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.
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 pic.twitter.com/w9cIti4AsR
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) October 7, 2018
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
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”.
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…
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.”
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.
Download as pdf: AST_Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly_Feb 19
Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 2/12/2018-2/19/2018
1-“Turkey detained 666 people so far for opposing Afrin operation: data”
2-“568 people detained over Gülen links in past week: gov’t”
3-“UK-educated computer science professor, jailed for 13 months, dies of liver cancer”
4-“Turkish court sentences wife of alleged coup plotter to 18 years in prison”
5-“Turkey now demands 10 years for pro-Kurdish HDP co-chairperson”
6-“Turkey hands down prison sentences to 205 alleged coup plotters in Ankara: report”
7-“Teacher, 2 children dead, 5 others missing in attempt to escape Turkey’s post-coup crackdown”
8-“Purge-victim architect detained for refusing to stand for Turkey’s national anthem: report”
9-“Opposition deputy gets 5 years, 10 months in prison: report”
10-“73-year old human rights advocate detained for opposing Turkey’s Afrin operation: son”
11-“Turkish police raid pro-Kurdish publishing house in Diyarbakır: report”
12-“24-year-old Boğaziçi University student arrested over Gülen links”
13-“7 executives from exporters’ union under custody for depositing money in Bank Asya”
14-“[VIDEO] Warrants issued for 9 more Boydak family members: 6 detained”
15-“Folk band Grup Yorum members in ‘wanted terrorists’ list”
16-“Turkey’s top appeal court says Bank Asya depositors ‘terrorist’”
17-“Education Ministry cancels licenses of 1,272 educators on terror charges: report”
18-“8,480 Turkish nationals sought asylum in Germany in 2017: report”
19-“Turkish judicial board suspends another 17 judges, prosecutors”
20-“Turkey’s judiciary must protect rule of law, says Europe diplomat”
21-“Turkey blocks access to Furkan news portal on terror charges”
22-“HDP deputy to be stripped of parliamentary status for insulting Erdoğan”
23-“CoE’s Jagland criticizes Turkish gov’t over human rights violations”
24-“Yücel: I was released with a ruling ordering me to stay in prison”
25-“OSCE, UN representatives: Life sentences for Turkish journalists an attack on freedom of expression”
26-“6 journalists including Altan brothers given aggravated life sentences”
27-“Slain general’s widow sentenced to 18 years”
28-“US politician describes her visit to Turkish refugees in Greece”
29-“EP’s Harms to visit jailed Turkish teacher in Georgia for second time”
30-“Zaman employee says facing life sentence due to a TV commercial”
31-“Altans’ lawyer tells judges ignoring top court’s ruling could lead to expulsion from post”
32-“Journalist recounts flight from post-coup crackdown in Turkey”
33-“Syrian Kurdish Groups Claim Turkish Army Hit Village In Afrin With Suspected Gas”
34-” Turkish Court Rules For Continuation Of Former HDP Co-Chair Demirtaş’s Imprisonment”
35-“Jailed Turkish Air Forces’ Colonel Reportedly Losses His Life In İstanbul’s Silivri Prison Because Of Negligence”
36-“Int’l Press And Human Rights Bodies Slam Turkish Court’s Rule Of Aggravated Life Sentences For Prominent Journalists”
37-“Turkish Family Still Missing After Capsized Boat Incident On Turkish-Greek Border”
38-“Turkey Witnesses Yet Another Family Tragedy Under Rule Of Emergency Over Alleged Links To Gülen Movement”
39-“Murat Belge, A Renowned Turkish Academic, Leaving Turkey As ‘Scholar At Risk’”
40-“15-Year Prison Sentence Sought For Turkish Journalist Who Founded Two National News Channel”
41-“Famous Turkish Businessman Hosta Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison Over His Alleged Gülen Links”
42-“UK high court refuses Turkey extradition due to overcrowded prisons”
43-“Human Rights Watch sees no end to Turkish crackdown”
Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 2/12/2018-2/19/2018
1-“Türkiye’den Almanya’ya iltica başvuruları arttı”
2-“Boydak Ailesine soykırım!”
3-“Avrupa’dan gazetecilere verilen müebbete tepki: Türkiye’yi ekonomik olarak cezalandırın!”
4-“Cem Özdemir: Türkiye’de hiçbir şey doğru yürümüyor”
5-“İşadamı Hidayet Kadiroğlu’na Bankasya’ya para yatırdığı iddiasıyla yakalama kararı”
6-“Beştepe Sarayı’na komşu işkence merkezi”
7-“‘Niye çıktım, bir sene önce neden tutuklandım, bilmiyorum’”
8-“‘Niye çıktım, bir sene önce neden tutuklandım, bilmiyorum’”
9-“Foto Muhabiri Çağdaş Erdoğan: 4 polis tarafından çırılçıplak soyulup işkenceye uğradım!”
10-“Cemaat üyesi olmakla suçlandı; hamileyken cezaevine girdi ve ikizlerini kaybetti”
11-“Polis’in tutuklattığı Selma Polat’a 7 yıl 7 ay 7 gün hapis cezası”
12-“Erdoğan rejiminin cezaevinde kanser ettiği genç akademisyen hayatını kaybetti”
13-“Semih Terzi’nin eşi ‘Sippenhaft’ uygulamasıyla hapis cezasına çarptırıldı”
14-“Afrin operasyonundan dolayı mahkuma dayak attılar”
15-“Erdoğan Türkiye’sinde siyah transportların sırrı ne?”
16-“3. havalimanı inşaatında çoğu iş cinayeti sümen altı ediliyor”
17-“Roboskililer 320 haftadır adalet bekliyor”
18-“Aram Yayınevi’nin ofisine polis baskınında kapılar balyozla kırıldı”
19-“Bandırma Cezaevi’nde işkence: Dövülen tutsaklar kan kusuyor”
20-“Hapishanelerde büyüyen çocuklar ABD medyasında geniş yer buldu”
21-“Tutuklular, gardiyanlardan gördüğü şiddetten dolayı yürüyemiyor”
22-“AYM bireysel başvuru istatistiklerini açıkladı: Yargı var adalet yok”
23-“‘Türkiye’de kalmaktansa, Atina’da aç kalmayı tercih ettik’”
24-“Washington Post’tan Yazıcı’ya destek”
25-“Engelli oğlunu öldürüp intihar eden kadın toprağa verildi”
26-“‘Meriç’te can verenler Tayyip Erdoğan’ın kurbanları’”
27-“Darbe davasında gazetecilere ağırlaştırılmış müebbet”
28-“Meclis’te bir ilk: Erdoğan’a hakaret suçlamasıyla vekilliği düşürülecek”
29-“63 harp okulu öğrencisi için müebbet istemi”
30-“TOMA’nın ezerek öldürdüğü vatandaş kusurlu bulundu”
31-“Engelli oğlunu öldürüp intihar eden kadın toprağa verildi”
32-“Erdoğan’dan partisinin ‘KHK eleştirileri’ne: Hayat risktir”
33-“Beş yaşındaki çocuk üzerine 500 kiloluk reklam panosu düşünce öldü, sorumlu yok!”
34-“AP’de Türkiye’ye insan hakları ve Afrin eleştirisi”
Sentencing over alleged role in failed coup in 2016 condemned as devastating precedent that shows disregard for rule of law.
A Turkish court has sentenced six defendants, including three prominent journalists, to life in prison over allegations of involvement in a 2016 coup attempt, in the first conviction of journalists in trials related to the failed putsch.
The harsh verdict was swiftly condemned by press freedom advocates as a “devastating precedent” that shows “utter disregard for the rule of law” in Turkey.
It came after a months-long trial during which it was alleged that the journalists sent “subliminal messages” via TV appearances and newspaper columns urging the overthrow of the government, and that they maintained contact with members of the Fethullah Gülen network, a movement widely believed in Turkey to have orchestrated the coup attempt.
The verdict constitutes a major defeat for press freedom in the Nato member state, which has cracked down on dissent in the aftermath of the coup. At least 73 journalists remain behind bars, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, which ranks Turkey the world’s worst jailer of journalists, ahead of China and Egypt.
The journalists sentenced on Friday were the brothers Ahmet Altan and Mehmet Altan, who have been detained since 2016, and Nazlı Ilıcak. The conviction defies an order by Turkey’s highest court to release Mehmet Altan, after it found last month that his imprisonment had violated his constitutional rights.
Sarah Clarke, the policy and advocacy manager for the writers’ association PEN International, tweeted her dismay at the sentences.
Today's verdict & sentences of life without parole for #AhmetAltan, #MehmetAltan & #NazliIlicak mark an apex of the disintegration of the #Ruleoflaw in #Turkey. Judge ignored a binding Turkish Constitutional Court decision. The European Court of Human Rights #ECtHR must act. pic.twitter.com/mH0njuskpu
— Sarah Clarke (@Sarah_M_Clarke) February 16, 2018
The International Press Institute said it was “appalled” by the verdict.
The sentencing came on the same day another Turkish court ordered the release of Deniz Yücel, a German-Turkish journalist who spent just over a year in pre-trial detention without an indictment, in a case that tested relations between Ankara and Berlin and highlighted the precarious state of press freedom in Turkey.
A criminal court in Istanbul decided to release Yücel pending a trial after prosecutors said they had completed their investigation into the journalist. The court accepted the indictment filed by prosecutors, who are seeking an 18-year prison sentence over allegations of spreading propaganda on behalf of a terrorist organisation.
The order to release him was confirmed by the state-run Anadolu Agency, the German foreign minister, and Yücel’s lawyer, Veysel Ok, who tweeted a photograph of Yücel embracing his wife after he was freed.
The Die Welt correspondent was detained on 14 February 2017 after going to an Istanbul police station for questioning. He got married in prison and spent months in solitary confinement at Silivri maximum security prison outside Istanbul. He spent 366 days in detention without formal charges.
Yücel’s detention came amid a deep rift in relations between Germany and Turkey. Berlin barred Turkish ministers from holding rallies in Germany with Turkish citizens ahead of a referendum on presidential powers, and condemned growing authoritarianism under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who in turn has condemned rising Islamophobia in Europe. Talks on Turkey’s future membership of the EU have been stalled for years.