Under post-coup pressure from the government, companies in Turkey prefer not to employ dismissed public workers, leaving them to what Amnesty International calls a civil death.

H.Ü and his wife, both teachers with experience of 10 years each, were dismissed from their jobs with an emergency decree on Sept. 1, 2016.

According to Hurriyet columnist Melis Alphan, H.Ü has yet to find a job elsewhere in the past 9 months with even small businesses refusing him for their own safety.

When he sought a job as a waiter, the shop owner asked him whether he was dismissed with a post-coup emergency degree or not. “I beg your pardon sir but we would bring trouble on ourselves,” he/she apologized to the teacher.

Dismissed public sector are being denied a future in Turkey as they are prevented from finding employment elsewhere and blocked from going abroad as well, Amnesty International said in a report on May 22.

“Due to the stigma of being branded ‘terrorists’ under the decrees, many have not been able to find any work at all. Others, along with their families, have lost housing and health care benefits connected to their jobs. Unable to earn a living in Turkey, dismissed public sector employees have been prevented from seeking employment abroad, as the decrees also require the cancelation of their passports. The highly uncertain future for dismissed public sector employees is heightened by the absence of any effective means for them to challenge their dismissal. Currently, no courts in Turkey have accepted jurisdiction to review the dismissals,” the human rights group described the challenges dismissed civil servants face amid post-coup period,” Amnestry said.