Hüseyin Galip Küçüközyiğit, the former prime minister’s reporter, is one of those who were dismissed by the decree law issued after the coup attempt in 2016. His family has not heard from Küçüközyiğit, who is also a lawyer, since he left his office in Maltepe, Ankara on December 29.
As Sonhaber.ch, we talked with Hüseyin Galip Küçüközyiğit’s daughter, Nursena Kücüközyiğit, about the enforced disappearance of her father on February 24, 2021.
As it is known, Amnesty International made an “Urgent Call for Action” to the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on February 8, 2021 to find Hüseyin Galip Küçüközyiğit, the former legal counsel of the Prime Ministry, who has been missing since December 29, 2020.
In a letter sent to Attorney General Ahmet Akça on Monday, 8 February 2021, Amnesty International stated that Hüseyin Galip Küçüközyiğit, who was dismissed by a decree-law (KHK) after the coup attempt of 15 July 2016, was “suspected of being forcibly disappeared”.
Amnesty International also announced that a decision of non-prosecution was given to the disappearance report of the former Prime Ministry legal counsel in December.
The statement issued recalled that the Turkish government has an obligation to investigate allegations of enforced disappearance and that the government is responsible for any negative/ poor outcome.
Nursena Kücüközyiğit stated that, after her father was kidnapped on 29 December 2020, no Public Prosecutor’s Office, no public Order and no Security unit was interested in the issue, and even further it was said, “Not only your father is missing, there are many people we haven’t found for 25 years.” She also said that, the application, she had made through the Ankara Bar Association and the press releases for his father, disrupted some people and civilian officials, whose identity she did not know, came to their homes in civilian cars and threatened them.
It is a fact that many people in Turkey were kidnapped and detained during the State of Emergency (OHAL) but they were then released from police headquarters.
The Ministry of Justice has not yet answered the questions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the UN regarding this situation.
The enforced disappearance has existed for hundreds of years as a method by states to suppress and intimidate opposition groups.
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