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U.N. elects Turkey to oversee human rights activists, VP of Committee on NGOs

The Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch condemned the U.N. election of Turkey as Vice-Chair of the committee that accredits and oversees the work of non-governmental human rights groups at the world body, noting that the Erdogan regime arrests, jails and persecutes human rights activists, journalists and students.

“Electing Turkey’s Erdogan regime to oversee the work of human rights activists at the U.N. is like picking the fox to guard the henhouse, as he is still wiping the feathers off his mouth from his last meal,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch.

“This election is absurd, and casts a shadow upon the reputation of the United Nations as a whole,” said Neuer.

The diplomat elected on January 29th to represent the Erdogan regime on the committee was Ceren Hande Özgür.

“It underscores the degree to which this vital committee—which has the power to suspend the U.N. credentials of human rights groups—has been hijacked by the world’s worst dictatorships.”

    Despite its U.N. election today, Turkey is notorious for persecuting NGO activists, as documented by Freedom House:

  • Since the attempted coup in 2016, 1,500 civil society organizations have been summarily closed and their property confiscated. Targeted groups worked on torture, domestic violence, and aid to refugees and internally displaced persons.
  • In 2017, Turkey arrested a number of leading human rights activists on terrorism charges. Osman Kavala, the country’s most prominent civil society leader, was detained in October and charged with attempting to overthrow the constitutional order.
  • In June 2017, the chair of Amnesty International’s Turkey branch was arrested on terrorism charges.
  • In July, a raid on a routine training session for human rights defenders resulted in the arrest of eight representatives from Turkey’s major rights organizations, along with two foreign trainers. They were eventually released pending trial.
  • Journalists are prosecuted, and media outlets closed.
  • Authorities routinely disallow gatherings by government critics on security grounds, while pro-government rallies are allowed to proceed.
  • Restrictions were imposed on May Day celebrations by leftist and labor groups, LGBT events, protests by purge victims, and opposition party meetings. Police use force to break up unapproved protests.

Source:
https://www.unwatch.org/u-n-elects-turkey-oversee-human-rights-activists-vp-committee-ngos/

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Human Rights Watch’s Report Shows the Severity of Human Rights Violations in Turkey

On January 18, 2018, the Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) published a report reviewing the human rights practices around the world in 2017. The report titled “World Report 2018: Events of 2017” examined more than 90 countries including Turkey. In parts relevant to Turkey, the HRW scrutinized a wide range of topics such as the state of emergency measures, freedom of expression, association and assembly, torture and ill-treatment in custody as well as refugees’ situation.

The report firstly referred to the April 2017 referendum which introduced a new presidential system lacking satisfactory system of checks and balances. It highlighted the fact that the referendum was carried out under the state of emergency in an environment of heavy media censorship. The HRW’s points about the new presidential system indeed indicate that the separation of powers is at risk in Turkey whereas it is one of the most significant components of democracy.

The state of emergency measures also attract attention. The president can adopt decree laws without parliamentary oversight or the possibility of judicial review according to Turkish legislation. As reported by the HRW, these decree laws include many controversial measures incompatible with Turkey’s responsibilities under the international human rights law. More than 110,000 people were dismissed or suspended from their public positions with no explanation but only their names on lists published via decree laws. The government shut down plenty of institutions including media outlets, businesses, schools and universities, hospitals and non-governmental organizations such as associations and foundations. What is worse, there is still no effective authority for all these real and legal persons to apply for a review. People had little hope when the “State of Emergency Procedures Investigation Commission” was introduced to investigate measures taken under the state of emergency. Nevertheless, as stated by the HRW, independence of the Commission is doubtful since all of its members are appointed with the government’s approval. Further appeal is possible on the paper, but it is likely to take too much time because of the high influx of applications and applicants have nothing else but wait about their right to work in public service to be taken away, bank accounts to be frozen and passports to be canceled.

Many people including teachers, public servants such as police officers and military personnel, journalists and politicians were either arrested or detained under the state of emergency as well. The striking point is that most were imprisoned with no compelling evidence of any criminal activity, but only because of their alleged links with the Hizmet Movement inspired by an Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen who has been blamed by the government to mastermind the coup attempt. It is crucial to note here that the Movement has been strongly denying any involvement and Mr. Gulen has called for an international investigation on the issue.

Freedom of expression, association and assembly were also violated considerably by the Turkish government. To clarify, the government has blocked many websites and banned a huge amount of content, and all types of peaceful public protests were banned by the government as well as were violently dispersed. Unsurprisingly, Turkey is the leading country in the number of jailed journalists whose trials and case files are again insufficient. The documents used as an evidence against arrested journalists are mostly writing and reporting which do not promote any type of violence. As there is always a prominent risk of imprisonment and censorship, other journalists and media agencies cannot publish anything critical but only pro-government ideas. In March, 21 journalists who were arrested because of their connections with the Hizmet Movement, were released by the court. Their families went to the prison facilities to bring them back to their homes but could not. After huge criticisms by pro-government media, an appeal was lodged against eight of them and a new investigation was started against the rest. Therefore, eventually, none of them were released. In addition, judges and a prosecutor who was at this trial were suspended by the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors. Many of the journalists from the newspaper Zaman, claimed to be supporting the Movement, have been on trial due to writings without a reference to any type of violence and they face life imprisonment.

Not only individuals related to the Hizmet Movement but also leftist and Kurdish people were targeted by the government. According to the HRW’s report, 19 journalists from the newspaper Cumhuriyet were jailed as well. In one of the cases concerning Cumhuriyet, Enis Berberoglu was sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment who is a parliamentarian from the main opposition party, Republican People’s Party (CHP). The court of appeal has overturned his conviction, yet he is not released as well as not expected to be released as the government still wants him behind bars. Similarly, plenty of journalists were arrested from the newspaper Ozgur Gundem which was shut down by the government.

Lawyers and human rights defenders received their own shares from the Turkish government’s oppression. Around 500 lawyers have been arrested and 1000 are yet on trial, mostly because of supporting the Hizmet Movement. Chair of Amnesty International, Taner Kilic, has been in prolonged detention with “politically motivated and unsubstantiated charges” as said by the HRW.

The HRW also explored the detention conditions during police custody and concluded that many instances of torture and ill-treatment were witnessed. There have been many cases reported where police officers beat detainees, left them in physically stressed positions and threatened them to rape. Enforced disappearances, scaring defense lawyers and interfering with medical examinations also took place in the country.

Regarding the ongoing conflict in the southeast region, the government could not yet make a progress. Party co-leaders and parliamentarians of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) were sent to prison. Additionally, 89 mayors were dismissed by the government as specified by the report. The government has clearly violated freedom of expression and rights to political association, participation, and representation.

The report highlighted the refugee crisis as well which indeed concerns the whole world. The conditions in which refugees live (mostly Syrian but also from other countries) are not compatible with international standards.

All these were expressed in various occasions by international actors. The United Nations, the European Union, the Council of Europe, the United States State Department and many other foreign governments have called the Turkish government to end this human rights disaster going on in the country as was stated by the Human Rights Watch’s report.


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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly Jan 22

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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 1/15/2018-1/22/2018

1-“Lawyer for jailed journalist says Turkey faces ‘constitutional crisis'”
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-journalists-lawyer/lawyer-for-jailed-journalist-says-turkey-faces-constitutional-crisis-idUSKBN1F424F?il=0

2-“721 people detained over Gülen links in past week: ministry”
https://turkeypurge.com/721-people-detained-gulen-links-past-week-ministry

3-“Police tortured post-coup suspect, threatened to rape wife during Ramadan: columnist”
https://turkeypurge.com/police-tortured-post-coup-suspect-threatened-rape-wife-ramadan-columnist

4-“Former intel chief calls for use of ASALA, MOSSAD tactics to kill Gülen followers”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/15/former-intel-chief-calls-for-use-of-asala-mossad-tactics-to-kill-gulen-followers/

5-“Journalists Ahmet Şık, Murat Sabuncu and Akın Atalay denied release from prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/journalists-ahmet-sik-murat-sabuncu-akin-atalay-denied-release-prison

6-“Report: Koç University student commits suicide as father, a dismissed chemistry teacher, under arrest for months”
https://turkeypurge.com/report-koc-university-student-commits-suicide-father-dismissed-chemistry-teacher-arrest-months

7-“Former medical faculty dean jailed over alleged ByLock use”
https://turkeypurge.com/former-medical-faculty-dean-jailed-alleged-bylock-use

8-“Freedom House: Turkey is no longer a free country”
https://turkeypurge.com/freedom-house-turkey-no-longer-free-country

9-” Suspects who attacked 75-year old woman released after brief interrogation: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/suspects-attacked-75-year-old-woman-released-brief-interrogation-report

10-“BIA report: 237 aggravated life sentences sought for 520 journalists in Turkey”
https://turkeypurge.com/bia-report-237-aggravated-life-sentences-sought-520-journalists-turkey

11-“Worker stages naked protest in front of Turkey’s nat’l employment agency”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/17/worker-stages-naked-protest-in-front-of-turkeys-natl-employment-agency/

12-“Upper courts reject appeals to release journalists Altan and Alpay”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/15/upper-courts-reject-appeals-to-release-journalists-altan-and-alpay/

13-“Euro court fines Turkey 5,000 euros for closing opposition newspaper in 2001”
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/euro-court-fines-turkey-5-000-euros-for-closing-opposition-newspaper-in-2001-125816

14-“Turkey freedoms hit after ‘deeply-flawed constitutional referendum’”
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/16/turkey-freedoms-hit-after-deeply-flawed-constitutional-referendum-

15-“Erdoğan’s news agency targets exiled journalists over Afrin messages”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/22/erdogans-news-agency-targets-exiled-journalists-over-afrin-messages/

16-“Detention warrants issued for 35 over Afrin messages”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/22/detention-warrants-issued-for-35-over-afrin-messages/

17-“Erdoğan advisor likens Turkey purge to Aborigine, Native American, Armenian cases”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/20/erdogan-advisor-likens-turkey-purge-to-aborigine-native-american-armenian-cases/

18-“Woman sent back to jail with newborn a day after delivery”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/18/woman-sent-back-to-jail-with-newborn-a-day-after-delivery/

19-“2 more journalists arrested on terror charges by Turkish court”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/19/2-more-journalists-arrested-on-terror-charges-by-turkish-court/

20-” BIA report: 237 aggravated life sentences sought for 520 journalists in Turkey”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/17/bia-report-237-aggravated-life-sentences-sought-for-520-journalists-in-turkey/

21-“The UN confirms torture and abuse in Turkey ”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/17/opinion-the-un-confirms-torture-and-abuse-in-turkey/

22-“HRW: Media, activists, political opposition targeted in Turkey in 2017”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/18/hrw-media-activists-political-opposition-targeted-in-turkey-in-2017/

23-“Human Rights Watch says Turkey’s post-coup OHAL commissions not independent”
https://turkeypurge.com/human-rights-watch-says-turkeys-ohal-commissions-not-independent

24-“7-month-old spent 475 days in prison until gov’t pardoned mother over alleged Bylock use”
https://turkeypurge.com/report-7-month-old-spent-475-days-prison-govt-pardoned-mother-alleged-bylock-use

25-“37 Air Force Academy cadets get life sentences over coup charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/37-air-force-academy-cadets-get-life-sentences-coup-charges

26-“[VIDEO] Couple, dismissed as judge and prosecutor, detained over Gulen links”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-couple-dismissed-judge-prosecutor-detained-gulen-links

27-“Fethullah Gülen’s nephew jailed after 12 days under custody”
https://turkeypurge.com/fethullah-gulens-nephew-jailed-12-days-custody

28-“Purge-victim dies of multiple sclerosis weeks after being released from prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/purge-victim-dies-multiple-sclerosis-weeks-released-prison

29-” Turkish Journalist Kılıç In Prison For 17 Months For Sharing Quotes From A Movie Scene”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-journalist-kilic-in-prison-for-17-months-for-sharing-quotes-from-a-movie-scene/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 1/15/2018-1/22/2018

1-“Eşine çarpan ehliyetsiz şoförü şikayet ederken ailesinin önünde polisler tarafından darp edildi”
http://aktifhaber.com/asayis/esine-carpan-ehliyetsiz-soforu-sikayet-ederken-ailesinin-onunde-polisler-tarafindan-darp-edildi-h110723.html

2-“OHAL’de ihraç edilen 100 bin mağdurun talepleri hala cevapsız”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/ohalde-ihrac-edilen-100-bin-magdurun-talepleri-hala-cevapsiz-h110718.html

3-“Yakub Saygılı ve yardımcılarının Avukatı: İşkenceye varacak hak ihlalleri var”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/yakub-saygili-ve-yardimcilarinin-avukati-iskenceye-varacak-hak-ihlalleri-var-h110709.html

4-“Silivri’de tek tip gerekçesiyle elbiseler verilmiyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/silivride-tek-tip-gerekcesiyle-elbiseler-verilmiyor-h110716.html

5-“Mehmet Altan’ın tahliye talebi üst mahkeme tarafından da reddedildi”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/mehmet-altanin-tahliye-talebi-ust-mahkeme-tarafindan-da-reddedildi-h110708.html

6-“‘MEB okullarda istismarı önleyemiyor’”
http://aktifhaber.com/egitim/meb-okullarda-istismari-onleyemiyor-h110724.html

7-“Kılıçdaroğlu: Türkiye Almanya’nın 1940’larını yaşıyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/politika/kilicdaroglu-turkiye-almanyanin-1940larini-yasiyor-h110701.html

8-“CHP’li Aksünger: AİHM ByLock davalarından dolayı Türkiye’yi mahkum edecek”
http://aktifhaber.com/analiz/chpli-aksunger-aihm-bylock-davalarindan-dolayi-turkiyeyi-mahkum-edecek-h110698.html

9-“Emekli General İsmail Hakkı Pekin’den insanlık dışı hedef gösterme”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/emekli-general-ismail-hakki-pekinden-insanlik-disi-hedef-gosterme-h110691.html

10-“Alpay ve Altan için AİHM ihlal kararı verecek”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/alpay-ve-altan-icin-aihm-ihlal-karari-verecek-h110683.html

11-“‘İtirafçı tanık’: ‘İfadeyi imzalamazsan ‘karınla oruç bozarız’ dediler’ ”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/darbe-davasinin-itirafci-tanigi-her-seyi-iskenceyle-soylettiler/

12-“Halkın Hukuk Bürosu’nun, İstanbul’daki tüm avukatları tutuklandı ”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/halkin-hukuk-burosunun-istanbuldaki-tum-avukatlari-tutuklandi/

13-“‘Paramiliter güçler’i yazan gazetecinin evi kurşunlandı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/paramiliter-gucleri-konu-edinen-yazar-emre-ergulun-evi-kursunlandi/

14-“Türmen: AİHM hak ihlali kararı verecek, Türkiye uymak zorunda”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/riza-turmen-aihm-hak-ihlali-karari-verecek/

15-“Financial Times: Türkiye’ye ‘hukuki kriz’ uyarısı yapılıyor”
http://www.bbc.com/turkce/haberler-turkiye-42685337

16-“CHP lideri Kılıçdaroğlu: Yargı iflas etmiştir”
https://www.ntv.com.tr/turkiye/chp-lideri-kilicdaroglu-yargi-iflas-etmistir, 3curaV_gYkWIdyUYTvoNqw

17-“Freedom House, Türkiye’yi ‘özgür olmayan ülkeler’ kategorisine aldı”
http://www.bbc.com/turkce/haberler-turkiye-42698430

18-“AİHM, Yeni Evrensel davasında Türkiye’yi mahkum etti”
https://www.evrensel.net/haber/343406/aihm-yeni-evrensel-davasinda-turkiyeyi-mahkum-etti

19-“Doğumhane kapısında lohusa Ayşe Ateş için ‘utanç’ nöbeti”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/dogumhane-kapisinda-lohusa-ayse-ates-icin-utanc-nobeti-h110776.html

20-“AKP zulmüne maruz kalan Mesut Dinç aşırı üzüntüden hayatını kaybetti”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/akp-zulmune-maruz-kalan-mesut-dinc-asiri-uzuntuden-hayatini-kaybetti-h110762.html

21-“ByLock kullanmadı ama tanık beyanıyla 2 çocuk annesi 7 aydır tutuklu”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/bylock-kullanmadi-ama-tanik-beyaniyla-2-cocuk-annesi-7-aydir-tutuklu-h110756.html

22-“Özgür Gündem Nöbetçi GYY’lerine 9 yıl 9 ay hapis cezası”
http://aktifhaber.com/medya/ozgur-gundem-nobetci-gyylerine-9-yil-9-ay-hapis-cezasi-h110748.html

23-“Öldüresiye dövüp ziynet eşyasını aldılar; mahkeme serbest bıraktı ”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/olduresiye-dovup-ziynet-esyasini-aldilar-mahkeme-serbest-birakti-h110744.html

24-“‘Tek tip kıyafet’ uygulaması Diyarbakır Cezaevi’nden başlıyor
http://www.kronos.news/tr/tek-tip-kiyafet-uygulamasi-diyarbakir-cezaevinden-basliyor/

25-“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

26-“Hukuksuzca hapsedilen ve malvarlığı gasp edilen işadamı kanserden vefat etti”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/hukuksuzca-hapsedilen-ve-malvarligi-gasp-edilen-isadami-kanserden-vefat-etti-h110960.html

27-“Erdoğan’ın Başdanışmanı Mehmet Uçum’dan OHAL’de soykırım itirafı..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/erdoganin-basdanismani-mehmet-ucumdan-ohalde-soykirim-itirafi-h110913.html

28-“Fevzi Yazıcı sahte belge gerekçesiyle Türköne’yi ise keyfi hücreye koydular”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/fevzi-yazici-sahte-belge-gerekcesiyle-turkoneyi-ise-keyfi-hucreye-koydular-h110789.html

29-“AKP zulmüne maruz kalan Mesut Dinç aşırı üzüntüden hayatını kaybetti”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/akp-zulmune-maruz-kalan-mesut-dinc-asiri-uzuntuden-hayatini-kaybetti-h110762.html

30-” HRW: Türkiye’de demokrasi yok edildi, AB izledi”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/hrw-turkiyede-demokrasi-yok-edildi-ab-izledi/

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