Communiqué de presse à l’occasion de la journée internationale pour le soutien aux victimes de la torture

Communiqué de presse à l’occasion de la journée internationale pour le soutien aux victimes de la torture

Nous célébrons aujourd’hui la « Journée internationale pour le soutien aux victimes de la torture ». En solidarité avec toutes les victimes de la torture, nous souhaitons attirer votre attention sur les points suivants :

La torture est un acte inexplicable et horrible qui ignore les valeurs humanitaires fondamentales et dévalorise l’individu jusqu’à le considérer comme un objet. La torture est une invention honteuse de l’humanité et une caractéristique indispensable des systèmes « légaux » qui permettent de recueillir des preuves émanant de suspects ou d’inculpés et est utilisée comme tactique de punition inhumaine et d’intimidation par des États dans une grande partie du monde. La torture, un crime au regard du droit international, est interdite définitivement et ne peut être justifiée en aucune circonstance. La pratique systématique ou généralisée de la torture constitue un crime contre l’humanité.

En gardant cela à l’esprit, nous, HRD, avons lancé une campagne juridique sous la compétence universelle en Allemagne, dans le contexte de cas de torture et de mauvais traitements en Turquie. Nous avons présenté aujourd’hui, notamment, 5 plaintes individuelles, qui ont été soumises à la torture et à de mauvais traitements en Turquie et qui vivent maintenant en Allemagne. Outre notre déclaration, une liste des auteurs présumés d’actes de torture ou de mauvais traitements est également soumise au Procureur fédéral en annexe.

À la suite des investigations du 17 et 25 décembre 2013 qui ont révélé la corruption régnant au sein du gouvernement ; le Premier ministre turc à l’époque, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a lancé un plan sinistre pour prendre le contrôle au niveau de toutes les couches de la société turque. La tentative de coup d’Etat monté du 15 juillet 2016 a donné au Régime d’Erdogan « la carte blanche » dont il avait besoin. Le régime, avec tous les appareils de l’Etat, y compris l’appareil judiciaire sous sa main et une machine de propagande bien fonctionnée alimentée par des fonds publics appropriés, a transformé le mouvement Gülen en un bouc émissaire et a déchaîné sa colère contre des innocents en Turquie et dans le monde.

La torture systématique, délibérée et généralisée en tant que politique gouvernementale, qui s’est manifestée dernièrement par la torture de diplomates au siège du commissariat de la police d’Ankara, ainsi que dans le cas de Deniz Yücel, est rendue possible notamment par les pratiques de détention provisoire prolongée, interdiction des réunions entre les avocats et clients et/ou violation de leur confidentialité, dissolution de tous les conseils de surveillance pénitentiaire et interdiction d’obtenir des rapports d’examen médical équitables. Le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme (HCDH) et Human Rights Watch (HRW) ont bien documenté la pratique de la torture pour obtenir des aveux. Ces pratiques comprennent les violences physiques, le viol, les agressions sexuelles et leurs menaces, les électrochocs et le simulacre de noyade. Les actes de torture ont lieu en particulier au moment de l’arrestation et pendant la détention provisoire.

Non seulement la Turquie ne dispose pas d’organes judiciaires compétents et bienveillants à enquêter sur des allégations bien fondées de torture, mais elle souffre également de dissimulation des preuves de torture. Par exemple, dans un document confidentiel divulgué, la Direction Générale de la Sécurité (Police nationale) demande aux 81 départements de la police provinciale de dissimuler les traces de torture dans les centres de détention et de ne pas utiliser les centres de détention officiels [pour la torture] avant la visite d’enquête du Comité pour la prévention de la torture (CPT) du Conseil de l’Europe (CdE). Le HCDH et HRW soulignent tous deux le climat de peur envahissant qui règne et la difficulté de se documenter et d’enquêter sur des actes de torture et sur d’autres formes de mauvais traitements.

En outre, il y a 26 cas de disparitions forcées en Turquie. Tous suivent un schéma similaire, ce qui prouve qu’il s’agit d’un fait systématique. Les victimes passent des mois dans des lieux inconnus et dans des conditions non connues, sont soumises à la torture et à d’autres formes de mauvais traitements. Les disparitions forcées ne se limitent pas aux frontières de la Turquie, le gouvernement enlève également des personnes à l’étranger. Le ministre turc des Affaires étrangères s’est vanté de l’enlèvement de 100 personnes par l’Agence nationale de renseignement (MIT) dans 18 pays. Ces victimes ont également signalé avoir été soumises à de graves actes de torture.

La détention provisoire prolongée à l’isolement est une peine dégradante en soi, mais elle favorise surtout d’autres actes de torture et de mauvais traitements. À ce titre, il y a 54 cas documentés de suicides obscurs dans les pénitenciers. Ces morts suspectes sont en fait dues à la torture et au manque de soins médicaux adéquats.

Le régime d’Erdogan a également systématiquement ciblé des groupes vulnérables tels que les femmes enceintes ou les nouvelles mères, les personnes âgées, les personnes malades et/ou handicapées. Le HCDH a signalé 50 cas de femmes arrêtées juste avant ou après l’accouchement et estime à 600 le nombre de mères détenues avec leurs enfants en bas âge. Dans presque tous les cas, ces femmes ont été inculpées d’infractions présumées de leur mari, au mépris total du principe de personnalité des peines.

Les informations acquises constituent une base raisonnable pour croire que de multiples crimes commis après la tentative de coup d’État dans le contexte d’une attaque généralisée et systématique contre les disciples du Mouvement Gülen en Turquie, en application d’une politique de l’État ou de l’organisation, au sens des articles 6 (3) et 7 – 1, 5,6,7,8, 9,10 du Code pénal à l’encontre du droit international (Völkerstrafgesetzbuch –VStGB). Après une tentative de coup d’Etat monté en juillet 2016, les actes suivants ont été commis :

Génocide défini au paragraphe 6 (3) de VStGB comme suit : “Dans l’intention de détruire, en tout ou en partie, un groupe national, ethnique, racial ou religieux, en infligeant au groupe à des conditions d’existence devant entraîner sa destruction physique totale ou partielle. ”

Crimes contre l’humanité au titre de l’article 7 de la VStGB:

A. L’homicide volontaire constitue un crime contre l’humanité au sens de l’article 7 (1) du Statut;

B. infliger, dans l’intention de détruire une population, en tout ou en partie, des conditions d’existence de cette population ou des parties de celle-ci, à des conditions propres à provoquer sa destruction physique totale ou partielle, constitue un crime contre l’humanité au sens de l’article 7 (2) du Statut ;

C. La torture en tant que crime contre l’humanité, conformément à l’article 7 (5) du Statut ;

D. Viol et autres formes de violence sexuelle constitue un crime contre l’humanité au sens de l’article 7 (6) du Statut;

E. Disparitions forcées de personnes sous l’article 7 (7) du Statut

F. L’atteinte grave à l’intégrité physique ou mentale constitue un crime contre l’humanité au sens de l’article 7(8) du Statut;

G. Privation illégale de liberté physique ou violation des règles fondamentales du droit international énoncées à l’article 7 (9) du Statut;

H. Persécution “constituant un crime contre l’humanité” au sens de l’article 7 (10) du Statut;

Nous saisissons cette occasion pour appeler le Bureau du Procureur fédéral à ouvrir des enquêtes et à rester vigilants pour prévenir les pratiques de torture systématiques et généralisées et d’autres formes de mauvais traitements infligés par le régime d’Erdogan et traduire en justice les auteurs de tels actes. Nous nous engageons à rester vigilants dans nos efforts en ce sens.

Human Rights Defenders e.V.
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Press release on the occasion of the international day in support of the victims of torture

Press release on the occasion of the international day in support of the victims of torture

Today we mark the “International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture”. As we do stand in solidarity with all the victims of torture, we would like to bring to your attention the following:

Torture is an inexplicable and horrendous act that ignores basic humanitarian values, downgrades an individual to the level of an object. Torture has been a shameful invention of humankind and an indispensable feature of “legal” systems that reach to evidence from suspect/defendant and used as a tactic of inhuman punishment and intimidation by states in many parts of the world. Torture, a crime under international law, is prohibited in the absolute sense and cannot be justified under any circumstances. The systematic or widespread practice of torture constitutes a crime against humanity.

Bearing this in mind, we as HRD, did initiate a litigation campaign under Universal Jurisdiction in Germany, in context with torture and ill-treatment cases in Turkey. Today we have submitted, inter alia, 5 individual complaints, who were subject to torture and ill-treatment in Turkey, and now living in Germany. In addition to our submission a list of alleged perpetrators of torture or ill-treatment is also submitted to the Federal Prosecutor as an Annex.

Following the graft probes of December 17 and 25, 2013 that exposed the prevalent corruption within the government, the then Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has initiated a gruesome scheme to seize control of all aspects of the Turkish society. The bogus coup attempt of July 15, 2016 granted the Erdogan Regime the carte blanche it needed. The Regime, with all the state apparatuses including the judiciary under its tight grip and a well-oiled propaganda machine fed by appropriated public funds, turned the Gülen movement into a scapegoat and unleashed its wrath onto innocent people in Turkey and around the world.

Systematic, deliberate and wide-spread torture as a government policy, which manifested itself lastly with the torturing of diplomats in Ankara Police Headquarters,  as well as in the case of Deniz Yücel, is made possible by, inter alia, practices of prolonged detention, prohibition of lawyer-client meetings and/or violation of their confidentiality, dissolution of all prison monitoring boards and prevention of obtaining fair medical examination reports. The practice of torture to extract confessions is well documented by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and Human Rights Watch (HRW). These practices include battery, rape, sexual assault and threats thereof, electroshocks and waterboarding. The acts of torture take place particularly at the time of arrest and during the preliminary detention.

Under the Emergency Regime, three Decree Laws Nos.667-668-696 offered impunities for the public servants and civilian for all type crimes committed in the pretext of protecting the Government. These decrees, then were approve by the Parliament and have become permanent laws (Law Nos. 6749, 6755, 7079). Under these laws, Istanbul and Trabzon Prosecutorial Offices rendered non-prosecution decision with regard to complaints of victims of torture.

Not only Turkey lacks competent and willing judicial bodies to investigate well-grounded allegations of torture, it also suffers from obscuring of evidences of torture. For instance, in a leaked confidential document, the Directorate General of Security (National Police) instructs all 81 provincial police departments to cover up traces of torture in detention centers and not to use official detention centers [for torture] ahead of a fact-finding visit by the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) of the Council of Europe (CoE). The OHCHR and HRW both underline pervasive climate of fear and difficulty to document and investigate acts of torture and other forms of ill-treatment. Further to that, the Turkish Governments prevents the COE’s CPT to publish its 2016-2017-2018 reports.

Furthermore, there 26 cases of enforced disappearances in Turkey. All of them follow a similar pattern, which proves the fact that it is a systematic effort. The victims spend months with their conditions or whereabouts unknown, are subjected to torture and other forms of ill-treatment. Enforced disappearances are not confined within the borders of Turkey, the government abducts people abroad as well. Turkish Foreign Minister brazenly boasted about kidnapping of 100 individuals by the National Intelligence Agency (MIT) from 18 countries. These victims have also reported being subjected to severe torture.

Prolonged detention in solitary confinement is a degrading punishment in itself, but more importantly, it is conducive to other acts of torture and ill-treatment. As such, there are 54 documented, murky cases of suicide in penitentiaries. These suspicious deaths are in fact due to torture and lack of adequate medical care.

The Erdogan Regime has also systematically targeted vulnerable groups such as expectant or new mothers, elderly, sick and disabled persons. The OHCHR reported 50 cases of women being arrested just before or after giving birth and estimates that there are 600 mothers held in detention with their young children. In almost all cases, these women were charged with alleged offences of their husbands, in a total disregard for the principle of individuality of criminal responsibility.

The available information provides a reasonable basis to believe that multiple crimes committed after coup attempt in the context of a widespread and systematic attack against Gulen Movement Followers (GMF) in Turkey pursuant to or in furtherance of a State or organizational policy, within the meaning of section 6-(3)  and  section 7 – 1, 5,6,7,8, 9,10 of Code of Crimes against International Law (Völkerstrafgesetzbuch –VStGB). After July 2016 bogus coup attempt the following conducts have been committed:

Genocide defined in Section 6(3) of VStGB as; “with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group, inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part”

Crimes against humanity under Section 7 VStGB:

  1. Willful killing constituting a crime against humanity under article 7(1) of the Statute;
  2. inflicting, with the intent of destroying a population in whole or in part, conditions of life on that population or on parts thereof, being conditions calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part, constituting a crime against humanity under article 7(2) of the Statute;
  3. Torture as a crime against humanity, pursuant to article 7(5) of the Statute;
  4. Rape and other forms of sexual violence constituting a crime against humanity under article     7(6) of the Statute;
  5. Enforced disappearance of persons under article 7(7) of the Statute
  6. Causing serious physical or mental harm constituting a crime against humanity under article 7(8) of the Statute;
  7. Unlawful deprivation of physical liberty or in violation of fundamental rules of international law under article 7(9) of the Statute;
  8. Persecution” constituting a crime against humanity under article 7(10) of the Statute;

We do take the opportunity to call on the Office of the Federal Prosecutor to initiate investigations and to stay vigilant in prevention of practices of systematic and widespread torture and other forms of ill-treatment by the Erdogan Regime and bringing perpetrators of such acts to justice. We pledge ourselves to remain active in our endeavors to this end.

For further information:
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“İşkence mağdurlarıyla uluslararası dayanışma günü” basın açıklaması

“İşkence mağdurlarıyla uluslararası dayanışma günü” basın açıklaması

Bugün 26 Haziran, “İşkence Mağdurlarıyla Uluslararası Dayanışma Günü” olarak anılmaktadır. HRD (Human Rights Defenders) olarak, bugünün önemine binaen, başta Türkiye’de olmak üzere tüm dünyada işkenceye maruz kalmış kişilerle dayanışma içerisinde bulunma düşüncesiyle şu hususlara dikkatinizi çekmek istiyoruz:

İşkence, temel insani değerleri göz ardı eden, bireyi bir nesne seviyesine indirgeyen, anlaşılmaz ve korkunç bir eylemdir. İşkence insanlık için utanç verici uygulama olup, delil ve itiraflara ulaşmak amacıyla çoğu zaman “resmi görevliler” tarafından uygulanan evrensel bir suçtur. Uluslararası hukuken mutlak bir şekilde yasak olan işkence sucunun zaman aşımı yoktur.

Kısa bir süre önce 5 farklı İnsan Hakları Derneği olarak BM İŞKENCEYİ ÖNLEME KOMİTESİ (CAT)’ye  bir müracaatımız olmuştu.

Bugun burada HRD, Uluslararası Muhabirler Derneği ve Sürgündeki Avukatlar Platfomuyla birlikte, Türkiye’deki işkence ve kötü muamele vakaları bağlamında, Almanya’daki Evrensel Yargılama ilkesi kapsamında, bir hukuki süreci başlatmış bulunmaktayız. Bugün, diğer pek çok belgenin ve bilginin yanında, Türkiye’de işkence ve kötü muameleye maruz kalan, ancak şimdi Almanya’da yaşayan 5 kişinin şahsi dosyasını da şikâyet dilekçemizde sunduk. Ayrıca, işkence ya da kötü muamelenin yapıldığı iddia eden faillerin ve yerlerin listesini de dilekçemiz ekinde tevdi ettik.

Bu çerçevede, 248 Şüphelinin adı tespit edilmiştir. Adalet, İçişleri Bakanlıkları, MİT ve diğer ilgili kurum ve kuruluşları yetkilileri ile birlikte, özellikle; AFYON – ANKARA – ANTALYA – AMASYA – BALIKESIR – BARTIN – BAYBURT – DENIZLI-DIYARBAKIR – ELAZIG – HAKKARI – İSTANBUL – İZMİR-KARS – KAHRAMANMARAŞ – KIRIKKALE – KONYA -NEVŞEHİR – OSMANİYE – RİZE – SİVAS – ŞANLIURFA -TOKAT – VAN – YALOVA VE ZONGULDAK İllerindeki, İŞKENCE ÜSLERİNDE, görev yapan veya buradaki işkencelere göz yuman sorumlu Vali, Emniyet Müdürü, Başsavcı, Adli Tıp Uzmanı, Polis Memuru kişilerin adlarını iletmiş bulunmaktayız.

Türkiye’deki Erdoğan rejimi, özellikle 17/25 Aralık 2013 yolsuzluk operasyonları sonrasında, kendisine muhalif olan toplumun tüm kesimlerini hedef alırken, hiç kuşkusuz en ağır darbeyi Hizmet Hareketi ve gönüllülerine indirmeyi amaçlamıştır.  “Allah’ın bir lütfü” olarak adlandırdığı 15 Temmuz sahte darbe girişimi, OHAL ve sonrasındaki uygulamaları ile Erdoğan, amaçladığı dikta rejimini hergün daha emin adımlarla uygulamaya koymustur. Kuvvetler ayrılığı ilkesini, yargının tarafsızlığı ve bağımsızlığını çiğneyen Erdoğan rejimi Türkiye’deki tüm toplumsal kesimleri kontrol altında tutmak istemektedir. Öte yandan, devletin ve özel kuruluşların tüm imkanlarıyla propaganda yaparak Hizmet Hareketini günah keçisine çevirerek ve şahsi hırsından, tüm kinini Türkiye ve dünyadaki masum insanların üzerine salmıştır.

En son Dışişleri eski Personeli, Gazeteci Deniz Yücel ve diğer yüzlerce işkence haberi olmak üzere gösterdi ki, Türkiye’de, ne yazık ki, sistematik ve yaygın bir şekilde işkence suçu işlenmektedir. Uzun ve haksız tutukluluk süreleri, Yasal danışma alma hakkının engellenmesi ve bu alanda mahremiyetin hiçe sayılması, işkenceyi önleme mekanizmalarının işlevsiz hale getirilmesi ve doktor raporlarının alınamaması, Türkiye’deki işkencenin kanıtı olmuştur.

İfade ve itiraf almak için yapılan işkenceler, başta BM İnsan Hakları Yüksek Komiserliği Raporları olmak üzere Human Rights Watch, gibi uluslararası kuruluşlarının da raporlarına konu olmuştur. Türkiye’de unutulduğunu sandığımız suda boğma, elektrik şoku, cinsel istismar ve tecavüz gibi işkence yöntemleri tekrar hortlamıştır.

OHAL Dönemi KHK’lar (667-668-696 Sayılı KHK’lar), kamu görevlilerinin ve sivillerinin Devleti korumak bahanesiyle işledikleri her türlü suçu cezasız bırakmaktadır. Bu KHK’lar sonra Parlamento tarafından onaylandı ve kalıcı yasalar haline geldi (6749, 6755, 7079 sayılı kanun). Bu yasalar uyarınca, İstanbul ve Trabzon Cumhuriyet Başsavcılığı, işkence mağdurlarının şikayetleriyle ilgili olarak kovuşturma yapılmamasına karar vermiştir.

Türkiye, yalnızca işkence iddialarını soruşturmak için yetkili yargı organlarından yoksun değil, aynı zamanda işkencenin kanıtlarını gizlemek içinde yoğun mesai içindedir. Örneğin, basına da sızan gizli bir belgede, Emniyet Genel Müdürlüğü 81 İl Emniyet Müdürlüklerine işkence izlerini örtme talimatı göndermiştir. Bu talimata gerekçe ise Avrupa Konseyi İşkenceyi Önleme Komitesi tarafından gerçekleştirecek bir ziyaret olmuştur.

BM İnsan Hakları Yüksek Komiserliği Raporları ve Human Rights Watch, işkence eylemlerini ve diğer kötü muamele biçimlerini belgelemek ve araştırmak icin yaptığı çalışmalarda, halk nezdindeki yaygın korku ve zorlayıcı bir iklimi de vurgulamaktadır. Ayrıca, Türk Hükümeti Avrupa Konseyi İşkenceyi Önleme Komitesinin 2016-2017-2018 raporlarının da yayınlamasını önlemektedir.

2016 yılından bu yana Türkiye’de 26 vatandaşı zorla kaçırılma vakası bulunmaktadır. Geçmiş donemin beyaz Toroslarının yerini maalesef bugün siyah Transporter’lar almıştır. Mağdurların aylarca hangi koşullarda ve nerede oldukları bilinmemektedir. İşkence ve diğer kötü muamelelere maruz kaldıkları muhakkaktır.

Erdoğan Rejimi tarafından organize edilen kaçırılma ve kaybetme eylemleri sadece Türkiye sınırları içinde değil, yurtdışında yaşayan vatandaşları da hedef almaktadır. Türk Dışişleri Bakanı, 18 ülkeden MİT tarafından 100 kişinin kaçırılması konusunda övünmektedir. Bu insanların ağır işkencelere maruz kaldığı bilinmektedir. Şikayet dosyamızda AFGANISTAN – AZERBAYCAN – ARNAVUTLUK-BULGARISTAN – GABON – YUNANISTAN – ENDONEZYA-KAZAKISTAN – KOSOVA – MALEZYA – MYANMAR – TAYLAND-PAKISTAN VE KATAR’da görev yapan dönemin diplomatik misyon şeflerinin isimleri de bu kaçırılmalardaki görevleri ve müdahaleleri nedeniyle bulunmaktadır.

Tek kişilik hücre uygulaması, uzun süre gözaltında tutulma başlı başına aşağılayıcı bir cezadır, ancak daha da önemlisi, bu sürede mağdurlar işkence ve kötü muameleye maruz kalmaktadır. Cezaevlerinde 54 belgelenmiş, şüpheli ölüm vakası bulunmaktadır. Bu şüpheli ölümler aslında işkence ve tıbbi bakım yetersizliğinden kaynaklanmaktadır.

Erdoğan Rejimi ayrıca hamile olan veya yeni doğum yapmış kadınları, yaşlı, hasta ve engelli insanlar gibi hassas grupları da sistematik olarak hedeflemektedir. B.M Insan Haklari Yüksek Komiserliği doğumdan hemen önce veya sonra 50 kadının tutuklandığını kayıt altına aldıklarını ve küçük çocuklarıyla gözaltında tutulan 600’den fazla kadının olduğunu tahmin etmektedir. Neredeyse tüm vakalarda, suçun şahsiliği ilkesi ihlal edilerek, kocaları hakkında istinat edilen suçlarla ve eşlerine yardım ve yataklık etmek suçuyla tutsak edilmektedirler.

Tüm bu bilgiler ışığında, sözde darbe girişimi sonrasında gerçekleştirilen ve Hizmet Hareketini ve gönüllülerini hedef alan sistematik ve yaygın işkence, bu Hareketi ve gönüllülerini yok etme politikası karşısında, uluslararası hukuk normları ile FEDERAL ALMANYA CUMHURİYETİ’nin ilgili yasaları çerçevesinde Soykırım ve İnsanlığa Karşı Suç Niteliği taşıyan bu suçlara ilişkin hukuki süreci başlatmış bulunmaktayız.

Bugün, Federal Savcılığa yaptığımız başvuruda, Erdoğan Rejimine hizmet eden ve bu suçları işleyen kişilere karşı soruşturma açılmasını talep etmekteyiz. Türkiye’deki sistematik, yaygın işkence uygulamalarının ve diğer kötü muamelenin durdurulmasının temini, ayrıca faillerinin adalete hesap vermesi için çağrıda bulunmaktayız.

HRD, (Human Rights Defenders) olarak bu amaçla çalışmalarımızı sürdürmeyi, mazlum ve magdurlar adina bir borç bilmekte ve bu mesuliyet duygusu ile hareket etmekteyiz.

Kamuoyuna saygıyla duyurulur.

Bilgi için:
Human Rights Defenders e.V.
info@humanrights-ev.com


HRD has issued a new Report on Bylock which is used as a tool by Erdogan Regime to incriminate people

ByLock is not an application that is used in the so-called coup attempt on 15th July 2016 as the Erdogan Regime and the media claims. Because this application was closed five months before the coup attempt, in March 2016.

How did a digital communication application, become a material of for the Erdogan regime the justification for arresting more than 60 thousand people in Turkey?

President Erdogan, who claimed to have learned the so-called coup attempt on 15th July 2016 (15/7) from his brother-in-law during the attempt, declared the supporters of Gülen movement as the perpetrators of the coup, whom he considered being responsible for the 17th /25th December 2013 Corruption and Bribery operations.

The “Erdogan Regime” dismissed approximately four thousand judges and prosecutors of their duties on 17th July 2016, right afterwards of the coup attempt, with the claim of being coup plotters and arrested many of them in order to establish his own judicial system.

Later on, he had thousands of people arrested. Among them journalists, teachers, doctors, lawyers and businessmen. The common characteristic of these people was being opposed to the Erdogan Regime.

Those arrests are generally justified by reasons such as writing critical columns, depositing money to a legal bank, sending their children to the schools allegedly having ties to Gülen movement and being members to legal unions and foundations.

Erdogan and his judiciary, who knew that these claims are not enough to justify the arrests, needed a new excuse to strengthen the claims why they have arrested the opposition.

Within this need, they made the perception that the “ByLock” application have been used in 15th of July Coup Attempt only by Gülen supporters. They made people believe that the ByLock application is classified, incognito and only known by the members of Hizmet Movement, installed differently to the devices and encrypted.

After they made this perception accepted by the society, the lists of names which were prepared by  unknown people in unknown dates from the National Intelligence Agency (MIT), which has no authority and function as a law enforcement agency, were sent to the units of judiciary and then accepted as concrete evidence for the alleged crimes of being a member to a terrorist organization by judiciary without questioning.

ByLock application is not an application that is used in the so-called coup attempt as the Erdogan Regime and the media claims. Because this application was closed five months before the coup attempt, in March 2016.

ByLock application was not an application that only had been used by Hizmet Movement members secretly, because it was an application that was downloaded more than 600.000 times from Google Play Store and App Store worldwide. The Bylock application, which is presented as an enigmatic, encrypted application was even simpler than the applications such as WhatsApp, Viber, Line and Tango.

But as a result of this perception, approximately 17.000 women along with their 668 babies were arrested in Turkey with the accusations of using ByLock. The number of total arrests is around 60 thousand and it is increasing. The members of judiciary who questioned this process with suspicion are either expelled or dismissed from their duties. Therefore, it was seen as a necessity to prepare this Report, aiming to show that all the announcements and procedure of judiciary and National Intelligence Agency, under the control of the Erdogan Regime, regarding ByLock are in fact to create a groundless perception.

Suspicious Deaths And Suicides In Turkey:

Suspicious Deaths And Suicides In Turkey:

Suspicious deaths and suicides on the rise in Turkey with 54 people in last 8 months

Against the background of massive crackdown on critics and opponents in Turkey and widespread torture practices in detentions and prisons, 54 people were reported to have lost their lives, most under suspicious circumstances and under lock-up in the last eight months, a report released by Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) has revealed.

 

https://stockholmcf.org/suspicious-deaths-and-suicides-in-turkey

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