Turkey crackdowns on public officials, military personnel and academia continue. Since the July 15th, failed coup attempt, Turkey is under the rule of the state of emergency. While Institutional Referendum held under the unprecedented circumstances, after the April 16th, State of Emergency Law extended for 3 months. Since then, 24 decree laws (KHK) issued. Thousands of public officials, military and academic personnel were discharged and hundreds of organizations were suspended due to the suspected ties to US-based Clergy Fethullah Gülen Movement.
By Sadettin Demirel
Majority of the discharges comes from the Ministry of National Education
According to the report from the Human Rights Joint Platform and issued latest decree laws no 689/690, 100 thousand public servants which are government and military personnel discharged. 32 percent of total dismissals came from Ministry of National Education, whereas Interior Ministry expelled 24 thousand and Turkish Armed Forces sacked the ten thousand of officers.
5292 Academics and 30 thousand Teachers Expelled
Academia and education system were one of the major targets of the decree laws. More than 30 thousand of teachers expelled while over the five thousands of academics discharged. The majority of the academics’ dismissals occurred in Ankara with 458 and then Istanbul followed with 434 expelled academics.
Not only academics and public servants but also elected mayors and co-mayors were dismissed from their position through decree laws. Especially Kurdish elected mayors from the southeast region of Anatolia were replaced by trustees appointed by the government. Currently, 79 elected mayors were expelled from their duties in Van, Şırnak, Diyarbakır, Mardin.
Furthermore, along with municipalities, decree laws under the state of emergency sacked thousand of civil organizations. As 1441 association and 141 foundations were suspended, 6 news agencies, 45 newspapers, 19 magazines, 32 radio channels, 30 TV channels and 30 publishing house were shut downed by emergency decrees.