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Human Rights Turkey

TORTURERS REPORT – 2 – Torture and Human Rights Violations in Turkey

Advocates of Silenced Turkey (AST) prepares reports to record and document crimes against human dignity, such as torture and ill-treatment, which have become systematic in Turkey. The report in your hand is the second part of the study, which was prepared in order to register those who were involved in this crime, their instigators, those who encouraged the crime by praising it, and those who protected the torturer public officials by abuse of power. The report aims to be a record so that torturers will one day be held to an independent legal account.

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International Solidarity for Human Rights Forum – June 5th 2022

You are Cordially invited

As Advocates of Silenced Turkey (AST), we are thrilled to announce “The International Solidarity Day for Human Rights” that will be held on June 5, 2022.

This special event aims to draw attention to human rights violations in various parts of the world, particularly in Turkey, and amplify the silent scream of the victims to reach a wider public recognition.

We cordially invite you to this significant forum that will be held at Baymont by Wyndham Hotel, Wayne, NJ on June 5, 2022 at 5pm – 8:30pm.

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Turkey’s Human Rights Record in Numbers

Turkey, which was once touted as a model country, has now become a case study of what can happen to a country that moves away from the rule of law and human rights. The painful cries of people groaning at the face of oppression, cruelty and injustice are rising all over Turkey, and what’s worse is that the society in general is blind and deaf to these grievances. While Turkey’s once-faulty democratic regime is rapidly evolving into a one-man dictatorship, economic and social indicators show that the country is precipitating into a ditch.

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RELEASE AHMET ÖZKAN IMMEDIATELY

RE: AST URGES TURKISH AUTHORITIES TO RELEASE AHMET ÖZKAN and ALL THE ELDERLY and SEVERELY SICK INMATES IN TURKEY’S PRISONS.

Ahmet Zeki Özkan, a 65-year-old stage 4 cancer patient, has been arbitrarily imprisoned despite the medical reports stressing the severity of his condition.

Ahmet Zeki Özkan was sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in prison for his alleged ties with the Gülen Movement and taken to Antalya L-Type Prison, after the Supreme Court upheld the verdict. Özkan had to stay in the quarantine cell for a week and because there was no bed he had to lie down on the floor. He caught the flu there.

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NUSRET MUGLA’S TRAGIC DEATH

ON THE OCCASION OF NUSRET MUGLA’S TRAGIC DEATH AST BRINGS THE URGENT SITUATION OF ELDERLY AND SERIOUSLY ILL PRISONERS TO ATTENTION AND URGES THE GOVERNMENT OF TURKEY TO RELEASE THEM EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

84-year-old Nusret Sağlam died on February 14 due to COVID-19 he contracted in prison where he was held captive on the grounds of having an account at Bank Asya – one of the hundreds of companies shut down following the July coup attempt in 2016. States are obliged to protect the right to life of those deprived of their liberty and to ensure that they can benefit from health services at least as much as free individuals. The death of Sağlam, who struggled in the severely adverse conditions of prison despite his old age, is no different from a murder due to the reckless neglect of a most basic human right.

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Call on the Government of Greece to investigate and end the push-backs of Turkish refugees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RE: PUSHBACK INCIDENTS AT THE GREEK BORDER

“We have a legal and moral obligation to protect people fleeing bombs, bullets and tyrants, and throughout history those people have enriched our society.” —Juliet Stevenson

Thousands of refugees fleeing their homeland due to violence, terror, or political prosecution use Greece as an entry gate to Europe. Since the beginning of 2014, over 1.1 million refugees have crossed the borders of Greece. (1) Growing numbers of refugees have begun to use Evros as a passage from Turkey to Greece.

In the last couple of years, a significant number of Turkish citizens have also begun to cross the border between Turkey and Greece and sought asylum due to the Turkish government’s targeting of dissidents belonging to different ideologies, particularly the Gulen Movement. Advocates of Silenced Turkey appreciates all the Greek government did to welcome genuine Turkish refugees, who have escaped in fear of their life and freedom. It is important to understand that those who are not able to leave are subjected to social death and are not accepted as fully human by the wider society.

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Sick and Elderly Political Prisoners IN ERDOGAN’S TURKEY – Special Report

Introduction

The jails in Turkey have long been mentioned in the same breath as inhumane actions and the breach of even the most basic rights, especially against the political prisoners. The violations have reached to unprecedented levels in parallel with the emergence of the current political-Islamist authoritarianism. The oppressive regime under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s rule instrumentalized the country’s legal system to muzzle the political dissidence, turning the prisons into concentration camps. The number of inmates behind the bars has reached historic highs. Hosting convicts much more than their capacities, the prisons, which were already substantially subpar, have fallen way below the minimum acceptable standards for human dignity. Patients in particular bore the most of the brunt of this precipitated deterioration of the prison conditions and the wrath of the Turkish regime against its opponents.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE CRITICAL HEALTH SITUATION OF AYŞE ÖZDOĞAN AND URGENT ACTION TO TAKE APPROPRIATE STEPS REGARDING HER SENTENCE

Under the state of emergency, imposed after the July 2016 attempted coup and lifted on July 2018, President Erdogan presided over the cabinet, which could pass decrees without parliamentary scrutiny or the possibility of appeal to the constitutional court. Public officials continued to be dismissed or suspended by decree without due process, with more than 170,000 dismissed since July 2016. Those dismissed from their jobs lost their income, social benefits, medical insurance and even their homes.

According Stockholm Center for Freedom, Ayşe Özdoğan, a former teacher who was removed from her job in the aftermath of a failed coup in Turkey in July 2016, suffers from a rare form of cancer. Özdoğan and her husband were detained on April 8, 2019 for alleged links to the Gülen movement. She was released on appeal on December 27, 2019 due to her son’s heart condition after an online campaign started by Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a human rights activist and former deputy from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), but her husband was sent to prison. (1)

Stockholm Center for Freedom reports that Özdoğan’s tooth, palate, zygomatic bone and lymph nodes were removed in an emergency operation. Özdoğan lost her ability to see and hear after the operation due to the trauma her facial bones suffered. An appeals court approved a nine year, six month prison sentence for Ayşe Özdoğan. (2)

The United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules) states in article 109 that “persons who are found to be not criminally responsible, or who are later diagnosed with severe mental disabilities and/or health conditions, for whom staying in prison would mean an exacerbation of their condition, shall not be detained in prisons, and arrangements shall be made to transfer them to mental health facilities as soon as possible”. We strongly urge the Turkish government to take the case of Ayşe Özdoğan into consideration immediate effectively and take action according to aforesaid international rules.

Hafza Y. GIRDAP

Executive Director and Spokesperson

directorhg@silencedturkey.org

 

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Sources;

[1]https://m.akipress.com/news:658894:Orhan_Inandi_was_kidnapped_and_being_held_somewhere_in_Bishkek,_according_to_unconfirmed_data__Lawyer/

[2]https://www.turkishminute.com/2021/06/01/presidentofturkish-kyrgyz-schools-feared-to-have-been-abducted-in-bishkek/

[3]https://stockholmcf.org/educator-orhan-inandi-feared-to-have-been-kidnapped-in-kyrgyzstan/

[4]https://www.turkishminute.com/2021/06/01/presidentofturkish-kyrgyz-schools-feared-to-have-been-abducted-in-bishkek/

[5]https://freedomhouse.org/report/transnational-repression/turkey

[6]https://silencedturkey.org/erdogans-long-arms-abductions-in-turkey-and-abroad

 

Relevant Contacts

The Honorable Dunja Mijatovic

Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
Council of Europe
Avenue de I’Europe F-67075
Strasbourg Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 34 21
Fax: +33 (0)3 90 21 50 53
Email: commissioner@coe.int

 

United National Human Rights Committee

Petitions Team
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office at Geneva
1211 Geneva 10 (Switzerland)
Fax: + 41 22 917 9022 (particularly for urgent matters)
E-mail: petitions@ohchr.org

 

Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities

Petitions and Inquiries Section Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office at Geneva
1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
E-mail:  petitions@ohchr.org
urgent-action@ohchr.org
registry@ohchr.org

 

Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission 

House Committee on Foreign Affairs
5100 O’Neill House Office Building
200 C Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20515
United States of America
Phone: +1 (202) 225-3599
Fax: +1 (202) 226-6584
Email: TLHRC@mail.house.gov

 

US Helsinki Commission

234 Ford House Office Building
3rd and D Streets SW
Washington, DC 20515
Email: info@csce.gov

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Calling on Kyrgyzstan Government to Investigate the Abduction Case of Orhan Inandi and Take Urgent Action to Find His Whereabouts

Following the coup attempt of July 15, 2016, the Turkish government declared a state of emergency paving the way for a crackdown on political opponents which has ultimately led to gross violations of civil rights and liberties of Turkish citizens.

The Turkish government has revoked passports and aggressively petitioned for the arrest and deportation of dissenters overseas including individuals under UN protection. Abductions, forced disappearances, and renditions of dissenters are among the long list of atrocious crimes committed by the Turkish government. The Turkish state has even conducted cross-border operations by brazenly abducting its citizens from other countries. This is not only an offense against the national sovereignty of countries where these covert operations are conducted but also an egregious insult to international human rights laws. There is also ample evidence to suggest that once dissenters are abducted, they undergo extensive torture and suffer physical and emotional trauma at the hands of their unidentified abductors. They are not informed of the charges brought against them as they are apprehended and are deprived of their due process rights. Some of these abducted individuals face trial after being subjected to months of torture if they are lucky enough to survive the horrifying ordeal. The Turkish government has rarely repudiated claims of such horrific acts and illegalities committed against dissenters. On the contrary, these inhumane practices are lauded amongst national intelligence agencies and government officials. Stories of dissenters being viciously abducted in front of their families are boasted of by sycophant media outlets who cheer for and commend the brutal acts of the government.

On June 1, 2021, a new allegation of abduction in Kyrgyzstan about Orhan Inandi, President of Sapat schools in Bishkek, was reported. According to akipress.com, Orhan Inandi left his home at around 6 pm on May 31 driving his Lexus GX470, and at around 4:20 am on June 1 [1], his car was found parked in an area around 1 eight kilometers from his house at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday [2]. Stockholm for Freedom (SCF) reports that he 2 was last contacted by a friend at around 9 p.m. and later attempts by his family to contact him all failed. Inandi is feared to have been abducted by Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) due to his alleged links to the Gülen movement, according to his family.[3]

Inandı had been working in Kyrgyzstan since 1995 and had been the president of the schools since 2001. The statement from the Sapat schools said İnandı received the title of “Excellence in Education of the Kyrgyz Republic” in 2002 and was awarded the Honorary Diploma of the Kyrgyz Republic in 2003 and the Dank medal of the Kyrgyz Republic for his contribution to the improvement of the education system in the country. Dozens of Kyrgyz students and their parents gathered in front of the Turkish Embassy in Bishkek on Tuesday, carrying placards that read in Kyrgyz and Russian: “Where is Mr Inandı?” There were reports suggesting that Inandı was being held at the embassy building. Inandı is also a citizen of the Kyrgyz Republic.[4]

Freedom House states in a related report that Turkey’s regime has conducted 58 renditions in at least 31 different host countries spread across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia since 2014.[5] Forced disappearances and abductions are an assault on human rights as established by the Convention on the Forced Disappearance of Persons. According to Advocates for Silenced Turkey (AST)’s report [6], there have been 6 135 abductions and forced disappearances to date; this report consists of an alarming number of accounts of abductions and torture provided by abductees. AST calls on international human rights organizations to urge Turkish authorities to abide by domestic and international laws of human rights and cease their illegal and inhumane practices of abductions, forced disappearance, and renditions immediately. We, as AST, also call on the Kyrgyzstan government to investigate the abduction case of Orhan Inandi, who is still believed to be in Bishkek, to take urgent action to find his whereabouts and prevent him from any possible deportation.

 

Hafza Y. GIRDAP

Executive Director and Spokesperson

directorhg@silencedturkey.org

 

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Sources;

[1]https://m.akipress.com/news:658894:Orhan_Inandi_was_kidnapped_and_being_held_somewhere_in_Bishkek,_according_to_unconfirmed_data__Lawyer/

[2]https://www.turkishminute.com/2021/06/01/presidentofturkish-kyrgyz-schools-feared-to-have-been-abducted-in-bishkek/

[3]https://stockholmcf.org/educator-orhan-inandi-feared-to-have-been-kidnapped-in-kyrgyzstan/

[4]https://www.turkishminute.com/2021/06/01/presidentofturkish-kyrgyz-schools-feared-to-have-been-abducted-in-bishkek/

[5]https://freedomhouse.org/report/transnational-repression/turkey

[6]https://silencedturkey.org/erdogans-long-arms-abductions-in-turkey-and-abroad

 

Relevant Contacts

The Honorable Dunja Mijatovic

Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights
Council of Europe
Avenue de I’Europe F-67075
Strasbourg Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 34 21
Fax: +33 (0)3 90 21 50 53
Email: commissioner@coe.int

 

United National Human Rights Committee

Petitions Team
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office at Geneva
1211 Geneva 10 (Switzerland)
Fax: + 41 22 917 9022 (particularly for urgent matters)
E-mail: petitions@ohchr.org

 

Committee Against Torture

Petitions and Inquiries Section
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office at Geneva 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

E-mail: petitions@ohchr.org,
TB-petitions@ohchr.org,
cat@ohchr.org,
registry@ohchr.org

 

United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances

OHCHR-UNOG CH
1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland
Téléphone: (41-22) 917 90 00
Fax: (+41-22) 917 90 06
E-mail: wgeid@ohchr.org

 

Petitions and Inquiries Section/Committee on Enforced Disappearances

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office at Geneva
Email: petitions@ohchr.org

 

Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

House Committee on Foreign Affairs
5100 O’Neill House Office Building
200 C Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20515
United States of America
Phone: +1 (202) 225-3599
Fax: +1 (202) 226-6584
Email: TLHRC@mail.house.gov

 

US Helsinki Commission

234 Ford House Office Building
3rd and D Streets SW
Washington, DC 20515
Email: info@csce.gov

 

 

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Press Release: Persecuted mothers of Turkey

In the past, women of Turkey have always been discriminated, subjugated, and oppressed. Especially mothers have had to pay the price of conflicts and oppression more harshly. Kurdish mothers had to leave their kids’ dead bodies in freezers for days because of the curfews. Dead bodies of Kur­dish mothers were left on the streets because of the curfews. Mothers were beaten on the streets just be­cause they gather to call the government to find their forcibly disappeared children. Devastating experi­ences of mothers in Turkey, regardless of their ethnicity, ideological beliefs, or religion are in­describable. To top it all off, the failed coup attempt in July 2016 happened to be a water­shed moment in Turkey’s modern history, which was followed by the persecution of thousands of people; among whom are thousands of women and mothers. Extraordinary measures taken by the government following the coup attempt, the political conflicts, and consequential persecution have doubled the burden on mothers. Due to the government’s propaganda, mothers are stigmatized and excluded from society. They are exposed to arbitrary detentions, their children/husbands become the victims of enforced disap­pearances, and they are forced to flee to survive. Mothers have either lost their own lives in these desperate circum­stances, or their children in these hazardous journeys. We are extending our solidarity with:

⁃ Saturday Mothers ⁃ Taybe Ana ⁃ Mother of Cemile Cagirga ⁃ Mother of Nurefsan ⁃ Mother of Berkin Elvan ⁃ Mothers incarcerated with their babies ⁃ Incarcerated mothers separated from their kids ⁃ Mother of Gulistan Doku ⁃ Mother of Sule Cet ⁃ Mothers whose professions taken from them ⁃ Mother of Ahmet Burhan ⁃ Mother and grandmother of Hakan ⁃ Mothers of deceased Grup Yorum members ⁃ Esma Uludag ⁃ Unzile Araz ⁃ Hatice Akcabay ⁃ Emine Bulut ⁃ Sumeyya Avci ⁃ Nurhayat Yildiz ⁃ Fatma Gormez

We are also extending our sincere gratitude to Natali Avazyan, Eren Keskin, Huda Kaya, and many more courageous women who have cared for the persecuted children of Turkey, just like a mother would. On this occasion, we, once more, call on the Turkish government to ensure human rights in Turkey, respect the demands of mothers who seek justice for their children and beloved ones and release incarcerated mothers who are political prisoners.

Hafza GIRDAP

Spokesperson & Executive Director

directorhg@silencedturkey.org

 

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