This site is a database work created to be a memory of Tenkil victim’s deaths of under detention, in exile, of diseases, work accidents, imprisoned, suicide, and other deaths in the Aegean Sea and Maritza River; and also the abductions and other human rights violations. According to our database records, the number of people who died during the Tenkil process has exceeded 800.

Ahmet Esat Akçabay, 6

Children
Date of Detention Unknown
Death Date 18/07/2018
Cause of Death Drowning in the Meric River
Place of Death Meric River

Ahmet Esat Akçabay, Murat and Hatice Akçabay died on the night of July 18, 2018, when their boat capsized in the Meriç River, when they set out to escape the persecution in Turkey. His funeral was not found despite all the searches. Ahmet Esat was about to turn 7 when he died…

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Bahar Maden, 10

Kid
Date of Detention Unknown
Death Date 21/11/2017
Cause of Death Drowning in Aegean Sea
Place of Death Aegean Sea, near Lesbos

The teacher family Maden couple, who were expelled from their professions and their assets were confiscated with the statutory decree, could not withstand the pressure they experienced, and took their children aged 7, 10 and 13 with them and boarded the boat to go to Lesbos Island in Greece. While the boat capsized on the death journey, the whole family of 5 died by drowning.

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Mustafa Sait Zenbil

Kid - 12 years old
Date of Detention Unknown
Death Date 27/09/2019
Cause of Death Drowning in Aegean Sea
Place of Death Off the Greek island of Chios

The boat, on which a group of 18 people, including academics, judges and teachers, boarded, capsized at around 12.30 in the evening. In the accident where 7 people lost their lives, Mustafa Sait Zenbil, the son of businessman Oğuz Zenbil, was one of those who lost their lives along with his mother and brother.

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Behçet Emdi, 43

Social Studies Teacher
Date of Detention Unknown
Death Date 19/11/2016
Cause of Death Imprisoned death , suspected suicide
Place of Death Karabük Prison

It was alleged that Behcet Emdi, who was expelled from his profession with the Decree-Law and was arrested and imprisoned while working as a Social Studies teacher, was found hanging with a shoelace in the toilet window of the ward.

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Bahri Demirulus, 78

Teacher
Date of Detention Unknown
Death Date 30/07/2018
Cause of Death Imprisoned death, cancer
Place of Death

Retired teacher Bahri Demirulus, who was arrested and imprisoned at the age of 78, got cancer in prison. Demirulus, whose health condition deteriorated, passed away.

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Mustafa Zümre

Computer Engineer
Date of Detention 26.10.2021
Death Date 16/12/2016
Cause of Death Drowning in the Meric River
Place of Death Meric River

Mustafa Zümre was an engineer at the 15th Missile Command. He was detained after 15 July and was subjected to severe torture. After he was released with judicial control, he decided to go abroad with his family. When his vehicles were checked at the border, he threw himself into the waters of Meriç, 3 months later his body was found on the shore of Meriç.

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İsmail Çakmak

Lieutenat Colonel
Date of Detention 16.07.2016 İstanbul
Death Date 23/07/2016
Cause of Death Imprisoned death, suicide allegation
Place of Death Silivri Prison, Istanbul

Lieutenant Colonel Ismail Cakmak died suspiciously in Silivri Prison after being arrested on the charge of coup plotter. He allegedly committed suicide by being found hanging from a sheet by his throat in the stairwell. In his detention statement, it was revealed that Cakmak had his troops withdrawn after he said to the coup plotter’s commander that ‘I will not obey the order’.

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Hüseyin Maden, 40

Teacher
Date of Detention Unknown
Death Date 21/11/2017
Cause of Death Drowning in Aegean Sea
Place of Death Aegean Sea, near Lesbos

The teacher family Maden couple, who were expelled from their professions and their assets were confiscated with the statutory decree, could not withstand the pressure they experienced, and took their children aged 7, 10 and 13 with them and boarded the boat to go to Lesbos Island in Greece. While the boat capsized on the death journey, the whole family of 5 died by drowning.

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Feridun Maden, 7

Kid
Date of Detention Unknown
Death Date 21/11/2017
Cause of Death Drowning in Aegean Sea
Place of Death Aegean Sea, near Lesbos

The teacher family Maden couple, who were expelled from their professions and their assets were confiscated with the statutory decree, could not withstand the pressure they experienced, and took their children aged 7, 10 and 13 with them and boarded the boat to go to Lesbos Island in Greece. While the boat capsized on the death journey, the whole family of 5 died by drowning.

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