On January 13, Human Rights Watch in the Turkey section of its World Report 2021 said, “Alongside prominent figures held for years in arbitrary detention are thousands of people also held on bogus terrorism charges for alleged links with the Fethullah Gülen movement, which Turkey deems a terrorist organization.”
Tens of thousands of Gülen movement followers or sympathizers have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms since July 2016, some of whom are now being denied their right to parole.
Journalists, Gülen movement followers and Kurds who are imprisoned in Turkey on politically motivated charges are now faced with a new challenge as authorities refuse to release them despite having served the required amount of time behind bars. The Human Rights Association (İHD) says they have been taken hostage.
Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a deputy from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and a prominent human rights defender, says the Supreme Court of Appeals has adopted a policy of keeping political prisoners behind bars by delaying a review of their appeals.
Similar situations can also be observed in the cases of people locked up on account of their alleged ties to Kurdish political groups. #Turkey #Terrorists #Internationalnews #HumanRightsWatch