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Turkey/EU/European Parliament: EP member Sommer: High time for EU to act over shocking developments in Turkey

March 9, 2018

Dr. Renate Sommer, a member of the European Parliament (MEP), has called on the European Union to put more pressure on Turkey’s autocratic regime under the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and stated that “If the EU keeps feeding carrots without ever using the stick, it will lose its credibility and betray its own values. It is high time to act for the EU!”

Sommer, who has been a German Christian Democrat MEP since 1999 and a member of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, wrote an article for the Brussels-based online news outlet Vocal Europe on Friday and said: “The state of the rule of law, democracy and human rights in Turkey is shocking. Since the failed coup, the Turkish government misuses the steadily prolonged state of emergency to silence critics from all fields. Members of the opposition, journalists, human rights activists, academics and others are arrested on ridiculous grounds.”

“Those who counted on the balancing power of the Turkish Justice system were deeply disappointed,” Sommer said and added that “Lower courts ignored the rulings by the Turkish constitutional court to release the journalists Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay. The decision to release human rights activist Taner Kılıc was withdrawn only several hours after the ruling became public. Those examples show that Turkey is not governed by the rule of law but by the rule of despotism.”

Renate Sommer’s article continues as follows: 

“Unbelievably many critics lost their jobs. Especially entrepreneurs who were members of the Gülen Movement were expropriated, their companies closed or nationalized, and sold by the state.

Interestingly, and this is not well known outside Turley, this expropriation began even before the coup attempt. Meanwhile one third of all lawyers and judges, one tenth of the police force, 110.000 officials and teachers and 5000 academics were simply laid-off. All of those people are left with nothing. From one minute to the other, they lost their pension rights, have no financial support at all and cannot find a new job. The atmosphere in the Turkish population is poisoned by a network of informants on alleged Gulen members and on critics against the government or the president. There is an overall climate of fear.

As member of the Joint-Parliamentary Committee and Standing EPP Rapporteur on Turkey, I have been criticizing the developments in Turkey for many years. The events after the coup, however, made things much worse. 







Turkey: Turkish gov’t jails not only journalist Karaca, but also his lawyers and judges who ruled to release him

March 7, 2018

The trial of Turkish journalist Hidayet Karaca (55) has already taken its place in judicial history because not only has he been persecuted by the Turkish government led by autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan but also both his lawyers and the judges who ruled to release him from jail have been imprisoned.

Hidayet Karaca, Ph.D., is an experienced Turkish broadcaster who also served as chairman of the board of directors of number of media associations such as Television Broadcasters Association and Television Audience Measurement (TİAK) in Turkey for years. After working as the bureau chief of the Zaman daily in İzmir and Ankara provinces, he was transferred to the Samanyolu Broadcasting Group in 1999 and served as Executive Director of the group for 17 years.

However, he was taken under custody by the police officers, who raided the television where he was in charge on December 14, 2014. He has been deprived of his freedom for about 4 years. Karaca was sentenced to 31 years of imprisonment in a trial. He has also been tried for another another case with almost the same accusations. This time aggravated life sentence has been demanded for him.

“I am defending myself under very difficult circumstances. Some of my lawyers have left, some of them were arrested. I could not even find a lawyer to write a petition for me,” said Hidayet Karaca during a hearing at a Turkish court where he was tried in August 2016.







Seven respected international organisations address a joint statement to the United Nation on the mass arrests of Turkish lawyers, judges & prosecutors




Turkey/Hrant Dink Award: Erdoğan’ın avukatları Eren Keskin’in barodan çıkarılması için başvurmuş


Erdoğan'ın avukatları Eren Keskin'in barodan çıkarılması için başvurmuş

Cumhurbaşkanı Tayyip Erdoğan’ın avukatlarının insan hakları davalarının takibiyle tanınan avukat Eren Keskin’in barodan çıkarılması için girişimde bulunduğu ortaya çıktı.

İstanbul Barosu avukatlarından Eren Keskin kişisel Twitter hesabından yaptığı açıklamada “Cumhurbaşkanı’nın avukatları, barodan çıkartılmam için başvuru yapmışlar. İfade özgürlüğünün geldiği nokta!!!” diye yazdı.

Kurulduğu dönemden bu yana İnsan Hakları Derneği bünyesinde çalışmalar yürüten ve halen derneğin yönetim kurulunda bulunan Eren Keskin hakkında açılmış çok sayıda dava devam ediyor.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eren_Keskin (ENGLISH)

http://www.kedistan.net/2018/03/07/8-mars-journee-lutte-des-femmes/ (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eren_Keskin (FRANCAIS)

(Keskin is a human rights activist, lawyer, columnist and 2017 Hrant Dink Award recipient, who was sentenced to 6 months in jail on conviction of insulting the security forces in October 2017. The jail sentence was converted to TL3,000 fine, but she has been subject to judicial control, and this measure has just been renewed by a Turkish court.)


Turkey: Turkish Gov’t Detains Lawyer Of Arrested Officers Over Alleged Gülen Movement Propaganda

March 4, 2018

Lawyer Kemal Uçar, known for his critical statements concerning July 15, 2016 coup attempt cases, has been detained as part of an investigation into the faith-based Gülen movement, Milliyet reported on Saturday.

According to the report Uçar, who represents some of the military officers arrested following the failed coup, was accused of disseminating the propaganda of the Gülen movement on social media. Uçar’s links to movement are being investigated.

“A prosecutor told me: ‘Kemal, you question military issues too much. You will be blacklisted as a lawyer for FETÖ [a derogatory term for the Gülen movement].’ I said that ‘I am not [their lawyer]. Why would they arrest me?’ He said, ‘I’m not saying you’re a member of Fetö, but you shouldn’t be surprised if they arrest you.’ I said: ‘How can they do that?’ He took out his cell phone and said: ‘They can say that you use ByLock [a mobile phone application]. But I said that I don’t use ByLock. He said: ‘It’s not important. You will stay in prison six months, one year, and you will learn your lesson until you prove it’,” Uçar said on a recent TV program.

Uçar used to share messages on social media that the ByLock mobile phone app can not be used as evidence to arrest people.




Turkey: Newsletter | The Persecution on Turkish Lawyers (13-28 Feb)

February 27, 2018



Kept in Tekirdağ No. 1 Type T Prison, Süleyman Gökten has told his lawyers that he and the inmates staying in the same cell were battered by guards last morning (February 26).

Speaking to bianet, lawyer Tamer Doğan and Ezgi Çakır conveyed that six of those battered in the cell were kept in room of sponge with their hands and feet handcuffed for six hours. Doğan and Çakır said that they will file a criminal complaint against the prison administration and guards.

According to Gökten’s lawyers Çakır and Doğan, as many as 50 guards entering the cells for morning roll call assaulted and battered them.

Lawyer Doğan added that those who were battered weren’t taken to infirmary on the pretext that there was no doctor in the prison.

Newsletter | The Persecution on Turkish Lawyers (13-28 Feb)





http://www.idhae.org/pdf/OBSAV-SPECIALTURQUIE2017.pdf (FRANCAIS)

https://www.amnesty.fr/liberte-d-expression/actualites/defendre-la-liberte-dexpression-en-turquie (FRANCAIS)


Turkey: Amnesty International: Turkey’s dissent being ruthlessly suppressed

February 23, 2018

Amnesty International: Turkey’s dissent being ruthlessly suppressed

A report released by Amnesty International on Thursday reveals that critical voices and dissent were ruthlessly suppressed in Turkey in 2017 and that a state of emergency in the country served as a backdrop for rights violations.

Amnesty International Report 2017/18 sheds light on the state of human rights during 2017 in 159 countries.

The Turkey section of the report talks about how journalists, political activists and human rights defenders were targeted due to a lack of tolerance for dissenting voices, which diminished further due to a state of emergency that was declared in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt in July 2016.

The report said the state of emergency paved the way for unlawful restrictions on human rights and allowed the government to pass laws beyond the effective scrutiny of Parliament and the courts. “Over 50,000 people were in pre-trial detention on charges linked to membership of the ‘Fethullahist Terrorist Organization’ (FETÖ), which the authorities blamed for the 2016 coup attempt. A similar number were released on bail and were subjected to reporting requirements. Only a tiny minority of them were accused of taking part in the actual events of the attempted coup,” said the report.

Amnesty’s report also makes mention of how eight human rights defenders including Amnesty International Turkey Director İdil Eser were held in pre-trial detention until a trial on trumped-up charges for “membership of a terrorist organization” based on their work as human rights defenders began in October, and Taner Kılıç, chair of Amnesty International Turkey, still remains in prison due to alleged links to the Gülen movement.







https://www.challenges.fr/monde/amnesty-international-denonce-l-etat-d-urgence-en-turquie_569360 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.elmundo.es/internacional/2018/02/22/5a8e8e05e5fdea832f8b4667.html (ESPANOL)

http://lepersoneeladignita.corriere.it/2018/02/22/odio-e-mobilitazione-il-rapporto-2017-2018-di-amnesty-international/ (ITALIANO)

http://t24.com.tr/haber/af-orgutu-insan-haklari-raporu-turkiyede-muhalifler-susturuldu-ozgurlukler-saldiri-altinda,565663 (DEUTSCH)


Turkey/Austria: Pressekonferenz der Plattform Rechtsstaat: Yücel-Anwalt und Wiener Experten kritisieren “Zurückhaltung” des EGMR


Der Anwalt des Journalisten Deniz Yücel, Veysel Ok, und führende Rechtsexperten haben scharfe Kritik am Europäischen Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte (EGMR) geübt. Dessen Zurückhaltung gegenüber Ankara werde “schlimme Folgen” haben, sagte Ok am Mittwoch bei einer Pressekonferenz im Vienna International Press Center des ÖJC in Wien. Der Wiener Rechtsprofessor Hannes Trettersieht in dieser Frage die Glaubwürdigkeit des EGMR insgesamt in Gefahr.

Das über die Einhaltung der Europäischen Menschenrechtskonvention wachende Straßburger Gericht, sei “die letzte Burg, von der aus man die Meinungs- und Pressefreiheit (in der Türkei) verteidigen kann”, sagte der Yücel-Anwalt. Trotzdem sei der EGMR bisher untätig geblieben, und habe so die in der vergangenen Woche erfolgte Verurteilung der Journalisten Mehmet und Ahmet Altan zu lebenslanger Haft zugelassen. Ein Jahr sei seit den Beschwerden der Journalisten, darunter auch der am Freitag auf massiven Druck aus Deutschland freigelassene Yücel, vergangen. “Der EGMR wusste, dass es die Verurteilungen geben wird. Trotzdem hat er bisher keine Entscheidung getroffen. Das wird schlimme Folgen für die Journalisten in der Türkei haben”, kritisierte Ok.

Tretter berichtete, dass bis Ende Mai 2017 18.000 Beschwerden gegen die Verfolgungswelle nach dem gescheiterten Putschversuch in der Türkei beim EGMR eingegangen seien. Nur in einem Fall hätten die Richter die Türkei zu einer Stellungnahme aufgefordert. 280 Fälle seien zurückgewiesen worden.




http://ipahaber.com/2018/02/21/aihm-neyi-bekliyor/ (TURKCE)