Tens of thousands of people have been arrested or dismissed from officein a wide-ranging crackdown since the coup

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Tens of thousands of people have been arrested or dismissed from officein a wide-ranging crackdown since the coup

Eleven human rights activists including two senior Amnesty International employees have gone on trial in Istanbul on terrorism charges, in one of the most high-profile tests of Turkish criminal law since a failed coup in 2016.

Ten of the activists, including Amnesty’s Turkey director, İdil Eser, were arrested while attending a digital security training workshop in July.

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Freedom House-Turkey Country Report of Internet Freedom 2017 Including Opinion in ByLock

Key Developments:

JUNE 2016–MAY 2017

  • After protests erupted over the removal from office of 28 mayors in the Kurdish-majority southeast, authorities restricted internet access for approximately 12 million residents in the region (see Restrictions on Connectivity).
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Turkish Paper Debunks ByLock Conspiracy In Blow To Gov’t Narrative

Red alarms went off for the pro-government media hours after a Turkish paper published a controversial interview with an owner of a messaging app that is at the heart of Turkey’s post-coup crackdown and which sent thousands of people to prisons across the country.

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Amnesty’s Turkish Chair On Trial In Post-Coup Crackdown-Over Allegations He Downloaded ByLock App

By Lee Munson

It has been reported that the chair of Amnesty International in Turkey and 10 other Amnesty activists have gone on trial in Istanbul in one of the most high-profile tests of Turkish criminal law since the failed coup in 2016 led to tens of thousands of arrests and dismissals from public office. Taner Kılıç, chair of Amnesty in Turkey since 2014, is on trial on two separate charges, largely on the basis of allegations that he downloaded a widely available phone messaging application called ByLock.

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Judges were expelled over bylock decisions

Five judiciary members, who were expelled from their posts due to their use of a smart phone application known as ByLock by the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), have been reinstated to their posts by the HSYK, according to a story in the Hürriyet daily on Friday.

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Sad Story of Independence and Objectivity of the 16th Penal Chamber of the Court of Cassation

It has often been stated in the articles written so far that there has not been a court verdict acknowledging the existence of a terrorist organization called “FETO/PDY”. Nothing has changed in this regard even though it has been over a year since the attempted coup of July 15. Some of the readers could say, “There are a lot of court decisions about this issue. There is a recent verdict and decision of approval given by the 16th Penal Chamber of the Court of Cassation about the attempted coup.”

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An article via Justice at Swiss Supreme Court Thomas Stadelmann about @BylockReality

COULD IT BE A CRIME TO USE BYLOCK?

Turkish judicial and administrative authorities have been trying to establish a perception through ByLock which is an encrypted messaging application for smart phone, and can be downloaded in google play and used to be downloaded in apple store as well. Although Bylock, which is a legal app, can be downloaded via apple store and google play, they reflects it as an illegal application in order to strengthen their thesis and their claims. From their perspective using or downloading ByLock is considered a crime which means a member of armed terrorist organization behind the attempted coup and so it was accepted and applied as the most important evidence of membership of terrorist organization.

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UN Judge Akay has been sentenced to 7,5 years imprisonment on the grounds of using this comm. app.

In Turkey, we encounter many unreasonable, illegal and ambiguous judicial acts in recent years as a part of autocratic drift[1]. These judicial practices inexplicable within fundamental legal principles have been very often after the 15 July 2016 coup attempt. One of these famous irrational judicial acts is detention of people based on allegedly using the ByLock smartphone application.

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Opinion on the Legality of the Actions of the Turkish State in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt in 2016 and the Relianc e on Use of the Bylock App as evidence of membership of a terrorist organisation

A summary of an opinion on the legality of the actions of the Turkish State in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt in 2016 and the reliance on use of the Bylock messaging application as evidence of membership of a terrorist organisation by William Clegg QC who was assisted by Simon Baker. The opinion also contains a digital forensic report by Thomas K Moore, whose main findings have also been summarised below.

Summary of Opinion by William Clegg QC and Simon Baker

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