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UN expert says deeply concerned by rise in torture allegations in Turkey

GENEVA (27 February 2018) – The UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, expressed serious concerns about the rising allegations of torture and other ill-treatment in Turkish police custody since the end of his official visit to the country in December 2016.

Melzer said he was alarmed by allegations that large numbers of individuals suspected of links to the Gülenist Movement or the armed Kurdistan Workers’ Party were exposed to brutal interrogation techniques aimed at extracting forced confessions or coercing detainees to incriminate others.

Reported abuse included severe beatings, electrical shocks, exposure to icy water, sleep deprivation, threats, insults and sexual assault.

The Special Rapporteur said no serious measures appeared to have been taken by the authorities to investigate these allegations or to hold perpetrators accountable.

Instead, complaints asserting torture were allegedly dismissed by the prosecutor citing a ‘state of emergency decree (Article 9 of Decree no. 667)’ which reportedly exempts public officials from criminal responsibility for acts undertaken in the context of the state of emergency.

“The human right to be free from torture and other ill-treatment is absolute and non-derogable, and continues to apply in all situations of political instability or any other public emergency,” the Special Rapporteur said. No circumstances, however exceptional and well argued, can ever justify torture or any form of impunity for such abuse.

“Torture is not only a notoriously ineffective interrogation method, but it constitutes the most fundamental assault on human dignity and is invariably listed among the most serious international crimes, including war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

Melzer said by inviting his mandate to visit the country in December 2016, soon after an attempted coup, the Government had demonstrated its commitment to its official “zero tolerance” policy on torture.

“However, the authorities’ failure to publicly condemn torture and ill-treatment, and to enforce the universal prohibition of such abuse in daily practice seems to have fostered a climate of impunity, complacency and acquiescence which gravely undermines that prohibition and, ultimately, the rule of law,” he said.

The Special Rapporteur also said he remained keen to engage in a “direct and constructive dialogue” with the Turkish authorities to achieve full implementation of the prohibition on torture and ill-treatment.

Source:
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22718&LangID=E

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80 women reportedly subjected to inhumane treatment at Mersin police station

At least 80 women, including high school and university students, were reportedly subjected to torture and other forms of ill-treatment at the hands of officers at the Mersin police station, according to several Twitter accounts and media outlets.

The women were believed to be affiliated with the Gülen movement, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

The alleged victims were reportedly detained by police from the Smuggling and Organized Crime Directorate (KOM) after “helping Gülenist families in need of food and resources” in Mersin province, according to a Twitter account named @Turkeydeiskence (Torture in Turkey).

The claim has neither been confirmed nor denied by the Turkish authorities.

The same Twitter account also tweeted that among the detainees are a mother and her 2-month-old infant who have been held in police custody for four days. Also, a 15-year-old high school student has been held in detention at the juvenile facility of the provincial police department.

The Twitter account also claimed that a lawyer representing the detainees fainted at the police department exit after witnessing the torture and ill-treatment of their clients in police custody. (Turkey Purge)

Source:
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/26/80-women-reportedly-subjected-to-inhumane-treatment-at-mersin-police-station/

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly Feb 5

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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 1/29/2018-2/5/2018

1-” Turkey down two places to rank 101st in 113-country rule of law index”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-two-places-ranked-101st-113-country-justice-index

2-” [VIDEO] Pro-Erdogan journalist urges gov’t to shutter critical TV channel”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-pro-erdogan-journalist-urges-govt-shutter-critical-tv-channel

3-” [VIDEO] Plainclothes police officers beat up former university personnel, detain them for further ill-treatment: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-plainclothes-police-officers-beat-former-university-personnel-detain-ill-treatment-report

4-” Amnesty’s Turkey chair Taner Kilic denied release from prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/amnestys-turkey-chair-taner-kilic-denied-release-prison

5-” 111K public servants dismissed, 4K later reinstated: gov’t”
https://turkeypurge.com/111k-public-servants-dismissed-4k-later-reinstated-govt

6-” 20 detained for money deposits to Bank Asya”
https://turkeypurge.com/20-detained-money-deposits-bank-asya

7-” PACE urges release of Amnesty’s Turkey chair ahead of Jan 31 hearing”
https://turkeypurge.com/pace-urges-release-amnestys-turkey-chair-ahead-jan-31-hearing

8-” Kurdish footballer barred from playing in Turkey: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/kurdish-footballer-barred-playing-turkey-report

9-” Interior Ministry: 2,426 detained in January over coup charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/interior-ministry-2426-detained-january-coup-charges

10-” Muslim preacher critical of Turkish government detained by anti-terror police”
https://turkeypurge.com/muslim-preacher-critical-turkish-government-detained-anti-terror-police

11-” 11 members of Turkish Medical Association detained over criticism of Turkey’s Afrin offensive”
https://turkeypurge.com/11-members-turkish-medical-association-detained-criticism-turkeys-afrin-offensive

12-” The Remarkable Scale of Turkey’s “Global Purge””
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/turkey/2018-01-29/remarkable-scale-turkeys-global-purge?cid=int-fls&pgtype=hpg

13-” Journalist Oktay Candemir detained in eastern Turkey”
https://turkeypurge.com/journalist-oktay-candemir-detained-eastern-turkey

14-” 623 people detained over Gülen links in past week: ministry”
https://turkeypurge.com/623-people-detained-over-gulen-links-in-past-week-ministry

15-” Pro-government mob attacks pro-Kurdish HDP office in Istanbul”
https://turkeypurge.com/pro-government-mob-attacks-pro-kurdish-hdp-office-istanbul

16-” Turkish Police Torture Two University Personnel For Weeks In Antalya Over Their Alleged Links To Gülen Movement”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-police-torture-two-university-personnel-for-weeks-in-antalya-over-their-alleged-links-to-gulen-movement/

17-” Turkish Court Rules To Keep Jailed Journalist Baransu In Prison Again”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-court-rules-to-keep-jailed-journalist-baransu-in-prison-again/

18-” Turkish Gov’t Issues Detention Warrants For 120 People Over Alleged Links To Gülen Movement”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-issues-detention-warrants-for-120-people-over-alleged-links-to-gulen-movement/

19-” Amnesty International’s Turkey Chair Kılıç Re-Detained By Turkish Government”
https://stockholmcf.org/amnesty-internationals-turkey-chair-kilic-re-detained-by-turkish-government/

20-” Turkish Gov’t Detains 37 People Over ‘Promoting Terrorism’ On Social Media”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-detains-37-people-over-promoting-terrorism-on-social-media/

21-” Family-Wide Persecution: Turkish Gov’t Keeps 7 Members Of Demir Family In Prison Over Alleged Gülen Links”
https://stockholmcf.org/family-wide-persecution-seven-member-of-demir-family-kept-in-prison-over-alleged-gulen-links/

22-” ECtHR Fines Turkish Government Over ‘Discrimination Of Right To Education’”
https://stockholmcf.org/ecthr-fines-turkish-government-over-discrimination-of-right-to-education/

23-” About 40 Percent Of Syrian Children Unable To Go To School In Turkey”
https://stockholmcf.org/about-40-percent-of-syrian-children-unable-to-go-to-school-in-turkey/

24-” Turkish Gov’t Detains 21 Members Of Critical Religious Group, Including Its Leader Kuytul”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-detains-21-members-of-critical-religious-group-including-its-leader-kuytul/

25-” Turkey’s TRT Probes News Presenter For Saying Turkish Military Targeting Civilians In Afrin”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkeys-trt-probes-news-presenter-for-saying-turkish-military-targeting-civilians-in-afrin/

26-” CoE’s Muiznieks condemns detention of Turkish Medical Association members”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/30/coes-muiznieks-condemns-detention-of-turkish-medical-association-members/

27-” Euro court fines Turkey 10,000 euros for ‘discrimination of right to education’ in case of paraplegic student”
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/euro-court-fines-turkey-10-000-euros-for-discrimination-of-right-to-education-in-case-of-paraplegic-student-126553

28-” Fired teacher tells story of Turkish purge onstage”
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/01/expelled-teacher-expresses-revolt-on-stage.html

29-” Project Exile: Turkey reporter stayed one step ahead of crackdown”
http://globaljournalist.org/2018/01/project-exile-turkey-reporter-stayed-one-step-ahead-crackdown/

30-” [VIDEO] Women protesting torture against jailed relatives detained in Istanbul”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-women-protesting-torture-against-jailed-relatives-detained-in-istanbul

31-” Content by Gülen-linked scholars removed from Turkey’s state-backed Islamic Encyclopedia”
https://turkeypurge.com/content-gulen-linked-scholars-removed-turkeys-state-backed-islamic-encyclopedia

32-” Letter campaign launched for Turkey’s imprisoned women, mothers”
https://turkeypurge.com/letter-campaign-launched-turkeys-imprisoned-women-mothers

33-” HRW: Turkish border guards shooting at fleeing Syrians”
https://turkeypurge.com/hrw-turkish-border-guards-shooting-fleeing-syrians

34-” Boğaziçi University physics professor says wrote 3 research papers during 440 days in prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/bogazici-university-physics-professor-says-wrote-3-research-papers-440-days-arrest

35-” Lawyers In Exile: 572 colleagues jailed, 80 sentenced in Turkey since failed coup”
https://turkeypurge.com/lawyers-exile-572-colleagues-jailed-80-sentenced-turkey-since-failed-coup

36-” ESP İstanbul district head put in pre-trial detention”
https://turkeypurge.com/esp-istanbul-district-head-put-pre-trial-detention-report

37-” Turkish court appoints trustees to gov’t critic Furkan foundation: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-court-appoints-trustees-govt-critic-furkan-foundation-report

38-” DTK co-chair sent to prison for criticizing Turkey’s Afrin operation”
https://turkeypurge.com/pro-kurdish-deputy-sent-prison

39-” Turkey down two places to rank 101st in 113-country rule of law index”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-two-places-ranked-101st-113-country-justice-index

40-” [VIDEO] Pro-Erdogan journalist urges gov’t to shutter critical TV channel”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-pro-erdogan-journalist-urges-govt-shutter-critical-tv-channel

41-” Report: Capacity Of Turkish Civil Society To Deal With Abuses In The Country Weakening”
https://stockholmcf.org/report-capacity-of-turkish-civil-society-to-deal-with-abuses-in-the-country-weakening/

42-“Wife Of Abducted Ümit Horzum Says So Scared Of That If Something Happens To Her Husband, Her Children, Even Herself ”
https://stockholmcf.org/wife-of-abducted-umit-horzum-says-so-scared-of-that-if-something-happens-to-my-husband-my-children-even-myself/

43-“Yet Another Sick Turkish Prisoner Dies Under Custody Because Of Negligence, Maltreatment”
https://stockholmcf.org/yet-another-sick-turkish-prisoner-dies-under-custody-because-of-negligence-maltreatment/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 1/29/2018-2/5/2018

1-” Cezaevindeki tutsak kadın ve bebekler için mektup kampanyası”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/cezaevindeki-tutsak-kadin-ve-bebekler-icin-mektup-kampanyasi-h111552.html

2-” Mehmet Baransu bugüne kadar 11 hakim değiştirdi ama sonuç yine yok”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/mehmet-baransu-bugune-kadar-11-hakim-degistirdi-ama-sonuc-yine-yok-h111542.html

3-” Taner Kılıç’ı dün tahliye eden mahkeme bugün tutuklanmasına hükmetti”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/taner-kilici-dun-tahliye-eden-mahkeme-bugun-tutuklanmasina-hukmetti-h111537.html

4-” Emniyet müdürü Erdal Dengiz 8 aydır cezaevinde işkence altında”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/emniyet-muduru-erdal-dengiz-8-aydir-cezaevinde-iskence-altinda-h111338.html

5-” 12 tutuklu Silivri Cezaevi’nden darp edilerek nakledilmiş!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/12-tutuklu-silivri-cezaevinden-darp-edilerek-nakledilmis-h111305.html

6-” Kırıkkale F tipi cezaevindeki tutuklulara çıplak arama ve copla işkence”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/kirikkale-f-tipi-cezaevindeki-tutuklulara-ciplak-arama-ve-copla-iskence-h111304.html

7-” Uluslararası hekim örgütlerinden Erdoğan’a: Hemen serbest bırakılsınlar ”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/uluslararasi-hekim-orgutlerinden-erdogana-hemen-serbest-birakilsinlar/

8-” Furkan Vakfı’nın tüm şube ve temsilcilikleri kapatıldı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/furkan-vakfinin-tum-sube-ve-temsilcilikleri-kapatildi/

9-” ‘115 hamile çocuk’ skandalını ortaya çıkaran personel yine sürgün edildi ”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/115-hamile-cocuk-skandalini-ortaya-cikaran-personel-yine-surgun-edildi/

10-” ‘Hukukun üstünlüğü’: Türkiye 113 ülke arasında 101’inci sırada”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/hukukun-ustunlugu-turkiye-113-ulke-arasinda-101inci-sirada/

11-” Af Örgütü: Türkiye’de gazetecilik üzerindeki baskı daha da arttı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/af-orgutu-afrin-harekati-turkiyede-gazetecilik-uzerindeki-baskiyi-artiriyor/

12-” Türkiye AİHM’de bir kez daha mahkûm: Engelliye ayrımcılık yapıldı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/turkiye-aihmde-bir-kez-daha-mahkum-engelliye-ayrimcilik-yapildi/

13-” Furkan Vakfı’na operasyon: Alpaslan Kuytul dahil 21 kişi gözaltında”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/furkan-vakfina-operasyon-kuytul-dahil-21-kisi-gozaltina-alindi/

14-” HDP binasına saldırıdan gözaltına alınanların tümü serbest”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/hdp-binasina-saldiridan-gozaltina-alinanlarin-tumu-serbest/

15-” 18 aydır tutuklu polise 9, itirafçı polislere 4 yıl hapis cezası”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/18-aydir-tutuklu-polise-9-itirafci-polislere-4-yil-hapis-cezasi/

16-” Ümit Horzum’un ailesi: Çaresiziz ve acı çekiyoruz”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/umit-horzumun-ailesi-caresiziz-ve-aci-cekiyoruz-h111697.html

17-” Görme engelli gazetecinin kabartma yazılı kitapları verilmiyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/medya/gorme-engelli-gazetecinin-kabartma-yazili-kitaplari-verilmiyor-h111692.html

18-” İnternetten yapılan yayınlara da sansür getiriliyor!”
http://aktifhaber.com/medya/internetten-yapilan-yayinlara-da-sansur-getiriliyor-h111690.html

19-” 9 Eylül Üniversitesi Rektörlüğü’nden akademisyenlere tehdit!”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/9-eylul-universitesi-rektorlugunden-akademisyenlere-tehdit-h111687.html

20-” ‘Cezaevinde kalamaz’ raporuna karşın tahliye edilmeyen mahkum yaşamını yitirdi”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/cezaevinde-kalamaz-raporuna-karsin-tahliye-edilmeyen-mahkum-yasamini-yitirdi-h111653.html

21-” Furkan Vakfı’nın kasasında çıkan ‘suç delili’: Evlilik formları”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/furkan-vakfinin-kasasinda-cikan-suc-delili-evlilik-formlari/

22-” İslâm Ansiklopedisi’nde sansür skandalı; maddeler siliniyor”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/islam-ansiklopedisinde-sansur-skandali/

23-” Darbecilikten tutuklandı, hapiste üç bilimsel makale yazdı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/darbecilikten-tutuklandi-hapiste-uc-bilimsel-makale-yazdi/

24-“Af Örgütü: İnsan hakları savunucuları hedef alınıyor”
http://www.dw.com/tr/af-%C3%B6rg%C3%BCt%C3%BC-insan-haklar%C4%B1-savunucular%C4%B1-hedef-al%C4%B1n%C4%B1yor/a-42370670

25-” “Türkiye’de korku hukuk sistemini zehirliyor””
http://www.dw.com/tr/t%C3%BCrkiyede-korku-hukuk-sistemini-zehirliyor/a-42373465

26-” Financial Times: Doktorların gözaltına alınması Avrupa’da Türkiye’ye yönelik kaygıları artıracak”
http://www.bbc.com/turkce/haberler-turkiye-42882725

27-” ‘Türkiye Hukukun Üstünlüğünde 113 Ülke Arasında 101’inci Sırada’”
https://www.amerikaninsesi.com/a/turkiye-hukukun-ustunlugunde-113-ulke-arasinda-101inci-sirada/4233586.html

28-” Mahpuslar cezaevinden yazdı: Her hafta mutlaka odalarımız basılıyor”
https://www.birgun.net/haber-detay/mahpuslar-cezaevinden-yazdi-her-hafta-mutlaka-odalarimiz-basiliyor-202726.html

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

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

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

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

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

Deportations

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

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

Closure of schools abroad

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

Pressure extends beyond Gulenists

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

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

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

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

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Oppression of Supporters of the Hizmet Movement in Turkey and Abroad

There is an ongoing suppression of dissidents following the attempted coup of July 15, 2016. The state of emergency and the decree laws pave the way for discrimination and segregation on the basis of ethnicity, religion, and political or other opinions. Women and children are discriminated and segregated on the basis of their identity or the identity of their family members and parents. Ordinary citizens including, women, men, children, elderly, and disabled people face discrimination based on physical or mental disability, birth registration, place of residence, social segregation, gender or health, and sometimes a combination of these reasons.

Below are some types of discrimination that people face in Turkey:
• More than 150,000 public officials are dismissed from their positions without any evidence, due process and any explanation but their names appear on long lists.
• More than 60,000 people have been arrested because of alleged links with the Hizmet Movement without any concrete criminal evidence. Much more were taken into custody and released under probation.
• The government violated people’s fundamental right to travel by either canceling or not issuing their passports.
• The government’s inflammatory rhetoric and hate speech target the followers of the Hizmet Movement and other dissidents. Both public and the government have been labeling people as terrorists even though there is no such indication, only because they support or are not against the Hizmet Movement.
• Assets of the Hizmet Movement’s supporters have been frozen leading people to suffer also financially besides other problems.
• People labeled as terrorists cannot find a job neither in public nor in private field.
• Dissidents and their families are deliberately deprived of social services and financial resources needed for physical survival.
• The state of emergency and the new decree laws impose life-threatening forcible discrimination and segregation in Turkey.
• Majority of the Turkish citizens face fear and betrayal in a police state.
• The dissidents and human rights defenders are under arbitrary detention and arrest without due process.
• There are grave violations of international human rights law and atrocity crimes including torture, inhuman and degrading treatment.
• There is a lack of legal remedies in the Turkish judiciary, people cannot look for a remedy from the courts and other mechanisms such as the State of Emergency Procedures Investigation Commission.
• Torture and other similar incidents have been witnessed a lot especially during police custody.
• People arrested over Hizmet links are kept under inhuman conditions in overcrowded prisons.
• Both arrestees and their visitors are under psychological pressure by the guards.
• Family members of people who are at large are threatened by police officers to be taken into custody and arrested if they do not give information about their relatives’ whereabouts.

Below are some types of human rights violations Turkish people with links to the Hizmet Movement face abroad:
• Turkish citizens abroad are vulnerable for arbitrary detentions, abductions and expulsions, therefore, need protection.
• There are 229 Turkish citizens abroad who are called to return Turkey; if not, they will be deprived of nationality.
• Hundreds and thousands of Turkish citizens abroad are denied of consular services including newborns who became stateless outside of Turkey. Consulates do not issue passports to these people as well.
• Turkish citizens seeking asylum would face torture and ill-treatment if deported to Turkey.
• Because of passport cancellations by the Turkish government, family members of the supporters in Turkey cannot leave Turkey leading to family separation.
• Foreign governments do not grant visa in most cases to the families of asylum seekers that include the supporters of the Hizmet Movement abroad, which again leads to family separation.
• In some cases, family members of the supporters of the Movement could be able to leave Turkey but reach out the countries that are not safe such as Kyrgyzstan and Morocco. It is highly risky that they might be deported or will face same type of persecution in these countries because of Erdogan’s pressure. Again because of visa and passport problems, they cannot go to safer countries.
• In most cases assets and bank accounts of the supporters and their family members are frozen by the government, thus people cannot transfer their funds abroad and struggle for a living.
• Most people seeking asylum abroad are still waiting for a decision especially in the United States because of the long process of asylum application. They live in uncertainty by not knowing when will they be granted asylum and attain their rights.


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Turkish Police Torture Two University Personnel For Weeks In Antalya Over Their Alleged Links To Gülen Movement

Sedat Gökçen and Ahmet Gödük, two former personnel of the International Antalya University, which was closed by a government decree under the rule of emergency over its alleged affiliation with the Gülen movement, have reportedly been subject to heavy torture and maltreatments for weeks under the police custody in Turkey’s Antalya province.

According to information shared by a @Turkeydeiskence, a Twitter account focuses on the torture and maltreatment cases in Turkey under the rule of emergency, because of the severe torture in Antalya Police Department Ahmet Gödük has become unable to walk. The @Turkeydeiskence has reported that Gökçen and Gödük have been subjected to physical torture, maltreatments and psychological pressure to oblige them to make “confessions.”

It was reported that Gökçen and Gödük were detained on January 16, 2018 at Antalya Terra City Shopping Mall by a group of civil police officers. Police officers applied physical violence to Gökçen and Gödük even during the process of their detentions. Because of the violence applied to him, herniated disc problem of Gökçen has reemerged and he has experienced a severe loss in his hearing capability and he lost his balance. He has bruises and swelling in different parts of his body.

Ahmed Gödük, who has also herniated disc problem, has started to experience serious problem as he walks because of the heavy violence he has been a target.

It was also reported that the police have prevented Gökçen and Gödük from getting doctor reports in order to prevent the exposure of torture and maltreatments they applied. Therefore, the custody periods of Gökçen and Gödük were arbitrarily extended to 15 days so that the traces of torture that they had imposed on them to vanish.

Also during this long detention period, Gökçen and Gödük were subjected to maltreatments including threats, insults, starvation, deprivation of bathing, interfering with their worship. At the end of the detention period with torture and maltreatments, Gökçen and Gödük were arrested by a local court and sent to Döşemealtı Prison in Antalya.

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https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-police-torture-two-university-personnel-for-weeks-in-antalya-over-their-alleged-links-to-gulen-movement/

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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.


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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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