13 June 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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13 June 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(06/045) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 12, 2019 that, 5 militants died in a clash between security forces and HPD and YJA-STAR militants in rural areas of Tunceli on June 8, 2019.

(06/046) Prevention of Prisoner’s Right to Health…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 12, 2019 that, İlhami Çınar, who was on hunger strike for 142 days in Şakran T Type Prison No 1, was forced to be examined in handcuffs in the hospital where he was referred after ending the hunger strike and thus was not treated.

(06/047) 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 946 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on June 12, 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 June 12, 2019, 2 people (Merve Demirel and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 3 people (Gülnaz Bozkurt, Derviş Lermi and Acun Karadağ) were detained.

Thus in total 5 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on June 12, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released the same day.

(06/048) Police Intervention to a Protest in Batman…

The police intervened the press declaration to be held by People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Batman provincial organisation and HDP Batman Youth Assembly in Hasankeyf district of Batman on June 12, 2019; and detained 33 people including 1 journalist (Sonya Bayık) and HDP provincial co-chairs Gülcemal Erdinç and İkram İrgi, by using physical violence. It is learned that detainees were subjected to torture and ill-treatment while being detained and in detention vehicle. It is stated in the news reports that the police used pepper spray into the detention vehicle. It is learned that some people had bruises on their bodies due to violence.

It is learned that the police disallowed journalists to record the press declaration.

(06/049) Police Intervention to a Protest in Ankara…

The police used pepper spray to intervene the “Justice Watch” on June 12, 2019 in front of The Constitutional Courthouse, organized by families of 25 people who died due to the train crash on July 8, 2018 in Çorlu. It is learned that 1 person was detained and 1 person passed out. It is reported that detained person was released later.

(06/050) Detained Academician in Istanbul…

Academician Zeliha Gizem Sayın, who was detained during passport procedures at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport on June 11, 2019, on the grounds of a warrant of the court which was issued while Sayın was abroad, is released after statement procedures on the same day.

(06/051) The Cases Against Academics Who Are the Signatories of the Petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”…

The separate cases against 3 academicians (Assist. Professor Sezai Ozan Zeybek, Assist. Professor Z.H. from Bilgi University and Eylem Özdemir from Istanbul University) for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 26 for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ are held on June 12, 2019. The court sentenced Sezai Ozan Zeybek to 1 year and 3 months for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and deferred the announcement of the verdict. The court adjourned the trials of the cases against Z.H. and Eylem Özdemir to November 5, 2019.

The separate cases against 8 academicians (Emel Yuvayapan from Dokuz Eylül University, Assoc. Professor Dilek Hattatoğlu from Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, Assoc. Professor Hakan Koçak from Kocaeli University, Research Assistant Hande Gülen from Yalova University and PhD Başak Ertür and PhD student Ayşe Arslan from University of London, Didem Çınar Ünal from Istanbul Technical University, Assoc. Professor Ayten Alkan from Istanbul University) for the same reason are held on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 32 on June 12, 2019. The court adjourned the trials of the cases against Emel Yuvayapan and Başak Ertür to October 10, 2019; the trials of the cases against Ayşe Arslan, Hande Gülen, Dilek Hattatoğlu, Hakan Koçak, Ayten Alkan and Didem Çınar Ünal to November 12, 2019.

The case against Assoc. Professor Gül Köksal from Kocaeli University for the same reason is held on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 27 on June 12, 2019. The court adjourned the trial to July 11, 2019.

The case against Professor Ayşe Aslı Berktay from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University for the same reason is held on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 36 on June 12, 2019. The court adjourned the trial to September 11, 2019.

(06/052) Lawyer on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against lawyer Can Tombul from The Law Office of the Oppressed on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 35 is held on June 12, 2019. The indictment demands sentence for Can Tombul o the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention and adjourned the trial to July 16, 2019.

Can Tombul was detained on July 31, 2018 in Istanbul and was arrested by the court on August 3, 2018.

(06/053) Mehmet Ayvalıtaş Case…

The case against Mehmet Görkem Demirbaş and Cengiz Aktaş, for death of Mehmet Ayvalıtaş during Gezi Park protests, is held on Istanbul Anadolu Heavy Penal Court No 8 on June 12, 2019. Mehmet Ayvalıtaş has died due to being hit by a car during a march on TEM highway in Ümraniye district of Istanbul on June 3, 2013. It is learned that the expert report states that Mehmet Ayvalıtaş and Seyit Kartal, who was injured alongside with him are found fully faulty and that the defendants have no faults, and thus they should be acquitted. The court adjourned the trial.

(06/054) The Case Against People Evacuated from Sur…

The case against 40 people including 19 arrestees who were evacuated from the buildings they were stuck in during the curfew in Sur district of Diyarbakır during February and March, 2016, is held June 12, 2019 on Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 5.

The court decided to continue detention of arrested people and adjourned the trial to October 8, 2019.

(06/055) Non-Prosecution of Allegation of Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Custody in Izmir…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 12, 2019 that, Izmir Public Prosecutor’s Office has given a non-prosecution decision on March 29, 2019, about the official complaint of Yiğit Üste, on the grounds of being subjected to torture and ill-treatment when he was detained on October 7, 2018 in Torbalı district of Izmir.

(06/056) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On June 12, 2019, 33 people including public employees who were dismissed by state of emergency decrees are detained in Muş, and 1 former military member who was dismissed by a state of emergency decree is detained in Ankara.

(06/057) Ban of Events in Şırnak…

Van Governorate made a declaration on June 12, 2019 and announced that all events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins and opening stands and so on are banned as of June 13, 2019 until June 27, 2019.

(06/058) Chair of Political Party Whose Passport Was Cancelled…

It was learned from the news coverage of June 11, 2019 that Felicity Party (SP) chair Temel Karamollaoğlu’s passport was cancelled. General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs made a declaration on June 12, 2019 and stated that Temel Karamollaoğlu applied for a diplomatic passport on July 6, 2018 and his passport which was submitted him on July 12, 2018 is still active. Felicity Party on the other hand made a declaration and stated the following: “Chair of our party has applied to Ankara Directorate of Population on July 6, 2018 in order to get a diplomatic passport to join an international meeting. It is stated by the authorities at the application that our chair would not be given a passport due to ‘terror’ attribution. A series of verbal communication took place with General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs and with Sivas Governorate in order to understand the reason of this situation and to correct this mistake and it is learned that the situation could only be changed by Directorate of Security and The Ministry of Interior. As a result of verbal communication with under secretariat of The Ministry of Interior, our chair has been called and noticed that ‘terror’ attribution on his security records has been lifted and that he can get his passport from Directorate of Population. Our chair Karamollaoğlu has got his passport on July 12, 2018. The point in question here is not cancellation of the passport but the fact that ‘terror’ attribution was associated with security records of a presidential candidate and the upsetting condition of The Ministry of Interior”.

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