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Ziya Kocabiyik

Cycling 969 Miles For Turkey

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[p]From Amnesty Chelmsford Group, Ziya Kocabiyik is cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats between 4th and 12th May 2018 (969 miles-1560km) to increase awareness for human rights violations in Turkey and raise funds for Amnesty.[/p][p]Since 15 July 2016 coup attempt, Human rights violations in Turkey has peaked. The attempted coup left at least 241 citizens and government law enforcement dead. Straight after the coup attempt government declared state of emergency and started purging own citizens. The crackdown that followed the coup attempt was symptomatic of the government’s increasing authoritarianism. Since July 2016; 151,967 civil servants dismissed, 131,995 detained and 63,974 of them arrested. Over 3000 schools, dormitories and universities shut down, 5,822 academics lost their jobs, 4,463 judges and prosecutors dismissed, 189 media outlets shut down and 145 journalists imprisoned (highest in the world!). Over 17000 women and 668 babies are among the people imprisoned since July 2016 in Turkey. [/p][p]Human rights activists known as the Istanbul 10 – along with Amnesty’s Turkey chair Taner Kilic – were detained and held in detention on charges of terrorism-related crimes last July. On 31st January 2018 Taner was finally released. But while his family excitedly waiting , he was re-arrested and taken into custody. Kilic remains in detention awaiting trial, even as all evidence points to his innocence.[/p][p]Can Dundar, Sahin Alpay, Hanim Busra Erdal, Ahmet Sik, Aysenur Parildak are among the arrested journalist since July 2016. On 16th February 2018, Turkish court has sentenced six defendants, including three prominent journalists Ahmet Altan (67), Mehmet Altan (65) and Nazli Ilicak(73), to life in prison over allegations of involvement in a 2016 coup attempt. The court also life sentenced Yakup ?im?ek, a former marketing manager for the Zaman newspaper, layout designer Fevzi Yaz?c?, and police academy instructor SukruTugrul Ozsengul. [/p][p]Selehattin Demirtas, Kurdish politician who was co-leader of the left-wing pro Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) arrested along with Figen Yuksekdag on 6th November 2016. Selahattin Demirtas is facing 142 years prison sentence. [/p][p]Amnesty International is working extremely hard in Turkey to raise awareness of all above human rights violations. [/p][p]Your donation will help Amnesty to[i] [/i]put pressure on politicians and policy makers to protect human rights in Turkey and around the world. [/p][p]Thank You.[/p][p]https://www.amnesty.org.uk/human-rights-turkey [/p][p][url=https://www.amnesty.org.uk/update-istanbul-10]https://www.amnesty.org.uk/update-istanbul-10[/url][/p][p]https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/free-taner-kilic[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

04 May 2018


Jun 14, 2018


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

May 25, 2018



May 14, 2018


Good for you, Mr Kocabiyik. Just what we need when Erdogan is being disgracefully welcomed in our country.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 13, 2018


Well done Ziya abi. Proud to be your friend and proud to support your cause...

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 13, 2018



May 13, 2018


I also cycle and I would like to join you if you want to continue cycling for fundraising for the victims in Turkey during the summer. Would you consider continuing the cycling in the USA? We can cycle across the US and maybe more people can join.


May 13, 2018



May 13, 2018


May 13, 2018

Joseph S

Our hearts are with you..

May 13, 2018