Lawyer Ebru Beşe
Lawyer Ebru Beşe

Detention of Refugees: Lawyers Can’t Even Reach Their Names

Beşe, the president of the Ankara Bar Association Refugee Rights Center, announced that a large number of refugees have been detained and sent to the repatriation center in recent days and said, “We cannot reach our clients.”

The debate on the repatriation of refugees from Turkey, especially Syrians, has been an important agenda item of politics for some time. In the process of increasing rhetoric targeting refugees, hundreds of Syrians and Afghans are being detained in Ankara and sent to the Repatriation Center (GGM) located in Akyurt.

Lawyer Ebru Beşe, President of the Ankara Bar Association Refugee Rights Center, who said that they had received information from colleagues that asylum seekers named as victims, defendants or witnesses in any judicial case had been detained and sent to GGM, lawyers could not reach their clients during this process. Another reason why asylum seekers are detained while walking down the street in Ankara is the ‘lack of work documents’ despite having residence permits.

Lawyer Ebru Beşe, head of the Refugee Rights Center of the Ankara Bar Association, said that a large number of refugees have been detained, especially during the last ten days. “We also know that they have been held in very poor conditions and crowded conditions in intense security for the last week and ten days,”

Lawyer Beşe, who said that they could not report how many people were sent to the repatriation center by what means and demanded to reach their clients in a healthy way, because they were not allowed to meet with asylum seekers who they knew were being held under bad conditions as the Ankara Bar Association, concluded his words as follows: “We want to find out the true reason for their detention. It is a great lawlessness for a victim to be subjected to a deportation order because he is seeking his right before the courts. We demand to give us the reasons for this and to meet with the victims of these operations in a healthy way, whether they are currently in the police or in the repatriation center.“


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