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.

Ismail Aygun

Businessman
Date of Detention 19.05.2024 Bursa
Death Date 20/11/2018
Cause of Death Colon cancer
Place of Death Bursa

Ismail Aygun was one of the well-known tradesmen of Bursa. Despite having colon cancer, he was detained by the regime. Although Aygun was released later, the stress and sadness he experienced and the adverse effects of his treatment process, Aygun passed away at the age of 56.

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Meral Barut, 35

Police officer
Date of Detention Unknown
Death Date 03/08/2019
Cause of Death Cancer
Place of Death Adana

Meral Barut was purged from her 13-year profession by the Decree-Law. With the arrest of her husband, Yakup Barut, a police officer like her, Mrs Barut had to shoulder the burden of her three young children. The difficulties she experienced led her to get pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately, the treatment did not yield results, and Mrs Barut died at a young age.

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Vahdettin Demirtas

Religion Culture Teacher
Date of Detention Unknown
Death Date 28/07/2018
Cause of Death Cancer,sadness
Place of Death Bursa

Vahdettin Demirtas was one of the first volunteer teachers of Turkmenistan. After 9 years of service, he returned to his country. Demirtas contracted cancer from sadness. Due to the arrest warrant against him, the education volunteer, who was hiding and unable to receive the necessary treatment, succumbed to cancer and died.

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Hasan Degirmenci, 43

Date of Detention Unknown
Death Date 04/03/2018
Cause of Death Heart attack
Place of Death Athens, Greece

Hasan Degirmenci went to Athens from Germany to help the victims who left Turkey and became refugees in Greece. However, he had a heart attack and died in Athens.

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Ali Riza Celik

Teacher
Date of Detention Unknown
Death Date 27/09/2017
Cause of Death Heart attack
Place of Death

Ali Riza Celik, the Religious Teacher who was expelled from his profession with the Decree-Law No. 672, passed away due to a heart attack, which he had suffered from stress and sadness.

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Canan Deniz, 40

Primary School Teacher
Date of Detention Unknown
Death Date 17/06/2019
Cause of Death Suicide,depression
Place of Death Denizli

Canan Deniz and her husband became unemployed when the educational institution they worked for was shut down with a Decree-Law by the regime. The family moved to Denizli city. Afterwards, her husband was arrested. Mrs Deniz started to use heavy depression drugs. It was stated that she committed suicide by hanging herself with a scarf in her room.

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Nadire Maden, 13

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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Ahmet Aksoy, 55

University officer
Date of Detention Unknown
Death Date 08/04/2021
Cause of Death Cerebral Hemorrhage
Place of Death Kirikkale

Ahmet Aksoy, an officer at Kirikkale University, was first expelled and then arrested. When he got out of prison, he couldn’t stand what he was going through and passed away with a brain hemorrhage.

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Kemal Hira

Retired
Date of Detention Unknown
Death Date 12/04/2018
Cause of Death Heart attack
Place of Death

Kemal Hira, father-in-law of Doctor Osman Karakaya, who was brought to Turkey and arrested in an operation organized by the Kosovo police and MIT, passed away.

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