25 October 2018 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

25 October 2018 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/366) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 1 soldier died and 3 soldiers got wounded due to roll over of a patrol car into a ditch for an unidentified reason in İliç district of Erzincan on October 24, 2018.

(10/367) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is claimed on the news coverage of October 24, 2018 that Ergül Tuncay, a prisoner kept in Elazığ Prison No 1, was subjected to physical violence by prison officers. It is stated in the news reports that Ergül Tuncay had a medical report evidencing the physical violence he was subjected to on August 1, 2018 and he wrote a letter to Human Rights Association (IHD). It is also stated that Diyarbakır branch of IHD made an official complaint to the prosecutor’s office and that the prosecutor’s office sent a written response to IHD. It is expressed in the news reports that; the prosecutor’s office says that Ergül Tuncay hurt himself in prisoner receiving unit where he was kept before being taken to hospital. The response of prosecutor’s office is continued as following: “According to the official reports, when the officers got into the room upon noises, it was seen that the convict hit his head and shoulders to the walls and the iron door of the toilet inside, and punched the wall; and it is understood that the convict was trying to put the officers in a difficult situation and defame them. It is also seen that an administrative investigation is initiated on the convict, and an official complaint is made to Elazığ Public Prosecutor’s Office”.

(10/368) Police Raid to Yürüyüş Journal…

It is learned that the office of Yürüyüş journal in Sultangazi district of Istanbul is raided by the police on October 24, 2018. It is learned that at least 1 person (Halil Yakut) is detained in the raid.

It is reported that Ozan Publishing House was also raided through the same investigation.

(10/369) 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 715 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 24, 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 24, 2018, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Gülnaz Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and İlker Işık) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 24, 2018. It is learned that detainees were released the same day.

(10/370) Detained Local Headman in Urfa for ‘Making Propaganda for an Illegal Organisation’…

Devreş Artıran, local headman of Dinçköy neighbourhood of Urfa’s Viranşehir district and 3 people (Hatip Dönmez, Mahmut Vural and 1 more person) are detained on October 24, 2018, on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

(10/371) Detained ÖDP Members…

On October 24, 2018, 6 people (4 people in Bursa, 1 person in Edirne and 1 person in Ankara) are detained through a Bursa based investigation on people who attend the funeral of Nuri Salman, a member of Freedom and Solidarity Party (ÖDP) in Bursa. It is learned that 6 people are detained on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

(10/372) Former Executive of HDP is Detained in Hatay for Social Media Posts…

Zeki Koç, former part assembly member of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) is detained in İskenderun district of Hatay on October 24, 2018, on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation in social media posts’. It is learned that Zeki Koç’s office as well as his house was searched by the police.

(10/373) Arrested People in Antalya for Social Media Posts…

3 of 5 people who were detained on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation in social media posts’ are arrested by the court on October 24, 2018. 2 people are released on juridical control conditions.

(10/101) Journalist on Trial in Tunceli…

The case against Evrensel newspaper’s reporter Kemal Özer, on Tunceli Heavy Penal Court No 1, on the grounds of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ is held on October 24, 2018. After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention of Kemal Özer and adjourned the trial to December 28, 2018.

Journalist Kemal Özer was detained in Tunceli on September 4, 2017 and was arrested by the court on September 15, 2017 on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(10/374) Journalist on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against Evrensel newspaper writer Kamil Tekin Sürek, on Bakırköy Penal Court of First Instance No 2, on the grounds of ‘insulting the President’ in his column titled “Fascist Dictatorship”, is held on October 24, 2018. The court adjourned the trial to December 6, 2018.

(10/375) Person on Trial in Antalya for Social Media Posts…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 24, 2018 that, Antalya Heavy Penal Court No 9 has accepted the indictment of Antalya Public Prosecutor’s Office against a person named Kadir Deliktaş, on the grounds of sharing photographs and videos of Hacı Osman Birlik who died during the curfew in Şırnak in 2015, and of Salih Müslim former chair of PYD, with a message of “Kurdish people do exist. It is a nation and its homeland is Kurdistan” on social media. It is learned that the first trial will be held on November 5, 2018.

Kadir Deliktaş was detained and arrested in Antalya on August 15, 2018.

(10/376) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On October 24, 2018, Mehmet Fecri Yıldız, former director of Technical Surveillance Operation Unit in Intelligence Department of Istanbul Police; a person named Erken İnce; and Selim Bulut, a member of Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON).

(10/377) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against former lieutenant Burak Akın, personal security guard of General Yaşar Güler, former Turkihs Land Forces Commander; and 4 people (Fuat Söylemez, Ayşe Söylemez, Mustafa Çopuroğlu and Hüseyin Çetinkaya) on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 16 is held on October 24, 2018. The court did not sentence Burak Akın, who benefited from effective remorse laws. The court sentenced 4 defendants to 1 year 6 months and 22 days each for ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and deferred the announcement of verdict.

(10/378) Suspended Local Headmen in Tunceli…

İsmail Sefer, local headman of Ardıç village and Paşa Erol, local headman of Akdemir village, in Pertek district of Tunceli are suspended by the Ministry of Interior on October 24, 2018.

(10/379) Suspended Local Headmen in Urfa…

Mehmet Vural, local headman of Çemdin Kalesi neighbourhood and Devreş Artıran, local headman of Dinçköy neighbourhood, in Viranşehir district of Urfa are suspended by the Ministry of Interior on October 24, 2018.

(10/380) Trustee Appointed for a Local Headman in Diyarbakır…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 24, 2018 that Murat Sımpil, a public employee from Fiscal Directorate is appointed as trustee in replacement of Murat Ateş, the local headman of Kale neighbourhood in Silvan district of Diyarbakır.

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