Ali Yildiz and Justice Abroad Director, Michael Polak co-publish a report for the International Journalists Association (IJA) on the “Weaponization of Anti-Terror Financing Measures: The Turkish government’s new transnational repression tool to silence its critics”.
Ali Yildiz has co-published a new report with top London-based barrister Michael Polak who is the director of Justice Abroad for the IJA titled “Weaponization of Anti-Terror Financing Measures: The Turkish Government’s New Transnational Repression Tool to Silence its Critics”.
This report addresses the Turkish government’s abuse of anti-terrorism financing laws which are supposed to be used to fight the financing of terrorism but are instead being used by the Turkish Government to target the finances of those opposed to it, even of those living abroad. The report explains that since 2014, Turkish authorities have constantly abused the country’s overly broad anti-terrorism laws for political reasons and have requested that foreign domestic financial authorities and international organisations blacklist individuals, making their lives outside of Turkey difficult when they fled Turkey to live in democratic countries.
The report covers several key issues:
Barrister Michael Polak stated the following about the report:
‘This report is the first in depth look at the use of anti-terrorism funding laws to target those who have escaped from the repressive Turkish regime. Those who believe they are safe from persecution by the Turkish Government, whether on the basis of their political beliefs or ethnicity, have suffered greatly when the Turkish Government has used international financial institutions, as well as domestic financial bodies around the world to attack their ability to live freely outside of Turkey. International bodies, as well as domestic authorities, need to realise the use to which such anti-terrorism funding laws can be put by autocratic regimes and act to prevent this by putting states who use such provisions for such purposes on blacklists and warning them that their anti-terrorism funding submissions will be ignored if they continue to use them for improper purposes.’
Attorney Ali Yildiz stated the following:
‘As even Financial Action Task Force admits there are unintended consequences of anti-terror financing measures, international bodies, national financial conduct authorities and financial institutions should be cautious about the Turkish government’s designations and measures with regard to anti-terror financing (ATF) and anti-money laundering (AML) framework.’