Salih Hezer, a purge-victim engineer from Turkey, has been banned from public service until April 26, 3025, according to Turkish Journalist Sevinç Özarslan.

Hezer was fired from his job with a decree issued by the Turkish government in the aftermath of a failed coup in 2016. He is accused of having links to a so-called “terrorist organization.”

A joint report by two NGOs based in Europe has revealed that victims of a massive purge of state institutions by the Turkish government in the aftermath of a failed coup on July 15, 2016 as well as their family members face discrimination and alienation in all areas and still feel the direct and indirect consequences of the purge on their lives.

The Arrested Lawyers Initiative, an advocacy group in Brussels defending lawyers’ rights, and the Human Rights Defenders (HRD), an NGO founded by Turkish lawyers, businesspeople and former bureaucrats in Cologne who are political asylum seekers in Europe, have jointly released a report titled “Turkey: No Country for the Purge Victims.”

The report said, based on official statements, that Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government enacted 32 decrees between 2016 and 2018 during a state of emergency declared after the abortive putsch, dismissing 125,678 people from the civil service.

Former public servants were not only fired from their jobs, according to the report, but also prohibited from working again in the public sector and getting a passport, with the AKP government also making it difficult for them to work formally in the private sector.

The report lists at least 30 types of discriminatory practices affecting the sacked officials’ ability to work and earn a living.

The report said the purged civil servants in Turkey and their next of kin are being discriminated against and blacklisted from public programs and from applying for new jobs.