NO COUNTRY FOR THE PURGE VICTIMS
The Arrested Lawyers Initiative and the Human Rights Defenders published a joint report documenting the deprivations which Turkey’s purge victims suffer.
According to the report, those who purged under the Emergency Regime
- shall be deprived of their ranks and their positions as public officials;
- may not use their titles, if any, e.g., ambassador, governor, etc;
- shall not be re-admitted to the organization in which they had previously held office;
- shall be stripped of rank (for the already retired public servants), and of combat medals;
- may not be re-employed and assigned, either directly or indirectly, to any public service;
- may not become the founders, partners and employees of private security companies,
- shall be evicted from public residences or foundation houses; and
- moreover, their passports, gun licenses, seamanship or pilots’ licenses, shall be cancelled.
Besides the direct consequences, mentioned above, the purged civil servants cannot
- be a foster family,
- be lawyers and accountants,
- be mayors, aldermen or mukhtars (local elected administrator for villages),
- work as architects, engineers, laboratory worker, or as technicians in building inspection companies,
- attend vocational courses,
- work in private educational institutions,
- work as an on-site (workplace) doctor or as an occupational safety specialist,
- work as sailors,
- have passports and travel documents,
- open bank accounts and are discriminated against in financial transactions and procedures,
- benefit from the General Health Insurance for people with low income and from the social rights offered to disabled people.
- the purged civil servants who work as veterinarians cannot have an artificial insemination certificate and cannot perform their profession duties in agricultural support programs,
- the purged civil servants are denied the license needed to run businesses.
- The database of the General Directorate of the Land Registry (TAKBIS) includes a list of suspicious people, which consists of those dismissed under emergency decrees. Those included on this list cannot participate in real estate transactions, either as a party (vendee or vendor) or as a witness.
- Upon an instruction by the Ministry of Justice, the Union of Turkish Public Notaries produced a list of suspicious people which consists of those dismissed under emergency decrees. People included in this list cannot carry out any procedure as notaries other than giving a power of attorney. This means they cannot carry out hundreds of legal procedures, including selling their cars or signing construction contracts.
- The database for the Social Relief Program (SOYBIS) includes the list of those dismissed under emergency decrees. Disabled people whose first caregivers (such as parents, sons, daughters, sons-in-law and daughters-in- law) are dismissed under emergency decrees cannot benefit from social care funds.
- The purged public servants are discriminated against in regard to insurance services.
- The purged public servants are discriminated against in business development and incentive credits.
- The purged public servants are discriminated against in relation to mandatory military services.
- The purged academics are discriminated against in academic publishing.
- The purged civil servants are blacklisted in the databases of the Employment and the Social Security Agencies with the code 36/OHAL/KHK.
NO COUNTRY FOR THE PURGE VICTIMS
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