03-05 November 2018 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

03 – 05 November 2018 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/031) Journalists Got Wounded in Girê Spî…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 2, 2018 that 2 journalists (Gülistan Mihemed and İbrahim Ehmed from Hawar News Agency ANHA) got wounded due to howitzer shots fired by Turkish Armed Forces to Girê Spî (Tal Abyad) in Northern Syria.

(11/032) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 1 village guard died due to gunfire of security forces during a military operation in rural areas of Beytüşşebap district of Şırnak on November 4, 2018.

(11/033) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 4, 2018 that Musa Kurt, a prisoner from Silivri Prison No 9, has written a letter about physical violence they have been subjected in prison; and the letter was censored by Letter Control Committee. It is reported that the letter which was sent after being censored, has only greeting and signature lines.

(11/034) Coercion to Uniforms and Reactions Against This…

The press declaration of TAYAD (Prisoner’s Families’ Solidarity Association) members attempted to be held in Sakarya Street in Ankara on November 3, 2018 against uniform coercion in prisons is prevented by the police. It is reported that 2 people (Halil İbrahim Şener and İlker Işık) were detained in police intervention.

(11/035) Rejection to Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan…

It is learned that the appeal made on November 2, 2018 to chief public prosecutor’s office in Bursa by PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s tutelary and lawyer in order to visit their client was rejected the same day on the grounds of limitations for prisoners in accordance with the law on the execution of sentences and security measures (law no 5275).

(11/036) 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 726 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on November 2, 3, and 4, 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 November 2, 2018, 3 people (Alev Şahin, Gülnaz Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 3 people (Alev Şahin, Derviş Lermi and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on November 3, 2018, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 4 people (Derviş Lermi, Mehmet Cafer Keleş, Alev Şahin and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on November 4, 2018, 5 people (Nazan Bozkurt, Derviş Lermi, Cemal Öksüz, Gülnaz Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 5 people (Acun Karadağ, Nazan Bozkurt, Gülnaz Bozkurt, Mehmet Dersulu and Derviş Lermi) were detained.

Thus in total 22 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on November 2, 3, and 4, 2018. It is learned that detainees were released the same day.

(11/037) Police Intervention Against 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 710th time on November 3, 2018. Upon police prevention, the group including parliament members, representatives of political parties, human rights defenders and artists along with families of disappeared people gather in front of Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul office and started to march. The police prevented the march too, thus, the group had a sit-in protest and made a press declaration there. It is reported that journalists were also prevented by the police from following the press declaration.

(11/038) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

 “F sit-in”, which is organized for the 345th time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prisons Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on November 3, 2018 is prevented by the police. Human rights defenders who attempt to march to Galatasaray Square from IHD office are prevented by the police and made a press declaration in front of IHD office.

(11/039) 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 November 2, 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 38th time of detention of Türkan Albayrak.

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

Mahir Kılıç, who is on hunger strike for 52 days in front of Republican People’s Party (CHP) Headquarters in Ankara to regain his job at Izmir Metropolitan Municipality from which he was dismissed, is detained two times by the police on November 2, 2018 and is released on the same day.

(11/041) Prevention of Event in Edirne…

The press declaration of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) MP’s, on November 4, 2018, in front of Edirne F Type Prison where Selahattin Demirtaş, former co-chair of HDP is kept, is prevented by the police on the grounds of interdict of Edirne Governorate. The press declaration was going to be held to mark the second year after arrestment of HDP MP’s including former co-chairs. It is reported that HDP MP’s were subjected to verbal and physical violence by the police. It is learned that after some negotiation the police let the press declaration to be held however prevented the journalists to follow it.

(11/042) Prevention of Event in Edirne…

The press declaration of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) MP’s, on November 4, 2018, in front of Kandıra F Type Prison where Figen Yüksekdağ, former co-chair of HDP is kept, is prevented by the gendarmerie on the grounds of interdict of Kocaeli Governorate. The press declaration was going to be held to mark the second year after arrestment of HDP MP’s including former co-chairs. MP’s held the press declaration 5 km away from the prison.

(11/043) HDP Executive Detained in Antalya…

HDP Manavgat district co-chair Cafer Şengül, who was detained on November 1, 2018 in Antalya, is arrested by the court on November 2, 2018 on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. HDP Alanya district co-chair Kadri Bulut who was detained through the same investigation is released on judicial control conditions.

(11/044) HDP Executive Detained in Diyarbakır…

HDP Hani district executive Mehmet Askeri Duman is detained in house raids in Diyarbakır on November 2, 2018. It is learned that Mehmet Askeri Duman is taken to Tunceli for investigation.

(11/045) People Detained in Urfa…

5 of 10 people who were detained on October 28, 2018 through an Urfa based investigation are arrested by the court on November 2, 2018 on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘aiding and abetting an illegal organisation’. 5 people are released. The names of arrested people known so far are: Selim Çınar and Emin Toprak.

It is learned from the news reports that Selim Çınar and Emin Toprak were subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody which resulted in bruises on Selim Çınar’s face along with ear damage.

(11/046) People Detained in Diyarbakır…

On November 2, 2018, Agit Tekin and Mücahit Tekin are detained in a house raid in Bahçe village of Diyarbakır’s Dicle district. The reason for detention is unknown.

(11/047) HDP Executive’s House in Diyarbakır is Raided…

HDP’s Silvan district co-chair Mehmet Taş’s house in Diyarbakır is raided by the police on November 2, 2018. It is learned that the police searched the house and said “You will give statement tomorrow” however did not detain Mehmet Taş.

(11/048) The Case on Death of Barış Kerem and Oğuzhan Erkul…

On April 15, 2017, in Gazi neighbourhood of Sultangazi district of Istanbul, the police opened fired at a car alleged to disobey stop warning and caused death of Oğuzhan Erkul (17) and Barış Kerem (17) along with 2 wounded children.

The indictment against 4 police officers about death of Oğuzhan Erkul and Barış Kerem is accepted by Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 1.

The indictment demands jail penalty for 4 police officers up to 15 years for “causing death and injury of more than one person on conscious negligence”, and demands the sentence to be reduced in case of verdict.

The indictment includes police radio transcripts of the incident. It could be understood that the police knew 10 minutes before opening fire that the report about the car is groundless.

The medical report given o July 20, 2018, by Istanbul Forensic Medicine Institution Specialization Board No 2, for Ramazan Altürk who got wounded in the incident is also included in the case file. On the contrary to the report given by Gaziosmanpaşa Forensic Medicine Department on November 1, 2017, this report states that, Ramazan Altürk’s injury is life-critical.

(11/049) HDP MP on Trial…

The case against HDP Batman MP Necdet İpekyüz on Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 10 is held on November 2, 2018. The court rejected the appeal of the lawyers demanding that the legal proceedings should end since Necdet İpekyüz is an MP; on the grounds that Necdet İpekyüz’s deeds are in within the scope of Article 14 of the Constitution, which invalidates impunity of MP’s.

(11/050) Former CHP MP on Trial…

The case against 12 people including Eren Erdem, former CHP MP and former executive editor of Karşı newspaper; Turan Ababey, grant holder of the newspaper; and journalist Kutlu Esendemir, on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 23 is held between October 31 and November 2, 2018. After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention for Eren Erdem, to lift judicial control conditions on Kutlu Esendemir, and to wait for execution of the detention warrant for Ufuk Emin Köroğlu, Emrah Direk, Değer Özergün, Mehmet Aydoğmuş and Murat Kazancı; and adjourned the trial to January 7-10, 2019.

Eren Erdem was detained on June 29, 2018 on a warrant issued by the court and then was arrested. The case against Eren Erdem on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 35 was consolidated with the case of Karşı newspaper on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 23.

(11/051) Investigation Against an MP of SP…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 2, 2018 that Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation against Cihangir İslam, Istanbul MP of Felicity Party (SP) for a speech he made at the Grand National Assembly, on the charges of ‘publicly degrading Turkish Nation, State of the Turkish Republic, Turkish Grand National Assembly, the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the judicial bodies of the State’ and ‘praising an offence and offender’.

(11/052) Journalist and Executives of HDP and DBP are on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against 21 people 8 of which are arrested including Democratic Regions Party (DBP) and HDP members, on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 22 is held on November 2, 2018. After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention for 8 people (journalist Haydar Ergül, Eşref Yaşar, Ahmet Sağnıç, Ercan Doğru, Aygül Turhan, Mustafa Elma, Abdullah Geldi, Münevver İlingi and Aysel Diler) and adjourned the trial to January 18, 2018.

21 people were detained in house raids in Istanbul on June 28, 2017 and were arrested on August 11, 2017.

(11/053) Executive of EMEP on Trial in Antalya…

The final trial of the case against Mahir Doğan, Labour Party (EMEP) Muratpaşa district executive, on Antalya Heavy Penal Court No 8, for social media posts, is held on November 2, 2018. The court sentenced Mahir Doğan to 1 year 10 months and 15 days for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and deterred the announcement of the verdict.

(11/054) Journalist on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against journalist and photographer Çağdaş Erdoğan on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 33 is held on November 2, 2018. The indictment demands sentence for Çağdaş Erdoğan for ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’. After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to March 26, 2019.

Çağdaş Erdoğan was detained in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on September 2, 2017, on the grounds of taking photographs of National Security Organisation’s facilities, and was arrested on September 13, 2017. He was released on February 13, 2018, when the first hearing of the case was held.

(11/055) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On November 2, 2018, 27 people are detained in operations covering 9 cities through an Istanbul based investigation for using ByLock; 13 people are detained in Izmir for using ByLock; 19 people including military members on active duty are detained in operations covering 10 cities through a Bursa based investigation.

8 of 12 people including military members on active duty who were detained through a Kocaeli based investigation are arrested by the court. 11 people are released on judicial control conditions.

A detention warrant is issued through a Diyarbakır based investigation on Turkish Air Force personnel for 46 military members 32 of whom are on active duty. It is learned that operations are initiated in 12 cities.

(11/056) Local Administrators Replaced by Trustees…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 2, 2018 that local administrators of 11 villages in Ömerli district of Mardin are replaced by trustees appointed by the Ministry of Interior.

It is learned from the news coverage of November 4, 2018 that the local administrator of Yücebağ village in Mazıdağı district of Mardin is replaced by Metin Devran, a village guard who is appointed as trustee by the Ministry of Interior.

(11/057) Special Security Zone in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration and announced that 30 areas with given coordinates in central, Çukurca, Şemdinli and Yüksekova districts are special security zones as of November 5, until November 19, 2018.

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