Human Tragedies of Turkey’s Purge

Gokhan Acikkollu

Gokhan Acikkollu

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.

Hacı İsa Sezek

Hacı İsa Sezek

83-year old civilian

83-year-old Hacı İsa Sezek, arrested on charges of “membership in an armed organization” on Jan.3, is being kept in the same holding cell with his 29-year-old grandchild Süleyman Sezek.

Mustafa Torer

Mustafa Torer

Businessman

Mustafa was among 45 thousand people in Turkey’s massive post crackdown following the coup attempt. He was taken into Iskenderun jailhouse. Under sever stress and trauma, Mustafa, who had already been suffering of diabetes, died over a heart attack.

Bilal Konakçı

Bilal Konakçı

Bomb Disposal Expert

Bilal Konakçı, 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 Dec. 20 over links to the Gülen movement.

Furkan D.

Furkan D.

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 İstanbul Atatürk Airport, causing the family to abandon their plans to receive cancer treatment in Cuba.

5 Kids

5 Kids

5 Kids

A video shared on Jan. 23 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.

Filiz Y.

Filiz Y.

A 30-year-old civilian

Filiz Y., a 30-year-old woman who gave birth at Mersin City Hospital on Feb 6, was detained in the wee hours of Feb. 7 over alleged links to the Gulen movement, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Yavuz Bölek

Yavuz Bölek

Jailed Police Chief

Yavuz Bölek, a police chief dismissed from profession following corruption probes implicating Erdoğan, has cancer, and will soon be struck with paralysis if he isn’t given medical attention. His pleas are ignored.

Teacher detained while visiting imprisoned husband

N.A., a Turkish literature teacher who was left unemployed after her school was shuttered as part of the post-coup emergency rule, was detained when he stopped by Konya’s Ereğli prison to visit her imprisoned husband, İ.A, on Thursday. İ.A., a former accountant at the...