Sedef, who cannot go abroad for treatment due to a restraint on her passport, is stuck in Georgia with her mother who has difficult times during her pregnancy; her father is also stuck in Poland.
BOLD – The state of emergency has broken down many families with the detained mothers and fathers in separate prisons, and also with family members who were stuck in separate countries. What The Alas family, who has a daughter of cerebral palsy, has been through is among the most difficult sufferings that these families have experienced.
Doctor’s appointments which had been arranged in Sweden and Singapore for the treatment of Sedef Alas did not happen because of the restraint on 6-year-old Sedef‘s passport.
The family had to fall apart. Sedef Alas and her geography teacher Elife Alas are stuck in a very difficult life in Georgia. Turkish teacher father Samet Alas is in Poland.
The family, who had to seek asylum in two different countries, cannot get together because of the different asylum laws of Poland and Georgia. The father Samet Alas who seeks for the reunion of the family according to United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities describes their difficulties:
“My wife and I both were working in the Gulen Movement’s teaching intuitions. When we were unemployed, we moved from Maraş to Ankara in order to help my daughter with cerebral palsy to find treatment and maybe a new job. Indeed, I found a job in a company. During the state of emergency, the police came to my house when I was not at home for reasons such as depositing money into Bank Asya and being a member of a foundation. I learnt that I had a detention order against me. Then I had to run and live as a fugitive until the end of 2018.
One of my friends kidnapped by the police with a white Toyota, similar to the Black Transporter incidents. After a while, they released him. I decided to go abroad on the possibility of something similar that could happen to me. At the beginning of 2019, I illegally slipped over the border to Greece. Then I went to Poland. My goal was to go to Germany, but I was detained at the airport and spent two months in a refugee camp. Now I’m waiting for the finalization of my asylum seeking process in Poland”
“MY WIFE IS SICK AND MY DAUGHTER IS DISABLED MOREOVER THEY ARE ALONE”
In this process, doctor’s appointments were arranged for the treatment of Sedef in Sweden and Singapore, but this treatment was not possible due to the restraint of 6-year-old Sedef’s passport based on the State Decree-Law.
Samet Aras decided to take them abroad because he was afraid of the fact that legal processes had started about his wife and his disabled daughter Sedef could be left alone. The only country that could be visited was Georgia with a national ID. He made his wife and daughter gone to Georgia:
“My wife is going through a difficult pregnancy period. Because of the likelihood of problems similar to the first child, habitually doctors asked her to stay in the hospital until delivery. However, because she couldn’t leave our disabled daughter alone, she had to return home.
There are some families around, but they have to stay alone at home at night. My daughter can’t even go to the toilet on her own. My wife has to go to bed all the time because of heavy pregnancy. They’re having a hard time. The second child will be born, but we could not convince anyone from the relatives to go there and help. We’re desperate right now.”
“SEDEF COULD NOT WALK AGAİN”
Samet Alas says that: while in Turkey, her daughter started walking with regular physical therapy however Sedef has started to lose her ability to walk again due to the interruption of physical therapy in Georgia:
“My daughter has cerebral palsy. she should receive 3 or 4 sessions of physical therapy and one day of individual training per week. When she does not receive physical therapy, she loses her ability to walk and starts to fall, unfortunately, she begins to fall again right now. She was good in the last year, and she had started to walk inside the house. Sometimes she has a nervous breakdown. Because of her longing for father and having to stay at home constantly. My wife is pregnant and she can’t carry her out. There is an apparatus in the child’s foot. Because she grows, it must be changed every 6 months. But since we couldn’t change it, she had wounds on her feet. They do not meet the requirements in Georgia. She can’t even meet her own toilet needs.”
“I MUST BE REUNITED WITH MY FAMILY”
Samet Alas said that the regression and difficulties experienced by her daughter fell under the scope of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He said that within the framework of this agreement, Sedef should be taken to a country where treatment can be made.
He also stated that he should be with them for the care of his pregnant wife and disabled daughter and he wants the family reunification process to be completed as soon as possible.
Alas, who applied to the authorities for this, says that: “the procedures take too much time, but there is no time, especially for my daughter, who began to lose her ability to walk.”
“Polish asylum laws and Georgian asylum laws are very strict to transcend. However, due to the special situation of my family, my daughter’s disability, and my wife’s heavy pregnancy, our family reunion needs to be addressed in a special context.”
The information of those who took refuge in Georgia leaked to Turkey
General Directorate of Security asked a study by the intelligence, sending the name list – inscribed as ‘Confidential’ – of 52 Turkish citizens who sought asylum in Georgia to 24 cities.
BOLD EXCLUSIVE – Ministry of Interior General Directorate of Security wrote to the Anti-Terror Branches of 24 provinces, reporting that 52 Turkish citizens sought asylum in Georgia. He asked for intelligence work on these people.
In the letter dated April 10, 2019 with the inscription ‘confidential’, it was stated that these people were related to the Hizmet Movement. It is not known how the names of people under international protection and whose lists of names should only be in the United Nations and Georgian authorities reached the Ministry of Interior.
However, the letter of the General Directorate of Security says the information was received from the counsellor of the Georgia Ministry of Interior.
In the letter, it is stated that according to the information received, these 52 people have carried on with their organizational activities after their asylum in Georgia, and the presence of a list including the names is mentioned.
It is said in the letter, “The list including the information of the PYD/FETO related people who sought asylum in Georgia and continued their organizational activities in Batumi, was taken from our Interior Counselor and sent for evaluation in the studies. ”
The official letter, signed by the head of Anti-Terrorism Department, Erdoğan Kartal, states that the names of the 52 people were added as “EXTENSION” to the name list.
REQUEST TO SEND INFORMATION TO INTERPOL DIVISION
The letter sent to the 24 cities – where the 52 people mentioned in the name list lived, while in Turkey – asked the intelligence information to be sent to the Interpol-Europol Office of the Presidency. Requesting the dispatch of the information to the Interpol Office is interpreted as a sign that a step can be taken for 52 asylum seekers in Georgia.
82 PEOPLE WERE BROUGHT FROM ABROAD TO TURKEY
After July 15, hundreds of people associated with the Hizmet Movement were asked to be handed over to Turkey. Some of them were brought to Turkey by illegal abductions. A large number of people from countries such as Pakistan, Malaysia, Azerbaijan, Moldova and Kosovo were handed over to the National Intelligence Agency, illegally. Some of them were people who had applied to the United Nations for asylum.
Ismet Ozcelik and Turgay Karaman were two educators who were detained – unrecorded – in 2017 in Malaysia and handed over to Turkey . His lawyers appealed to the United Nations for forced abduction. Stating that Özçelik and Karaman’s freedoms had been violated, the United Nations Human Rights Commission called for the immediate release of two of them and gave the Turkish authorities 180 days to comply with the decision. In addition, the UN Commission ruled that compensation should be paid to individuals for arbitrary detention.
However, Turkey did not yet comply with the UN’s decision.
Canan teacher committed suicide after her return from visiting her prisoner husband
Teacher Canan Deniz who was jobless due to KHK (decree-law) locked herself in her room and committed suicide after her return from visiting her prisoner husband, who was a teacher too. Her two children are now parentless. Her detained husband was brought to the funeral of Canan Teacher, who was buried today, while he was accompanied by police and soldiers as he was handcuffed.
BOLD – Canan Deniz was a primary school teacher for 15 years. She was jobless because she was working in one of the closed many Gulen schools in Turkey due to decree-law (KHK) passed during the state of emergency. She was also unable to teach in another school because of her rights restricted by the Decree Law. The Deniz family had to settle in their hometown Denizli after the economic difficulties they had and they moved to the flat as a downstairs neighbor of Canan teacher’s family.
Judicial processes were added to economic problems too. In June 2018, her husband, Yılmaz Deniz, who was also a teacher in Gulen schools, had a car accident. He was detained by the police who came for the accident after being told that he was wanted, and then he was arrested. At the end of a fast trial process, Yılmaz Deniz was sentenced to 6 years and 3 months and sent to Denizli Prison.
Canan Deniz, who was alone with her teenage son and daughter, started to use heavy depression medications. She was hospitalized several times because of persistent pains, obsession with cleanliness and psychological problems.
Canan teacher, who was looking for a job to heal her psychology, could not find a job because she was jobless because of decree-law (KHK).
COMMITTED SUICIDE AFTER HER RETURN FROM PRISON
Canan Deniz returned home after visiting her detained husband Yılmaz Deniz with her children in Denizli Prison yesterday (17 June 2019).
Canan teacher, who went to her room, committed suicide by hanging herself with a kerchief. When the neighbors saw through the window in the evening, the children and her mother who lives upstairs wanted to be part of an effort to save her.
Medical teams from the scene found that Canan Deniz lost her life.
HER SON ENTERED THE UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE EXAM AT THE WEEKEND
Canan Deniz’s son entered the university entrance exam last weekend and she had a daughter studying in the first year of high school. It is expressed that both of her children had psychologically troubled in the current climate.
SHE WAS A VERY IDEALIST TEACHER
Her colleague, who has known Canan Deniz for years, said the following:
“Sister Canan was a very idealistic teacher. So I aspired to be like her, then I became a teacher. She certainly wasn’t a suicidal person. She was a successful teacher, well-liked by student parents. What she had been through, loneliness and illnesses probably triggered suicide. Her children also had psychological problems that affected her. She was alone in this painful process. She couldn’t talk to anyone. These all affected her.”
IN OUR LAST MEETING SHE ASKED, “SHOULD I PAY ZAKAT FOR MY MONEY IN THE BANK?”
Another colleague of Canan Deniz told about her last meeting:
“After graduating from high school, Canan teacher worked in a supermarket. Tired of the humiliating attitudes she faced during that time, she won the university with her own means. She became a teacher. She was a very idealistic teacher. Canan teacher had obsessive cleaning disease. What she had been through worsened this disease, but she also had severe pain in her body. Recently, she was hospitalized, after discharged from hospital ‘I don’t feel recovered’ she said. We worked together in the same school, and we were only able to talk on the phone in the last three years. When she sold her family’s car, there was some money and she put that money in a bank. Last week, she asked ‘if she could pay any zakat for that money?’ on our last talk. Psychologically she was very lonely. There was no one around to have a heart-to-heart talk, so we were inadequate on the phone. Her 62 years old mother was working in textiles. Canan teacher was very upset that she was inadequate for her family and inadequate for her children because of her health problems. She was a very idealistic teacher, not a suicidal person.”
Black Transporter report: some of the abducted 28 people are still missing…
The Rights Initiative (Hak İnisiyatifi) issued a report on 28 disappearances which are known as Black Transporter incidents. The report paid attention to the tortures and the silence of the government.
BOLD – The Rights Initiative Association in Ankara published an investigation and research report on illegal detentions that were held by public officials since 2016.
The report included the cases of abductions which were supposedly done by public servants since the state of emergency declared after July 15, interviews with the relatives of the missing people, the question proposals given to the TGNA on the subject, the claims submitted to the case files and information obtained from open internet sources.
PUBLIC SERVANTS IN CIVILIAN CLOTHING
In the report, there were allegations that a total of 22 people were illegally abducted before February 2019. There was also information about the people who were allegedly kidnapped and detained, Mustafa Özgür Gültekin, Zabit Kişi, and Ayten Öztürk who stated the details of tortures during their detention on their defenses in judicial processes.
The report stated that in February 2019, a total of six people were illegally detained, and it was emphasized that they were still missing.
The information in the report was obtained by interviewing first-degree relatives and lawyers of those detained after February 2019, It was claimed that: “Yasin Ugan and Özgür Kaya were detained with an operation in front of civilians in the house they live by a team of several people, like Mustafa Yılmaz who was on his way to work in front of his house. Salim Zeybek’s wife Fatma Betül Zeybek also expressed that, his husband was detained by armed persons after a chase while she and her husband were in a vehicle, including their children. The same people transported her to Ankara”
PERPETRATORS SHOULD BE REVEALED AND PUNISHED
By addressing the governors of the state, the report requested, “to investigate these allegations by the public authority, to inform the public about these allegations, to take action for the immediate elimination of violations and punishment of perpetrators if these allegations are correct.”
16 PEOPLE WERE DETAINED IN ANKARA
Some of the findings in the report were as follows: As previously mentioned, it was alleged that a total of 28 people were illegally detained by persons who identified themselves as public servants since 2016.
It was considered that 26 of the 28 people were the supporters of the Gulen Movement and at least 16 of them were allegedly detained in Ankara. On the other hand, in cases of alleged unlawful detentions since 2016, it was often stated that Volkswagen Transporter vehicles were frequently used just like the reminiscent of Toros vehicles in the 1990s.
ABDUCTIONS ARE TORTURED
The court defense of Ayten Öztürk who is the only woman among the abductees had also wide coverage in the report. It had excerpts from the Ozturk’s court defense which state that she was subjected to falanga, sexual harassment, burning her body, dehydration in a period of 6 months. The report asserted that all abductees were similarly tortured too.
The report noted the following on the allegations of forced abductions and detentions: “In particular, the narrative of the persons interviewed by our association on these allegations is sufficiently detailed and consistent with other narratives.
If these claims are true; it is necessary to mention that rights and principles which are accepted both in international human rights texts and in the Constitution of the Republic of Turkey like freedom and security of person, prohibition of torture and ill-treatment, right to a fair trial and presumption of innocence, in some cases in particular the right to life seriously violated.
Regardless of the alleged offense, everyone can only be detained, questioned, tried and punished under the law. If various organs of the state apply some solutions to bypass legal procedures to overcome some difficulties, they create terrible problems that cannot be compensated and they are never acceptable.”
The report stresses that: “The fate of 28 people who were forcibly disappeared is different from each other and there is no satisfactory information available. Some of them are still missing, some of them are prisoners in jail, and some may have gone abroad after being released”
THE NAMES OF THE MISSING PERSONS
The names of the missing persons before February 2019 and the dates of their disappearance are as follows:
Sunay Elmas (27 January 2016), Ayhan Oran (1 November 2016). Mustafa Özgür Gültekin (21 December 2016), Durmuş Ali Çetin (17 May 2017), Hüseyin Badce (28 February 2017), Mesut Geçer (26 March 2017), Turgut Çapan (31 March 2017), Önder Asan (1 April 2017) Cengiz Master (4 April 2017), Mustafa Özben (9 May 2017), Fatih Kılıç (14 May 2017), Cemil Koçak (5 June 2017), Murat Okumuş (16 June 2017), Enver Kılıç (30 September 2017), Officer (30 September 2017) 30 September 2017), Hıdır Çelik (6 December 2017), Ümit Horzum (6 December 2017), Ayten Öztürk (13 March 2018), Orcun Şenyücel (21 April 2018), Hasan Kala (20 July 2018), Fahri Mert (12 August) 2018), Ahmet Ertürk (16 November 2018)
The missing persons after February 2019 and the dates of their disappearance: Gökhan Türkmen (7 February 2019), Yasin Ugan (12 February 2019), Özgür Kaya (12 February 2019), Erkan Irmak (16 February 2019), Mustafa Yılmaz (18 February 2019), Salim Zeybek (20 February 2019)