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Oppression of Supporters of the Hizmet Movement in Turkey and Abroad

There is an ongoing suppression of dissidents following the attempted coup of July 15, 2016. The state of emergency and the decree laws pave the way for discrimination and segregation on the basis of ethnicity, religion, and political or other opinions. Women and children are discriminated and segregated on the basis of their identity or the identity of their family members and parents. Ordinary citizens including, women, men, children, elderly, and disabled people face discrimination based on physical or mental disability, birth registration, place of residence, social segregation, gender or health, and sometimes a combination of these reasons.

Below are some types of discrimination that people face in Turkey:
• More than 150,000 public officials are dismissed from their positions without any evidence, due process and any explanation but their names appear on long lists.
• More than 60,000 people have been arrested because of alleged links with the Hizmet Movement without any concrete criminal evidence. Much more were taken into custody and released under probation.
• The government violated people’s fundamental right to travel by either canceling or not issuing their passports.
• The government’s inflammatory rhetoric and hate speech target the followers of the Hizmet Movement and other dissidents. Both public and the government have been labeling people as terrorists even though there is no such indication, only because they support or are not against the Hizmet Movement.
• Assets of the Hizmet Movement’s supporters have been frozen leading people to suffer also financially besides other problems.
• People labeled as terrorists cannot find a job neither in public nor in private field.
• Dissidents and their families are deliberately deprived of social services and financial resources needed for physical survival.
• The state of emergency and the new decree laws impose life-threatening forcible discrimination and segregation in Turkey.
• Majority of the Turkish citizens face fear and betrayal in a police state.
• The dissidents and human rights defenders are under arbitrary detention and arrest without due process.
• There are grave violations of international human rights law and atrocity crimes including torture, inhuman and degrading treatment.
• There is a lack of legal remedies in the Turkish judiciary, people cannot look for a remedy from the courts and other mechanisms such as the State of Emergency Procedures Investigation Commission.
• Torture and other similar incidents have been witnessed a lot especially during police custody.
• People arrested over Hizmet links are kept under inhuman conditions in overcrowded prisons.
• Both arrestees and their visitors are under psychological pressure by the guards.
• Family members of people who are at large are threatened by police officers to be taken into custody and arrested if they do not give information about their relatives’ whereabouts.

Below are some types of human rights violations Turkish people with links to the Hizmet Movement face abroad:
• Turkish citizens abroad are vulnerable for arbitrary detentions, abductions and expulsions, therefore, need protection.
• There are 229 Turkish citizens abroad who are called to return Turkey; if not, they will be deprived of nationality.
• Hundreds and thousands of Turkish citizens abroad are denied of consular services including newborns who became stateless outside of Turkey. Consulates do not issue passports to these people as well.
• Turkish citizens seeking asylum would face torture and ill-treatment if deported to Turkey.
• Because of passport cancellations by the Turkish government, family members of the supporters in Turkey cannot leave Turkey leading to family separation.
• Foreign governments do not grant visa in most cases to the families of asylum seekers that include the supporters of the Hizmet Movement abroad, which again leads to family separation.
• In some cases, family members of the supporters of the Movement could be able to leave Turkey but reach out the countries that are not safe such as Kyrgyzstan and Morocco. It is highly risky that they might be deported or will face same type of persecution in these countries because of Erdogan’s pressure. Again because of visa and passport problems, they cannot go to safer countries.
• In most cases assets and bank accounts of the supporters and their family members are frozen by the government, thus people cannot transfer their funds abroad and struggle for a living.
• Most people seeking asylum abroad are still waiting for a decision especially in the United States because of the long process of asylum application. They live in uncertainty by not knowing when will they be granted asylum and attain their rights.


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Turkish Police Torture Two University Personnel For Weeks In Antalya Over Their Alleged Links To Gülen Movement

Sedat Gökçen and Ahmet Gödük, two former personnel of the International Antalya University, which was closed by a government decree under the rule of emergency over its alleged affiliation with the Gülen movement, have reportedly been subject to heavy torture and maltreatments for weeks under the police custody in Turkey’s Antalya province.

According to information shared by a @Turkeydeiskence, a Twitter account focuses on the torture and maltreatment cases in Turkey under the rule of emergency, because of the severe torture in Antalya Police Department Ahmet Gödük has become unable to walk. The @Turkeydeiskence has reported that Gökçen and Gödük have been subjected to physical torture, maltreatments and psychological pressure to oblige them to make “confessions.”

It was reported that Gökçen and Gödük were detained on January 16, 2018 at Antalya Terra City Shopping Mall by a group of civil police officers. Police officers applied physical violence to Gökçen and Gödük even during the process of their detentions. Because of the violence applied to him, herniated disc problem of Gökçen has reemerged and he has experienced a severe loss in his hearing capability and he lost his balance. He has bruises and swelling in different parts of his body.

Ahmed Gödük, who has also herniated disc problem, has started to experience serious problem as he walks because of the heavy violence he has been a target.

It was also reported that the police have prevented Gökçen and Gödük from getting doctor reports in order to prevent the exposure of torture and maltreatments they applied. Therefore, the custody periods of Gökçen and Gödük were arbitrarily extended to 15 days so that the traces of torture that they had imposed on them to vanish.

Also during this long detention period, Gökçen and Gödük were subjected to maltreatments including threats, insults, starvation, deprivation of bathing, interfering with their worship. At the end of the detention period with torture and maltreatments, Gökçen and Gödük were arrested by a local court and sent to Döşemealtı Prison in Antalya.

Source:
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-police-torture-two-university-personnel-for-weeks-in-antalya-over-their-alleged-links-to-gulen-movement/

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly Jan 29

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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 1/22/2018-1/29/2018

1-“Activist Detained in Turkey for Tweets”
https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/01/22/activist-detained-turkey-tweets

2-“Turkey detains 41 including 6 journalists over tweets criticizing military operations in Afrin”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-detains-41-including-6-journalists-military-operations-afrin

3-“Turkey issues detention warrants for 16 military personnel over coup charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-issues-detention-warrants-16-military-personnel-coup-charges

4-“Warrants issued for 35 social media users over postings against Afrin operation”
https://turkeypurge.com/warrants-issued-35-social-media-users-postings-afrin-operation

5-“Journalist Nurcan Baysal detained for social media posts against Turkey’s Afrin operation”
https://turkeypurge.com/journalist-nurcan-baysal-detained-social-media-posts-turkeys-afrin-operation

6-“615 people detained over Gülen links in past week: ministry”
https://turkeypurge.com/615-people-detained-gulen-links-past-week-ministry

7-“Turkish Gov’t Detains At Least 91 More Over Alleged Propaganda On Social Media Against Military Operation In Afrin”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-detains-33-more-over-alleged-propaganda-on-social-media-against-military-operation-in-afrin/

8-“Turkish Charitable Businessman’s Heart Couldn’t Bear Erdoğan Regime’s Oppressions”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-charitable-businessmans-heart-couldnt-bear-erdogan-regimes-oppressions/

9-“Turkish Radio Show Host Calls On Police To Kill Afrin Operation Critics”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-radio-show-host-calls-on-police-to-kill-afrin-operation-critics/

10-“Kurdish Books Take Their Share From Turkish Government Crackdown”
https://stockholmcf.org/kurdish-books-take-their-share-from-turkish-government-crackdown/

11-“Turkish prosecutors launch investigation into pro-Kurdish deputies over Afrin tweets”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-prosecutors-launch-investigation-pro-kurdish-deputies-afrin-tweets

12-“Retired teacher put in pre-trial detention over posts critical of Turkey’s Afrin operation”
https://turkeypurge.com/retired-teacher-put-pre-trial-detention-posts-critical-turkeys-afrin-operation

13-“Quarterly magazine editor Haydar Ergül jailed”
https://turkeypurge.com/quarterly-magazine-editor-haydar-ergul-jailed

14-“15 years jail time sought for former editor in chief of state-run TRT News”
https://turkeypurge.com/15-years-jail-time-sought-former-editor-chief-state-run-trt-news

15-“[AUDIO] Pro-Erdogan radio host calls on police to kill Afrin operation critics”
https://turkeypurge.com/audio-pro-erdogan-radio-host-calls-police-kill-afrin-operation-critics

16-“[VIDEO] Owner, wife, principal detained following dawn raid at Bursa school”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-owner-wife-principal-detained-following-dawn-raid-bursa-school

17-“Warrants issued for 129 former police officers: 80 detained”
https://turkeypurge.com/warrants-issued-129-former-police-officers-80-detained

18-“Head of local lawyers’ association sentenced to 9 years in prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/head-local-lawyers-association-sentenced-9-years-prison

19-“Fethullah Gülen’s niece sentenced to 7.5 years in jail”
https://turkeypurge.com/fethullah-gulens-niece-sentenced-7-5-years-jail

20-“Access to The Region, Jin News banned in Turkey”
https://turkeypurge.com/access-region-jinnews-banned-turkey

21-“International bar association says concerned about torture against jailed Turkish lawyers”
https://turkeypurge.com/ibas-human-rights-institute-says-concerned-torture-jailed-turkish-lawyers

22-“Imprisoned pro-Kurdish politicians go on hunger strike in protest of Turkey’s Afrin operation”
https://turkeypurge.com/imprisoned-pro-kurdish-politicians-go-hunger-strike-protest-turkeys-afrin-operation

23-“Turkey issues detention warrant for son of former chief justice over coup charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-issues-detenton-warrant-son-former-chief-justice-coup-charges

24-“Int’l bar association calls on Turkey to stop persecution of legal professionals”
https://turkeypurge.com/intl-bar-association-calls-turkey-stop-persecution-legal-professionals

25-“Reinstatement denied: Purge-victim educators end hunger strike, vow to take fight to court”
https://turkeypurge.com/reinstatement-denied-purge-victim-educators-end-hunger-strike-vow-take-fight-court

26-“Report: Four detained for criticizing Friday sermon in support of Turkey’s Afrin operation”
https://turkeypurge.com/report-four-detained-criticizing-friday-sermon-support-turkeys-afrin-operation

27-“Woman detained after being overheard ‘insulting Erdogan’ during bus ride”
https://turkeypurge.com/woman-detained-overheard-insulting-erdogan-bus-ride

28-“Post-coup victim dies following explosion at firework company: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/post-coup-victim-dies-following-explosion-firework-company

29-“Belgian police say Turkish embassy in Brussels behind online threats against journalists”
https://turkeypurge.com/belgian-police-say-turkish-embassy-brussels-behind-online-threats-journalists

30-“721 Twitter accounts are currently banned in Turkey: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/721-twitter-accounts-currently-banned-turkey-report

31-“Turkish School Official Affiliated to Gulen [Movement] Missing in Sulaimani”
http://www.nrttv.com/EN/Details.aspx?Jimare=18478

32-“NASA scientist accused of terrorism awaits verdict in Turkish trial”
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/01/nasa-scientist-accused-terrorism-awaits-verdict-turkish-trial

33-“Targeted by Dictator Turkish Family Seeks Refuge ”
https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Targeted-by-dictator-Turkish-family-seeks-refuge-12518415.php

34-“OSCE’s Désir calls on Turkey to release detained journalists”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/26/osces-desir-calls-on-turkey-to-release-detained-journalists/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 1/22/2018-1/29/2018

1-“Türkiye’de 70 bin tutuklu öğrenci var!”
http://aktifhaber.com/egitim/turkiyede-70-bin-tutuklu-ogrenci-var-h111058.html

2-“Tek tip hukuksuzluğu Silivri’de de başladı!”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/tek-tip-hukuksuzlugu-silivride-de-basladi-h111053.html

3-“Yaşanan tüm zorluklara rağmen duruşundan taviz vermeyen mağdurlar!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/yasanan-tum-zorluklara-ragmen-durusundan-taviz-vermeyen-magdurlar-h111049.html

4-“Afrin Harekatına tepki gösteren emekli öğretmen tutuklandı”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/afrin-harekatina-tepki-gosteren-emekli-ogretmen-tutuklandi-h111050.html

5-“Gazeteci Seda Taşkın gözaltına alındı”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/gazeteci-seda-taskin-gozaltina-alindi-2-h111033.html

6-“Gazetecilere Afrin Harekatı gözaltısı!”
http://aktifhaber.com/medya/gazetecilere-afrin-harekati-gozaltisi-h111026.html

7-“BM Raportörü’nden dehşet verici ‘Türkiye’de artan işkence’ raporu”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/bm-raportorunden-dehset-verici-turkiyede-artan-iskence-raporu-h111030.html

8-“Kazakistan’da kaçırılan Öğretmen Zabit Kişi, 4 aydır Ankara TEM’de tutuluyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/kazakistanda-kacirilan-ogretmen-zabit-kisi-4-aydir-ankara-temde-tutuluyor-h110965.html

9-“Evlere baskın, gazetecilere gözaltı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/evlere-baskin-gazetecilere-gozalti/

10-“Yazar Baysal ve gazeteci Karakaş’a ‘sosyal medya gözaltısı’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/t24-yazari-baysala-sosyal-medya-gozaltisi/

11-“Erdoğan’ın hedef gösterdiği gazeteye saldırı: Madımak ruh halini yaşıyoruz”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/erdoganin-hedef-gosterdigi-gazeteye-saldiri-madimak-ruh-halini-yasiyoruz/

12-“Tek Tip Elbise İşkencedir, Derhal Vazgeçilmelidir!”
https://tihv.org.tr/tek-tip-elbise-iskencedir-derhal-vazgecilmelidir/

13-“HRW direktöründen Nurcan Baysal için çağrı”
http://www.agos.com.tr/tr/yazi/20097/hrw-direktorunden-nurcan-baysal-icin-cagri

14-“15 Temmuz’dan bu yana mağdur edilen insanlar!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/15-temmuzdan-bu-yana-magdur-edilen-insanlar-h111300.html

15-“‘Kalbin hızlı atıyor’ diyerek “çıplak arama” yaptı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/kalbin-hizli-atiyor-diyerek-ciplak-arama-yapti-h111271.html

16-“Tutuklu emniyet müdürlerine sistemetik işkence!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/tutuklu-emniyet-mudurlerine-sistemetik-iskence-h111268.html

17-“Kalp yetmezliği olan tutukluyu bile bile ölüme sürüklediler”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/kalp-yetmezligi-olan-tutukluyu-bile-bile-olume-suruklediler-h111230.html

18-“Yurt Atayün, Ömer Köse ve ailelerine sistematik psikolojik işkence uygulaması”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/yurt-atayun-omer-kose-ve-ailelerine-sistematik-psikolojik-iskence-uygulamasi-h111228.html

19-“Kırıkkale cezaevinde kameraların görmediği yerde işkence!”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/kirikkale-cezaevinde-kameralarin-gormedigi-yerde-iskence-h111175.html

20-“OHAL’de avukatların durumu: 1488 kötü muamele, 572 tutuklama ve 72 hapis”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ohalde-avukatlarin-durumu-1488-kotu-muamele-572-tutuklama-ve-72-hapis-h111120.html

21-“HDP Pendik ilçe binasına saldırı: Daire ateşe verildi, eşyalar tahrip edildi”
http://www.diken.com.tr/hdp-pendik-ilce-binasina-saldiri-daire-atese-verildi-esyalar-tahrip-edildi/

22-“TRT Haber’den ‘tuhaf’ yayın: TSK, sivillere bombardıman yapıyor, saldırıyordu”
http://www.diken.com.tr/trt-haberden-tuhaf-yayin-tsk-sivillere-bombardiman-yapiyor-saldiriyordu/

23-“Erdoğan ‘Savaşı durdurun’ diyenlere ağzına geleni söyledi: Adiler, hainler, ahlaksızlar”
http://www.diken.com.tr/erdogan-savasi-durdurun-diyenlere-agzina-geleni-soyledi-hainler-vicdansizlar-ahlaksizlar/

24-“‘Tehdit mesajları konsolosluktaki bilgisayarlardan gönderildi’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/tehdit-mesajlari-konsolosluktaki-bilgisayarlardan-gonderildi/

25-“Sokak ortasında genç kıza saldırdı, serbest bırakıldı”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/kazakistanda-kacirilan-ogretmen-zabit-kisi-4-aydir-ankara-temde-tutuluyor-h110965.html

26-“Ambulans yerine cezaevi aracına bindirilen tutuklu hayatını kaybetti”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/sokak-ortasinda-genc-kiza-kaldirdi-aninda-serbest-birakildi/

27-“Enes Kanter’in bu fotoğrafı nedeniyle ‘dişçisi’ 18 aydır tutuklu”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/dis-hekimi-enes-kanterin-bu-fotografi-nedeniyle-18-aydir-tutuklu/

28-“Cezaevinde işkence: ‘Şurada kamera yok, dövebilirsiniz’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/cezaevinde-iskence-surada-kamera-yok-dovebilirsiniz/

29-“Cemevine nefret mektubu: Alevileri Müslüman olarak ölüme davet ”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/cemevine-nefret-mektubu-alevileri-musluman-olarak-olume-davet/

30-“Evinde Gülen’in kitapları bulundu: İlaç kaçakçılığı ile suçlandı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/evinde-gulenin-kitaplari-bulundu-ilac-kacakciligi-ile-suclandi/

31-“Otobüste sohbet eden kadını ‘cumhurbaşkanına hakaret’ten fişlemişler”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/otobuste-sohbet-eden-kadini-cumhurbaskanina-hakaretten-fislemisler-h111243.html

32-“69 gündür tutuklu HDP’liye Afrin gerekçesiyle gözaltı kararı!”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/69-gundur-tutuklu-hdpliye-afrin-gerekcesiyle-gozalti-karari-h111198.html

33-“Türkiye KHK ile ihraç edilen ismi AİHM’e aday göstermek zorunda kaldı!”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/turkiye-khk-ile-ihrac-edilen-ismi-aihme-aday-gostermek-zorunda-kaldi-h111081.html

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Severity of Human Rights Violations in Turkey & Support to Turkish Migrants and Refugees

Since the attempted coup of July 15, 2016, the government of Turkey has been taking strict measures to silence dissidents in other countries from various ideologies recently. One of these opposition groups, the Gulen Movement (a.k.a “Hizmet Movement”, meaning service in Turkish), has been the main target since 2013. The Gulen Movement is a faith-based non-political, cultural and educational movement. The Movement is composed of a cluster of religious, educational and social organizations inspired by Fethullah Gulen.

After the July 15 failed coup attempt, the Turkish government accused Fethullah Gulen and his sympathizers for having a connection with the failed coup. Gulen has repeatedly dismissed any involvement in the coup attempt. Foreign intelligence units such as Germany’s BND Foreign Intelligence Agency’s chief, EU intelligence-sharing unit (Intern), UK Parliament and U.S. House Intel Chair have all noted that there is no evidence that shows Gulen’s involvement. Nonetheless, Gulen spoke to global media outlets right after the coup attempt and called for an open international investigation to find out who was behind the attempt.

Yet, the Turkish government chose to declare state of emergency, which still continues, to purge thousands of people. Alleged supporters of the Movement in Turkey have been dealing with arrest, imprisonment, torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, confiscation and passport seizure. After the failed coup, more than 130,000 people have been arbitrarily detained and more than 60,000 people have been arrested. Most of them are from the elite part of the society and are all well-educated individuals with different backgrounds such as doctors, lawyers, judges, teachers, engineers and so on. The striking point is that most were imprisoned with no compelling evidence of any criminal activity. Nonetheless, there are 17,000 women in jail and 1914 children, where 688 are babies under age of six. There have also been several cases where women who just gave birth have been put in prison with their few days old babies. Moreover, more than 4,400 judges and prosecutors have been dismissed. The government has also seized 3,003 schools, dormitories, and universities. The government has also confiscated more than 800 companies worth more than $10 billion.

All independent media in Turkey have been shut down and confiscated by the government. Turkey is the leading country to imprison most journalists. Turkey has arrested 319 journalists since the coup. A lot of people are arrested for talking against government’s policies. Many students get imprisoned for their critical tweets. 70 thousand students are currently in jail in Turkey.

People are also arrested for having downloaded an encrypted messaging phone application called ByLock. The government believes coup plotters used this application. The Turkish Intelligence Organization (MIT) has handed over a list of people who have allegedly downloaded the application. People who are alleged of downloading the application have been imprisoned. Prof. Izzet Özgenç, who is one of the founders of the Turkish Penal Code, emphasized that the Bylock arrests made without revealing any evidence are unlawful. Recently, Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office announced that close to 11 thousand people have been mistakenly investigated for use of ByLock. Turkey has also put the Amnesty International’s Turkey head, Taner Kiliç in jail for having downloaded block. While Kiliç claims that he has never downloaded the application, he is facing imprisonment for up to 15 years.

International human rights organizations have condemned and reported the human rights violations occurring in Turkey. Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) announced Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the winner of ‘Most Outrageous Use of Terror Laws Against the Press’ and ‘Most Thin-skinned’ awards. A new report released by the independent, non-profit and non-partisan watchdog organization Freedom House concluded that democratic principles such as election integrity and freedom of the press, political and civil rights have severely downgraded in Turkey that is no longer ‘a free country’. Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported in its recent “World Report 2018” that innocent people are imprisoned with no substantial evidence, inalienable rights have been taken away, and that there are more than 2,200 cases of torture and ill-treatment. Hugh Williamson, Europe, and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch said that “everywhere you look, checks and balances that protect human rights and rule of law in Turkey are being eroded”.

Due to increasingly severe human rights violations in Turkey, families have chosen to leave their country to seek safe haven. Many families have sought to enter Europe to seek asylum due to geographical proximity. However, there are also thousands of people who have also successfully reached and sought asylum in the United States. Unfortunately not everyone successfully reaches Europe. On November 21, 2017, Greek media reported that Greek authorities have found bodies of five members of the Maden family, including three children, a short time ago on the Greek Island of Lesvos. The father, Huseyin Maden, and mother, Nur Maden, were allegedly linked to the Gulen Movement and was forced to flee due to arrest warrant issued out on their names. The drowning has sparked outrage over an ongoing political purge.

Regrettably, Turkish government’s actions against the Gulen Movement are not limited to Turkish borders but are also extraterritorial. There are many examples of abductions and physical violence incidents in several countries as well as threats by pro-government people referring to the supporters abroad. Recently some Turkish teachers and principles who worked at schools funded by the Gulen Movement in Malaysia, Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan have been abducted, and in some cases illegally deported back to Turkey.

Families who have successfully reached the United States by escaping the oppression of the Turkish government are now facing new challenges. Most of the families have left everything behind in Turkey; jobs, houses, education, relatives and the Turkish government have blocked their bank accounts. Some families were able to only bring a single luggage.

These families are now in need of shelter, financial support, and acceptance of their asylum applications. You could help by personally providing donations to these individuals, or donate through human rights organizations like Embrace Relief or Advocates of Silenced Turkey, who focuses on these Turkish nationals. You could also help with helping them attain legal help and cover legal fees for their asylum applications, with their education fees. Some other ways you can help is by sending support letters regarding the persecution of these Gulen sympathizers to relevant bodies such as the State Department, embassies and the European Court of Human Rights. You can also create awareness using social media and encourage other human rights and humanitarian aid organizations to create campaigns on behalf of these individuals. Given their circumstance, we hope that you can help these people through your support. Every bit of help will aggregate to make a big difference.


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Ergun Babahan wrote about risk of torture for police chiefs

Yakub Saygılı and his coworkers, who carried out the December 17 corruption investigation, were taken into custody in the Silivri Prison where they were detained and taken to Istanbul Security Directorate on Vatan Caddesi. Many social media users have raised concern of risk of torture for Saygılı and his coworkers in the Vatan police station. Journalist-writer Ergun Babahan also wrote in regards to allegations of torture.

Names close to the Hizmet Movement launched an anti-torture campaign on Twitter. Yakup Saygılı, Yasin Topçu, and Kazım Aksoy, who were brought to the Police Department from the prison due to the ongoing Reza Zarrab case in America, can be subject to heavy torture. Babahan noted that members of the Hizmet Movement, minority and opposition groups are extremely polarized and demonized. Babahan indicated that “No one takes care of these people”. He concluded by saying “Torture is a crime against humanity. Everyone needs to stand up for the mistreated people and condemn torture”.

Source: http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ergun-babahan-polis-seflerine-yapilan-iskenceyi-yazdi-h110659.html

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly Jan 8

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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 1/1/2018-1/8/2018

1-” Arti Gercek columnist under police custody for 3 days”
https://turkeypurge.com/arti-gercek-columnist-police-custody-3-days

2-” Gülen’s nephew detained in Istanbul”
https://turkeypurge.com/gulens-nephew-detained-istanbul

3-” Turkish police detain another pro-Kurdish deputy in İzmir: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-police-detain-another-pro-kurdish-deputy-izmir-report

4-” Turkey’s National Intelligence received 25,000 informer reports on Gülenists in 2017: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkeys-national-intelligence-received-25000-informer-reports-gulenists-2017-report

5-” Turkey’s new racist political party: ‘Turks are superior race’”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkeys-new-racist-political-party-turks-superior-race

6-” Turkish court approves 34-year sentence for 6 pro-Kurdish university students”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-court-approves-34-year-sentence-6-pro-kurdish-university-students

7-” Journalist Aysenur Arslan gets 12-month jail sentence for insulting Erdogan”
https://turkeypurge.com/journalist-aysenur-arslan-gets-12-month-jail-sentence-insulting-erdogan

8-” [VIDEO] Pro-Erdogan journalists urge gov’t to seize Gulenists’ assets and pay potential US fines against Halkbank”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-pro-erdogan-journalists-urge-govt-seize-assets-gulenists-pay-us-fines-halkbank

9-” Yet another journalist jailed in Turkey, already worst jailer of media in world”
https://turkeypurge.com/yet-another-journalist-jailed-turkey-already-worst-jailer-media-world

10-” Two women detained during visit to jailed husbands in Edirne prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/two-women-detained-visit-jailed-husbands-edirne-prison

11-” Former Zaman columnist Ali Unal, under arrest for 17 months, denied request for release”
https://turkeypurge.com/zaman-columnist-ali-unal-arrest-17-months-denied-request-release

12-” ‘Gülenist’ couple ‘battered and tortured’ in Nevşehir prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/gulenist-couple-battered-tortured-nevsehir-prison-claim

13-” Disabled son of purge-victim ‘Gülenist’ family dies of intestinal cancer: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/disabled-son-purge-victim-gulenist-family-dies-intestinal-cancer-report

14-” Turkish court sentences pro-Kurdish deputy to 16 years, eight months in jail”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkish-court-sentences-pro-kurdish-deputy-16-years-eight-months-jail

15-” Pro-Kurdish HDP deputy gets 21 months in jail for insulting Erdogan”
https://turkeypurge.com/pro-kurdish-hdp-deputy-gets-21-months-jail-insulting-erdogan

16-” Report: 189 journalists detained, 58 remanded in prison in 2017″
https://turkeypurge.com/report-189-journalists-detained-58-remanded-prison-2017

17-” At least 49 former Bank Asya shareholders taken into custody over coup charges: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/least-49-former-bank-asya-shareholders-coup-charges

18-” Pro-Kurdish deputy, already in jail, gets 1.5 years more in prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/pro-kurdish-deputy-already-jail-gets-1-5-years-prison

19-” 5-year-old boy dies after being hit by police vehicle in Diyarbakir: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/5-year-old-boy-dies-hit-police-vehicle-diyarbakir-report

20-” HDP leader, already in jail, fined TL 15,000 for insulting Erdogan”
https://turkeypurge.com/hdp-leader-already-jail-fined-tl-15000-insulting-erdogan

21-” Civilians now taking up arms in two provinces, says İYİ Party leader”
https://turkeypurge.com/civilians-now-taking-arms-two-provinces-says-iyi-party-leader

22-” Business ethics professor remanded in prison after trying to escape to Greece”
https://turkeypurge.com/business-ethics-professor-remanded-prison-trying-escape-greece

23-” 36 more sought in İstanbul on suspicion of ByLock use”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/06/36-more-sought-in-istanbul-on-suspicion-of-bylock-use/

24-” Turkish minister: 48,305 people jailed in 2017 over Gülen links”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/05/turkish-minister-48305-people-jailed-in-2017-over-gulen-links/

25-” Lawyer under investigation, accompanied by infant, put in pretrial detention”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/01/lawyer-under-investigation-accompanied-by-infant-put-in-pretrial-detention/

26-” Detention warrants issued for 70 more military personnel over Gülen links”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/04/detention-warrants-issued-for-70-more-military-personnel-over-gulen-links/

27-“German Ministry Confirms Connection Between Violent Gang And Turkish Gov’t”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/12/30/erdogan-says-chp-leader-supports-all-terrorist-organizations/

28-“German Ministry Confirms Connection Between Violent Gang And Turkish Gov’t”
https://stockholmcf.org/german-ministry-confirms-connection-between-violent-gang-and-turkish-govt/

29-“KESK: Over 50 Public Officials, Who Were Dismissed By Gov’t Decrees, Commit Suicide In Turkey”
https://stockholmcf.org/kesk-over-50-public-officials-who-were-dismissed-by-govt-decrees-commit-suicide-in-turkey/

30-“Gülen’s 63-Year-Old Disabled Cousin Put Into Solitary Confinement By Turkish Authorities ”
https://stockholmcf.org/gulens-63-year-old-disabled-cousin-put-into-solitary-confinement-by-turkish-authorities/

31-“Erdoğan Targets Boğaziçi University, Claims ‘Engaged In Activities Against Turkey’”
https://stockholmcf.org/erdogan-targets-bogazici-university-claims-engaged-in-activities-against-turkey/

32-” Four Young People Subjected To Turkish Police Violence Due To Hair Style”
https://stockholmcf.org/four-young-people-subjected-to-turkish-police-violence-due-to-hair-style/

33-” Report: Erdoğan Constructing New Regime In Turkey By Gov’t Decrees Under Rule Of Emergency”
https://stockholmcf.org/report-erdogan-constructing-new-regime-in-turkey-by-govt-decrees-under-rule-of-emergency/

34-” İstanbul Bar Files Complaint Against Minister Soylu Over His ‘Break The Legs’ Order”
https://stockholmcf.org/istanbul-bar-files-complaint-against-minister-soylu-over-his-break-the-legs-order/

35-” France Judicial Union Urges Macron To Require Erdoğan To Release Jailed Lawyers”
https://stockholmcf.org/france-judicial-union-urges-macron-to-require-erdogan-to-release-jailed-lawyers/

36-” France’s Macron urges respect of rule of law in talks with Erdogan”
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-turkey/frances-macron-urges-respect-of-rule-of-law-in-talks-with-erdogan-idUSKBN1EU1LI

37-” More than 100,000 Turks who lost jobs after 2016 coup attempt await rulings”
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/more-than-100000-turks-who-lost-jobs-after-2016-coup-attempt-await-rulings/article37477562/

38-” Council of Europe criticizes Turkish ban on LGBTI events”
http://jacksonobserver.com/council-of-europe-criticizes-turkish-ban-on-lgbti-events/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 1/1/2018-1/8/2018

1-” Katil sivillerden sonra, şirket yağmalayan kayyımları da korumaya aldılar.”
http://aktifhaber.com/ekonomi/katil-sivillerden-sonra-sirket-yagmalayan-kayyimlari-da-korumaya-aldilar-h110310.html

2-” Gergerlioğlu: Berk’i kaybettik, bari Eray babasını görmeli”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/gergerlioglu-berki-kaybettik-bari-eray-babasini-gormeli-h110289.html

3-” ‘Tek tip Erdoğan’ın kişisel intikam davasıdır'”
http://aktifhaber.com/genel/tek-tip-erdoganin-kisisel-intikam-davasidir-h110292.html

4-” AYM, 12 Eylül işkenceleriyle ilgili hukuk defterini kapattı”
http://aktifhaber.com/genel/aym-12-eylul-iskenceleriyle-ilgili-hukuk-defterini-kapatti-h110301.html

5-” OHAL Türkiye’sinde KHK mağduru 50 kişi intihar etti”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ohal-turkiyesinde-khk-magduru-50-kisi-intihar-etti-h110265.html

6-” 15 öğrenciye cinsel istismarda bulunan okul görevlisi tutuklandı..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/15-ogrenciye-cinsel-istismarda-bulunan-okul-gorevlisi-tutuklandi-h110250.html

7-” Engelli öğrenciyi döven öğretmen ikinci kez serbest kaldı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/engelli-ogrenciyi-doven-ogretmen-ikinci-kez-serbest-kaldi-h110234.html

8-” Gergerlioğlu, Görmez ailesine uygulanan zulmü kaleme aldı..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/gergerlioglu-gormez-ailesine-uygulanan-zulmu-kaleme-aldi-h110197.html

9-” Çankırı’da Polisten uzun saç dayağı..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cankirida-polisten-uzun-sac-dayagi-h110183.html

10-” Ahmet Altan: Darbenin değil, hukukun ve demokrasinin peşindeydik”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ahmet-altan-darbenin-degil-hukukun-ve-demokrasinin-pesindeydik-h110170.html

11-” ‘Çocuklar ölmesin’ diyen Ayşe öğretmen’in cezası ertelendi..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cocuklar-olmesin-diyen-ayse-ogretmenin-cezasi-ertelendi-h110169.html

12-” Ethem Sarısülük davasındaki delillerin tahrip edildiği ortaya çıktı..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ethem-sarisuluk-davasindaki-delillerin-tahrip-edildigi-ortaya-cikti-h110161.html

13-” Savcı “Sizin dosyanız zaten hazır” diyerek tutuklattı cezaevinde hücreye atıldılar”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/savci-sizin-dosyaniz-zaten-hazir-diyerek-tutuklatti-cezaevinde-hucreye-atildilar-h110142.html

14-” İşkenceyle öldürülen Yurdakul’un avukatı: C3 koğuşu özellikle oluşturulmuş..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/iskenceyle-oldurulen-yurdakulun-avukati-c3-kogusu-ozellikle-olusturulmus-h110056.html

15-” 35 günlük Akif Bebek de cezaevine götürüldü..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/35-gunluk-akif-bebek-de-cezaevine-goturuldu-h110041.html

16-” Aile Bakanı’nın hapisteki bebeklere duyarsız kalmasına tepki yağdı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/aile-bakaninin-hapisteki-bebeklere-duyarsiz-kalmasina-tepki-yagdi-h110036.html

17-” Gazi’de polisin öldürdüğü 2 kişinin davasında OHAL koruması..”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/gazide-polisin-oldurdugu-2-kisinin-davasinda-ohal-korumasi-h110186.html

18-” “Hayatı boyunca darbelere karşı olmuş biri olduğum ortada…””
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/hayati-boyunca-darbelere-karsi-olmus-biri-oldugum-ortada-h110175.html

19-” Soylu, Gülen hareketine yönelik cinnet halinin raporunu sundu..”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/soylu-gulen-hareketine-yonelik-cinnet-halinin-raporunu-sundu-h110100.html

20-” Konya’da Gülen Hareketi’ne kitlesel operasyonlarda 14 kişiye gözaltı..”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/konyada-gulen-hareketine-kitlesel-operasyonlarda-14-kisiye-gozalti-h110103.html

21-” OHAL’in suç karnesi: 126 suç türü”
http://www.tr724.com/ohalin-suc-karnesi-126-suc-turu/

22-” Türkiye’deki baski, tecrit, tutuklamalar ve yurt dişina hicretin belgeseli”
http://www.tr724.com/turkiyedeki-baski-tecrit-tutuklamalar-yurt-disina-hicretin-belgeseli/

23-“Anayasa mahkemesi, ‘insanlik suçu’ olan işkenceyi kapatti; gerekçe zamanaşimi ”
http://www.tr724.com/anayasa-mahkemesi-insanlik-sucu-olan-iskenceyi-kapatti-gerekce-zamanasimi/

24-” Ümit Özdağ: silahli kamplar için nokta verebiliriz, 23 ayda 2.3 milyon silah satildi ”
http://www.tr724.com/umit-ozdag-silahli-kamplar-icin-nokta-verebiliriz-23-ayda-2-3-milyon-silah-satildi/

25-” Anayasa hukuku profesörü Kaboğlu: KHK’lari mit hazirliyor, hukuken yok hükmünde”
http://www.tr724.com/anayasa-hukuku-profesoru-kaboglu-khklari-mit-hazirliyor-hukuken-yok-hukmunde/

26-” Zeybekçi yine gebertmekten söz etti, KHK’yi savundu: birkaç kişiyi gebertirsem hesabi mi sorulacak?”
http://www.tr724.com/zeybekci-yine-gebertmekten-soz-etti-khkyi-savandu-birkac-kisiyi-gebertirsem-hesabi-mi-sorulacak/

27-” Bank Asya hissedarlarina operasyon, 68 gözalti karari ”
http://www.tr724.com/bank-asya-hissedarlarina-operasyon-68-gozalti-karari/

28-” ‘Boğaziçi Üniversitesi yerli ve milli değerlere yaslanamıyor’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/erdogan-bogazici-universitesi-yerli-ve-milli-degerlere-yaslanamiyor/

29-” Bu kez Keysan Gülen: Gülen’in bir yakını daha gözaltına alındı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/bu-kez-keysan-gulen-gulenin-bir-yakini-daha-gozaltina-alindi/

30-” Gazeteci Deniz Yücel: Tek tip kıyafeti asla kabul etmeyeceğim”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/gazeteci-deniz-yucel-tek-tip-kiyafeti-asla-kabul-etmeyecegim/

31-” ‘Nazilerden tek fark; Bugün Türkiye’de sadece gaz odaları yok’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/nazilerden-tek-fark-bugun-turkiyede-sadece-gaz-odalari-yok/

32-” AKP’li Elitaş: Şunu taciz ettin, yumruk vurdun, diye mi yargılansınlar?”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/gulu-elestiren-akpli-elitasa-gore-sunu-taciz-etmek-yumruk-vurmak-normal/

33-” Dünya tanık: Özakça’nın annesi yerlerde sürüklenerek gözaltında”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/semih-ozakcanin-annesi-yerlerde-suruklenerek-gozaltinda/

34-” Bitlis’te PKK’lılara ait olduğu iddia edilen 279 mezar açıldı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/bitliste-pkklilara-ait-oldugu-iddia-edilen-279-mezar-acildi/

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STATUTORY DECREE NO. 696

After the July 15th failed-coup attempt, the Turkish state has engaged in many illegal activities. The Erdogan regime passed several statutory decrees including the Decree number 675, which is mentioned in detail below, to suppress fear of persecution its supporters possess and encourage them to continue their work. As a matter of fact, the statutory decree mentioned provides impunity to the government officials who have acted in an illegal manner toward masses demonized by the government aided media, in the direction of Erdogan regime’s policies. Nonetheless, it protects them from being prosecuted for any crimes they commit.

Currently, Erdogan regime has issued a new statutory decree (KHK) which indicates that all citizens, regardless of whether they are public servant, are entitled to any kind of intervention against those who are demonized and labeled as terrorist by the regime. Accordingly, any person or group considered to be a terrorist in the eyes of the government may be deprived of all rights recognized as universal human rights. Furthermore, anyone who unfairly treats these labeled individuals, without any authorization or court decision, will get impunity from legal or criminal penalties.

The new arrangement is such a dangerous law that can cause execution of a judge who acquits someone who has been unfairly judged as a member of a terrorist organization because doing so would seem as if the judge was supporting the terrorist organization.

Likewise, any person or group who is a terrorist in the eyes of the government can become a victim of any person who sees themselves as a supporter of the Erdogan regime.

To conclude, this arrangement has made lawlessness lawful and severely harms the independence of the Turkish judiciary. With this arrangement, everyone who receives government support becomes a judge, a prosecutor and everyone also become a legal victim.

Read AST’s statement on the Decree Law: https://silencedturkey.org/statement-statutory-decrees-no695-696

We urge everyone to take action. Express your views or send attached statement to following addresses:

U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senators
State Representatives
State Senators

Find your members of Congress:https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members

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http://www.fedbar.org/Menu/Contact-Us.aspx

Supreme Court Bar Association
https://www.supremecourt.gov/contact/contactus.aspx

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STATUTORY DECREE NO. 696 AND THE DEMISE OF RULE OF LAW

Since the July 15 alleged coup attempt, which President Erdogan defined as a blessing from God, Turkish democracy and justice have continuously deteriorated every day. Within the 24 hours after the alleged coup attempt, the Turkish state that was future-promising and showing signs of being able to compete with countries such as those of the European Union changed drastically. In less than 24 hours after the July 15th, Turkey woke up the widespread chaos; unresolved crimes, kidnappings, coffee shop raids, corruption and many illegal acts that would are accustomed to Third World Countries.

After the July 15th failed-coup attempt, the state has engaged in many illegal activities. The Erdogan regime passed several statutory decrees including the Decree number 675, which is mentioned in detail below, to suppress fear of persecution its supporters possess and encourage them to continue their work. As a matter of fact, the statutory decree mentioned provides impunity to the government officials who have acted in an illegal manner toward masses demonized by the government aided media, in the direction of Erdogan regime’s policies. Nonetheless, it protects them from being prosecuted for any crimes they commit.

Currently, Erdogan regime has issued a statutory decree (KHK) which indicates that all citizens, regardless of whether they are public servant, are entitled to any kind of intervention against those who are demonized and labeled as terrorist by the regime. Accordingly, any person or group considered to be a terrorist in the eyes of the government may be deprived of all rights recognized as universal human rights. Furthermore, anyone who unfairly treats these labeled individuals, without any authorization or court decision, will get impunity from legal or criminal penalties.

Turkey, once shown as a model country for the Middle East, is being rebuilt by the Erdogan regime which is taking conscientious steps to change the state structure and amplify social polarization.

As stated above, on November 8, 2016, the AKP regime issued the 675 numbered Decree Law and tried to cover up crimes committed by civil servants on July 15th. According to this decree: m.37/1:”Within the scope of suppression of the acts of coup d’etat and terrorist acts carried out on 07/15/2016 and their continuing actions, the persons who make decisions or implements measures, and who take part in all kinds of judicial and administrative measures, are immune from legal, administrative, financial and criminal liability within the scope of the decree laws issued during the state of emergency. ”

The following provision has been added to the Decree Law No. 675, with the Decree Law No. 696. According to this:

It is indicated that “Regardless of whether they carry an official position or whether they fulfill an official duty, the first clause shall apply to those who act within the scope of suppression of acts of coup and terrorism carried out on 15 July 2016 and their continuing actions”.

According to the new regulation, regardless of an individual carrying an official position or irrespective of whether or not they have fulfilled an official duty, the persons acting in the context of the suppression of terrorist acts and their continuing actions on July 15th shall have immunity from legal, administrative, financial and penal responsibilities.

The decree law will allow individuals who may not be an official, someone in the law enforcement such as military or police, to take actions and measures without considering their legal, penal, judicial, or administrative consequences. This is a clear violation of the main criteria of fighting crimes, such as being moderate and following principles such as lawfulness. With this arrangement, people have a legal basis to perceive themselves as police officials, which is not possible under a normal legal system. As a result, individuals in the society who feel the government’s support will be able to act with unlimited power.

In a country where it is a crime to even torture a street dog, the legal right to kill any human in any inhumane manner on the basis of unfounded accusations illustrates the extremity of this arbitrary regulation. Accordingly, under the protection of the government, individuals can be a judge, prosecutor and executioner at the same time, and the treat anyone as they wish without the pressure of any time constraints.

Since the arrangement issued inherently protects any kind of actions taken, victims whose rights will be violated will not have any right to file appeals regarding the violations. As a matter of fact, rights have been granted that would not have been granted to anyone or be recognized in any legal system in any country governed by democracy with the noted decree law.

The new arrangement is a declaration of the demise of rule of law, and its replacement with a new state order. In recent times in Turkey, the concepts of acts of terror and terrorism have ceased to be clad in terms of legality. These terms are now merely political in nature. A new concept as ‘unarmed terrorist organization’ has been introduced the courtrooms in Turkey. In the noted decree-law, the concepts related to acts of terror or the term, “continuation of acts of terror”, has not been clarified. This issue is the greatest threat to the hundreds of thousands of people who are subject to or potentially will face unfair trials in the country.

The expression of “suppression of the continuity of the actions” mentioned in the decree-law stipulates that any kind of intervention in the name of suppressing actions regarded as a continuation of actions related to the coup attempt and acts of terror cannot be prosecuted. Furthermore, “the persons who, within the context of the decree laws issued during the state of emergency, makes decisions and acts according to their duties”, whether official or civilian, are given the right to intervene on matters related to individuals whom they label as a terrorist or affiliated with terrorist attacks.

According to this, when someone who has been purged with decree-laws gets in touch with someone else in a similar situation for any reason, they are accepted to potentially have a connection to the July 15th coup attempt.

In this case, since there is no authority to object to the uncountable unlawfulness that may arise, individuals that resorts to inhumane or illegal actions may continue their lives from where they have left it without facing any kind of legal action. Thus, if someone confiscates another’s car, the car owner will not be able to ask “Why did you take it?” Because the regulation in question blocks all kinds of legal initiatives.

Likewise, terrorist organizations close to the current government, mafia-like communities, and paramilitary organizations will get immunity from prosecution and will not be held responsible for their actions. These are privileges that even the state do not possess.

In this context, it is clearly seen that the AKP government seeks to establish a Turkish version of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Notions related to Democracy and human rights can be read in Turkey, yet these concepts will no longer be beyond imagination.

The new arrangement is such a dangerous law that can cause execution of a judge who acquits someone who has been unfairly judged as a member of a terrorist organization because doing so would seem as if the judge was supporting the terrorist organization.

Likewise, any person or group who is a terrorist in the eyes of the government can become a victim of any person who sees themselves as a supporter of the Erdogan regime.

To conclude, this arrangement has made lawlessness lawful and severely harms the independence of the Turkish judiciary. With this arrangement, everyone who receives government support becomes a judge, a prosecutor and everyone also become a legal victim.

Download the statement as pdf: Statutory Decree No. 696 and The Demise of Rule of Law

Download the statement in Turkish as pdf: AST_696 sayılı KHK ve hukuk devletin çöküşü

NEWS ARTICLES ON THIS SUBJECT:

Erdogan Law Stirs Fears of Legalized Extra-Judicial Violence
“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest emergency decree risks inciting political violence by giving legal cover to pro-government vigilantes, opposition parties and legal authorities warned. The order, declared in the Official Gazette on Sunday, grants sweeping immunity for acting against terrorism or attempts to overthrow the government. Civilians won’t face legal consequences for actions against last year’s coup attempt — or more importantly — anything that could be considered its “continuation,” the decree said.”
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-25/erdogan-decree-stokes-fears-of-legalized-extra-judicial-violence

Immunity to civilians thwarting coup stirs debate in Turkey
“A new state of emergency decree released on Dec. 24 providing immunity to civilians who fought against last year’s coup attempt and terrorist acts that followed it has triggered a fresh debate in Turkey. Metin Feylzioğlu, the head of the Bar Associations in Turkey, said such a law granting immunity to civilians who confronted the July 15 coup attempt and terrorist acts that followed it would result in “people shooting each other in the head on the streets.” “I was terrified when I inspected the decree law no. 696. I was very sad,” Feyzioğlu said.”
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/immunity-to-civilians-thwarting-coup-stirs-debate-in-turkey-124701

Erdogan decree stirs fears of legalized extrajudicial violence in Turkey
““They’ve paved the way for anyone who claims to be fighting against terrorism to slaughter everybody else,” Ozgur Ozel, a CHP parliament whip, said in televised remarks in the western province of Manisa. “They will unleash vigilantes on us in a future democratic rally and will face no charges.””
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/12/25/erdogan-decree-stirs-fears-of-legalized-extrajudicial-violence-in-turkey.html

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly Dec 18

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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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