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NewsMaker: These are the seven Turkish citizens detained by SIS

Almost a week passed after the expulsion from the Republic of Moldova of the seven employees of the Moldovan-Turkish High School. However, until now Moldovan authorities have not officially revealed the location of deportation.

According to family lawyers, it is only known that they are now in Turkey prisons, where they were placed immediately after the arrival. Nothing is known about the allegations. However, Newsmaker found out who are the seven employees of Moldo-Turkish High School.

1. Sarkis Ayri

Turkish language teacher from the Orizont high school in Balti, Moldova. Ayri came to work in the Republic of Moldova three years ago. Airi is married and has a daughter. He did not ask for political asylum in Moldova. He thought he was a mere professor, not a victim. On the day of detention, Ayri was arriving in Chisinau from Balti. He was lifted on the way by the SIS. His family is now in Chisinau and is deciding on what measures to take next.

2. Hüseyin Bayraktar

Turkish teacher at the Orizont high school division in Ciocana sector, Chisinau. He came to Moldova three years ago, along with his wife. Before that, he used to live in Antalya. His two children were born in Chisinau. Bayraktar, like his colleague from Balti, did not request political asylum in Moldova. He is the youngest of the “Orizont” employees who got expelled by the SIS.

3. Rīza Doğan

Director of “Orizont” High School division in Durlesti sector, Chisinau. He is 44 years old, 20 of which he’s lived in Moldova. Dogan is married, has two daughters. Both daughters were born in Moldova and have received Moldovan citizenship.

4. Feridun Tüfekçi

Director of “Orizont” High School in Ceadir-Lunga, Moldova. Feridun has been living in Moldova for 25 years. being the only one married to a Moldovan citizen out of the seven expelled people. He has two children – a son and a daughter, both born in Moldova and given the Moldovan citizenship.

Because of the Romanian language test, he would fail to get his Moldovan citizenship for 25 years now. His wife was witness to his arrest. According to her, Security and Intelligence Service (SIS) employees tried to enter the courtyard of their home early in the morning. He was among those who demanded political asylum in Moldova.

5. Sedat Hasan Karacaoğlu

Sedat was deputy general manager of the “Orizont” High School network. He came to Moldova along with his family more than 20 years ago and has been working for the high school all the time. Karacaoğlu has recently filed a request for political asylum in the Republic of Moldova.

6. Yasin Özdil

Yasin is the PR Director of the “Orizont” Lyceum Network. He has been living in Moldova for the past four to five years. Yasin is married, has two children. Out of the seven detained teachers, he was the only one who managed to announce his arrest. He wrote on the Facebook page: “They came to my house to take me. Police, help me”. He applied for asylum in Moldova.

7. Müjdat Çelebi

Müjdat is the financial director of the “Orizont” Lyceum Network. He came to the Republic of Moldova from Turkey with his family (has three children), five years ago. He was detained in Chisinau and recently asked for political asylum in Moldova.

Reminder: The European Court of Human Rights has asked the Government of the Republic of Moldova to offer explanations on the case by 5 October 2018. The document states that the Government has been asked to answer a number of questions. Among them, the Government is asked whether Turkish citizens have been able to change the decision on extradition or whether they have applied for political asylum in Moldova.

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Could President Dodon be held accountable for his statements at the World Congress of Families?

The 12th World Congress of the Family takes place on September 14-16, in Chisinau, under the patronage of President Igor Dodon.

Yesterday, President Igor Dodon delivered a speech in the onset of the World Congress of the Family, in which he said that “the organization of sexual minority festivals and other activities promoting anti-family and immoral principles must be firmly condemned and even outlawed.”

„I am convinced that such propaganda should not take place in our society,” was one of Dodon’s declarations.

Reminder: On Thursday, September 13, the Promo-LEX Association published a Manifesto for Respect, warning that the previous Congress editions have proven an aggressive speech against social groups.

Promo-LEX: “Promotes an anti-abortion and anti-divorce speech that diminishes from women’s independence to freedom of choice, opinion and personal life, as well as an anti-lgbt speech and anti-family relationship outside of marriage. The discourse that incites hatred and discrimination has become an increasingly dangerous tool of tension and division of society.”

Could President Dodon be held accountable for his statements at the World Congress of Families?

The Law on Equality Issue no. 121 from 25.05.2012 to art. (1) establishes the prevention and combating of discrimination as well as ensuring the equality of all persons on the territory of the Republic of Moldova, regardless of race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, language, religion or beliefs, sex, age, disability, opinion, political affiliation or any other similar criterion.

The Law on Freedom of Expression no. 64 from 23.04.2010 to art. 2 provides the notion of speech that incites hatred as any form of expression that causes, propagates, promotes or justifies racial hatred, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or other forms of hatred based on intolerance; according to art. 3 par. (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of expression.

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World Cleanup Day 2018, celebrated in Moldova

Today, September 15, the World Cleanup Day takes in the capital of Moldova. The representatives of the local public authorities, together with the volunteers “Hai, Moldova”, will participate in the cleaning and collection of garbage from the parks and the public areas of the city.

“We want to live in a cleaner and healthier world. The change is in our hands, so we encourage all those who care about their future to collect the waste from their districts and reduce the amount of garbage they produce daily”, according to the Hai Moldova project.

The statistics show that there are about 2,500 unauthorized places in Moldova in which the waste is dumped. But experts say their number is much higher. In a single year, 4 million tonnes of waste was generated on the territory of Moldova, of which only 600,000 were used, 1 million tonnes – destroyed or dumped, and over 1.5 million tonnes of waste remained in stock the territory of the waste generating units.

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Another Turkish citizen, declared undesirable by the SIS

Today, the Security and Intelligence Service (SIS) announced a foreign citizen of Turkish origin, “who performs actions for justification and propagation of the radical visions” has been identified and detained on the territory of Moldova.

According to SIS, it was established that the person had violated the residence regime in the Republic of Moldova and that “various methods have been applied to hide away from the competent authorities, within the usage of several addresses on the Chisinau area”.

“The foreign citizen has been declared undesirable for a 5-year period of national security reasoning, and got transported to the country of origin following the international practices and norms,” declared SIS.

Moreover, the SIS claims that they are linked to an Islamist group that is performing illegal actions in several countries. The SIS also writes that the persons have been declared undesirable by the competent bodies and furthermore expelled from the territory of the Republic of Moldova, without the indication of who and when the decision was made.

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