Hizmet Watch

Mapping Human Rights Violations against the Hizmet Movement

Location: Turkey

My father removed from his teaching post and my bursary halted for no reason

I am a university student. My only income is the bursary that I receive from the government. I do not…

‘All of you will be hanged’: no criminal offences, academic jailed for having a bank account

Due to a slander thrown from one of his colleagues, my close friend’s father who is an academic was detained…

I feel like living in a Kafka novel

I was dismissed with the decree no. 672. I applied for many human rights organizations but couldn’t receive any feedback….

My husband was taken away ‘for preventive reasons’

On the 8th of August (2016) police officers came our home and took my husband by saying that they will…

As a mother who lost her twins, my wife is struggling for her life in prison

My wife Nurhayat Yildiz was detained on Monday, 29 August, while she was traveling from Sinop to Samsun for a…

After the fourth house raid, our lives were never the same again

Like many people, I learned about the 15 July coup attempt from the TV, when the Prime Minister held that…

I destroyed books and memories in Turkey’s purge

I am a teacher who was laid off on 25th July and was dismissed completely from my profession for no…

Shattered lives: Reyhan, a housewife, arrested

Reyhan’s life and her children’s lives have been shattered: Her husband was an important figure in the city. For the…

Merve, housewife, arrested, leaving behind grieving mother

Merve is a housewife, and her brother has been in prison for eight months. Merve’s husband H. is brother of…

A teacher called Mehmet

Teacher Mehmet is a 66 years old veteran schoolteacher. When his next-door neighbour made a complaint against him to the…

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