Mustafa Çabuk, a Turkish secondary school teacher living in Georgia, is at imminent risk of extradition to Turkey, where he is at risk of torture and other grave human rights violations, Amnesty International said in a recent campaign, asking people to call on Georgian officials to avoid deportation.
Turkey has accused Mustafa Çabuk of “supporting terrorism”, referring to his alleged links with the Gülen movement, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.
“He is currently employed as a manager and a teacher at the private Demirel College in Tbilisi, the Capital of Georgia. The arrest was based on an extradition request from Turkey, who wants to try Mustafa Çabuk under terrorism-related criminal charges. Mustafa Çabuk denies any support to terrorism. He could be extradited any minute and in Turkey he could be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment, unfair trial or other serious human right violations,” Amnesty said.
A Georgian court placed Çabuk under a three-month extradition arrest on 25 May while his lawyer has appealed this decision.
Please write immediately in English, Georgian or your own language, Amnesty said and added: “Urging the Georgian authorities to comply with their obligations under international human rights law not to deport, extradite or otherwise return Mustafa Çabuk to a country where he would be at risk of torture, other illtreatment or other serious human rights violations.”
“Today at 9 in the morning
Georgian police came to our house
And said they were going to detain my husband.
They stated that my husband had no problems in Georgia,
that this demand came from Turkey.
My husband was detained for no reason.
He is a diabetic.
I’m worried that he might be returned to Turkey
Where torture and ill treatment have led to the deaths of many people.
I call on the Georgian gov’t, European cities and human rights associations
To take action [to prevent this from happening],” Cabuk’s wife said in an earlier video.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan earlier called on foreign governments to punish Gülen followers in their own countries. Only a few countries have complied with the request so far.
Turkey has already detained more than 120,000 people over their alleged or real ties to the movement at home before spreading its crackdown to overseas.
Malaysia and Saudi Arabia deported some 20 Turkish nationals with links to the movement, back to Turkey where most of them have been held in in pre-trial detention since.
Meanwhile, NBA star Enes Kanter, who is an outspoken supporter of the movement, was denied entrance to Romania last week as Turkish government cancelled his passport like it did for thousands of dissident voices in the aftermath of the coup attempt.