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Mehmet Alp

TORTURE TESTIMONY: As a teacher in a government school and academic abducted by MIT officials in Cizre on April 18, 2015; forced to sign pre-written testimony statements which accused him of encouraging his students to join PKK; threatened with a gun when denied to sign; his house was raided and wife was also arrested while…

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Erhan Dogan

TORTURE TESTIMONY: A history teacher by profession, was detained nine days after a July 15, 2016, failed coup and taken to a gym run by the Ankara Police Department that was used as a detention center after the coup attempt by its counterterrorism department (TEM). After his private prep school was shut down by the…

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Eren Keskin

TORTURE TESTIMONY: Keskin is a lawyer and human rights activist in Turkey. She is the co-chair of the Turkish Human Rights Association (İHD) and a former president of its Istanbul branch. She co-founded the project "Legal Aid For Women Who Were Raped Or Otherwise Sexually Abused by National Security Forces”, to expose abuses happening to…

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Mustafa Özben

ABDUCTION TESTIMONY: Abducted by Turkish intelligence in May 2017, Mustafa Özben was working as an academic at Turgut Özal University which was shuttered by government decree after a failed coup in July 2016 due to the institution’s alleged ties to the Gülen movement. His wife was told several times at the Ankara Police Department and…

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Gökhan Güneş (Lawyer Sezin Uçar)

ABDUCTION TESTIMONY: Gokhan Gunes (represented by his lawyer) His lawyer will represent him in Turkey Tribunal assembly as he is still personally struggling with the trauma and treatments. Gökhan Güneş, who describes himself as a "socialist worker," was abducted at a bus stop in İstanbul on January 20. Abducted by people who were allegedly police officers on…

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Mesut Kaçmaz

Mesut Kaçmaz and Meral Kaçmaz, a couple that was abducted from their home after midnight in Lahore on September 27, 2017 and deported illegally by the Pakistani government to Turkey just two days before their scheduled appearance before a Pakistani court. Their home was raided by about 15 “officers” in plain clothes, including several female…

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Meltem Oktay

PRESS FREEDOM VIOLATION TESTIMONY: Meltem Oktay, a Kurdish journalist reporting from Nusaybin during the curfews in 2015, was jailed for three years with 'membership of a terrorist organisation' charges because of her news pieces. On the 29th day of the curfew, she was detained from her home. All her journalism equipment such as microphones, cameras…

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Cevheri Güven

PRESS FREEDOM VIOLATION TESTIMONY: In 2013, Guven had been fired from a newspaper for reporting on corruption involving then-prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party. From there, Guven became editor-in-chief of the Turkish magazine Nokta, a biweekly sympathetic to the opposition Gülen movement. In late 2015, Nokta was raided by Turkish police…

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Journalist (testifies in camera)

PRESS FREEDOM VIOLATION TESTIMONY: Turkish journalist, blogger and an activist for media freedom and independence who has lived outside Turkey since the 2016 failed Turkish coup d'etat. He left Turkey following the failed coup in July 2016 with the fear of pressure on journalists. Many of his colleagues are in prison today for up to…

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Tülay Açıkkollu (Wife of Gökhan Açıkkollu)

IMPUNITY TESTIMONY: Tulay Acikkollu is the wife of the 42-year-old history teacher who died after enduring 13 days of torture and abuse; Açıkkollu was detained on July 24, 2016 on trumped-up charges of coup plotting and terrorism and stayed in police custody for 13 days, during which time he was subjected to both physical and…

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Ercan Kurkut (Brother of Kemal Kurkut)

IMPUNITY TESTIMONY: Ercan Kurkut is the brother of Kemal Kurkut. Kemal Kurkut was a twenty-three-year old Kurdish student, who studied at the Fine Arts Faculty. He was killed by Turkish police officers during the Newroz festivities in Diyarbakır on the 21 March 2017. Two police officers, known mainly as the defendants Y.Ş. and O.M., were…

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Barbaros Şansal

IMPUNITY TESTIMONY: Famous outspoken fashion designer, but besides being a fashion designer, Şansal is also known as an LGBT rights advocate and an anti-war activist; took part in the Gezi Park protests in 2013; after his criticism, the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus Interior Ministry detained Şansal and deported him to Atatürk Airport by airplane.…

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Faysal Sarıyıldız

ACCESS TO JUSTICE and INDEPENDENCE of JUDICIARY TESTIMONY: A persecuted, imprisoned and exiled Kurdish politician of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and a former Member of Parliament representing the Sırnak Province. He was arrested in 2009 in the scope of “KCK operations”, which have targeted Kurdish politicians and activists in Turkey. In September 2011, he…

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Hasan Dursun

ACCESS TO JUSTICE and INDEPENDENCE of JUDICIARY TESTIMONY: Hasan Dursun A former prosecutor; between 2004 and July 2016, he worked as a prosecutor in different cities in Turkey. Between 2011 and 2014, he served as an expert on the Council of Judges and Prosecutors. From 2012 to 2013, he served as a member of the Council…

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Süleyman Bozoglu

ACCESS TO JUSTICE and INDEPENDENCE of JUDICIARY TESTIMONY: A judge for fifteen years; in his last post, Bozoğlu was an investigative judge at the Supreme Court Criminal General Assembly. He was arrested 6 days after the July 15 coup attempt on July 22, 2016 that followed many other basic rights violations in the process despite his…

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