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Key Human Rights Concerns in Turkey since the So-called Coup Attempt

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Following the coup attempt on the 15th of July 2016, the Turkish government under the authoritarian leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken a wave of oppressive actions against not only the alleged coup plotters but also those that are perceived as critics of the regime. Currently, as part of Turkey’s post-coup crackdown, more than 170,000 people including judges, academics, teachers, journalists, police and military officers, and other public servants were dismissed from their jobs. In correlation, more than 217,000 were detained and 80,000 were arrested. Amnesty International reports that detainees were “being held arbitrarily” with “no evidence establishing reasonable suspicion of criminal behavior” and that “only a tiny minority of them were accused of taking part in the actual events of the attempted coup”.
Amid the massive crackdown of hundreds of thousands of dissidents, human rights organizations and the U.N. Human Rights Council have noted that human rights are violated on a large scale by the Turkish government. Arbitrary killings, suspicious deaths of people in custody, forced disappearances, tortures, ill-treatments, injustice, and threats – mostly against the followers of the Gulen movement, Kurds, and the Leftists – were reported widespread during this large-scale witch-hunt.
As people continue to be arrested and many more tortured and abducted, the present brief of Advocates of Silenced Turkey (AST) highlights some of the key human rights concerns that took place in Turkey during this on-going period.

Unprecedented scale of dismissals: More than 130,000 civil servants, with their names attached in lists to emergency orders, were dismissed by emergency decrees. These civil servants included over 4,200 judges and prosecutors, 7,000 academics, 6,000 health-care professionals, 33,500 teachers, and 44,500 police and military officers. Not only were people dismissed arbitrarily but also banned permanently from working in the public sector – many were even banned to practice their profession.

Collapse of judiciary system: With approximately 4,200 judges and prosecutors (including two judges from the Turkey’s highest court) dismissed permanently, over one-fifth of Turkey’s judiciary has been removed. Of those dismissed, at least 2,200 were jailed with their assets frozen due to their alleged links to the Gulen movement. Consequently, the climate of fear paralyzed the judges and prosecutors who still have their positions. The fear combined with the heavy government influence in the court system led to the collapse of the judiciary system and the deterioration of human rights in the country. As a result, Turkey ranked 109 out of 126 countries in 2019 on the rule of law index of World Justice Project.

Victimization of lawyers: Lawyers are among the many groups affected by the post-coup crackdown in Turkey. They were unlawfully associated with their clients’ alleged crimes. Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported that many lawyers were targeted with criminal investigations with little or no evidence. According to the Arrested Lawyers Initiative, over 1,500 lawyers were persecuted over the past three years including 14 lawyers who were presidents of provincial bar associations – of those persecuted lawyers, one third remained imprisoned before and during their trials, and 274 were convicted of membership of armed terrorist organizations and sentenced to long prison sentences. Furthermore, approximately 34 bar associations were shut down by presidential decree with alleged affiliations to terrorist organizations.

The media purge following the attempted coup: In the aftermath of the failed coup, the government closed down 179 media outlets – including 53 newspapers, 37 radio stations, 34 TV channels, 29 publishing houses, 20 magazines, and six news agencies – with accused links to the Gulen movement, Kurdish opposition, or Leftists groups. Consequently, a total of 2,308 media workers and journalists have lost their jobs. The government cancelled hundreds of press accreditations and revoked passports of an unknown number of journalists and their family members to ban them from traveling abroad. In addition, the government imprisoned a record-breaking number of journalists in the wake of the coup attempt – with that, Turkey became the world’s largest prison for journalists. The Platform for Independent Journalism (P24) reported that at least 126 journalists and media workers were in prison in Turkey as of October 2019 – among them, many were put in long solitary confinement.
The absence of freedom of expression is not only a recurring problem for journalists but for citizens as well. In 2018, the Ministry of Interior reported that more than 7,000 individuals were detained for their social media posts after investigating 631,233 digital materials. In relation to the censorships and content restrictions in the country, Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey since April of 2017. Currently, out of the 180 countries, Turkey ranks 157 th on the Press Freedom Index of Reporters Without Borders and are listed among ‘not free’ countries by the Freedom House.

Persecuting academics: Following the coup attempt, 1,043 private schools and 15 universities linked to the Gülen movement were closed by a presidential decree. Eventually resulting in the displacement of over 60,000 students across the country. Over 8,500 academics reportedly lost their jobs either due to direct dismissals or university closures since September 2016 – and many of them were imprisoned. Large-scale dismissals of academics and teachers significantly damaged the education sector thus diminished the right to education.

Crackdown on health care sector: Turkish government has shut down 14 hospitals and 36 medical centers after the coup attempt on the pretext of alleged ties to the Gülen movement. Therefore, an estimated 21,000 health care professionals were laid off – including doctors, academics, nurses, mid-wives, and other hospital staff. Of those, 5,261 are medical doctors and academics who specialize in the medical sciences. The figures of how many health care professionals have been detained, arrested or currently in prison are estimated in the thousands. Given the longstanding issue of hospital and staff shortages in the country, the dismissal of health care professionals and closure of hospitals left many patients in despair of medical care.

Prison conditions: With persecution of tens of thousands of critics, Turkey’s prisons have never been fuller – the prison population has increased from 171,267 inmates in 2015 to 260,144 in 2018. Given the capacity of 211,766, inmates are forced to remain in overcrowding cells. In order to free up space for more political prisoners, the government released nearly 34,000 convicts from prisons. The inadequate provision of heath care to prisoners also remains a serious problem. Officially reported by the Ministry of Justice Prison and Correctional Facilities, there were 271 doctors serving nearly a quarter million of the prison population – of whom, only eight were full-time. Insufficient access to fresh water, proper heating, ventilation, and lighting are other concerns for prison conditions.

Torture and ill-treatment: Despite the government’s stated zero tolerance for torture policy, human rights groups reported widespread and systematic use of torture and ill-treatment in police custody following the coup-attempt-including severe beatings, threats of sexual assault and actual sexual assault, electric shocks, water boarding, sleep deprivation, stress positions, long solitary confinement, and depriving of food and water. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) stated acts of torture and ill-treatment aimed “at extracting confessions or forcing detainees to denounce other Individuals” in its report on Turkey in 2017. The Human Rights Association (HRA) reported that the number of incidents where prisoners were subjected to torture and ill-treatment in
detention centers and prisons was 2,178 in 2016, 2,415 in 2017, and 1,505 in 2018. The Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) reported a total of 126 suspicious deaths and suicides since the coup attempt – most of those occurred in detention centers and prisons, seemingly a direct result of torture and ill-treatment.

Abduction and enforced disappearance: In the aftermath of the coup attempt, forced disappearances made a comeback in Turkey. Opposing politicians and respected human rights groups claimed at least 28 abductions or possible enforced disappearances of individuals. Most of the victims were identified as dismissed public servants with alleged ties to the Gulen movement or critics of the government. Allegedly, victims were abducted outside detention facilities and illegally questioned and tortured by Turkey’s intelligence agency. Moreover, Turkey’s intelligence agency reportedly snatched over more than 100 alleged Gulen affiliates from 18 countries – individuals often deported by cooperative governments without due process.

Women and children in prisons: The prison conditions for women and children are exceedingly alarming. According to the Justice Ministry, as of 2017, nearly 10,000 women and 3,000 children under 18 are in Turkey’s prisons. The inhumane prison conditions also hold weight in women prisons. They face additional issues of the male security staff frequently obstructing their privacy during hospital visits, often times leading to incomplete examination. Among the prisoners, there are pregnant women or women who just gave birth and 677 children under 6 years old imprisoned along with their mothers – including 149 infants under 1 year old. Pregnant women were forced to stay with other inmates in overcrowded cells, also denied access to proper prenatal care – posing serious risks to their well-beings.
Likewise, mothers with children were also forced to share a cell with inmates.

Restrictions on right to travel: Another unlawful activity being pursued during this period is revoking the passports of government critics with perceived affiliations to the Gulen movement, Kurdish opposition, Leftists groups and their family members. On this ground, the Turkish government put restrictions on approximately 155,000 passports, reported by the SCF. Since their passports are restricted, many people, with the fear of persecution, use smuggler routes to flee from the country.
Unfortunately, many died in the Evros River and the Aeagean Sea. Turkey revoking its citizens’ passports also causes travel struggles for those across the world.

Seized the critics’ assets: The Turkish government abuses laws to seize assets of its critics. As of March 2018, the government had seized the assets of approximately 1,124 businesses and 127 individuals. According to the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund of Turkey, the net worth of the seized assets is an estimated 49.4 billion liras ($9.4 billion) since the 2016 coup attempt. Moreover, in most cases, the government freezes the assets of those on trial, financially crippling them and their families.


 

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Turkey’s MIT abducted Veysel Akçay in Mongolia

Veysel Akçay, the General Director of the schools affiliated with the Gülen movement in Mongolia who has lived in Mongolia for over 24 years, was abducted by Turkey’s notorious National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) Friday morning (7/27/18) in front of his house in the capital city Ulan Bator.

It was reported that a private jet plane is waiting at the Ulan Bator Airport to transfer Akçay to Turkey. Akçay, who has worked at the educational institutions in Mongolia for 24 years, is reportedly one of a few Turkish nationals possessing the Mongolian Friendship Medal bestowed by Mongolian State.

New York-based Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) said that on Friday, at 9:00 am (local time in Mongolia) Veysel Akçay left his home to his workplace at the Empathy Worldwide Educational Institution. According to eyewitnesses (and CCTV recordings), he was stopped by a minibus in front of his house and abducted by people working on behalf of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT).

As it is known Turkish government has been taking strict measures to silence dissidents from various ideologies. Gulen/Hizmet Movement has been the main target of the government, which is a faith-based group of people engaging in different voluntary activities such as education, business and health. Alleged supporters of the Movement in Turkey have been dealing with arrest, imprisonment, torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, confiscation and passport seizure. There are many examples of abductions and physical violence incidents in several countries like Sudan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Georgia, Myanmar, Kosovo and Malaysia.

According to a statement made by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, over 100 alleged members of the Gülen movement have been abducted by MİT agents abroad and brought back to Turkey as part of the Turkish government’s global manhunt.

Around 12 AM Eastern Time (5-6 hours after abduction), Meryem Akcay announced that her husband Veysel Akcay has returned home safely. Resistance from citizens and politicians has prevented the illegal transfer to Turkey. We thank the Mongolian government and officials for resisting the illegal transfer of Veysel Akcay, showing careful attention to the situation and standing firmly for the rule of law. We urge the Mongolian government to investigate Veysel Akcay’s case, open a legal case against MIT officials and other people who engaged in this illegal act, and ensure the safety of Gulen sympathizers in Mongolia.

Download sample statement as a word document:
https://silencedturkey.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/AST_Letter-Veysel-Akcay-3.docx

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

1) President of Mongolia, Battulga Khaltmaa
Website: https://president.mn/en/
Email Address: https://president.mn/en/contact-us/
Phone: +976 99116118
Fax: +976 51261273
Twitter handle: @BattulgaKh

2) Prime Minister of Mongolia, Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh
Wesbite: http://zasag.mn/en/
Phone: +976 99113937
Twitter handle: @UKhurelsukh

3) Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia
Website: http://consul.mn/eng/contact.php
Email Address: dep10@mfa.gov.mn
Phone: +976-51-262282
Fax: +976-11-322127
Twitter handle: @MFA_Mongolia

4) Permanent Mission of Mongolia to the United Nations
Website: https://www.un.int/mongolia/
Email Address: mongolianmission@twcmetrobiz.com
Phone: +1 (212) 861-9460, +1 (212) 472-6517
Fax: +1 (212) 861-9464
Twitter handle: @nymongolia

5) Embassy of Mongolia to the United States
Website: http://mongolianembassy.us/contact-us/#.W1sqYNhKg_U
Email Address: washington@mfa.gov.mn
Phone: +1 202-333-7117
Fax: +1 202-298-9227
Twitter handle: @MGLEmbassy_USA

6) The delegation of the European Union to Mongolia
Head of the Delegation: Mr. Traian Laurentiu Hristea
Email Address: DELEGATION-MONGOLIA@eeas.europa.eu

News articles on the abduction of Veysel Akcay:

https://stockholmcf.org/mit-abducts-veysel-akcay-general-director-of-schools-affiliated-with-gulen-movement-in-mongolia/

https://dtj-online.de/bildungsaktivist-deutscher-schulen-in-mongolei-auf-befehl-erdogans-entfuehrt-111772

https://ikon.mn/n/1ci3

http://mongolcom.mn/read/52090

Social media posts on the abduction of Veysel Akcay:

https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2023664780986591&id=100000292673421

Videos on the abduction of Veysel Akcay:

AST Spokesperson Hafsa Yildiz on the abduction of Veysel Akcay

Veysel Akcay’s wife explain the abduction

Locals explain the abduction of Veysel Akcay-1

Locals explain the abduction of Veysel Akcay-2

Locals explain the abduction of Veysel Akcay-3

 

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly March 26

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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 3/19/2018-3/26/2018

1-” Police officer suspended in post-coup crackdown dies of heart attack”
https://turkeypurge.com/police-officer-suspended-post-coup-crackdown-dies-heart-attack

2-” Journalist’s lawyer brother detained, beaten by plainclothes police”
https://turkeypurge.com/journalists-lawyer-brother-detained-beaten-plainclothes-police

3-” 24 jailed pending trial over money deposits to Bank Asya”
https://turkeypurge.com/24-jailed-pending-trial-money-deposits-bank-asya

4-” 73-year-old German-Turkish dual citizen in solitary confinement in Silivri prison: family”
https://turkeypurge.com/73-year-old-german-turkish-dual-citizen-solitary-confinement-silivri-prison-family

5-” Orange is the New Black’s Turkish adaptation faces censorship over terror propaganda”
https://turkeypurge.com/orange-new-blacks-turkish-adaptation-faces-censorship-terror-propaganda

6-” 24 employees of Gülenist publishing house arrested on coup charges: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/24-employees-gulenist-publishing-house-arrested-coup-charges-report

7-” UN calls on Turkey to end state of emergency, torture, ban on purged civil servants”
https://turkeypurge.com/un-calls-turkey-end-state-emergency-torture-ban-purged-civil-servants

8-” Purge-victim engineer abducted in Rize — claim”
https://turkeypurge.com/purge-victim-engineer-abducted-rize-claim

9-” ECtHR: Turkey violates liberty, security, freedom of expression of Şahin Alpay, Mehmet Altan”
https://turkeypurge.com/ecthr-turkey-violates-liberty-security-freedom-expression-sahin-alpay-mehmet-altan

10-” Turkey’s largest media group sold to pro-gov’t businessman Demirören”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkeys-largest-media-group-sold-pro-govt-businessman-demiroren

11-” Pro-Kurdish politician arrested for ‘insulting’ Erdogan during Newroz speech”
https://turkeypurge.com/pro-kurdish-politician-arrested-insulting-erdogan-newroz-speech

12-” Turkish singer Zuhal Olcay gets 10 months in prison for ‘insulting’ Erdogan: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-singer-zuhal-olcay-gets-10-months-prison-insulting-erdogan-report

13-” Pro-Kurdish deputy Lezgin Botan gets 18 years in prison on terror charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/pro-kurdish-deputy-lezgin-botan-gets-18-years-prison-terror-charges

14-” Warrants issued for 55 employees of gov’t-closed publisher”
https://turkeypurge.com/warrants-issued-for-55-employees-of-govt-closed-publisher

15-” Prosecutors seek 54 months for AKP co-founder for ‘insulting’ Erdogan”
https://turkeypurge.com/prosecutors-seek-54-months-akp-co-founder-insulting-erdogan

16-” Turkish government now blocks use of VPN: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-government-now-blocks-use-vpn-report

17-” Hours after being released, man pictured sitting near graves of family members who died in traffic accident after visiting him in prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/hours-released-man-pictured-sitting-near-graves-family-members-died-traffic-accident-visiting-prison

18-” [VIDEO]Police detain 7 Bogaziçi students for participating in protest against Turkey’s Afrin operation”
https://turkeypurge.com/videopolice-detain-7-bogazici-students-participating-protest-turkeys-afrin-operation

19-” 16 members of Alevi association detained in Erzincan on terror charges: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/16-members-alevi-association-detained-erzincan-terror-charges-report

20-” Report: At least 2,113 people detained over Gülen links in March alone”
https://turkeypurge.com/report-least-2113-people-detained-gulen-links-march-alone

21-” Under pretrial detention for 20 months, academic Sedat Laciner says ‘miss my home, children, wife, friends, students and books’”
https://turkeypurge.com/pretrial-detention-20-months-professor-sedat-laciner-says-miss-home-children-wife-friends-students-books

22-” 2,500 schools, dormitories confiscated as 30,000 teachers dismissed during post-coup emergency rule: ministry”
https://turkeypurge.com/2500-schools-dormitories-confiscated-30000-teachers-dismissed-post-coup-emergency-rule-ministry

23-” Turkish couple, both teachers, under police custody in post-coup crackdown: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-couple-teachers-police-custody-post-coup-crackdown-report

24-” UN report details extensive human rights violations in Turkey during protracted state of emergency”
https://stockholmcf.org/un-report-details-extensive-human-rights-violations-in-turkey-during-protracted-state-of-emergency/

25-” CPT publishes report on İmralı Prison saying conditions satisfactory but…”
https://stockholmcf.org/cpt-publishes-report-on-imrali-prison-saying-conditions-satisfactory-but/

26-” CoE’s annual report shows record increase in Turkish prison population”
https://stockholmcf.org/coes-annual-report-shows-record-increase-in-turkish-prison-population/

27-” Turkish court sentences rector, deans, academics of closed university to long prison terms over alleged Gülen links”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-court-sentences-rector-deans-academics-of-closed-university-to-long-prison-terms-over-alleged-gulen-links/

28-” Canada’s Green Party leader on human rights violations in Turkey: I am entirely horrified”
https://stockholmcf.org/canadas-green-party-leader-on-human-rights-violations-in-turkey-i-am-entirely-horrified/

29-” CPJ calls on EU officials to raise press freedom with Erdoğan”
https://stockholmcf.org/cpj-calls-on-eu-officials-to-raise-press-freedom-with-erdogan/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 3/19/2018-3/26/2018

1-” AİHM’in diyet yemek kararına rağmen hasta tutuklulara verilmiyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/aihmin-diyet-yemek-kararina-ragmen-hasta-tutuklulara-verilmiyor-h114083.html

2-” Hakimi gözaltına alırken ağzına silah sokup darp etmişler!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/hakimi-gozaltina-alirken-agzina-silah-sokup-darp-etmisler-h114200.html

3-” KHK ile ihraç edilen Nuray öğretmen işkence ile itirafçı edilmeye çalışılıyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/khk-ile-ihrac-edilen-nuray-ogretmen-iskence-ile-itirafci-edilmeye-calisiliyor-h114223.html

4-” KHK ile hayatı kararan öğretmen intihar etti”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/khk-ile-hayati-kararan-ogretmen-intihar-etti-h114280.html

5-” Hasta tutuklulara ‘çift kelepçe’”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/hasta-tutuklulara-cift-kelepce-h114381.html

6-” Grup Yorum üyesi Varan: Saçım yolundu dosya işlemden kaldırıldı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/grup-yorum-uyesi-varan-sacim-yolundu-dosya-islemden-kaldirildi-h114391.html

7-” KHK ile işten atıldı, tutuklandı, ailesini kaybetti, tahliye edildi”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/khk-ile-isten-atildi-tutuklandi-ailesini-kaybetti-tahliye-edildi-h114399.html

8-” Erdoğan’ın hedef gösterdiği 7 öğrenci gözaltına alındı!”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/erdoganin-hedef-gosterdigi-7-ogrenci-gozaltina-alindi-h114404.html

9-” AKP, VPN’in ipini çekmek üzere”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/akp-vpnin-ipini-cekmek-uzere-h114374.html

10-” Mehmet Altan’ın avukatı açıkladı; Bugün tahliye edilmesini bekliyoruz”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/mehmet-altanin-avukati-acikladi-bugun-tahliye-edilmesini-bekliyoruz-h114293.html

11-” Işık Yayıncılık’a 2. operasyon: 55 kişi hakkında gözaltı kararı”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/isik-yayincilika-2-operasyon-55-kisi-hakkinda-gozalti-karari-h114271.html

12-” Gergerlioğlu: Hakkım olan emekli ikramiyemi vermediler, yani gasp ettiler, maksat zulüm olsun”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/gergerlioglu-hakkim-olan-emekli-ikramiyemi-vermediler-yani-gasp-ettiler-maksat-zulum-olsun-h114203.html

13-” Kaçırılan Ümit Horzum dosyası sil baştan!”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/kacirilan-umit-horzum-dosyasi-sil-bastan-h114199.html

14-” OHAL’in kaldırılması için hukukçular AİHM’e başvurdu”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/ohalin-kaldirilmasi-icin-hukukcular-aihme-basvurdu-h114153.html

15-” ‘2500 okul ve yurt kapattık, 30 bin öğretmeni ihraç ettik’”
http://kronoshaber.com/tr/gurur-tablosu-2500-okul-kapattik-30-bin-ogretmeni-ihrac-ettik/

16-” Gazeteci Resul Cengiz’e resmi yazıyla cezaevinde uyutmama işkencesi”
http://kronoshaber.com/tr/gazeteci-resul-cengize-resmi-yaziyla-cezaevinde-uyutmama-iskencesi/

17-” Sibel ve Harun öğretmen gözaltına alındı, çocukları kimsesiz kaldı”
http://kronoshaber.com/tr/sibel-ve-harun-ogretmen-gozaltina-alindi-cocuklari-kimsesiz-kaldi/

18-” Deniz Yücel’le telefonda konuşan 59 kişiye ‘örgüt bağlantısı’ suçlaması!”
http://kronoshaber.com/tr/deniz-yucelle-telefonda-konusan-59-kisiye-orgut-baglantisi-suclamasi/

19-” Basın meslek örgütleri: Tek bir aykırı ses çıksın istemiyorlar”
http://kronoshaber.com/tr/basin-meslek-orgutleri-tek-bir-aykiri-ses-ciksin-istemiyorlar/

20-” Zuhal Olcay’a ‘Cumhurbaşkanı’na hakaret’ten 10 ay hapis cezası”
http://kronoshaber.com/tr/zuhal-olcaya-cumhurbaskanina-hakaretten-10-ay-hapis-cezasi/

21-” Birleşmiş Milletler’den Türkiye’ye insan hakları eleştirisi”
https://www.cnnturk.com/son-dakika-birlesmis-milletlerden-turkiyeye-insan-haklari-elestirisi

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly Feb 26

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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 2/19/2018-2/26/2018

1-” Afghan national detained over Gülen links in Izmir”
https://turkeypurge.com/afghan-national-detained-gulen-links-izmir

2-” Luxury Bursa mansion seized from Gulen-linked businessman”
https://turkeypurge.com/luxury-bursa-mansion-seized-gulen-linked-businessman

3-” Owner of Hosta fast-food chain sentenced to 10 years in jail”
https://turkeypurge.com/owner-hosta-fast-food-chain-sentenced-10-years-jail

4-” 786 people detained for opposing Turkey’s Afrin operation in past month: data”
https://turkeypurge.com/786-people-opposing-turkeys-afrin-operation-past-month-data

5-” 567 people detained over Gülen links in past week: gov’t”
https://turkeypurge.com/567-people-detained-gulen-links-past-week-govt

6-” Economics professor from gov’t-closed Meliksah University jailed”
https://turkeypurge.com/economics-professor-govt-closed-melihsah-university-jailed

7-” Politician arrested after WhatsApp messages reported to police by bus passenger”
https://turkeypurge.com/politician-arrested-after-whatsapp-messages-reported-to-police-by-bus-passenger

8-” Teacher couple jailed as newborn twins under grandmother’s care: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/teacher-couple-jailed-newborn-twins-grandmothers-care-report

9-” Woman who miscarried twins during pretrial detention sentenced to 7.5 years in jail”
https://turkeypurge.com/woman-miscarried-twins-pretrial-detention-sentenced-7-5-years-jail

10-” Turkey cooperates with smugglers to catch Gulenists seeking asylum abroad: teacher”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-cooperates-smugglers-catch-gulenists-seeking-asylum-abroad-teacher

11-” Turkish court rules for continuation of arrest of pro-Kurdish journalist: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-court-rules-continuation-arrest-pro-kurdish-journalist-report

12-” Turkey seeks 27-year jail term for 2 university students over ‘pro-Kurdish anthem’”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-seeks-27-year-jail-term-2-university-students-pro-kurdish-anthem

13-” 4 Adana journalists given prison sentences of up to 9 years over terror charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/4-adana-journalists-given-prison-sentences-9-years-terror-charges

14-” Turkey’s opposition leader slams life sentences handed down to Altan brothers, Nazlı Ilıcak”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkeys-opposition-leader-slams-life-sentences-handed-altan-brothers-nazli-ilicak

15-” 15 including pro-Kurdish activist Celalettin Can arrested on terror charges in İstanbul”
https://turkeypurge.com/15-including-pro-kurdish-activist-celalettin-can-arrested-terror-charges-istanbul

16-” Ankara prosecutor issues detention warrants for 47 teachers
https://turkeypurge.com/ankara-prosecutor-issues-detention-warrants-47-teachers

17-” Two Gülen followers abducted in Azerbaijan: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/two-gulen-followers-abducted-azerbaijan-report

18-” 10 including 5 children, 2 teachers detained while seeking asylum in Greece”
https://turkeypurge.com/10-including-5-children-2-teachers-detained-seeking-asylum-greece

19-” 17 Turkish nationals including 6 children claim asylum in Greek islands: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/17-turkish-nationals-including-6-children-claim-asylum-greek-islands-report

20-” [VIDEO] Turkish customs stops container, seizes belongings of exiled businessman”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-turkish-customs-stops-container-seizes-belongings-exiled-businessman

21-” [VIDEO] Journalist Ener: I was released but there are newborn babies in prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-journalist-ener-released-newborn-babies-prison

22-” Rights defender Gergerlioğlu gets 2.5 year prison sentence on terror charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/rights-defender-gergerlioglu-gets-2-5-year-prison-sentence-terror-charges

23-” Owner of now-defunct Izmir University detained for funding intercultural dialog events”
https://turkeypurge.com/owner-now-defunct-izmir-university-detained-funding-intercultural-dialog-events

24-” Turkey detains yet another 11 people for criticizing Afrin operation”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-detains-yet-another-11-people-criticizing-afrin-operation

25-” Turks, the leading refugee group in the Netherlands in 2017: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turks-leading-refugee-group-netherlands-2017-report

26-” Netherlands accepts 73 percent of asylum applications from Turkish citizens: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/netherlands-accepts-73-percent-asylum-applications-turkish-citizens-report

27-” 13 Kimse Yok Mu aid foundation personnel under police custody”
https://turkeypurge.com/13-kimse-yok-mu-aid-foundation-police-custody

28-” [VIDEO] Former TRT producer detained while on way to escape to Greece”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-former-trt-producer-detained-way-escape-greece

29-” Teacher with 25 years of experience working as hotel receptionist after dismissal”
https://turkeypurge.com/teacher-25-years-experience-working-hotel-receptionist-dismissal

30-” 5-months pregnant woman detained as police fail to locate husband: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/5-months-pregnant-woman-detained-police-fail-locate-husband-report

31-” Wedding singers put in pretrial detention over songs in Kurdish language”
https://turkeypurge.com/wedding-singers-put-pretrial-detention-songs-kurdish-language

32-” Family of visually impaired journalist says his whereabouts are unknown”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/25/family-of-visually-impaired-journalist-says-his-whereabouts-are-unknown/

33-” 13 Kimse Yok Mu aid foundation officials detained over Gülen links”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/23/13-kimse-yok-mu-aid-foundation-officials-detained-over-gulen-links/

34-” 80 women reportedly subjected to inhumane treatment at Mersin police station”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/26/80-women-reportedly-subjected-to-inhumane-treatment-at-mersin-police-station/

35-” Erdoğan to embark on new Africa tour targeting Gülen movement”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/25/erdogan-to-embark-on-new-africa-tour-targeting-gulen-movement/

36-” ‘Merciless, unjust and unfair,’ author Pamuk says of conviction of journalists”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/22/merciless-unjust-and-unfair-author-pamuk-says-of-conviction-of-journalists/

37-” Amnesty report says dissent being ruthlessly suppressed in Turkey”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/22/amnesty-report-says-dissent-being-ruthlessly-suppressed-in-turkey/

38-” Prominent rights activist gets 2.5-year jail sentence on terror charges”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/22/prominent-rights-activist-gets-2-5-year-jail-sentence-on-terror-charges/

39-” Turkey arrests 16 HDP, HDK officials including prominent figure”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/21/turkey-arrests-16-hdp-hdk-officials-including-prominent-figure/

40-” 4 journalists receive sentences of up to 9 years in prison”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/20/4-journalists-receive-sentences-of-up-to-9-years-in-prison/

41-” Investigation launched into imam questioning donations to mosques”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/20/investigation-launched-into-imam-questioning-donations-to-mosques/

42-” Turkey’s Erdoğan Vows To Pursue Gülen Movement Followers Who ‘Escaped The Sword’”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkeys-erdogan-vows-to-pursue-gulen-movement-followers-who-escaped-the-sword/

43-” Kurdish Media Reports That Yezidis In Afrin Afraid Of A Genocide By Turkish Military”
https://stockholmcf.org/kurdish-media-reports-that-yezidis-in-afrin-afraid-of-a-genocide-by-turkish-military/

44-” Turkish Teacher, Not Assigned Over His Alleged Links To Gülen Movement, Killed In Workplace Accident”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-teacher-not-assigned-over-his-alleged-links-to-gulen-movement-killed-in-workplace-accident/

45-” Transparency Int’l Index Shows Level Of Corruption In Turkey Worsens Dramatically”
https://stockholmcf.org/transparency-intl-index-shows-level-of-corruption-in-turkey-worsens-dramatically/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 2/19/2018-2/26/2018

1-” Kürtçe şarkı söyleyen müzisyenlerle düğün sahibi tutuklandı”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/kurtce-sarki-soyleyen-muzisyenlerle-dugun-sahibi-tutuklandi-h112815.html

2-” Hizmetten olduğu gerekçesiyle ataması yapılmayan öğretmen iş kazasında öldü”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/hizmetten-oldugu-gerekcesiyle-atamasi-yapilmayan-ogretmen-is-kazasinda-oldu-h112805.html

3-” Ayşen Gruda’dan Koçyiğit’e sert çıkış: Daha ne yapsınlar pardon, kamçıyla mı dövsünler bizi?”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/aysen-grudadan-kocyigite-sert-cikis-daha-ne-yapsinlar-pardon-kamciyla-mi-dovsunler-bizi-h112804.html

4-” Mersin Emniyeti’nde gözaltına alınan kadınlara işkence yapılıyor iddiası”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/mersin-emniyetinde-gozaltina-alinan-kadinlara-iskence-yapiliyor-iddiasi-h112803.html

5-” Gazetecilerin yargılandığı davada karar çıkmadı; Mart ayına ertelendi”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/gazetecilerin-yargilandigi-davada-karar-cikmadi-mart-ayina-ertelendi-h112801.html

6-” Hamile ve 3 çocuklu anneyi eşini bulamayınca gözaltına aldılar”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/hamile-ve-3-cocuklu-anneyi-esini-bulamayinca-gozaltina-aldilar-h112795.html

7-” Orhan Pamuk’tan Altanlar ve Ilıcak’a müebbete tepki: Acımasız, haksız ve adaletsiz”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/orhan-pamuktan-altanlar-ve-ilicaka-muebbete-tepki-acimasiz-haksiz-ve-adaletsiz-h112683.html

8-” Kürtçe ıslık çalan öğrencilere 27,5 yıl hapis cezası; darp eden polise takipsizlik”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/kurtce-islik-calan-ogrencilere-275-yil-hapis-cezasi-darp-eden-polise-takipsizlik-h112687.html

9-” İnternette sansür düzenlemesi Meclis’te kabul edildi”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/internette-sansur-duzenlemesi-mecliste-kabul-edildi-h112679.html

10-” Af Örgütü: Türkiye’de keyfi ve cezalandırma amaçlı gözaltılarla adil olmayan yargılamalar var”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/af-orgutu-turkiyede-keyfi-ve-cezalandirma-amacli-gozaltilarla-adil-olmayan-yargilamalar-var-h112665.html

11-” Tekirdağ’da öğretmen Hizmet Hareketi’nden dolayı tecritte tutuluyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/tekirdagda-ogretmen-hizmet-hareketinden-dolayi-tecritte-tutuluyor-h112621.html

12-” Ünlü İşadamları Bankasya’ya para yatırdıkları gerekçesiyle tutuklandı”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/unlu-isadamlari-bankasyaya-para-yatirdiklari-gerekcesiyle-tutuklandi-h112599.html

13-” Boydaklar için flaş karar!”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/boydaklar-icin-flas-karar-h112522.html

14-” Afrin harekatı nedeniyle 786 gözaltı”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/afrin-harekati-nedeniyle-786-gozalti-h112501.html

15-” Eski HDP’li Milletvekili Ayla Akat Ata gözaltına alındı”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/eski-hdpli-milletvekili-ayla-akat-ata-gozaltina-alindi-h112500.html

16-” Çuvalda taşınan Muharrem ile ilgili itiraz reddedildi, Dosya AYM’ye gidiyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/cuvalda-tasinan-muharrem-ile-ilgili-itiraz-reddedildi-dosya-aymye-gidiyor-h112492.html

17-” Cezaevindeki engelli gazeteci Cüneyt Arat’tan haber alınamıyor!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cezaevindeki-engelli-gazeteci-cuneyt-arattan-haber-alinamiyor-h112826.html

18-” Sağlık sorunlarına rağmen 78 yaşındaki Sise Bingöl tahliye edilmiyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/saglik-sorunlarina-ragmen-78-yasindaki-sise-bingol-tahliye-edilmiyor-h112820.html

19-” Diyarbakır Barosu ve İHD: Özel işkence ekibi kuruldu!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/diyarbakir-barosu-ve-ihd-ozel-iskence-ekibi-kuruldu-h112786.html

20-” Türkiye’deki sözde ‘adil’ hukukla 4 çocuk daha anne babasız kaldı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/turkiyedeki-sozde-adil-hukukla-4-cocuk-daha-anne-babasiz-kaldi-h112619.html

21-” Kanser hastası 4 gündür Iğdır Emniyeti’nde gözaltında tutuluyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/kanser-hastasi-4-gundur-igdir-emniyetinde-gozaltinda-tutuluyor-h112506.html

22-” Metris’te tutukluyu öldüresiye dövdüler; gardiyanlar görmezden geldi”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/metriste-tutukluyu-olduresiye-dovduler-gardiyanlar-gormezden-geldi-h112503.html

23-” Kosovalı akademisyen Zana B.’ye Bylock’tan 15 yıl hapis istemi”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/kosovali-akademisyen-zana-b-ye-bylocktan-15-yil-hapis-istemi/

24-” Paylan: RTÜK düzenlemesi ile internette her şeyi yasaklayabilirler”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/paylan-rtuk-duzenlemesi-ile-internette-her-seyi-yasaklayabilirler/

25-” Antalya, Manisa ve Malatya’da yeni gözaltı ve tutuklamalar”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/antalya-manisa-ve-malatyada-yeni-gozalti-ve-tutuklamalar/

26-” Akademisyenlerin yargılandığı davada hapis cezası çıktı!”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/akademisyenlerin-yargilandigi-davada-hapis-cezasi-cikti/

27-” Kimse Yok Mu Derneği’nin 13 yöneticisine gözaltı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/kimse-yok-mu-derneginin-13-yoneticisine-feto-gozaltisi/

28-” Türkiye, ‘yolsuzluk endeksi’nde 6 sıra daha geriye gitti”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/turkiye-yolsuzluk-endeksinde-6-sira-daha-geriye-gitti/

29-” ‘Yüzlerce Türk çocuk anneleri ile beraber cezaevinde’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/yuzlerce-turk-cocuk-anneleri-ile-beraber-cezaevinde/

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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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Erdogan’s long shadow reaches Gülen’s schools in Afghanistan

On 12 December, four teachers from Afghan-Turk girls’ high schools disappeared in Kabul. Initially, the school (and even the Afghan interior ministry) had no information on the fate of these teachers. It was later revealed that the Afghan National Security Forces had detained and later released them. The attorney general’s office has not yet cited the reasons behind the detention. The intelligence agency’s decision to release the teachers of the Hizmet educational institution in Afghanistan was a result of strong social media reactions and vehement public opposition against the unlawful detection. Fazal Ahmad Manawi, a member of the school’s parents’ committee maintains that the government wants to hand over the teachers to Turkey’s President who is an archrival of the Turkish scholar, Fethullah Gülen, the founder of Hizmet’s educational, cross-cultural and multi-faith institutions across the world. There are many more detained Turkish teachers and scholars in Afghan jails who are yet to be released.

Remarkably, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education is supposedly gratified with the activities of these schools and has previously stated that their fate depended on the decision of the Afghan President.

Source: http://www.sundayguardianlive.com/news/12278-erdogan-s-long-shadow-reaches-g-len-s-schools-afghanistan

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An int’l witch-hunt? ‘Four teachers working in the Afghan-Turkish schools were detained’

One Afghan and three Turkish teachers linked to the faith-based Gülen movement were detained by Afghan intelligence officials on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

The move against Afghan Turk CAG Educational NGO (ATCE), the organization that runs the schools, appeared to be part of a witch-hunt being waged on followers of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a coup attempt in July 2016.

The ATCE, which says it is an independent organization, runs schools in several cities including the capital, Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif, Kandahar and Herat and has been in Afghanistan since 1995.

“Around 7 am, four of our teachers traveling in two different cars were picked up by [Afghan intelligence],” said ATCE Chairman Numan Erdoğan.

Other intelligence officials later went to the group’s girls school nearby looking for another teacher, he said.

He said the men presented themselves as members of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, according to Reuters.

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Afghanistan’s Intelligence Agency Released Four Teachers of Afghan-Turk School

NDS Releases Four Teachers of Afghan-Turk School
“Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has released four teachers of Afghan-Turk School including three Turkish and one Afghan national in Kabul, officials confirmed on Sunday. The Attorney General’s Office, however, did not elaborate on the reasons behind the detention of the teachers, but stressed that the released individuals will be under “serious” supervision of the security forces.”
https://ariananews.af/nds-releases-four-teachers-of-afghan-turk-school/

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http://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/fate-two-turkish-nationals-unknown
Fate of Two Turkish Nationals Unknown
The fate of two teachers – both Turkish nationals – of the Afghan-Turk school in Kabul who were detained by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) last week, remains unknown.Sources say the government has confiscated the passports of family members of the two teachers. Meanwhile, the Attorney General Office (AGO) said three teachers of Afghan-Turk schools, two Turks and one Afghan national, were freed on Sunday. Earlier the Turkish government had urged Afghanistan to hand over the teachers, but the AGO said the two Turks and one Afghan national who were freed are not on Turkish government’s list. “An order has been issued to free them and make arrangements for their safe and secure release,” AGO spokesman Jamshed Rasuli said. Parents of Afghan-Turk students have meanwhile asked the Afghan government to make clear for what allegations the teachers were detained and also to respond to questions on why the security forces raided on an Afghan-Turk school in Kabul. “We want the government to investigate NDS’s raid on an Afghan-Turk female school in Kabul,” Sediqullah Tawhidi, a member of Afghan-Turk students’ parents’ committee, said. The AGO said they are investigating the NDS raid on the Afghan-Turk school in Kabul. “The raid of the forces is under investigations to figure out if their actions were in line with the law or not,” Rasuli added.

http://ariananews.af/committee-lodges-complaint-to-ago-on-afghan-turk-school-raid-case/
Committee Lodges Complaint to AGO on Afghan-Turk School Raid Case
“The Afghan-Turk Students’ Parents Committee on Saturday submitted its complaint to the Attorney General Office over the “illegal” action of the security forces against the school in Kabul. The parents of students who were gathered at the Attorney General’s Office, urged investigation into the security forces’ raid on Afghan-Turk Girls school in Kabul.“We came here to submit our [complaint] letter, so the institutions which have taken this illegal action, get investigated,” said Yusuf Pashtun, Head of the Afghan-Turk Students’ Parents Committee.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZkgkin4ksc&feature=youtu.be
An int’l witch-hunt? ‘Four teachers working in the Afghan-Turkish schools were detained’

http://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/security-forces-detain-four-afghan-turk-school-teachers
Security Forces Detain Four Afghan-Turk School Teachers
Afghan security forces raided an Afghan-Turk female high school in Taimani area in Kabul on Tuesday evening and surrounded the school for at least three hours, students claimed.
“The National Directorate of Security operatives detained four teachers today (Tuesday) morning, who were on their way to an Afghan-Turk high school. We were informed that they were kidnapped. We thought the country’s enemies may have abducted them, but later we found out that the officers of the National Directorate Security have detained them,” said Yusuf Pashtun, member of the Afghan-Turk students’ parents association”

http://www.tolonews.com/index.php/afghanistan/parents-afghan-turk-students-lodge-complaint-against-nds
Parents Of Afghan-Turk Students To Lodge Complaint Against NDS
“Students’ parents said they will lodge complaint at the Attorney General’s Office against the National Directorate of Security (NDS) over detaining the teachers of Afghan-Turk schools.President Ghani’s spokesman says they apologize if the security forces’ act has worried the students or their parents. It is said that if Afghan government handover these individuals to Turkish government, it will be a move which happens for the first time in the country and will be an unprecedented act. Even at the end of the Second World War, Afghanistan did not accept to handover Nazi Germany diplomats to the conquerors of the war.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-afghanistan-turkey/turkish-teachers-linked-to-erdogan-foe-detained-in-afghanistan-idUKKBN1E621Z?il=0
Turkish teachers linked to Erdogan foe detained in Afghanistan
“One Afghan and three Turkish teachers linked to an organisation regarded with suspicion by the Turkish government were detained by Afghan intelligence officials on Tuesday, the organisation’s head said.The move against Afghan Turk CAG Educational NGO (ATCE), the body that runs the schools, appeared to be part of a Turkish campaign against followers of Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based cleric it accuses of being behind a coup attempt in July 2016 aimed at ousting President Tayyip Erdogan.ATCE, which says it is an independent organisation, runs schools in several cities including the capital, Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif, Kandahar and Herat and has been in Afghanistan since 1995.”

http://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/fate-four-afghan-turk-teachers-remains-uncertain
Fate of Four Afghan-Turk Teachers Remains Uncertain After Raid by National Directorate of Security
Parents of Afghan-Turk school on Wednesday said the fate of the four teachers of Afghan-Turk girls school who have been held by the National Directorate of Security (NDS), is unknown. The NDS officials do not want to comment on the issue. Meanwhile, former government officials have strongly criticized last night’s raid by the security forces on the school, calling it a sort of “political levy” paid by the Afghan government to the Turkish government.They said that the raid by the NDS was totally against the law and that the government is exploiting the educational institution. But deputy presidential spokesman has said that the move was not politically motived and said it is legal action.Reacting to the raid, former NDS chief has described the move unprecedented in recent years. He said that move was a shame for the government. Former government officials have said that the government leaders are using the security forces as tools for their political objectives. “It was a politically motivated and unethical move,” said former deputy minister of education Sediq Patman. Sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, have said that a court in Turkey had ordered the arrest of three teachers of the Afghan-Turk schools, including a Turkish restaurant owner in Kabul.The Turkish embassy in Kabul reportedly informed the Afghan government about the decision in a letter.The Turkish government has asked the Afghan government to hand over these individuals to Turkey. But there is no an agreement between Afghanistan and Turkey about the extradition of individuals between the two countries. Amid speculation about the link between the raid and President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Turkey, the presidential palace has said that the move was not linked to the trip of the president. It was action taken against some suspects. Neither the NDS nor the presidential palace is ready to comment on the fate of the teachers.But documents seen by TOLOnews reveal that the United Nations has provided asylum to one of the Turkish teachers currently in the detention of the NDS and has asked for the prevention of his extradition to Turkey.“It is a political and intelligence move which is moved forward by a certain team inside the national unity government to offer it as levy and bribe to Mr. Erdogan of Turkey,” said political analyst Asif Ashna. “The Afghan government wants to destroy the secure place of general Dostum by its move on the girls’ hostel of Afghan-Turk school and to gain the satisfaction of the Turkish republic because the Turks want these schools to be under their control,” said MP Arif Rahmani.

https://www.rt.com/newsline/412881-afghanistan-turkish-teachers-gulen/
Afghan officials detain Turkish teachers ‘linked to Gulen’ – report
“One Afghan and three Turkish teachers linked to an organization regarded with suspicion by the Turkish government were detained by Afghan intelligence officials on Tuesday, according to the head of Afghan Turk CAG Educational NGO. The move against ATCE, the body that runs the schools, appeared to be part of a Turkish campaign against followers of Fethullah Gulen, a US-based cleric it accuses of being behind a coup attempt in July 2016, Reuters said. ATCE says it is an independent organization which runs schools in Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif, Kandahar and Herat, and has been in Afghanistan since 1995. Numan Erdogan, the chairman of ATCE, said the men who detained the teachers presented themselves as members of the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency. President Ashraf Ghani was on his way to Istanbul on Tuesday to attend the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Summit.”

https://www.bbc.com/persian/amp/afghanistan-42328644

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Ex-NDS chief Amrullah Saleh’s strict reaction regarding police operation on the girl’s high school hostel:
“I condemn the attack on Afghan Turk girls high school, girls hostel and attempt of searching this dignified institution by the National Unity Government without any court command, legal steps or any proper legal documents. The Last time when the police forces had attacked such a hostel and our people were evident of such an event, was the first years of the Soviet occupation in which some girl students from Ayesha Durranai school were martyred and injured. From the last forty year, it’s the second time in which girls school is attacked. If there was any report on suspicious activities of someone, the responsible people should have politely requested the school administration to cooperate with them.
This institution has the proud of educating and empowering thousands of sons of this land. With operating in such a brutal way, the NUG has required to make a breaking news so that they could make a certain chain happy in the outside of our country.
In the end of WWII(world war 2), Afghanistan was even not ready to forcefully deport the Nazi diplomats and succeeded to keep it’s dignity and culture. For sure this will be a black stain engraved on the face the current government for a long time.
All of my children and descendants have studied from these schools and as one of the thousand parents, I am thankful to them.”

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Dr. Jahantab:
“I want to refer to the main concept of the two verses that I mentioned before, it says that the problems you have In Turkey, solve them there, don’t bring them to the schools inside Afghanistan. The hadith that I read have a conceptual message to you, the reporters: cover this program, this will be the biggest jihad for you. As a PhD holder in Law and shariah, I want to recommend you to give it a vast coverage, this coverage may be the cause of your entry to Jannah. Third I am proud of my MP brother Mr. Osuli, I am proud of teacher Mr. Dadras and I am proud of Mr. Mnawi. They said the things that every Muslim should be proud of them. The thing that happened yesterday was not an ordinary situation, it hasn’t happened in the history of Afghanistan. The Pashtun tribe Khogyanai is popular for the story that a pig had entered their area and they didn’t give it to anyone else. If you read the history of king Mahmood Ghaznavi, once upon a time he had gone for a hunt, he hunts a deer but the deer goes to the land of a shepherd and falls there, the king goes to pick up the deer but the shepherd says that now the deer is in his territory and he cannot give it. The king says that I am sultan Mahmood but the shepherd denies even if it is the king. And offers the king that there are many sheep take as much as you can but don’t touch the deer. Mr mMnawi referred to some very critical truths, the thing that happened yesterday, me, as a PhD in law and sharia, from the point of Islamic views Quran, hadiths and from the point of international law and human rights the crime that occurred yesterday can be the reason for the resignation of President Ghani, CEO Abdullah Abdullah and the current government, the NDS and even the present Education minister Mr. Shinwari . Although he is a kind and brave person, but today he talked in a very week way. Respected Minister, hang the flag in a half altitude because today a historical fault happened by the government.”

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Abdul Shakoor Daadras, Law specialist and Speaker of the Afghan Turk Parent’s Committee:
“Our president is defending Islam and defending the rights of Quds in Palestine but here people are attacking innocent girl’s hostel in Afghanistan! Dear president, we talked to all your authorities yesterday. I do not know how they can say that they are not aware of anything. We talked to the head of NDS but he does not know what has happened to our four teachers. He is not sure if ISIS has kidnapped them or Alqaeda has taken them. We also talked commander of Kabul city’s security office. He was totally unaware. This is strange! No one knows anything about our four teachers. Everyone is unaware!Maybe one day we all will drown and authorities are unaware and maybe one day people will break your palace and still authorities are unaware. We know the reason why all this happened. The reason is because your authorities want to have at least a gift for Turkish government and for the gift security officers played with Afghanistan’s honor, Afghan people’s honor, Muslim people’s honor and Law’s honor. This is a very big shame!
I appreciate the acting Minister of Education for joining us today. Thank you for joining the community of education and community of cultural people today. We are so happy for your existence here.
I wish you could see here last night. Trust me even Hitler’s troops had not done this kind of action. Even if Hitler’s most cruel and tyrant commanders saw that situation, they would retreat.
Afghan Girls are our country’s honor. In current situation of Afghanistan that most of girls are not allowed to go to school, these girls have taken permission from their families to study in this school and hostel. But our government comes to their hostel for searching at night and this is not true in any country in the world. But they call it Islam, Law, Honor, and security.
They are saying that these teachers who are cordially serving our country with offering education are terrorist! Turkish government has suddenly seen a dream that Afghan Turkish schools have terrorists in them. This is a big shame!
If this is the case, then Turkish intelligence is very weak, Intelligence of the world is very weak and Afghanistan’s Intelligence has also problems. Afghan Turkish schools were offering education when Mr Atmar was Minister of Education. They were in Shahe do shamshera, just 1 KM away from presidential palace. Previously were they not aware what kind of people were working in this NGO? Was the presidential palace also not aware about them? If this is the case then it means all our authorities are unaware of everything in Afghanistan.
We want the answer for our questions. We want them to answer why they have kidnapped our teachers and attacked our school. If they do not answer and we cannot defend these schools, then we are only wasting everyone’s time here. We want Prosecutors office to answer us. We want to know who these guys were who attacked the school. They did not have ID and they also did not show us any official paper. These guys must be identified, submitted to court and all details must be shared with media.
Not only those who attacked this school but also those who ordered them to attack these innocent girls’ school at night, scare to them to death, watch them shouting and crying.
This is a very big shame!
All together with one voice we hardly condemn this attack that was opposite to our culture. We want to see the attackers in prison immediately otherwise it means there is no jurisdiction of law in our country.
Secondly I want to say that this is my fortieth year that I have been doing legal works and still I have not seen this kind of arresting. According to our rules when someone is arrested, at least their family should be informed but no one has been informed about our teachers yet. So it means this is not a legal arresting. Yesterday’s attacks were exactly same as those people’s attacks who do not accept any rules and regulations in the world.
It is enough!
We have been deceived for more than nine months. We were told that government would not take any action against these schools without talking to us. But they talked to none of us before yesterday’s attacks. This is called deceiving and it is not allowed according to Islam and according to law
We want our four teachers to be released ASAP. If there is any authentic documents against them that are not fake documents bring them to us and prove them to the committee of students’ parents. We definitely accept the rules and regulations.
We want Prosecutors office to submit this case to court and we want The NDS to release our teachers and apologize for what they have done!”

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Fazal Ahmad manawi, EX-IEC chief (Independent Election Commission):
First of all I want to thank Mr. Osuli and Minister of Education Mr. Shinwari for joining us and are present here. There are persons who can take our voices to the certain authorities and I want to especially thank the media who had a very vast coverage and I hope this press conference would also have a wide range coverage. I will try to compress my speeches within the time that is given to me. In Quran there is a certain verse which says (talking abusive words, and abusing and making fun of is not a good deed). But when it comes to brutal and violent persons they could be given bad words by the innocent persons as they deserve it. Staying calm against oppression and cruelty is worse than the cruelty itself. And there is no cruelty worse then the one done with this school. Within my age I have been through many regimes but no regime has done such a cruel and voilent action. İts your fault that you accepted such a government, i know that you hadn’t chosen this government but it’s you who accepted this government. A government whose heads families are 95% out of the country, how can they know your feelings and what you want. They don’t have kindness, they don’t have enthusiasm and they don’t have empathy. Accepting 100s of suicides, blasts, kidnappings and voilences and find an amount of money to seek a better place for educating your child and they even don’t let this happen. The others talked about several issues but the thing they didn’t talk about is that the action which happened yesterday was a ( government kidnapping). The 134. Article of the constitution says that the discovery of crime should be done by police the investigation should be done by the prosecution office and the evidence, proved by the court. The NDS takes the teachers from the main road without any proper documents. Now you say is it an arrest or a kidnapping, for sure it’s kidnapping. And friends talk about the islamic point of the government, i am ready, if the heads of this government were able to recite fatiha in a right way, i will come and slaughter. Worse then that, in order to motivate people, they talk of Afghaniyet. İn the dictionary of afghans there is no such thing to disgrace your guest, and disguise the honor of daughters of this land. İt’s a shame that they use the Afghan word. And there is no such thing in Pashtunwali, the proud of Pashtuns is that they are hospitable. They lost their kingdom but did not deport or disrespect their guest. İ say that Leave the discussion of islam and sharia and law, this is not even present in the dictionary of social behavior. The things which i saw yesterday evening didn’t let me sleep the whole night. The weeping of the small girls standing there, the girls who were scared of the voilence and the scary people, in the safest place possible for a girl to think of. Every student thaught of being voilently tortured infront of their families, everyone was completely feared. Their family was also not able to sleep of the thaughts about their children. İ feel really confused and embarassed, but its really good to see the acting education minister mr. Shinwari among us.
At the first time of my formal job, my boss was a shinwari, in the court also my boss was Sheikh saib Shinwari. May he rest in peace, he was an honorable and a person ful of efforts. And i also believe in your honor, but i am embarassed that you are the education minister and there be a disgrace for the school and you stay silent against it. There is no worse historical crime than this. You are the first responsible of this issue. This doesn’t have to do anything with the parents of the students. The people have trusted you, and the government is created. The jobs are distributed, and you are given the responsibility of caring about the children of this nation. Representing all, first you had to raise your voice against this brutal actions. İ swear to god if for an hour i was the responsible of such a seat i would have taken this event to the high court. And this is a kidnapping and is destroying the constitution of Afghanistan. The Afghan constitution states that nobody is allowed to enter the personal premises of someone without legal permission. What kind of documents and proofs did they have in order to do such a brutal activity. I believe that Stanikzai, the current NDS head, is a muslim and faithful person. İf he had information about this and have given the permission for such an action, my trust is completely taken and changed. And trust me that there is no any further coward, dependent government in the whole history of Afghanistan. İf this agreement with the US is the presence of US forces here, we accept it. But if for the sake of the agreement with other countries we damage and disguise ourselves it means that neither ther government nor the people have the sound sense of patriotism. i want to satisfy you my dear daughters that there is no need of making slogans in order to express your feelings. Your feelings are already expressed. Mr. Akbar requested me to be patient and don’t be too much ful of emotions. But here emotions are to be used, Allah jj has given us in order to use them in the right place. So that the defence mechanism of the humans would be used in the right place. if this doesn’t give us the right defence mechanism, that will be the time where our humanism will be questioned.
Be sure that we won’t let to government to do such a disgrace action one more time. They are already shameful. There is no more embarrassing than this situation for this government. Mr. Ghani wanted to travel to Turkey with a trump card in hand. The president of Afghanistan claim himself as a father of own his nation but all of his actions are show off.
Today he took this trump card in his hand as a gift to the president of Turkey, tomorrow he will hand over all own his nation to the Trump. There are many things motions but time is limited, be sure that we will built walls from our bodies to protect you all teachers. Let the government we are weak. My last warning to the all the member of government starting from Ghani to NDS; if these situation happen again we won’t accept neither the police nor NDS as a national. For example when the military face of Egypt were ordered to shout or protestors by Hosni Mubarak but they didn’t accept his order and talk that they are children of Egyptian and we are too. We can’t shout own our nation. If you are national police and citizen of this nation. How could you enter the premises of girl’s hostel? How could you commit such rude brutal crime against own your daughter and sister.
Thus they have to immediately release the kidnapped teachers and excuse from teachers and students. If you have a proof then take to authority. And it should be investigate according to the constitution.
We will never let anyone take our educational institute to political era. You corrupted the election, we endured you robbed people’s many with different names. We endured BUT we won’t let you to steal our children’s knowledge.
You have the right to send your daughter to one of the best university in USA, and also you have to accept to send our children to an approximately fair institution inside the country. If they don’t release our teachers and they continue this kind of issues I request you without any emotional feelings go on strike and built tend in this cold weather and let the whole world see us. Then we will see the weather they kill us under the names of terrorist Talib, ISIS or anything else. They didn’t leave us any other option.

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“As previously Mr. Pashton motioned there are many problem which people face in Afghanistan should be solved. It was not acceptable situation which is happened yesterday in girl’s high school for me as a representative of human right commission of Afghanistan. And all the students were in dorm during this issue. Especially the students who are living outside of the city they chosen to stay in this dormitory because of they believe it is one of the best safest place. In addition it is the best school in Afghanistan.
In this raid neither ministry of education nor administration of school have been informed. And again in this raid several students had been faint. A group of people in NDS have illegally entered the most valuable school of the country and this is not acceptable for Islam and afghan culture.
The whole people shouldn’t be judged because of one person’s sin if there is. There are many other ways! All the families were worried because of that issue. To separate out of this violent and fears among the students completely against the human rights. And we want this issue to be followed up seriously. It is an unfortunate mistake to say that I don’t know. I hope that the education should not be tooled for politics.
Because politics and politicians are changeable. We have a good religious with Turkey, and misunderstanding should be solved in diplomatic ways.
Teachers and students shouldn’t feel themselves frightened, scared and unsaved. And this problems have to be solved immediately. Teachers who are detained have to release as quick as possible.
The highest standard of education in this schools shouldn’t be effected negatively because of political issues. And I ask to minister of education to solve this problem as quick as possible. And he should make my sister (principle of girls high school) feel sound and safe to concentrate on her work.”

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