In 2016, Turkey became the world’s leading jailer of journalists, imprisoning at least 81 reporters, editors, and producers- a record number. This is a crackdown unlike any before, a crackdown that has ultimately wiped out all opposition media.
Mustafa Özben, a Bar registered lawyer, was last seen on May 9 when he took his daughter to school. His wife indicates that she is concerned for his life.
Based on court records, statements made by the lawyers and family members of the victims, the 43-page report contains claims that individuals were exposed to heavy beating, harassment, treatments and in some cases were victims of verbal abuse. Individuals have been abducted in bright daylight and kept in secret in hideaways.
Turgay Karaman, a school principal in Malaysia, was abducted by four people in plain clothes and is the latest in a string of international arrests allegedly ordered by Turkey in a post-coup crackdown that has seen more than 100,000 people detained. Human Rights Watch urged authorities not deport the Turkish nationals to Turkey, as they would likely face torture if they are extradited, and called for an urgent investigation.
Credible evidence that the Turkish police are holding detainees, denying them food, water and medical treatment. In some of the worse cases, individuals have been subjected to severe beating and torture.
Many low-ranked soldiers found themselves on the street while media outlets were announcing that the military was attempting a coup. Although most of these soldiers were told that they were out for a drill, a very large portion of them got beaten and imprisoned. Moreover, many allegations of torture and rape of have emerged.
668 babies, under age of six, and 17000 women are in pretrial detention in jails across Turkey. Group of people gathered in Chicago to demand freedom of innocent children jailed in Turkey.