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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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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly Feb 19

Download as pdf: AST_Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly_Feb 19

Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 2/12/2018-2/19/2018

1-“Turkey detained 666 people so far for opposing Afrin operation: data”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-detained-666-people-far-opposing-afrin-operation-dat

2-“568 people detained over Gülen links in past week: gov’t”
https://turkeypurge.com/568-people-detained-gulen-links-past-week-govt

3-“UK-educated computer science professor, jailed for 13 months, dies of liver cancer”
https://turkeypurge.com/uk-educated-computer-science-professor-jailed-13-months-dies-liver-cancer

4-“Turkish court sentences wife of alleged coup plotter to 18 years in prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-court-sentences-wife-alleged-coup-plotter-18-years-prison

5-“Turkey now demands 10 years for pro-Kurdish HDP co-chairperson”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-now-demands-10-years-pro-kurdish-hdp-co-chairperson

6-“Turkey hands down prison sentences to 205 alleged coup plotters in Ankara: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-hands-prison-sentence-205-alleged-coup-plotters-ankara-report

7-“Teacher, 2 children dead, 5 others missing in attempt to escape Turkey’s post-coup crackdown”
https://turkeypurge.com/teacher-2-children-dead-while-4-others-missing-after-failed-attempt-to-escape-turkeys-post-coup-crackdown-to-greece

8-“Purge-victim architect detained for refusing to stand for Turkey’s national anthem: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/purge-victim-architect-detained-refusing-stand-turkeys-national-anthem-report

9-“Opposition deputy gets 5 years, 10 months in prison: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/opposition-deputy-gets-5-years-10-months-prison-report

10-“73-year old human rights advocate detained for opposing Turkey’s Afrin operation: son”
https://turkeypurge.com/73-year-old-human-rights-advocate-detained-opposing-turkeys-afrin-operation-son

11-“Turkish police raid pro-Kurdish publishing house in Diyarbakır: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-police-raid-pro-kurdish-publishing-house-diyarbakir-report

12-“24-year-old Boğaziçi University student arrested over Gülen links”
https://turkeypurge.com/24-year-old-bogazici-university-student-arrested-gulen-links

13-“7 executives from exporters’ union under custody for depositing money in Bank Asya”
https://turkeypurge.com/7-executives-exporters-union-custody-depositing-money-bank-asya

14-“[VIDEO] Warrants issued for 9 more Boydak family members: 6 detained”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-warrants-issued-9-boydak-family-members-6-detained

15-“Folk band Grup Yorum members in ‘wanted terrorists’ list”
https://turkeypurge.com/folk-band-grup-yorum-members-wanted-terrorists-list

16-“Turkey’s top appeal court says Bank Asya depositors ‘terrorist’”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkeys-top-appeal-court-says-bank-asya-depositors-terrorist

17-“Education Ministry cancels licenses of 1,272 educators on terror charges: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/education-ministry-cancels-licenses-1272-educators-terror-charges-report

18-“8,480 Turkish nationals sought asylum in Germany in 2017: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/8480-turkish-nationals-sought-asylum-germany-2017-report

19-“Turkish judicial board suspends another 17 judges, prosecutors”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-judicial-board-suspends-another-17-judges-prosecutors

20-“Turkey’s judiciary must protect rule of law, says Europe diplomat”
https://www.ft.com/content/11793664-12ac-11e8-940e-08320fc2a277

21-“Turkey blocks access to Furkan news portal on terror charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-blocks-access-furkan-news-portal-terror-charges

22-“HDP deputy to be stripped of parliamentary status for insulting Erdoğan”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/16/hdp-deputy-to-be-stripped-of-parliamentary-status-for-insulting-erdogan/

23-“CoE’s Jagland criticizes Turkish gov’t over human rights violations”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/18/coes-jagland-criticizes-turkish-govt-over-human-rights-violations/

24-“Yücel: I was released with a ruling ordering me to stay in prison”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/17/yucel-i-was-released-with-a-ruling-ordering-me-to-stay-in-prison/

25-“OSCE, UN representatives: Life sentences for Turkish journalists an attack on freedom of expression”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/17/osce-un-representatives-life-sentences-for-turkish-journalists-an-attack-on-freedom-of-expression/

26-“6 journalists including Altan brothers given aggravated life sentences”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/16/6-journalists-including-altan-brothers-given-aggravated-life-sentences/

27-“Slain general’s widow sentenced to 18 years”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/12/slain-generals-widow-sentenced-to-18-years/

28-“US politician describes her visit to Turkish refugees in Greece”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/12/us-politician-describes-her-visit-to-turkish-refugees-in-greece/

29-“EP’s Harms to visit jailed Turkish teacher in Georgia for second time”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/14/eps-harms-to-visit-jailed-turkish-teacher-in-georgia-for-second-time/

30-“Zaman employee says facing life sentence due to a TV commercial”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/14/zaman-employee-says-facing-life-sentence-due-to-a-tv-commercial/

31-“Altans’ lawyer tells judges ignoring top court’s ruling could lead to expulsion from post”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/16/altans-lawyer-tells-judges-ignoring-top-courts-ruling-could-lead-to-expulsion-from-post/

32-“Journalist recounts flight from post-coup crackdown in Turkey”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/12/journalist-recounts-flight-from-post-coup-crackdown-in-turkey/

33-“Syrian Kurdish Groups Claim Turkish Army Hit Village In Afrin With Suspected Gas”
https://stockholmcf.org/syrian-kurdish-groups-claim-turkish-army-hit-village-in-afrin-with-suspected-gas/

34-” Turkish Court Rules For Continuation Of Former HDP Co-Chair Demirtaş’s Imprisonment”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-court-rules-for-continuation-of-former-hdp-co-chair-demirtass-imprisonment/ulen-links/

35-“Jailed Turkish Air Forces’ Colonel Reportedly Losses His Life In İstanbul’s Silivri Prison Because Of Negligence”
https://stockholmcf.org/jailed-turkish-air-forces-colonel-losses-his-life-in-prison-because-of-negligence/

36-“Int’l Press And Human Rights Bodies Slam Turkish Court’s Rule Of Aggravated Life Sentences For Prominent Journalists”
https://stockholmcf.org/intl-press-bodies-slam-turkish-courst-rule-of-aggravated-life-sentences-for-prominent-journalists/

37-“Turkish Family Still Missing After Capsized Boat Incident On Turkish-Greek Border”
https://stockholmcf.org/members-of-dogan-family-who-were-on-the-same-boat-capsized-as-crossing-river-on-turkish-greek-border-couldnt-be-reached/

38-“Turkey Witnesses Yet Another Family Tragedy Under Rule Of Emergency Over Alleged Links To Gülen Movement”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkey-witnesses-yet-another-family-tragedy-under-rule-of-emergency-over-alleged-links-to-gulen-movement/

39-“Murat Belge, A Renowned Turkish Academic, Leaving Turkey As ‘Scholar At Risk’”
https://stockholmcf.org/murat-belge-a-renowned-turkish-academic-leaving-turkey-as-scholar-at-risk/

40-“15-Year Prison Sentence Sought For Turkish Journalist Who Founded Two National News Channel”
https://stockholmcf.org/15-year-prison-sentence-sought-for-turkish-journalist-who-founded-two-national-news-channel/

41-“Famous Turkish Businessman Hosta Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison Over His Alleged Gülen Links”
https://stockholmcf.org/famous-turkish-businessman-hosta-sentenced-10-years-in-prison-over-his-alleged-gulen-links/

42-“UK high court refuses Turkey extradition due to overcrowded prisons”
https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/feb/15/uk-high-court-refuses-turkey-extradition-due-to-overcrowded-prisons

43-“Human Rights Watch sees no end to Turkish crackdown”
https://ahvalnews.com/press-freedom/human-rights-watch-sees-no-end-turkish-crackdown

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 2/12/2018-2/19/2018

1-“Türkiye’den Almanya’ya iltica başvuruları arttı”
http://www.dw.com/tr/t%C3%BCrkiyeden-almanyaya-iltica-ba%C5%9Fvurular%C4%B1-artt%C4%B1/a-42617056?maca=tur-rss-tur-pol-ger-3312-xml-mrss

2-“Boydak Ailesine soykırım!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/boydak-ailesine-soykirim-h112433.html

3-“Avrupa’dan gazetecilere verilen müebbete tepki: Türkiye’yi ekonomik olarak cezalandırın!”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/avrupadan-gazetecilere-verilen-muebbete-tepki-turkiyeyi-ekonomik-olarak-cezalandirin-h112432.html

4-“Cem Özdemir: Türkiye’de hiçbir şey doğru yürümüyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/cem-ozdemir-turkiyede-hicbir-sey-dogru-yurumuyor-h112427.html

5-“İşadamı Hidayet Kadiroğlu’na Bankasya’ya para yatırdığı iddiasıyla yakalama kararı”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/isadami-hidayet-kadirogluna-bankasyaya-para-yatirdigi-iddiasiyla-yakalama-karari-h112423.html

6-“Beştepe Sarayı’na komşu işkence merkezi”
http://aktifhaber.com/analiz/bestepe-sarayina-komsu-iskence-merkezi-h112414.html

7-“‘Niye çıktım, bir sene önce neden tutuklandım, bilmiyorum’”
http://aktifhaber.com/medya/niye-ciktim-bir-sene-once-neden-tutuklandim-bilmiyorum-h112413.html

8-“‘Niye çıktım, bir sene önce neden tutuklandım, bilmiyorum’”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cezaevinde-insalik-disi-muamele-tutuklunun-sirtinda-sandalye-kirdilar-h112286.html

9-“Foto Muhabiri Çağdaş Erdoğan: 4 polis tarafından çırılçıplak soyulup işkenceye uğradım!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/foto-muhabiri-cagdas-erdogan-4-polis-tarafindan-cirilciplak-soyulup-iskenceye-ugradim-h112231.html

10-“Cemaat üyesi olmakla suçlandı; hamileyken cezaevine girdi ve ikizlerini kaybetti”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cemaat-uyesi-olmakla-suclandi-hamileyken-cezaevine-girdi-ve-ikizlerini-kaybetti-h112187.html

11-“Polis’in tutuklattığı Selma Polat’a 7 yıl 7 ay 7 gün hapis cezası”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/polisin-tutuklattigi-selma-polata-7-yil-7-ay-7-gun-hapis-cezasi-h112178.html

12-“Erdoğan rejiminin cezaevinde kanser ettiği genç akademisyen hayatını kaybetti”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/erdogan-rejiminin-cezaevinde-kanser-ettigi-genc-akademisyen-hayatini-kaybetti-h112130.html

13-“Semih Terzi’nin eşi ‘Sippenhaft’ uygulamasıyla hapis cezasına çarptırıldı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/semih-terzinin-esi-sippenhaft-uygulamasiyla-hapis-cezasina-carptirildi-h112121.html

14-“Afrin operasyonundan dolayı mahkuma dayak attılar”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/afrin-operasyonundan-dolayi-mahkuma-dayak-attilar-h112094.html

15-“Erdoğan Türkiye’sinde siyah transportların sırrı ne?”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/erdogan-turkiyesinde-siyah-transportlarin-sirri-ne-h112395.html

16-“3. havalimanı inşaatında çoğu iş cinayeti sümen altı ediliyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/3-havalimani-insaatinda-cogu-is-cinayeti-sumen-alti-ediliyor-h112342.html

17-“Roboskililer 320 haftadır adalet bekliyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/roboskililer-320-haftadir-adalet-bekliyor-h112332.html

18-“Aram Yayınevi’nin ofisine polis baskınında kapılar balyozla kırıldı”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/aram-yayinevinin-ofisine-polis-baskininda-kapilar-balyozla-kirildi-h112312.html

19-“Bandırma Cezaevi’nde işkence: Dövülen tutsaklar kan kusuyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/bandirma-cezaevinde-iskence-dovulen-tutsaklar-kan-kusuyor-h112339.html

20-“Hapishanelerde büyüyen çocuklar ABD medyasında geniş yer buldu”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/hapishanelerde-buyuyen-cocuklar-abd-medyasinda-genis-yer-buldu-h112303.html

21-“Tutuklular, gardiyanlardan gördüğü şiddetten dolayı yürüyemiyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/tutuklular-gardiyanlardan-gordugu-siddetten-dolayi-yuruyemiyor-h112274.html

22-“AYM bireysel başvuru istatistiklerini açıkladı: Yargı var adalet yok”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/aym-bireysel-basvuru-istatistiklerini-acikladi-yargi-var-adalet-yok-h112269.html

23-“‘Türkiye’de kalmaktansa, Atina’da aç kalmayı tercih ettik’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/turkiyede-kalmaktansa-yunanistanda-ac-kalmayi-tercih-ettik/

24-“Washington Post’tan Yazıcı’ya destek”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/yabanci-meslektaslarindan-fevzi-yaziciya-dayanisma-mesajlari/

25-“Engelli oğlunu öldürüp intihar eden kadın toprağa verildi”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/engelli-oglunu-oldurup-intihar-eden-kadin-topraga-verildi/

26-“‘Meriç’te can verenler Tayyip Erdoğan’ın kurbanları’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/mericte-can-verenler-tayyip-erdoganin-kurbanlari/

27-“Darbe davasında gazetecilere ağırlaştırılmış müebbet”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/darbe-davasinda-gazetecilere-agirlastirilmis-muebbet/

28-“Meclis’te bir ilk: Erdoğan’a hakaret suçlamasıyla vekilliği düşürülecek”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/mecliste-bir-ilk-erdogana-hakaret-suclamasiyla-vekilligi-dusurulecek/

29-“63 harp okulu öğrencisi için müebbet istemi”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/63-harp-okulu-ogrencisi-icin-muebbet-istemi/

30-“TOMA’nın ezerek öldürdüğü vatandaş kusurlu bulundu”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/tomanin-ezerek-oldurdugu-vatandas-kusurlu-bulundu/

31-“Engelli oğlunu öldürüp intihar eden kadın toprağa verildi”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/engelli-oglunu-oldurup-intihar-eden-kadin-topraga-verildi/

32-“Erdoğan’dan partisinin ‘KHK eleştirileri’ne: Hayat risktir”
http://www.diken.com.tr/erdogandan-partisinin-khk-elestirilerine-hayat-risktir/

33-“Beş yaşındaki çocuk üzerine 500 kiloluk reklam panosu düşünce öldü, sorumlu yok!”
http://www.diken.com.tr/bes-yasindaki-cocuk-uzerine-500-kiloluk-reklam-panosu-dusunce-oldu-sorumlu-ortada-yok/

34-“AP’de Türkiye’ye insan hakları ve Afrin eleştirisi”
http://www.dw.com/tr/apde-t%C3%BCrkiyeye-insan-haklar%C4%B1-ve-afrin-ele%C5%9Ftirisi/a-42474407

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Statement on Human Rights Day

As Advocates of Silenced Turkey, we are pleased to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day. Yet, unfortunately, the values emphasized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are today undermined in many countries. It is the duty of each informed citizen to advocate for peace and sustain justice. Human Rights Day is therefore not only about few people, but it is about all of us.

Turkey is one of the countries that have experienced significant deterioration in regards to values mentioned in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. After the failed coup, more than 130,000 people have been arbitrary detained and more than 60,000 people have been arrested. Many of those arrested do not have any evidence against them. Nonetheless, there are 17,000 women in jail and 688 babies under age of six. Furthermore, there has been more than 2,200 torture and numerous abduction cases. All independent media in Turkey have been shut down and confiscated by the government. More than 4,400 judges and prosecutors have been dismissed. The government has also seized more than 800 companies worth more than $10 billion.

We urge every individual to voice the silenced voices of people in Turkey. As mentioned earlier, it is the duty of each of us to advocate for peace and justice in order to attain it. We hope the situation in Turkey will get better for those in Turkey and abroad who are oppressed by the ruling government of Turkey.

Download as pdf: AST_Statement-on-Human-Rights-Day

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Turkey defies UN on abductions with cases of disappearances piling up

Turkey defies UN on abductions with cases of disappearances piling up

Mustafa Özben, a Bar registered lawyer, was last seen on May 9 when he took his daughter to school. His wife indicates that she is concerned for his life.

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Claims of torture after Turkey’s coup

http://www.bbc.com/news/video_and_audio/headlines/38126581/claims-of-torture-after-turkey-s-coup

After the coup attempt, came the purge; where more than 125,000 were sacked and 45,000 arrested. There are many worrying testimonies of torture. The UN’s special investigator on torture has arrived in Turkey following allegations of rape and abuse by the country’s security forces.
 

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