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

26 July 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(07/292) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 25, 2019 that, 2 HPG militants died in an air operation of Turkish Air Forces in rural areas of Lice district of Diyarbakır on July 19, 2019.

(07/293) Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Custody in Mersin…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 25, 2019 that, a person named Asım Can Topkarcı was subjected to physical violence of the police and gendarmerie who followed and then detained him on the grounds of ‘disobeying the stop warning’. It is reported that Asım Can Topkarcı was subjected to torture and ill-treatment at the police station where he was taken. It could be seen that Asım Can Topkarcı has bruises on his face, in the photographs covered by the press which depicts Asım Can Topkarcı waiting in the courthouse.

Asım Can Topkarcı stated the following: “I did not know that the civilian people in motorcycles following me were police. I got threats from time to time due to my profession. When I get off my car I was beaten by punches and kicks. I will press charges against the officials who beat me in case they could be identified.”

Asım Can Topkarcı is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘resisting against a public officer in order to prevent him from performing his duty’ and ‘injury’.

(07/294) 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 989 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on July 25, 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 25, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Acun Karadağ) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on July 25, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released on the same day.

(07/295) Detained HDP Members in Izmir…

On July 25, 2019, 12 members of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Youth Assembly are detained on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’, in house raids in Menemen and Buca districts of Izmir.

The names of detainees known so far are: Yusuf Çil, Güney Demir, Diyar Demir, Ceren Çepik, H.K. (16), Yiğit Özdemir, Gülader Özçelik, Welat Yalçınkaya and Fatma Akgül.

(07/296) Arrested Lawyer for ‘Insulting the President’ in Manisa…

Lawyer Mehmet Demirlek, who was detained on July 25, 2019 in Turgutlu district of Manisa, upon complaint of Justice and Development Party (AKP) Turgutlu district chair on the claim of ‘insulting the President on social media posts’, is released by the court on judicial control conditions on the same day. After the appeal made by the prosecutor’s office to the higher court, Mehmet Demirlek is detained again and arrested by the court.

(07/297) Newspaper Employees and Political Party Members on Trial in Mersin…

The case against 16 people 7 of which are arrested, including Yeni Yaşam newspaper employees Murat Sekmen and Tuba Salman and HDP Youth Assembly members, on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘being an illegal organisation member’, is held on Mersin Heavy Penal Court No 7 on July 25, 2019. After defence hearings the court released 7 arrestees (Abdurrahim Demir, Senem Güven, Hizbullah Ekinci, Rojda Salman, Vedat Turgut, Diyar Turgut and Mehmet Koç) on judicial control conditions and adjourned the trial.

(07/298) June 5 – Diyarbakır Case…

The case on the bombing attack to HDP’s rally in Diyarbakır on June 5, 2015, is held on Sincan West Courthouse Heavy Penal Court No 2 on July 25, 2019. Defendant Orhan Gönder attended the trial and other defendants joined the trial via sound and vision system from the prisons they are kept. The court decided to continue detention of arrested defendants and adjourned the trial to September 20, 2019.

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