Carleton University PhD candidate reunites with his husband after two years of detention in Turkey

Diaspora, Social Justice

After 2 years of detention in Turkey, Carleton University PhD candidate Cihan Erdal is now reunited with his husband, Ömer Ongun, Erdal was initially imprisoned under on charges of inciting violent protests six years prior, before those being released on bail under constant watch when the charges were proven to be false. After walking hours to an undisclosed third country and seeking political asylum, Erdal was able to make his way back to Canada. Throughout his detention, Ongun led a tireless campaign to rally international support to bring Erdal back home. Turkish authorities have detained many individuals with alleged ties to political movements with questionable evidence and without due process.

This article is published in Xtra Magazine.