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 May 27, 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, No.682/683/684/685 issued on Jan 23, 2017, and No.689 issued on April 29, 2017; (2) academics who lost their jobs by gov’t decrees, No. 677 issued on July 23, No.675 issued on Oct. 29, 2016, and No.689 issued on April 29, 2017; (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 compiled from PEN International, Platform for Independent Journalism (P24), Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF), Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS), Progressive Journalists Association (ÇGD), and Bianet online news portal. For detailed information, please visit: https://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.
Mediha Olgun, opposition Sözcü daily’s online editor and Gökmen Ulu, the newspaper’s Izmir reporter were arrested over their alleged links to the Gülen movement. The İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued detention warrants last week for Sözcü’s license...read more
Socialist Solidarity magazine’s managing editor and a former member of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) party council Sezgin Kartal was arrested on Thursday due to an article he wrote for the magazine’s April 2016 issue. Kartal was detained at the...read more
At least 43 more companies were seized over coup charges between Apr 1 and May 24, bringing the total number of companies under the state-run Savings Deposit Insurance Fund’s (TMSF) control to 922. The companies in question were targeted as part of a sweeping state...read more
A total of 11 people, among them doctors, academics and teachers, were detained as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement in Rize province, on Friday. According to state-run Anadolu news agency, the detainees are accused of having used ByLock, a mobile...read more
Murat Çapan, the managing editor of the Nokta magazine who on May 22 was sentenced to 22 years, six months in prison for two cover stories, was arrested on Friday. Çapan was caught in Turkey’s border province of Edirne along with one purged academic, two purged...read more
A mother of three in the western province of Izmir, Fadime Danışman was arrested along with her 8-month-old baby after police failed to locate her husband, a teacher by profession, as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement. In a letter from Şakran Closed...read more
Aysun Aydemir, an English teacher who was jailed with her three-day-old baby on Monday, has been released only to house arrest with an electronic bracelet on her ankle. Aydemir was detained three days after she gave birth to a baby in an elective caesarean procedure...read more
Detention warrant was reportedly issued for 60-year-old construction worker, H. S., after police failed to locate his two children, wanted for their alleged use of ByLock mobile application. According to Aktif Haber online news portal, H.S.'s son and daughter, both...read more
70-year-old Kemal Gun has lost 29 lbs [13 kilograms] since he started a hunger strike as part of his efforts to be given the dead body of his child who was killed during an air attack by Turkish miliary in Tunceli’s Dersim district on Nov 7, 2016. 11 individuals were...read more
Aysun Aydemir, an English teacher who gave birth to a baby in an elective caesarean procedure, was detained at the hospital and subsequently arrested by a court and put in pretrial detention with a 3-day-old baby in Zonguldak province as part of a witch-hunt targeting...read more
Media coverage of detainees with signs of beatings indicate that torture and ill-treatment are officially being condoned to silence and prevent dissent, a recent report by the UK-based Freedom from Torture said with regards to reports on torture allegations in Turkey....read more
The European Federations of Journalists (EFJ) and its global affiliate and International Federations of Journalists (IFJ) have called on Turkey to stop what they called judicial harassment against Turkish journalists. Ayşenur Parıldak, a former reporter from the...read more
Amnesty International has launched an “urgent action” for three Turkish nationals who were detained in Malaysia, asking people to call on Malaysian officials to avoid extradition. “Three Turkish nationals have been arrested and detained in Malaysia under...read more
Reactions pour in over Turks’ controversial arrest in Malaysia as UN joins calls against extradition
The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia has expressed serious concern about the recent arrests of three Turkish nationals in Malaysia, joining calls on the government to refrain from extradition. "There are concerns that these men may have been targeted over...read more
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Malaysian government to provide two Turkish nationals, controversially detained in Kuala Lumpur last week, with full access to legal counsel and contact with their families. Turgay Karaman, the principal of the Gülen...read more