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HarekAct offers a topical and chronological collection of news on the EU-Turkish border regime under this section. We link to external newspapers and websites and do not hold the copyright.
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Turkish soldiers get asylum in Germany

Via Tagesschau (link in German) – Around 400 Turkish Soldiers and Diplomats including their families applied for asylum in Germany since the attempted coup in Turkey. Now the first applications have been positively decided on: Several soldiers and their families got asylum in Germany.

According to unofficial information the ‚Federal Office for Migration and Refugees’ (BAMF) might have waiting for after the referendum to take a decision. Officially the BAMF is denying this information. The decision could have a signal effect for other European countries who as well got asylum requests from Turkish citizens.

Turkey’s ‘special refugees’

Via Open Democracy (from 16th April) – Nil Mutluer on the western gaze on Turkish politics and those fleeing its consequences:

“In Turkey’s story, the western gaze is searching for new victims. Yes, I fled Turkey with my three year old daughter, but am I that victim? Well, I am a ‘scholar at risk’, that much is true enough. Although I have been active in various feminist and human rights circles and have been working on issues regarding democratization for almost two decades, I have officially gained that status thanks to one modest political act in a whole lifetime: I joined over a thousand other colleagues – Academics for Peace – in signing a peace petition, “We will not be a Party to This Crime”, which called on the Turkish state to cease its accelerating violence in the Kurdish provinces and respect domestic and international laws. Continue reading Turkey’s ‘special refugees’

Deportation center in Izmir: Refugees are crying for help – What’s happening!?

Via Gazete Karinca (Link in Turkish) – The Turkish NGO, Halkların Köprüsü Derneği (HKD), held a press statement on May 6, 2017 in order to draw attention to the outrageous conditions that the refugees detained in Harmandalı Deportation Center in İzmir were exposed. After the news footage of the refugees in the Center crying for help reflected in the press, a number of NGOs, including HKD moved to inspect the Center and yet, were refused to a permission of entry. The lawyers’ entry to inspect the conditions of refugees was also prevented by the Governorship of İzmir.

Hungerstrike in Solidarity with Dismissed teachers and academics in Turkey

Laut dem Bericht der Human Rights Joint Platform sind nach dem Militärputschversuch zwischen dem 21. Juli 2016 und 20. April 2017 123.518 Beamte per Dekret entlassen worden. Am 29. April wurde ein neues Dekret veröffentlicht. Die Zahl ist größer geworden. Die Entlassenen dürfen nicht mehr im Staasdienst tätig sein.

Akademikerin Nuriye Gülmen und Lehrer Semih Özakça, die täglich seit 177 Tagen gegen ihre Entlassung, für die Aufhebung ihres widerrechtlichen und ungeregechten Arbeitsverbots, in Ankara protestieren. Sie sind zusätzlich seit 57 Tagen in den unbefristeten Hungerstreik getreten.

Wir, Mitglieder von Academics for Peace, werden für die Solidarität mit Nuriye Gülmen und Semih Özakça in den Hungerstrike treten.

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Greece paying asylum seekers to reject appeals

Via EU Observer – The Greek government is giving cash incentives for rejected asylum seekers on the islands to forgo their legal rights to appeal their cases. Some €1,000 and free plane tickets home are now part of a largely EU-financed package to send them packing as quickly as possible.

The money is part of the pre-existing programme but the decision to deny people who appeal their cases to the funds was recently made by the Greek ministry of migration policy.

Greek Hotspots: EU Ombudsman must investigate conduct of the European Asylum Support Office

Via ECCHR – The work of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) on the Greek Islands not only lacks a legal basis, it also fails to respect core standards of fairness. This is the conclusion of the ECCHR after analyzing a series of admissibility interviews conducted by EASO officers at the “Hotspots” in Greece. ECCHR has therefore submitted a complaint against EASO to the European Ombudsman requesting the suspension of EASO’s involvement in admissibility interviews and the limitation of its activities to conduct not in breach of EU law.

Syrian Kindergarden Teacher jailed in Turkey

Via Rami Jarrah – Zena Mukayed, an English teacher who taught at a kinder garden in Istanbul was detained on the 10th of February 2017 by Turkish security forces, she was renewing her residence permit when the incident took place and was transferred to a foreigners detention facility with no reasons presented around her detainment to this date.

SYRIAN KINDER GARDEN TEACHER JAILED IN TURKEYZena Mukayed, an English teacher who taught at a kinder garden in…

Posted by Rami Jarrah on Sonntag, 30. April 2017

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Syrian Students face illegal detention in Turkey

Via Rami Jarrah – On the 17th of March 2017, Faisal Ibsata 26, and Abdel Salam Salem 21, were both detained by Turkish security forces at the Turkish immigration office in Gaziantep (Goc idaresi). Both were at the center to renew their residence permits when the incident took place.

SYRIAN STUDENTS FACE ILLEGAL DETENTION IN TURKEYOn the 17th of march 2017, Faisal Ibsata 26, and Abdel Salam Salem 21,…

Posted by Rami Jarrah on Freitag, 28. April 2017

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Turkey deports foreigners working with Syrian refugees

Via Washington Post – The Turkish government this week deported foreigners working with Syrian refugees at a leading U.S.-based aid organization, part of what appears to be an ongoing crackdown on international humanitarian groups there.

The four foreigners — from Britain, Ireland, Indonesia and India — were among 15 employees of the International Medical Corps (IMC) detained since April 20 by Turkish police in Gaziantep, the southern Turkish city where many organizations aiding millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey are based. The other 11 — all Syrians — remain in a detention camp, according to an IMC statement.

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A violinist unable to pass visa barriers drowned in the Aegean Sea: He was found hugging his violin box

Via Gazete Manifesto  (Translation from Turkish) – This week, another boat carrying refugees drowned in the Aegean between Sivrice Burnu (Çanakkale) and Lesvos. 16 people died and only two people survived the shipwreck, they are now on the island of Lesvos.

On board of the ship was also a young Turkish violinist – Barış Yazgı, 22 years old, born in Siirt – who wanted to go to Belgium – where his brother lives – to study music. His dead body was found hugging a violin box. Inside his violin box he carried his instrument as well as handwritten compositions.

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