Free Abdurrahman Colak, not a terrorist but a peaceful university student!

Free Abdurrahman Colak, not a terrorist but a peaceful university student!

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Problem:

Abdurrahman Çolak, (25) was arrested over terror charges at 12 June 2017. He was just a student at Istanbul Aydın University and had no relation to any kind of terrorist groups. Although he never saw a gun in his life, he was convicted of being a member of a terrorist group and was sentenced with 6 years and 3 months in prison.

After the bloody coup attempt, thousands of people had been arrested and detained on speculative evidence within the scope of “reasonable suspicion”. However, there is no evidence in Abdurrahman's case to be considered within the scope of "reasonable suspicion".

He was accused because of his alleged use of the ByLock* mobile phone
messaging application. However, he has never downloaded the mentioned
app and the court has never shown any evidence for this accusation such as
a username, password, contacted person or chat made through the app.

Although there has no legal basis, he is kept in prison. He cannot continue his education and is not able to enjoy his basic human rights for more than 1,5 years.

 

*The Turkish government is also moving forward with a campaign to criminalize encryption software that was a publicly available smartphone application that allowed users to communicate between each other privately using encryption. It was available for download via the Google Play store onto handsets running the Android operating system and via the Apple iTunes Store onto handsets running the Apple
iOS operating system.1

The law prohibits arbitrary arrest and detention and provides for the
right of any person to challenge the lawfulness of arrest or detention in court, but numerous credible reports indicated the government did not always observe these
requirements. The Ministry of Justice reported that, as of July 15,
169,013 persons had been subjected to some type of “criminal procedure” (e.g., questioning, investigation, detention, arrest, judicial control, or a ban on
travel) under the state of emergency. Of these, a total of 55,665 were arrested on
terror-related grounds following the July 2016 coup attempt, according to official figures. Many were reportedly detained for alleged ties to the Gulen movement or the PKK, often with little due process or access to the evidence underlying the
accusations against them.2

 

The UN Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UN/WGAD) has stated in a recently released assessment that detention, arrest, and conviction in Turkey based on the alleged use of the ByLock mobile phone messaging application is a violation of Articles 19, 21 and 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).3

Solution:

Abdurrahman's case has been appealed and he is waiting for the decision of
the Court of Appeal.

Sign this petition to encourage judges to look deeply into the case;
it is not difficult to decide on a case without evidence!

Sign this petition to bring attention to the arbitrary and unlawful
detention of Abdurrahman and other 82,142 people.

We call for his immediate release so that he can enjoy his basic
rights and continue his educational life!

 

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Problem:

 

Abdurrahman Çolak(25), terör suçlamalarıyla 12 Haziran 2017 tarihinden beri tutuklu. Kendisi hiç bir terör grubu ile bağlantısı olmayan sıradan bir üniversite öğrencisiydi. Hayatı boyunca gerçek bir silaha bile dokunmadığı halde, terör örgütü üyesi olmakla suçlanarak 6 yıl 3 ay hapis cezasına çarptırıldı.

Kanlı darbe sorası, delillerin "makul şüphe" kapsamında değerlendirilmesiyle binlerce kişi gözaltına alınıp tutuklandı. Ancak Abdurrahman'ın dosyasında makul şüphe çerçevesinde değerlendirilmesi mümkün olan hiç bir delil yok.

Abdurrahman ByLock programını kullandığı gerekçesi ile tutuklandı
ancak kendisi, söz konusu programı hiç bir zaman telefonuna dahi
indirmedi. Nitekim mahkeme, kullanıcı adı, şifre, görüşülen kişi yahut
sohbet içeriği gibi delil olarak nitelendirilmesi mümkün olan hiç bir
bilginin varlığından bahsetmedi. Sonuç olarak, ortada hiç bir yeterli
hukuki gerekçe olmadığı halde Abdurrahman 1,5 yılı aşkın süredir
hapishanede. En temel insani haklarından faydalanamıyor ve eğitimine devam edemiyor.

Çözüm:

Abdurrahman'ın dosyası hakkında verilen karar temyiz edildi ve şu anda Istinaf Mahkemesi'nin kararı bekleniyor.

Bu mektubu imzalayarak, hakimlerin dosyayı derinlemesine incelemeleri konusunda onları cesaretlendirebilirsiniz. Hiç bir delilin mevcut olmadığı bir dosya hakkında karar vermek bu kadar zor olmamalı!

Bu mektubu imzalayarak, keyfi ve hukuksuz bir şekilde tutuklanmış Abdurrahman ve diğer 18,142 kişiye dikkat çekebilirsiniz.

Abdurrahman'ın sahip olduğu haklarından faydalanabilmesi ve eğitimine devam edebilmesi için en kısa sürede tahliye edilmesini istiyoruz!

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