Turkey widens post-coup purge
schools, dormitories and universities shut down
academics lost jobs
judges, prosecutors dismissed
media outlets shut down
since July 15, 2016 as of March 23, 2017
*This number includes (1) state officials, teachers, bureaucrats, and academics who were dismissed by gov’t decrees, No. 667 issued on July 23, No.668 issued on July 25, No.669 issued on July 31, No. 672 issued on Sept. 1, No.675 issued on Oct. 29, No. 677/678 issued on Nov. 22, 2016, No.679/680/681 issued on Jan. 6, 2017, and No.682/683/684/685 issued on Jan 23, 2017; (2) academics who lost their jobs by gov’t decrees, No. 677 issued on July 23, and No.675 issued on Oct. 29, 2016; (3) teachers whose licenses were revoked by Turkey’s Education Ministry on July 19, 2016; (4) and dismissed military personnel [6,511 officers and 16,409 cadets]. For detailed information, please visit: turkeypurge.com/purge-in-numbers and turkeypurge.com/academics-sacked-from-positions.
**Data was compiled from PEN International, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF). For detailed information, please visit: turkeypurge.com/journalism-in-jail
Human Tragedies of Turkey’s Purge
High School Teacher
Gokhan was detained on July 23, 2016 as part of Turkey’s post-coup crackdown. Although he was suffering from sever 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.
Mustafa was among 45 thousand people in Turkey’s massive crackdown following the coup attempt. He was taken into Iskenderun jailhouse. Under severe stress and trauma, Mustafa, who had already been suffering of diabetes, died over a heart attack.
12-year-old cancer patient
12-year-old Furkan died of brain cancer several months after Turkish border agents seized his and his parents’ passports at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, causing the family to abandon their plans to receive cancer treatment in Cuba.
Filiz Y., a 30-year-old woman who gave birth at Mercin City Hospital on February 6, 2017, was detained in the wee hours of February 7, over alleged links to the Gulen Movement.
Hacı Isa Sezek
83-year-old Haci Isa Sezek, arrested on charges of “membership in an armed organization” on January 3, 2017, is being kept in the same holding cell with his 29-year-old grandchild Suleyman Sezek.
Bomb Disposal Expert
Bilal Konakci, a former bomb disposal expert who was retired after he lost his right hand and both eyes while trying to dispose of a bomb in 2009, was detained on December 20, 2016, over links to the Gulen Movement.
A video shared on January 23, 2016 on social media showed five children left alone in tears in front of Sincan Prison in Ankara after their mother was detained while they were visiting their father in prison.
Jailed Police Chief
Yavuz Bolek, a police chief dismissed from profession following corruption probes implicating Erdogan, has cancer and will be soon be struck with paralysis if he isn’t given medical attention. His pleas are ignored.
Onur Erden and Uğur Gültekin will have spent a total of 10 months in jail for refusing to serve in the Turkish army. According to a report released by Bianet news portal on March 23, the Gelibolu 2nd Corps Commandership Military Court handed down the sentence to two...read more
Özlem Yüzgeç, the wife of one of the prosecutors who conducted a corruption probe that became public in late 2013 and implicated senior members of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, was arrested in Kahramanmaraş province over use of a smart phone...read more
A report prepared by the Unity for Democracy Initiative (DİB) has concluded that national TV stations across Turkey broadcast live speeches by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials for a total of 470 hours in the past...read more
Arrests warrants were issued for 60 previously dismissed police officers as 17 others were arrested in a separate operation over allefed use of a smart phone application named ByLock. ByLock is onsidered a “secret messaging system” among Gülen movement...read more
The governor’s office in the small province of Isparta announced on Thursday that a total of 1,143 people have been dismissed from public service as part of a purge of the Gülen movement. The majority of civil servants are from the education and police departments and...read more
A 15-month-old baby with Down syndrome, Ayşe Sena Bunlu, has been suffering from serious health problems ever since her parents, both of whom are police officers, were purged from their posts and jailed in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15,...read more
Serkan Gölge, a Turkish-born NASA scientist who was arrested as part of Turkey’s post-coup crackdown against perceived enemies, is now allowed to see the sun only for an hour a day, as he is being kept in pre-trial detention in an Istanbul prison. He is expected to...read more
Twin daughters of the Istanbul-based Şengün family were handed over to their 65-year-old grandmother as both E. Şengün and his wife F. were arrested after being kept under detention for 30 days, on Nov. 2, 2016. The children were only 7-months-old when their parents...read more
Police officers detained over coup charges after detaining other police officers with same accusations
Turkey’s post-coup witch hunt has reached a new level with even police officers who are tasked to go after perceived coup plotters are not sure about their own fate. A Twitter account, famous for releasing tips from purge victims, tweeted on Monday a short passage...read more
Ali Osman Karahan, an 86-year-old Turkish man with walking and speaking difficulties has been kept in an Isparta prison for almost eight months over alleged links to the Gülen movement, which Turkish authorities accuse of being behind a failed coup attempt in July of...read more
Amnesty International fired the first shots at Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Friday after he announced that a visit to the Netherlands for a public rally to promote votes in favor of an April 16 referendum was still planned, even though Dutch...read more
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has decided to examine on a priority basis applications filed by several jailed journalists for a preliminary injunction. Among the journalists given priority by the court are 72-year-old journalist and former deputy Nazlı...read more
The 2016 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices — the Human Rights Reports — released by the US State Department on Friday said that Turkish courts had imprisoned tens of thousands of people with little clarity on charges and evidence over their alleged links with...read more
Julian Röpcke, a political editor for German daily BİLD, tweeted on Thursday that he turned down an interview request by Turkey’s state-run TRT because he believes that the TV station “shares responsibility” for imprisonment of hundreds of journalists across Turkey....read more
Dunja Mijatović, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) representative on freedom of the media, on Wednesday displayed a strong reaction to the Monday arrest of Deniz Yücel, a Die Welt journalist, in Turkey, calling on the government to stop...read more