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03 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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03 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/025) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

Ministry of National Defence announced that 1 soldier (Harun Çınar) who got wounded due to mortar fire on December 2, 2019 within the military operation to north and east Syria, died in hospital.

(12/026) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

Ministry of National Defence announced that 1 soldier (Alpaslan Kurt) died and 1 soldier got wounded in a clash on December 2, 2019 within the military operation called “Claw-3”.

(12/027) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 2, 2019 that Şehzade Kurt and Azim Yacan, co-mayors of İpekyolu district of Van, are transferred to Erzurum E Type Closed Prison from Van T Type Closed Prison under coercion. Şehzade Kurt and Azim Yacan were detained on November 8, 2019 and were arrested on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

(12/028) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1119 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 2, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on December 2, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Alev Şahin) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Alev Şahin) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on December 2, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(12/029) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on December 2, 2019, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and detained 2 people (Mahmut Konuk and Alev Şahin). It is learned that 2 people were released the same day.

(12/030) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on December 2, 2019 of Nursel Tanrıverdi who rally to regain her job from which she had been dismissed by state of emergency decree, and detained her by using physical violence.

(12/031) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration about Selahattin Demirtaş’s health and demanding freedom for political prisoners, on Kılıçali Paşa Street in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul on December 2, 2019 and detained 5 people.

(12/032) Detained People in Batman…

7 of 30 people including Human Rights Association (IHD), People’s Democratic Party (HDP), Free Women’s Movement (TJA) members and executives and Democratic Society Congress (DTK) delegates who were detained in house raids in Batman on November 27, 2019, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on December 2, 2019. Arrested people are: Ayşe Adlığ Acar, Elif Koyuncu, Halime Çetinkaya, Mehmet Emin Özek, Mehmet Yaşar, Mehmet Yıldırım and Serdar Öztekin. It is learned that 3 people (Mahfuz Akgül, Güler Turhan, Murat Tekin) are released on judicial control conditions and 20 people are still under custody.

(12/033) Detained People in Siirt…

11 people who were detained in house raids in central and Pervari districts of Siirt on November 27, 2019 are released on December 2, 2019.

(12/034) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 2, 2019 that, police raided a house in Sur district of Diyarbakır, locked family members in the bathroom, seized their phones and searched the house; and detained 2 people (Mazlum Çiçek and Mahir Çiçek) using physical violence. The reason of detention is unknown.

(12/035) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

25 of 45 people including military members on active duty who were detained through an Istanbul based investigation on November 26, 2019, and following days are arrested on December 2, 2019. It is learned that 20 people are released.

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30 November – 02 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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30 November – 02 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/001) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 2 police officers got wounded due to explosion during passage of an armoured police vehicle in Nusaybin district of Mardin on November 29, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of November 30, 2019 that, 1 HPG militant died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Lice district of Diyarbakır on November 3, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 1, 2019 that 6 HPG militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to rural areas of Uludere district of Şırnak.

(12/002) Journalist Subjected to Assault in Iğdır…

It is learned that journalist Metin Işık was subjected to assault of a group including Iğdır Grey Wolves leader on November 27, 2019. It is claimed in the news reports that the reason of assault was Metin Işık’s news reports on Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) MP Yaşar Karadağ. Iğdır Governorate announced that 4 people are detained in relation to the assault.

(12/003) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

On December 2, 2019, Aygül Demirtaş, lawyer of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, announced via social media posts that, Selahattin Demirtaş lost consciousness due to chest tightness and asphyxiation he had in Edirne F Type Prison on November 26, 2019, and was given immediate medical attention in the ambulance called to prison. It was stated in social media posts that, Selahattin Demirtaş was not refereed to hospital for 7 days although lawyers and prison doctor demanded so. It is learned that Selahattin Demirtaş is taken to hospital on December 2, 2019.

(12/004) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

Esin Kavruk, who was detained and then arrested on October 11, 2019, for her social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to north and east Syria, and was put in Bakırköy Women’s Prison, was attempted to be detained once again, from prison this time, by Anti-Terror Department police upon instruction of the prosecutor’s office and was forcefully taken to Forensic Medicine Institution for DNA sample on November 11, 2019. It is learned from the news coverage of November 30, 2019 that, Esin Kavruk’s ward in prison (B-6) was raided by prison managers and wardens on November 28, 2019; and prisoners in the ward were subjected to torture and ill-treatment. Esin Kavruk’s lawyer Gülizar Tuncer states the following: “Prison manager and chief ward pulls Dilek Geçkin’s and Esin Kavruk’s hair. They dragged all women, kicked them and hit them with their shields, crushed their hands and legs. They hit some women’s heads to walls. They kicked Dilek Geçkin at her genitals, she cannot walk now. They then put prisoners in single cells”. It is learned that Esin Kavruk was taken to Haseki Public Hospital by gendarmerie, where Anti-Terror Department police officers took saliva sample from her by using physical violence. It is learned that medical reports evidencing torture and violence are given for Esin Kavruk, Dilek Geçkin and Zuhal Sürücü.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 1, 2019 that in Patnos L Type Prison, prisoners were not given hot water, and the water given to them was dirty which causes several diseases in prisons including skin and tooth problems, and that prisoners were not referred to hospital.

(12/005) Torture, Ill-Treatment and Imposition Under Custody in Mardin…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 29, 2019 that, Azat Akansel, one of 7 members of HDP Youth Assembly who were detained in house raids in Mardin on November 27, 2019, was subjected to physical violence of the police and was injured at the head. It is also reported that 1 of detainees, a student of Mardin Artuklu University was forced to being informant by the police saying “We will not let you graduate. We can speak to your professors at university and will not leave you in peace. We can help you. We know that you could not pay for your electricity service, so pity that you will not have it during cold winter. If you help us, be or friend you can have anything you want”.

(12/006) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1118 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on November 29, 30, and December 1, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on November 29, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Alev Şahin) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Alev Şahin) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on November 30, 2019, 2 people (Alev Şahin and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Alev Şahin and Merve Demirel) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on December 1, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) were detained.

Thus in total 12 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on November 29, 30, and December 1, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(12/007) Prevention of Saturday Mothers’ Protest in Istanbul…

Police obstructed all the streets around Galatasaray Square in Istanbul to prevent Saturday Mothers who rally every Saturday for 23 years in the same place to gather for the 766th time on November 30, 2019. Upon police prevention, the group including representatives of political parties, human rights defenders and artists along with families of disappeared people held a press declaration on the street of Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul office.

(12/008) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

 “F sit-in”, which is organized for the 401st time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on November 30, 2019, is prevented by the police. The police obstructed all the streets around Galatasaray Square. Human rights defenders made the press declaration in front of IHD Istanbul office.

(12/009) Police Raid to Cultural Center in Istanbul…

It is learned that Idil Cultural Center in Istanbul is raided by the police on November 29, 2019 and 6 people are detained. Detained people are: Grup Yorum band members Sultan Gökçek, Bergün Varan and Tuğçe Tayyar, Coşkun Öztekin, Hüseyin Kütük, Yusuf Gülen. Sultan Gökçek, Bergün Varan and Tuğçe Tayyar are arrested by the court on December 2, 2019. It is learned that Idil Cultural Center is raided 10 times within the last 2 years.

(12/010) Raid to Political Party Offices in Antep…

10 of 57 members and executives of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) who were detained by the police raiding HDP’s provincial office in Antep and offices in Şahinbey and Şehitkamil districts on November 14, 2019 and were released on judicial control conditions are arrested upon appeal of prosecutor’s office on December 1, 2019. Arrested people are: HDP Antep co-chair Sultan Bayındır, provincial executive Mustafa Tunç, HDP Party Assembly members Ömer Faruk Koç and Şefik Sondu, Durri Kaygusuz, Fadile Dikici, Cumali Taşçı, Ramazan Kuas, Azime Bali and Müslüm Özkan. With the last arrest, the number of arrested people through this investigation raised to 35.

(12/011) Detained Journalists in Istanbul…

It is learned that Mezopotamya News Agency reporters Sadiye Eser and Sadık Topaloğlu are detained in house raids in Istanbul on November 29, 2019. It is reported that lawyers are prevented from seeing journalists for 24 hours.

(12/012) Detained People in Ankara…

14 people including members and executives of HDP, Human Rights Association (IHD) and Health and Social Services Employees’ Union (SES) who were detained in house raids in Ankara on November 27, 2019 are released on November 29, 2019. It is reported that 1 person (Ethem Özgan) is released on house confinement conditions, 2 people (Şehriban Kavak and Nuri Ağırman) are released on judicial control conditions and with ban on leaving the country, and 11 people (IHD Ankara co-chair Fatin Kanat, SES executives Fikret Çalağan and Belkıs Yurtsever, HDP Party Assembly member Bereket Kar, HDP member Mazhar Yerlikaya and Şehriban Başak, Ethem Özgan, Sabahattin Karlı, Kemal Akalın, Ziya Cebeci) are released with ban on leaving the country.

(12/013) Detained Person in Şırnak…

On November 29, 2019, Mervan Dündar is detained during a road check in Idil district of Şırnak. Mervan Dündar has made a complaint to the police and applied to Human Rights Association after he was attempted to be abducted by persons claiming to be police officers in Kayapınar district of Diyarbakır on November 13, 2019.

(12/014) Detained Person in Hatay…

It is learned that Emsal Atakan, Ahmet Atakan’s mother, was detained in Hatay on November 30, 2019 and was released on December 1, 2019. Ahmet Atakan died due to gas canister fired by the police in Hatay during Gezi Park protests in 2013. It is learned that the reason of detention of Emsal Atakan was a social media post about Dilek Doğan, who was killed by the police searching her house in 2015.

(12/015) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

7 people (N. S., B. S., Ç. K., A. Ç., Y. U., İ. U. and Y. S.) who were detained on the grounds of ‘financing terrorism’ in Silvan district of Diyarbakır on November 29, 2019 are released after statement procedures on November 30, 2019.

(12/016) Detained People in Van…

5 of 20 people who were detained in house raids in Van on November 26, 2019 are arrested on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on November 29, 2019. 15 people are released on judicial control conditions. Arrested people are: İzzet Işık, Nihat Işık, Hazar Dayan, Harun Boğa and Ferhat Arslanboğa.

(12/017) June 5 – Diyarbakır Case…

The case on the bombing attack to HDP’s rally in Diyarbakır on June 5, 2015, is held on Sincan West Courthouse Heavy Penal Court No 2 on November 29, 2019. It is learned that defence lawyer Savaş Kaya verbally and physically attacked complainant lawyers during the trial and was forced out of the courtroom. It is learned that prosecutor declared legal opinion on the case and demanded acquittal of Burhan Gök due to lack of evidence. For İsmail Korkmaz, Mustafa Kılınç and Orhan Gönder, prosecutor demands heavy life imprisonment for 4 times each of on the charge of ‘intentional killing with bomb’; and heavy life imprisonment on the charge of ‘attempt of intentional killing of 216 people’, on the charge of ‘violating Constitution’ and ‘possession or exchange of hazardous substances without permission’. The court adjourned the trial to December 13, 2019.

(12/018) Police Chief on Trial in Van…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 1, 2019 that Koçer Sason Yapıcı, who was subjected to torture under custody at Gürpınar District Security Directorate on July 22, 2016 in Van is sentenced to 1 year and 7 months by Gürpınar Penal Court of First Instance on the charge of ‘insulting an officer’ and ‘resisting an officer to prevent his duty’. However, police chief M. A. K. who was also on trial on the charge of ‘injury’ is acquitted by the court saying “it could be understood that he committed to violence under the influence of fierce distress due to threats and violent behaviours of Koçer Sason Yapıcı”.

(12/019) Former HDP Co-Chair on Trial…

The final trial of the case against Selahattin Demirtaş, former co-chair of HDP, on the charge of ‘insulting a public officer’ is held at Viranşehir Penal Court of First Instance No 1 on November 29, 2019. The court acquitted Selahattin Demirtaş. On August 4, 2013, a group on their way to Ceylanpınar for a peace event including Selahattin Demirtaş, co-chair of Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) back then, was stopped by the police in Viranşehir district and was subjected to intervention of the police using pepper spray, rubber bullets and water cannon vehicles. Selahattin Demirtaş was sued because of reacting against this intervention.

(12/020) People on Trial in Van…

The case against 28 people including 8 arrestees, for being delegates of Democratic Society Congress (DTK), is held at Van Heavy Penal Court No 5 on November 29, 2019. The court decided to release 8 arrestees (Bazi Aslan, Çetin Uyar, Ramazan Duman, Hakan Demir, Faysal Parlak, Mehmet Ali Sönmez, Mesut Erzengin and Abdulsettar Güneş) and adjourned the trial.

28 people were detained through an investigation on DTK on March 21, 2019 and 8 of them were arrested on March 26, 2019.

(12/021) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On November 29, 2019, former security director Mete Cengiz is detained in Ankara and a person named O. Ö. departed from England to Turkey is detained at Istanbul Airport.

6 of 7 people who were detained in Edirne in alleged attempt to illegally cross to Greece on November 29, 2019 are arrested on the same day.

(12/022) Seizure of Passport of Journalist…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 1, 2019 that journalist Hasan Cemal’s passport was seized at Istanbul Airport on the grounds of a ban on leaving the country. It is reported that the ban decision was dated on November 11, 2019.

(12/023) Cancelled Press Credentials…

It is learned that Vice President Fuat Oktay stated on November 30, 2019 that press credentials of 685 journalists are cancelled since July 15, 2016, on the grounds of “relation, connection or junction to structures that threat national security”.

(12/024) Ban of Events in Hakkari and Antep…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on November 29, 2019 and announced that, all open events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 15 days as of November 30, 2019. All events are banned in Hakkari for 255 days since April 4, 2019.

Antep Governorate made a declaration on November 30, 2019 and announced that, all open events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 15 days as of November 30, 2019. All events are banned in Antep for 115 days since August 22, 2016.

[1]The reports on the human rights violations of the Documentation Center are claims unless they are certified. The claim of violation either is certified through thoroughly investigations of HRFT Documentation Center, including by judicial verdicts, and becomes a definite data or it is not included to the annual report.

[2]To subscribe to the e-mail group: please write ‘daily human rights reports subscription application’ to the title of your e-mail and sent it to dokumantasyon@tihv.org.tr.

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[5] Daily Human Rights Reports are prepared on the information gathered by the Documentation Center from its own network and the following dailies and internet portals: Vatan, Milliyet, Hürriyet, Habertürk, Evrensel, Birgün, Cumhuriyet, Fırat Haber Ajansı, Jinnews, ETHA, Mezopotamya Ajansı, Yurt, Yeni Yaşam, NTV, Yeni Asya, Bianet, Halkinsesi.tv, Cnnturk, Tr724, İleri Haber, Siyasi Haber, Alınteri, Kızılbayrak, Sendika.org, Yüksekova Haber, T24, Diken, Gazete Karınca, Gazete Duvar. Haber Sol, El Cezire, BBC, Deutsche Welle, Reuters, AFP.

29 November 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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29 November 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/315) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

Turkish Armed Forces announced that 1 soldier (Bünyamin Çabuk) died and 2 soldiers got wounded due to stroke of lightning in Xakurke area on November 28, 2019 within the military operation to north and east Syria.

(11/316) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1115 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on November 28, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on November 28, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Taylan Sungur) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on November 28, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(11/317) Police Intervention to a Commemoration in Ankara…

The police intervened the commemoration for Tahir Elçi, who was killed in Diyarbakır 4 years ago, organized by Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD), Human Rights Association (İHD), (Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD) and Social Law Group in front of Ankara Courthouse on November 28, 2019. It is learned that the police seized and tore down the banners in Turkish and Kurdish. It is reported that the commemoration event is held inside of the courthouse.

(11/318) Detained People in Ağrı…

5 of 11 people who were detained in house raids in Doğubayazıt, Tutak and Taşlıçay districts of Ağrı on November 27, 2019 are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on November 28, 2019. Arrested people are: People’s Democratic Party (HDP) provincial executives Kazım Aslan and Celal Kürkçü, HDP Doğubayazıt district executive Faruk Sevkan, Elif Aslan and İrfan Aslan. It is learned that 6 people (Okan Sekirden and Agriculture Workers’ Union Ağrı Branch chair Hanifi Demir and 4 more people) are released on judicial control conditions.

(11/319) Detained People in Antalya…

Adnan Ünlü, one of 4 people who were detained in house raids in Antalya on November 27, 2019 is arrested on the charge of ‘insulting the President’, and İdris Demirbaş is arrested on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on November 28, 2019. 2 people (Gül Ekinci Benek and 1 more person) are released on judicial control conditions.

(11/320) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

12 people who were detained in house raids in Diyarbakır on November 27, 2019 are released on November 28, 2019. It is learned that 8 of them will be on judicial control conditions.

(11/321) Police Raid to Political Party Offices and Detained People in Kocaeli…

Bülent Uyguner, 1 of 23 people who were detained in house raids and raids to offices of HDP in Darıca, Dilovası and Gebze districts as well as provincial office in Kocaeli on November 26, 2019, is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on November 28, 2019. 22 people who are still under custody: HDP provincial co-chair Leyla Aygün, HDP provincial executive İrfan Demirkaya, HDP Party Assembly members Mehmet Alçınkaya and Engin Güleser, Abdulkadir Demir, Kutbettin Güneysu, Ebubekir Çoban, Osman Kurum, Zakire Dündar, Meryem Uslu, Kudret Davutoğlu, Hasret Erdem, Emine Karaaslan, Mehmet Karaaslan, Yüksel Genç, Damla Bağcı, Melike Aydın, Melek Yerkan, Tekin Gür, Şenol Taşdemir, Biret Aydemir, Gökhan Demirtaş and Necla Erdoğan.

(11/322) Detained People in Mardin…

7 people who were detained in house raids in Kızıltepe and central districts of Mardin on November 27, 2019 are released on November 28, 2019. Detained people are: HDP Youth Assembly member Özgür Ermiş, Mizgin Sırnaç, Azat Akansel, Sultan Irmak, Hatip Öncü, Elif İnan and Hilal with unknown surname.

(11/323) Detained Journalist in Mersin…

Journalist Mehmet Fırat Öksüz who was detained on November 28, 2019 in Mersin through an investigation on his social media posts is released on the same day after statement procedures.

(11/324) Detained District Council Members and Other People in Muş…

It is learned that Ümit Sakık, former city council member who was detained in house raids in Muş on November 27, 2019, is arrested on November 28, 2019.

It is learned that Malazgirt district council member Sema Tekin and Muş city council member Faruk Demir are detained in house raids in Muş on November 28, 2019.

(11/325) Detained Person in Istanbul for ‘Insulting the President’…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 28, 2019 that Dürdane Özselgin (63), is detained by gendarmerie while she was visiting a friend’s house in Çatalca district of Istanbul. It is reported that she was detained on the grounds of ‘insulting the President’ in a quarrel she had in local market. It is reported that Dürdane Özselgin’s regular medications were not allowed in custody. It is reported that Dürdane Özselgin was released with a ban on leaving the country on November 29, 2019.

(11/325) Hrant Dink Murder Case…

The case against 76 people (4 arrested) including security, national intelligence and gendarmerie personnel, on the grounds of being responsible and negligent on the murder of Hrant Dink, executive editor of Agos newspaper, is held between November 26 and 28, 2019 on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 14. It is learned that, Yunus Dolar who was heard as a witness on November 26, 2019, stated that as Minorities Office of Istanbul Security Directorate, they have informed Şişli and Bakırköy district security directorates about taking due precautions for a possible assault in 2004, when protests against Agos newspaper emerged. Mustafa İlhan, who was police director in Samsun back then is heard as a witness on November 27, 2019. It is learned that Mustafa İlhan stated the following when he was asked about the photograph of Ogün Samast, the murderer, in front of a Turkish flag posing with police officers at the headquarters in Samsun: “I did my job. I was not informed about the photograph”.

The court decided to re-evaluate the demand of hearing National Intelligence Service officers Hüseyin Kubilay Günay, Özel Yılmaz, Handan Selçuk and Ahmet Köksoy as witnesses and adjourned the trial to February 18, 2020.

(11/326) The Case Against People Evacuated from Nusaybin…

The case against 70 people who were detained and then arrested on May 26, 2016, after being evacuated from the buildings they were stuck in during the curfew on Nusaybin district, is held on November 28, 2019 on Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 4. The court has decided to separate the case for each defendant and to start proceedings all over again with new case files on April 5, 2019. The court sentenced 1 person (Mehmet Ziriğ) to heavy life imprisonment and 17 years. It is learned that Mehmet Ziriğ was forcefully taken out of the courtroom after he started shouting slogans. The court sentenced 2 people (Fırat Darı and Mazlum Yaşa) to heavy life imprisonment and 18 years each, 1 person (Süleyman Göksel Yerdut) to heavy life imprisonment and 15 years. The court adjourned the trials of Halil İbrahim Yıldız and İsmail Yılmaz to January 20, 2020.

(11/327) Former HDP MP on Trial…

The case against former HDP Kars MP and Democratic Society Congress board member Mülkiye Birtane at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 4 on November 28, 2019. The indictment demands sentence of 15 years to 22 years and 6 months for Mülkiye Birtane on the charge of ‘establishing and leading an illegal organisation’. The court decided to continue detention of Mülkiye Birtane and adjourned the trial to December 13, 2019.

Mülkiye Birtane was detained on November 26, 2018 and was arrested on December 7, 2018.

(11/328) Özgür Gündem Main Case…

The case against executive editor Zana Kaya, managing editor İnan Kızılkaya, grant holder Kemal Sancılı, editorial consultants Aslı Erdoğan, Necmiye Alpay, Filiz Koçali, Ragıp Zarakolu and Bilge Aykut and writer Eren Keskin of Özgür Gündem newspaper which was closed down by a state of emergency decree, is held on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 23 on November 28, 2019. The court adjourned the trial to January 13, 2020.

(11/329) Özgür Gündem Case…

The trial of the case against director Veysi Algan and Hüseyin Süzügen on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 22 for participating in “Editors in Chief on Watch” campaign to support Özgür Gündem newspaper which was closed down by a state of emergency decree, is held on November 28, 2019. The court adjourned the trial to February 18, 2020.

The trial of the case against Can Dündar is held on the same day and the court adjourned the trial to May 21, 2019.

(11/330) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The final trial of the case against journalists Aziz Oruç, Selman Keleş, Özgür Paksoy, Kenan Kırkaya, İshak Yasul and Ersin Çaksu, for news reports and articles published between October 21 – November 1 in 2016 on Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper, is held at Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 2 on November 28, 2019. The court sentenced İshak Yasul, Kenan Kırkaya, Özgür Paksoy and Selman Keleş to 5 months each on the charge of ‘publicly degrading judicial bodies of state’ and deferred the announcement of the verdict. The court decided to separate the cases against Aziz Oruç and Ersin Çaksu.

(11/331) Journalist on Trial in Batman…

The final trial of the case against Deniz Kılıç, former Batman correspondent of Azadiya Welat newspaper, on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on social media posts is held at Batman Heavy Penal Court No 2 on November 28, 2019. The court sentenced Deniz Kılıç to 3 years and 2 month and 15 days.

(11/332) “KCK Lawyers Case”…

The case against 46 lawyers of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 19 is held on November 28, 2019. After defence hearings the court decided to hear İrfan Dündar as a witness and adjourned the trial to March 26, 2020.

(11/333) Lawyer on Trial in Istanbul…

The trial of the case against lawyer Can Tombul from The Law Office of the Oppressed, is held on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 35 on November 28, 2019. The indictment demands sentence for Can Tombul on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention of Can Tombul and adjourned the trial to March 26, 2020.

Can Tombul was detained in Istanbul on July 31, 2018 and was arrested by the court on August 3, 2018; he was released by the court on September 12, 2019.

(11/334) Constitutional Court Decision on Right to Assembly and Demonstration…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 28, 2019 that the Constitutional Court has concluded on individual appeal of Hayriye Özde Çelikbilek, who was sentenced to a fine of 219 Turkish Liras for ‘opposing the Law of Misdemeanour’ after being detained in a police intervention to a protest. The court decided that Çelikbilek’s right to assembly and demonstration was violated and sent the case to Ankara Penal Court of Peace No 3 for retrial. Hayriye Özde Çelikbilek was detained in the protest “Close Down Rapist Ensar Foundation” against Ensar Foundation in Kızılay, Ankara on March 25, 2016.

(11/335) Constitutional Court Decision on Freedom of Communication…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 28, 2019 that the Constitutional Court has concluded on individual appeal of Orhan Bingöl, whose letter from Bolu F Type Prison to an NGO was seized by prison administration on November 13, 2016. The court decided that freedom of communication of Orhan Bingöl was violated and he should be paid a compensation of 1000 Turkish Liras.

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26 November 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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26 November 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/271) Preventions and Interventions Against November 25 Protests…

7 people who were detained while distributing leaflets about “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women” in Esenyurt district of Istanbul on November 24, 2019 are arrested on the charge of ‘insulting the state and inciting hatred among people’ on November 25, 2019. Arrested people are: Ayfer Yılmaz, Muzaffer İpek, Türkan Sünbül, Elvan Uçar, Mürvet Kesen, Zübeyde Ağırbaş, Maynur Yılmaz.

The police used rubber bullets and pepper spray to intervene the women marching from Tünel Square to Istiklal Street in Istanbul on November 25, 2019 for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Beyoğlu Sub-Governorate has banned the march on November 24, 2019 and lifted the ban on November 25, 2019. It is learned that numerous people were injured due to intervention.

Mardin Governorate banned the press declaration of Commission for Rights of Women and Children of Mardin Bar Association on November 25, 2019.

(11/272) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1112 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on November 25, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on November 25, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 3 people (Nazan Bozkurt, Merve Demirel and Melek Çetinkaya) were detained.

Thus in total 5 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on November 25, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(11/273) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on November 25, 2019, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and detained 3 people (Mahmut Konuk, Cemal Yıldırım and Merve Demirel). It is learned that 2 people were released the same day.

(11/274) Detained Person in Balıkesir…

Hatice Köşker who was detained in a house raid in Balıkesir on November 22, 2019 is released on November 25, 2019 on judicial control conditions.

(11/275) Constitutional Court Decision on Freedom of Expression and Art…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 25, 2019 that Constitutioanl Court has concluded on individual appeal of sculpturer Mehmet Aksoy about demolishing of his Monument to Humanity in 2011. Mehmet Aksoy’s monument which has been built in Kars in 2006 was labelled as “freak” by Tayyip Erdoğan, who was visiting the city as Prime Minister in 2011 and was demolished by Kars Municipality. The court stated that freedom of expression and art of Mehmet Aksoy was violated and a compensation of 20.000 Turkish Liras should be paid.

(11/276) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

7 of 63 military members on active duty who were detained through an Ankara based investigation on Turkish Air Forces personnel on November 22, 2019, are released on judicial control conditions on November 25, 2019.

1 person who is detained in Ankara on November 25, 2019 is arrested on the same day.

It is learned that 34 of 46 people for whom a warrant is issued through an Ankara based investigation are detained on November 25, 2019.

(11/277) Ban of Events in Adana…

Adana Governorate made a declaration on November 25, 2019 and announced that, on the grounds of possible protests related to trustee appointments to municipalities won by HDP and Turkish Armed Forces operation to north and south Syria, all open and indoor events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 15 days as of November 25, 2019. This is the fourth time of banning all events in Adana for 15 days since October 10, 2019.

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23 – 25 November 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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23 – 25 November 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/246) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

It is learned that 1 soldier (Mustafa Akkaya) who got wounded due to being hit by an armoured vehicle on November 23, 2019 within the military operation of Turkish Armed Forces to north and east Syria, died in hospital on November 23, 2019.

(11/247) Interventions and Detentions Related to Reactions Against Military Operation to North and East Syria…

On November 22, 2019 46 people are detained in house raids in Adana on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria. The names of detained people are unknown.

(11/248) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 23, 2019 that 2 HPG militants died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in Pülümür district of Tunceli on October 4, 2019.

(11/249) People Subjected to Physical Violence of Private Security Guards in Erzurum…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 23, 2019 that, 2 people (Hanifi Zengin and Emircan Zengin) who came to metropolitan municipality building in Erzurum to attend the public meeting on November 21, 2019, were forced out of the building and were subjected to physical violence by private security guards. It is reported that Emircan Zengin’s arm was broken due to violence. It is learned that 2 people were taken to Gürcükapı Police Station by the police and were released afterwards.

(11/250) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1111 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on November 22, 23, and 24, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on November 22, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on November 23, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on November 24, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) were detained. It is learned that Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel were subjected to physical violence of the police and were handcuffed behind their backs.

Thus in total 12 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on November 22, 23, and 24, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(11/251) Prevention of Saturday Mothers’ Protest in Istanbul…

Police obstructed all the streets around Galatasaray Square in Istanbul to prevent Saturday Mothers who rally every Saturday for 23 years in the same place to gather for the 765th time on November 23, 2019. Upon police prevention, the group including representatives of political parties, human rights defenders and artists along with families of disappeared people held a press declaration on the street of Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul office.

(11/252) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

 “F sit-in”, which is organized for the 400th time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on November 23, 2019, is prevented by the police. The police obstructed all the streets around Galatasaray Square. Human rights defenders made the press declaration in front of IHD Istanbul office.

(11/253) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration at Galatasaray Square in Istanbul on November 23, 2019, organized by TAYAD, for Mustafa Koçak who is on hunger strike demanding a fair trial since October 1, 2019 in Izmir Şakran Prison; and detained Cemile Temizkalp by using physical violence. It is learned that the police prevented press from recording the intervention. It is reported that Cemile Temizkalp was released on November 24, 2019.

(11/254) Police Intervention to an Event in Istanbul…

The police intervened people gathering at Cemil Candaş Cultural Center in Şişli district of Istanbul for the concert “Cancel the State of Emergency Decrees” organized by Insurgency Assembly on November 23, 2019, and detained 18 people by using physical violence. Detained people are: Acun Karadağ, Nuriye Gülmen, Nursel Tanrıverdi, Nuri Cihanyandı, Batuhan Şengül, Nuran Ayan, Ziya Özder, Engin Karataş, Volkan Çeşme, Aydoğan Yıldız, Taylan Gültekin, Metin Kaleli, Yaprak Türkmen, Cenk Turan, Can Karakulak, Sevcan Akdoğan, Ali Ihsan Akgün and Cansu (unknown surname). The concert was banned by Beyoğlu Sub-governorate on November 21, 2019.

(11/255) Detained People in Istanbul…

On November 24, 2019, 7 people distributing leaflets about “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women” in Esenyurt district of Istanbul are detained. Detained people are: Ayfer Yılmaz, Muzaffer İpek, Türkan Sünbül, Elvan Uçar, Mürvet Kesen, Zübeyde Ağırbaş, Maynur Yılmaz.

(11/256) Detained Students in Izmir…

It is learned that 6 students, members of Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF) were subjected to phycial violence of the police and were detained on November 22, 2019 at Ege University Campus where President Erdoğan came for opening of a mosque. It is learned that students’ cell phones were seized by the police and they were kept in police car for 5 hours, before being released without giving official statement.

(11/257) Raid to Political Party Offices in Antep…

Diyar Bayram, 1 of 57 members and executives of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) who were detained by the police raiding HDP’s provincial office in Antep and offices in Şahinbey and Şehitkamil districts on November 14, 2019 is arrested on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on November 24, 2019. 6 people (Ramazan Kuas, Müslüm Özkan, Sultan Özalp, Cuma Ali Taşçı, Servet Bayram, Azime Bali, Halil Kılıç) are released on judicial control conditions on the same day. Thus 25 people in total are arrested, while 32 people provided that 29 of them on judicial control conditions are released.

(11/258) Detained Person in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that the police raided a house in Kayapınar district of Diyarbakır at around 03.30 on November 23, 2019 and detained Fekrat Kurt. It is reported that where Fekrat Kurt was taken to is unknown.

(11/259) Detained Person in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that a group of police with face masks raided a cafe in Yenişehir district of Diyarbakır on November 23, 2019 and detained a person named İbrahim Ay by using physical violence.

(11/260) Detained Person in Mardin…

It is learned that 1 person (Zeynep Konğ) who was detained in a house raid in Nusaybin district of Mardin on November 21, 2019, is released on judicial control conditions on November 22, 2019.

(11/261) Detained Person in Balıkesir…

It is learned that 1 person (Hatice Köşker) is detained in a house raid in Balıkesir on November 22, 2019 and is taken to Adana for investigation.

(11/262) Detained People in Erzurum…

8 people who were detained by gendarmerie in house raids in Karayazı district of Erzurum on November 22, 2019 are released on November 23, 2019. Detained people are: Tufan Yılmaz, Sedi Yılmaz, Nimet Yılmaz, Gıyasettin Sönmez, Mahfuz Sönmez, Şemsettin Bülbül, Abdülkerim Bülbül and Salih Kartal.

(11/263) Arrested Lawyer in Balıkesir…

Fuat Şengül from Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD) Izmir branch, who was detained through an investigation on his meetings with a client, in Balıkesir on November 20, 2019 is arrested on November 22, 2019.

(11/264) The Case Against Arrested Journalist…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 24, 2019 that, the indictment of Muş Public Prosecutor’s Office against journalist İdris Sayılğan, who is kept in Trabzon E Type Prison, on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation on social media’ is accepted by Muş Heavy Penal Court No 2.  A case has been opened against İdris Sayılğan on the same court and the court has sentenced him to 8 years and 3 months on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on January 24, 2019.

(11/265) The Case Against Writer Fikret Başkaya…

The case against writer Fikret Başkaya, on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ for his article “Actual Terror is State’s Terror” which was published on Özgür Üniversite website on November 7, 2016, is held on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 21 on November 22, 2019. The court acquitted Fikret Başkaya.

(11/266) People on Trial in Şırnak…

The first trial against 9 people including Hasan Birlik, for attending funeral of Lokman Birlik, is held on Şırnak Heavy Penal Court No 3 on November 22, 2019. Lokman Birlik was shot by the police in Şırnak and his dead body was dragged around an armoured vehicle. The indictment demands sentence for 9 people on the charges of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘inciting hatred and hostility among people’. The court acquitted 9 people.

(11/267) People on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against 11 people (journalists Perihan Erkılınç Okay, Mehmet Şahin and Berfin Aslan, Volkan Atmaca, Umut Akgül, Selda Erbil, Melek Andan, İlayda Çalasın, Rojen Zaman, Gamze Taşçı and Metin Yılmaz) on the charge of ‘violation of Law on Demonstrations and Meetings No 2911’ is held at Istanbul Anadolu Penal Court of First Instance No 25 on November 22, 2019. 11 people were detained by the police intervening the press declaration in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on August 23, 2019, to protest trustee appointments to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van. After defence statements the court decided to take official statements of Gamze Taşçı and Metin Yılmaz, who are arrested through another case, and adjourned the trial to January 16, 2020.

(11/268) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On November 22, 2019, 53 of 92 military members on active duty for whom a warrant is issued through an Ankara based investigation on Turkish Air Forces personnel, are detained.

8 of 12 people who were detained in operations covering 9 cities through an Urfa based investigation are arrested on November 22, 2019 while 4 people are released on judicial control conditions.

On November 22, 2019 46 people including military members on active duty are detained in operations covering 23 cities through a Bursa based investigation.

It is learned that 80 of 124 people who were detained on November 19, 2019 and following days through an Izmir based investigation on Turkish Armed Forces personnel, are arrested on November 23, 2019 and 33 people are released on judicial control conditions. 9 people were released after statement procedures at the police while 2 people are still under custody.

(11/269) Preventions of November 25 Protests…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 24, 2019 that Beyoğlu Sub-Governorate banned the march for “November 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women” at Tünel Square in Istanbul.

It is learned from the news coverage of November 22, 2019 that 4 busses used for public transportation by Batman Municipality, which has been covered in purple and in slogans “We defend life against violence”, “We, the women are strong together” and “No to violence against women” are stopped by the police on November 21, 2019 and were banned from traffic on the grounds of ‘making political propaganda’.

(11/270) Ban of Events in Ağrı and Van…

Ağrı Governorate made a declaration on November 22, 2019 and announced that, all open and indoor events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 15 days as of November 22, 2019.

Van Governorate made a declaration on November 24, 2019 and announced that, all open and indoor events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 15 days as of November 25, 2019. All events are banned in Van for 1111 days since November 21, 2016.

[1]The reports on the human rights violations of the Documentation Center are claims unless they are certified. The claim of violation either is certified through thoroughly investigations of HRFT Documentation Center, including by judicial verdicts, and becomes a definite data or it is not included to the annual report.

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21 November 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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21 November 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/214) Prisoner Died…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 20, 2019 that Hasan Eskicioğlu (49) died due to heart attack in Mardin Prison. It is reported that Hasan Eskicioğlu was arrested on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ around 7 months ago, and had a heart attack in prison before, after which he was treated in hospital and taken back to prison again.

(11/215) Journalist Attacked in Ankara…

It is learned that Korkusuz newspaper writer Ahmet Takan was attacked by an unknown person in front of his house in Ankara on November 20, 2019.

(11/216) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1107 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on November 20, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on November 20, 2019, 1 person (Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 3 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on November 20, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

 

(11/217) Arrested Co-Mayor in Urfa…

Suruç district co-mayor Hatice Çevik who was detained in Urfa on November 15, 2019, is arrested on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on November 20, 2019.

(11/218) Detained District Council Members in Ağrı…

3 people (city council member Ceren Barış, former provincial co-chair of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Naile Barış and HDP member Hamit Taşdemir) who were detained in house raids in Ağrı on November 19, 2019 are released on November 20, 2019. It is reported that Hamit Taşdemir’s house was broken by the police and he was subjected to physical violence of the police.

(11/219) Raid to Political Party Offices in Antep…

8 of 57 members and executives of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) who were detained by the police raiding HDP’s provincial office in Antep and offices in Şahinbey and Şehitkamil districts on November 14, 2019 are arrested on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on November 20, 2019. Arrested people are: HDP Antep provincial co-chair Müslüm Kılıç, DBP provincial co-chair Abdullah İnce, HDP Şehitkamil district co-chair Salman Tutumlu, Müslüm Özkan, Emin Kavak, Mehmet Gümüştekin, Süleyman Yağız and Serdar Yıldırım. On November 19, 2019, 5 people were arrested and 5 people were released on judicial control conditions. It is reported that 39 people are still under custody.

(11/220) Grup Yorum Band Members and Others on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against 15 people (5 arrested) including Grup Yorum music band members Helin Bölek and Bahar Kurt, on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘leading an illegal organisation’, on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 35 is held on November 20, 2019. The court rejected decided to release Helin Bölek, Bahar Kurt, Fikret Akar, Yeliz Kılıç and Dilan Uludağ and adjourned the trial to February 12, 2020. Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office appealed the release on the same day however Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 35 rejected the appeal.

(11/222) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On November 20, 2019, 17 people are detained through an Izmir based investigation on Turkish Armed Forces personnel.

(11/223) Compensation Case Related to October 10 Ankara Massacre…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 20, 2019 that, Ankara Administrative Court No 12 sentenced Ministry of Interior and Ankara Governorate to pay 1.094.000 Turkish Liras as compensation to family of Veysel Atılgan (9) and İbrahim Atılgan who died due to bombing attack in Ankara on October 10, 2015. The court verdict states the following: “Providing safety of life and property of individuals is an essential duty of the state. It is considered that administration has failure in its service due to lack of taking measures according to the informative given recently”.

[1]The reports on the human rights violations of the Documentation Center are claims unless they are certified. The claim of violation either is certified through thoroughly investigations of HRFT Documentation Center, including by judicial verdicts, and becomes a definite data or it is not included to the annual report.

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20 November 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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20 November 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/204) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1106 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on November 19, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on November 19, 2019, 1 person (Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Mahmut Konuk) were detained.

Thus in total 3 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on November 19, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(11/205) Students Were Subjected to Violence of Private Security Guards in Ankara…

On November 19, 2019, private security guards used clubs to intervene the students who want to attend “Symposium on Turkey’s Modernization Process and Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences” at Ankara University.

It is learned that university students who were prevented from attending the symposium were then assaulted by a group of nationalists known as Grey wolves and several students and academicians were injured.

(11/206) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration of Revolutionary Party members in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on November 19, 2019, to protest male violence which lastly killed Güleda Cankel in Isparta city. The police detained 2 people (Başak Yeşilot and Cansu Kalender).

(11/207) Detained District Council Members in Ağrı…

On November 19, 2019, 3 people including district council member Ceren Barış are detained in house raids in Ağrı. The names of detained people are: Ceren Barış, former provincial co-chair of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and HDP member Hamit Taşdemir.

(11/208) Arrested HDP Executive in Antalya…

HDP provincial executive Hacı Tekmenuray who was detained in Antalya on November 12, 2019 is arrested by the court on November 19, 2019.

(11/209) HDP MP on Trial…

The appeal of HDP Antep MP Mahmut Toğrul to 2 years and 6 months of sentence given by Antep Heavy Penal Court on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’, is concluded by Penal Department No 18 of Antep Regional Court on November 19, 2019. The court rejected the appeal on the grounds that “sentence given is not unlawful with respect to procedure and principle, there is no lack of evidence and the consideration of the court is sufficient with regard to proving the allegation”. It is learned that Mahmut Toğrul will appeal to Supreme Court.

(11/210) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On November 19, 2019, 101 people including 3 colonels, 5 majors and 5 lieutenants are detained in operations covering 45 cities through an Izmir based investigation on Turkish Armed Forces personnel; 11 people are detained in operations covering 5 cities through an Ankara based investigation on Turkish Air Force personnel and 56 people are detained in operations covering 19 cities through an Ankara based investigation.

(11/211) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against former Supreme Court judge Muharrem Karayol is held at Penal Department No 9 of Supreme Court on November 19, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 14 years and 3 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The final trial of the case against former major Şükrü Seymen is held at Muğla Heavy Penal Court No 2 on November 19, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to heavy life imprisonment for four times on the charges of ‘violating the Constitution’, ‘assassination attempt to President’, ‘intentional killing’. The court sentenced the defendant to 3 years on the charge of ‘insulting the President’, to 6 years on the charge of ‘intentional injury’, to 18 years on the charge of ‘violation of the immunity of residence’ and to 18 years on the charge of ‘deprivation of liberty’.

(11/212) Trustees Appointed to District Council…

It is learned that 6 public officials are appointed as trustees to Bağlar district council of Diyarbakır on November 19, 2019. 6 members of Bağlar district council (Nurettin Bakan, Halime Bayram, Hüsnü Aslan, Mehmet Akdoğan, Panayır Çelik and Naşide Buluttekin Can) who were elected as HDP candidates, were suspended by Ministry of Interior on October 21, 2019.

(11/213) Ban of Events in Urfa…

Urfa Governorate made a declaration on November 19, 2019 and announced that, all open events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 30 days as of November 19, 2019. This is the third time of banning all events for 30 days in Urfa since August 19, 2019.

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19 November 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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19 November 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/190) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 18, 2019 that 2 HPG militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to Heftanin area in Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on October 26, 2019 and 2 HPG militants died in another air operation to Zap area on October 27, 2019.

(11/191) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 18, 2019 that, prisoners in Osmaniye T Type Closed Prison No 2 are on hunger strike since November 12, 2019, to protest ill-treatment and right violations. It is reported that prisoners were subjected to stand up and were subjected to physical violence during roll-calls, newspapers and other periodicals are not given to them, they are subjected to arbitrary disciplinary proceedings and penalties, visit rights of prisoners are limited and they are forced to be in handcuffs during medical examinations at hospitals.

(11/192) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 18, 2019 that, Esin Kavruk, who was detained and then arrested on October 11, 2019, for her social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to north and east Syria, and was put in Bakırköy Women’s Prison, was attempted to be detained once again, from prison this time, by Anti-Terror Department police upon instruction of the prosecutor’s office. Esin Kavruk was forcefully taken to Forensic Medicine Institution for DNA sample, and her lawyer Gülizar Tuncer states the following: “After that, prison director and chief warden calls Esin and verbally informs her about this news detention warrant. She was said that in case she does not accept, she would forcefully be taken by Anti-Terror Department police.

(11/193) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1105 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on November 18, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on November 18, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on November 20, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(11/194) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on November 18, 2019, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and detained 2 people (Mahmut Konuk and Cemal Yıldırım). It is learned that 2 people were released the same day.

(11/195) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on November 18, 2019 of Nursel Tanrıverdi who rally to regain her job from which she had been dismissed by state of emergency decree, and detained her by using physical violence.

(11/196) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

3 people who were detained by the police intervening the press declaration of Revolutionary High-School Students, about suspicious death of Rabia Naz Vatan (11), held at Taksim Square in Istanbul on November 17, 2019, are released on November 18, 2019. The names of detained people are: Şirin Yıldız, Harun Savğat and Doğukan Uçan.

(11/197) Police Prevention to a Protest in Izmir…

The march organized by Izmir Bar Association for International Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 18, 2019 in front of Türkan Saylan Cultural Center in Alsancak, Izmir is prevented by the police. It is learned that the group had a press declaration at the same spot.

(11/198) Hande Buse Şeker Case…

The trial of the case against police officer V.H. on the grounds of sexually assaulting and killing trans woman Hande Buse Şeker in Izmir on January 9, 2019, is held on Izmir Heavy Penal Court No 4 on November 18, 2019. The indictment demands sentence for the police officer on the charges of ‘injury by probable intent’, ‘wilful murder’, ‘qualified robbery with the use of weapon in property’, ‘insulting the memory of a person’, ‘qualified sexual assault’. The court decided to forcefully bring the witnesses to the next trial which is adjourned to January 13, 2020.

(11/199) Former MP on Trial…

The trial of the case against Gülser Yıldırım, former Mardin MP of People’s Democratic Party (HDP), on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ for a protest she attended, is held at Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 13 on November 18, 2019. Gülser Yıldırım joined the trial via sound and vision system. The court adjourned the trial to February 3, 2020.

(11/200) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against İlyas Altan former member of Supreme Court is held at Penal Department No 9 of Supreme Court on November 18, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 7 years and 6 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(11/201) Ban of a Leaflet in Şırnak…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 18, 2019 that “Uprising Against Male and State Violence” leaflets of HDP Women’s Assembly, related to November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, is banned by Şırnak Governorate.

(11/202) Ban of an Event in Istanbul…

It is learned that the event for Atılım newspaper’s 25th year which was to be held in Bostancı Cultural Center in Istanbul on November 22, 2019 is banned by Ankara Governorate on November 18, 2019.

(11/203) Proceedings Against Parliamentary Members…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 18, 2019 that, 25 proceedings against 12 parliamentary members including HDP co-chairs Pervin Buldan and Sezai Temelli, are submitted to the Constitution and Justice Committee of the Grand National Assembly.

HDP MP’s subjected to proceedings are: Pervin Buldan (2 proceeding), Sezai Temelli (1 proceeding), Ayşe Acar Başaran (1 proceeding), Berdan Öztürk (1 proceeding), Murat Sarısaç (1 proceeding), Salihe Aydeniz (1 proceeding), Semra Güzel (1 proceeding), Mahmut Toğrul (1 proceeding), Musa Farisoğulları (1 proceeding), Nuran İmir (1 proceeding), Sait Dede (13 proceedingS).

CHP MP subjected to proceedings: Yüksel Özkan (1 proceeding).

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16 – 18 November 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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16 – 18 November 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/166) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

It is learned that 1 soldier (Bekir Can Hereklioğlu) who got wounded on November 11, 2019 in Resulayn city within the military operation of Turkish Armed Forces to north and east Syria, died in hospital on November 16, 2019.

(11/167) Person Was Shot by Police During Detention in Kayseri…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 17, 2019 that Murat E., who was being detained by the police on a warrant issued against him on the charges of ‘robbery’, ‘threat’, and ‘insult’, in Melikgazi district of Kayseri, got wounded due to fire opened by the police and was taken to hospital in handcuffs.

(11/168) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 15, 2019 that, Sur district council member Halime Akyol and Bağlar district council member Hêvidar Bozkuş who were arrested on November 11, 2019, were subjected to strip search at the entrance of Diyarbakır D Type Closed Prison.

(11/169) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1104 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on November 15, 16, and 17, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on November 15, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Alev Şahin) were detained. It is learned that Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt was detained once again, on the grounds of “wearing shirts related to the protest” after being released from the hospital.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on November 16, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Alev Şahin) and at 18.00 2 people (Nuriye Gülmen and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on November 17, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 12 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on November 15, 16, and 17, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(11/170) Prevention of Saturday Mothers’ Protest in Istanbul…

Police obstructed all the streets around Galatasaray Square in Istanbul to prevent Saturday Mothers who rally every Saturday for 23 years in the same place to gather for the 764th time on November 16, 2019. Upon police prevention, the group including representatives of political parties, human rights defenders and artists along with families of disappeared people held a press declaration on the street of Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul office.

(11/171) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

 “F sit-in”, which is organized for the 399th time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on November 16, 2019, is prevented by the police. The police obstructed all the streets around Galatasaray Square. Human rights defenders made the press declaration in front of IHD Istanbul office.

(11/172) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration of Revolutionary High-School Students, about suspicious death of Rabia Naz Vatan (11), held at Taksim Square in Istanbul on November 17, 2019, and detained 3 people. The names of detained people are: Şirin Yıldız, Harun Savğat and Doğukan Uçan.

(11/173) Police Intervention to a Protest in Urfa…

The police intervened the press declaration of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in Urfa on November 16, 2019, to protest suspension of Suruç district co-mayor Hatice Çevik and appointment of trustee to Suruç, and detained 5 people. It is learned that HDP MP Ayşe Sürücü fainted due to police violence. Detained people (HDP provincial co-chairs Mikail Gözen and Emine Çetiner, district council members Fatma Taş Ekmez, Nahide Kılıç, and HDP executive Ferit Tamga) are released on the same day after statement procedures.

(11/174) Detained Co-Mayor in Urfa…

Suruç district co-mayor Hatice Çevik is detained on the grounds of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on November 15, 2019. It is learned that detention period for Hatice Çevik is extended 2 more days on November 16, 2019.

(11/175) Detained Co-Mayors in Mardin…

Savur district co-mayor Gülistan Öncü, Mazıdağı district co-mayor Nalan Özaydın and Derik district co-mayor Mülkiye Esmez in Mardin are detained on ‘suspicious activities on behalf of an illegal organisation’ on November 15, 2019. It is learned that confidentiality order and 24 hours of prevention from lawyer are applied to the case.

(11/176) Arrested Co-Mayor in Mardin…

Nusaybin district co-mayor Semire Nergiz, who was detained in Mardin on October 15, 2019 and was arrested on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on October 17, 2019 is released on judicial control conditions and with a ban on leaving the country on November 15, 2019 by Mardin Penal Court of Peace No 2. Semire Nergiz was suspended by Ministry of Interior on October 18, 2019 and Nusaybin Sub-governor Mehmet Balıkçılar was appointed as a trustee.

(11/177) People Detained in Mardin…

It is learned that 10 people are detained in house raids in Değerli, Kılavuz, Umutlu and Baysun neighbourhoods of Dargeçit district of Mardin on November 15, 2019. The names of detained people known so far are: Hüsamettin Kaya, Halil Bozkurt, Lokman Kaya, Mahmut Kaya and Mustafa Baran.

(11/178) Detained Journalist in Mardin…

Journalist Ömer Akın is detained in Derik district of Mardin on November 15, 2019 and is released after statement procedures on the same day.

(11/179) Person Detained in Diyarbakır…

Muhammet Şiyar Tosun, HDP MP Remziye Tosun’s son, who was detained in Diyarbakır on November 14, 2019, on the grounds of ‘involving in an assault to the police’, and ‘matching fingerprints on an explosive’, is released on November 15, 2019.

(11/180) Detained Journalists and Other People in Izmir…

11 of 12 people who were detained in house raids in Izmir (journalists Melike Aydın and Ruken Demir, TUHAY-DER executives and members Selma Altan, Hediye Tekin, Şehmus Dağhan, Murat Tufan, Sait Bahadır, Ramazan Tufan, İsmail Akbay, Hayri Dikilitas and Mazlum Koç) are detained by the court on the charge of ‘activities on behalf of an illegal organisation’ on November 16, 2019. 1 person (Mehmet Gergin) is released with a ban on leaving the country.

(11/181) Detained People in Istanbul…

10 of 36 people including 1 child, who were detained in house raids in Istanbul on November 8, 2019 and following days, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on November 15, 2019. 26 people are released provided that 25 of them are under judicial control conditions. The names of arrested people are: Nihat Demir, Merdal Bahadır, Livan Orman, Metin Yılmaz, Alaaddin Adanır, Muhammet Erkmen, Tuncay Doğdan, Gülistan Yılmaz, Zehra Aslan and Yunus Altun.

It is learned from the news coverage of November 16, 2019 that these 36 people were subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody. Merve Öztep, one of detainees who were released after 8 days, stated that they were subjected to physical violence because of rejecting strip search at the police headquarters, and on second day they were subjected to physical violence again, this time for rejecting being handcuffed behind their backs on the way to hospital for medical check; and that the police laid down them on the ground to handcuff at the hospital. Ercan Özdaş, another detainee who was released states the following about Metin Yılmaz, who is arrested: “A person around 70 or 80 kilos weight, jumped onto Metin and was beating him. Metin could not even breathe under him.”

(11/182) June 5 – Diyarbakır Case…

The case on the bombing attack to HDP’s rally in Diyarbakır on June 5, 2015, is held on Sincan West Courthouse Heavy Penal Court No 2 on November 15, 2019. Defendants Orhan Gönder, İsmail Korkmaz and Mustafa Kılınç and Burhan Gök joined the trial via sound and vision. The court decided to continue detention of arrested defendants and adjourned the trial to November 29, 2019.

(11/183) The Case Against People Evacuated from Nusaybin…

The case against 70 people who were detained and then arrested on May 26, 2016, after being evacuated from the buildings they were stuck in during the curfew on Nusaybin district, is held on November 15, 2019 on Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 4. The court has decided to separate the case for each defendant and to start proceedings all over again with new case files on April 5, 2019. The court sentenced 1 person (Baver Başar) to heavy life imprisonment and 19 years; 1 person (H. B.) to 11 years.

(11/184) Police Officers on Trial in Hakkari…

The final trial of the case against lawyers Fırat İke, Uğur Yaşar and journalist Yılmaz Gözyan, on the charge of ‘resisting police to prevent duty’ and ‘publicly insulting an officer’; and against 3 police officers (K. U., E. B. and F. A.) on the charge of ‘intentional injury’ is held at Yüksekova Penal Court of First Instance No 2 on November 15, 2019. Fırat İke, Uğur Yaşar and Yılmaz Gözyan have been subjected to police violence in street in Yüksekova district of Hakkari on November 27, 2014. The court sentenced 3 police officers to a fine of 3000 Turkish Liras each and deferred the announcement of the verdict. The police sentenced Fırat İke to 1 year and 15 days, Uğur Yaşar and Yılmaz Gözyan to 10 months each; and deferred the announcement of all verdicts.

Fırat İke, Uğur Yaşar and Yılmaz Gözyan have been stopped by the police while leaving Fırat İke’s office in Yüksekova on November 27, 2014; and they have been subjected to physical violence and threats of the police, before being handcuffed behind their backs and being detained.

(11/185) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On November 15, 2019, 45 people are detained in operations covering 29 cities through an Istanbul based investigation, and 35 people are detained in operations covering 27 cities through an Ankara based investigation.

12 people who were detained on November 4, 2019 through an Adana based investigation are arrested on November 16, 2019.

(11/186) Ban of a Leaflet in Adana…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 16, 2019 that “Uprising Against Male and State Violence” leaflets of HDP Women’s Assembly, related to November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, is banned by Adana Governorate.

(11/187) Ban of an Event in Ankara…

It is learned that the event for Atılım newspaper’s 25th year which was to be held in Mamak district of Ankara on November 16, 2019 is banned by Ankara Governorate on November 15, 2019.

(11/188) Ban of Events in Şırnak and Mardin…

Şırnak Governorate made a declaration on November 15, 2019 and announced that, all open events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 15 days as of November 15, 2019. This is the fourth time of banning all events for 15 days in Şırnak since October 1, 2019.

Mardin Governorate made a declaration on November 16, 2019 and announced that, all open and indoor events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 30 days as of November 16, 2019. This is the second time of banning all events for 30 days in Mardin since October 17, 2019.

(11/189) Trustees Appointed to Four Districts…

It is learned that Suruç district co-mayor Hatice Çevik in Urfa is suspended by Ministry of Interior on November 16, 2019 and Suruç sub-governor Kenan Aktaş is appointed as trustee.

It is learned that Derik district co-mayor Mülkiye Esmez, Mazıdağı district co-mayor Nalan Özaydın and Savur district co-mayor Gülistan Öncü in Mardin are suspended by Ministry of Interior on November 16, 2019 and Derik sub-governor Hakan Kafkas, Mazıdağı sub-governor Muhsin Duran Kalkan and Savur sub-governor Bayram Türker are appointed as trustees.

With this last appointments, the number of trustees appointed to municipalities that HDP won the local elections on March 31, 2019, raised up to 24 including 3 metropolitan cities and 1 city.

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15 November 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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15 November 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/152) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 14, 2019 that 1 HPG militant died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in İskenderun district of Hatay on October 26, 2019; 3 HPG militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to rural areas of Doğubayazıt district of Ağrı on November 7, 2019; and 2 HPG militants died in an air operation to rural areas of Silopi district of Şırnak on November 9, 2019.

(11/153) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1101 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on November 14, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on November 14, 2019, 2 people (Merve Demirel and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on November 14, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(11/154) Police Intervention to a Protest in Düzce…

On November 14, 2019 the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, in front of Justice and Development Party (AKP) provincial office and detained her. It is learned that Alev Şahin was released on the same day.

(11/155) Detained Journalists in Giresun…

Journalists Canan Coşkun and Tuba Demir and documentarist Kazım Kızıl who were detained in Giresun on November 13, 2019 are released on judicial control conditions on November 15, 2019. It is learned that Canan Coşkun and Kazım Kızıl were in Giresun to follow the inquiry commission of Grand National Assembly which was established to investigate death of Rabia Naz Vatan (11) who was found wounded in front of her house in Eynesil district of Giresun on April 12, 2018 and then died in hospital. It is learned that Rabia Naz Vatan’s father Şaban Vatan was also detained on November 14, 2019 and was released on judicial control conditions on November 15, 2019.

(11/156) Detained HDP Executives in Maraş…

On November 14, 2018, 8 people, all executives of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) are detained in house raids in Maraş. The names of detained people are: Ali Kısa, Elif Kısa, Halil Hoşoğlu, Bekir Kara, Hatun Bark, İbrahim Mayır, Dilek Bekir and Mehmet Dilekçi.

(11/157) Arrested City Council Members in Diyarbakır…

Diyarbakır city council member and Lice district council member Şehriban Zuğurli who was detained in house raid in Diyarbakır on November 13, 2019, is arrested by the court on the charges of ‘resisting the police’, ‘knowingly and willingly aiding and illegal organisation’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

Kayapınar district council Emel Arslan is arrested on the charges of ‘resisting the police’ and ‘knowingly and willingly aiding and illegal organisation’ at Diyarbakır Courthouse where she went to give official statement through an investigation on November 14, 2019.  

(11/158) Raid to Political Party Offices in Antep…

On November 14, 2019, HDP’s provincial office in Antep and offices in Şahinbey and Şehitkamil districts are raided by the police. 57 people are including HDP and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) members are detained in office and house raids. The names of detained people are: HDP Antep provincial co-chair Müslüm Kılıç, HDP Şahinbey district co-chair Mehmet Özkan, Habat Gengeç, Cuma Ali Taşçı, Servet Bayram, Diyar Bayram, Şükrü Özalan, Mahmut Aycan, Durri Kaygusuz, Azime Bali, Halil Kılıç, Şefik Sondu, Şahin Demir, Nesibe Çınar, Ali Yıldız, İsmail Berkpınar, Mehmet Karayılan, Ömer Faruk Koç, Sultan Bayındır, Hamza Bayındır, Cengiz Tunç, Zeki Demir, Faik Dursun, Ramazan Kuas, Guli Yaman, Salman Tutumlu, Mehmet Şahin, Nuray Göktepe, Bedran Fermanoğlu, Fatma Dikici, Tahir Altuğ, Ahmet İlbaş, Nafi Demir, Abdullah İnce, Emin Kavak, Sedika Yaman, Kasım Şan, Bircan Demir, Mehmet Çiftçi, Mustafa Yücel, Bekir Emlik, Hatice Küçüker, İbrahim Kaya, Mustafa Tunç, Müslüm Özkan, Sultan Özalp, Fatma Lebe, Abdurrahman Yalın, Erkan Şahin, Erol Daşdelen, Ahmet Hartavi, Güler Erat, Müslüm Şahinsoy, Emin Gümüştekin, Ömer Gümüştekin, Serhat Yıldırım and Süleyman Yağız.

It is also learned that lawyers Alaattin Aslan, Berivan Özpolat, Mehmet Alagöz, Mehmet Erdem, Hasan Önder Sulu, Adnan Erol, Yakup Koca, Mustafa Yalçın, Mustafa Hartavi, Mahmut Fermanoğlu and Kahraman Çiçek are banned from defending those who were detained. It is reported that Antep Public Prosecutor’s Office banned the lawyers from defence for 1 year, on the grounds of being members of Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD).

(11/159) Police Raid to an Event in Adana…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 14, 2019 that the police raided the event organized for 25th year of Atılım newspaper in Seyhan district of Adana on November 3, 2019. It is reported that the police seized issues of Atılım newspaper and Özgür Gençlik magazine which were delivered at the event, on the grounds of a ban on these periodicals. It is also learned that Ahmet Türkeş, a member of Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) who attended the event was detained by the police that day and was released by the court on judicial control conditions on November 4, 2019. It is reported that ESP Party Assembly member Osman Kara and ESP member Kemal Gençaydın were called to the police for official statement and were detained there. Kemal Gençaydın was released after statement procedures and Osman Kara is referred to the court and was released on judicial control conditions and with a ban on leaving the city on November 11, 2019. It is reported that Adana Penal Court of Peace ruled a ban on Atılım newspaper on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’, after the appeal made to the prosecutor’s office.

(11/160) Police Officer on Trial for Killing Necmettin Fendik in Hakkari…

The case against police officer A. F. K., on the charge of ‘causing death of Necmettin Fendik by reckless conduct’ is held at Yüksekova Penal Court of First Instance No 2 o November 14, 2019. Necmettin Fendik died due to police fire during a house raid in Yüksekova district of Hakkari on July 18, 2017. The court adjourned the trial to January 28, 2020.

(11/161) Political Party Executives on Trial in Mardin…

The case against DBP provincial co-chairs Leyla Bozkurt and Şeyhmuz Sun, HDP Party Assembly members Alaattin Semir Zuğurli and Sedat Ay, and HDP provincial co-chair Ali Sincar is held at Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 4 on November 14, 2019. It is learned that Alaattin Semir Zuğurli stated at the trial that they were not aware of the charges against them since the case file is not given them by prison administration although it was submitted by their lawyers to the prison. The court decided to continue detention of 5 people and adjourned the trial to December 10, 2019.

Those 5 people were detained in house raids in Nusaybin and Kızıltepe districts of Mardin on July 24, 2019 and were arrested on July 30, 2019.

(11/162) Journalist on Trial in Istanbul…

The final trial of the case against Fatih Polat, Evrensel newspaper executive editor, on the charge of ‘insulting the President’ in his article “What do respondents say about the allegations about Erdoğan family?”, is held at Bakırköy Penal Court of First Instance No 31 on November 14, 2019. The court acquitted Fatih Polat.

(11/162) TV10 Channel Employees on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against TV10 channel employees Kemal Demir and Kemal Karagöz, on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 28 on November 14, 2019. The court rejected to lift ban on leaving the country and judicial control conditions on Kemal Demir and Kemal Karagöz and adjourned the trial to January 28, 2020.

(11/163) Former MP on Trial for ‘Insulting the President’…

The first case against Gaye Usluer, former MP of Republican People’s Party (CHP), on the charge of ‘insulting the President’ for a declaration of the party assembly in 2016 is held at Ankara Penal Court of First Instance No 39 on November 14, 2019. The court adjourned the trial to February 20, 2020.

(11/164) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

A physician named M. G. who was detained through an Istanbul based investigation against military doctors on November 14, 2019 is arrested by the court on the same day.

(11/165) Ban of Events in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on November 14, 2019 and announced that, all open events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 15 days as of November 15, 2019. This extended the ban on all events in Hakkari to 240 days since April 4, 2019.

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