04 October 2018 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

04 October2018 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/056) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 3, 2018 that, 4 prisoners in Van F Type Prison are on hunger strike for 15 days, to protest violations of rights they are subjected to. It is learned that Kadir Karabak is one of the prisoners on hunger strike however the names of other prisoners are unknown.

(10/057) 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 for 694 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 3, 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 3, 2018, 3 people (Mahmut Konuk and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Gülnaz Bokzurt) were detained.

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

(10/058) People Arrested in Tekirdağ for ‘Insulting the President’…

2 people (M. D. and V. C.) who were detained in Marmara Ereğlisi district of Tekirdağ, on the grounds of making propaganda for an illegal organisation on social media and insulting the President, are arrested by the court on October 3, 2018.

(10/059) Person Detained in Çanakkale for Social Media Posts…

Mahmut Öktem, a member of Retired Workers’ Union (Tüm Emekli-Sen) is retired in a house raid in Küçükkuyu town of Ayvacık district of Çanakkale on October 3, 2018.

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

The separate cases against 2 academicians (Professor Öget Öktem Tanör and Professor Serdar Değirmencioğlu from Doğuş University) for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 30 for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ are held on October 3, 2018. It is learned that the prosecutor of the case against Öget Öktem Tanör, declared the legal opinion on the case at the first hearing even before Professor Tanör made her defence. It is also learned that, upon objection of lawyer Meriç Eyüboğlu to declaration of the legal opinion at the first trial, the chief judge wanted to take the audience off the court room and that, the audience rejected to leave the court room before the lawyers and thus the court board left the court room. The court adjourned the trial to December 12, 2018. At the hearing of the case against Serdar Değirmencioğlu, the court decided to issue a warrant for Değirmencioğlu who is abroad and adjourned the trial to December 14, 2018.

(10/061) Former HDP MP on Trial…

The cases against Ertuğrul Kürkçü, former HDP MP for Izmir, on Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 4 and on Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 10, on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ are held on October 3, 2018. Ertuğrul Kürkçü defenced himself via sound and vision system in Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 29. It is learned that two separate cases are consolidated in the case on Siyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 10 and the trial is adjourned to February 6, 2019.

(10/062) ESP and Halkevleri Executives on Trial in Hopa…

The case against Hülya Vayiç, Artvin provincial chair of Socialist Party of the Opressed (EDP); Yunus Aksu, Hopa district chair of ESP; Volkan Altunkaya, Hopa Community House chair; Kamil Ustabaşı, Hopa Community House executive; Nurcan Altunkaya, Kemalpaşa Community House chair, on Hopa Penal Court of Fisrt Instance No 2, for the commemoration organized for second anniversary of October 10 – Ankara Massacre, is held on October 3, 2018. After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to December 13, 2018.

(10/063) Boğaziçi University Students on Trial…

The case against Boğaziçi University students who hold the banner “No delight in invasion and massacre” to protest delivery of Turkish delight at the campus, to praise military operation of Turkish Armed Forces to Afrin, on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 32 is held on October 3, 2018.

The court stated that the cases against 8 more students are consolidated with this case; thus the number of students in this case raised up to 30. After defence hearings the court lifted the ban on leaving the country for the students and adjourned the trial to March 19, 2019.

(10/064) Journalists on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The case against 8 people including 7 journalists, on Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 9, for the news reports on Dicle News Agency which was closed down by a state of emergency decree, about Musa Çitil, Diyarbakır Gendearmerie Regional Brigadier General during the curfew in Sur district of Diyarbakır and for social media posts sharing these news reports, is held on October 3, 2018.

The case was opened upon official complaint of Musa Çitil. The indictment demands jail penalty from 1 year to 3 years for A. Vahap Taş, Selman Çiçek, Kemal Sancılı, İnan Kızılkaya and Selim Günenç, Hamza Gündüz and Çağdaş Kaplan on the charges of ‘marking the identities of state officials that were assigned in fight against terrorism as targets’. The indictment also demands jail penalty from 1 year up to 5 years for Selman Çelik for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to January 16, 2019.

(10/065) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

  1. Ç., a third degree police chief, dismissed by a state of emergency decree, who was detained in Alanya district of Antalya, is arrested by the court on October 3, 2018.

16 of 40 people including military officials on active duty, who were detained through an Akara based investigation on Turkish Air Force, are arrested by the court on October 3, 2018. 16 people are released on juridical control conditions.

(10/066) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against a person named Ersin Uranga, on Adana Heavy Penal Court No 11, is held on October 3, 2018. The court sentenced Ersin Uranga to 10 years and 6 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(10/067) Curfew in Siirt…

Siirt Governorate made a declaration on October 3, 2018 and announced curfew in 3 villages of central district as of 17.00 on October 3, 2018 until further notice. The villages under curfew are: Koçlu, Bayraktepe (Çölköy) and Ekmekçiler villages.

(10/068) Curfew in Tilo…

Siirt Governorate made a declaration on October 3, 2018 and announced curfew in 4 villages and 4 neighbourhoods of Tilo district as of 17.00 on October 3, 2018 until further notice. The villages and neighbourhoods under curfew are: Çınarlısu, Hantrat, Akyayla and Taşbalta villages; Alkumru, Elmacık, Kargacık, Erenler neighbourhoods.

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