Via Turkey Purge – A Kocaeli-based couple, identified with initials A.T. and A.T., were arrested along with their three kids near Greek border in Edirne province, on Wednesday. The family was reportedly on their way to escape Turkey to Greece as they fear government persecution in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt. Continue reading Teacher couple, 3 children arrested near Greek border while on way to escape Turkey
Via The Conversation – Liza Schuster critically writes about her experiences during a flight from Istanbul to Kabul where she spoke to some of the thirty men being deported or “voluntarily returned” to Afghanistan. It was their second deportation after having been sent back to Turkey from the EU as part of the EU-Turkey deal. The article addresses not only the particular cruelty of deporting people to a war-torn country – it also shows the absence of the IOM that was supposed to support the arriving refugees:
Via The New York Times – The Greek government denies that account, by the Hellenic League for Human Rights and the International Federation for Human Rights, which say that twice in the last few weeks, on May 24 and June 2, Turks fleeing persecution have been shipped back to their country.
The Hellenic League documented a total of 17 forcible deportations, or pushbacks, including those of seven children. Continue reading Greek Government Accused of Deporting Turkish Asylum Seekers
Via Mülteci-Der – The refugee rights organization Mültecilerle Dayanışma Derneği (Mülteci-Der) has issued a statement today demanding the termination of the detention of human rights lawyer Taner Kılıç, founder and former chairman of the NGO and current chair of Amnesty Turkey. We post the statement below. It was originally published on Mülteci-Der’s homepage.
Via Amnesty International – Responding to the news that Taner Kiliç, the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, was today detained by police along with 22 other lawyers in Izmir on suspicion of having links with the Fethullah Gülen movement, Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said:
“The fact that Turkey’s post-coup purge has now dragged the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey into its web is further proof of just how far it has gone and just how arbitrary it has become. Taner Kiliç has a long and distinguished record of defending exactly the kind of freedoms that the Turkish authorities are now intent on trampling. Continue reading Chair of Amnesty International Turkey swept up in post-coup purge
Via Turkey Purge – At least 18 lawyers including Taner Kılıç, the chairman of Amnesty International Turkey’s board, were detained on Tuesday as part of an investigation into Turkey’s Gülen group.
According to the Hürriyet daily, detainees are accused of using a smartphone application called “ByLock.”
ByLock is considered by Turkish authorities to be the top communication tool among followers of the Gülen movement, which is accused by the government of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
The Stockholm Center for Freedom reports on several illegal pushbacks at the Greek-Turkish land border, we as well have been reported about. It seems that these pushbacks are becoming a systematic method:
In a breach of European Union (EU) and international laws, Greek government appears to have adopted a policy of push-backs of Turks seeking asylum from repressive regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The new practice has been put into action as of mid-May and involved Greek security forces as well as unidentified and masked gunmen who intercept people near Turkish border and send them to other side by force, violence and threats.
Via Turkish Minute – A group of people who were detained on Friday by Turkish gendarmes said they were sent back to Turkey after they crossed the river to Greece, TGRT reported on Saturday, the second such recent incident after journalist Murat Çapan, who had been sentenced to 22.5 years for two news stories, and others were returned home by Greece last month. Continue reading Greece sends Turkish refugees back to Turkey
Via Bianet – President Erdoğan speaking at the 38th Village Head’s Meeting said that after the wall on the Syrian border was completed, “We will do the same on the Iraqi border and we will carry this out also on proper spots of the Iranian border” and added “They will not be able to enter”.