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05 November 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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05 November 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/035) Murdered Women…

According to the report issued by We Will Stop Femicide Platform on November 4, 2019, at least 38 women were murdered by men, 18 women were subjected to violence with intention of murder and 13 children were subjected to sexual abuse in October 2019 in Turkey.

(11/036) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

Within the military operation of Turkish Armed Forces to north and east Syria; Ministry of National Defence made a declaration on November 4, 2019 and announced that 1 soldier died (Suat Topçu) due to an explosion.

(11/037) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 4, 2019 that 1 HPG militant died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in Erciş district of Van on July 24, 2019.

(11/038) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 4, 2019 that, Erkan Benli, a prisoner in Samsun Bafra T Type Prison, is penalised to 12 days of solitary confinement for a phone call he made.

It is learned from the news coverage of November 4, 2019 that Ebru Günay, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Mardin MP and member of Grand National Assembly Human Rights Inquiry Committee, declared a report on right violations in prisons. According to the report, in Sincan Women’s Closed Prison, letters sent to prisoners are seized on the grounds of photos in envelopes which contain “more than 3 people’s images”, and radios and books of prisoners are also seized. In Elazığ Prison, prisoners are forced to stand in military order during roll-calls and those who reject it are subjected to physical violence of wardens, prisoners are put in padded cells, prisoners are not given hot water, and their personal belongings are seized, prisoners are given disciplinary penalties up to 3 months, and some prisoners are kept in solitary cells for more than 1 year. In Tarsus T Type Closed Prison prisoners are forced to strip search at the entrance of prison, ill-prisoners are not treated on time, and prisoners are forced to be examined in handcuffs, and some prisoners have to sleep on floor due to overcapacity.

(11/039) 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 1091 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on November 4, 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 4, 2019, 3 people (Nazan Bozkurt, Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ 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 4, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(11/040) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on November 4, 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 Eser Budak). It is learned that 2 people were released the same day.

(11/041) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on November 4, 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.

(11/042) Detained Co-Mayor and Other People in Van…

2 of 15 people including Saray district co-mayor Caziye Duman who were detained in house raids in Tuşba, İpekyolu and Edremit districts on November 1, 2019, are arrested on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The names of arrested people are: Kebire Budakbeyoğlu Karakaya and Mukaddes Karakoç. It is learned that 13 people are released on judicial control conditions.

(11/043) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

2 of 3 people (Leyla Akgül and Bağlar district council member Yusuf Ziya Yavuz) who were detained in house raids in Diyarbakır on November 3, 2019, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘committing offence on behalf of an illegal organisation’ on November 4, 2019. 1 person (Hatun Yıldız) is released.

(11/044) Co-Mayor on Trial…

The case against 22 people 3 of which are arrested including Derik district co-mayor Abdülkerim Erdem, on Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 4 is held on November 4, 2019. After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention of 3 people, and adjourned the trial to January 20, 2020.

Derik district co-mayor Abdülkerim Erdem was arrested on February 26, 2016, and was released on June 18, 2019. A trustee was appointed to Derik Municipality by the Ministry of Interior on September 11, 2016.

(11/045) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On November 5, 2019, 10 people are detained in operations covering 10 cities through an Adana based investigation.

(11/046) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against Mustafa Kemal Özçelik, former member of Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors, is held at Penal Department No 9 of Supreme Court on November 4, 2019. The court sentenced Mustafa Kemal Özçelik to 9 years for ‘being an illegal organisation member’, and then reduced the sentence to 2 and 3 years first, according to effective remorse law and then to 1 year 10 months and 15 days for good conduct and deferred the announcement of the verdict.

The final trial of the case against 43 people including 24 arrestees, is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 37 on November 4, 2019. The court sentenced former colonel Hüseyin Ergezen to heavy life imprisonment for ‘violating the Constitution’ and to 25 years in total on the charges of ‘hijacking or seizure of transport vehicles’ and ‘violation of the immunity of residence’. The court sentenced former colonel Süleyman Demirci, former major Ecir Şık, former major Mustafa Serbest, former lieutenant İsa Pek, former major Ümit Lütfi Altıntakan, former lieutenant Sercan Özdemir and former colonel Ali Başaran to heavy life imprisonment on the charge of ‘violating the Constitution’. The court sentenced 6 people to life imprisonment for the same reason, and 20 people to jail penalties from 12 years to 18 years for ‘aiding to violate the Constitution’. The court acquitted 7 people and separated the cases against 2 people. It is learned that the court board made an official complaint against 2 of complainant lawyers after declaring the verdict.

(11/047) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The retrial of journalists and writers Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and Ahmet Altan and Şükrü Tuğrul Özşengül, Fevzi Yazıcı and Yakup Şimşek is held on November 4, 2019 at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 26. On July 5, 2019, Penal Department No 16 of the Supreme Court has reversed the heavy life imprisonment sentences which was given to journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and Şükrü Tuğrul Özşengül, Fevzi Yazıcı and Yakup Şimşek on the charge of ‘violating the Constitution’, by Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 26 and was approved by Penal Department No 2 of Istanbul Regional Court.

The court sentenced Ahmet Altan to 10 years and 6 months, and Nazlı Ilıcak to 8 years and 9 months on the charge of ‘knowingly and willingly aiding an illegal organisation without being a member of it’ and decided to release them considering time they spent in prison. The court sentenced Fevzi Yazıcı and Yakup Şimşek to 11 years and 3 months each and Tuğrul Özşengül to 12 years for ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and decided to continue detention of them. The court acquitted Mehmet Altan.

(11/048) Labor Killings…

Worker Health and Worker Safety Council (ISIG) revealed on November 4, 2019 that at least 155 workers including 2 children, 7 women, and 8 asylum seekers died while working in October 2019. According to ISIG data at least 1477 workers died due to labor killings/labor accidents within the first 10 months of 2019.

(11/049) Trustee Appointed to Kızıltepe…

It is learned that Kızıltepe district co-mayor Nilüfer Erik in Mardin is suspended by Ministry of Interior on November 4, 2019 and Kızıltepe sub-governor Hüseyin Çam is appointed as trustee. With this last appointment, the number of trustees appointed since local elections on March 31, 2019, raised up to 15 including 3 metropolitan cities.

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02 – 04 November 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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02 – 04 November 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/015) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 4, 2019 that, 5 militant died in a clash between Turkish Armed Forces and HPG militants in Heftanin area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on October 23, 2019.

(11/016) People Subjected to Racist Assault in Antalya…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 1, 2019 that, 3 students in a public dorm in Antalya were subjected to racist assault of a group. A. B., one of those students stated the following: “Muharrem and Şahin, two people from Grey Wolves nationalist organisation came to our room and said ‘There is no room for Kurds and HDP members here’ and forced us out of the room. They took us in room 301 and beat us. There were almost 20 people in that room.”

(11/017) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 2, 2019 that, Mustafa Demirbaş, a prisoner in Iskenderun T Type Prison, is penalised with prevention from all activities for a month, because he greeted another prisoner.

Keziban Yılmaz, co-mayor of Kayapınar district of Diyarbakır and Rojda Nazlıer, co-mayor of Kocaköy district of Diyarbakır who were suspended and arrested on October 22, 2019, and Diyarbakır co-mayor Adnan Selçuk Mızraklı who was arrested on the same time, were transferred to Kayseri Closed Prison. It is learned from the news coverage of November 3, 2019 that 3 co-mayors were transferred by a shuttle divided into cells, while they were handcuffed during 10 hours’ non-stop travel.

(11/018) 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 1090 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on November 1, 2, and 3, 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 1, 2019, 3 people (Nazan Bozkurt, Merve Demirel and Melek Çetinkaya) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Mehmet Dersulu) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on November 2, 2019, 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ 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 3, 2019, 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu, Alev Şahin and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 13 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on November 1, 2, and 3, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(11/019) 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 762nd time on November 2, 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.

(11/020) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

 “F sit-in”, which is organized for the 397th time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on November 2, 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.

(11/021) Interventions and Detentions Related to Reactions Against Military Operation to North and East Syria…

4 people (HDP executive and members Salih Varışlı, Fikret Pirinç and Mazhar Bayam) who were detained in Hatay on November 2, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, are released on judicial control conditions on the same day.

On November 2, 2019, 3 people are detained for same reason in Mersin. The detained people are: HDP Youth Assembly members Tuba Salman, Şahin İlhan and Yılmaz Budak.

It is learned that 5 people who were detained for same reason in Ceyhan district of Adana on November 2, 2019 are released on judicial control conditions on the same day.

(11/022) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that 2 people (Ahmet Erdak and Mehmet Erdak) who were detained in house raids in Karahasan village of Lice district of Diyarbakır on October 31, 2019, are released on November 1, 2019.

(11/023) Person Detained in Kars…

It is learned that, Abubekir Erkmen is detained in house raids in Digor district of Kars on November 1, 2019. Erkmen has been elected as co-mayor of Dağpınar town of Digor district on March 31 elections, but was not given certificate of election on the grounds of being dismissed from public service by a state of emergency decree.

(11/024) Detained Co-Mayor and Other People in Van…

It is learned that 15 people including Saray district co-mayor Caziye Duman are detained in house raids in Tuşba, İpekyolu and Edremit districts on November 1, 2019. The detained poeple are: Caziye Duman, HDP executive Edibe Babur, Gürpınar district co-mayor candidate Rojbin Akdağ, Mukaddes Karakoç, Edremit district council member Handan Karakoyun, Tuşba deputy mayor Berken Kızılboğa, Free Women’s Movement (TJA) members Hawar Derya, Hatice Akdağ, Peace Mothers Pervin Özgür, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) executive Neriman Urar.

(11/025) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

On November 3, 2019, 2 people (Leyla Akgül and Bağlar district council member Yusuf Ziya Yavuz) are detained in Diyarbakır. The reason of detention is unknown.

(11/026) Arrested Revolutionary Party Members and Executives in Mersin…

4 of 7 members and executives of Revolutionary Party (Ezgi Akdağ, Onur Ak, Serdar Ulaş Budak and Tüten Akkum) who were detained in Mersin on October 23, 2019, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on November 1, 2019. 3 people are released.

(11/027) Former HDP Co-Chair on Trial…

On September 7, 2018, Selahattin Demirtaş, former HDP co-chair was sentenced by Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 26 to 4 years and 8 months for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’, for his speeches at Newroz celebration in Istanbul on 2013. On November 1, 2019, the court decided to halt the execution and release Selahattin Demirtaş in accordance with legal amendment.

Selahattin Demirtaş was arrested on November 4, 2016, and on September 2, 2019, Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 19 decided to release him. However, Ankara penal Court of Peace No 1 issued an arrest warrant for Selahattin Demirtaş on September 20, 2019, through a new investigation.  

(11/028) Former HDP MP on Trial…

On November 1, 2019, Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 5 concluded on the appeal made on October 25, 2019 in accordance to legal amendment and decided to halt execution and release Abdullah Zeydan, former Hakkari MP of HDP who was arrested on November 4, 2016. However, Diyarbakır Public Prosecutor’s Office objected the verdict on the same day and the court cancelled release decision on the grounds of “the risk of absconding and tampering with evidence”.

(11/029) Suruç Massacre Case…

The case on Urfa Heavy Penal Court No 5, for the massacre in Suruç where 33 people died on July 20, 2015, continued to be held on November 1, 2019. The court rejected to arrest Abdullah Ömer and to hear Ahmet Davutoğlu, prime minister back then, as a witness and adjourned the trial to January 31, 2019.

(11/030) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On November 1, 2019, 4 people are detained through an Ankara based investigation on Navy Forces Command personnel.

On November 2, 2019, 5 people are detained in Eskişehir.

(11/031) Suspended District Council Members…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 3, 2019 that, 4 members of Tuşba district council in Van, are suspended by Ministry of Interior on the grounds of an investigation against them. Suspended district council members are: İsmet Tan, Mizgin Bor, Serap Güvenç and Hatice Kiye.

(11/032) Trustee Appointed to Saray…

It is learned that Saray district co-mayor Caziye Duman in Van is suspended by Ministry of Interior on November 2, 2019 and Saray sub-governor Mehmet Halis Aydın is appointed as trustee. With this last appointment, the number of trustees appointed since local elections on March 31, 2019, raised up to 14 including 3 metropolitan cities.

(11/033) ECHR Decision on Repatriation Centers in Turkey…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 1, 2019 that, European Court of Human Rights concluded on the appeal of Russian citizen G. B., about poor conditions and ill-treatment at Istanbul Kumkapı Repatriation Center and Gaziantep Repatriation Center where they were kept with their 3 children in 2015. The court decided that Turkey has violated Article 3 of European Convention of Human Rights and should pay 2500 Euros to G. B. and 20.000 Euros to each child as to immaterial damages.

(11/034) Ban of Events in Muş…

Muş Governorate made a declaration on October 28, 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 4, 2019. 

[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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01 November 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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01 November 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/001) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

Within the military operation of Turkish Armed Forces to north and east Syria; Ministry of National Defence made a declaration on October 31, 2019 and announced that 1 soldier died (İsmail Sarıcan) and 6 soldiers got wounded due to an explosion.

(11/002) Interventions and Detentions Related to Reactions Against Military Operation to North and East Syria…

People’s Democratic Party (HDP) member Fatma Güreş who was detained in Iskenderun district of Hatay on October 31, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, is released on the same day.

(11/003) Allegation of Torture in Van…

It is claimed in the news reports of October 31, 2019 that, Dikbıyık village of Gürpınar district of Van is blocked by soldiers and villagers are tortured by them.

(11/004) Prisoner Fell Ill at Courtroom…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 31, 2019 that Abdülkadir Denli (70) an ill prisoner kept in Kırıkkale F Type Prison had a heart spasm during his trial at Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 3 on October 31, 2019. It is reported that he was taken to Mardin E Type Closed Prison after being kept in Mardin Public Hospital for a while.

(11/005) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 31, 2019 that prisoners in Amasya E Type Prison were not given Yeni Yaşam newspaper.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 31, 2019 that prisoners in Bolu F Type Prison were not given Yeni Yaşam, Azadiya Welat and Özgür Halk newspapers; prisoners were taken to infirmary only once a month; prisoners are referred to hospitals with delay and forced to be examined in handcuffs; radios of prisoners are seized; letters sent to prisoners are not given to them and letters they wrote are sent with delay, the number of books per prisoner is limited to 10. It is also learned that a prisoner named Nurullah Semo is kept in solitary cell and was subjected to physical and verbal violence of wardens.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 31, 2019 that Sub-Committee on Prisoners’ Rights in Grand National Assembly of Turkey declared a report covering their visit to Bakırköy Women’s Closed Prison on September 6, 2019 and stated that 1354 people are kept including 100 children and 281 foreigners, although the capacity of prison is limited to 950. It is also stated in the report that, the food given to foreigner prisoners is less than others; ill prisoners are not given proper dietary food; ill prisoners are either referred to hospitals with delay or not referred at all; prisoners are forced to be examined in handcuffs; prisoners are forced to strip search at the entrance; personal belongings of prisoners are seized during ward searches; books and periodicals with no ban are not given to prisoners and petitions are not put in process.

(11/006) 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 1087 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 31 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 October 31, 2019, 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 31, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(11/007) Police Intervention to a Protest in Düzce…

On October 31, 2019, the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin, who rallies for 1000 days in Düzce in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree and detained Alev Şahin, Eser Budak, Mahmut Konuk, Merve Demirel, Hakan Keskin and İdil Kara. It is learned that 6 people are released on the same day.

(11/008) Police Intervention to a Protest in Izmir…

25 people who were detained in police intervention to the protest of Türkerler Holding workers, for unpaid wages, in Halkapınar district of Izmir on October 30, 2019 are released on October 31, 2019.  

(11/009) Detained People in Mardin…

On October 31, 2019, Yusuf Temel, 1 of 12 people who were detained in house raids in Çataltepe, Adak, Doğancı and Develi neighbourhoods of Derik district of Mardin on October 21, 2019 is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. 11 people (Şeyhmus Temel, Abdurrahman Temel, İbrahim Temel, Mahmut Temel, Seyit Savcı, Bedirhan Savcı, Enver Demli, Nezir Demli, Tahir Adal, Mehmet Bilgen and Mehmet Sıddık Aksak) are released on judicial control conditions.

(11/010) People Detained in Diyarbakır…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 31, 2019 that 2 people are detained in house raids in Karahasan village of Lice district of Diyarbakır. The names of detained people are: Ahmet Erdak and Mehmet Erdak.

(11/011) Parliamentary Member on Trial…

The trial of the case against HDP Batman MP Feleknas Uca, on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ for her press declarations in 2015 and 2016, is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 5 on October 31, 2019. The court decided to send a writ for official translation of the speeches from Kurdish to Turkish and adjourned the trial to January 2020.

(11/012) Reina Massacre Case…

The trial of the case known as “Reina Massacre Case”, against 58 people including 18 arrestees for the armoured attack to a night club in Beşiktaş district of Istanbul on January 1, 2017 where 39 people died, is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 27 on October 31, 2019.

After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention of arrestees and adjourned the trial to January 27, 2020.

(11/013) Journalist and Executives of ESP and SGDF on Trial…

The case against 9 people including Ali Sönmez Kayar, Etkin News Agency reporter; Sıtkı Güngör, central executive board member of Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP); Narin Duru, member of The Confederation of Public Employees’ Trade Unions (KESK); and Ali Deniz Esen, central executive board member of The Confederation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF), on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 32, on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ is held on October 31, 2019. The court decided to lift judicial control conditions for defendants other than Sıtkı Güngör, to lift the ban on leaving the country for Sıtkı Güngör and adjourned the trial to December 13, 2019.

Sıtkı Güngör, Ali Deniz Esen, Narin Duru, Eren Bulut and Ali Sönmez Kayar were detained on February 1, 2018 in Istanbul and were arrested on February 6, 2018. These 5 people were released on judicial control conditions on October 31, 2018.

(11/014) Former Parliamentary Member on Trial for ‘Insulting the President’…

The trial of the case against Mehmet Tüm, former MP of Republican People’s Party (CHP), on the charge of ‘insulting the President’ for a declaration of CHP Party Assembly in 2016, is held at Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 12 on October 31, 2019. The court adjourned the trial to February 20, 2020.

[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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29 – 30 October 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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29 – 30 October 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/318) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

Ministry of National Defence announced that 1 soldier (Kamuran Ablak) who fell sick in his troop in Heftanin area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on October 28, 2019, died in hospital on October 29, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 29, 2019 that 3 HPG militants died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in Derik district of Mardin.

(10/319) People Subjected to Police Violence in Urfa…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 28, 2019 that, Mahmut Polat and his sons M. A. P. (17) and S. P. (20) who were detained in a house raid in Urfa on October 18, 2019 on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces’ military operation to north and east Syria, were subjected to police violence and threat while being detained in their house and under custody. It is stated in the news reports that, the police broke down the door and made Mahmut Polar and his 2 sons lay down on the floor, handcuffed them behind their backs, and then committed physical violence against 2 sons in another room and threatened Mahmut Polat, saying “The state ordered us to shoot. We can kill you”. It is reported that Mahmut Polat and S. P. were then taken to Anti-Terror Department and were subjected to physical violence there too, and were not seen and examined by the doctor who gave the medical reports on them.

(10/320) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 28, 2019 that, prisoners in Sincan Women’s Closed Prison were not taken to infirmary on the grounds of absence of doctor.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 29, 2019 that prisoners in Tokat T Type Prison are not transferred to the cities where their families live, although they demand so.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 29, 2019 that People’s Democratic Party (HDP) former MP’s Çağlar Demirel and Selma Irmak, and Hatice Tanırgan, who are kept in Kandıra F Type Prison No 1, are given 3-days of penalty on July 29, 2019, on the grounds of ‘damaging the property of prison’. It is stated in the news reports that the reason of penalty is that 3 prisoners were warned by female wardens in order to “be careful about what they wear” in the ward and in open areas since the surveillance cameras seeing these areas can be watched by male wardens too, and that 3 prisoners closed the surveillance camera in open door area.

(10/321) 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 1085 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 28 and 29, 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 October 28, 2019, 2 people (Merve Demirel and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Merve Demirel and Mehmet Dersulu) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on October 29, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Mahmut Konuk) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) were detained.

Thus in total 8 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 28 and 29, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(10/322) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on October 29, 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 Eser Budak). It is learned that 2 people were released the same day.

(10/323) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Şırnak…

The police used clubs and shields to intervene the press declaration in front of HDP Cizre district office to protest appointment of trustees to Cizre by Ministry of Interior on October 29, 2019. It is learned that numerous people got injured due to police intervention. It is learned that at least 4 people are detained. The names of detained people known so far are: Cizre district council members Mesut Uçkaç and Serhat Küçük.

(10/324) Detained People in Şırnak…

It is learned that 3 people are detained in house raids in Şırnak on October 30, 2019. The names of detained people are: Zahide Barınç, Elmas Kulter and Abdulselam Baysal.

(10/325) Detained ESP Members in Istanbul…

8 members of Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) who were detained in house raids in Istanbul on October 25, 2019, are released on judicial control conditions on October 28, 2019. The names of detained people are: Serhat Demirtaş, Emrah Topaloğlu, Ezgi Gürbüz, Gamze Toprak, Deniz İmre, Yoldaş Aydın, Hıdır Yılmaz and Enes Sanduvaç.

(10/326) People Under Custody in Urfa…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 29, 2019 that, YPJ member Darzê Salih Temo who was abducted and tortured by National Syrian Army in north Syria, and another YPJ member Makbule Sünger were kept under custody at Urfa Gendarmerie Command since October 26, 2019. It is stated in the news reports that Darzê Salih Temo was injured and taken to Urfa and was detained after being kept in hospital for 7 days.

(10/327) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The trial of the case against Sözcü newspaper’s grant holder Burak Akbay, writers Emin Çölaşan and Necati Doğru, Izmir reporter Gökmen Ulu, executive editor Metin Yılmaz, finance executive Yonca Yücekaleli and Mustafa Çetin and Yücel Arı, on the charges of ‘leading an illegal organisation’, ‘being a member of an illegal organisation’, ‘knowingly and willingly aiding an illegal organisation’ is held on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 37 on October 28, 2019. The court adjourned the trial to December 27, 2019.

(10/328) ECHR Decision on Freedom of Expression…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 29, 2019 that European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) concluded on individual appeal of Hatice Çoban, executive council member of Democratic Society Party (DTP) which was closed down in 2009, about the sentence given to her on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ in her speech in 2007. ECHR stated that Hatice Çoban’s freedom of expression was violated and 2500 Euro should be paid as immaterial damages.

(10/329) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

Zeynep Gülen who was detained in Beykoz district of Istanbul on October 25, 2019 is arrested on October 28, 2019.

3 military members on active duty who were detained in Istanbul on October 21, 2019 are arrested on October 29, 2019.

(10/330) Trustee Appointed to Cizre…

It is learned that Cizre co-mayor Mehmet Zırığ is suspended by Ministry of Interior on October 22, 2019 and Cizre sub-governor Davut Sinanoğlu is appointed as trustee. With this last appointment, the number of trustees appointed since local elections on March 31, 2019, raised up to 13 including 3 metropolitan cities.

(10/331) Ban of Events in Iğdır…

Iğdır Governorate made a declaration on October 28, 2019 and announced that, on the grounds of possible protests related to Turkish Armed Forces military operation to north and east Syria, all open and in-door 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 October 26, 2019.  This is the second time of banning all events for 15 days in Adana since October 10, 2019.

 

(10/332) Special Security Zone in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on October 17, 2028, and announced 5 areas of central, Çukurca, Şemdinli, Yüksekova and Derecik districts as special security zones as of October 29, 2019 until November 12, 2019.

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26 – 28 October 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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26 – 28 October 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/300) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

Within the military operation of Turkish Armed Forces to north and east Syria;

Ministry of National Defence made a declaration on October 27, 2019 and announced that 1 soldier died and 5 soldiers got wounded due to an attack to a scout unit in Resulayn.

It is learned that 1 soldier (Erdoğan Türkel) who got wounded in Resulayn on October 26, 2019, died in hospital on October 27, 2019.

(10/301) Interventions and Detentions Related to Reactions Against Military Operation to North and East Syria…

People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Party Assembly member Reber Varhan who was detained in Batman on October 24, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, is released on judicial control conditions on October 26, 2019.

(10/302) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 1 soldier (Mustafa Korkmaz) who got wounded due to a missile attack in Yüksekova district of Hakkari on October 23, 2019, died in hospital on October 27, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 27, 2019 that, 4 militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to Heftanin area in Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on August 23, 2019.

(10/303) Person Was Subjected to Police Violence in Edirne…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 25, 2019 that, Ozan Okur who was at Edirne Bus Terminal to depart for Adana on September 20, 2019, was subjected to physical violence of the police and that his money, cell phone and bus ticket were seized by the police threatening him. It is stated in the news report that, Ozan Okur was taken to police cabin by an undercover officer inviting him “to have a chat” while he was waiting for his bus and then was taken out of the cabin by the police saying “get out of here, we will blow your brains out if you come again”. Ozan Okur states the following: “The police officer who talked to me said ‘I brought you a Kurd’ to the other officer and hit my neck when we entered the cabin. I fell on the other officer’s feet and he cursed to me and punched me at the chin. My mouth and nose started bleeding. They searched my body (…) They took 500 Turkish Liras and the bus ticket in my pocket. They pulled down my pants to search. They checked my phone and said ‘This is a beautiful woman, do you think it works for you?’ to each other while they saw my mother’s and sister’s photos.”

(10/304) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 27, 2019 that, Keziban Yılmaz, co-mayor of Kayapınar district of Diyarbakır and Rojda Nazlıer, co-mayor of Kocaköy district of Diyarbakır who were suspended and arrested on October 22, 2019, were transferred to Kayseri Closed Women’s Prison under coercion, while Diyarbakır co-mayor Adnan Selçuk Mızraklı who was arrested on the same time, was transferred to Kayseri Closed Prison.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 27, 2019 that, in Çanakkale E Type Prison, 14 prisoners are kept in wards for 8 people, prisoners are given well water, and epidemic diseases spread due to water cuts and lack of hygienic conditions in restrooms.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 27, 2019 that, in Bandırma T Type Prisons No 1 and 2, 14 prisoners are kept in wards for 8 people, prisoners who have gone on a hunger strike to protest isolation of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, were not medically treated after the hunger strike, prisoners are referred to hospitals with delay and prisoners who are transferred to these prisons are forced to strip search.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 27, 2019 that, in Van High Security Prison, books sent to prisoners were not given to them and were banned, the number of published material per prisoner is limited to 12 books and 2 magazines, Yeni Yaşam and Yeni Asya newspapers are banned, letters of prisoners to newspapers were not sent and communication right of prisoners is limited to 2 and a half hours a week.

(10/305) 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 1080 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 25, 26, and 27 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 October 25, 2019, 2 people (Merve Demirel and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 2 people (Merve Demirel 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 October 26, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on October 27, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Sinan Yanbal) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) were detained.

Thus in total 12 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 25, 26, and 27, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(10/306) 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 761st time on October 26, 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.

(10/307) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

 “F sit-in”, which is organized for the 396th time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on October 26, 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.

 (10/308) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the workers who occupy Maltepe Municipality Cleaning Department in Istanbul to protest dismissal of workers on October 26, 2019, and detained 3 people. It is reported that 3 people were released on the same day.

(10/309) Detained Journalist in Istanbul…

It is learned that Artı Gerçek news portal writer Nurcan Kaya was detained at Istanbul Airport on October 27, 2019. It is reported that the reason of detention is ‘inciting hatred and hostility among people by social media posts’. Nurcan Kaya is released after statement procedures on the same day.

(10/310) Detained Person in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that a person named N. K. is detained in Yorulmaz neighbourhood in Lice district of Diyarbakır on October 26, 2019. The reason of detention is unknown.

(10/311) Detained ESP Members in Istanbul…

It is learned that 8 members of Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) are detained in house raids in Istanbul on October 25, 2019. The names of detained people are: Serhat Demirtaş, Emrah Topaloğlu, Ezgi Gürbüz, Gamze Toprak, Deniz İmre, Yoldaş Aydın, Hıdır Yılmaz and Enes Sanduvaç.

(10/312) Detained People in Muş…

People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Party Assembly member Nafiye Bal and HDP Muş co-chair Murat Balkaya, who were detained in house raids in Muş on October 23, 2019 are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on October 25, 2019. 1 person (Şeyma Orhan) is released on judicial control conditions.

(10/313) Detained People in Mardin…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 25, 2019 that detention period for 12 people who were detained in house raids in Çataltepe, Adak, Doğancı and Develi neighbourhoods of Derik district of Mardin on October 21, 2019 is extended for 4 days.

(10/314) Onur Yaser Can Case…

The case on the charge of ‘counterfeiting official documents’ and ‘damage of an official document’ against 2 police officers, who interrogated Onur Yaser Can under custody, is held on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 6 on October 25, 2019. Onur Yaser Can was detained in Istanbul in 2010, and jumped to death from his balcony after he was subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody. The court sentenced 2 defendants to 4 years each for ‘counterfeiting official documents’ and reduced the sentence to 3 years and 4 months. The court sentenced 2 defendants to 2 years and 6 months for ‘damage of an official document’ and raised the sentence to 3 years and 1 month and 15 days. The court rejected to arrest 2 defendants.

(10/315) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On October 25, 2019, Fetullah Gülen’s niece Zeynep Gülen is detained in Beykoz district of Istanbul; 39 people are detained in Ankara and 3 people are detained in Istanbul.

3 of 5 people who were detained in Istanbul on October 24, 2019 are arrested on October 25, 2019 while 2 of them are released on judicial control conditions.

Osman Karaca who was detained by National Intelligence Service on October 19, 2019 is arrested on October 25, 2019.

4 of 37 people who were detained through an Adana based investigation on October 24, 2019 are arrested on October 26, 2019.

(10/316) Ban of an Event in Ankara…

It is learned that “Stop Climate Crisis and Ecological Destruction” meeting of Unity for Ecology Platform which was to be held on October 26, 2019 in Ankara, is banned by Ankara Governorate on October 25, 2019.

(10/317) Ban of Events in Adana, Van and Batman…

Adana Governorate made a declaration on October 25, 2019 and announced that, on the grounds of possible protests related to Turkish Armed Forces military operation to north and east Syria, all open-door 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 October 26, 2019.  This is the second time of banning all events for 15 days in Adana since October 10, 2019.

Van Governorate made a declaration on October 25, 2019 and announced that, on the grounds of possible protests related to Turkish Armed Forces military operation to north and east Syria, all open-door 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 October 26, 2019.  All events are banned in Van for 1083 days since November 21, 2016.

Batman Governorate made a declaration on October 25, 2019 and announced that, on the grounds of possible protests related to Turkish Armed Forces military operation to north and east Syria, all open-door 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 October 26, 2019. 

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25 October 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/289) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

Within the military operation of Turkish Armed Forces to north and east Syria;

Ministry of National Defence made a declaration on October 24, 2019 and announced that 5 soldiers got wounded due to an attack to a scout unit in Resulayn.

(10/290) Interventions and Detentions Related to Reactions Against Military Operation to North and East Syria…

2 of 3 executives of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) who were detained on October 23, 2019 in house raids in Kocaeli, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on October 24, 2019. 1 person (Adnan Ediş) is released. The names of arrested people are: Teyyar Özkaya and Siracettin Başboğa.

Net news agency reporter Emre Orman who was detained on October 23, 2019 in house raids in Ataşehir district of Istanbul, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on October 24, 2019.

1 person (Aziz Polat) who was detained on October 23, 2019 in house raids in Hekimhan district of Malatya, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on October 24, 2019. HDP district co-chair Muharrem Özbey is released.

On October 24, 2019, 5 people are detained in house raids in Adıyaman for the same reason. The names of detained people are unknown.

HDP Party Assembly member Reber Varhan is detained in Batman on October 24, 2019. The reason of detention is social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria.

(10/291) Child Was Hit by an Armoured Vehicle…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 25, 2019 that, a 7-year-old child (H. Ö.) was hit by a police armoured vehicle in Karşıyaka neighbourhood of Silopi district of Şırnak on October 9, 2019; and that there was no investigation initiated against officers yet.

(10/292) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 24, 2019 that, Ferhat Kut, co-mayor of Nusaybin district of Mardin who was arrested on October 17, 2019; is transferred to Elazığ T Type Prison from Mardin E Type Prison and is kept in a solitary cell there.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 24, 2019 that, prisoners in Izmir T Type Prison No 1 sleep on floors due to over-capacity, the restrooms fall short due to same reason, the open-door area is covered by wire net and spouses kept in prison were not allowed to see each other.

(10/293) 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 1080 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 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 October 24, 2019, 2 people (Merve Demirel and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Merve Demirel and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 24, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(10/294) Police Intervention to a Protest in Eskişehir…

The police used pepper spray and clubs to intervene the employees of Zeytinoğlu Holding who want to march from Eskişehir to Ankara to demand their unpaid wages and severance payments on October 24, 2019. It is learned that United Metal Workers’ Union president Adnan Serdaroğlu and 3 workers were hospitalized due to pepper spray. It is reported that 32 people including union managers are detained.

(10/295) Kemal Kurkut Case…

The case against police officer Y.Ş., for killing university student Kemal Kurkut by shooting him behind his back during Newroz celebrations in Diyarbakır in 2017, is held on Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 7 on October 24, 2019. Police officer Y.Ş. is charged with ‘killing on probable intention’ and the indictment demands life imprisonment for this charge.

The court rejected to arrest the defendant and adjourned the trial to January 14, 2019.

(10/296) “I Want My Job Back” Case…

The trial of the case against 15 people including 2 arrestees (Sibel Balaç, Ertuğrul Çağan, Acun Karadağ, Nazan Bozkurt, Gülnaz Bozkurt, Mehmet Dersulu, Alev Şahin, Mahmut Konuk, İlker Işık, Özge Çırpan, Deniz Aydın, Simge Aksan, Murat Çeşme, Burak Aydemir, Selvi Polat), through an investigation against participators of “I Want My Job Back” protests in Yüksel Street, is held on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 28 on October 24, 2019. The court decided to continue detention of Sibel Balaç and released Ertuğrul Çağan, and adjourned the trial.

15 people were detained in house raids in Ankara on December 10, 2018 and 2 of them were arrested on December 17, 2018 while 13 of them were released on judicial control conditions.

(10/297) Musician on Trial for ‘Insulting Binali Yıldırım’…

The trial of the case against musician Ferhat Tunç, for social media posts ‘insulting Binali Yıldırım’ who was prime minister back then, is held on Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 16 on October 24, 2019. The court decided that Ferhat Tunç to be heard as deposition and adjourned the trial to April 14, 2020.

(10/298) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On October 24, 2019, 31 people are detained in operations covering 15 cities through an Adana based investigation.

(10/299) Proceedings Against Parliamentary Members…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 24, 2019 that, 31 proceedings against 20 parliamentary members including HDP co-chairs Pervin Buldan and Sezai Temelli, are submitted to the Constitution and Justice Committee of the Grand National Assembly.

The names of the HDP MP’s subjected to proceedings are: Pervin Buldan (1 proceeding), Sezai Temelli (5 proceedings), Dilan Dirayet Taşdemir (3 proceedings), Berdan Öztürk (3 proceedings), Ayşe Sürücü (1 proceeding), Semra Güzel (1 proceeding), Nimetullah Erdoğmuş (1 proceeding), Muazzez Orhan (3 proceedings), Remziye Tosun (1 proceeding), Gülistan Kılıç Koçyiğit (1 proceeding), Dersim Dağ (1 proceeding), Ayşe Acar Başaran (1 proceeding), Saliha Aydeniz (2 proceeding), Murat Sarısaç (1 proceeding), Sait Dede (1 proceeding), Hişyar Özsoy (1 proceeding), Hüda Kaya (1 proceeding), Habip Eksik (1 proceeding), Abdullah Koç (1 proceeding).

 The name of the IYI Party MP subjected to proceedings is: İsmail Koncuk (1 proceeding).

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24 October 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/279) Interventions and Detentions Related to Reactions Against Military Operation to North and East Syria…

On October 23, 2019, 3 executives of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) are detained in house raids in Kocaeli, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria. The names of detained people are: Teyyar Özkaya, Adnan Ediş and Siracettin Başboğa.

On October 23, 2019, Net news agency reporter Emre Orman is detained in house raids in Ataşehir district of Istanbul, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria.

2 of 3 people who were detained in house raids in Sakarya on October 22, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on October 23, 2019. The names of arrested people are: (Mehmet Mehdi Keklik and Adem Özğan). Nahide Doğan, HDP Sakarya provincial co-chair who was also detained is released on judicial control conditions and with a ban on leaving the country.

1 of 4 people who were detained in house raids in Kuşadası district of Aydın on October 22, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on October 23, 2019. The name of arrested person is: Mehmet Ali Baş. 3 people (HDP Kuşadası district co-chair Hanife Gedik, and district executives Taner Akdemir and Fuat Öztürk) who were also detained are released on judicial control conditions.

(10/280) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 23, 2019 that trans prisoner Miray who is on hunger strike for 99 days in Alanya L Type Prison, demanding to be kept in wards, is going on a death fast as of October 22, 2019.  

(10/281) 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 1079 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 23, 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 October 23, 2019, 2 people (Merve Demirel and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Gülnaz Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 23, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(10/282) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the sit-in protest in Güvenpark in Ankara office on October 23, 2019 by Cemal Yıldırım who rally to regain his job at Ministry of Finance from which he had been dismissed by state of emergency decree, and detained Cemal Yıldırım. It is learned that Cemal Yıldırım is released on the same day.

(10/283) Detained People in Bitlis…

4 people who were detained in Tatvan district of Bitlis on October 22, 2019, are released on judicial control conditions on October 23, 2019. The names of detained people are: Tatvan district council member Ahmet Barut, Suat Karahan, Lezgin Bingöl and Halit Ağar.

(10/284) Detained People in Muş…

3 people are detained in house raids in Muş on October 23, 2019. The names of detained people are: HDP Youth Assembly member Nafiye Bal, HDP Muş provincial co-chair Murat Balkaya and Şeyma Orhan.

(10/285) Detained People in Malatya…

2 people are detained in house raids in Hekimhan district of Malatya on October 23, 2019. The names of detained people are: HDP district co-chair Muharrem Özbey and Aziz Polat.

(10/286) Journalist on Trial in Ankara…

The case against journalist Hayri Demir on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ is held at Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 15 on October 23, 2019. The court adjourned the trial to January 23, 2019.

(10/287) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On October 23, 2019, 11 people are detained in operations covering 9 cities through a Konya based investigation; 16 people are detained in operations covering 4 cities through an Izmir based investigation; and 34 people are detained in operations covering 15 cities through a Kayseri based investigation.

(10/288) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against former prosecutor Mustafa Sarıçam is held at Penal Department No 9 of Supreme Court on October 23, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 1 year 6 months and 22 days regarding effective remorse law.

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22 October 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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22 October 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/242) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

Within the military operation of Turkish Armed Forces to north and east Syria;

Ministry of National Defence made a declaration on October 22, 2019 and announced that 1 soldier (Mutlu Can Meşeci) who got wounded due to mortar attack on October 11, 2019, and 1 soldier (Umut Coşkun) who got wounded on October 16, 2019 died in hospital.

(10/243) Interventions and Detentions Related to Reactions Against Military Operation to North and East Syria…

3 children who were detained in house raids in Esenyurt district of Istanbul on October 18, 2019, on the grounds that “they would attend protests against Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria”, are released on October 21, 2019.

People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Mardin provincial executive Abidin Uyan, who was detained in house raids in Mardin on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria on October 10, 2019 is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on October 21, 2019. 18 people who were detained through the same investigation are released on judicial control conditions and with a ban on leaving the country. It is reported that 4 people are still under custody.

(10/244) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 1 soldier died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Derik district of Mardin on October 21, 2019.

It is learned that 5 soldiers and 3 village guards got wounded in an attack to a military patrol car in Kağızman district of Kars on October 21, 2019.

(10/245) Forced Disappearances in Ankara…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 21, 2019 that Mustafa Yılmaz, a public employee dismissed by state of emergency decrees, who were abducted in February 2019 in Ankara, was kept under custody in Ankara Police Directorate Anti-Terror Department. It is learned that Ankara Security Directorate has reported to his family that, Mustafa Yılmaz was found around Karapürçek police station in Altındağ district and was detained afterwards.

Yasin Ugan, Özgür Kaya, Salim Zeybek and Erkan Irmak, all public employees dismissed by state of emergency decrees, who were abducted in February 2019, were detained by Ankara Police Directorate Anti-Terror Department “after a routine general information control while they were walking their back-packs near the police headquarters”, and were arrested on August 10, 2019. There is still no news received from Gökhan Türkmen who was abducted in February 2019 and from Yusuf Bilge Tunç who is missing since August 6, 2019.

(10/246) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

Gültan Kışanak, former co-mayor of Diyarbakır, sent a letter to press on October 21, 2019 and stated that they were not given Yeni Yaşam newspaper in Kandıra F Type Prison. It is also stated in the letter that, prisoners were not given the books and magazines that are sent to them and they are allowed only to buy books through prison administration.

(10/247) 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 1077 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 21, 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 October 21, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Merve Demirel) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 21, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(10/248) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on October 21, 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 Eser Budak). It is learned that 2 people were released the same day.

(10/249) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on October 21, 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.

(10/250) Detained Co-Mayors in Diyarbakır…

On October 21, 2019, Diyarbakır co-mayor Selçuk Mızraklı who was replaced with an appointed trustee on August 19, 2019; Kayapınar district co-mayor Keziban Yılmaz; Bismil district co-mayor Orhan Ayaz and Kocaköy district co-mayor Rojda Nazlıer are detained in house raids. It is learned that Kayapınar, Kocaköy and Bismil municipality buildings were blocked and were searched by the police. It is reported that a confidentiality order is ruled for the investigation.

(10/251) Detained People in Urfa…

30 of 54 people who were detained in house raids in Urfa on October 9, 2019 are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on October 21, 2019. 24 people are released. The names of arrested people known so far are: Education and Science Workers’ Union Urfa branch co-chair Leyla Mumin, Mahmut Korkmazer and Hanım Yavuzer.

(10/252) Detained People in Mardin…

It is learned that 12 people are detained in house raids in Çataltepe, Adak, Doğancı and Develi neighbourhoods of Derik district of Mardin on October 21, 2019. The names of detained people are: Yusuf Temel, Şeyhmus Temel, Abdurrahman Temel, İbrahim Temel, Mahmut Temel, Seyit Savcı, Bedirhan Savcı, Enver Demli, Nezir Demli, Tahir Adal, Mehmet Bilgen and Mehmet Sıddık Aksak.

(10/253) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that deputy Beycan Taşkıran and provincial chair Ramazan Kaya of Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) and Ahmet Eren are detained in Eğil district of Diyarbakır on October 21, 2019. It is learned that the reason of detention is Atılım newspaper and posters in their car. Detained 3 people are released on the same day.

(10/254) Detained People in Ankara…

On October 21, 2019, Zeynep Koçak and Hakan Koçak, parents of Mustafa Koçak who is on death fast in Izmir Şakran T Type Prison No 2 for a fair trial; and Başak Kavruker are detained in front of Grand National Assembly where they were to have a meeting with parliamentary members on the issue. It is learned that 3 people were released with a penalty fine.

(10/255) Mehmet Ayvalıtaş Case…

The case against Mehmet Görkem Demirbaş and Cengiz Aktaş, for death of Mehmet Ayvalıtaş during Gezi Park protests, is held on Istanbul Anadolu Heavy Penal Court No 8 on October 21, 2019. Mehmet Ayvalıtaş has died due to being hit by a car during a march on TEM highway in Ümraniye district of Istanbul on June 3, 2013. The court acquitted Mehmet Görkem Demirbaş and Cengiz Aktaş.

(10/256) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On October 21, 2019, former prosecutor Mehmet Murat Dalkuş is detained in Istanbul.

It is learned that 19 of 20 people who were detained on October 18, 2019 in Istanbul are arrested on October 21, 2019 and 1 person is released on judicial control conditions.

(10/257) Ban of Events in Urfa…

Urfa Governorate made a declaration on October 21, 2019 and announced that, on the grounds of possible protests related to Turkish Armed Forces military operation to north and east Syria, all open-door 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 October 20, 2019.  This is the second time of banning all events for 30 days in Urfa since August 19, 2019.

(10/258) Curfew in Derik…

Mardin Governorate made a declaration on October 21, 2019 and announced curfew in 4 neighbourhoods (Çataltepe, Adak, Doğancı and Develi) of Derik district as of 23.00 on October 20, 2019 and lifted the curfew with another declaration on the same day, as of 19.00 on October 21, 2019.

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19 – 21 October 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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19 – 21 October 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/223) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

Within the military operation of Turkish Armed Forces to north and east Syria;

Ministry of National Defence made a declaration on October 20, 2019 and announced that 1 soldier (Sefa Fındık) died in Tel- Abyad city.

Amnesty International made a declaration on October 18, 2019 and according to interviews with health professionals in north Syria, announced that at least 218 civilians including 18 children died between October 9 and 17, 2019; and according to the information given by Turkish officials on October 15, 2019, 18 civilians died and 150 civilians got wounded since the beginning of the operation. It is also stated in the declaration that, Hevrin Xalef, general secretary of Syria Future Party who died in an attack to a civilian convoy in Tel-Abyad city on October 12, 2019, was “dragged out of her car, beaten and shot dead in cold blood by fighters from Ahrar al-Sharqiya”. It is also stated in the declaration that Ahrar al-Sharqiya fighters also captured and then killed at least 9 people, and abducted 2 civilians of whom whereabouts remain unknown. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey made a declaration on October 20, 2019 and said “We totally reject the unfounded allegations in Amnesty International’s report on Operation Peace Spring”.

(10/224) Interventions and Detentions Related to Reactions Against Military Operation to North and East Syria…

3 of 10 people who were detained in house raids in Adana on October 16, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘inciting hatred and hostility among public’ on October 18, 2019. The names of arrested people are unknown.

It is learned that Can Çıldır and Ali Düzkün, 2 members of Revolutionary Forces of Youth (Dev-Güç) who were detained after occupying Republican People’s Party (CHP) Şişli district office to protest Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, and Revolutionary Party deputies Murat Pircan and Gamze Taşçı and party member Nüpelda Çelik who were detained in house raids in Istanbul on October 17, 2019, are referred to the court on October 18, 2019. 3 people (Can Çıldır, Ali Düzkün and Gamze Taşçı) are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘preventing the activities of a political party by the use of force’, and 2 people are released on judicial control conditions.

Socialist Women’s Assemblies central executive board member Satiye Ok, Free Young Women member Helin Yağmur and Socialist Youth Associations Federation member Sedat Türlü and Kurdistan Communist Party member Yaşar Kazıcı who were are detained in house raids in Diyarbakır on October 17, 2019, are released on October 19, 2019. It is learned from the news reports that Satiye Ok was subjected to sexual abuse and threats of sexual assault of the police during detention and the police broke the door, forced her to lay down on the ground, handcuffed her behind the back she was subjected to physical and verbal violence of the police. Helin Yağmur stated the following: “We were tortured for 2 hours. We were threatened by being raped, our faces were hit by clubs. I was abused with a gunstock. They stole my money from my wallet.”

People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Birecik district co-chair Ömer Karadağ who was detained in house raids in Urfa on October 18, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, is released on judicial control conditions on the same day.

It is learned that 2 people (Osman Demir and Barış Erişen) are detained in house raids in Diyarbakır on October 18, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria.

Mücadele Birliği newspaper reporter Özlem Oral who was detained in Istanbul on October 19, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, is released with a ban on leaving Istanbul on October 20, 2019.

The press declaration to be held by HDP in Yenişehir district of Diyarbakır to protest Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria is prevented by the police blocking the area and all the ways around.

Istanbul Security Directorate stated on October 20, 2019 that 14 people are detained on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria. The names of detained people are unknown.

(10/225) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 19, 2019 that, 1 HPG militant died in a clash between security forces and militants in rural areas of central district of Şırnak on October 17, 2019.

It is learned that 1 soldier died and 2 soldiers got wounded in an attack to a military patrol car in Çaldıran district of Van on October 18, 2019.

It is learned that 1 soldier died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in Şemdinli district of Hakkari on October 20, 2019.

It is learned that 1 soldier died and 5 soldiers got wounded in an attack to a military patrol car in Doğubayazıt district of Ağrı on October 20, 2019.

(10/226) Rejection to Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan…

It is learned that the appeal made on October 18, 2019 to chief public prosecutor’s office in Bursa by PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s sister and brother and tutelary along with the families of Hamili Yıldırım, Ömer Hayri Konar and Veysel Aktaş in order to visit, was rejected the same day on the grounds of limitations for prisoners in accordance with the Law on the Execution of Criminal and Security Measures Number 5275.

(10/227) 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 1076 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 18, 19, and 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 October 18, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 2 people (Mahmut Konuk and Mehmet Dersulu) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on October 19, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Acun Karadağ) 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 October 20, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Alev Şahin) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Alev Şahin) were detained.

Thus in total 12 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 18, 19, and 20, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(10/228) 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 760th time on October 19, 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.

(10/229) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

 “F sit-in”, which is organized for the 395th time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on October 19, 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.

(10/230) Police Intervention to a Protest in Adana…

The police intervened the “Democracy Meeting” organized by HDP in Uğur Mumcu Square in Adana on October 18, 2019 and detained 9 people. It is learned that detained people were released on the same day. The names of detained people are: HDP provincial co-chairs Mehmet Mahsun Eriğ and Gülseren Tural, People’s Democratic Congress (HDK) provincial assembly spokesperson Uğur Bayrak, HDP Çukurova district co-chair Hasan Biber, HDP provincial executives Mehmet Zeki Eren, Remzi Celp and Nimet Sezgin, HDP members Hanifi Tabancı and Cemil Kaya.

(10/231) Police Intervention to a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration organized by HDP in front of Ankara office of the party to protest governorate’s ban on “Democracy Meeting” on October 19, 2019. It is learned that HDP co-chair Sezai Temelli, HDK co-spokesperson Gülistan Kılıç Koçyiğit and HDP MP’s were encircled by the police. It is learned that 3 people were injured due to intervention.

(10/232) Police Intervention to a Protest in Van…

The police intervened the “Democracy Meeting” organized by HDP in Van on October 19, 2019 and detained 7 people. It is learned that detained people were released on the same day. The names of detained people are: HDP Party Assembly member Yunus Durdu, Kerem Kaçmaz and Neslihan Şendal.

(10/233) Police Raid to Journalist’s House in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that journalist Nurcan Baysal’s house in Diyarbakır was raided by the police on October 19, 2019. It is learned that the reason of raid was social media posts of Nurcan Baysal who is abroad.

(10/234) Detained Co-Mayors in Van, Hakkari and Mardin…

It is learned detention period for Yıldız Çetin and Bayram Çiçek Van’s Erciş district co-mayors who were detained on October 15, 2019 is extended on October 19, 2019. Nusaybin district co-mayors Semire Nergiz and Ferhat Kurt, Hakkari co-mayor Cihan Karaman and Yüksekova district co-mayors Remziye Yaşar and İrfan Sarı who were detained through the same investigation were arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on October 17, 2019.

(10/235) The Cases Against Academics Who Are the Signatories of the Petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”…

Professor Füsun Üstel, who was sentenced by Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 32 to 1 year and 3 months on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”, appealed to the court after Constitutional Court’s decision on peace academicians and the court decided to acquit Füsun Üstel and to cancel the earlier verdict with its all conclusions and results.

The sentence given by Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 32 on April 4, 2018 to Professor Füsun Üstel was approved on February 25, 2019. Füsun Üstel was put in prison on May 8, 2019 and was released by decision of Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 33 on July 22, 2019.

447 of 808 cases against academicians for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” are resulted in acquittal as of October 21, 2019.

(10/236) Mazlum Turan Case…

Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 2 has reversed the verdict of Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 1 on April 27, 2019, which sentenced police officer Süleyman Esenboğa to 1 year 10 months and 15 days and then suspended the execution on January 18, 2019. Mazlum Turan (16) died due to the fire opened to his car, by special operations force applying road check in Kızıltepe district of Mardin on August 29, 2015, after an attack against police shuttle. It was claimed that Mazlum Turan disobeyed the stop warning for not having driving licence.

The retrial of Süleyman Esenboğa continued on October 18, 2019. The court rejected the demand for arrest of Süleyman Esenboğa and adjourned the trial to October 21, 2019.

(10/237) Prison Massacre Case…

The case against 196 people who were on duty at Gendarmerie General Command during “Operation Back to Life”, which caused death of 7 people and injury of 50 in Ümraniye Prison, is held on Istanbul Anadolu Heavy Penal Court No 6 on October 18, 2019. The operation which killed 32 people in 20 prisons in total was conducted to enable conversion of the prisons to F Type prisons and to end hunger strikes in prisons on December 19, 2000. It is learned that the prosecutor declared legal opinion on the case and demanded laps of time on the charge of ‘wilful injury and ill-treatment’ and demanded acquittal on the charge of ‘wilful killing’. The court adjourned the trial to December 3, 2019.

(10/238) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On October 18, 2019, 32 people including police officers on active duty are detained in operations covering 23 cities through an Istanbul based investigation and 8 people are detained in Ankara.

It is learned that 1 person named Osman Karaca is detained by an abroad operation of National Intelligence Service on October 19, 2019.

(10/239) Trustees Appointed to Mardin and Van…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 19, 2019 that, Ministry of Interior extended the suspension of co-mayors of Mardin and Van and assignment of Mardin governor Mustafa Yaman and Van governor Mehmet Emin Bilmez as trustees for 2 months.

(10/240) Ban of Event in Ankara…

It is learned that “Democracy Meeting” of HDP in Ankara on October 19, 2019, is banned by Ankara Governorate on October 18, 2019.

(10/241) Ban of Events in Tunceli…

Tunceli Governorate made a declaration on October 18, 2019 and announced that, on the grounds of possible protests related to Turkish Armed Forces military operation to north and east Syria, all open-door 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 October 18, 2019.

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18 October 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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18 October 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/200) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

Within the military operation of Turkish Armed Forces to north and east Syria;

Ministry of National Defence made a declaration on October 17, 2019 and announced that 1 soldier got wounded due to a mortar shell alleged to be fired from Syrian side to Nusaybin district of Mardin.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) made a declaration on October 17, 2019 and announced that 171 members of Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) and 21 members Syrian factions loyal to Turkey died during the military operation since October 9, 2019.

(10/201) Interventions and Detentions Related to Reactions Against Military Operation to North and East Syria…

2 people (Revolutionary Party member Nüpelda Çelik and Meşale magazine editor Özgür Sazlık) are detained in house raids in Istanbul on October 17, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria.

On October 17, 2019, 4 people in Gebze district of Kocaeli, 13 people in Adana, 8 people in Denizli, 10 people in Ankara, 1 person in Urfa, 8 people in Mardin, 14 people in Elazığ are detained on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria. The names of detained people are unknown.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 17, 2019 that, 8 people are arrested in Bursa, Kocaeli, Antalya and Konya, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria. The names of arrested people are unknown.

At least 6 people are detained in house raids in Çanakkale on October 17, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria. The names of detained people are: People’s Democratic Party (HDP) central district co-chair Hamit Kılıç, HDP Biga district co-chair Abdülhamit Aytaç, HDP Gelibolu district executive Fahrettin Aydın, HDP Biga former district co-chair Mehmet Aytaç, Beşir Şeker and Azmi Karali.

 It is learned that detention period for 30 people who were detained in house raids in Nusaybin district of Mardin on October 11, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, is extended once again on October 17, 2019.

3 of 11 people who were detained in house raids in Antalya on October 15, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, are arrested on October 17, 2019. The names of detained people are unknown.

Kurdistan Communist Party chair Sinan Çiftyürek who was detained in house raids in Diyarbakır on October 16, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, is released on judicial control conditions on October 17, 2019.

(10/202) Extra-judicial Killing Allegation in Diyarbakır…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 17, 2019 that, 1 person named Bayram Ekinci died due to fire opened by soldiers in an operation to a house in Gürbeyli neighbourhood of Diyarbakır’s Lice district on October 16, 2019. It is stated in the news reports that the reason of operation was that Bayram Ekinci violated judicial control conditions.

(10/203) 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 1072 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 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 October 17, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Merve Demirel) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 17, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(10/204) Police Intervention to a Protest in Düzce…

On October 17, 2019, the police intervened the sit-in protest of Alev Şahin, who rallies in Düzce in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree and detained Alev Şahin.

(10/205) Police Intervention to a Press Declaration in Izmir…

The police intervened “Democracy Meeting” of HDP, in front of HDP Izmir office on October 17, 2019; on the grounds of governorate’s interdict. It is learned that the police allowed only HDP co-chair Sezai Temelli and HDP MP’s to make a declaration and removed other people in front of HDP office. It is reported that the police pushed some of the people into the party office. It is learned that HDP co-chair Sezai Temelli made the press declaration in the office.

Izmir Governorate has banned the meeting on October 14, 2019 and banned all events in the city on October 15, 2019.

(10/206) Police Intervention to a Press Declaration in Van…

The police intervened the press declaration in front of HDP Van office on October 17, 2019. It is learned that the pushed the people including HDP MP’s into the party office where the press declaration was made later.

(10/207) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

5 members of Women’s Collectives who protest writer Sema Maraşlı in front of Akit television channel on October 17, 2019 are detained and released on the same day. Sema Maraşlı has shared the video footage of sexual abuse to a student at Ege University and said “Terrorists in mountains and feminists in cities are attacking our beautiful country. Feminists are more dangerous than terrorists”.

(10/208) People Detained in Diyarbakır…

On October 17, 2019, Socialist Women’s Assemblies central executive board member Satiye Ok, Free Young Women member Helin Yağmur and Socialist Youth Associations Federation member Sedat Türlü are detained in house raids in Diyarbakır. It is learned that Satiye Ok and Helin Yağmur were subjected to verbal sexual abuse and threats of sexual assaults of the police.

(10/209) Detained Co-Mayors in Hakkari and Mardin…

Nusaybin district co-mayors Semire Nergiz and Ferhat Kurt, Hakkari co-mayor Cihan Karaman and Yüksekova district co-mayors Remziye Yaşar and İrfan Sarı who were detained on October 15, 2019, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on October 17, 2019. It is learned that Mehmet Emin Alkan, Nusaybin district council member who was detained through the same investigation is released.

(10/210) Detained PSAKD Executive in Istanbul…

It is learned that Pir Sultan Abdal Cultural Association (PSAKD) Sarıyer branch executive Songül Çimen is detained on October 17, 2019, after visiting her son in Silivri Prison, and was arrested on the same day.

(10/211) Actor on Trial for ‘Insulting the President’ in Aydın…

The final trial of the case against actor Orhan Aydın, on the grounds of ‘insulting the President’ in a speech he made in 2017 at a commemoration event of Kuşadası Hacı Bektaş Veli Anatolian Cultural Association, is held at Aydın Heavy Penal Court No 1 on October 17, 2019. The court sentenced Orhan Aydın to 11 months and 20 days.

(10/212) Journalist on Trial in Ankara…

The case against journalist Çiğdem Toker, for her news report “If you are looking for austerity check the subway tenders” which was published on Cumhuriyet daily on October 27, 2017, is held on Ankara Penal Court of First Instance No 13 on July 9, 2019. The lawsuit demanding 1.5 million Turkish Liras for immaterial damages was brought to court upon complaint of Şenbay Mining Corporation. The court decided to cancel the case since the lawyers of Şenbay Mining Corporation did not attend the trial without excuse.

(10/213) Journalist on Trial in Istanbul…

The final trial of the case against Cumhuriyet newspaper editor Tuğba Özer, for the news reports “Education committed to ISIS mentality: IHH associated teacher gave halter rope to students and took photos!”, is held at Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance on October 17, 2019. The case was opened upon complaint of Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH). The court sentenced Tuğba Özer to a fine of 5.000 Turkish Liras.

(10/214) Journalist on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against Deniz Yücel, Turkey reporter of German Die Welt newspaper, on the charges of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘inciting hatred and hostility among people’ is held on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 32 on October 17, 2019.

The indictment demands sentence for Deniz Yücel from 4 years to 18 years on the charges of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘inciting hatred and hostility among people’.

The court adjourned the trial to February 13, 2020.

Deniz Yücel was detained on February 14, 2017 and was arrested by the court on February 27, 2017. The indictment against him was accepted by the court on February 16, 2018 and released Deniz Yücel on scheduling order.

(10/215) HDP Executive on Trial in Hakkari…

The final trial of the case against HDP Hakkari co-chair Sinan Kaya is held at Hakkari Heavy Penal Court No 1 on October 17, 2019. The court sentenced Sinan Kaya to 10 years and 4 months on the charges of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’, ‘aiding and abetting an illegal organisation’ and ‘resisting a police officer’.

(10/216) Medeni Yıldırım Case…

The case against Adem Çiftçi, a soldier on compulsory military service, for death of Medeni Yıldırım in Lice district of Diyarbakır on June 28, 2018, on Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 7 is held on February 7, 2019. Medeni Yıldırım was killed with a shot fired from military station during a march to protest the construction of a high security military station in Kalecik village of Lice. The indictment demands jail penalty up to 18 years for Adem Çiftçi for ‘killing with an eventual intent under unjust provocation’.

The court decided to ask the result of official complaint against 2 commanders on duty at the military station and the result of expert report from Istanbul Forensic Medicine Institution and adjourned the trial.

(10/217) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On October 17, 2019, 49 people are detained in operations covering 6 cities through a Mersin based investigation.

(10/218) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against Ekrem Yeter is held at Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 19 on October 17, 2019. The court decided to acquit Ekrem Yeter on the grounds of lack of evidence.

(10/219) Trustees Appointed to Nusaybin, Yüksekova and Hakkari…

It is learned that Semire Nergiz and Ferhat Kut, HDP co-mayors of Mardin’s Nusaybin district are suspended by Ministry of Interior on October 17, 2019 and Nusaybin sub-governor Mehmet Balıkçılar is appointed as trustee.

It is learned that Remziye Yaşar and İrfan Sarı, HDP co-mayors of Hakkari’s Yüksekova district are suspended by Ministry of Interior on October 17, 2019 and Yüksekova sub-governor Osman Doğramacı is appointed as trustee.

It is learned that Cihan Karaman, HDP co-mayor Hakkari is suspended by Ministry of Interior on October 17, 2019 and Hakkari governor İdris Akbıyık is appointed as trustee.

(10/220) Ban of Event in Istanbul…

It is learned that “Social, Cultural and Economic History of Kayseri and the Region” conference of Hrant Dink Foundation which was to be held at Anarad Hığutyun Building on October 18 and 19, 2019 is banned by Şişli sub-governorate on October 17, 2019.

(10/221) Ban of Events in Mardin, Eskişehir and Adana…

Mardin Governorate made a declaration on October 17, 2019 and announced that, on the grounds of possible protests related to Turkish Armed Forces military operation to north and east Syria, all open-door 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 October 17, 2019.

Eskişehir Governorate made a declaration on October 17, 2019 and announced that, on the grounds of possible protests related to Turkish Armed Forces military operation to north and east Syria, all open-door 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 October 10, 2019.

Adana Governorate made a declaration on October 17, 2019 and announced that, on the grounds of possible protests related to Turkish Armed Forces military operation to north and east Syria, all open-door 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 October 18, 2019.

(10/222) Special Security Zone in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on October 17, 2019, and announced 11 areas of central, Çukurca, Şemdinli, Yüksekova districts as special security zones as of October 17, 2019 until October 21, 2019.

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