14 September 2018 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

14 September 2018 Daily Human Rights Report

(09/146) Alleged Extrajudicial Killing in Istanbul…

On September 13, 2018, İbrahim Devrim Top (25) died in a police raid to a house in Küçükarmutlu neighbourhood of Istanbul’s Sarıyer district.

Istanbul Police Directorate made a declaration and stated that the house was raided through an operation against DHKP-C, and someone opened fire against the police, and İbrahim Devrim Top died due to a clash afterwards.

It is learned that Hakan Yıldız and Sevgi Yıldız, residents of the house were detained and were taken to Istanbul Police Headquarters.

(09/147) Prisoner’s Family Member Prohibited from Visits…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 13, 2018 that Ş. Cengiz (f), who was visiting a prisoner in Şırnak T Type Prison, is prohibited from visits for 3 months because she rejected strip search at the entrance of prison. It is stated in the new reports that, Ş. Cengiz rejected strip search because of security cameras in the room where women are searched; and she was officially reported for investigation which results in prohibition from visits for 3 months.

(09/148) 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 a while to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on September 13, 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 September 13, 2018, 3 people (Acun Karadağ, Gülnaz Bozkurt and Mahmut Konuk) and at 18.00 2 people (Gülnaz Bozkurt and Deniz Yılmaz) were detained.

Thus in total 5 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on September 13, 2018. It is learned that detainees were released the same day.

(09/149) Detained People in Şırnak…

18 people who were detained in central, Cizre and Silopi districts of Şırnak on September 9 and 10, 2018; are released by the court on juridical control conditions and with a ban on leaving the country on September 13, 2018. 17 people who were also detained through the same investigation were released on September 11, 2018 on the same conditions.

(09/150) Detained Person for ‘Insulting the President’ in Istanbul…

On September 12, 2018, a person named Sayat Morboyacı is detained in Istanbul, based on an informing against him for allegedly insulting the President. It is stated in the news reports that, it is claimed that Sayat Morboyacı ‘insulted the President’ in a phone conversation he made while driving, and someone in the car next to him, have reported him to the police.

It is learned that Sayat Morboyacı was released by the court on September 13, 2018.

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

The case against 1 academician (Assist. Professor Aylin Ünaldı form Boğaziçi University) for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 24 for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ is held on September 13, 2018. Demands for immediate acquittal, and consolidation of the case with other cases on the same court are rejected by the court and the trial is adjourned to December 11, 2018.

(09/152) Kızıltepe JİTEM Case…

The case against 4 military members and 5 temporary village guards, about the crimes committed by JITEM (Gendarmerie Intelligence and Anti-Terror Unit) members between 1992 and 1996 in Kızıltepe district of Mardin, on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 5 is held on September 13, 2018.

The indictment demands retired colonel Hasan Atilla Uğur; colonel Eşref Hatipoğlu, Diyarbakır Gendarmerie Commander of the time; gendarmerie company commander Ahmet Boncuk; master sergeant Ünal Alkan; and village guards Abdurrahman Kurğa, Mehmet Emin Kurğa, Ramazan Çetin, Mehmet Salih Kılınçaslan and İsmet Kandemir to be sentenced for ‘establishing and leading armed organisation’, ‘being a member of an armed organisation’ and ‘killing on purpose’.

The court rejected the demand of witness hearing on Yusuf Çakır’s death and adjourned the trial to December 18, 2018.

(09/153) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against 6 journalists on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 29 is held on September 13, 2018.

The indictment demands sentence for Ömer Çelik, news director and Metin Yoksu, reporter of Dicle News Agency which was closed down by a state of emergency decree; Tunca Öğreten, former editor of Diken news portal; Mahir Kanaat, Birgün newspaper employee; Eray Sargın, editor in chief of Yolculuk newspaper; Derya Okatan, Etkin News Agency news director on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’, ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘blocking and breaking the information system, changing or destroying the data’, for reporting on the e-mails of Berat Albayrak, Minister of Energy and Natural Sources which were hacked by Redhack and then published on the internet.

After defence hearings the court rejected the demand of lifting juridical control conditions on journalists, and ordered Ömer Çelik and Metin Yoksu to be forcefully brought to the next trial which is adjourned to January 8, 2019.

3 of 6 journalists who were detained on December 25, 2016, were arrested by the court on January 17, 2017. Ömer Çelik was released on October 24, 2017; Tunca Öğreten and Mahir Kanaat were released on December 6, 2017.

(09/154) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against Fatih Polat, executive director of Evrensel newspaper, on Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 2, on the charge of ‘publicly exposing confidentiality of communication’, is held on September 13, 2018. The indictment demands sentence for Fatih Polat, for the news reports published on the newspaper on February 22, 2010, about tape recordings alleged to be of Burhan Kuzu, chair of The Committee on Constitution back then.

The prosecution on Fatih Polat was postponed for 3 years with the legislative regulation dated July 5, 2012. Fatih Polat was sentenced on another case within these 3 years thus prosecution is resumed on.

Lawyers of Fatih Polat stated in the trial that, similar news reports on tape recordings were covered by Akşam newspaper, a day before news reports on Evrensel newspaper and asked whether any investigation is proceeded on these news reports.

The court decided to submit the case to an expert on informatics in order to detect whether any news reports were published on Evrensel newspaper before February 22, 2010, and to send a writ to the Public Prosecutor’s Office to detect the legal situation about Akşam newspaper and adjourned the trial to December 6, 2018.

(09/155) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The final trial of the case against Vural Nasuhbeyoğlu, former editor in chief and Arif Koşar, former grant holder of Evrensel newspaper, on Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 2, on the charge of ‘insulting the President’ is held on September 13, 2018. The court sentenced Vural Nasuhbeyoğlu and Arif Koşar to 1 year and 2 months each, which was then reduced to 11 months and 20 days. The court converted the jail sentence to a fine of 7.000 Turkish Liras.

(09/156) Journalist Being Investigated for ‘Insulting the President’…

It is learned that an investigation is opened against journalist Fatih Portakal, for his tweet on banning of the play ‘Sadece Diktatör’ of HPD Hatay PM Barış Atay; and that Fatih Portakal gave his statement to the prosecutor’s office in Istanbul on September 13, 2018.

(09/157) İzmir Peace Block Members on Trial…

The case against 29 members of İzmir Peace Blok which consists of non-governmental organisations, members and executives of trade unions, professional chambers and human rights defenders, for the protest against killing of tens of people in the basements in Cizre on February 9, 2016, on İzmir Bayraklı Heavy Penal Court No 2 is held on September 13, 2018. After defence hearings and statements, the court adjourned the trial to December 14, 2018.

(09/158) Executive of ESP on Trial in Antep…

The case against Hatice Deniz Aktaş, central executive board member of Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) and Socialist Women Assembly (SKM), on Antep Heavy Penal Court No 2 is held on September 13, 2018. After defence hearings the court released Hatice Deniz Aktaş and adjourned the trial.

Hatice Deniz Aktaş was detained on February 18, 2018, when a passenger on the same bus with her read the message conversation on her phone and reported her to the police; and was arrested by the court on February 19, 2018.

(09/159) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On September 13, 2018, 1 former police chief (Tuncay Durgut) who was dismissed by a state of emergency decree is detained on a warrant in Manisa and 3 people are detained on a warrant in Tokat.

26 of 68 people including military members on active duty, who were detained through an Istanbul based investigation on September 10, 2018, are arrested by the court on September 13, 2018. It is learned that 42 people are released and 39 of them have benefited from effective remorse laws.

It is reported that 6 people who were detained in Istanbul on September 6, 2018 and following days, are arrested by the court on September 13, 2018.

It is learned that 1 retired religious official who was detained in Muğla is arrested by the court on September 13, 2018.

(09/160) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against former teacher Ferhat Küçük who was dismissed by a state of emergency decree on Urfa Heavy Penal Court No 6 is held on September 13, 2018. The court sentenced Ferhat Küçük to 30 years and a fine of 10.000 Turkish Liras in total for ‘leading an illegal organisation’, ‘fraud against public’ and ‘forgery of official documents’.

(09/161) Curfew in Lice…

Diyarbakır Governorate made a declaration on September 13, 2018 and lifted the curfew in 28 villages and 24 hamlets of Lice district announced as of September 12, 2018 at 4 p.m. The curfew is lifted in following villages and hamlets: Zümrüt, Gürbeyli, Kıpçak, Damar, Sığınak, Çıralı, Kıyıköy, Dibekköy, Budak, Dallıca, Yolçatı, Tepe, Türeli, Ortaç, Kabakaya, Kutlu, Yalaza, Çavundur, Bağlan, Dolunay, Oyuklu, Arıklı, Serince, Çağdaş, Kayacık, Uçarı, Ziyaret and Esenler villages; Guçik, Ahmetbey, Kola, Hasana, Navaladiriş, Dingil, Ayşe, Hacıhüseyin, Kuruca, Hevselbey, Kolbağı, Alataş, Sınır, Pınar, Beğendik, Hacıcemil, Bakanlar, Kalkanlı, Çaylarbaşı, Göçer, Kerpiçören, Çanak, Sağlam and Esenli hamlets.

(09/162) Curfew in Kulp…

Diyarbakır Governorate made a declaration on September 13, 2018 and lifted the curfew in 17 villages and 25 hamlets of Kulp district announced as of September 12, 2018 at 4 p.m. The curfew is lifted in following villages and hamlets: Zeyrek, Güllük, Özbek, Kurudere, Uygur, Karaağaç, Kamışlı, Bağcılar, Çukurca, Akbulak, Demirli, Düzce, Bayırköy, Temren, Güleç, Taşköprü, Barın villages; Soldere, Maden, Dökmetepe, Yolugüzel, Gomanuri, Çay, Düzpelit, Yeşilce, Başçavuş, Havrik, Dolusalkım, Mutlu, Mezrimalaftü, Yenidam, Küçükbağcılar, Ortakuyu, Haruni, Zükrütlü, Keçiveren, Y. Polat, A. Polat, Malaabdo, Karapınar, Mevik, Kuyucak hamlets.

(09/163) Curfew in Silvan…

Diyarbakır Governorate made a declaration on September 13, 2018 and lifted the curfew in 4 villages and 7 hamlets of Silvan district announced as of September 12, 2018 at 4 p.m. The curfew is lifted in following villages and hamlets: Dolaplıdere, Dağcılar, Çaldere, Bayrambaşı villages; Kayabağı, Ergeçidi, Üçdirek, Alakuşak, Kaso, Seydankara, Erkenciler hamlets.

(09/164) Curfew in Hazro…

Diyarbakır Governorate made a declaration on September 13, 2018 and lifted the curfew in 6 villages and 2 hamlets of Hazro district announced as of September 12, 2018 at 4 p.m. The curfew is lifted in following villages and hamlets: Kocbaba, Mutluca, Çitlibahçe, Sarıerik, Gözebaşı ve Ormankaya villages, Şahgeldi and Eldeğmez hamlets.

(09/165) Curfew in Kocaköy…

Diyarbakır Governorate made a declaration on September 13, 2018 and lifted the curfew in 1 village and 2 hamlets of Kocaköy district announced as of September 12, 2018 at 4 p.m. The curfew is lifted in following village and hamlets: Boyunlu village; Varlık and Gökçe hamlets.

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