18 September 2018 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

18 September 2018 Daily Human Rights Report

(09/189) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 17, 2018 that the prisoners who go on a hunger strike in Elazığ High Security Prison No 2 are taken from their wards and put into solitary cells. Prisoners of PKK and PJAK cases in all prisons in Turkey, went on a 3-day hunger strike on September 12, 2018 demanding end to isolation of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan and release of ill prisoners.

(09/190) 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 17, 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 17, 2018, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ 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 17, 2018. It is learned that detainees were released the same day.

(09/191) 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 September 17, 2018 and attempted for a sit-in protest in front of Health Department. The police intervened the sit-in and detained 2 people. It is learned that detainees were released the same day.

(09/192) Police Intervention into the Protest in Istanbul to Support Airport Construction Workers…

29 people who were detained by the police intervention into the press declaration held on September 15, 2018, in Kadıköy district of Istanbul are released on September 17, 2018. The press declaration was held to protest detention of hundreds of airport construction workers in a raid after they go on a strike action to protest occupational accidents/ killings and poor working conditions.

(09/193) Police Intervention into the Protest of Cargill Workers in Istanbul…

Cargill workers who were dismissed because of being union member, are prevented by the police in Tuzla district of Istanbul on September 17, 2018, on the 4th day of their march from Bursa to Cargill headquarters in Istanbul. The police stopped the march and detained 12 workers. It is reported that workers were released on the same day, after statement procedures.

(09/194) Lawyers on Trial in Istanbul…

Lawyer Selçuk Kozağaçlı, who was detained in Çağlayan Courthouse, where he was to give his statement at the trial of the case against 20 lawyers from Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD) and People’s Law Office, is brought back to the courthouse again on September 17, 2018. Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 37, have released 17 arrested lawyers on September 14, 2018; however, upon the objection of the prosecutor’s office the court has issued a detention warrant for 12 of the lawyers.

It is learned that the chief judge of Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 37 was on sick leave, and chief judge of Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 26 filled in for the court board. It is reported that the court allowed only 3 lawyers to defence Selçuk Kozağaçlı, and lawyers who object this were taken out of the courtroom forcefully which resulted in injury of 1 lawyer. It is learned that the court decided to arrest Selçuk Kozağaçlı again, who was on trial without any lawyers.

5 lawyers (Ahmet Mandacı, Aytaç Ünsal, Aycan Çiçek, Engin Gökoğlu and Behiç Aşçı) for whom a detention warrant was issued, were arrested once again by the court on September 16, 2018. Thus, the number of arrested lawyers raised up to 6.

(09/195) The Case against Former CHP PM…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 17, 2018 that, Istanbul Regional Court decided to consolidate the case against Eren Erdem, former CHP PM, on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 35, just 2 days before the next trial, with the case on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 23, against Turan Ababey, grant holder of Karşı newspaper; along with the editor in chief and some other employees.

Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 35 have applied for consolidation, but upon rejection of Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 23, the case was sent to Istanbul Regional Court.

(09/196) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

10 of 22 people, including 6 military members on active duty, for whom a detention warrant was issued through an investigation on Turkish Naval Forces and Coast Guard Command, are detained on September 17, 2018. 7 people including former teachers and academicians dismissed by state of emergency decrees are detained in Bodrum district of Muğla in alleged attempt to illegally flee, and 1 person in Trabzon is detained.

(09/197) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The case against Hüseyin Yıldırım, former chair of Justice Academy of Turkey and former member of the Supreme Court, on Penal Department No 9 of the Supreme Court is held on September 17, 2018. After witness hearings the court decided to continue detention of Hüseyin Yıldırım and adjourned the trial to December 6, 2018.

(09/198) Curfew in Bitlis…

Bitlis Governorate made a declaration on September 17, 2018 and announced a 1-day curfew starting at 23.59, on September 16, 2018 until 23.59 on September 17, 2018, in 8 villages and 3 hamlets of central district. The names of villages and hamlets under curfew are: Yukarı Ölek, Aşağı Ölek, Aşağı Balcılar, Yukarı Balcılar, Ilıcak, Oğulcak, Başmaklı, Üçevler villages; Kalupat, Karakuş and Dutköy hamlets.

(09/199) Curfew in Siirt…

Siirt Governorate made a declaration on September 17, 2018 and announced curfew in 2 villages and 3 rural neighbourhoods in Eruh district, as of 18.00 on September 17, 2018 until further notice. The names of villages and neighbourhoods are: Gedikaşar and Bilgili villages; Tatlıpınar, Eşik and Çayırlı rural neighbourhoods.

(09/200) Investigated Social Media Accounts…

The Ministry of Interior made a declaration on September 17, 2018 and announced that 376 social media accounts were investigated between September 10 and September 17, 2018; and legal proceedings have been initiated against 261 people within this week.

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