Tom Suozzi, a member of the United States House of Representatives, said in a Tweet on Wednesday that the Turkish government’s alleged abduction of a Kyrgyz citizen of Turkish origin “is gravely disturbing.”
“The disappearance of Turkish-Kyrgyz educator Orhan Inandi is gravely disturbing and represents a troubling pattern of forced disappearances employed by the Turkish government,” Suozzi said.
Orhan İnandı is feared to have been abducted by the Turkish Intelligence in early June 2021. He has been held in a building housing the Turkish Embassy in Bishkek, İnandı’s wife claimed.
“My husband, Orhan İnandı who has worked for the good of Kyrgyz children for 26 year, was abducted 7 days ago. According to the information I managed to gather, he has been held at the Turkish embassy in Bishkek.” Reyhan İnandı said in a tweet last week.
Since 2016, tens of Turkish nationals were abducted and rendered to Turkey by the Turkish intelligence over alleged links to the Gülen group, which Ankara accuses of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016. The group strongly denies any connection with the abortive putsch.
New York has a strong and vibrant Turkish-American community — a community that has contributed to New York's cultural fabric. It's on all of us to remain engaged and stand strong against those who undermine basic human rights.
— Tom Suozzi (@RepTomSuozzi) June 24, 2021