24 January 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

24 January Daily Human Rights Report

(01/266) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of January 23, 2019 that Nevin Gökçe, a prisoner on hunger strike since January 5, 2019 in Alanya L Type Prison was not given vitamin B1 for the first ten days of her strike; and that Ramazan Sayan, another prisoner on hunger strike in the same prison was given vitamin B1 only once. It is also stated in the news reports that prison doctors act contrary to the points stated in Article 11 of The World Medical Association’s Malta Declaration.

Article 11 of Malta Declaration states the following: “As early as possible, physicians should acquire a detailed and accurate medical history of the person who is intending to fast. The medical implications of any existing conditions should be explained to the individual. Physicians should verify that hunger strikers understand the potential health consequences of fasting and forewarn them in plain language of the disadvantages. Physicians should also explain how damage to health can be minimised or delayed by, for example, increasing fluid and thiamine intake. Since the person’s decisions regarding a hunger strike can be momentous, ensuring full patient understanding of the medical consequences of fasting is critical. Consistent with best practices for informed consent in health care, the physician should ensure that the patient understands the information conveyed by asking the patient what he or she understands.”

(01/267) Person Subjected to Violence of Municipal Police in Izmir…

It is learned from the news coverage of January 23, 2019 that Murat Mençuk, a peddler in Konak district of Izmir was subjected to physical violence of the municipal police. It is reported that the municipal police seized Murat Mençuk’s cart as well.

(01/268) 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 805 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on January 23, 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 January 23, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Gülnaz Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Mahmut Konuk and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on January 23, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released the same day.

(01/269) Prevention of a March in Diyarbakır…

The march to be held in Diyarbakır on January 23, 2019, to support Democratic Society Congress (DTK) co-chair and People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Hakkari MP Leyla Güven on hunger strike, is prevented by the police.

(01/270) Detention of European Alevi Unions Confederation’s Honorary President in Istanbul…

Turgut Öker, honorary president of European Alevi Unions Confederation and former HDP MP is detained on a warrant issued, at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport where he came to depart for Austria. It is reported that Turgut Öker was released after statement procedures on the same day.

(01/271) Detained People for Social Media Posts in Bitlis…

On January 23, 2019, 6 people are detained in house raids in central, Güroymak, Adilcevaz, Tatvan, Ahlat districts of Bitlis, for social media posts.

(01/272) Detained People for Social Media Posts in Antep…

On January 23, 2019, 7 people are detained in house raids in Şahinbey and Şehitkâmil districts of Antep, for social media posts.

(01/273) Detained People for Social Media Posts in Urfa…

On January 23, 2019, 3 people including musician Ciwan Roj Tüysüz, are detained in house raids in Urfa, for social media posts.

(01/274) The Cases Against Academics Who Are the Signatories of the Petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”…

The case against Research Assistant C.E. from Bilgi University for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 25 for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ are held on January 23, 2019. The court sentenced C.E. to 1 year and 3 months for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and deferred the announcement of the verdict.

(01/275) Berkin Elvan Case…

The case of Berkin Elvan’s death on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 17 is held on January 23, 2019. Berkin Elvan was wounded due to a gas canister fired by the police on June 16, 2013, during Gezi Park protests in Okmeydanı neighbourhood of Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district; and died in hospital on March 11, 2014. The defendant police officer Fatih Dalgalı joined the trial via sound and vision system.

Witness police officers are heard at the trial. The expert technical report on the footage of Berkin Elvan being shot is also declared to the court. The report states that, the fire at 13:47:17, the time when Berkin Elvan was shot, is opened by Fatih Dalgalı.

The court rejected to arrest the defendant police officer and adjourned the trial to February 27, 2019.

(01/276) DTK Representative on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The case against Aliye Tok, Diyarbakır representative of Democratic Society Congress (DTK), on Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 9, started to be held on January 23, 2019. Aliye Tok attended the trial to make her defence. After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention for Aliye Tok and adjourned the trial to March 13, 2019. Aliye Tok was detained through a Diyarbakır based investigation on October 9, 2018 and was arrested on October 12, 2018.

(01/277) HDP Executives on Trial in Izmir…

HDP’s central executive committee member Mahfuz Güleryüz, Party Assembly member Gülay Gün Bilici and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) former provincial co-chair Süleyman Gündüz are released from prison by the court’s preceding judgment. Mahfuz Güleryüz, Gülay Gün Bilici and Süleyman Gündüz were arrested on November 26, 2018 on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

(01/278) Philosophy Teacher on Trial in Istanbul…

The final trial of the case against Nursel Tanrıverdi, a philosophy teacher who was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, on the charge of ‘publicly degrading the religious values of a section of the public’, is held on Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 23 on January 23, 2019. The court acquitted Nursel Tanrıverdi.

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