Prof. Dr. Haluk Savaş

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The Symbol of Hope: Prof. Dr. Haluk Savaş

He was one of the “Academics at Risk”. Nobody could label him with a specific narrow-minded political view.

He was leftist enough to be a CHP deputy candidate, daring enough to protect and support KHK (decree law) victims and brave enough to be able to resist the cruelty and injustice,  ” a lover of justice” who always struggled to eliminate the injustice.

In the words of his wife: “He was a lover of humanity who is sensitive enough to be able to say “ I wish I could heat some other helpless people’s hand with the warmth of mine” They fired him by decree law (KHK). They imprisoned him. He got cancer there, No government officials even cared.

They did not even give his passport to be able to continue his treatment abroad. When they finally gave his passport back, it was too late. He passed away a few days ago, leaving behind a marvelous struggle for freedom and justice. His wife, children, friends and his patients are left behind full of sorrow.

On the following pages you will find his lines. Rest in Peace Haluk Savaş!

A short documentary about the violations of rights experienced by  Prof Dr Haluk Savaş in 4 years has been published by KHKTeleviyzonu.

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  1. Prof. Dr. Haluk Savaş is known as one of the few psychiatry professors with the most publications in Turkey.

    For his worldwide achievements, Prof. Savaş was known to have received hundreds of citations for his publications during his time in prison.

  2. Değerli Haluk Hocam,

    Sizinle aynı yıl doğduğum halde, sağlığınızda sizi tanıma bahtiyarlığına eremedim.
    Bize artık “orta yaşlı” diyorlar ama sizin yaşlanmanıza fırsat vermediler…

    Alanınızda tanınmış bir tıp psikiyatristiymişsiniz; hem de en iyilerinden.
    KHK’lı mağdurların sesinin duyulması için koşturmuşsunuz; hem de en hızlısından.
    Zalimlerin yüzüne zulumlerini haykırmışsınız; hem de en yükseğinden.
    Mazlumlara kol kanat germişsiniz; hem de en merhametlisinden…

    Bu ülke insanına belki daha on yıllarca hizmet edecektiniz.
    İzin vermediler…
    Allah size rahmet eylesin; geride bıraktığınız ailesine sabrı cemil ihsan etsin.

  3. Despite struggling with cancer during the last years of his life, Prof. Haluk Savaş had more citations than the rector of his former university from where he was purged.

    For many people, including me, he is a symbol of hope. A hope to live with people from other believes, cultures, races, lifestyles, and ideologies under the umbrella of human rights.

  4. Prof.Dr. Haluk Savas als Wissenschaftler war immer in der Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie in der Türkei auf dem ersten Platz. Er war einer von uns. Herr Savas war einer der Menschen, die von mehr als 130.000 suspendiert wurden. Ein Paar Monaten nach dem Putschversuch in der Türkei im Juli 2016 wurde er ohne Begründung vom Dienst an der Universität suspendiert.  Er war eines der Opfer von diktatorische Regime. Durch die Suspendierung werden alle von einem Tag zum anderen vom erfolgreichen Wissenschaftler zu jemandem, von dem die Menschen sich abwenden – aus Angst. Weil Kontakt mit jemandem zu haben, dem Verbindungen zur Gülen-Bewegung nachgesagt werden, die der türkische Staatspräsident Erdogan für den Putschversuch verantwortlich macht, kann Grund genug für eine Verhaftung sein.
    Prof.Savas wurde festgenommen und ins Gefängnis geschickt. Nach Monaten wurde er freigelassen. Wegen des Stresses, den er erlebte, hat er Krebs bekommen. Unter diesen Umständen brachte er alle zusammen, führte zu Solidarität und schaffte es, die Mauern der Angst durchzubrechen. Er war ein echte Menschenrechtsaktivist, der den Menschen zeigte, dass sie sich der Diktator nicht unterwerfen sollten.
    Seine Motto war “Ich werde nicht durch Ertrinken im Mariza sterben, sondern werde ich in meinem Land sterben” und er ist gestorben. Verantwortlich dafür sind das Erdogan-Regime und alle, die dieses Regime unterstützen.

    Prof.Dr. Savas ist nicht gestorben, wir sind Haluk Savas.

    Wir werden dich nie vergessen.

    672 KHK

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