2 July 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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2 July 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(07/028) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 1, 2019 that prisoners who wanted to wear sleeveless clothes during family visits were not allowed to visits, by the wardens saying “we cannot have you in visits like this”.

(07/029) Person Who Was Subjected to Police Violence in Izmir…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 1, 2019 that, Sercan İpekoğlu, rap singer known as Ezhel, was kept captive for 1 hour at Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport by the police for no reason, and was subjected to physical violence of the police since he rejected being captive. It is learned that Sercan İpekoğlu was then released.

(07/030) 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 965 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on July 1, 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 July 1, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and İlker Işık) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Merve Demirel) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on July 1, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released the same day.

(06/031) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on July 1, 2019, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and detained 2 people (Mahmut Konuk and Cemal Yıldırım). It is learned that 2 people were released the same day.

(07/032) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

Nursel Tanrıverdi and Selvi Polat who make a sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on July 1, 2019, to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees are detained by the police intervening the protest. 2 people are released on the same day.

(07/033) The Cases Against Academics Who Are the Signatories of the Petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”…

The separate cases against 4 academicians (Assist. Professor Umut Azak from Okan University, Research Assistant Erdem Üngür from Istanbul Kültür University, Aslı Odman from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, E.D. from FMV Işık University) for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 32 for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ is held on July 1, 2019. The court sentenced Umut Azak, E.D., and Erdem Üngür to 1 year and 3 months each for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and deferred the announcement of the verdict.

(07/034) Ergenekon Case…

The final trial of the case against 235 people, known as “Ergenekon Case”, is held on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 4 on July 1, 2019. All defendants are acquitted on the charges of ‘establishing and leading an illegal organisation’, ‘being a member of an illegal organisation’ and ‘aiding an illegal organisation’. The court sentenced Alparslan Aslan to heavy life imprisonment and Erhan Timuroğlu, İsmail Sağır and Osman Yıldırım to life imprisonment on the charge of ‘violating the Constitution’.

(07/035) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against Ömer Diken, former chief judge of Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 10, also known as the judge of “Sledgehammer Coup Case”, is held on Izmir Heavy Penal Court No 16 on July 1, 2019. The court sentenced Ömer Diken to 13 years and 4 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(07/036) Report on Right Violations Against Journalists…

Free Journalists Initiative (ÖGİ) declared on July 1, 2019 the report on right violations against journalists in the first 6 months of 2019. It is stated in the report that, 154 journalists are in prison, and 34 journalists were detained in the first 6 months of 2019 and 11 of them were arrested; 29 journalists were subjected to investigations while 8 journalists were subjected to lawsuits against them. It is also remarked in the report that 287 journalists were brought to courts and 41 journalists were sentenced to 119 years and 3 months in total as a result of these cases; 22 journalists were released from prisons and 1 media institution was raided.

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