Turkey widens post-coup purge
schools, dormitories, universities shut down
associations, foundations shut down
judges, prosecutors dismissed
media outlets shut down
since July 15, 2016 * as of October 14, 2016
*This number includes (1) state officials, teachers, bureaucrats and academics who were dismissed by gov’t decree No. 672 issued on Sept. 1, 2016; (2) academics who lost their jobs upon the closure of 15 universities by another gov’t decree, No. 677, issued on July 23, 2016; and (3) teachers whose licenses were revoked by Turkey’s Education Ministry on July 19, 2016. For detailed information, please visit: turkeypurge.com/purge-in-numbers and turkeypurge.com/academics-behind-bars.
A niece and a nephew of the Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has joined the ranks of the cleric’s other relatives who were imprisoned as part of the government’s post-coup witch hunt. H.G. and B.G. was detained in İzmir for using ByLock mobile app, which Turkish...read more
The Istanbul Bar Association has turned down sympathizers of the Gülen movement who requested lawyers for their hearings in the post-coup trials, the outgoing president Ümit Kocasakal said on Saturday. In his speech during a general assembly meeting, Kocasakal proudly...read more
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has called on members of the Turkish judiciary to speed up trials related to the July 15 failed coup attempt and not wait for collection of evidence against the alleged members of the faith-based Gülen movement, which is...read more
The former president of the Judges and Prosecutors Association (YARSAV) Mustafa Arslan has been missing since he was detained by Turkish police under the post-coup emergency rules on Wednesday. A group of lawyers representing Arslan stated in a petition to the...read more
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Saturday that the government will imprison people connected to the Gülen movement unless they become informant about the activities of the movement. In yet another threat against the Gülen movement, which the government accuses...read more
Aladdin Demir, the mukhtar (head) of the Çukur neighborhood in Gaziantep, hung two banners on the side of his office stating that sympathizers of the Gülen movement are not allowed in the area and that people can call him to report any transgressor via a 7/24 hotline....read more
The chairman of Ottoman Hearths 1453, Emin Canpolat, has called on all supporters of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to take up arms in the event of a second coup attempt in Turkey. Turkey experienced a failed coup...read more
Turkey’s infamous mob boss Alaattin Çakıcı implied in a letter to the Justice Ministry that his mafia network could kill Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen in Pennsylvania and his senior followers elsewhere in the world. Çakıcı’s letter came weeks after Turkey’s...read more
The government has reportedly taken another step to segregate Gülen movement from society with the Finance Minister Naci Ağbal ordering tax offices to exclude people linked to the Turkey’s new scapegoat from the recently-announced debt restructuring program. Turkish...read more
The New York-based Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has launched a public petition campaign asking people to urge Turkish government against what it calls “the worst repression we’ve ever seen.” “Medical professionals, scientists, and other academics are being fired...read more
The Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has launched a global solidarity campaign in support of imprisoned Turkish journalists and the government-seized media outlets on October 21. “Turkey: 90 journalists in jail – have your say!” read...read more
Turkey has dropped by eight places from last year in the WJP Rule of Law Index 2016, released today by the World Justice Project (WJP). Ranked in 80th place out of 102 countries in 2015, Turkey slipped to number 99 out of 113 nations in the 2016 report. It came in...read more
Global human rights organizations as well as press freedom associations have urged the Turkish government to end its abuses against perceived critics committed under emergency rule. In a joint statement released on Oct. 19, the first day of the second state of...read more
Human Tragedies of Turkey’s Purge
“Our family owned company was established in 1980. I worked there for 38 years. After the coup, I realized that I will no longer be able to live in the undemocratic conditions in Turkey. So, I sold my business for a very small price and left Turkey. I was waiting for an investment visa for my family and…Read more
On July 26, Turkish police stormed the house of Muhammet Cakir, a lawyer wanted for arrest on coup charges. Failing to find the lawyer at home, they detained his 86-year-old mother to force her son to surrender. She has been kept as hostage since.
Owner of a stationery store
“My bookstore and stationary business had been operating since 1983 in Turgutlu, the biggest town of Manisa province, but because of recent events, it was closed down. Because I am a founding member of Turgutlu Korfez College Preparatory School (established 1994), on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, I was detained by the police in my store… Read more
Editor-in-Chief, Yarina Bakis
Bulent was the editor-in-chief ot Yarina Bakis daily until Turkish government shut it down in the post-coup crackdown. Now, he is wanted for arrest. On July 30, Turkish authorities detained his wife, Hacer Korucu, as a hostage until her husband surrenders. After 10 days in detention, Hacer has been arrested on August 9.
Mustafa was among nearly 20,000 people taken under custody as part of a massive crackdown following the coup attempt on July 1. He was taken to Iskenderun jailhouse. Under sever stress and trauma, Mustafa, who had already been suffering of diabetes, died over a heart attack.
Arrested on July 28, 2016, Hasim, a journalist, had his second brain surgery a few months ago. He has to remain under strict medical care due to his sever medical condition. His friends and family were extremely concerned about his life. Due to international outcry, Hasim has been released on August 4, 2016.
Emre was arrested on July 29, 2016. Having a serious kidney disease, he has to get medical tests on a daily basis. He has to follow an extremely strict diet under his doctor’s supervision. Under Turkey’s state-of-emergency rules, Emre was even denied to see his lawyer. There are no updates about his health condition.
High School Teacher
Gokhan was detained on July 23 in post-coup crackdown. Although he was suffering from severe diabetes, he was denied access to his medics for six days. After 13 days in custody, Gokhan was found dead in his prison cell on August 5. Now, the government refuses to return the teacher’s dead body to his family.
Purge in Numbers
*The number provided in the video for the purged civil servants [102,704] includes teachers working at private schools [21,210] who have had their licenses cancelled by the Turkish government.