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Gulen Movement Property Right Violations Deemed “Crimes Against Humanity”

International legal experts have concluded that the Turkish government’s confiscation of Gülen movement members’ properties is a crime against humanity under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, evidence suggests.

The Erdogan government’s systematic and punitive property seizures targeting the Gülen movement, which includes not just their institutions, NGOs, and media outlets, but also assets of individuals purportedly linked to the movement, has been deemed illegal under both national and international legal frameworks.

An explosion at the Tosyalı iron and steel factory resulted in 13 injured workers, two critically, on November 8, 2023. In another case, Engin Polat defended the transfer of millions of lira as ‘pocket money’ on the same day.

The systematic violations of property rights by the Turkish regime have been documented by the “Institute for Diplomacy and Economy,” founded by diplomats ousted under statutory decrees.

According to a report penned by dismissed international law diplomats, these property violations fall under the category of “Torture and Persecution,” Article 7/1(h) of the International Criminal Court’s Rome Statute, and are indicative of a pattern of widespread and systematic abuse.

The European Court of Human Rights and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention have also recognized the systematic nature of human rights abuses in Turkey.

The Erdoğan administration is accused of enacting a deliberate and calculated plan to violate property rights of the Gülen Movement, utilizing state power to enforce these actions nationwide. The government’s tactics have included shuttering schools, taking over financial institutions, and empowering judicial authorities to impose asset freezes and seizures, often resulting in the loss of jobs and incarceration for those offering aid to the targeted individuals.

The report, dated November 6, 2023, highlights the inability of these actions to be classified as lawful interventions, as they fail to meet critical legal criteria, including adherence to the principles of legality and proportionality, public interest consideration, and compensation for the aggrieved parties.

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