24 October 2018 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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24 October 2018 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/352) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 1 soldier died and 1 soldier got wounded in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Dargeçit district of Mardin on October 23, 2018.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 23, 2018 that Kokel Babat, a person who was shot at back was wounded in rural areas of Şenoba town of Şırnak’s Uludere district. It is stated in the news reports that Kokel Babat was shot during the military operation but shooter is unknown.

(10/353) Person Who Was Forced to be a Police Informant in Ankara…

Emre Aydın, a person who made a press declaration at Human Rights Association’s (IHD) Istanbul office on October 23, 2018, announced that he has been forced to be a police informant for two years.

Emre Aydın, who was detained while he was studying at Ankara University and was kept in prison for a while, stated the following:

“After prison, I was invited for a chat by two people who claim themselves to be intelligence officer. I accepted to talk with them. 2 days later, they gave a phone number and I had a call from this number inviting me to talk at a patisserie near Emek subway station. This conversation and communication was friendly in the beginning. But then it went on another way later on. I recognized this several times but I could not control it (…) While the conversation was going on talking about ideas and discussions in the beginning, it evolved to asking questions, and then changed to getting information on specific individuals, and finally within two years, it became tape recording, video recording using technological means and helping them through technical and technological ways (…) Those people who were communicating with me in a friendly way, yelled at me and beat me up in the car; they threaten me with the lives of my 7-year-old sister, my mother and my friends. The next hearing of the case on which I was first arrested and then released, will be held on Sincan Heavy Penal Court No 2 on October 25. I was threatened on this too (…) They said ‘We will write down your suicide note in prison’ to threaten me.”

(10/354) Person Was Subjected to Police Violence in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 23, 2018 that 1 person was subjected to police violence in a security cabin where he was taken by the police performing an ID check at the entrance of Pangaltı subway station in Şişli district of Istanbul. It is learned that the police took the person to the security cabin at the subway station upon his rejection to submit an ID. It is also reported that the security staff intervened into those who record the intervention of the police.

(10/355) People Were Subjected to Police Violence in Diyarbakır…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 23, 2018 that Sercan Doğan, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Diyarbakır provincial executive who was first detained and then arrested through a Diyarbakır based investigation, and his son were subjected to physical violence by the police raiding his house.

Sercan Doğan, who spoke through his lawyer visiting him at prison, stated the following: “They knocked the door, I went there and half-opened the door and saw the police officers with masks on their faces. I told them that I need time to get prepared and they should wait for it, but they pushed me down to the floor (…) My son was sleeping but he woke up to the noise and came near to us, the police officers laid him down too and started to beat him. One of them put his feet on my back, and others were hitting my son. My son had a gastric surgery recently. I told this to the police but they did not listen and kept hitting him. They were threatening and insulting us. They took me to the station while my son was at home alone and beaten.”

It is also stated in the news reports that, the doctor who examined Sercan Doğan, did not give a medical report evidencing the physical violence.

(10/356) Rejection to Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan…

It is learned that the appeal made on October 23, 2018 to chief public prosecutor’s office in Bursa by PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s lawyers in order to visit their client was rejected the same day on the grounds of limitations for prisoners in accordance with the law on the execution of sentences and security measures (law no 5275). With the last rejection, it was the 757th time that appeals for visiting Öcalan have been rejected so far. Abdullah Öcalan has met his lawyers on July 27, 2011 for the last time.

(10/357) 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 714 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 23, 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 October 23, 2018, 2 people (Mahmut Konuk and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Gülnaz Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 23, 2018. It is learned that detainees were released the same day.

(10/358) 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 October 23, 2018 and attempted for a sit-in protest in front of Health Department. The police intervened the sit-in and detained Türkan Albayrak. It is learned that Türkan Albayrak was released the same day. It is the 32nd time of detention of Türkan Albayrak.

(10/359) Arrested District Co-chair of HDP in Hatay…

Abdülhalim Gümüş, HDP’s Dörtyol district co-chair, is detained in Dörtyol district of Hatay on October 23, 2018 on the grounds of a finalised sentence of 1 year and 3 months given by the court, and was sent to Iskenderun T Type Closed Prison.

(10/360) The Case against DBP Co-chair…

The final trial of the case against Sebahat Tuncel, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) co-chair, for her expressions in a speech she made in Batman, on Batman Penal Court of First Instance No 2 is held on October 23, 2018. Sebahat Tuncel joint the trial via sound and vision system. The court concluded that no legal elements of the crime is present and acquitted Sebahat Tuncel.

(10/361) The Cases Against Academics Who Are the Signatories of the Petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”…

The separate cases against 10 academicians (Assoc. Professor İpek Merçil from Galatasaray University; PhD O.A., Professor Gülhan Türkay, PhD Güven Gürkan Öztan, PhD Ertan Ersoy, PhD Sinan Yıldırmaz, Professor Taner Gören from Istanbul University; Professor Yücel Candemir from Istanbul Technical University; Professor İbrahim Kaboğlu and PhD Mehmet Rıza Türkay from Marmara University) for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 36 for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ are held on October 23, 2018. The court decided on non-competence on the case against İbrahim Kaboğlu who was elected as an MP on June 24, 2018, and sent the case to Ankara Heavy Penal Court. The court sentenced İpek Merçil, O. A. and Ahmet Yücel Candemir to 1 year and 3 months each for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and postponed the sentences.

The court adjourned the trial of the case against Ertan Ersoy to March 12, 2019; the trial of the case against Güven Gürkan Öztan, Gülhan Türkay, Mehmet Rıza Türkay to November 22, 2018; the trial of the case against Taner Gören to December 3, 2018; and the trial of the case against Sinan Yıldırmaz to November 28, 2018.

The case against Research Assistant Onur Baysal from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University for the same reason on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 28 is held on October 23, 2018. The court rejected the demands for immediate acquittal, consolidation of the cases and extra time for defence, and adjourned the trial to November 29, 2018.

The case against Assist. Professor Erol Köroğlu from Boğaziçi University for the same reason on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 24 is held on October 23, 2018. The prosecutor’s office declared the legal opinion on the case and demanded Erol Köroğlu to be sentenced for ‘aiding an illegal organisation’. The court adjourned the trial to April 25, 2019.

(10/362) June 5 – Diyarbakır Case…

The case on Sincan West Courthouse Heavy Penal Court No 2, for the bombing attack to HDP’s meeting on June 5, 2015 in Diyarbakır, is held on October 23, 2018. Orhan Gönder, one of the defendants attended the trial in the courtroom while other defendants joined via sound and vision system. The court decided to continue detention for arrested defendants and adjourned the trial to December 13, 2018.

(10/363) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

13 people including military members on active duty are detained through operations covering 9 cities through a Manisa based investigation on October 23, 2018.

(10/364) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against 14 people including Hasan Yurtoğlu, former Erzurum branch manager of Bank Asya, on Erzurum Heavy Penal Court No 2 is held on October 23, 2018. The court sentenced 1 person to 21 years for ‘leading an illegal organisation’, and sentenced 11 people to jail penalties differing from 3 years 1 month 15 days to 12 years for ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court acquitted 1 defendant and dropped the case against 1 defendant who died during proceedings.

(10/365) Prevention of Event in Bartın…

The press declaration of Education and Science Employees’ Union (Eğitim-Sen) on October 23, 2018, in front of the student dormitory in Bartın to protest incapacities of the dormitory, is prevented by gendarmerie based on the ruling of Bartın Governorate banning all demonstrations around education institutions. It is learned that members of Eğitim-Sen made the press declaration at another location.


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