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Send mail in Turkish to the Istanbul10

Many friends and colleagues, but also many who don’t know any of the Istanbul10 personally, wish to cheer them up and send them postal mail.

According to our latest info postal mail for the inmates will be controlled by the prision authorities and can only be processed in Turkish language.

Thus, we are asking you to write the Istanbul10 in Turkish!

How does it work?

For six detained Turkish-speaking human rights defenders there is no problem with reading the mail – but rather with writing it for the non-Turkish speakers among us. For Peter an Ali also a problem with reading the mail arises – currently Peter is sharing a cell with a Turkish inmate who also speaks English well, but Ali’s can not. The precious time with the lawyers should also not be used up by translating postal mail.

 

Thus, we are proposing these three options:

For Peter and Ali:

  • Send a postcard with a drawing or picture and the Turkish word for it, like a “language learning card”.

You can pick a symbol that cheers them up. Or you can choose practical or funny vocabulary that supports them in learning Turkish.

Please avoid inflammatory or overtly political words!

 

  • Write a postcard in Turkish and use one of greetings below.

These are short and can be translated easily – or if repeated frequently they will learn them by heart soon.

 

Here are some examples (updated on 24.08.2017):

English Türkish
I am thinking of you. Seni düşünüyorum.
We are thinking of you. Seni düşünüyoruz.
We are thinking of you. Sizi düşünüyoruz.
I miss you (very much). Seni (çok) özlüyorum. /

Seni (çok) özledim.

We miss you (very much). Seni çok özlüyoruz. /

Seni (çok) özledik.

Love overcomes everything. Aşk herşeyi yener.
Be strong. Güçlü ol.
Don’t give up. Pes etme.
You are in my thoughts. Aklım seninle.
You are in our thoughts. Aklımız seninle.
You’re not alone. (one person) Yalnız değilsin.
You’re not alone. (more than one) Yalnız değilsininz.

 

For Günal, İdil, İlknur, Nalan, Özlem and Veli:

  • Send a postcard or letter in Turkish.

You can ask a friend who knows Turkish or eben use Google Translator – the try in itself will cheer them up. We know that Deniz Yücel receives such messages and he appreciates the effort – and enjoys the laugh at times.

 

In general for sending postal mail to the Istanbul10:

Please be aware that the postcards and letters will be read by prison personnel!

So please:

  • Be aware that there is no “confidential” information in your message!
  • Avoid comments on the political and the general situation in Turkey!
  • Messages of solidarity are okay. But please make sure that you treat all people with dignity and refrain from degrading language!

 

According to our information the proceedings in prison might take up to two weeks before the mail is delivered to them. Therefore we would like you to inform us by email to istanbul10(at)kurvewustrow.org that you have sent something – then we can tell the lawyers that such messages are on their way and they get at least this info soon!

And we can monitor which of these options work.

 

Finally, here are the postal addresses:

 

Ali Gharavi

Silivri Kapalı Ceza Infaz  Kurumu

9 Nolu Cezaevi A1/6 nolu kogus

1079 Semizkumlar Mah. Canta Cad.

No: 162/888 Silivri

Istanbul

TURKEY

 

Günal Kurşun

Silivri Kapalı Ceza Infaz Kurumu

9 Nolu Cezaevi B44

1079 Semizkumlar Mah. Canta Cad.

No: 162/888 Silivri

Istanbul

TURKEY

 

İdil Eser

Silivri Kapalı Ceza Infaz Kurumu

9 Nolu Cezaevi C2/16

1079 Semizkumlar Mah. Canta Cad.

No: 162/888 Silivri

Istanbul

TURKEY

 

Nalan Erkem

Silivri Kapalı Ceza Infaz Kurumu

9 Nolu Cezaevi C2/14

1079 Semizkumlar Mah. Canta Cad.

No: 162/888 Silivri

Istanbul

TURKEY

 

Özlem Dalkıran

Silivri Kapalı Ceza Infaz Kurumu

9 Nolu Cezaevi C2/12

1079 Semizkumlar Mah. Çanta Cad.

No: 162/888 Silivri

Istanbul

TURKEY

 

Peter Steudtner

Silivri Kapalı Ceza Infaz Kurumu

9 Nolu Cezaevi B3/nolu kogus 25

1079 Semizkumlar Mah. Canta Cad.

No: 162/888 Silivri

Istanbul

TURKEY

Veli Acu

Silivri Kapalı Ceza Infaz Kurumu

9 Nolu Cezaevi A

1079 Semizkumlar Mah. Canta Cad.

No: 162/888 Silivri

Istanbul

TURKEY

 

İlknur Üstün

Sincan Kapalı Ceza Infaz Kurumu

J3

Ceza Infaz Kurumları Kampüsü

Yenikent Sincan

Ankara

TURKEY

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