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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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WOMEN’S RIGHTS PROTESTS

A First of its kind: Virtual Protest for Women’s Rights

After the widely successful protests on March 6th for women’s rights in 5 countries and 42 locations with thousands of attendees, AST (Advocates of Silenced Turkey) assembled a first of its kind virtual protest on March 21st, 2021 at the channel:

www.youtube.com/advocatesofsilencedturkey

to support women in Turkey and in the World with more than 70,000 attendants during the event. Leading members of the community, activists, journalists, human rights defenders, and advocates joined with their remarks during this unique protest.

AST is committed to the freedom, rights, and well-being of all women and children and this will be a priority issue until all inequality, discrimination, and oppression are eliminated.

 

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THE WOMEN WHO SURVIVED THE TURKEY PURGE

A Graphic Novel about the women who survived after the long journey in Turkey’s dictatorial regime.

After the alleged coup attempt of July 15, 2016, thousands of people lost their jobs and were subjected to court trials and proceedings on the grounds that they were Hizmet Movement followers. Hundreds of people, who do not have a hope to survive in this grueling atmosphere in Turkey, are striving to leave the country illegally by venturing into the risk of crossing the border and facing death in order to live freely. There were people who drowned in this difficult and harsh journey.

Advocates of Silenced Turkey (AST), as a non-governmental organization that runs its activities on a voluntary basis, has made it a 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.

This graphic novel was created by a high school student with inspiration from real stories on the APH project.

Graphic Novel PDF

Turkish Version PDF Link


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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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864 Babies are in Jail Protests Booklet

The imprisonment of babies is just one element of the Turkish government’s crackdown on innocent people. Approximately 217,000 people have been detained and more than 82,000 people have been arrested on terrorism charges. Those prosecuted include journalists, civil servants, teachers, politicians, academics, human rights defenders, police officers, and military personnel. The prosecutions often lack compelling evidence of criminal activity. As a result, government officials use torture and ill-treatment in custody, including severe beatings, threats of sexual assault and actual sexual assault, electric shocks, waterboarding and interference with medical examinations.


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