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Turkey’s Massive Crackdown on Health Care Professionals Deepened the Country’s Already Alarming Records of Human Rights Violations

Turkey’s Massive Crackdown on Health Care Professionals Deepened the Country’s Already Alarming Records of Human Rights Violations

Following the coup attempt on the 15th of July 2016, dissident groups in Turkey are facing arguably their biggest crackdown in the country’s history. The Turkish government under the authoritarian leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has taken a wave of oppressive actions against those that are perceived as critics of the regime.
The health industry is among the variety of industries that have been affected in association with those actions. Hospitals, medical schools and health clinics have been shut down. Thousands of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, scientific publishers and health authorities have been dismissed from their jobs. Many of those have been detained and/or arrested and are now serving prison sentences for baseless charges of belonging to what they call a “terrorist” group. Human rights organizations have also recently reported that arrested individuals have
been subjected to severe torture and mistreatments.
The present report of the Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) provides an overview of key human rights concerns during the ongoing post-coup crackdown on Turkey’s health industry, with a focus on the affected groups including health care professionals, patients, medical students, and shuttered institutions and organizations. Some of the highlights from the report are:

● Dismissals of health care professionals: With the combined figures of those who were dismissed from the civil service and those who lost their jobs after the government shut down their institutions, the total number of health care professionals including doctors, academics, nurses, midwives, and hospital staff who were laid off has reached more than 21,000. Of those, a total of 5,261 are medical doctors and academics who specialize in the medical sciences:

-1,697 academics who worked in state-run medical schools and universities were summarily and abruptly dismissed with the government’s decree laws.
-1,684 physicians who worked for the Ministry of Health were purged.
-More than 1,200 doctors in the private sector suddenly became unemployed when the government shut down hospitals, medical centers and health clinics.
-675 academics who teach medical sciences lost their jobs after the closure of the Gülen movement-linked universities.

● Jailed health care professionals: The government has never publicized the figures of how many health care professionals have been detained, arrested or currently in prison. However, SCF’s monitoring Turkey’s media outlets suggesting the estimated figure is in the thousands.
The report provides numerous cases that portray the magnitude of how ruthless Turkish authorities have become in targeting real or perceived critics. Three selected cases from the report are:
-Mustafa Emmiler: A 47-year-old professor, who was detained on August 15 of 2016 on charges of alleged links to the Gülen movement. Dr. Emmiler is a prominent figure in cardiovascular surgery and the receiver of the “Doctor of the Year” award from the Ministry of Health in 2013.
-Haluk Savaş: a prominent 51-year-old psychiatry professor at Gaziantep University, who was arrested on September 28 of 2016 on charges of “terrorism.” He was a nominee for a parliamentary seat from the main opposition, Republican People’s Party (CHP).
-Murat Acar: the Harvard-educated Turkish professor who was extradited to Turkey on an arrest warrant issued by the Turkish government through Interpol even though he was under UN protection in Bahrain. Dr. Acar was subjected to torture and ill-treatment for 18 days after his extradition to Turkey.

● Suspicious deaths of health care professionals: Suspicious deaths in Turkey have increased during the aftermath of the coup attempt, of which most occur in Turkish jails and detention centers where torture and mistreatment are executed. In most cases, authorities declared them to be suicides without any effective, independent or through investigation. SCF has documented such cases where victims were health care professionals. Two selected cases from the report are:
-Sevgi Balcı: A 37-year old nurse who was a mother of three fired by government decree in October of 2016, committed suicide by hanging herself in Isparta province. It was reportedly due to not being reinstated to her job.
-Ali Özer: a 48-year-old doctor who was jailed on charges of his suspected links to the Gülen movement, died allegedly due to heart attack in Çorum Prison on March 23 of 2017.

● Turkish health care professionals in exile: The rising authoritarianism in Turkey has enforced health care professionals to escape the country, sometimes even through illegal migrant routes. However, they still face endangerment in their new homes as they take on new challenges such as having a difficult time finding jobs and securing recognition of their medical licenses. Advocators of Erdogan harass individuals in which they receive threats from Turkish government proxies. Exiled doctors have reported that they are fearful of their families in Turkey who might face persecution because of their beliefs.

● Shuttered hospital, medical centers, pharmacies, charities:
-In 2016, the Turkish government has shut down 14 hospitals and 36 medical centers on the pretext of alleged ties to the Gülen movement. They were issued by simple decree-laws without any administrative or judicial probes.
-On a similar pretext, 400 pharmacies across Turkey renounced access to the electronic prescription system of the Social Security Institution (SGK), an act meant to force these pharmacies to go bankrupt overnight. In addition to that, nearly 1500 pharmacies are under investigation as the media outlets in Turkey recently reported.
-A UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) partnered charity organization, Kimse Yok Mu has similarly been shut down in 2016. The charity organization had been active for many years and delivered emergency relief in disaster zones, provided health care services and helped rebuilding infrastructure in various communities across 113 countries.

● Patients: Patients were left in distraught as multiple medical centers and hospitals were shut down. As before, given the shortage of hospitals and staff members, many patients are unable to receive medical help. This forced some patients to seek medical treatments in other provinces. On the other hand, the Turkish government deliberately violates adequate access to health care and medical treatments to those prisoned patients. The situation aggregated for those in solitary confinement as opposed to the European Prison Rules. The report provides numerous cases for patients in detention facilities and prisons. Four of those cases from the report are:
-Gökhan Açıkkollu: A 42-year-old history teacher with type 1 Diabetes was detained on July 24 of 2016 and held in police custody for 13 days before he fell ill. He was questioned allegedly under torture and abuse until he developed health problems again and was taken back to the hospital only to be pronounced dead.
-Yavuz Bölek: A 49-year-old police officer, father of three was arrested on August 25 of 2016 despite being in a critical stage of colon cancer. Bölek continues to be kept in prison given his severe health circumstances backed by the medical reports.
-Tuğba Yıldız: A mother of three was detained on January 15, 2017, in Tekirdağ province. During 24-day long police detention, she had been tortured and mistreated before she eventually developed symptoms of a psychological disorder to the extent of losing her sanity, as revealed by the doctor reports. And yet the court ruled for the arrest of Yıldız and sent her to prison, where she has been incarcerated ever since.
-Nurhayat Yıldız: This 14-week-old-pregnant woman had been imprisoned with her alleged ties to the Gülen movement. After reviewing her medical reports, her plead to be released had been denied. She was kept in a crowded cell with 24 inmates where she suffered a miscarriage on October 6 of 2016. After receiving two days of hospital treatments, she was thrown back in jail. Yıldız’s situation portrays one of the many cases where inhuman treatments executed toward pregnant women who are forced to be in jail both during their pregnancy and immediately after giving birth.

● Medical students: Following the failed coup attempt, medical students have also been negatively impacted. Many students who are enrolled in the medical schools that have been shut down, were forced to partake in other universities across Turkey. There are cases where medical students have been subjected to persecution or even imprisonment of alleged ties to the Gülen movement. Details following such situations are provided within the report.

RESOURCE:
Stockholm Center of Freedom


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Binlerce sağlık çalışanının işlerinden tasfiyesi ve Doktor Umut’un hikayesi…

Türkiyedeki cadı avının başlamasından sonra Sağlık Bakanlığı, devlet çalışanlarının işlerinden toplu olarak tasfiyesi kapsamında, birçok hekimide içeren 7.500’den fazla sağlık çalışanının görevlerinden alındığını açıkladı.
Tasfiye, işten çıkarılan hekimlerin ve sağlık çalışanlarının, hükümet tarafından şeytanlaştırılmasından ve isimlerinin medyada yer almasından sonra yeni iş bulmada zorlandıkları için yıkıcı sonuçlar doğurdu.
Uluslararası Af Örgütü, Türk kamu sektörü çalışanlarının kitlesel işten çıkarılmalarına, yaşamları ve geçim kaynakları üzerinde yıkıcı bir etkisi olduğundan dolayı “profesyonel bir imha” adını verdi.

Bununla birlikte, Stockholm Center of Freedom (SCF) tarafından yapılan araştırmalar neticesinde, doktorların, tıp profesörlerinin, hemşirelerin, sağlık teknisyenlerinin ve hastane personellerinin de dahil olduğu 21.000’den fazla sağlık çalışanının şimdiye kadar devlet hastaneleri, Tıp fakülteleri ve sağlık kuruluşlarından işten çıkarıldığını göstermektedir .

Doktor Umut’un hikâyesi, Erdoğan rejiminin siyasi temizliğinin yıkıcı sonuçlarına ışık tutmaktadır.

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Purge of Thousands of Health Care Professionals and Doctor Umut

The Ministry of Health has announced that more than 7,500 health care professionals including many physicians have been dismissed within the scope of a mass purge of government employees from their jobs. The purge has resulted in devastating consequences for dismissed physicians as they face hardship in finding a new position after being demonized by the government and their names plastered all over the media. Amnesty International called the mass dismissal of Turkish public sector workers a “professional annihilation” that has a catastrophic impact on their lives and livelihoods.

However, research carried out by the Stockholm
Center for Freedom (SCF) shows that over 21,000 health care professionals
including doctors, medical professors, nurses, technicians and hospital staff have
thus far been dismissed from public and private hospitals as well as medical schools and associations.

Doctor Umut’s story shed light on the devastating consequences of those political purges by Erdogan’s regime.

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Academic Purge and Brain Drain of Turkey by SRW

Academic Purge and Brain Drain of Turkey. It started long before Turkey’s July 15, 2016 botched coup attempt. Slowly but steadily, young professionals, entrepreneurs, engineers, academics and new graduates started leaving their home country in search of a better future.
5,882 academics and 1,372 administrative personnel have been dismissed at universities as part of the Turkish government’s post-coup crackdown.

Over 2,300 have been fired for alleged links to the July 15 coup attempt, while 15 private universities linked to the Gulen movement have been closed down.

This video was prepared by Scholars Right Watch (SRW)

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly January 20

Download as pdf: AST_Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly_January 13

Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 01/13/2019-01/20/2019

1-” Enes Kanter eager for Knicks return after ‘boring’ spell as TV viewer”
https://nypost.com/2019/01/21/enes-kanter-eager-for-knicks-return-after-boring-spell-as-tv-viewer/

2-“Enes Kanter’s concerns about potential assassination over political views taken ‘very seriously’by NBA”
https://www.foxnews.com/sports/enes-kanters-concerns-about-potential-assassination-over-political-views-taken-very-seriously-by-nba

3- New York Knicks Star Enes Kanter’s Assassination Fears: ‘Erdogan’s Long Arm Is Everywhere’
https://www.thedailybeast.com/new-york-knicks-star-enes-kanters-assassination-fears-erdogans-long-arm-is-everywhere

4- Thunder center Enes Kanter has arrest warrant in Turkey, accused of being part of terrorist group
https://www.sbnation.com/2017/5/26/15701832/enes-kanter-arrest-warrant-terrorist-turkey-thunder-nba-gulen-erdogan

5- Enes Kanter fears about his homeland are ‘delusions’, says former NBA player Hedo Turkoglu
https://www.skysports.com/nba/news/36226/11601632/enes-kanter-fears-about-his-homeland-are-delusions-says-former-nba-player-hedo-turkoglu

6- Spurning Erdogan’s Vision, Turks Leave in Droves, Draining Money and Talent
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/02/world/europe/turkey-emigration-erdogan.html

7- New York Knicks’ Enes Kanter brands Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ‘Alunatic’, says he fears for his life
https://www.newsweek.com/enes-kanter-turkish-government-recep-tayyip-erdogan-new-york-knicks-nba-1280375

8- Turkish TV watchdog orders halt to show over actors’ remarks on Erdoğan
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-tv-watchdog-orders-halt-to-show-over-actors-remarks-on-erdogan-140055

9- HSBC’s Turkish boss is probed by police for Hitler insult to country’s leader Recep Erdogan
https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/markets/article-6545603/HSBCs-Turkish-boss-probed-police-Hitler-insult-countrys-leader-Recep-Erdogan.html

10- Turkish Comedy Veterans in Court After TV Attack Riles Erdogan
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-24/turkish-comedy-veterans-in-court-after-tv-attack-riles-erdogan

11- Kurdish protesters attacked by Erdoğan’s bodyguards at DC demonstration sue Turkish government
https://www.pri.org/stories/2019-01-18/kurdish-protesters-attacked-erdo-ans-bodyguards-dc-demonstration-sue-turkish

12- NBA’s Kanter urges Trump to act on Turkey’s human rights record
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-gulen-kanter/nbas-kanter-urges-trump-to-act-on-turkeys-human-rights-record-idUSKCN1PB268

13- Turkey reportedly seeking warrant for Knicks’ Enes Kanter over ‘terror’ claims
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/jan/16/enes-kanter-turkey-arrest-warrant-nba-recep-tayyip-erdogan

14- Why Turkey is seeking an international arrest warrant for Knicks’ Enes Kanter
https://www.sbnation.com/nba/2019/1/7/18172721/enes-kanter-arrest-warrant-travel-london-knicks-wizards-turkey-president

15- Turkey Issues Yet Another Arrest Warrant for Enes Kanter
https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/a3m5pp/turkey-issues-yet-another-arrest-warrant-for-enes-kanter-erdogan

16- NBA New York Knicks player Enes Kanter is a wanted man in Turkey. Here’s why
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-17/new-york-knicks-enes-kanter-a-wanted-man-in-turkey-heres-why/10721890

17- ‘I didn’t feel safe’: NBA star Enes Kanter skips London game over Turkey assassination fears
https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/kanter-erdogan-turkey-nba-1.4984599

18- “Turkey orders arrest of 100 soldiers over alleged links to Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating coup attempt”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/turkey-soldiers-arrest-fethullah-gulen-coup-erdogan-muslim-cleric-president-a8722426.html

19- “Turkish men ‘face torture’ after being extradited from Malaysia as post-coup crackdown continues”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/turkey-coup-attempt-erdogan-gulen-hizmet-movement-crackdown-malaysia-arrests-extradited-karaman-a7733276.html

20- “Turkey sentences detained judge who won human rights award to 10 years, Anadolu says”
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/turkey-sentences-detained-judge-who-won-human-rights-award-to-10-years–anadolu-says-11141758

21- “Man detained by Turkey for ‘liking’ anti-Erdogan Facebook post”
http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/turkey/20012019

22- “Jailed Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala to be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize”
https://ahvalnews.com/osman-kavala/jailed-turkish-philanthropist-osman-kavala-be-nominated-nobel-peace-prize

23- “Daily chart Turkey leads the world in jailed journalists”
https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2019/01/16/turkey-leads-the-world-in-jailed-journalists

24- “Turkish Prosecutors Seek Arrest of the Knicks’ Enes Kanter”
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/16/sports/basketball/knicks-enes-kanter-turkey-arrest-warrant.html

Erdogan Hukumeti tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri

25- “45 günlük bebek annesiyle birlikte cezaevine konuldu”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/45-gunluk-bebek-annesiyle-birlikte-cezaevine-konuldu-h127508.html

26- ”OHAL bitti ama baskılar bitmedi, uyduruk gerekçelerle tutuklamalar devam ediyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/ohal-bitti-ama-baskilar-bitmedi-uyduruk-gerekcelerle-tutuklamalar-devam-ediyor-h127501.html

27- “TMSF, hukuksuzca gasp edilen şirketlerin satışına başladı”
http://aktifhaber.com/ekonomi/tmsf-hukuksuzca-gasp-edilen-sirketlerin-satisina-basladi-h127497.html

28- “Cadı avı yaşlı ve hastaları da dinlemiyor: 72 yaşındaki hastayı tutukladılar”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/cadi-avi-yasli-ve-hastalari-da-dinlemiyor-72-yasindaki-hastayi-tutukladilar-h127335.html

29- “Hukuksuzca Gasp Edilen Şirketlerin Değeri 56.5 Milyar TL”
http://aktifhaber.com/ekonomi/hukuksuzca-gasp-edilen-sirketlerin-degeri-565-milyar-lira-h127358.html

30- “Türkiye’de insan hakları ihlali olmadığından emin misiniz Leyla Hanım!”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/turkiyede-insan-haklari-ihlali-olmadigindan-emin-misiniz-leyla-hanim-h127362.html

31- “28 Şubat’tan 15 Temmuz’a başörtülü bir hemşirenin hikayesi…”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/28-subattan-15-temmuza-basortulu-bir-hemsirenin-hikayesi-h127387.html

32- “Cezaevinden çıkan kadınlar anlattı: ‘Cezaevinde hamile ya da çocuklu olmak rehineliğe dönüştü”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cezaevinden-cikan-kadinlar-anlatti-cezaevinde-hamile-ya-da-cocuklu-olmak-rehinelige-donustu-h127396.html

33- “Türkiye, NBA oyuncusu Enes Kanter hakkında kırmızı bülten talebinde bulundu”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/turkiye-nba-oyuncusu-enes-kanter-hakkinda-kirmizi-bulten-talebinde-bulundu-h127402.html

34- “MİT’in adam kaçırma operasyonları dünya basınında”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/mitin-adam-kacirma-operasyonlari-dunya-basininda-h127415.html

35- “Şeker Piliç’in sahipleri tutuklandı”
http://aktifhaber.com/genel/seker-pilicin-sahipleri-tutuklandi-h127425.html

36- “Çok sayıda cezaevinde aynı anda soğukla işkence başladı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cok-sayida-cezaevinde-ayni-anda-sogukla-iskence-basladi-h127444.html

37- “Hapishanede öldürülen Halime Gülsu’nun son mektubu”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/hapishanede-oldurulen-halime-gulsunun-son-mektubu-h127449.html

38- “’12 yaşındaki oğlum bile sorgulandı, 25 yıl önceki programdan tutuklandım’”
http://www.shaber3.com/12-yasindaki-oglum-bile-sorgulandi-25-yil-onceki-programdan-tutuklandim-haberi/1318013/

39- “Amerikalı gazeteci: Diktatörünüz sahte bir darbe sahneledi ve kullandı”
http://aktifhaber.com/dunya/amerikali-gazeteci-diktatorunuz-sahte-bir-darbe-sahneledi-ve-kullandi-h127628.html

40- “Anneleri sordu: 5 günlük er Ahmet ve kekeme Recep mi darbeci?”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/anneleri-sordu-5-gunluk-er-ahmet-ve-kekeme-recep-mi-darbeci-h127289.html#

41- “Cezaevinden çıkan kadınlar anlattı: ‘Cezaevinde hamile ya da çocuklu olmak rehineliğe dönüştü”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cezaevinden-cikan-kadinlar-anlatti-cezaevinde-hamile-ya-da-cocuklu-olmak-rehinelige-donustu-h127396.html

42- “Hasta tutuklunun durumu ağırlaşıyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/hasta-tutuklunun-durumu-agirlasiyor-h126915.html

43- “Silivri Cezaevi’nde işkence:Oğlum ziyarete gözü mor, kolunda yara izleriyle ve ayakkabısız getirildi”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/silivri-cezaevinde-iskenceoglum-ziyarete-gozu-mor-kolunda-yara-izleriyle-ve-ayakkabisiz-getirildi-h126865.html

44- “Cezaevinde kadınlara saldırı: Apar topar hastaneye kaldırdılar”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cezaevinde-kadinlara-saldiri-apar-topar-hastaneye-kaldirdilar-h126762.html

45- “Amerikalı gazeteciden Enes Kanter’e anlamlı destek”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/amerikali-gazeteciden-enes-kantere-anlamli-destek-h127608.html

46- “Amerikalı gazeteci: Diktatörünüz sahte bir darbe sahneledi ve kullandı”
http://aktifhaber.com/dunya/amerikali-gazeteci-diktatorunuz-sahte-bir-darbe-sahneledi-ve-kullandi-h127628.html

47- “Cumartesi Anneleri: Gerçek bir yargı, gerçek bir adalet istiyoruz”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/cumartesi-anneleri-gercek-bir-yargi-gercek-bir-adalet-istiyoruz-h127597.html

48- “’Türk gazetecilerin meslektaşlarının hapsedilmesini meşru görmesi sapkınlık’”
http://aktifhaber.com/medya/turk-gazetecilerin-meslektaslarinin-hapsedilmesini-mesru-gormesi-sapkinlik-h127560.html

49- “Türkiye Gazeteciler Sendikası Genel Sekreteri: Medyaya korku iklimi hâkim!”
http://aktifhaber.com/medya/turkiye-gazeteciler-sendikasi-genel-sekreteri-medyaya-korku-iklimi-hakim-h127250.html

50- “112 gazeteciye 547 yıl hapis cezası, 3 bin 230 gazeteciye işsizlik…”
http://aktifhaber.com/medya/112-gazeteciye-547-yil-hapis-cezasi-3-bin-230-gazeteciye-issizlik-h126956.html

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly December 16

Download as pdf: AST_Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly_December 10

Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 12/10/2018-12/16/2018

1-” Michael Flynn’s business associates charged with illegally lobbying for Turkey”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/michael-flynns-business-partner-charged-with-illegally-lobbying-for-turkey/2018/12/17/46fb3762-020a-11e9-9122-82e98f91ee6f_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.3a3c9aa4499c

2-“US Denies Trump Thinking About Extraditing Gulen to Turkey”
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-denies-trump-thinking-about-extraditing-gulen-to-turkey-/4705146.html

3-“Turkey: Erdogan adviser denies journalist crackdown”
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-46568324/turkey-erdogan-adviser-denies-journalist-crackdown

4-“Turkey Not Only Jailing Writers, but Readers Too”
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/turkey/.premium-turkey-not-only-jailing-writers-but-readers-too-1.6748138

5-” Why I’m Sick of Turkey”
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/11/22/thanksgiving-sick-of-turkey-country-222644

6-” Watch: Thousands protest in Turkey for better living conditions”
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/16/583128/Diyarbakir-Turkey-protest-living-condition

7-” Watch: Michael Flynn’s ex-partner, Bijan Rafiekian, charged with lobbying for Turkey”
https://globalnews.ca/video/4772260/michael-flynns-ex-partner-bijan-rafiekian-charged-with-lobbying-for-turkey

8-” The Secret Jewish Plot Against Turkey”
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-the-secret-jewish-plot-against-turkey-1.6742265

9-“Kidnapped, Escaped, and Survived to Tell the Tale: How Erdogan’s Regime Tried to Make Us Disappear”
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/turkey/.premium.MAGAZINE-how-erdogan-s-loyalists-try-to-make-us-disappear-1.6729331

10-“Turkey identifies over 92,000 ByLock users: Minister”
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-identifies-over-92-000-bylock-users-minister-139640

11-“Facing Attack, George Soros’s Foundation Will Shut Down in Turkey”
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/26/world/europe/george-soros-open-society-turkey-closes.html

12-“Turkey’s president finds a new enemy: the famous Hungarian Jew”
https://www.economist.com/europe/2018/12/15/turkeys-president-finds-a-new-enemy-the-famous-hungarian-jew

13-“People who emulate yellow vest protests in Turkey will pay heavy price: MHP leader”
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/people-who-emulate-yellow-vest-protests-in-turkey-will-pay-heavy-price-mhp-leader-139660

14-“Journalists face 15-year prison terms in Turkey”
https://thehill.com/policy/international/420640-journalists-face-15-year-prison-terms-in-turkey

15-“There Are No Checks and Balances in Turkey, There’s Only Erdogan, Israeli Expert Explains”
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/turkey/.premium.MAGAZINE-there-are-no-checks-and-balances-in-turkey-there-s-only-erdogan-1.6721747

16-“The cost of seeking the truth: Why this Turkish journalist had to flee to Canada”
https://globalnews.ca/news/4769411/turkish-journalist-canada/

17-“Turkey’s Erdoğan accuses news anchor of inciting protests”
https://ahvalnews.com/turkish-journalism/turkeys-erdogan-accuses-news-anchor-inciting-protests

18-“The Turkey-Venezuela mutual admiration society”
https://www.politico.eu/article/the-turkey-venezuela-mutual-admiration-society-turkish-president-recep-tayyip-erdogan-nicolas-maduro/

19-“Turkey must free Selahattin Demirtas, European rights court says”
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46274330

20-“Turkey arrests spark fears of widening crackdown on Erdogan’s political foes”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/turkey-arrests-academics-activists-erdogan-crackdown-protest-gezi-park-human-rights-a8647836.html

21-“New lows for human rights in Turkey”
https://thearabweekly.com/new-lows-human-rights-turkey

22-“I’m a journalist in a Turkish jail. Why is Erdogan afraid of people like me?”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/im-a-journalist-in-a-turkish-jail-why-is-erdogan-afraid-of-people-like-me/2018/11/29/e48c9720-f38a-11e8-80d0-f7e1948d55f4_story.html?utm_term=.7d5ceb73ed51

23-“Will Turkey’s horrible human rights record extend to 2019?
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/12/turkey-dismal-democracy-record-in-2018.html

24-“Enes Kanter slams ‘scared little rats’ as NBA leaves Erdogan critic off list of best Turkish players”
https://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/2176292/enes-kanter-slams-scared-little-rats-nba-leaves-erdogan-critic

25-“EU, Turkey face off over jailed Kurdish politician”
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/11/eu-turkey-face-off-demirtas-erdogan.html

26-“Inside Erdogan’s torture chambers”
https://euobserver.com/foreign/143575

27-“Turkey Revives Ghosts of Gezi Protests as Elections Loom”
https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-12-17/turkey-revives-ghosts-of-gezi-protests-as-elections-loom

28-“Erdoğan Regime Behind Forced Disappearances – Investigation”
https://ahvalnews.com/coup-attempt/erdogan-regime-behind-forced-disappearances-investigation

29-“Can Dundar: Erdogan’s laughable charade as champion of the press”
https://www.greensboro.com/opinion/columns/can-dundar-erdogan-s-laughable-charade-as-champion-of-the/article_85d55484-37f4-5671-ab44-6ca2caa0cb53.html

30-“UK court rejects Turkish extradition request for media boss”
https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/nov/28/uk-court-rejects-turkish-extradition-request-for-media-boss

31-“Prosecutors Accuse Turkey of Covert Campaign to Pressure U.S. to Hand Over Cleric”
https://www.wsj.com/articles/two-business-partners-of-former-trump-adviser-mike-flynn-indicted-11545060554

32-“Instead of human rights, life or death rights”
https://ahvalnews.com/human-rights/instead-human-rights-life-or-death-rights

33-“Ankara pledges EU reforms amid growing human rights concerns -VoA”
https://ahvalnews.com/eu/ankara-pledges-eu-reforms-amid-growing-human-rights-concerns-voa

34-“Nobody can lecture Turkey on human rights, Erdogan says”
http://infosurhoy.com/cocoon/saii/xhtml/en_GB/news/nobody-can-lecture-turkey-on-human-rights-erdogan-says/

35-“SC hands over management of Pak-Turk schools to Turkiye MAARIF foundation”
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1865982/1-sc-hands-management-pak-turk-schools-turkiye-maarif-foundation/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 12/10/2018-12/16/2018

1-“Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan: Kimseyi sokağa çıkartamayacaksınız”
http://www.milliyet.com.tr/son-dakika-cumhurbaskani-siyaset-2796147/

2-“CHP’den Erdoğan’a yanıt: Sokaktan diktatörler korkar”
https://www.bbc.com/turkce/haberler-turkiye-46584705

3-“Reuters’a konuşan Beyaz Saray yetkilisi: Trump Erdoğan’a Gülen’i iade edeceğini söylemedi”
https://www.bbc.com/turkce/haberler-dunya-46600766

4-“Cumhurbaşkanına hakaret davalarında rekor artış”
https://www.dw.com/tr/cumhurba%C5%9Fkan%C4%B1na-hakaret-davalar%C4%B1nda-rekor-art%C4%B1%C5%9F/a-46622702

5-“Erdoğan: AİHM’nin kararları bizi bağlamaz”
https://www.dw.com/tr/erdo%C4%9Fan-aihmnin-kararlar%C4%B1-bizi-ba%C4%9Flamaz/a-46374963

6-“İnsan hakları örgütleri: Sistematik ve yaygın hak ihlalleri var”
https://tr.sputniknews.com/columnists/201812101036558019-insan-haklari-orgutleri-sistematil-yaygin-hak-ihlalleri/

7-“İnsan Hakları Haftası’nda AKP’nin hak ihlalleri raporu”
https://www.evrensel.net/haber/367955/insan-haklari-haftasinda-akpnin-hak-ihlalleri-raporu

8-“İnsan Hakları Haftasında Türkiye’nin İnsan Hakları Karnesi Nasıl?”
https://www.amerikaninsesi.com/a/insan-haklari-haftasinda-turkiyenin-insan-haklari-karnesi-nasil/4694728.html

9-“Sistematik ihlaller arttı”
http://www.yeniasya.com.tr/gundem/sistematik-ihlaller-artti_480757

10-“Cumhurbaşkanı başdanışmanı BBC’ye konuşurken zor anlar yaşadı”
http://halktv.com.tr/cumhurbaskani-basdanismani-bbcye-konusurken-zor-anlar-yasadi-351931

11-“ABD’den Gülen açıklaması: ‘Bir bakarız’ dedik”
https://www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/dunya/2018/12/18/abdden-gulen-aciklamasi-bir-bakariz-dedik/

12-“CHP insan hakları raporunu açıkladı”
http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/yerel-haberler/ankara/chp-insan-haklari-raporunu-acikladi-41046763

13-“Cezaevlerinde hak ihlalleri ciddi boyuta ulaştı”
https://www.evrensel.net/haber/368280/cezaevlerinde-hak-ihlalleri-ciddi-boyuta-ulasti

14-“Şanlıurfa’daki cezaevlerinde hak ihlalleri yaşanıyor iddiası”
http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/yerel-haberler/sanliurfa/sanliurfadaki-cezaevlerinde-hak-ihlalleri-yasa-41034436

15-“‘Elazığ Cezaevi’nde işkence ve cinsel saldırı var’”
https://www.evrensel.net/haber/338232/elazig-cezaevinde-iskence-ve-cinsel-saldiri-var

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Children and their Mothers are Prisoners of Conscience in Turkey

One of the most alarming actions of the Turkish authorities is the incarceration of women who are pregnant or have just given birth. Some are incarcerated with their children and others violently separated from them. At this moment, seven hundred forty-three (743) children under the age of six are in jails across Turkey with their mothers, detained or arrested as part of the government crackdown on its dissidents. One hundred forty-nine (149) of these children are infants under a year old. “This is simply outrageous, utterly cruel, and surely cannot have anything whatsoever to do with making the country safer” as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein” also emphasized.

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PRESS RELEASE about Unlawful detainments of six Turkish educationists in Moldova

PRESS RELEASE

For urgent action 09/06/2018

Unlawful detainments of six Turkish educationists in Moldova

Today, on September 6, 2018 six Turkish nationals in Moldova were detained. SIS agents of Moldova conducted the detainment of Vice Director and five educationists in Orizont Moldovan-Turkish Educational Institutions early hours in the morning. The detainees’ names were affirmed as Riza Dogan, Hasan Karacaoglu, Yasin Ozdil, Mujdat Celebi, Huseyin Bayraktar and Feridun Tufekci. The wife of Hasan Karacaoglu, the Vice director, stated that they have been living in Moldova for 20 years. Except Huseyin Bayraktar, five of the detainees are asylum seekers who are supposed to be granted by the end of September.

This is not how a modern European country should be treating the people that legally have been living there and been a successful part of Moldova education industry. If any of those Turkish nationals were part of any illegal activity, they should be prosecuted in Moldova court system as long as there is evidence to prosecute them. This is how it is done in modern and civilized countries, and I’m sure that you would not want Moldova to be seen as an authoritarian
country such as Turkey.

This news will spread all over European and US media outlets and create a huge backlash from all private citizens and human right organizations against the beautiful country of Moldova.

www.silencedturkey.org -help@silencedturkey.org – 1-540-209-1934 – @silencedturkey

And as the Turkish-Americans we are deeply concerned about this unlawful detainment incident. We ask the Moldovan authorities to take urgent action for implementing the rule of law, for releasing the detainees who have been contributing to the country of Moldova, and providing protection of the them.

Hafza Y. Girdap
Spokesperson and Women Affairs Director

PRESS RELEASE PDF:
https://silencedturkey.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/press-release-Moldova-case.pdf

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Urgent action about detainments of six Turkish educationists in Moldova

Urgent action about detainments of six Turkish educationists in Moldova

On September 6, 2018, six Turkish nationals in Moldova were detained. SIS agents of Moldova conducted the detainment of Vice Director and five educationists in Orizont Moldovan-Turkish Educational Institutions early hours in the morning. The detainees’ names were affirmed as Riza Dogan, Hasan Karacaoglu, Yasin Ozdil, Mujdat Celebi, Huseyin Bayraktar and Feridun Tufekci. The wife of Hasan Karacaoglu, the Vice director, stated that they have been living in Moldova for 20 years. Except for Huseyin Bayraktar, five of the detainees are asylum seekers who are supposed to be granted by the end of September.

Additionally; the director of Orizont Schools, Turgay Sen, was detained without any explanation in March 2018 and released in April after applying for asylum.

It is internationally known that Turkish government tracks the Gulen followers or sympathizers who have been targeted oppressively since the failed coup attempt. Abductions, detainments, and deportations take place in such countries where rule of law and democracy are not applied. And the Turkish government urges those countries to implement these illegal actions. Given the recent abduction cases in different countries such as Mongolia, Kosovo, Ukraine, Malaysia, Kirghizistan, Pakistan and also threats of deportation to Turkey where a fair trial is not likely nowadays and there is fear of torture; an urgent action to release these people and to provide protection for them is extremely vital.

As reported by families of detainees and local media resources, the lawyers are not allowed to communicate with them. Amnesty International Moldova Director Cristina Pereteatcu stated that a possible deportation would be taken into consideration. It was also reported that the operation was conducted by SIS Antiterror agents which means judicial authorities are not involved in the case. Whereabouts of detainees are still unknown. The Minister of Justice stated that Moldova could be exposed to a penalty by ECHR because of the detainment and possible deportation of Turkish educationists.

We write you today to emphasize our great concern about the detainment and prospective extradition of these six educationists and also to request to take urgent action from the Government of Moldova to release and provide protection of human rights of them along with all other Hizmet movement affiliated people.

Sincerely,

AST letter PDF:
https://silencedturkey.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Moldova-case.pdf

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Witness Confirms Gokhan Teacher Tortured to Death by Police

Witness Confirms Gokhan Teacher Tortured to Death by Police

Prison Cellmate Recollects Moments of Horror After Teacher’s Suspicious Death

Two years after his tragic death, details of teacher Gokhan Acikkolu’s last days have emerged and come to public scrutiny once again as one of his prison cellmates offered a harrowing account into the torture claims.

The Turkish public was stunned by revelations over police torture of Acikkolu in summer 2016. The Turkish authorities steadfastly refused torture claims then and stamped out an independent investigation into the tragic incident. In the official account, he died because of health problems presaging his prison days.

But according to his family, and independent observers, Acikkolu was tortured to death. He was brutally beaten and deprived of medical treatment although he suffered a heart attack in prison. Prison administration turned down his family’s quest for transferring him to a hospital for a proper treatment and denied access to most needed medicines for his diabetes. When he was finally brought to a hospital in August 2016, it was too late to save him.

More startling and disturbing was the fact that almost two years after his death, authorities cleared him of coup-related and terrorism charges and restored the now deceased teacher back to his post. It was too little and too late.

How he died in prison still remains a matter of controversy and mystery. The way how the Turkish government handled the case fuels genuine skepticism and suspicion over the official narrative. Almost nobody believes it in Turkey.

And with a former prison cellmate of the deceased teacher now publicly speaking about his last days, the issue has taken a new turn. Journalist Cevheri Guven, living in northern Greece after fleeing the persecution in Turkey, spoke to Bold Medya, divulging details about how police headquarters in Istanbul became the center of torture for people who were taken into custody in the post-coup crackdown.

The Gokhan teacher appears to be the first victim of torture in this notorious place. Guven says that there are more than 15 witnesses who corroborate the claim that Acikkolu was tortured to death.

A teacher, who spoke to Bold Media on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution back in Turkey, was staying in the next cell to Acikkolu’s room. He also suffered torture at the same place, Istanbul Police Department headquarters.

There was a doctor in the witness’ room. He tells Bold Medya that one day there was a chaotic and urgent hurry on the part of policemen who back and forth moved from one place to another in a state of panic in the corridors.

Panic pervaded the atmosphere, and police shouted at one another. At one point, the door of their cell was wide opened. Police fetched the doctor there and urged him to check the situation of Gokhan teacher next room.

The doctor, the witness said, was trembling and his hands were shaking when he returned the room. Police moved Gokhan teacher out. “We lost the friend [Gokhan teacher],” the doctor told other prisoners in the cell.

The account of the witness challenges the prosecutor’s official document about the cause of Acikkolu’s death. The teacher, the prosecutor wrote, died of his diabetes. But the doctor, who, upon the request of police officers, first intervened to help Acikkolu said he died of beating. He appeared to receive fatal blows to his head and died of torture, not diabetes.

Cerebral hemorrhage or heart attack, the doctor said was the probable cause of Acikkolu’s death, the witness told in a new video interview.

Acikkolu was among the tens of thousands of people who had been remanded immediately in the aftermath of a failed coup in 2016. He was a history teacher at a public school in Istanbul’s Umraniye district when he, along with his wife, were both dismissed in a sweeping purge campaign.

His death was a particular case that stained public conscience as authorities denied a funeral service for his family. Istanbul Mayor’s Office refused to provide a space in a graveyard, so did the local officials in Acikkolu’s hometown, a village in the central province of Konya. Officials even proposed burying him in the “cemetery of traitors,” a policy briefly introduced as a form of punishment against coup plotters. Facing public criticism, the government later retracted the idea.

The teacher was interrogated neither by a prosecutor nor by the police officials. During his detention, he only faced mistreatment and, according to his family, torture. When his situation deteriorated, he was taken to a hospital, only to be sent back to the police detention.

Guven details how his wife, Mumine Acikkollu, struggled to deliver his medicines in the face of the official ban. After her first visit to custody to see her husband, she detected signs of torture and lodged a petition with the office of Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor to investigate whether her husband faced torture. But her efforts yielded no tangible result in the chaotic atmosphere of the post-coup era.

Their agony did not end with the teacher’s death. The inhumane treatment by authorities and denial of funeral service added to their plight.

Two years after into his death, authorities still refuse to launch an investigation into the role of police officers over his death. But as more and more people speak out and more witnesses come out to offer their sides of the story, it becomes ever difficult for authorities to bury the truth and drag their foot for a thorough probe.

Acikkollu might have been the first victim, but certainly was not the last one. As long as his case remains unresolved, police officers and officials, who commit crimes against humanity and involve in torture, would acquire the feeling that they may get away with whatever they do. They should not have such an impunity and freedom.

If Acikkollu’s torturers are brought to justice, other officials would be deterred and further such incidents would be prevented.


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