Turkey’s two-year state of emergency rule a ‘social genocide’ programme – report

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Turkey’s two year long sate of emergency rule following the failed coup attempt of 2016 resulted in increased poverty, brain drain and an overall decrease in religiosity, according to annual report released on Monday by the Justice for Victims Society and lawmaker Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu.

The state of emergency rule turned into a “social genocide programme’’ through the oppression of over 1.5 million citizens of Turkey, Duvar news site quoted the 1,500-page document based on the testimonies of over 3,000 purge victims from across Turkey and the world, as saying.

Five days after the coup attempt of July 15, 2016, Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) declared a state of emergency and began issuing decrees, which saw some 80,000 people placed behind bars and more than 150,000 sacked from their state jobs as part of a crackdown alleged members of the Gülen movement.

Ankara accuses the group, led by the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen, of orchestrating the failed putsch, a claim Gülen denies.

Compared to the figures of last year, there has been an increase in the number of people who define themselves as outside the fold of Islam, including atheism and agnosticism, the report said.

After the state of emergency rule came into effect, an estimated 7,508 academics and 17,164 regular soldiers have been sacked while the Interior and Health ministries discharged 43,648 and 7,755 personnel, respectively, the study found.

Turkey’s decree-law victims not only were not only sacked from their jobs but also “prevented from seeking employment in the private sector while being denied access to social benefits,” pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party lawmaker Gergerlioğlu said during a press conference on Monday to share the findings of the report.

Ahval

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