Press Release: Human Rights Day with theme #RecoverBetter, #StandUp4HumanRights

Human rights advocates agree that seventy-two years after its issue, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is still more a dream than reality. Violations exist in every part of the world. Including the most develop and democratic countries. Human Rights Watch publish her report for 2020; it includes Australia, Canada, and the United States.[1]

Article 1 from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.[2]

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, all Humans have a right to access Education, health-care, economic opportunities, and a decent standard of living. That is about not only our future but also the future of our children and grandchildren.

The efforts which done by State Governments, Human Rights Organizations, and Human Rights Defenders are not enough to fight against the Human Rights Violation. We encourage all the stakeholders to concentrate on Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
(1) Everyone has the right to Education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary Education shall be compulsory.

(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance, and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the United Nations’ activities for the maintenance of peace.[3]

The main problem of humanity is the lack of proper Education.  Education remains an inaccessible right for millions of children around the world. More than 72 million children of primary education age are not in school, and 759 million adults are illiterate. They do not have the awareness necessary to improve both their living conditions and those of their children.[4] With the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, at least 463 million children globally – were unable to access remote learning when COVID-19 shuttered their schools.[5]

The light of Education can help us eliminate the evils from the society and introduce good thoughts. We want to take all stakeholders and public attention such that Education is in danger in different parts of the world. The attacks range from the bombing of schools to the killing of students and teachers. Rape and sexual violence, arbitrary arrests, and forced recruitment also occurred, instigated by armed groups. Attacks on Education harm the students and teachers, but they also affect the communities both in the short and long term.

To mention a few of this from many,

  • Nigeria: 611 Teachers Killed, 910 Schools Destroyed in Nine Years in Northeast[6]
  • More than 22,000 students and teachers were harmed or killed in attacks on Education in the last five years.[7]
  • America: Since 2009, at least 177 of America’s schools experienced a shooting.[8] Attackers killed 110 students and teachers, 246 injured.[9]
  • Between 2015 and 2019, 93 countries experienced at least one attack on Education, 19 more countries than in the previous reporting period of 2013-2017.[10]
  • Yemen and the Democratic Republic of Congo were particularly badly hit, with 1,500 attacks on schools in each country, and Afghanistan, Palestine, and Syria all saw 500.[11]
  • Ukraine: Since the conflict began in early 2014, more than 750 educational facilities on both sides of the contact line have been damaged or destroyed due to hostilities.[12]
  • In Turkey: According to the data compiled by the Union of Education (Eğitim-Sen), Government dismissed 41,005 educators.[13] In addition to that, sixteen private universities, where more than 56,000 students were taking high Education, were also closed, and thus 5,342 people, including 2,465 academicians, lost their jobs.[14]

Children and young people are silent victims of global bureaucracies, whose creative statistics and evasive vocabulary disguise their failure to translate any of the promises made into reality. The law, which mandates Education to be free and compulsory, has been thrown aside.  People in emerging countries are forced to pay up to a third of their annual income to keep a child at school. Worse, children have to work, even at school, to pay the cost of their primary Education.[15]

As Broken Chalk, with the reputable community and press members, we continue to claim the rights to Education through the national and international judiciary. We want to draw the attention of governments, stakeholders, non-governmental organizations, and human rights defenders to fight against the Human Rights Violations that educators are facing.

We wish with this great Human Rights Days will be the era for the entire individual to stand against Human Rights Violations.

Broken Chalk announces it to the public with due respect.

10.12.2020

Signed by

Broken Chalk

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[1] https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/world_report_download/hrw_world_report_2020_0.pdf

[2] https://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/

[3] https://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/

[4] https://www.humanium.org/en/right-to-education/

[5] https://www.unicef.org/press-releases/covid-19-least-third-worlds-schoolchildren-unable-access-remote-learning-during

[6] https://allafrica.com/stories/202009090067.html

[7] https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/22000-students-teachers-harmed-killed-attacks-education-last/

[8] https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/3dbf6b680fc84036a3503159a96d50f2

[9] https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2019/07/us/ten-years-of-school-shootings-trnd/

[10] https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/22000-students-teachers-harmed-killed-attacks-education-last/

[11] https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/22000-students-teachers-harmed-killed-attacks-education-last/

[12] https://www.unicef.org/press-releases/attacks-schools-quadruple-conflict-hit-eastern-ukraine-unicef

[13] https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-teacher-not-assigned-over-his-alleged-links-to-gulen-movement-killed-in-workplace-accident/

[14] https://stockholmcf.org/turkey-celebrates-teachers-day-as-tens-of-thousands-of-dismissed-teachers-jobless-or-in-prisons/

[15] http://www.katarinatomasevski.com/

AMENDMENT PROPOSALS for the DRAFT REPORT on the 2019-2020 Commission Reports on Turkey (2019/2176(INI))

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Broken Chalk is a human rights organization and mainly concentrates on violations in the educational field. We were acting as a platform; however, we became a fully registered organization in the Netherlands in October 2020.

Our team has prepared some amendment proposals for the Draft Report on the 2019-2020 Commission Reports on Turkey by European Parliament that we would like to present to you and your office.

As mentioned in the Draft Report, the relationship between the EU and Turkey is now at its lowest point. The number of human rights violations in Turkey is increasing day by day. As you may observe, the number of people facing human rights violations in Turkey is much more than known ever.

It is mentioned in the European Commission Turkey 2020 Report that Turkey has prioritized the fight against the dismantling of the Gülen movement.[1]

Interior Minister for Turkey, Soylu said, “Since 15 July 2016, 99 thousand 66 operations have been carried out, 282 thousand 790 detentions and 94 thousand 975 arrests have been carried out. The number of people who are still detained under this crime is 25 thousand 912”.[2] The only evidence for most of the above cases is to have a link with the Gülen movement.[3]

European Court for Human Rights agreed with the Turkish Government. To stop the court from being overwhelmed, in January 2017, Turkey would establish an Inquiry Commission on the State of Emergency to provide a judicial review level to those dismissed by decree during the state of emergency period.[4] As of 3 July 2020, 126,300 applications were made to the Commission, and decisions were issued in 108,200 cases. Of those, 96,000 were rejected – meaning the original decree decision was upheld – and in 12,200 cases, the application for appeal was accepted.[5]

At this point, we would like to present our amendments for the Draft Report; we hope that you will work for the European Parliaments to add the following amendments to the Report.

Proposals for The rule of law and fundamental rights

 Amendment  1

Present Text Text with Amendment
(8)        Is appalled by the serious backsliding on fundamental freedoms revealing the dire human rights situation in Turkey and the continued erosion of democracy and the rule of law; (8)        Is appalled by the serious backsliding on fundamental freedoms revealing the dire human rights situation in Turkey and the continued erosion of democracy and the rule of law; since 15 July 2016, 99 thousand 66 operations have been carried out, 282 thousand 790 detentions and 94 thousand 975 arrests have been carried out. The number of people who are still detained under this crime[6] is 25 thousand 912.[7] To have alleged affiliation with the Gülen movement should not be taken as a crime.[8] To be a member of a legal but closed association should not be taken perceived to be opposing the Government.[9]

Amendment  2

Present Text Text with Amendment
(10)      Notes with deep concern that, despite the formal lifting of the state of emergency in July 2018, its impact on democracy and fundamental rights continues to be strongly felt;. (10)      Notes with deep concern that, despite the formal lifting of the state of emergency in July 2018, its impact on democracy and fundamental rights continues to be strongly felt. Since July 2016, authorities have published lists of those dismissed from public service and put markers against them in the state social insurance system’s registration system (SGK). Those people have been legally banned from working in public sector again; marking them in the SGK system significantly reduces their chances of finding alternative employment in private sector and stigmatizes them socially.[10] The government has seized or appointed administrators for approximately 1,000 businesses, worth an estimated USD12 billion, accused of having links to the Gülen movement[11] including private schools, 16[12] universities and educational intuitions (2761 entities were closed down[13]). To handover, back these companies and intuitions to their owners.

 

Amendment  3

Present Text Text with Amendment
(11)      Deeply regrets that this repressive form of rule has now become a deliberate, relentless, systematic state policy, which extends to any critical activities, such as Kurdish activism, or even to events that took place prior to the attempted coup, such as the Gezi protests; (11)      Deeply regrets that this repressive form of rule has now become a deliberate, relentless, systematic state policy, which extends to any critical activities, such as Kurdish activism, to defend the rights of members or sympathizers of Gülen Movement, or even to events that took place prior to the attempted coup, such as the Gezi protests;

Amendment  4

Present Text Text with Amendment
(12)      Regrets that the current overly broad anti-terrorism provisions and the abuse of the anti-terror measures have become the backbone of this state policy; reiterates its firm condemnation of the violence by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been on the EU list of terrorist organizations since 2002; (12)      Regrets that the current overly broad anti-terrorism provisions and the abuse of the anti-terror measures have become the backbone of this state policy; in which 69,259 people have been on trial, and 155,560 people have been under criminal investigation on terrorism charges in cases linked to the Gülen movement, which Turkish authorities deems this movement as a terrorist organization, and 29,487 of those have been held in prison either on remand or following conviction;[14] reiterates its firm condemnation of the violence by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been on the EU list of terrorist organizations since 2002;

Amendment  5

Present Text Text with Amendment
(13)      Considers that the erosion of the rule of law and the systemic lack of independence of the judiciary continues to be one of the most pressing and worrying issues; condemns the increased surveillance by the executive and the political pressure affecting the work of judges, prosecutors, lawyers and bar associations; (13)      Considers that the erosion of the rule of law and the systemic lack of independence of the judiciary continues to be one of the most pressing and worrying issues; condemns the increased surveillance by the executive and the political pressure affecting the work of judges, prosecutors, lawyers and bar associations; in some cases higher courts correct excesses of prosecutors and lower courts, but these higher court judgments arrive too late to mitigate the chilling effect caused by the criminal proceedings.[15]

Amendment  6

Present Text Text with Amendment
(14)      Is deeply worried about the disregard by the Turkish judiciary of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) rulings and the increasing non-compliance of lower courts with the judgments of the Constitutional Court; (14)      Is deeply worried about the disregard by the Turkish judiciary of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) rulings and the increasing non-compliance of lower courts with the judgments of the Constitutional Court; Former deputy chief justice of Turkey’s Constitutional Court Alparslan Altan is still behind the bars despite the decision of ECtHR.[16]

Amendment  7

Present Text Text with Amendment
(17)      Notes with great concern the way that the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) has been specifically and continuously targeted by the Turkish authorities; strongly condemns the continued detention of former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş; (17)      Notes with great concern the way that the Gülen movement and the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) have been specifically and continuously targeted by the Turkish authorities; strongly condemns the continued detention of former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas;

Amendment  8

Present Text Text with Amendment
(18)      Calls on Turkey to release all    imprisoned human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers, academics and others who have been detained on unsubstantiated charges and to enable them to carry out their work without threat or impediment in all circumstances; strongly condemns the re-arrest and continued detention of Osman Kavala, a prominent civil society figure;

 

 

(18)      Calls on Turkey to release all imprisoned human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers, academics, teachers, mothers with their babies[17] and others who have been detained on unsubstantiated charges, who did not commit any crime other than being affiliated with groups the regime sees as political threats[18] and to enable them to carry out their work without threat or impediment in all circumstances; strongly condemns the re-arrest and continued detention of Osman Kavala, a prominent civil society figure; of Memduh Boydak, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Closed Melikşah University, Tekin Ipek brother to Hamdi Akin Ipek, founder of Closed Ipek University and Prof. Sedat Laciner, former rector of Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University. To release the 1333 sick prisoners, 457 of which are in severe conditions.[19] To release Journalist Hanım Büşra Erdal eligible for release on probation according to Turkish legislation on sentences’ execution.[20]

 

Proposals for Wider EU-Turkey relations and Turkish foreign policy

Amendment  9

Present Text Text with Amendment
(35-NEW)

 

 

(35-NEW)   Turkish Government puts pressure on authorities in the Western Balkans to extradite alleged participants of the Gülen movement and seize the educational institutions known as affiliated with the Gülen Movement. Kosovo[21], Albania[22], and Moldova[23] extradite some people to Turkey; to stop the pressure in the Western Balkan countries on educational institutions[24] to seize them.

We kindly propose and request the amendments above to be included in the Final Report. If you need more information or explanation on any of the amendments above, we are always ready to supply.

 

Broken Chalk

 

[1] https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/sites/near/files/turkey_report_2020.pdf

[2] https://tr.sputniknews.com/turkiye/202007151042459379-soylu-15-temmuz-2016dan-bu-yana-282-bin-790-gozalti-ve-94-bin-975-tutuklama-gerceklestirildi/

[3] https://www.dfat.gov.au/sites/default/files/country-information-report-turkey.pdf

[4] https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/COUNTRY_19_2781

[5] https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/COUNTRY_19_2781

[6] Soylu said in his speech in the scope of the fight against Gulen movement, Soylu did not state against the coup attack.

[7] https://tr.sputniknews.com/turkiye/202007151042459379-soylu-15-temmuz-2016dan-bu-yana-282-bin-790-gozalti-ve-94-bin-975-tutuklama-gerceklestirildi/

[8] https://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2020/06/10/Why-is-Turkey-s-Erdogan-persecuting-the-Gulen-movement-

[9] https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/sites/near/files/turkey_report_2020.pdf

[10] https://www.dfat.gov.au/sites/default/files/country-information-report-turkey.pdf

[11] https://www.dfat.gov.au/sites/default/files/country-information-report-turkey.pdf

[12] Known as 15 but recently The Şehir University in Istanbul was closed by a presidential decree of 30 June 2020.

[13] https://rm.coe.int/report-on-the-visit-to-turkey-by-dunja-mijatovic-council-of-europe-com/168099823e

[14] https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2020/country-chapters/turkey

[15] https://rm.coe.int/report-on-the-visit-to-turkey-by-dunja-mijatovic-council-of-europe-com/168099823e

[16] https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-constitutional-courts-new-mission-is-to-ignore-unlawful-acts-and-to-legitimize-them-says-jailed-former-deputy-chief-justice/

[17] Today, at least 743 children below the age of six live behind bars in Turkey. About half have not even reached the age of 3, says Saban Yilmaz, who heads the parliamentary human rights commission. From https://www.dw.com/en/turkey-babies-behind-bars/a-49320769

[18] https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/turkey-covid-19-prisoners-release/

[19] https://m.bianet.org/bianet/insan-haklari/207245-ihd-hapishanelerde-457-si-agir-1333-hasta-mahpus-var

[20] https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-authorities-refuse-to-release-political-prisoners-who-served-their-prison-times/

[21] https://br.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-kosovo-idUSKBN1H51JL

[22] https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/sites/near/files/turkey_report_2020.pdf

[23] http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/fre?i=001-193614

[24] https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/albania-closes-schools-run-by-feto-terror-group/1985350

World Children’s Day

Today is November 20, World Children’s Day.

Today, many of our children, who deserve all the beauties of the world in various geographies, are unfortunately deprived of even the most basic human rights.

Children are affected by the atmosphere created by the war in countries such as Yemen and Syria. Children are forced into cultural assimilation in the Uyghur geography. Children are suffering from basic food and health problems in various countries in Africa. The prisoner infants and children with their imprisoned parents in Turkey. Children who have been abused in various countries. And in many other geographies, some children are deprived of the most basic human rights.

In today’s world, adults have placed the harsh living conditions that they hardly handle on our children’s gentle shoulders.

We wish a world in which every newborn individual opens their eyes to a world where they can live under equal conditions where they will not be deprived of basic human rights, and we celebrate the world children’s day for all children of the world.

Dear children, we will work harder today and tomorrow than yesterday to return your rights taken away from you.


Broken Chalk

I live with my family. I’m pleased with my mother, father, brother and sister.
In other parts of the world, some children live without their families.
I wish that all children come together with their families.
I like my school. I learn there a lot of good things. I’m delighted with my teachers and my friends.
In other parts of the world, some children have no chance to take a good education.
I wish that all children can receive a good education.
I can go to the doctor here if I get sick.
But in other parts of the world, some children are not given this opportunity.
I hope all children can have this opportunity.
My mother gives me healthy food and a hot meal.
But in other parts of the world children are not getting healthy food.
I wish all children could have this hot mother meal.
I can play with my toys in my spare time. I like my toys.
But not all children are so lucky in some parts of the world.
I wish all children can play with their own toys.
I have a nice playground nearby, and I have a lot of fun time there with my friends.
But in some parts of the world, children are not given this opportunity.
I hope all children can play in the playgrounds with their friends.
I like nature, birds, flowers, trees. And I can walk, run and enjoy nature.
In other parts of the world, children do not have the opportunity to enjoy nature.
I hope all children can enjoy walking and running in nature.

United Nations WGAD Decision on the Arbitrary Detention and Illegal Transfer of 6 Turkish Nations from Kosovo to Turkey

United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) confirmed at its 88th Session that serious human rights violations committed by the Authorities of Kosovo and the Government of Turkey against Kahraman Demirez, Mustafa Erdem, Hasan Hüseyin Günakan, Yusuf Karabina, Osman Karakaya, and Cihan Özkan on the 24-28 August 2020.

 

In the report A/HRC/WGAD/2020/47, many violations clearly are stated for the people as mentioned above who were arrested, detained, and forcefully transferred to Turkey on March 29, 2018, according to arbitrary and in violation of international human rights norms and standards. The Authorities of Kosovo and the Government of Turkey have violated both more than 16 Articles.

 

Working Group calls on the Government of Turkey to take urgent action to ensure the six individuals’ immediate release. And the Government of Turkey and the Authorities of Kosovo accord the victims an enforceable right to compensation and other reparations under international law.

During the past three years, the Working Group has noted a significant increase in the number of cases brought before it concerning Turkey’s arbitrary detention.

 

Even though the Turkish Government has not taken any step yet, the Ombudsperson Institution of Kosovo concluded that the authorities violated domestic and international law.

 

To read the full report of Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in PDF.

Press Release: Terror Attack in Nice

As the Broken Chalk Platform, we strongly condemn the tragic attack in Nice, France. We share the innocents’ sorrows who lost their lives in the attack.

 

These and similar events have again revealed that radical motivations are a severe threat to humanity. It is a fact that the attack in question targets the peace and tranquility of humanity.

 

It is unacceptable that these and similar radically motivated groups carried out their actions in Islam’s name.

Police officers walk in front of the Notre Dame church before a mass to pay tribute to the victims of the knife attack in Nice. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

We believe the negative atmosphere that has been created by this sad incident can only be overcome with a common-sense attitude.

 

While it is mentioned that all religions, languages, colors, and people of different nationalities can live together with their differences, world peace, tolerance, love, and universal human values, the terror incident in France deeply saddened us.

 

We hope that common sense and peace will dominate the world of the future, not dark thoughts.

 

We call every one of the public members to condemn the Nice attack without any ifs and buts.

 

 To download the press release in PDF

Broken Chalk

The kids who do not know Kurdish which of those mothers who do not know Turkish

In almost all languages, the language of the mother is expressed as the mother tongue. What could be more natural for a person to learn, speak, and think with their mother’s language?

In Turkey, this is not the case for the Kurdish minority.

Kurdish children either do not learn their mothers’ language or forget and lose it after a while. Generations that are foreign to their mother, home, and culture are growing up. This language alienation is happening more rapidly in the big metropolises where millions of Kurds have migrated. In the transition from their mother tongue to Turkish, children experience serious learning difficulties, especially in primary and secondary school years.

The mother’s tongue is especially important in primary school age. Because when children develop their mother tongue, they also develop a range of other basic skills such as critical thinking and literacy skills. They learn these basic skills faster and naturally, in their native language, and when a second language is learned, it is easier to transfer these skills and learnings to the newly learned language.

 

For example, if a child has developed the ability to guess the meaning of a word through its context or derive meaning by reading between the lines, these skills are easily transferred when they start studying in a second language. However, it is much more difficult to teach these abstract skills directly in a second language.

 

Therefore, using the mother tongue helps the child develop critical thinking and literacy skills.

 

Is the mother tongue that important?

Professor Jim Cummins from the University of Toronto answers this question: He discovered that children with a strong native language learn a second language and improve their literacy skills more easily. He concluded that the children’s knowledge and skills were transferred between languages. [1]

Leaving mother tongue education aside, Turkey has not even acknowledged the existence of the Kurdish language. It was only able to recognize Kurdish in 2009, after dozens of sufferings, by opening a television channel. TRT Kürdi channel was founded 10 years after Mesut Yılmaz’s statement of “The EU’s Road Passes through Diyarbakır” in 1999.[2] Today, 21 years have passed over this statement, but Turkey is still far behind in these fundamental human rights. Turkey does not remove any obstacles to mother tongue education. With the allegation that the state’s integrity would be endangered, the de facto ban on Kurdish continued for years.

 

However, the Turkish state is clearly wrong. How can the language my mother speaks divide the state?

The prevention of mother tongue education causes children’s learning difficulties and completely disconnects them with their culture and history. They lose the social memory of the region they belong to. First, they become alienated from their mother’s grandmothers’ folk tales and lullabies and lose them completely. Thus, we lose our collective cultural heritage in Mesopotamia for thousands of years.

However, aren’t the folk songs or stories telling about our common experiences and loves that keep us together? How can we expect young people who do not have a past to say, “Yes, he/she felt love and/or pain just like me,” to meet on a common ground today? Breaking off the Kurdish youth from their mothers and their culture only offends them to these lands. It is not their own culture that they are embarrassed and alienated but only these lands.

In the recent past, which is close as yesterday, Kurdish, Arabic, Turkish and Armenian were spoken in the same street in the southeast and east. We loved each other and were closer those days more than today. Today, almost one language is spoken in the east’s streets has not brought us closer to each other; contrary to popular belief, it has made us angry and distant. The strength of these lands stems from their wealth. Preserving this wealth is only possible by protecting the languages of this land. Education in the mother tongue does not divide us; it brings us closer to each other.

There is a problem of sincerity if the parliament members praise Ahmedi Xani and Feqiye Teyra, amongst other important Kurdish writers, but restrict reading their works in their original language: Kurdish.

It should not be forgotten that mother tongue education is a fundamental right. The right to mother tongue education is emphasized in the European Convention on Human Rights, to which Turkey is a party. Like all people, Kurds should be given the right to mother tongue education. For the most humane fundamental rights, one should not wait for decades for a positive statement or a step; fundamental rights should be given as soon as possible.

 

If you do not want a language, a history, a culture, and a nation not to disappear, please support this campaign.

 

To sign the petition of KDH (Kurdish Language movement)

Fadil AKSU

 

[1] https://ie-today.co.uk/people-policy-politics/the-importance-of-mother-tongue-in-education/

[2] https://www.yenisafak.com/politika/avrupaya-giden-yol-diyarbakirdan-gecer-598002

Press Release: Purge-victim deputy chief police officer Kabakçıoğlu found dead in a quarantine cell in a Turkish prison.

On behalf of the Broken Chalk members, Broken Chalk President Ramazan Ince made the English statement on 25th October in Amsterdam.

 

On 13 April, the Turkish Parliament passed a law it enabled the early release of up to 90,000 prisoners. But far too many people, including teachers, journalists, lawyers, police officers, army people, opposition politicians and activists, others who did not commit any crime other than being affiliated with groups the regime sees as political threats left behind the bars.[1], [2] Mustafa Kabakçıoğlu, a deputy chief police officer,  was among the prisoners who were not released. Kabakçıoğlu was in prison for the last four years and was accused of donating 5 Turkish Liras ( less than one euro) to a charity organization[3].

Mustafa Kabakçıoğlu was put in a quarantine cell since he started coughing on August 20. Mustafa Kabakçıoğlu died in a solitary confinement cell in Gümüşhane Prison on August 29, 2020, in Turkey [4]. The prison officers reportedly found him sitting alone on a white plastic chair with his head dropped to the back. The pictures released after his death from his quarantine cell summarize the inhuman conditions of the prisons in Turkey.[5]

 

In her efforts to defend human rights, Broken Chalk calls the Turkish authorities to investigate the case urgently, to find the truths behind Kabakçıoğlu’s death.

Turkey’s Justice Ministry has been withholding information from the public about the numbers of COVID-19 patients in the country’s prisons. Meanwhile, experts note that cases have been surging across correctional facilities, with both inmates and workers getting sick.[6]

 

Today in Turkey’s prison, according to the statement done by IHD, there are 1333 sick prisoners, 457 of which are in severe conditions.[7]

 

We call all national/international human rights organizations and human rights defenders to stand against all Turkish prisons’ inhuman treatments and not have the same experience.

Kabakçıoğlu’s death was not the first in Turkish prisons, but with your voice, it can be last.

We call every one of you to raise your voice for the death of Kabakçıoğlu for preventing new cases happen in Turkey.

Broken Chalk announces it to the public with due respect.

 

Signed by

Broken Chalk

 

To Download Press Release in PDF form please press this link

 

[1] https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/turkey-covid-19-prisoners-release/

[2] https://theconversation.com/turkey-releasing-murderers-but-not-political-opponents-from-prison-amid-coronavirus-pandemic-136466

[3] https://pledgetimes.com/how-erdogan-has-his-opponents-penned-up-in-turkey/

[4] https://galusaustralis.com/2020/10/1023558/fear-of-death-in-the-lonely-cell-how-erdogan-locked-up-his-opponents-in-turkey-politics/

[5] https://www.boldmedya.com/2020/10/14/karantina-hucresinden-cenazesi-cikti-plastik-sandalyede-olum/

[6] https://www.duvarenglish.com/health-2/coronavirus/2020/10/13/turkish-justice-ministry-withholds-covid-19-data-on-prisoners/

[7] https://m.bianet.org/bianet/insan-haklari/207245-ihd-hapishanelerde-457-si-agir-1333-hasta-mahpus-var

THE SOCIAL EXPERIMENT WITH 80 MILLION PEOPLE*

It was the previous year. Kocaeli Municipality conducted a social experiment to draw attention to child labor abuse. The child’s boss was sitting on the city bus, while the 7-8-year-old labor boy was standing with a box in his hand. The boy said: “Sir, I’m tired, let me put this down.”, but the boss was not accepting it. The boy was slapped by his boss when he slipped the heavy box. The majority of the passengers amazedly watched the City Theaters’ actors’ experiment, only some women objected.

 

In another experiment, some people prevented the guy who wants to take away the lost children by saying, “I am his big brother,” others again, amazedly watched the situation without saying anything.

 

There is a social experiment that UNICEF has conducted. A child is left in the middle of the crowd. They observe the ones who are interested in the child. If the child is well-groomed, people immediately run and take care; if not, people ignore it. The same experiment is conducted in the restaurant. The result is just the same.

 

In another experiment, there is a group of people beating children in the park. Hundreds of people see them. Thirty-five percent of them do not say anything. Others intervene in the situation.

 

There are hundreds of such experiments in which humans have been tested. But currently, the most massive social experiment takes place in Turkey.

 

TURKEY’S EXPERIMENT

 

Eighty million people participate in this experiment.

 

Hundreds of thousands of people were fired without any question or justification. Eighty million people watched unresponsively. Hundreds of thousands of people have been imprisoned for the “crimes” of providing scholarships, depositing money in the bank, enrolling students in the Gulen schools.

 

Eighty million people watched.

 

Innocent military college students, who were taken to the bridge as a military exercise, which had nothing to do with the coup, took life imprisonment.

Eighty million people watched.

 

Tens of thousands of women are in prison for the “crimes” of cooking mantı, giving scholarships, and participating in a charity sale. Most of them stay together with 40 people in 20 person wards.

 

Eighty million people are watching. They are all ignoring it.

And 864 babies are currently in prison despite current laws. After the cold winters, they are now crawling and growing within microbes in their 40-degree suffocating prison cells.

 

Eighty million people are watching.

 

Dozens of people are publicly abducted. Tortures are carried out in unknown places.

 

Eighty million people are watching.

 

What are the people’s representatives doing?

There are 589 deputies in the parliament. Let’s leave the exceptions aside. No matter how we arrange all those deputies, they all together are not equal to Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu.  They are all aware of what is happening. However, the pressure of the well-known dictator forced them to remain silent. They are watching the ongoing issues in the “tribune” for a salary of 22,200 TL.

It is the same case for the authors, artists, NGO’s, women’s or children’s protection associations.

 

THE DICTATOR FORCED THEM TO REMAIN SILENT. 

 

The conservatives are also watching.  Hundreds of seriously ill prisoners are going to die in prisons. Every week someone dies in a cell. They are just watching. Hundreds of newspapers and journalists, who have been making headlines for a single person who committed suicide in their neighborhood, are just watching what is happening. The dictator forced them to remain silent.

The people of Turkey have participated in this social experiment with an 80 million completely unresponsive audience.

 

THE “HUMAN” POPULATION?

 

The following question inevitably comes to mind. How much of the “human” population is real in Turkey? There was a crocodile documentary lately. When the crocodile notices gazelle’s baby, the crocodile stops eating her. What kind of creature should we consider “humans” who can be silent even for babies persecuted in prison?

 

In one of the social experiments above, when the little girl was dressed beautifully and brought into the restaurant, people would let her sit at their tables, give her food, and help her.

 

In the same experiment, when the girl’s face and eyes were made up with black powder makeup and sent to the same restaurant in a messy outfit, most people turned her down.

 

Most innocently, they are like in this case.

They are afraid even to take care of babies.

 

When a cat gets stuck in a tree or a puppy falls into a pit, they all become love/social butterflies.

When they take action to take care of a bull that escaped in the Eid al-Adha, they all become heroes of love.

 

But when they see the persecuted babies, they turn their faces away, ignore them, and walk away.

 

They are trembling with the fear of being called a Gulenist in case of saying a word.

 

People conducted the social experiments I mentioned at the beginning.

 

God conducts this social experiment of 80 million on the world stage.

 

When the experiment is over, and the “director” says, “It was a social experiment,” let’s see what they will do.

 

 

Translated from 80 milyonluk sosyal deney written by Veysel Ayhan

14.10.2020

Meaningful change.org Campaign on October 5 World Teachers’ Day

HDP member of parliament Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu launched a petition on October 5, World Teachers’ Day, and said: “The government should be reinstated the teachers who are the victims of the State of Emergency and a Decree-Law to their jobs by compensating for all their loss of rights.”

The link for this campaign.

 

Gergerlioğlu, who tries to be the voice of the oppressed ones and the victims through his statements and campaigns at every opportunity, stated that the treacherous coup theater, which was exhibited July 15, 2016, led to many oppressions, convictions, and unjust treatments, and along with it, led to irreparable human tragedies. Gergerlioğlu wants to draw attention to the petition on the persecutions and human rights violations in Turkey and invites the world public to be sensitive to humanity’s drama.
Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu gave the following statements while starting the petition:

“PLACE WHERE TEACHERS SHOULD BE IS SCHOOLS WITH THEIR STUDENTS.”

With the Decree Laws, the AKP government disregarded universal rules of law such as “presumption of innocence,” “legality in crime and punishment,” “the right against self-incrimination,” and “individuality of criminal responsibility.”

The Government dismissed around 150,000 people from civil service without any justification. Approximately 55,000 teachers among the Decree-Law victims have not been able to perform their profession for the last four years.

This injustice, which causes the violation of the right to education, must be ended as soon as possible.
Justice delayed is justice denied. We launched a new petition for the manifestation of righteousness. We expect you to support our campaign by signing and sharing it with your inner circle.

After the coup attempt on July 15, 2016, the Turkish Government dismissed approximately 35,000 teachers working in the Ministry of Education of Turkey from their profession by violating the presumption of innocence with Decree Laws. The Government revoked the licenses of 20,000 teachers working in private education institutions.

The link for this campaign.

 

The Government arbitrarily banned fifty-five thousand teachers from working as teachers in the public and private sectors.
Officials did find none of these teachers be related to the coup. Despite this, the AKP government disregarded the freedom of labor and contracts guaranteed by these teachers’ Constitution, whom he regarded as opposed to himself.

Each teacher deprived of his/her students and from his/her beloved profession is a significant value lost for Turkey. AKP is trying to destroy these values with her arbitrary decisions. On the other hand, there are serious tragedies taking place. Violations of rights and unjust treatments continue to the extreme.
Educators, who have been trained for years and have not been allowed to do their teaching profession, are facing with unlawful practices such as passport cancellation, blockage of bank accounts, not being able to trade in the land registry cadaster, not being able to use bank loans and cancellation of bank credit cards.

 

The link for this campaign.

 

Teachers who are labeled as “Dismissed from Public Service with the Decree-Law” in the SSI Service Scheme documentation, which is a shame for Social Security Institution (SSI) and Turkish Employment Institution (İŞKUR), are again disappointed with the rejection response from their workplaces in the different sectors they have applied for.

The Government deprived fifty-five thousand teachers who were victims of the Decree-Law of the right to work. Teachers can not get their basic human needs, such as nutrition and shelter, and the public left the teachers to die.

Teachers who have to work in construction works without any experience and unfortunately lost their workplace homicide lives are another dark side of the Decree Laws.

These teachers’ lives deprived of their professions by arbitrary decisions, were upside down due to being prevented from teaching again and even entering another job. Gergerlioğlu said:

“The pain of dozens of teachers who committed suicide, died while working informally in construction, had psychological problems, ended their marriage, and drowned in the Evros River and the Aegean Sea while trying to escape the persecution” and continued his words as follows:

We say that teachers’ place is schools, classes with their students. The Government should give back to the Teachers’ rights who are victims of the Decree-Law. We want the Government to implement the Constitution’s Universal Law principles and give back the teachers’ rights.

By compensating for all their rights loss, our teachers should return to their schools and students immediately. That request is our most essential and primary demand.

The link for this campaign.

 

The Government should pay to a maximum and reinstate to their jobs together with all their rights that existed at the time of their dismissal with the Decree-Law to the teachers even though it is impossible to compensate for both materials nonmaterial losses within this period. Additionally, we want their restoration of honor and this unlawfulness’s responsibilities to be brought to justice and to be accounted for.

We launched a petition to meet the justified demands of 55,000 teachers who are victims of the Decree-Law.

We ask for the immediate reinstatement of teachers in question to their jobs by compensating all the loss of their rights and ask for teachers whose licenses were revoked due to being a worker of the closed educational institutions. The Government should allow the teachers to work in the private sector by returning their working licenses. We want the freedom of labor and enterprise freedom to be ensured, among the most fundamental rights. End these unlawfulness acts immediately!”

Lastly, Gergerlioglu said: “Join our signature campaign, share and support us.”
The Broken Chalk members supported the petition campaign launched by Gergerlioğlu since the Broken Chalk members also wished to end those persecutions taking place in Turkey.

Additionally, on October 5, World Teachers’ Day, the Broken Chalk volunteers gathered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands’ capital. They shared the unjust treatments with the world public with press releases in Turkish, English, and Dutch.

 

The link for this campaign.

 

Zafer Kurt

06/10/2020

Press Release: OCTOBER 5 WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY

With the theme “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future”

The World is celebrating October 5 as the World Teachers’ Day.

On behalf of the Broken Chalk members, Broken Chalk Spokesperson Erdinç Demirok made the English statement.

“Teachers are the architects of society. Every individual accepts that education is the number one priority of humanity. Without the proper knowledge, we could not be able to create a peaceful community. The light of education can help us eliminate the evils from society and introduce good thoughts. Today we would like to celebrate The Teachers Day of all the teachers in the World. Moreover, we would like to bring to the public attention world teachers in danger in different parts of the world. The attacks range from the bombing of schools to the killing of students and teachers. Rape and sexual violence, arbitrary arrests, and forced recruitment also occurred, instigated by armed groups. Attacks on education harm the students and teachers, but they also affect the communities both in the short and long term.”

To download the English version of the press release 5th_Oct_20_Teachers_Day_Press_Release_Eng