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TAKE ACTION ; MART AYINDA MAĞDUR KADINLAR İÇİN SEN DE BİRŞEY YAP !!!

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8 Mart, “Dünya Kadınlar Günü”; Mart ayı ise Amerika’da “Women History Month” bir ay boyunca programların yapıldığı bir ay.

 

1. PROTESTOLAR: – Önemli, merkezi yerlerde yürüyüş yapılıp basın açıklaması okunabilir. – Günün anlam ve önemini belirten Flyer dağıtılması
2. PANELLER: – Üniversite, Kültür merkezi veya dini mekanlarda 1 kadın mağdur ve 1 uzman konuşmalı paneller – Zoom linki olmalı – Mağdur konuşmacı noktasında desteğe ihtiyaç olabilir. İhtiyaç olursa başka bölgelere konuşmacı hususunda yardımcı olmaya çalışacağız.
3. MEKTUP & İMZA KAMPANYASI: – TR’de kadın hakkı ihlallerine ilişkin NH Senatoru Shaheen’e hitaben bir mektup hazırlanacak. Mektup için tüm U.S’ten imza toplanacak. – İMZA: Change kampanyası başlatılacak ve yapılan programlarda hard copy imza da olacak. – Örneğin: Kalabalık yerlerde veya market önlerinde kadın mağduriyetlerine ilişkin bir banner ile imza toplanabilir.
4. VİDEO & RESİM: – Dünyanın farklı yerlerinden önemli kişilerden Türkiye’deki kadın mağduriyetleriyle ilişkin görüntülü video mesajlar istenebilir.
5. RESİM SERGİSİ: – Dikkat çekecek merkezi, kalabalık yerlerde ve mekanlarda kadın mağduriyetine ilişkin bir sergi organize edilebilir.
6. YEREL AKTİVİTELERE KATILMA: – Mümkünse her yerde arkadaşların küçük gruplar halinde bile olsa Woman’s March ve benzeri aktivitelere katılması teşvik edilebilir. – Bu programlarda dikkat çekmesi bakımından t-shirt kullanılabilir. VEYA bu 6 faaliyetin dışında daha faydalı bir calışma ile yaşanılan kadın mağduriyetlerini dile GETİRİP bizimle çalışmalarınızı paylaşabilirsiniz.
NOT : AST tarafından, basın açıklaması, flyer, poster tasarımları, resim, imza kampanyasıyla ilgili içerikler hazırlanıp temin edilecektir, ihtiyaçlara cevap vermeye imkan ölçüsünde uğraşacağız.

 

 

 

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AST REPORT 2018-2019

WORDS FROM THE ADVOCATES

When the Turkish President declared in an infamous speech that “old Turkey no longer exists. This Turkey is new Turkey”, the story of Turkish authoritarianism had once and for all taken on a new character. Since July of 2016, the Turkish government has improperly imprisoned 130,214 homemakers, teachers, NGO workers, academics, judges, prosecutors, and journalists.

We are a group of lawyers, judges, academics, journalists, and hundreds of activists who cherish democratic ideals and universal human rights. We are prisoners of conscience wanted by the Erdogan’s regime, relatives of political prisoners, and victims who have lost their jobs, property, and family members to the current administration which has been described as a Mafia State. We are the Advocates of Silenced Turkey. We, the Advocates, have made it our mission to champion the rights of Silenced Turkey until universal human rights and democratic governance are established and sustained as the utmost priorities of the Republic of Turkey.

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18 Former employees of Turkish National Intellingency (MIT) are tortured in Ankara TEM

It turned out that all the people who were detained and tortured in Ankara were MIT employees. H.Ç.’s lawyer told the police yesterday.

According to the news of BOLD MEDIA Cevheri Güven, 27 people who were detained in Ankara on the morning of December 18 and announced as former employees of the Prime Ministry by the Public Prosecutor’s Office were expelled from the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) and were subjected to intense pressure during the detention process.

According to information provided by lawyers of detainees in Ankara Anti-Terror Branch, the first day of detention was threatened, insulted and psychological torture.

According to the information given by the ex-MIT employee H.Ç.’s lawyer spouse, the detainees were interviewed at 22.30 on the first day and were threatened with rape by showing bottles lined up next to each other.

“WAS SCARED AND IN PANIC”

According to the statements of the wife of the detainee; My husband had not undergone any investigation, prosecution after being expelled. When I saw him, he was scared and in panic. They have taken him into a different type of interrogation room which has a camera and two sides glass-covered rooms. They took him for “interview” for 30 minutes which was completely threatening and insult to him along with the interview. “Even if we release you, we will you get you back without any warrant.” They had added.

THESE BOTTLES ARE FOR YOU

They have shown some bottles which are put together and told him that” these bottles are for you which you may understand what will happen to you with them if you do not be smart and tell us all the story.”

ANKARA BAR ASSOCIATION STARTED INVESTIGATION 18 PEOPLE IS UNDER ARREST.

27 people who were detained in Ankara on the morning of December 18 and announced as former employees of the Prime Ministry by the Public Prosecutor's Office were expelled from the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) and were subjected to intense pressure during the detention process.
34th High Criminal Court was established in Ankara to prosecute MİT employees. Establishing a special court for investigation of an institution is caused by serious critics by the lawyers.
6 people who were kidnapped in February 2019 and who were handed over to the police after 6 months of torture began to be tried in this court.

http://aktifhaber.com/m/gundem/mitin-18-eski-calisani-ankara-temde-iskence-goruyor-2-h140877.html

*The news in the link was translated and briefed.

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SEND A LETTER : TORTURE ALLEGATIONS

 

 

Urge Turkish authorities to investigate and stop the torture of 18 ex-Intelligence
employees in Ankara at the counter-terrorism department on December 18th and
bring perpetrators to justice.

Dear (Mr. Senator) (Law Enforcement Officials),

According to information provided by Bold Medya from ex-MIT employee H.Ç’s wife (a lawyer), the detainees were interviewed at 10:30 PM on December 18th, 2019 and threatened with rape using bottles in the counter-terrorism department in Ankara, Turkey.

“My husband was threatened with [my safety], although he did not give details about this part. I think this hurt him deeply. He was threatened with his family and his mother. Then they showed him bottles lined up side by side and threatened him saying ‘Look, we oiled this bottle for you. Today we’re only saying hello, you can guess what we will do tomorrow’” said H.Ç, a lawyer and the wife of one of the detainees.

During the last two years following the so-called coup attempt on July 15, 2016, almost all democratic processes and fundamental human rights have been suspended in Turkey.

The Erdogan administration has greatly restricted access to basic human rights and has abandoned the values of equality and respect for human dignity in the sense that the western civilization stipulates, and in this regard, it has completely broken its ties with the modern world. Other reports prepared by many internationally recognized human rights institutions clearly state the same. For example, the Human Rights Watch published a report about kidnapping and torture in Turkey (Police Custody Torture and Abductions in Turkey) on October 2017 while the United Nations published a report on March 20, 2018, about the widespread human rights violations including torture during Turkey’s state of emergency.

The High Commissioner for UN Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, mentioned that about 160,000 people were detained in Turkey; 152,000 state officials, including teachers, judges and lawyers, among whom the vast majority were arbitrarily expelled or investigated; nearly 200 journalists were arrested, 201 media outlets and hundreds of websites were closed during the state of emergency period. There were many cases of torture, rape, and kidnapping, which were only partially reflected in the reports. As a result of the criminal announcements regarding these issues, the limited investigations in Turkey provided no positive results.

Similarly, the UN rapporteur expressed that 100 pregnant women or women with newborns were taken into custody, severely separated from their children on the grounds that they were “affiliates” with their husbands or older children suspected
of being linked to labeled organizations. As best said by the UN rapporteur, “This is not merely excessive, but entirely cruel!”

FACTS ABOUT TORTURE & DEATHS IN TURKEY

Gokhan Acikkollu, a 42-year old history teacher suffering from diabetes was dismissed from his job then detained & tortured for 13 days under police custody. The result was his death.

The torture allegations documented by the Ankara Bar Association against 6 ex-diplomats of the Turkish Foreign Ministry were detained at Police Headquarters in Ankara on May 26th are another prominent example of torture in Turkey.

According to the UN, there were 263 incidents of torture in the space of a single year and 2,278 victims faced maltreatment and torture. By the count of the State Department, there were 328 allegations of torture and at least 51 suspicious deaths in custody and prisons in the last 3 years.

We urge the Turkish authorities to investigate and end state-sanctioned torture in addition to bring the perpetrators to justice.
We urge all international bodies and human rights organizations to take the necessary steps to STOP TORTURE in TURKEY and bring all the perpetrators to justice.

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December 10th, International Human Rights Day Booklet

DECEMBER 10th, INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY Booklet

10 aralık insan hakları gününde yüzlerce insan hakları gönüllülerinin destekleriyle 17 Farklı yerde yapılan aktivitelerin bir özetini sunan bu kitapçıkta bir çok demokratik protesto aktivitesi yer almaktadır. İnsan hakları ihlallerinin bir an evvel dinmesi için gayret gösteren gönüllülerimize teşekkür ederiz.

 

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PRESS RELEASE: CALLING EVERY DISSIDENT ABROAD AS TERRORIST, ERDOGAN VOWS TO KILL “TERRORISTS”(!) BY JUSTIFYING THIS ATTEMPT WITH A REFERRAL TO THE OPERATION AGAINST BAGHDADI

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CALLING EVERY DISSIDENT ABROAD AS TERRORIST, ERDOGAN VOWS TO KILL “TERRORISTS”(!) BY JUSTIFYING THIS ATTEMPT WITH A REFERRAL TO THE OPERATION AGAINST BAGHDADI

It has now been over three years since the failed coup attempt and the Turkish government has been targeting its dissident citizens abroad since then. Until very lately, the issue was a concern of countries where some kidnappings and abductions took place and where authorities acceded to Ankara’s demands for their extradition.

However, lately, The U.S. administration also came to face the unpleasant reality of such inhumane practices after the unlawful arrests and imprisonments of American citizens in Turkey. Moreover, while opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been captured in Moldova, Ukraine, Kosovo, Malaysia, Gabon, and many other countries, last year Erdogan’s spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin hinted that Turkey would conduct such operations on the U.S. soil as well. Following all these intimidations in terms of human rights, this week we faced the most concrete and frightening threat voiced by the Turkish President. While giving a speech on recent happenings in Syria and Baghdadi’s death, Erdogan said Turkey’s actions would be justified in targeting individuals living in foreign countries if these individuals are viewed as terrorists by them and labeled as threats to national security. President Erdogan also added that he hoped he could deliver “good news” on this issue soon.

We emphasize our great concern about such targeting threats and urge the U.S. authorities to seek clarification from the Turkish administration over these threatening remarks. In this respect, a determined stance by the U.S. would play a deterring role for any reckless attempt by the Turkish government against Turkish dissidents living in the U.S.

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SEND A LETTER: SENATORS and LAW ENFORCEMENT ABOUT THREATS AGAINST TURKISH CITIZENS

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Re: Calling every dissident abroad as a terrorist, Erdogan vows to kill “terrorists”(!)  by justifying this attempt with a referral to the operation against Baghdadi

Dear (Mr. Senator) (Law Enforcement Officials),

It has now been over three years since the failed coup attempt and the Turkish government has been targeting its dissident citizens abroad since then. Until very lately, the issue was a concern of countries where some kidnappings and abductions took place and where authorities acceded to Ankara’s demands for their extradition.

However, lately, The U.S. administration also came to face the unpleasant reality of such inhumane practices after the unlawful arrests and imprisonments of American citizens in Turkey. Moreover, while opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been captured in Moldova, Ukraine, Kosovo, Malaysia, Gabon, and many other countries, last year Erdogan’s spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin hinted that Turkey would conduct such operations on the U.S. soil as well. Following all these intimidations in terms of human rights, this week we faced the most concrete and frightening threat voiced by the Turkish President. While giving a speech on recent happenings in Syria and Baghdadi’s death, Erdogan said Turkey’s actions would be justified in targeting individuals living in foreign countries if these individuals are viewed as terrorists by them and labeled as threats to national security. President Erdogan also added that he hoped he could deliver “good news” on this issue soon. Attached you may find the links to detailed information about the issue.

I, as a critic of Erdogan and the Turkish government, write to you to emphasize our great concern about such targeting threats and urge the U.S. authorities to seek clarification from the Turkish administration over these threatening remarks. In this respect, a determined stance by the U.S. would play a deterring role for any reckless attempt by the Turkish government against Turkish dissidents living in the U.S. We would be glad to see you address this issue and attract attention to threats in your official capacity.

Best Regards,

 

https://youtu.be/HR3A6-tEVuk

https://ahvalnews-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/ahvalnews.com/turkey-us/erdogan-hints-turkey-could-follow-us-lead-assassinate-enemies-abroad?amp

https://www.turkishminute.com/2019/10/30/erdogan-says-turkey-has-right-to-kill-people-abroad-who-threaten-national-security/

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/turkey/2017-11-30/turkey-turning-mafia-state

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/912938/Turkey-Erdogan-fascist-state-vigilante-military-coup-armed-civilians-HOH-latest-democracy

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/14/c_136893638.htm

 

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS ABOUT HUMAN RIGHT VIOLATIONS.

1) U.S. Homeland Security
Email: https://www.dhs.gov/online-forms-and-email / hrv.ice@dhs.gov
Phone: 202-282-8000
Twitter: @DHSgov
Website: https://www.dhs.gov/

2) The Federal Bureau of Investigation
Email: (need to submit form online)
Phone: 202-278-2000
Twitter: @FBI
Website: https://www.fbi.gov/

3) U.S. Department of State
Email: https://register.state.gov/contactus/contactusform
Phone: (202) 647-6575
Twitter: @StateDept
Website: https://www.state.gov/

4) U.S. Department of Justice
Email: https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice
Phone: 202-353-1555
Twitter: @TheJusticeDept
Website: https://www.justice.gov/

5) United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC)
Email: civilsociety@ohchr.org
Phone: (+41) 22 917 9656
Twitter: @UN_HRC
Website: www.ohchr.org/hrc

6) European Court of Human Rights
Email: http://appform.echr.coe.int/echrrequest/request.aspx?lang=gb
Phone: (+33) 0 3 88 41 20 18
Fax: (+33) (0)3 88 41 27 30
Website: http://www.echr.coe.int/pages/home.aspx?p=basictexts

7) International Court of Justice
Email: information@icj-cij.org
Phone: (+31) 70 302 23 23
Fax: (+31) 70 364 99 28
Twitter: @CIJ_ICJ
Website: http://www.icj-cij.org/en

8) European Union
Email: (need to submit form online)
Phone: 80067891011
Twitter: @EU_Commission
Website: https://europa.eu/european-union/index_en

9) Interpol
Email: https://www.interpol.int/Forms/CPO
Fax: +33 4 72 44 71 63
Twitter: @INTERPOL_HQ ‏
Website: https://www.interpol.int/

10) The Federal Government of Germany
Email: (need to submit form online)
Website: https://www.bundesregierung.de/Webs/Breg/EN/Homepage/_node.html

11) Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
Email: (need to submit form online)

12) Federal Office for Migration and Refugees
Email: (need to submit form online)
Phone: (+49) 911 9430
Twitter: @BAMF_Dialog
Website: http://www.bamf.de/EN/Startseite/startseite-node.html

13) The Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany
Email: https://www.bundestag.de/en/service/contactform
Phone: (+49) (0) 30 227-0
Fax: (+49)(0) 30 227-36878
Twitter: @INTERPOL_HQ ‏
Website: http://www.bundestag.de/en/

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PRESS RELEASE: CRUCIAL HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN TURKEY AND VIGIL FOR DECEASED PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES BECAUSE OF THE PERSECUTION

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CRUCIAL HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN TURKEY AND VIGIL FOR DECEASED PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES BECAUSE OF THE PERSECUTION

On July 15, 2016, Turkey witnessed an attempted but failed coup which made an accelerating impact on Turkey’s already fraying democratic mechanisms and allowed the administration to launch a sweeping purge to cleanse public service and security bureaucracy of his political opponents and critics. More than 150,000 public workers, including generals, admirals, judges, prosecutors, doctors, teachers, police officers and etc., have been summarily sacked by emergency decrees without due process. For more than 3 years we have been facing ruthless human rights violations against hundreds of thousands of people – from arbitrary deprivation of the right to work and to freedom of movement, to torture and other ill-treatment, arbitrary detentions and infringements of the rights to freedom of association and expression. As a result of those inhumane operations of the authorities and also during escapes through the Evros River and the Aegean Sea, so many deaths have occurred. Recently 7 people including 5 young children lost their lives while trying to flee the persecution by boats like other thousands of people did. Today we are gathered to commemorate those deceased people whether directly murdered by being tortured, denied medical treatment, or indirectly killed by being forced to dangerous ways of escapes. As we always do, today once more again, we call on the Turkish government to ensure human rights all over the country and follow the rule of law. We also urge the international community to take action to stop these crucial human rights violations in Turkey.

 

Hafza Y. GIRDAP
Spokesperson
directorhg@silencedturkey.org

 

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TAKE ACTION ; Vigil in remembrance of those who died in the Aegean Sea while fleeing from the persecution in Turkey.

On Friday, September 27, 2019, the boat carrying desperate people fleeing persecution in Turkey sank. Seven out of 19 people on the boat passed away.

Mustafa Said Zenbil, 12 years old
Meltem Zenbil, 40 years old
Kevser Sezer, 58 years old
Mahir Isik, 4 months old
Ibrahim Isik, 3 years old
Mustafa Kara, 6 years old
Gulsum Kara, 8 years old

Funerals were held and 2 of the deceased were buried on the slope of Chios with the help of Greek citizens.

While the Greek media published the news as, “The angels escaping from Erdogan lost their lives in the Aegean Sea,” about the unfortunate event, the Turkish media used inappropriate name-calling.

Please join us on Saturday, October 26, 11:00 am -1:00 pm in Bryant Park, New York in remembrance of those who died in the Aegean Sea.

After the collective prayer for those who passed away, flyers with information about this sad event will be distributed.  Cookies will be shared for the benefit of those who passed away.

In Turkey, 278 people have already died due to not being able to stand the persecution, having heart attacks and other serious medical conditions, from torture, while fleeing from persecution, after car accidents, or by the struggle for survival under difficult conditions.

Don’t be silent about this persecution! Take action and come to Bryant Park on Saturday, Oct. 26!

For more information and to find out about all of our activities, please follow us @silencedturkey

Send us an email if you want to participate

Willing contributions of any size are always accepted and appreciated.

 

 

 

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