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Turkey rated among worst in world in WJP 2017-18 Rule of Law Index

Turkey has fallen to 101st place out of 113 countries in the World Justice Project’s 2017-18 Rule of Law Index, a comprehensive measure of adherence to the rule of law.

The World Justice Project (WJP) is an independent, US-based organization that aims to advance the rule of law around the world. Its Rule of Law Index is the most comprehensive dataset of its kind and the only to rely principally on primary data, measuring 113 countries’ adherence to the rule of law from the perspective of ordinary people and their experiences.

There has been widespread concern that fundamental rights and freedoms and the rule of law in Turkey have significantly eroded since a state of emergency was declared after a failed coup attempt in July 2016, as reflected in Freedom House’s “Freedom in the World 2018,” which downgraded Turkey’s status to “not free.”

Turkey slipped two places on the WJP list this year to 101st, below Myanmar, Nicaragua, Madagascar and Nigeria. Turkey was nine places above Egypt and just 12 higher than bottom-placed Venezuela.

The WJP’s report placed Turkey’s rule of law as the worst in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and the second worst of upper-middle-income countries, above only Venezuela.

The WJP decides on their ranking by each country’s performance across eight aggregated factors: constraints on government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice and criminal justice.

Turkey was ranked in the bottom tercile in six of these eight areas. The two areas in which it achieved an average grade were absence of corruption and criminal justice.

Turkey’s constraints on government powers were marked particularly poorly by the WJP, coming in 111th place, ahead of only Zimbabwe and Venezuela.

Turkey’s record on fundamental rights, too, was near the bottom of the list, in 107th position, one place above China and one below Bangladesh. Freedom of religion and freedom of expression achieved particularly dismal results in this category.

Source:
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/02/01/turkey-rated-among-worst-in-world-in-wjp-2017-18-rule-of-law-index/

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https://worldjusticeproject.org/sites/default/files/documents/WJP_ROLI_2017-18_Online-Edition.pdf

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly Jan 29

Download as pdf: AST_Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly_Jan 29

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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70 Thousand Students Arrested in Turkey

The big arrest waves of students started with the Gezi protests in 2013, following with the 17-25 corruption scandals in 2013 and has now reached its peak with the July 15th failed coup attempt. Police and gendarmerie are strictly controlling young people. Students who use the right of objection and protest are immediately taken to and later arrested by the magistrates’ courts.

According to the Ministry of Justice’s response to the motion made by CHP MP Gamze Akkuş İlgezdi, 69 thousand 301 students remain arrested since September 2017. Most of these arrests are arbitrary and does not have any substantial support. For instance, some students at the Adnan Menderes University were arrested for performing traditional Kurdish dances. Students arrested with decree-laws are taken away their right to study, read books and take exams.

Sources:
http://aktifhaber.com/egitim/turkiyede-70-bin-tutuklu-ogrenci-var-h111058.html
http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/egitim/856384/70_bin_ogrenci_hapiste.html

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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly Jan 22

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Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 1/15/2018-1/22/2018

1-“Lawyer for jailed journalist says Turkey faces ‘constitutional crisis'”
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-journalists-lawyer/lawyer-for-jailed-journalist-says-turkey-faces-constitutional-crisis-idUSKBN1F424F?il=0

2-“721 people detained over Gülen links in past week: ministry”
https://turkeypurge.com/721-people-detained-gulen-links-past-week-ministry

3-“Police tortured post-coup suspect, threatened to rape wife during Ramadan: columnist”
https://turkeypurge.com/police-tortured-post-coup-suspect-threatened-rape-wife-ramadan-columnist

4-“Former intel chief calls for use of ASALA, MOSSAD tactics to kill Gülen followers”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/15/former-intel-chief-calls-for-use-of-asala-mossad-tactics-to-kill-gulen-followers/

5-“Journalists Ahmet Şık, Murat Sabuncu and Akın Atalay denied release from prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/journalists-ahmet-sik-murat-sabuncu-akin-atalay-denied-release-prison

6-“Report: Koç University student commits suicide as father, a dismissed chemistry teacher, under arrest for months”
https://turkeypurge.com/report-koc-university-student-commits-suicide-father-dismissed-chemistry-teacher-arrest-months

7-“Former medical faculty dean jailed over alleged ByLock use”
https://turkeypurge.com/former-medical-faculty-dean-jailed-alleged-bylock-use

8-“Freedom House: Turkey is no longer a free country”
https://turkeypurge.com/freedom-house-turkey-no-longer-free-country

9-” Suspects who attacked 75-year old woman released after brief interrogation: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/suspects-attacked-75-year-old-woman-released-brief-interrogation-report

10-“BIA report: 237 aggravated life sentences sought for 520 journalists in Turkey”
https://turkeypurge.com/bia-report-237-aggravated-life-sentences-sought-520-journalists-turkey

11-“Worker stages naked protest in front of Turkey’s nat’l employment agency”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/17/worker-stages-naked-protest-in-front-of-turkeys-natl-employment-agency/

12-“Upper courts reject appeals to release journalists Altan and Alpay”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/15/upper-courts-reject-appeals-to-release-journalists-altan-and-alpay/

13-“Euro court fines Turkey 5,000 euros for closing opposition newspaper in 2001”
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/euro-court-fines-turkey-5-000-euros-for-closing-opposition-newspaper-in-2001-125816

14-“Turkey freedoms hit after ‘deeply-flawed constitutional referendum’”
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/16/turkey-freedoms-hit-after-deeply-flawed-constitutional-referendum-

15-“Erdoğan’s news agency targets exiled journalists over Afrin messages”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/22/erdogans-news-agency-targets-exiled-journalists-over-afrin-messages/

16-“Detention warrants issued for 35 over Afrin messages”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/22/detention-warrants-issued-for-35-over-afrin-messages/

17-“Erdoğan advisor likens Turkey purge to Aborigine, Native American, Armenian cases”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/20/erdogan-advisor-likens-turkey-purge-to-aborigine-native-american-armenian-cases/

18-“Woman sent back to jail with newborn a day after delivery”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/18/woman-sent-back-to-jail-with-newborn-a-day-after-delivery/

19-“2 more journalists arrested on terror charges by Turkish court”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/19/2-more-journalists-arrested-on-terror-charges-by-turkish-court/

20-” BIA report: 237 aggravated life sentences sought for 520 journalists in Turkey”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/17/bia-report-237-aggravated-life-sentences-sought-for-520-journalists-in-turkey/

21-“The UN confirms torture and abuse in Turkey ”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/17/opinion-the-un-confirms-torture-and-abuse-in-turkey/

22-“HRW: Media, activists, political opposition targeted in Turkey in 2017”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/18/hrw-media-activists-political-opposition-targeted-in-turkey-in-2017/

23-“Human Rights Watch says Turkey’s post-coup OHAL commissions not independent”
https://turkeypurge.com/human-rights-watch-says-turkeys-ohal-commissions-not-independent

24-“7-month-old spent 475 days in prison until gov’t pardoned mother over alleged Bylock use”
https://turkeypurge.com/report-7-month-old-spent-475-days-prison-govt-pardoned-mother-alleged-bylock-use

25-“37 Air Force Academy cadets get life sentences over coup charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/37-air-force-academy-cadets-get-life-sentences-coup-charges

26-“[VIDEO] Couple, dismissed as judge and prosecutor, detained over Gulen links”
https://turkeypurge.com/video-couple-dismissed-judge-prosecutor-detained-gulen-links

27-“Fethullah Gülen’s nephew jailed after 12 days under custody”
https://turkeypurge.com/fethullah-gulens-nephew-jailed-12-days-custody

28-“Purge-victim dies of multiple sclerosis weeks after being released from prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/purge-victim-dies-multiple-sclerosis-weeks-released-prison

29-” Turkish Journalist Kılıç In Prison For 17 Months For Sharing Quotes From A Movie Scene”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-journalist-kilic-in-prison-for-17-months-for-sharing-quotes-from-a-movie-scene/

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 1/15/2018-1/22/2018

1-“Eşine çarpan ehliyetsiz şoförü şikayet ederken ailesinin önünde polisler tarafından darp edildi”
http://aktifhaber.com/asayis/esine-carpan-ehliyetsiz-soforu-sikayet-ederken-ailesinin-onunde-polisler-tarafindan-darp-edildi-h110723.html

2-“OHAL’de ihraç edilen 100 bin mağdurun talepleri hala cevapsız”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/ohalde-ihrac-edilen-100-bin-magdurun-talepleri-hala-cevapsiz-h110718.html

3-“Yakub Saygılı ve yardımcılarının Avukatı: İşkenceye varacak hak ihlalleri var”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/yakub-saygili-ve-yardimcilarinin-avukati-iskenceye-varacak-hak-ihlalleri-var-h110709.html

4-“Silivri’de tek tip gerekçesiyle elbiseler verilmiyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/silivride-tek-tip-gerekcesiyle-elbiseler-verilmiyor-h110716.html

5-“Mehmet Altan’ın tahliye talebi üst mahkeme tarafından da reddedildi”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/mehmet-altanin-tahliye-talebi-ust-mahkeme-tarafindan-da-reddedildi-h110708.html

6-“‘MEB okullarda istismarı önleyemiyor’”
http://aktifhaber.com/egitim/meb-okullarda-istismari-onleyemiyor-h110724.html

7-“Kılıçdaroğlu: Türkiye Almanya’nın 1940’larını yaşıyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/politika/kilicdaroglu-turkiye-almanyanin-1940larini-yasiyor-h110701.html

8-“CHP’li Aksünger: AİHM ByLock davalarından dolayı Türkiye’yi mahkum edecek”
http://aktifhaber.com/analiz/chpli-aksunger-aihm-bylock-davalarindan-dolayi-turkiyeyi-mahkum-edecek-h110698.html

9-“Emekli General İsmail Hakkı Pekin’den insanlık dışı hedef gösterme”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/emekli-general-ismail-hakki-pekinden-insanlik-disi-hedef-gosterme-h110691.html

10-“Alpay ve Altan için AİHM ihlal kararı verecek”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/alpay-ve-altan-icin-aihm-ihlal-karari-verecek-h110683.html

11-“‘İtirafçı tanık’: ‘İfadeyi imzalamazsan ‘karınla oruç bozarız’ dediler’ ”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/darbe-davasinin-itirafci-tanigi-her-seyi-iskenceyle-soylettiler/

12-“Halkın Hukuk Bürosu’nun, İstanbul’daki tüm avukatları tutuklandı ”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/halkin-hukuk-burosunun-istanbuldaki-tum-avukatlari-tutuklandi/

13-“‘Paramiliter güçler’i yazan gazetecinin evi kurşunlandı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/paramiliter-gucleri-konu-edinen-yazar-emre-ergulun-evi-kursunlandi/

14-“Türmen: AİHM hak ihlali kararı verecek, Türkiye uymak zorunda”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/riza-turmen-aihm-hak-ihlali-karari-verecek/

15-“Financial Times: Türkiye’ye ‘hukuki kriz’ uyarısı yapılıyor”
http://www.bbc.com/turkce/haberler-turkiye-42685337

16-“CHP lideri Kılıçdaroğlu: Yargı iflas etmiştir”
https://www.ntv.com.tr/turkiye/chp-lideri-kilicdaroglu-yargi-iflas-etmistir, 3curaV_gYkWIdyUYTvoNqw

17-“Freedom House, Türkiye’yi ‘özgür olmayan ülkeler’ kategorisine aldı”
http://www.bbc.com/turkce/haberler-turkiye-42698430

18-“AİHM, Yeni Evrensel davasında Türkiye’yi mahkum etti”
https://www.evrensel.net/haber/343406/aihm-yeni-evrensel-davasinda-turkiyeyi-mahkum-etti

19-“Doğumhane kapısında lohusa Ayşe Ateş için ‘utanç’ nöbeti”
http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/dogumhane-kapisinda-lohusa-ayse-ates-icin-utanc-nobeti-h110776.html

20-“AKP zulmüne maruz kalan Mesut Dinç aşırı üzüntüden hayatını kaybetti”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/akp-zulmune-maruz-kalan-mesut-dinc-asiri-uzuntuden-hayatini-kaybetti-h110762.html

21-“ByLock kullanmadı ama tanık beyanıyla 2 çocuk annesi 7 aydır tutuklu”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/bylock-kullanmadi-ama-tanik-beyaniyla-2-cocuk-annesi-7-aydir-tutuklu-h110756.html

22-“Özgür Gündem Nöbetçi GYY’lerine 9 yıl 9 ay hapis cezası”
http://aktifhaber.com/medya/ozgur-gundem-nobetci-gyylerine-9-yil-9-ay-hapis-cezasi-h110748.html

23-“Öldüresiye dövüp ziynet eşyasını aldılar; mahkeme serbest bıraktı ”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/olduresiye-dovup-ziynet-esyasini-aldilar-mahkeme-serbest-birakti-h110744.html

24-“‘Tek tip kıyafet’ uygulaması Diyarbakır Cezaevi’nden başlıyor
http://www.kronos.news/tr/tek-tip-kiyafet-uygulamasi-diyarbakir-cezaevinden-basliyor/

25-“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

26-“Hukuksuzca hapsedilen ve malvarlığı gasp edilen işadamı kanserden vefat etti”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/hukuksuzca-hapsedilen-ve-malvarligi-gasp-edilen-isadami-kanserden-vefat-etti-h110960.html

27-“Erdoğan’ın Başdanışmanı Mehmet Uçum’dan OHAL’de soykırım itirafı..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/erdoganin-basdanismani-mehmet-ucumdan-ohalde-soykirim-itirafi-h110913.html

28-“Fevzi Yazıcı sahte belge gerekçesiyle Türköne’yi ise keyfi hücreye koydular”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/fevzi-yazici-sahte-belge-gerekcesiyle-turkoneyi-ise-keyfi-hucreye-koydular-h110789.html

29-“AKP zulmüne maruz kalan Mesut Dinç aşırı üzüntüden hayatını kaybetti”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/akp-zulmune-maruz-kalan-mesut-dinc-asiri-uzuntuden-hayatini-kaybetti-h110762.html

30-” HRW: Türkiye’de demokrasi yok edildi, AB izledi”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/hrw-turkiyede-demokrasi-yok-edildi-ab-izledi/

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Turkey: Media, Activists, Political Opposition Targeted

Turkey increased restrictions on the media, political opposition, and human rights defenders during 2017, on the back of a very narrow referendum, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2018. Turkey also introduced a presidential system with insufficient democratic checks and balances against the president’s abuse of power. “Everywhere you look, checks and balances that protect human rights and rule of law in Turkey are being eroded” said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. Under the state of emergency, the government has failed to provide redress for the over 100,000 civil servants dismissed, as well as hundreds of media outlets, associations, and other institutions closed down.

Source: https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/01/18/turkey-media-activists-political-opposition-targeted

Report: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2017/country-chapters/turkey

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The Freedom House concludes Turkey is no more a free country. What is next?

The Freedom House concludes Turkey is no more a free country. What is next?

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.’ The study added that Turkey’s status declined from Partly Free to Not Free due to a deeply flawed constitutional referendum that centralized power in the presidency, the mass replacement of elected mayors with government appointees, arbitrary prosecutions of rights activists and other perceived enemies of the state, and continued purges of state employees, all of which have left citizens hesitant to express their views on sensitive topics.

The Freedom House has been publishing annual reports since 1973 for assessing the condition of political rights and civil liberties around the world.

It has been a great source for scholars and academics since then. Their methodology is very strong and reliable. Their ranking provides a snapshot of the world and political circumstances in each state. It has always been interpreted seriously by international organizations and financial institutions as well.

The report noted that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan broadened and intensified the crackdown on his perceived opponents that began after a failed 2016 coup attempt. In addition to its dire consequences for detained Turkish citizens, shuttered media outlets, and seized businesses, the chaotic purge has become intertwined with an offensive against the Kurdish minority, which in turn has fueled Turkey’s diplomatic and military interventions in neighboring Syria and Iraq.

According to Freedom House, which analyzed data from 195 countries over the 2017 calendar year, Turkey’s passage over the threshold from Partly Free to Not Free is the culmination of a long and accelerating slide in Freedom in the World.

‘The country’s score has been in free fall since 2014 due to an escalating series of assaults on the press, social media users, protesters, political parties, the judiciary, and the electoral system, as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan fights to impose personalized control over the state and society in a deteriorating domestic and regional security environment. Erdoğan has pushed out his rivals and former allies within the ruling party, reshaped media ownership to fit his needs, and rammed through an unpopular constitutional referendum to create a “super-presidential” system without meaningful checks and balances.’

The study also noted that President Erdogan’s response to the July 2016 coup attempt has become a sprawling witch hunt, resulting in the arrest of some 60,000 people, the closure of over 160 media outlets, and the imprisonment of over 150 journalists. The leaders of the third-largest party in the parliament are in prison, and nearly 100 mayors across the country have been replaced through emergency measures or political pressure from the president. The government has even pressed its crackdown beyond. Turkey’s borders, triggering a flood of Interpol “red notice” requests to detain critics abroad, among other effects.

How will the report affect the Asylum seekers?

Since the controversial coup attempt, thousands of military officials, government officials, academics, and civilians have been detained, arrested or fired from their positions. The purge has led to a large number of these individuals to flee Turkey and seek asylum elsewhere.

It is safe to analyze that The Freedom House report will have major consequences on several issues especially asylum applications of thousands of people since the report extensively provided all the necessary data about the failure of democracy in Turkey. The report which confirmed Turkey’s passage over the threshold from ‘Partly Free to Not Free’ is considered both essential and useful for the court processes of the Asylum applications.

How should NATO respond?

A core principle of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is that member states adhere to democratic values. Here is how NATO defines its core principle and the purpose of its very existence:

‘NATO’s purpose is to guarantee the freedom and security of its members through political and military means. POLITICAL – NATO promotes democratic values and enables members to consult and cooperate on defense and security-related issues to solve problems, build trust and, in the long run, prevent conflict.’

As a democratic security organization, NATO should clarify its stance and policies towards Turkey, which is openly defined as a non-democracy and not-free? Can NATO promote democratic values while one of its biggest members is already defined a dictatorship by non-partisan international organizations?

The recent study by the Freedom House which reports the decline in Turkey’s human rights record may cause some U.S. lawmakers and decision makers to question the country’s NATO membership.

ECtHR appears as a new venue

The shocking lower court rulings of the last several days rejecting the authority of Turkey’s Constitutional Court to hear individual applications has also been considered as the end of the rule of law in Turkey. This new episode in Turkish judiciary will lead the Turkish citizens who seek legal recourse to violations of their rights at European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) which still remains a proper venue that they should pursue. The recent study by The Freedom House can definitely be used as a source by the Turkish citizens to strengthen their cases at the ECtHR despite the fact that the ruling processes of the Court may take so long.


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Prison Conditions For Women and Children in Turkey

Attached is a presentation regarding the prison conditions for women and children. It can be utilized and shared by anyone to advocate for the release of women and children from the Turkish prisons.

Download the presentation as a PowerPoint file: AST_Women-Children-in-Prison

Download the presentation as a pdf: AST_Women-Children-in-Prison

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Jailed father allowed to attend son’s funeral only with handcuffs

Jailed father of Berk Görmez, a 14-year-old boy who died of intestinal cancer last week, could attend his son’s funeral only with his hands cuffed during the ceremony. 14-year-old Berk Görmez qualified for a 97 percent disability rating and had 80 percent hearing loss as well as several other severe health problems. It was reported that he experienced two operations on his intestinal knot last year. He has lost a kidney and his health situation did not improve since then. His mother Fatma filed, to no avail, several requests for Bekir’s release so that he could boost their son’s morale during Berk’s time at the hospital.

Both Fatma and Bekir were fired from their jobs with a post-coup emergency decree which was issued by the Turkish government in the aftermath of a coup attempt in June 2016. Bekir Görmez used to work for Konya-based Mevlana University. Meanwhile, Fatma, a dismissed primary school teacher, has not been able to do her job as a teacher for the past four years as she also suffers from kidney insufficiency. Bekir Görmez is still behind bars over his links to the Gülen group, which the government accuses of masterminding the failed coup attempt. The group denies involvement in the failed takeover.

Source: https://turkeypurge.com/jailed-father-allowed-attend-sons-funeral-handcuffs

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“Without evidence, ByLock cannot be used as a reason to arrest!”

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. Özgenç said, “Depriving thousands of people of their rights and sentencing them to punishment without properly researching if these people have actually used Bylock, how they have used it, whom they have communicated with, and collecting evidence that proves that they are guilty, is a situation that can never be passed by an excuse.” Recently, Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office announced that close to 11 thousand people have been mistakenly investigated for use of ByLock.

Murat Akkoç, a lawyer who researches Bylock, said that “11 thousand people will be removed from the list, in a similar manner to how 113 thousand people were removed from the list of 215 thousand people on September 2016. Bylock user list, which was announced as 215 thousand on September 2016, 113 thousand people will be removed from the list of 11 thousand people from the same reasons. The 91 thousand people remaining on the list is as innocent as the 124 thousand people released in the 16 months period.”

Source: http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/delil-olmadan-bylockla-tutuklamanin-mazereti-olamaz-h110515.html

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