The Turkish government has rendered more than 100 citizens from at least 20 countries around the world since a coup attempt in July 15, 2016, according to Nate Schenkkan, the director of research strategy at Freedom House.
“Turkey has rendered LOTS of people since 2016: more than 60 that we @freedomhouse can identify by name, and probably more than 100 in total, from almost 20 countries around the world,” Schenkkan tweeted.
Many of those people are believed to be abducted and returned to Turkey over their link to Turkey’s Gülen group, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding the coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The group denies any involvement.
So far, a number of countries including Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Georgia, Gabon and Myanmar have handed over academics, businessmen and school principals at the Turkish government’s request despite the fact that some of those victims already had refugee status with the United Nations.
So in addition to the plea for information about his whereabouts, I add my plea to international observers & journalists: it is long past time to think about how other countries wage "wars on terror" around the world, and not just the United States & its allies.
— Nate Schenkkan (@nateschenkkan) June 7, 2021