Victims of Erdogan’s regime are increasing every day, as there has not been an effective mechanism to prevent him. In Turkey, thousands of families and tens of thousands of people had to leave their country soon after the failed coup attempt on July, 15, 2016. 151,967 people were dismissed from their jobs, 136,995 people were detained, 77,524 were arrested.
A group of 11 people including the Akçabay family tried to escape from political persecution in Turkey on July 18, 2018. Their rubber dinghy boat crashed into something like a rock and it later overturned.
Murat Akcabay said “At the time my wife went adrift and then held on to a branch. I shouted to her, ‘Don’t let go of the branch, I will rescue you.’ While I was trying to fight the waves, I saw she wasn’t in the same place. I repeatedly shouted, but I never heard her voice again”. Murat Akcabay said his wife, Hatice Akcabay, and three sons (seven-year-old Ahmet Esat, five-year-old Mesut, and one-year-old Aras) were missing after their boat capsized in the Evros River on Wednesday night.
Early Friday, June 20, 2018, It was reported that 36 years old Hatice Akçabay and her 1-year-old Bekir Aras found dead, while search and rescue operation is still ongoing for 7-years-old Ahmet Esat, 5-years-old Mesut. Murat Akcabay had noted that 7-years-old Ahmet was wearing a life vest. Turkish villagers said that they saw a child in Greece coast. There is still hope that Ahmet and his brother Mesut may be still alive.
Turkish police also detained Yunus Akçabay, the uncle of the missing children, who was trying to find his lost nephews and their mother. No accusations against him were made by police. The Turkish police also prohibit civilians from searching for the missing two children.
Advocates of Silenced Turkey calls on all the international and non-governmental human rights organizations to raise awareness about the drowned Akcabay family and also to take immediate action as regards the problems in Turkey to prevent other families and children from suffering as such. We hope the situation in Turkey will get better for those in Turkey and abroad who are oppressed by the ruling government of Turkey.
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We urge everyone to take action. Express your views or send attached statement to following addresses:
2) Human Rights Watch
NY Address:350 Fifth Avenue, 34th floor New York, NY 10118-3299 USA
Emma Daly, Communications Director
3) Human Rights Foundation
New York Address:350 5th Ave., #4515 New York, NY, 10001
Phone Number: (212) 246-8486
Annie Boyajian, Advocacy Manager
6) International Federation for Houman Rights
FIDH AT THE UN (NEW-YORK)
110 East 42nd street, Suite 1309 NY 10017 New-York
Phone Number: 001 646 395 7103
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Hatice Akçabay and her three sons (seven-year-old Ahmet Esat, five-year-old Mesut, and one-year-old Aras) are missing after their boat capsized in the Evros River on Wednesday night. @aforgutu @amnesty @nateschenkkan @KenRoth @esinclairwebb @Nick_Ashdown @AlonBenMeir @KatiPiri pic.twitter.com/PgUnWwhAsy
— AST (@silencedturkey) July 19, 2018
Hatice Akcabay and her three children; Ahmet Esat 7-year-old, Mesut 5-year-old and Bekir Aras 1-year-old, are missing as their boat drowned in the Evros River on July 18, 2018. Survived father Murat Akcabay calls upon the authorities to take action @HumanRightsTR @gergerliogluof pic.twitter.com/sZShImW9vQ
— SetThemFree (@sethemfreetr) July 19, 2018
A woman and her three children went missing after a boat carrying several Turkish asylum seekers capsized in the Evros River along the Turkey-Greece border on July 18, Wednesday night. The father, Murat Akçabay makes an emotional plea for their rescue. @BBC @Guardian @bbcturkce pic.twitter.com/qUjIlJQ3XG
— Aktif Haber (@aktif_haber) July 19, 2018
Meriç faciası-son gelişme
Edirne'de olan diğer amca Mesut Akçabay'la da görüştüm. Vali talimatıyla 2 gün daha arama devam edecekmiş. Gözaltındaki kalp hastası diğer amca halen gözaltında, onu serbest bırakın, acılara acı katmayın.
AFAD Taşköprü civarında aramaya devam ediyor.
— Ö.Faruk Gergerlioğlu (@gergerliogluof) July 20, 2018