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05 September 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(09/044) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 22, 2019 that 1 HPG militant died in an air operation to Qandil area in Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on August 20, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of August 23, 2019 that, 1 militant died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Hakkari’s Yüksekova district on August 15, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of August 27, 2019 that, 2 HPG militants died in an air operation to rural areas of Şırnak on August 21, 2019; 1 HPG militant died in an air operation to Haftanin area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on August 24, 2019; 1 HPG militant died in an air operation to rural areas of Batman on August 24, 2019; 3 HPG militants died in an air operation rural areas of Hakkari’s Şemdinli district on August 25, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of August 29, 2019 that 3 HPG militants died in an air operation Zap area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government.

It is learned from the news coverage of September 3, 2019 that, 4 militants died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Tunceli on August 27, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of September 3, 2019 that 4 militants died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Şırnak’s Uludere district on August 2, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of September 4, 2019 that 4 militants died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Tunceli on August 27, 2019.

It is learned that 1 soldier died and 2 soldiers got wounded due to a bombing attack in rural areas of Mardin’s Ömerli district on September 4, 2019.

(09/045) Prisoners Died in Prison…

It is claimed on the news coverage of September 4, 2019 that, 14 prisoners (4 in open prison and 10 in closed prison) died in Menemen R Type prisons in 2019, due to unhygienic conditions. Republican People’s Party (CHP) Izmir MP Atilla Sertel submitted a parliamentary question addressing Minister of Justice, enquiring whether prisoners are kept in restrooms and aisles due to over-capacity; whether some of the wards are kept in quarantine due to epidemic and asking the reason of death for those 14 prisoners.

(09/046) Letters of Prisoners Were Not Sent…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 4, 2019 that, Mazlum Dönder, a prisoner in Kırşehir E Type Prison, has written letters to Cumhuriyet newspaper columnists Mine Söğüt, Işıl Özgentürk and Zeynep Oral which were not mailed and returned back to him. It is reported that the letters were not mailed because of prison administration’s ban on sending letters to newspapers and journalists.

(09/047) Police Interventions Against Protests After Appointment of Trustees to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van…

The police intervened the press declaration to be held by People’s Democratic Party (HDP); at Sakarya Street in Ankara on September 4, 2019, to protest appointment of trustees to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van. 10 people are detained by the police using physical violence. The names of detainees known so far are: HDP provincial executive Betül Koca, Veli Saçılık, HDP Mamak district executive Abuzer Kısa, Ali Özkan, Dilan Karaer, Onur Emre, Muhammet Şuayip Polat. It is reported that the detainees are released on the same day.

The police intervened the press declaration to be held in Beşiktaş district of Istanbul on September 4, 2019, for the same reason. It is learned that numerous people were detained by the police using physical violence.

The police prevented the press declaration to be held in front of Türkan Saylan Cultural Center in Alsancak, Izmir on September 4, 2019.

(09/048) Suspended Co-Mayor and Council Members in Van…

The Ministry of Interior appointed trustees in the place of co-mayor and 3 members of city council from HDP in Edremit district of Van. Ercan Karahan (İpekyolu district director of agriculture) is appointed in the place of co-mayor Medeni Özer; Vedat İlli (deputy mayor and chief clerk), Abdulah Ekinici (director of municipality police) and Nevzat İlhan (director of housing and development department) are appointed in the places of Savaş Encü, Atiye Şener and Sevinç Şeker.

(09/049) 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 1030 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on September 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 September 4, 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 September 4, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(09/050) 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; has been holding a sit-in protest in front of Health Department for 1 year since September 3, 2018.  4 people (Türkan Albayrak, Nazife Onay, Nursel Tanrıverdi and Acun Karadağ) who were detained in the police intervention into the sit-in protest held on September 3, 2019, are released by the court on judicial control conditions.

(09/051) Detained DTK Member in Diyarbakır…

Democratic Society Congress (DTK) board member Mekiye Güzel who was detained at Diyarbakır Police Directorate where she went to give an official statement on September 3, 2019, is released by the court on judicial control conditions on September 4, 2019.

(09/052) Blockade of HDP’s Office in Adana…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 4, 2019 that, HDP’s Adana office is blocked by armoured police vehicles and people are prevented from entering into and exiting from the office building. It is also reported that some locations in the city such as İsmet İnönü Park and Beşocak Square were also blocked by barriers and vehicles. It is learned that, HDP’s Adana co-chair Gülseren Tural is given a fine of 640 Turkish Liras, on the grounds of violating law of misdemeanour by exiting from HDP office on August 24, 2019 and for going to Beşocak Square on August 25, 2019. Adana Governorate has made a declaration on September 3, 2019 and announced that over trustee appointment to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van; all 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 September 3, 2019.

(09/053) 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 September 4, 2019. The court adjourned the trial to October 28, 2019.

(09/054) Ban of Events in Adana…

Muş Governorate made a declaration on September 4, 2019 and announced that over trustee appointment to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van; all 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 September 5, 2019.

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