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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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The court did not discharge Eray’s father once again

Ender Özkul, father of Muhammed Eray (13), was initially sacked from his deputy police chief position and then arrested with decree laws during the State of Emergency. Özkul’s son Eray was diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer and his condition has exacerbated every day he is apart from his father. On January 10 Özkul was brought back to court for trial, but was not discharged. Eray’s mother, Oya Özkul, said on social media that Eray became ill because he was distressed with his father’s arrest. Several Fenerbahçe soccer players have visited Eray in Istanbul to give him morale.

Source: http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/mahkeme-erayin-babasini-yine-tahliye-etmedi-h110472.html

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Amnesty Kirklees’ letter of solidarity to an imprisoned judge in Turkey

Jan Walters, a solicitor and member of Amnesty Kirklees writes a letter of solidarity to an imprisoned judge in Turkey, Neslihan Ekinci.

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly Dec 18

Download as pdf: AST_Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly_Dec18

Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 12/11/2017-12/18/2017

1-“Turkish singer Zuhal Olcay indicted on charges of insulting Erdoğan”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/12/turkish-singer-zuhal-olcay-indicted-on-charges-of-insulting-erdogan/

2-“Detention warrants issued for 79 Finance Ministry staff over Gülen links”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/14/detention-warrants-issued-for-79-finance-ministry-staff-over-gulen-links/

3-“[VIDEO] Pro-gov’t journalist suggests killing family members of jailed Gülen followers”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/12/video-pro-govt-journalist-suggests-killing-family-members-of-jailed-gulen-followers/

4-“Turkish interior minister: 55,665 jailed, 234,419 passports revoked over Gülen links”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/12/turkish-interior-minister-55665-jailed-234419-passports-revoked-over-gulen-links/

5-“Kurdish man dies under suspicious circumstances at Turkish police station”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/17/kurdish-man-dies-under-suspicious-circumstances-at-turkish-police-station/

6-“Pro-Erdoğan businessman offers $780K reward for arrest of Rubin and Fuller”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/07/pro-erdogan-businessman-offers-780k-reward-for-arrest-of-rubin-and-fuller/

7-“PAKURD Chairman Baran refutes Erdoğan: I was tortured for 13 days”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/11/pakurd-chairman-baran-refutes-erdogan-i-was-tortured-for-13-days/

8-“Detention warrant issued for wife of famous Turkish businessman İpek”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/15/detention-warrant-issued-for-wife-of-famous-turkish-businessman-ipek/

9-“Erdoğan calls on people to show no mercy to Gülen movement”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/16/erdogan-calls-on-people-to-show-no-mercy-to-gulen-movement/

10-“[VIDEO] Pro-Erdoğan columnist: Gülen followers soon won’t be able walk freely in the US”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/16/video-pro-erdogan-columnist-gulen-followers-soon-wont-be-able-walk-freely-in-the-us/

11-“Deputy PM threatens main opposition leader: He will be harmed if he doesn’t give up”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/17/minister-threatens-main-opposition-leader-he-will-be-harmed-if-he-doesnt-give-up/

12-“Governor bans commemorative events ahead of Maras massacre anniversary”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/17/governor-bans-commemorative-events-ahead-of-maras-massacre-anniversary/

13-” Prosecutor demands aggravated life sentences for journalists Ilıcak and Altan brothers”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/11/prosecutor-demands-aggravated-life-sentences-for-journalists-ilicak-and-altan-brothers/

14-“Report: Turkey twists peace declaration into an act of terrorism”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/11/report-turkey-twists-peace-declaration-into-an-act-of-terrorism/

15-“Top police chief says 22,987 police officers dismissed over Gülen links”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/12/top-police-chief-says-22987-police-officers-dismissed-over-gulen-links/

16-“Turkish interior minister: 55,665 jailed, 234,419 passports revoked over Gülen links”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/12/turkish-interior-minister-55665-jailed-234419-passports-revoked-over-gulen-links/

17-“Purged civil servant abducted from car in Turkey’s capital, wife says”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/13/purged-civil-servant-abducted-from-car-in-turkeys-capital-wife-says/

18-“Detention warrants issued for 33 more Turkish military members”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/12/detention-warrants-issued-for-33-more-turkish-military-members/

19-“Erdoğan’s news agency targets journalist covering Atilla case”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/14/erdogans-news-agency-targets-journalist-covering-atilla-case/

20-“Diyarbakır Bar files criminal complaints against Küçük, Uğur”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/14/diyarbakir-bar-files-criminal-complaints-against-kucuk-ugur/

21-“Turkey boosting prison capacity to be able to jail 345,000 people in 5 years”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-boosting-prison-capacity-able-jail-345000-people-5-years

22-“8 including children, academics detained while on way to escape to Greece”
https://turkeypurge.com/8-including-children-academics-detained-way-escape-greece

23-“Architect, son given 14 months in jail for insulting Erdogan”
https://turkeypurge.com/architect-son-given-14-months-jail-insulting-erdogan

24-“Newly married Antalya journalist behind bars for 17 months: wife”
https://turkeypurge.com/newly-married-antalya-journalist-behind-bars-17-months-wife

25-“HRW Turkey head says post-coup crackdown aimed at building empire of fear”
https://turkeypurge.com/hrw-turkey-head-says-post-coup-crackdown-aimed-building-empire-fear

26-“39 civilians detained in simultaneous police raids in 8 provinces”
https://turkeypurge.com/39-civilians-detained-simultaneous-police-raids-8-provinces

27-“Gülen-linked teachers, businessman detained in Afghanistan”
https://turkeypurge.com/gulen-linked-turkish-teachers-businessman-detained-afghanistan

28-“Investigation launched against news platform established by jobless journalists”
https://turkeypurge.com/investigation-launched-news-platform-established-jobless-journalists

29-“CPJ: Turkey remains worst jailer of journalists in the world”
https://turkeypurge.com/cpj-turkey-remains-worst-jailer-journalists-world

30-“Gendarmerie detain 13 people aged between 40 to 90 in Kurdish village”
https://turkeypurge.com/gendarmerie-detained-13-people-aged-40-90-kurdish-village

31-“70 including Isparta military entrance processing commander detained on coup charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/70-including-isparta-military-entrance-processing-commander-detained-coup-charges

32-“Osmaniye woman detained while visiting ‘Gülenist’ husband in prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/osmaniye-woman-detained-visiting-gulenist-husband-prison

33-” Mother of purge-victim public servant beaten by police for protesting son’s dismissal from service”
https://turkeypurge.com/mother-purge-victim-public-servant-beaten-police-protesting-sons-dismissal-service

34-“4 teachers given prison sentences of up to 10 years over coup charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/4-teachers-given-prison-sentences-10-years-coup-charges

35-“Ugandan teacher in Turkey’s Diyarbakir detained in post-coup probe”
https://turkeypurge.com/ugandan-teacher-turkeys-diyarbakir-detained-post-coup-probe

36-“DIHA reporter Nedim Türfent sentenced to 8 years and 9 months in jail”
https://turkeypurge.com/diha-reported-sentenced-8-years-9-months-jail

37-“Turkish man in Netherlands sentenced for threatening Erdogan critic”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-man-netherlands-sentenced-threatening-erdogan-critic

38-“Gov’t selling properties of 30 media outlets seized from critics after failed coup”
https://turkeypurge.com/govt-selling-properties-30-media-outlets-seized-critics-failed-coup

39-“Governor bans film festival in Turkey’s Diyarbakir: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/film-festival-diyarbakir-banned-due-post-coup-emergency-rule-report

40-“Afghan officials detain Turkish teachers ‘linked to Gulen’ – report”
https://www.rt.com/newsline/412881-afghanistan-turkish-teachers-gulen/

41-“Turkish teachers linked to Erdogan foe detained in Afghanistan”
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-afghanistan-turkey/turkish-teachers-linked-to-erdogan-foe-detained-in-afghanistan-idUKKBN1E621Z?il=0

42-“Afghanistan’s Intelligence Agency Releases Four Abducted Teachers Of Turkish Schools, Report”
https://stockholmcf.org/afghanistans-intelligence-agancy-releases-four-abducted-teachers-of-turkish-schools/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 12/11/2017-12/18/2017

1-” Yargitay üyesini başkasinin bylock kaydi yüzünden 16 aydir hapiste tutuyorlar”
http://www.tr724.com/yargitay-uyesini-baskasinin-bylock-kaydi-yuzunden-16-aydir-hapiste-tutuyorlar/

2-“Mama ile beslenen kanser-hastasini- iyasi tutuklu diye tedavi etmiyorlar ”
http://www.tr724.com/mama-ile-beslenen-kanser-hastasini-siyasi-tutuklu-diye-tedavi-etmiyorlar/

3-“İşimizi istiyoruz protestosunda, veli saçilik ile 7 kişiye gözalti”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/baski-rejiminin-oldugu-turkiyeden-kacis-h108522.html

4-“Adli tip profesörü korur: işkenceciler yarin yargilanacak, her ihlal kayit altina alinmali”
http://www.tr724.com/adli-tip-profesoru-korur-iskenceciler-yarin-yargilanacak-her-ihlal-kayit-altina-alinmali/

5-“Enver Kiliç ve Zabit kişi’nin de MIT tarafindan kaçirildiği ortaya çikti”
http://www.tr724.com/enver-kilic-zabit-kisinin-de-mit-tarafindan-kacirildigi-ortaya-cikti/

6-” Doç. Dr. Korb: Hitler Almanyasi’nda yapilanlarla Erdoğan rejiminin zulmü çok benzer”
http://www.tr724.com/doc-dr-korb-hitler-almanyasinda-yapilanlarla-erdogan-rejiminin-zulmu-cok-benzer/

7-“Afganistan gizli servisi Türk eğitimciler ile bir işadamini gözaltina aldi”
http://www.tr724.com/afganistanda-turk-egitimcilere-gozalti/

8-“15 Temmuz’dan bu yana: 159 bin 506 gözaltı, 47 bin 523 tutuklama”
http://www.diken.com.tr/15-temmuzdan-bu-yana-159-bin-506-gozalti-47-bin-523-tutuklama/

9-“Şüpheli ölüm: PKK zanlısı için ‘3. kattan atladı, intihar etti’ iddiası”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/supheli-olum-pkk-zanlisi-icin-3-kattan-atladi-intihar-etti-iddiasi/

10-“Açık faşizm dönemindeyiz
http://www.kronos.news/tr/acik-fasizm-donemindeyiz/

11-“‘Diyarbakır sevdalısı’ Ugandalı öğretmen gözaltında”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/kara-mizah-diyarbakir-sevdalisi-ugandali-ogretmen-gozaltinda/

12-” ‘Gülenci’ şantajıyla para alırken suçüstü yakalandı, serbest kaldı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/gulenci-santajiyla-para-alirken-sucustu-yakalandi-serbest-kaldi/

13-” Tutuklu eşini ziyarete giden kadın gözaltına alındı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/tutuklu-esini-ziyarete-giden-kadin-gozaltina-alindi/

14-“‘Öğretmen Sümeyye Özkurt hapishaneye dönmesin’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/ogretmen-sumeyye-ozkurt-hapishaneden-hastaneye-donmesin/

15-“Kütahya ve Antalya’da ‘gaybubet evi’ operasyonu: 12 gözaltı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/kutahya-ve-antalyada-gaybubet-evi-operasyonu-12-gozalti/

16-“Boydaklar tutuklu ama ‘mafya’ davasında tutuklu tek sanık da tahliye edildi”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/boydaklar-tutuklu-ama-mafya-davasinda-tutuklu-tek-sanik-da-tahliye-edildi/

17-“‘Gaybubet evleri’ operasyonu: 45 gözaltı daha”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/gaybubet-evleri-operasyonu-45-gozalti-daha/

18-” ‘Asfalta yatırıp çıplak arama’ davasının avukatına soruşturma”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/asfalta-yatirip-ciplak-arama-davasinin-avukatina-sorusturma/

19-“İzmir’de ‘OHAL Değil Acil Demokrasi Mitingi’ne OHAL yasağı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/izmirde-ohal-degil-acil-demokrasi-mitingine-ohal-yasagi/

20-“El konulan İpek Holding davasında Nevin İpek için yakalama kararı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/el-konulan-ipek-holding-davasinda-nevin-ipek-icin-yakalama-karari/

21-“Sanık polisin avukatı: Delilleri müvekkilim değil TEM şube karartı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/sanik-polisin-avukati-delilleri-muvekkilim-degil-tem-sube-kararti/

22-“Tutuklulara işkence ve infaz öneren Küçük ve Uğur’a suç duyurusu”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/tutuklulara-iskence-ve-infaz-oneren-kucuk-ve-ugura-suc-duyurusu/

23-“Ankara’nın ortasında kaçırılan Ümit Horzum’dan haber alınamıyor”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/ankaranin-ortasinda-kacirilan-umit-horzumdan-haber-alinamiyo/

24-“CPJ: Dünyada hapisteki gazeteci sayısı rekora ulaştı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/cpj-dunyada-hapisteki-gazeteci-sayisi-rekora-ulasti/

25-” Hamileyken tutukladılar doğum yapınca bebeğiyle tekrar zindana koydular”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/hamileyken-tutukladilar-dogum-yapinca-bebegiyle-tekrar-zindana-koydular-h109229.html

26-” Tutuklandığından beri aynı pantolonu giyiyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/tutuklandigindan-beri-ayni-pantolonu-giyiyor-h109212.html

27-“Hakkındaki deliller tutuklandıktan 3 ay sonra oluşturulmuş”
http://aktifhaber.com/medya/hakkindaki-deliller-tutuklandiktan-3-ay-sonra-olusturulmus-h109197.html

28-“Tutukluyken ağır ve sistematik darptan öldürüldü ama sorumlusu yok..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/tutukluyken-agir-ve-sistematik-darptan-olduruldu-ama-sorumlusu-yok-h109165.html

29-“7 yıl 6 ay ceza alan Fatma Salın’ın hikayesi”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/7-yil-6-ay-ceza-alan-fatma-salinin-hikayesi-h109130.html

30-“Ankara’da bir kaçırılma olayı daha!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ankarada-bir-kacirilma-olayi-daha-h108905.html

31-” 24 kişiye 10 kişilik yemek, tek tip kıyafet, hakaret ve tehdit”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/24-kisiye-10-kisilik-yemek-tek-tip-kiyafet-hakaret-ve-tehdit-h108851.html

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300 families have fled Turkey to Greece due to post-coup crackdown

A Turkish family that was victimized by a government purge of the Gülen movement following a failed coup in July 2016 has fled to Greece in an inflatable boat, telling their children it was a “game,” Euronews reported.

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Statement on Human Rights Day

As Advocates of Silenced Turkey, we are pleased to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day. Yet, unfortunately, the values emphasized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are today undermined in many countries. It is the duty of each informed citizen to advocate for peace and sustain justice. Human Rights Day is therefore not only about few people, but it is about all of us.

Turkey is one of the countries that have experienced significant deterioration in regards to values mentioned in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. After the failed coup, more than 130,000 people have been arbitrary detained and more than 60,000 people have been arrested. Many of those arrested do not have any evidence against them. Nonetheless, there are 17,000 women in jail and 688 babies under age of six. Furthermore, there has been more than 2,200 torture and numerous abduction cases. All independent media in Turkey have been shut down and confiscated by the government. More than 4,400 judges and prosecutors have been dismissed. The government has also seized more than 800 companies worth more than $10 billion.

We urge every individual to voice the silenced voices of people in Turkey. As mentioned earlier, it is the duty of each of us to advocate for peace and justice in order to attain it. We hope the situation in Turkey will get better for those in Turkey and abroad who are oppressed by the ruling government of Turkey.

Download as pdf: AST_Statement-on-Human-Rights-Day

 

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Drowning sparks outrage over Turkish crackdown

A family of five fleeing Turkish authorities has drowned after their boat capsized in the Aegean Sea. Their bodies washed up on the Greek island of Lesbos. The drowning has sparked outrage over an ongoing political purge that has seen hundreds of thousands of civil servants, teachers, and journalists imprisoned or fired from their jobs.

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Turkish Media Worker Zafer Özsoy Faces 3 Life Sentences With No Evidence

A Turkish media worker, who has been behind bars for 478 days, faces three consecutive life sentences and additional 15 years in jail on fabricated terrorism and coup plotting charges.

Zafer Özsoy, 44-year-old media professional who specializes in broadcasting network and satellite uplink services, is charged under Turkey’s abusive anti-terror laws when his company FİA was found to have provided infrastructure services to critical media outlets.

The company does not get involved in editorial policies of the clients that it provided services yet he stands accused of attempting to overthrow the constitutional order, the Turkish government and the Turkish Parliament without any evidence to back up any of the charges.

Özsoy started his media career at Cihan News Agency in 1995 right after he graduated from İstanbul University’s Radio and Television department. He had worked almost for 20 years at the same company’s various departments. Thanks to his experience and extensive network of contacts, he became one of the best media professional in his field of expertise.

Starting in 2014, Erdoğan’s government intensified pressure on Cihan news agency and its clients, forcing the company to downsize a year later to survive by shedding some of its assets and laying off workers.

Özsoy and his colleagues who worked together for years decided to establish their own production company FİA that would serve live streaming, broadcasting and digital video content for businesses. FİA purchased some of the technical equipment from the Cihan news agency under a deal that included negotiated fee for severance and compensation payments.

However, on March 7, 2016, Turkish government unlawfully seized both the Cihan news agency and FİA as part of the escalating crackdown on critical media outlets in Turkey. Özsoy and his partners were the first ones who were fired by the government appointed trustees who took over the management of these companies.

After working 20 years in media industry, Özsoy’s dream to run his own company with a selected team of his own was over but the worst was yet to come.

He was detained on July 27, 2016 at his home in İstanbul following detention warrants were issued for 47 journalists on dubious charges. He was formally arrested on August 4, 2016 over alleged links to FETÖ, a hoax terror organisation that was fabricated by the regime of autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to defame the civic Gülen movement. He was sent to notorious Silivri Prison pending trial.

During the interrogation, Özsoy was asked why he continued to work for “Zaman Newspaper” when Turkey’s biggest corruption investigations incriminating cabinet ministers and President Erdoğan’s family members were made public at the end of 2013. Erdoğan, then prime minister, presented graft probes as a coup attempt against his government and accused critical media outlets, which covered the graft scandal, of being traitors and coup plotters against his government. Özsoy told his interrogators that he has never worked in Zaman newspaper.

The police even asked Özsoy whether he made any contribution to a piece written by Today’s Zaman former editor-in-chief Bülent Keneş who forewarned that a coup would be terrible for Turkey’s future, in an article Keneş wrote on July 8, 2016. Özsoy replied “I heard about the article for the first time here.” Keneş has also been indicted over absurd terrorism charges in several cases and remain at large. Ironically, this question was asked to all suspects who were detained along with Özsoy on July 27, 2016.

Özsoy appeared before judges for the first time in 14 months after he was arrested on September 18, 2017. The most difficult moment of the hearing was that he had to defend himself against the indictment that included no direct accusation on him. The public prosecutor mentioned his name twice in 64-page indictment. The first citation of him is recorded among the list of defendants in the first part of the indictment. The second and the last was in the list of suspects for whom the prosecutor demanded severe punishment for him. The prosecutor did not bother to present any evidence against the suspect whom he asked for sentencing that amounted to three life sentences and additional 15 years in prison.

As expected the court ruled for the continuation of his arrest pending next hearing which will be held on December 8, 2017.

Özsoy who is married with two children and known for his Formula-1 passion is looking forward to being free one day and reuniting with his loved ones.

Turkey is the biggest jailer of journalists in the world. The most recent figures documented by the SCF has showed that 256 journalists and media workers are in jails as of November 21, 2017, most in pre-trial detention languishing in notorious Turkish prisons without even a conviction. Of those in Turkish prisons, 230 are arrested pending trial, only 26 journalists remain convicted and serving time in Turkish prisons. An outstanding detention warrants remain for 135 journalists who live in exile or remain at large in Turkey.

Detaining tens of thousands of people over alleged links to the Gülen movement, the government also closed down more than 180 media outlets after the controversial coup attempt.

Turkey survived a controversial military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

Gülen, who inspired the movement, strongly denied having any role in the failed coup and called for an international investigation into it, but President Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

Turkey has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants since July 15. Turkey’s Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.

Souce: https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-media-worker-zafer-ozsoy-faces-3-life-sentences-with-no-evidence/

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