Accusations against Cihan and his arrest circumstances
Cihan has no previous arrest, detention or prison sentence, and no proof has been presented to corroborate the accusations made regarding his involvement in any kinds of crimes. More worryingly, Cihan was denied access to legal representation for 36 hours, kept in solitary confinement for the first 21 days, his lawyers were not informed of the accusations against his client until the very last minute and they are still not given access to the case folder due to secrecy concerns.
His fundamental human rights, right to education and a fair trial are still being violated. He has minimal access to the outside world, clean clothes, sufficient food, or his school materials including his books and notes.
A Turkish penal court approved indictments on Jan.7, 2021, as part of a probe into the deadly 2014 Kobane incidents across the nation. The indictment filed by the chief prosecutor’s office in Ankara is calling for 38 counts of life sentences without parole against defendants. The charges included 37 cases of “homicide” and “disrupting the unity and territorial integrity of the state.” underlining that the aim was to start a civil war by creating an environment of chaos after terror, intimidation, bombing and armed attacks, which are among the intention of terrorism across the country.
Cihan strongly refuses any accusations and clearly states that he is a peaceful researcher and a human rights advocate who defends the lives of others. He demands his immediate and unconditional release so that he can continue to build his promising scholarly career in his chosen home country of Canada.