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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 12/10/2018-12/16/2018

1-” Michael Flynn’s business associates charged with illegally lobbying for Turkey”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/michael-flynns-business-partner-charged-with-illegally-lobbying-for-turkey/2018/12/17/46fb3762-020a-11e9-9122-82e98f91ee6f_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.3a3c9aa4499c

2-“US Denies Trump Thinking About Extraditing Gulen to Turkey”
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-denies-trump-thinking-about-extraditing-gulen-to-turkey-/4705146.html

3-“Turkey: Erdogan adviser denies journalist crackdown”
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-46568324/turkey-erdogan-adviser-denies-journalist-crackdown

4-“Turkey Not Only Jailing Writers, but Readers Too”
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/turkey/.premium-turkey-not-only-jailing-writers-but-readers-too-1.6748138

5-” Why I’m Sick of Turkey”
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/11/22/thanksgiving-sick-of-turkey-country-222644

6-” Watch: Thousands protest in Turkey for better living conditions”
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/16/583128/Diyarbakir-Turkey-protest-living-condition

7-” Watch: Michael Flynn’s ex-partner, Bijan Rafiekian, charged with lobbying for Turkey”
https://globalnews.ca/video/4772260/michael-flynns-ex-partner-bijan-rafiekian-charged-with-lobbying-for-turkey

8-” The Secret Jewish Plot Against Turkey”
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-the-secret-jewish-plot-against-turkey-1.6742265

9-“Kidnapped, Escaped, and Survived to Tell the Tale: How Erdogan’s Regime Tried to Make Us Disappear”
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/turkey/.premium.MAGAZINE-how-erdogan-s-loyalists-try-to-make-us-disappear-1.6729331

10-“Turkey identifies over 92,000 ByLock users: Minister”
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-identifies-over-92-000-bylock-users-minister-139640

11-“Facing Attack, George Soros’s Foundation Will Shut Down in Turkey”
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/26/world/europe/george-soros-open-society-turkey-closes.html

12-“Turkey’s president finds a new enemy: the famous Hungarian Jew”
https://www.economist.com/europe/2018/12/15/turkeys-president-finds-a-new-enemy-the-famous-hungarian-jew

13-“People who emulate yellow vest protests in Turkey will pay heavy price: MHP leader”
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/people-who-emulate-yellow-vest-protests-in-turkey-will-pay-heavy-price-mhp-leader-139660

14-“Journalists face 15-year prison terms in Turkey”
https://thehill.com/policy/international/420640-journalists-face-15-year-prison-terms-in-turkey

15-“There Are No Checks and Balances in Turkey, There’s Only Erdogan, Israeli Expert Explains”
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/turkey/.premium.MAGAZINE-there-are-no-checks-and-balances-in-turkey-there-s-only-erdogan-1.6721747

16-“The cost of seeking the truth: Why this Turkish journalist had to flee to Canada”
https://globalnews.ca/news/4769411/turkish-journalist-canada/

17-“Turkey’s Erdoğan accuses news anchor of inciting protests”
https://ahvalnews.com/turkish-journalism/turkeys-erdogan-accuses-news-anchor-inciting-protests

18-“The Turkey-Venezuela mutual admiration society”
https://www.politico.eu/article/the-turkey-venezuela-mutual-admiration-society-turkish-president-recep-tayyip-erdogan-nicolas-maduro/

19-“Turkey must free Selahattin Demirtas, European rights court says”
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46274330

20-“Turkey arrests spark fears of widening crackdown on Erdogan’s political foes”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/turkey-arrests-academics-activists-erdogan-crackdown-protest-gezi-park-human-rights-a8647836.html

21-“New lows for human rights in Turkey”
https://thearabweekly.com/new-lows-human-rights-turkey

22-“I’m a journalist in a Turkish jail. Why is Erdogan afraid of people like me?”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/im-a-journalist-in-a-turkish-jail-why-is-erdogan-afraid-of-people-like-me/2018/11/29/e48c9720-f38a-11e8-80d0-f7e1948d55f4_story.html?utm_term=.7d5ceb73ed51

23-“Will Turkey’s horrible human rights record extend to 2019?
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/12/turkey-dismal-democracy-record-in-2018.html

24-“Enes Kanter slams ‘scared little rats’ as NBA leaves Erdogan critic off list of best Turkish players”
https://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/2176292/enes-kanter-slams-scared-little-rats-nba-leaves-erdogan-critic

25-“EU, Turkey face off over jailed Kurdish politician”
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/11/eu-turkey-face-off-demirtas-erdogan.html

26-“Inside Erdogan’s torture chambers”
https://euobserver.com/foreign/143575

27-“Turkey Revives Ghosts of Gezi Protests as Elections Loom”
https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-12-17/turkey-revives-ghosts-of-gezi-protests-as-elections-loom

28-“Erdoğan Regime Behind Forced Disappearances – Investigation”
https://ahvalnews.com/coup-attempt/erdogan-regime-behind-forced-disappearances-investigation

29-“Can Dundar: Erdogan’s laughable charade as champion of the press”
https://www.greensboro.com/opinion/columns/can-dundar-erdogan-s-laughable-charade-as-champion-of-the/article_85d55484-37f4-5671-ab44-6ca2caa0cb53.html

30-“UK court rejects Turkish extradition request for media boss”
https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/nov/28/uk-court-rejects-turkish-extradition-request-for-media-boss

31-“Prosecutors Accuse Turkey of Covert Campaign to Pressure U.S. to Hand Over Cleric”
https://www.wsj.com/articles/two-business-partners-of-former-trump-adviser-mike-flynn-indicted-11545060554

32-“Instead of human rights, life or death rights”
https://ahvalnews.com/human-rights/instead-human-rights-life-or-death-rights

33-“Ankara pledges EU reforms amid growing human rights concerns -VoA”
https://ahvalnews.com/eu/ankara-pledges-eu-reforms-amid-growing-human-rights-concerns-voa

34-“Nobody can lecture Turkey on human rights, Erdogan says”
http://infosurhoy.com/cocoon/saii/xhtml/en_GB/news/nobody-can-lecture-turkey-on-human-rights-erdogan-says/

35-“SC hands over management of Pak-Turk schools to Turkiye MAARIF foundation”
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1865982/1-sc-hands-management-pak-turk-schools-turkiye-maarif-foundation/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 12/10/2018-12/16/2018

1-“Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan: Kimseyi sokağa çıkartamayacaksınız”
http://www.milliyet.com.tr/son-dakika-cumhurbaskani-siyaset-2796147/

2-“CHP’den Erdoğan’a yanıt: Sokaktan diktatörler korkar”
https://www.bbc.com/turkce/haberler-turkiye-46584705

3-“Reuters’a konuşan Beyaz Saray yetkilisi: Trump Erdoğan’a Gülen’i iade edeceğini söylemedi”
https://www.bbc.com/turkce/haberler-dunya-46600766

4-“Cumhurbaşkanına hakaret davalarında rekor artış”
https://www.dw.com/tr/cumhurba%C5%9Fkan%C4%B1na-hakaret-davalar%C4%B1nda-rekor-art%C4%B1%C5%9F/a-46622702

5-“Erdoğan: AİHM’nin kararları bizi bağlamaz”
https://www.dw.com/tr/erdo%C4%9Fan-aihmnin-kararlar%C4%B1-bizi-ba%C4%9Flamaz/a-46374963

6-“İnsan hakları örgütleri: Sistematik ve yaygın hak ihlalleri var”
https://tr.sputniknews.com/columnists/201812101036558019-insan-haklari-orgutleri-sistematil-yaygin-hak-ihlalleri/

7-“İnsan Hakları Haftası’nda AKP’nin hak ihlalleri raporu”
https://www.evrensel.net/haber/367955/insan-haklari-haftasinda-akpnin-hak-ihlalleri-raporu

8-“İnsan Hakları Haftasında Türkiye’nin İnsan Hakları Karnesi Nasıl?”
https://www.amerikaninsesi.com/a/insan-haklari-haftasinda-turkiyenin-insan-haklari-karnesi-nasil/4694728.html

9-“Sistematik ihlaller arttı”
http://www.yeniasya.com.tr/gundem/sistematik-ihlaller-artti_480757

10-“Cumhurbaşkanı başdanışmanı BBC’ye konuşurken zor anlar yaşadı”
http://halktv.com.tr/cumhurbaskani-basdanismani-bbcye-konusurken-zor-anlar-yasadi-351931

11-“ABD’den Gülen açıklaması: ‘Bir bakarız’ dedik”
https://www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/dunya/2018/12/18/abdden-gulen-aciklamasi-bir-bakariz-dedik/

12-“CHP insan hakları raporunu açıkladı”
http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/yerel-haberler/ankara/chp-insan-haklari-raporunu-acikladi-41046763

13-“Cezaevlerinde hak ihlalleri ciddi boyuta ulaştı”
https://www.evrensel.net/haber/368280/cezaevlerinde-hak-ihlalleri-ciddi-boyuta-ulasti

14-“Şanlıurfa’daki cezaevlerinde hak ihlalleri yaşanıyor iddiası”
http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/yerel-haberler/sanliurfa/sanliurfadaki-cezaevlerinde-hak-ihlalleri-yasa-41034436

15-“‘Elazığ Cezaevi’nde işkence ve cinsel saldırı var’”
https://www.evrensel.net/haber/338232/elazig-cezaevinde-iskence-ve-cinsel-saldiri-var

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Children and their Mothers are Prisoners of Conscience in Turkey

One of the most alarming actions of the Turkish authorities is the incarceration of women who are pregnant or have just given birth. Some are incarcerated with their children and others violently separated from them. At this moment, seven hundred forty-three (743) children under the age of six are in jails across Turkey with their mothers, detained or arrested as part of the government crackdown on its dissidents. One hundred forty-nine (149) of these children are infants under a year old. “This is simply outrageous, utterly cruel, and surely cannot have anything whatsoever to do with making the country safer” as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein” also emphasized.

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Government seizes businesses in Turkey

The Turkish government has seized hundreds of businesses. Many of the owners have fled to Germany. The government accused these owners of supporting the Gülen movement. The government says Gülen was behind the recent coup attempt.

Source: https://www.dw.com/en/government-seizes-businesses-in-turkey/av-37084560

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Torture in Turkey

This video is about people who were tortured in custody after the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016. Even though there is not any solid evidence against these people showing their involvement in the coup, they were detained, put in the jail and more importantly, tortured. Gokhan Acikklolu is the first person and a teacher who died under custody in Istanbul Vatan Police Directorate became the symbols of the police torture after July 15. There are more than 15 witnesses stating that Gokhan Acikollu died due to torture under police interrogation.

According to the UN Special Rapporteur Nils Melzer, there are allegations of torture and other ill-treatment in Turkish Police Custody including;

§ Severe beatings,

§ Electrical Shocks,

§ Exposure to icy water,

§ Sleep deprivation,

§ Threats, insults, and

§ Sexual assaults ”

The video was prepared by AST

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The Story of the Maden Family

Under Erdogan’s brutal regime, Turkey’s democracy derailed, innocent people are tortured or even killed in prisons. Those who wish to flee Turkey have a challenging journey to take, likely to end up in death. Here is the story of Maden family.
Husband: Math teacher
Wife: History teacher
They were charged with terrorism and involvement in the 7/15 coup attempt. They chose to leave their country. Last year this time the family was drowned in the Aegean sea. Here is their story.

The video was prepared by Huddled Masses

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Set them free – International Day of the Girl Child

A young girl is behind bars with her mother in Istanbul one day while the mother was being searched before entering the courtroom. As the metal detector signaled and the officer ordered the mother to strip her clothes…

On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, Set Them Free launched a video on the violations of the girl children rights in Turkey.

The video was prepared by SetThemFree.com

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The Economist; Democracy is under threat all around the world.

Democracy is under threat all around the world. There are four stages to dismantling a democracy, starting with a charismatic leader who pledges to save the people

Source: https://twitter.com/TheEconomist/status/1048785226376392704?s=08

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Persecuting the future: The child victims of Turkey’s purge under Erdogan’s Regime

Children struggle in the prison of Turkey.
The current panel execution law No:5275 reads” imprisonment is adjourned for women who are pregnant or who have not passed 6 months since birth”.
But…
The mothers of 668 babies in jail committed no offense, they are not proven guilty of the offense, and their indictments are not written…

668 children in Turkish Jails… %64 of them are under the age of three…
72 children are waiting for their mothers outside, ages ranging from 8 months old to 14 years old…
13 children drowned in Aegean sea or Evros River…

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International Bar Association Raises Judicial Independence in Turkey to UN

09/28/2018

International Bar Association Raises Judicial Independence in Turkey to UN

In a joint submission with two other groups, the International Bar Association (IBA) raised the issue of independence of judges and judicial independence in Turkey to a special rapporteur from the United Nations.

The dismal state of rule of law and the judiciary in Turkey continues to attract attention from relevant international bodies. In cooperation with the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales and the Law Society of England and Wales, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) submitted a report to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of Judges and Lawyers.

The report mostly focuses on the collapse of the rights and protections regarding the legal profession in a steady way since 2010. But, according to the study, the situation concerns Turkey’s judiciary, judicial independence and other legal rights have dramatically been shredded and worsened since the failed 2016 coup. Both during and after the state of emergency, members of judiciary faced political crackdown and imprisonment en masse.

“Prior to the failed attempt, the Turkish government had been increasingly interfering with, and exercising undue influence over, the legal profession using adverse constitutional and legislative reforms together with systematic attacks against judges, prosecutors, lawyers and other legal professionals,” the study noted.

Since the failed coup, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has only sharpened its clampdown on its social and political opponents, as well as members of the judiciary.

Thousands of military officials, police officers, diplomats, academics, teachers, judges and prosecutors have been dismissed over coup terrorism-related charges with little evidence.

To this date, the report stated that “4,279 judges and prosecutors have been dismissed.”

“Five hundred and ninety lawyers have been arrested, 1,546 prosecuted and 181 convicted.”

Resource:
https://twitter.com/IBAHRI/status/1045312267762487297

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Justice suffocates in post-coup Turkey: LAWYERS BEHIND BARS

The bloody July 15th coup attempt proved to be a turning point in the course of the crackdown and witch-hunt the AKP government had launched in the aftermath of the December 17-25 corruption probe.

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