UPR Stakeholder Report by IAHRA GENEVA on Abductions in Turkey

With all its organizations and the missions abroad, Turkish government has been profiling the members of the Gulen movement and collecting information about them and, more recently, kidnapping and forcefully bringing them to Turkey against the national and the international law.

This UPR Stakeholder Report reveals cases of 31 kidnapped people from 10 different countries.

The report is submitted at the 35th Session of the Working Group on the UPR.

Please read our Submission to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of Turkey on abductions.

Abductions

Stakeholder submission by IAHRA Geneva in cooperation with Foundation SERA presents a fact sheet on abductions for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Turkey.

Following 15 July 2016 coup attempt, the ruling AKP government started a witch hunt against Gulen Movement followers. Widespread and intensive pressures, thousands of arrests, physical and psychological torture have been employed against its followers. Moreover, an extensive and global abduction practice has been set up by Turkey and since October 2016, more than 30 persons have been kidnapped and forcefully transported to Turkey in violation of the national and the international law. These people were subjected to physical and psychological torture, and were arrested later on in Turkey.

Abductions – Factsheet

Profiling Practices in Turkey addressed on this Joint Submission by Foundation SERA and IAHRA Geneva to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Turkey.

Following the 15 July 2016 coup attempt, relying on the decree-laws by President, approximately 600,000 Turkish citizens directly and some 4 million citizens through kinship have been victimized with the profiling lists conducted before and after the coup attempt. They were exposed to civil death and deprived of their most sacred rights; the right to a dignified and humane living, by exposing them to suicides, murders, tortures, hunger, isolation, social massacre and forced migration; and these practices are still underway.

Blacklisting

Stakeholder submission by IAHRA Geneva in cooperation with Foundation SERA presents a fact sheet on Profiling Practices for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Turkey.

Violating basic human rights, profiling practices have been conducted by collecting millions of people’s personal data such as voting behaviour or signing a declaration, the Historical Traffic Search (HTS), Social Security Institution records, magazine or newspaper subscription, school and bank account records.

Blacklisting Factsheet

Confiscation of Private Properties by the ruling AKP government in Turkey addressed on this Joint Submission by IAHRA Geneva and South Africa based NGOs Universal Right Association (URA) and Social Justice Advocacy Campaign (SOJAC) to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Turkey.

Decisions of trustee appointment to companies started as of October 2015, and trustees have been appointed to management of 1,124 companies employing 50,192 people and having assets in Turkey worth 49.4 billion TL (7.5 billion Euros) as well as to 127 real persons.

UPR Government Confiscations of Private Properties and Companies

Stakeholder submission by IAHRA Geneva in cooperation with Universal Right Association (URA) and Social Justice Advocacy Campaign (SOJAC) presents a fact sheet on Confiscation of Private Properties for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Turkey.

This report focuses on the human rights violations in Turkey before and after the coup attempt, with a special focus on government confiscations of private properties and companies of “non-loyalist” business people without due process on unsubstantiated charges of terrorist links.

Factsheet Governement Confiscation

Freedom of Religion and Religious Persecution in Turkey addressed on this Joint Submission by IAHRA Geneva and London Advocacy (LAG) to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Turkey.

This joint submission examines the following areas that need urgent reform:

  1. Restrictions to freedom of expression in the legal framework
  2. Institutional elements of religious discrimination
  3. Violations of rights of non-Muslim religious minorities
  4. Violations of rights of the Alevite population
  5. Violations of rights of Muslim religious groups
  6. Persecution of the Gülen Movement on religious ground and with religious rhetoric

IAHRA GENEVA-LAG Joint Submission on Religious Persecution in Turkey

Stakeholder submission by IAHRA Geneva in cooperation with London Advocacy (LAG) presents a fact sheet on Freedom of Religion and Religious Persecution for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Turkey.

In its previous UPR cycle, Turkey endorsed the following recommendations on freedom of religion:

  1. Improve rights of the charitable foundations of the non-Muslim communities
  2. Open the Halki Seminary
  3. Return the assets of non-Muslim communities and foundations
  4. Review the characterization of missionary activities as a national threat in textbooks
  5. Recognize the status of cemevis, the Alevi prayer houses, as religious institutions.

Turkey kept none of its promises. In fact, the overall situation got worse in the last five years.

Factsheet Religious Persecution in Turkey

Human Rights Violations in Turkey addressed on this Individual Submission by IAHRA Geneva to the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Turkey.

Reports indicate that torture and ill-treatment in police custody in Turkey has become a widespread problem. At the greatest risk of torture are persons directly or indirectly associated with the Gülenist Movement and persons with alleged links to the armed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK/KCK). There are plenty of reported cases of abduction, kidnappings and enforced disappearances, with evidence pointing to the involvement of state authorities.

IAHRA Geneva UPR

Stakeholder submission by IAHRA Geneva presents a fact sheet on Torture and Enforced Disappearances in Turkey for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Turkey.

Some common types of torture under police custody are beating, kicking, punching, verbal assault, threat of sexual violence, long-term painful position, handcuffing, water, food and sleep deprivation and rape.

Torture Factsheet