Human Rights Foundation has expressed concerns over the recent kidnapping of a Turkish national living in Kyrgyzstan by Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT).
Releasing a written statement on Wednesday, the foundation said called on the Kyrgyz president to find out the victim’s whereabouts, and to prevent his potential deportation under international law’s non-refoulement principle.
“Under international law, no state should expel or return an individual who could qualify as a refugee to the state where he is wrongfully persecuted, nor should a state expel or return any person to another state where he would be at risk of death or torture,” the HRF said.
On Monday, Turkey’s MİT reportedly abducted Orhan İnandı, the founder and president of the Turkish-Kyrgyz Sapat school network operating in Kyrgyzstan, as part of Erdogan government’s intense crackdown on opposition figures affiliated with the Gulen group around the world.
According to several Kyrgyz media outlets, İnandı went missing in Bishkek. Hours after the initial reports, İnandı was reported to be in custody in The Turkish Embassy in Bishkek. İnandı’s Toyota Lexus was found parked several blocs away from his house with its doors were open and tires were flat.
Speaking to the media, İnandı’s wife, Reyhan said on Tuesday that her husband’s jacket and phones were in the car. “We don’t have any eyewitnesses at the moment, but I believe he was abducted to be taken to Turkey. I am extremely concerned for his safety.”
— Human Rights Foundation (@HRF) June 3, 2021