Journalist Hülya Emeç – a member of International Federation of Journalists – has applied for asylum in Switzerland’s Zurich Airport, and is currently being kept there with expectations to be sent back to Brazil where she arrived to Zurich from. Swiss authorities consider Brazil as a safe country for journalists, although Emeç had only been there for 3 days. Emeç stated that she had been harassed in Brazil and feels traumatized after having been imprisoned in Turkey.
Journalist Hülya Emeç talked to dokuz8NEWS regarding the situation of her asylum application in Switzerland. Formerly a reporter for Dicle News Agency and Van TV which had been shut down with a decree ruling of the State of Emergency Rule, journalist Emeç later worked freelance for platforms such as Fırat News Agency, Gazete Karınca, Libertarian Democracy Daily. A trial which had been opened in 2009 has sentenced Emeç to 7 years, 6 months in prison, as a result of which Emeç fled to Brazil and then to Switzerland to apply for asylum.
On January 2018, journalist Emeç applied for asylum at Zurich Airport but her application was denied with a statement “your entry country Brazil is a safe country for journalists”. Emeç has only received her mobile device today after her application was rejected by Swiss authorities.
“They want to send me to Brazil because it is considered a safe country for journalists. Yet for me Brazil is not a safe country at all, if it was I would have applied for asylum there. I am a journalist and there I was not even able to take out my camera as it did not look safe.”
Hülya Emeç, Journalist
“I AM EXPERIENCING A SERIOUS TRAUMA”
Emeç also states that according to regular procedure, she would have 5 days to object to rejection of her asylum application but that Swiss authorities insist on an immediate final decision. Emeç says “I have already spent time in prison in Turkey and the conditions I am in right now are causing a psychological decay on me. There is already an approved prison sentence for 7 years and 6 months. I come from a country where I do not feel safe.”
“BRAZIL IS NOT SAFE FOR WOMEN”
Journalist Hülya Emeç stated that she is under practical-custody in Switzerland at the airport in international flights section in a room without access to her camera, computer, press card and passport. Emeç has only managed to access her mobile phone after her asylum application was rejected today.
Emeç took a selfie-video in the room she is being kept at the Zurich Airport, in Switzerland, calling for journalism unions and institutions to act for her.