02 April 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

02 April Daily Human Rights Report

(04/021) Prisoner Killed Herself in Prison…

It is learned that, Yonca Akıcı, a prisoner kept in İzmir Şakran Women’s Closed Prison, who attempted to kill herself on March 29, 2019, to protest isolation of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, died in hospital on April 1, 2019.

It is learned that the autopsy of Yonca Akıcı was made at Forensic Medicine Institution and her body was sent under intense safety measures to Ağrı for funeral.

In order to protest isolation of Abdullah Öcalan, Zülküf Gezen (March 17, 2019, Tekirdağ F Type Prison No 2), Ayten Becet (March 23, 2019, Gebze Women’s Prison), Zehra Sağlam (March 24, 2019, Oltu T Type Prison) and Medya Çınar (March 25, 2019, Mardin E Type Prison) killed themselves so far.

(04/022) Allegation of Torture Under Custody in Urfa…

It is claimed in the news coverage of April 1, 2019 that, People’s Democratic Party executive board member Çerxo Mimkara and Şehriban Mimkara, Tevbun Mimkara, Xebat Mimkara and Ahmet Mimkara, who were detained in Siverek district of Urfa on March 29, 2019, were subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody.

It is stated in the news reports that those 5 people who were detained while dining at a restaurant were subjected to police violence on the street for about 45 minutes. It is reported that 5 people were subjected to torture and ill-treatment and were forced to be police informants at Siverek District Security Directorate and Anti-Terror Department of Urfa Police Headquarters afterwards.

It is learned from the news reports that 1 of those 5 people have fainted due to torture and was not taken to hospital.

(04/023) HDP Member Was Forced to Be a Police Informant in Adana…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 1, 2019 that, Mihriban Kılıç, a member of HDP’s Youth Assembly in Adana, was forced to be a police informant.

Mihriban Kılıç stated that she was being called when she was detained since January 30, 2019, by persons who claim to be “intelligence officers” and that those people say the following: “Help us. If you don’t help us, you and your family will be harmed. We will protect you and pay you. There is a continuous detention operation. Your friends give names to us why don’t you do the same? They are using you. We will get you a better telephone, get you clothes. Go to HDP office, either put your phone on voice recording or directly call us there. Attend the meetings of youth. Tell us what is going on there. Take photos. If you don’t help us, you and your family will be harmed. Don’t spend your youth, help us and you will enjoy your life”.

(04/024) 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 874 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on April 1, 2019 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 April 1, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Acun Karadağ) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on April 1, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released the same day.

(04/025) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on April 1, 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 1 more person). It is learned that 2 people were released the same day.

(04/026) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the public employees who make a sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on April 1, 2019, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and detained 2 people (Nursel Tanrıverdi, Selvi Polat) by using physical violence. It is learned that Nursel Tanrıverdi and Selvi Polat are arrested by the court on the same day, on the grounds of ‘opposition to Law on Meetings and Demonstrations No 2911’ and ‘violating judicial control conditions’. It is the 4th time of arrest of Nursel Tanrıverdi and Selvi Polat.

(04/027) 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 April 1, 2019, and attempted for a sit-in protest in front of Health Department. The police intervened into the sit-in and detained Türkan Albayrak. It is learned that Türkan Albayrak was released the same day. It is the 107th time of detention of Türkan Albayrak.

(04/028) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On April 1, 2019, 3 people are detained in alleged attempt to illegally cross to Greece are detained in Edirne.

(04/029) Elections on March, 31…

It is learned that, Ali Suat Akmeşe, mayor candidate of Felicity Party for Çüngüş district of Diyarbakır, and a relative of him were attacked by anonymous and armed person or persons. It is learned that 2 people got injured and were taken to Dicle University Hospital.

(04/030) Ban on Events in Muş…

Muş Governorate made a declaration on April 1, 2019 and announced that all events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, opening tents and stands and so on are banned for 15 days as of April 1, 2019.

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