CHP report on state of emergency tallies massive purge

A report by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) on the impact of state of emergency issued in the aftermath of the coup attempt of July 15 portrayed the massive tally of human rights violations in Turkey.

Journalist Hülya Karabağlı announced the report on T24 on Thursday which is prepared by CHP deputy Zeynep Altıok.

According to the report, a total of 103, 850 people have been subject to investigations since July 15. As 41, 326 of the suspects stand in pre-trial detentions, 71,274 people were held in custody. 35,495 people were released on probation.

As part of state of emergency, at least 140,000 passports were cancelled.

The CHP report also pointed out that at least 25 victims of the purge committed suicide.

There has been a surge in torture allegations in post-coup Turkey, particularly in Silivri Prison as the CHP report suggested. Under the state of emergency, OHAL in Turkish abbreviation, detention period had been extended to 30 days and access to lawyers was prevented in first 5 days.

The CHP report also underlined the poor physical conditions in prisons as well as restrictions on communication with family members for suspects.

In addition to detentions, arrests and torture, mass number of people were dismissed from jobs. Across universities, at least 6, 822 academic personnel were purged the CHP report stated.

The report also displayed the tremendous crackdown against media. During state of emergency, 216 journalists were detained, 2308 journalists lost jobs, 28 TV stations, 5 news agencies, 66 newspapers, 19 magazines, 36 radio stations and 26 publication houses were shut down.

In a house raid of a teacher, a book by journalist Fehim Taştekin on Rojova Kurds was considered an evidence of crime.

Turkey’s arts landscape was also impacted by the state of emergency due to purges of critical artists, actors and musicians. Violin player Filiz Özsoy and pianist Eser Öykü Dede were among dismissed people by decree issued on February 7.

The judiciary was not immune from the purge. A total of 4, 176 judges and prosecutors were dismissed including Turkey’s highest courts.

2,286 judges and prosecutors, 104 members of Court of Appeals, 41 members of Council of State, 2 judged of Constitutional Court and 3 members of the Higher Council of Judges and Prosecutors were arrested as part of post-coup purge.

The CHP report also pointed out that a total of 24, 568 police officers from the national police force were dismissed.

Moreover, 17 governors, 74 deputy governors and 100 local governors were put behind bars over coup charges.

The main opposition report stated the number of purged soldiers as 7, 356. A total of 6,035 officers, 168 of which are generals, were arrested during the state of emergency. ( March 2, 2017 

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