01 November 2018 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

Human Rights Foundation of Turkey Documentation Center[1][2][3][4][5]

01 November 2018 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/001) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 30, 2018 that, 5 militants died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in Qandil area in Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on September 20, 2018.

It is learned that 1 police officer got wounded in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in Beşiri district of Batman on October 31, 2018.

(11/002) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 30, 2018 that, Aycan Özdoğan, Saadet Akın and Selver İspir from Ankara Sincan Women’s Prison forfeited the right of probation due to solitary confinement penalties given by the prison administration.

(11/003) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 31, 2018 that, Şerif Mesutoğlu, who was sentenced to two times of heavy life imprisonment, on the case of Fatih Safitürk’s death, went on a hunger strike on October 23, 2018 to protest the verdict. Fatih Safitürk, sub-governor of Mardin’s Derik district, was also appointed as a trustee for Derik municipality and was killed in his office on November 10, 2016. It is claimed on the news reports that Şerif Mesutoğlu rejected to be visited by his family and lawyers.

(11/004) 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 722 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 31, 2018 at 13.30 and 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, 2018, 3 people (Nazan Bozkurt, Derviş Lermi and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 4 people (Mahmut Konuk, Gülnaz Bozkurt, Derviş Lermi and Acun Karadağ) were detained.

Thus in total 7 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 31, 2018. It is learned that detainees were released the same day.

(11/005) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

Türkan Albayrak, who was dismissed from her job at Sarıyer district Health Department, on the grounds of ‘personnel security investigation’ and ‘archive search’, on August 3, 2018; made a press declaration to regain her job on October 31, 2018 and attempted for a sit-in protest in front of Health Department. The police intervened the sit-in and detained Türkan Albayrak. It is learned that Türkan Albayrak was released the same day. It is the 36th time of detention of Türkan Albayrak.

(11/006) Co-Mayor is Detained in Batman…

It is learned that at least 10 people including Sabri Özdemir, co-mayor of Batman, who was discharged and replaced with a trustee, are detained in house raids in Batman on October 31, 2018. The names of detainees and the reason for detention is unknown.

(11/007) The Cases Against Academics Who Are the Signatories of the Petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”…

The separate cases against 11 academicians (Assoc. Professor Esra Arsan, PhD Begüm Başdaş, PhD Z.Ç.Ç., Research Assistant Canan Erten from Bilgi University; Research Assistant Yasin Barış Göğüş and Kumru Çılgın, Professor Ayşe Aslı Berkman from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University; Assoc. Professor Bülent Tanju from Yıldız Technical University; PhD student Dilek Çankaya from Ankara University; lecturer Saadet Sorgunlu and 1 more academician) for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 36 for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ are held on October 31, 2018. The court adjourned the trial of the case against Z.Ç.Ç. to December 27, 2018; the trial of the case against Esra Arsan to January 9, 2019; the trial of the case against Canan Erten to November 5, 2018; the trial of the case against Bülent Tanju to November 8, 2018; the trial of the case against Begüm Başdaş to March 6, 2019; the trials of the cases against Yasin Barış Göğüş, Saadet Sorgunlu, Ayşe Aslı Berkman, Kumru Çılgın and Dilek Çankaya to January 10, 2019; and the trial of the case against 1 academician to December 6, 2018.

The separate cases against 2 academicians (Lecturer Akın Tek from Şehir University and PhD student Özgecan Korkmaz from Michigan University) on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 26, for the same reason, is held on October 31, 2018. The court adjourned both of the trials to November 20, 2018.

(11/008) Journalist and Executives of ESP and SGDF on Trial…

The case against 9 people 5 of which are arrested 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, 2018. After defence hearings the court released all 5 arrestees on juridical control conditions and adjourned the trial to February 15, 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.

(11/009) People on Trial in Ankara…

The case against 11 women who were detained before the march of Ankara Women’s Platform for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in 2016, on Ankara Penal Court of First Instance No 7 is held on October 31, 2018. The court acquitted 11 people.

(11/010) Lawyer on Trial on the Charge of ‘Insulting the President’…

Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 30 has accepted the indictment of Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office against lawyer Özgür Urfa, on the charge of ‘insulting the President’ in several expressions in the appeal request of his clients. The first hearing of the case against lawyer Özgür Urfa will be held on February 13, 2019.

(11/011) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On October 31, 2018, 17 people including military members on active duty are detained in operations covering 10 cities through a Samsun based investigation; 14 people are detained on the charge of using ByLock, in operations covering 12 cities through an Istanbul based investigation; and chief physician of Alanya Research and Education Hospital Professor B.A.T. and his spouse A.T. are detained in Antalya.

On October 31, 2018, a warrant is issued for 30 military members including 4 colonels, 3 lieutenant colonels, 2 majors and 7 lieutenants through an investigation on Naval Forces Command.

Fecri Yıldız, former director of Technical Surveillance Operation Unit in Intelligence Department of Istanbul Police, who was detained through an Erzincan based investigation is arrested by the court on October 31, 2018.

(11/012) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against former police officer Nurullah Altınsoy, who was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, on Kırklareli Heavy Penal Court No 2 is held on October 31, 2018. The court sentenced Nurullah Altınsoy to 51 years and 3 months for ‘violation of confidentiality of communication’, to 6 years and 3 months for ‘forgery’ and to 6 years and 3 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The final trial of the case against former teacher Ömer Göktaş who was dismissed by a state of emergency decree on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 23 is held on October 31, 2018. The court sentenced the defendant to 8 years and 9 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The final trial of the case against former public prosecutor Onur Arslantepe and his wife, former judge Zehra Haktanır Arslantepe, on Antep Heavy Penal Court No 8 is held on October 31, 2018. The court sentenced the defendants to 6 years and 3 months each for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The final trial of the case against former teacher Emel K. who was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, on Adana Heavy Penal Court No 2 is held on October 31, 2018. The court sentenced the defendant to 7 years and 6 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The final trial of the case against a person named G.T. on the charge of using ByLock is held on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 20 on October 31, 2018. The court sentenced the defendant who benefited from effective remorse laws, to 1 year 6 months and 22 days for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(11/013) Curfew in Lice…

Diyarbakır Governorate made a declaration on October 31, 2018 and lifted the curfew in 28 villages and 25 hamlets of Lice district, which was announced on October 29, 2018 until further notice. The curfew is lifted in following villages and hamlets: Zümrüt, Gürbeyli, Kıpçak, Damar, Sığınak, Kıyıköy, Çıralı, Dibekköy, Budak, Dallıca, Arıklı, Çağdaş, Yolçatı, Tepe, Kutlu, Kayacık, Serince, Kabakaya, Uçarı, Yalaza, Ortaç, Ziyaret, Bağlan, Oyuklu, Çavundur, Esenler, Dolunay and Türeli villages; Ahmetbey, Guçik, Kola, Hasana, Navaladiriş, Dingil, Ayşe, Hacıhüseyin, Kuruca, Dablo, Alataş, Sınır, Pınar, Kolbağı, Bakanlar, Kalkanlı, Beğendik, Hacıcemil, Esenli, Çaylarbaşı, Göçer, Kerpiçören Çanak, Sağlam, Hevselbey hamlets.

(11/014) Curfew in Kocaköy…

Diyarbakır Governorate made a declaration on October 31, 2018 and lifted the curfew in 3 villages and 5 hamlets of Kocaköy district, which was announced on October 29, 2018 until further notice. The curfew is lifted in following villages and hamlets: Arkbaşı, Tepecik, Boyunlu villages; Akdiken, Hacıreşit, Varlık, Işıklar, Gökçe hamlets.

(11/015) Curfew in Hazro…

Diyarbakır Governorate made a declaration on October 31, 2018 and lifted the curfew in 9 villages and 7 hamlets of Hazro district, which was announced on October 29, 2018 until further notice. The curfew is lifted in following villages and hamlets: Çitlibahçe, Sarıerik, Ormankaya, Meşebağları, Kavaklıboğaz, Dadaş, Kırmataş, Terdöken, Gözebaşı villages; Şahgeldi, Bayram, Nebiya, Yılgeçti, Teknebaşı, Ajikan and Eldeğemez hamlets.

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