. 2017, p.dw.com/p/2Xj3A?tw.

[43] Weiser, Benjamin. “Reza Zarrab, Turk at Center of Iran Sanctions Case, Is Helping Prosecution.” The New York Times, 28 Nov. 2017, nyti.ms/2icWFRu.

[44] For more detailed information about the case, see Weiser, Benjamin. “Reza Zarrab, Turk at Center of Iran Sanctions Case, Is Helping Prosecution.” The New York Times, 28 Nov. 2017, nyti.ms/2icWFRu, Weiser, Benjamin. “Reza Zarrab Testifies That He Bribed Turkish Minister.” The New York Times, 29 Nov. 2017, nyti.ms/2BygWWa, Weiser, Benjamin. “Erdogan Helped Turks Evade Iran Sanctions, Reza Zarrab Says.” The New York Times, 30 Nov. 2017, nyti.ms/2katZZL, Weiser, Benjamin. “At Iran Sanctions Trial: A Star Witness Revealed, and a Sleepy Juror.” The New York Times, 2 Dec. 2017, nyti.ms/2BG2qMs, Weiser, Benjamin. “Zarrab’s Take From Iran Sanctions Plot? ‘Maybe $150 Million,’ He Says.” The New York Times, 5 Dec. 2017, nyti.ms/2AUAtmf, “The Latest: Charges detailed in Turkish gold trader plea.” The Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2017, wapo.st/2hZS8Ou?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.37ad7e2afad3, Barrett, Devlin, and Erin Cunningham. “Gold dealer implicates Turkey’s president in corruption scheme.” The Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2017, wapo.st/2AmdApq?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.18c3e9148821.

[45] Grimaldi, James V., et al. “Mueller Probes Flynn’s Role in Alleged Plan to Deliver Cleric to Turkey.” The Wall Street Journal, 10 Nov. 2017, www.wsj.com/articles/mueller-probes-flynns-role-in-alleged-plan-to-deliver-cleric-to-turkey-1510309982.

[46] Demirkaya, Nergis. “Hükümetin 2023 planı: 5 yılda 228 yeni cezaevi – Nergis Demirkaya.” Gazete Duvar, 10 Dec. 2017, www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/gundem/2017/12/10/hukumetin-2023-plani-5-yilda-228-yeni-cezaevi/.

[47] Simsek, Yurdagul. “İçişleri Bakanlığı: Bir haftada 1323 operasyon düzenlendi, 4 bin 62 kişi gözaltına alındı.” Sputnik Türkiye, 11 Dec. 2017, sptnkne.ws/gkyG.

[48] Unal, Aydin. “’Smart’ Fetullahists.” Yeni Şafak, 4 Dec. 2017, www.yenisafak.com/en/columns/aydinunal/smart-fetullahists-2040235.

[49] “Cumhurbaşkanı Başdanışmanı’ndan Zarrab açıklaması.” CNN Türk, 20 Nov. 2017, www.cnnturk.com/turkiye/cumhurbaskani-basdanismanindan-zarrab-aciklamasi, “Erdoğan’ın başdanışmanı Zarrab’ı FETÖ’cü ilan etti.” Yeni Çağ Gazetesi, 20 Nov. 2017, www.yenicaggazetesi.com.tr/erdoganin-basdanismani-zarrabi-fetocu-ilan-etti-177682h.htm.

[50] “Erdoğan: Reza Zarrab ülkeye katkısı olan hayırsever biri.” T24, 26 Dec. 2013, t24.com.tr/haber/erdogan-reza-zarrab-ulkeye-katkisi-olan-hayirsever-biri,246961, Munyar, Vahap. “Zarrab hayırsever Aslan saf ve dürüst.” Hürriyet, 26 Dec. 2013, www.hurriyet.com.tr/zarrab-hayirsever-aslan-saf-ve-durust-25444886.

[51] For instance, he wrote “If the Zarrab case is used as a political attack against Turkey, the peace of FETÖ members in Turkey and all over the world will be more difficult than it is today.” Unal, Aydin. “Zarrab davasının sonuçları ne olur?” Yeni Şafak, 26 Nov. 2017, www.yenisafak.com/yazarlar/aydinunal/zarrab-davasinin-sonuclari-ne-olur-2041279.

[52] Bharara, Preet (PreetBharara). “Ladies and gentlemen, Erdogan’s deputy wants to kill Turkish journalists in exile, including those in America. https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/04/erdogans-deputy-threatens-journalists-with-extrajudicial-killings/ …” 4 Dec. 2017, 8:22 a.m. Tweet.

[53] Maloney, Carolyn B. (RepMaloney). “Freedom of the press is a vital part of any democracy and these threats are unacceptable. The US @StateDept needs to unequivocally and publicly condemn this.” 5 Dec. 2017, 7:57 a.m. Tweet.

[54] “Cem Küçük’ten canlı yayında işkence tavsiyesi: Havlu tekniği var, boğuyor.” Cumhuriyet, 12 Dec. 2017, www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/884749/Cem_Kucuk_ten_canli_yayinda_iskence_tavsiyesi__Havlu_teknigi_var__boguyor.html, “”Sallandır ayağından camdan aşağı”.” Odatv, 12 Dec. 2017, odatv.com/sallandir-ayagindan-camdan-asagi-1212171200.html, “Yandaş Cem Küçük’ün canlı yayında işkence öneren açıklamaları.” BirGun, 13 Dec. 2017, www.birgun.net/haber-detay/yandas-cem-kucuk-un-canli-yayinda-iskence-oneren-aciklamalari-rtuk-e-sikayet-edildi-195340.html.

[55] Ucok, Ahmet Zeki (ahmetzekiucok). “15 Temmuz darbe girişiminde başarılı olamayan FETÖ ve SAHİPLERİ,yeni bir kargaşa ortamı yaratmak amacıyla,Makedonya ve Kosova’da kurdukları özel timlerle siyasilere,din adamlarına,gazetecilere,spor adamlarına,sivil toplum liderleri vb karşı suikast planları yapmaktadırlar.Dikkat!” 5 Dec. 2017, 1:20 p.m. Tweet.

[56] “Vertrauter Erdoğans zündelt in Deutschland.” ZDF – zur Startseite, 12 Dec. 2017, www.zdf.de/politik/frontal-21/osmanen-germania-104.html.

[57] Gingeras, Ryan. “Is Turkey Turning Into a Mafia State?” Foreign Affairs, 30 Nov. 2017, www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/turkey/2017-11-30/turkey-turning-mafia-state?cid=int-fls&pgtype=hpg.

[58] Washington Diplomacy Group is an independent government affairs firm active in Washington DC.

[59] Eksili, Bilal. Interviewed by the AST on December 2017.

[60] Interviewed by the AST on December 2017.

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URGING AUTHORITIES TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY STEPS FOR THE PROTECTION OF HIZMET PARTICIPANTS

Urging Authorities To Take All Necessary Steps For The Protection of Hizmet Participants

As it is known Turkish government has been taking strict measures to silence dissidents from various ideologies recently. Gulen Movement has been the main target of the government, which is a faith-based group of people engaging in different voluntary activities such as education, business and health. Alleged supporters of the Movement in Turkey have been dealing with arrest, imprisonment, torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, confiscation and passport seizure. Regrettably, Turkish government’s actions against the Gulen Movement are not limited to Turkish borders but are also extraterritorial. There are many examples of abductions and physical violence incidents in several countries as well as threats by pro-government people referring to the supporters abroad. Individuals linked to the Movement cannot feel safe abroad either.

It is evident that the actions of the government have cross-border impacts putting even people abroad at risk. People that are perceived as linked to the Gulen Movement are justifiably right to be afraid of the possible incidents. Therefore, we as the Advocates of Silenced Turkey urge foreign governments to take all the necessary steps to ensure safety to these people before it is too late. Security officers must be aware of the potential risks. Officials working for the Turkish government abroad must be watched closely, they must be prevented if they are in preparation of any harm. Lastly, both individuals and organizations that are deemed to be Hizmet participants must be provided extra protection when there is an imminent risk targeting them.

We, as the Advocates of Silenced Turkey, remind foreign security officers and relevant bodies of the foreign governments the risks Hizmet participants may face, and to request all necessary steps to be taken to provide sufficient protection ensuring human rights and fundamental freedoms.

For more detailed information about these risks, 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: AST_Report_Threats_Gulen Movement

STEP 1:
Sign the petition. We will deliver the petitions to foreign security officers and relevant bodies of the foreign governments to request support in reducing risks Followers of the Gulen Movement face.

The petitions will be delivered to following addresses

U.S. Homeland Security
United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC)
International Court of Justice
The Federal Intelligence Service of Germany

Or

Express your views or send attached statement to following addresses:
(Some of the institutions do not have an email address. You would need to submit it to them through their submission form on their websites)

Download sample statement as a word document: AST_Letter_Threats_Gulen Movement

1) U.S. Homeland Security
Email: https://www.dhs.gov/online-forms-and-email / hrv.ice@dhs.gov
Phone: 202-282-8000
Twitter: @DHSgov
Website: https://www.dhs.gov/

2) The Federal Bureau of Investigation
Email: (need to submit form online)
Phone: 202-278-2000
Twitter: @FBI
Website: https://www.fbi.gov/

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

4) U.S. Department of Justice
Email: https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice
Phone: 202-353-1555
Twitter: @TheJusticeDept
Website: https://www.justice.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) European Court of Human Rights
Email: http://appform.echr.coe.int/echrrequest/request.aspx?lang=gb
Phone: (+33) 0 3 88 41 20 18
Fax: (+33) (0)3 88 41 27 30
Website: http://www.echr.coe.int/pages/home.aspx?p=basictexts

7) 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

8) European Union
Email: (need to submit form online)
Phone: 80067891011
Twitter: @EU_Commission
Website: https://europa.eu/european-union/index_en

9) Interpol
Email: https://www.interpol.int/Forms/CPO
Fax: +33 4 72 44 71 63
Twitter: @INTERPOL_HQ ‏
Website: https://www.interpol.int/

10) The Federal Government of Germany
Email: (need to submit form online)
Website: https://www.bundesregierung.de/Webs/Breg/EN/Homepage/_node.html

11) Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
Email: (need to submit form online)

12) Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
Email: (need to submit form online)
Phone: (+49) 911 9430
Twitter: @BAMF_Dialog
Website: http://www.bamf.de/EN/Startseite/startseite-node.html

13) The Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany
Email: https://www.bundestag.de/en/service/contactform
Phone: (+49) (0) 30 227-0
Fax: (+49)(0) 30 227-36878
Twitter: @INTERPOL_HQ ‏
Website: http://www.bundestag.de/en/

14) The Federal Intelligence Service
Email: zentrale@bundesnachrichtendienst.de
Phone: (+49) (0) 30 4 14 64 57
Website: http://www.bnd.bund.de/EN/_Home/home_node.html

15) Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Email: http://www.mfa.gr/en/contact/mfa-en-contacts/hellenic-ministry-of-foreign-affairs.html
Phone: (+30) 210 368 1000
Fax: (+30) 210 368 1717
Website: http://www.mfa.gr/en/

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