Turks detained for using encrypted app ‘had human rights breached’

  • Tens of thousands of Turkish citizens detained or dismissed from their jobs on the basis of downloading an encrypted messaging app have had their human rights breached, a legal opinion published in London has found.
  • “The evidence that the [ByLock] app was used exclusively by those who were members or supporters of the Gülen movement [is] utterly unconvincing and unsupported by any evidence,” the two barristers say.
  • In a separate commissioned report, Thomas Moore, a British computer forensics expert, says ByLock was available to download free of charge on Apple’s App Store and Google Play.
  • Moore draws attention to a report by MIT, the Turkish intelligence service that had gained access to ByLock communications.
  • Amnesty said of his detention: “The only claim presented by the authorities purportedly linking Taner Kiliç to the Gülen movement is that Bylock, a secure mobile messaging application that the authorities say was used by members of the ‘Fethullahist terrorist organisation’, was discovered to have been on his phone in August 2014.

Legal opinion published in UK argues that the arrest of 75,000 suspects, primarily for downloading ByLock app, is illegal
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