27 – 30 October 2018 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

27 – 30 October 2018 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/398) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 2 soldiers got hypothermia during a military operation in rural areas of Nazımiye district of Tunceli, died in Tunceli Public Hospital on October 26, 2018.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 29, 2018 that 1 militant died in an air bombardment to Çukurca district of Hakkari on October 14, 2018; 1 militant died in an air bombardment to Haqurq region on October 28, 2018.

(10/399) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 26, 2018 that the appeal for release made by Mevlüde Baştaş, an ill and disabled prisoner kept in İzmir Şakran Women’s Closed Prison, is rejected by İzmir Public Prosecutor’s Office, 5 months after the appeal.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 27, 2018 that Yılmaz Suncak, an ill prisoner kept in İzmir Şakran Prison No 1, is prevented from going to doctor appointments given by the hospital. It is claimed in the news reports that Yılmaz Suncak, who has asthma, ulcer and thyroid cancer, is in worse health conditions because he is prevented from taking regular medical checks once in 6 months.

It is claimed in the news coverage of October 28, 2018 that, Songül Adım, a prisoner kept in Elazığ T Type Prison, is in worse health conditions because she is not given the medication prescribed to her for panic attack.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 28, 2018 that, Emrecan Demir, a prisoner kept in Antalya L Type Prison, was subjected to insults and threats of the gendarmerie in the shuttle while he was being taken back to the prison from the trial held on Antalya Heavy Penal Court No 8 on October 26, 2018.

Human Rights Association (IHD) Adana branch made a press declaration on October 26, 2018 and announced the report on violations in prisons around Çukurova region. It is learned that the report covers violations identified by interviews with prisoners kept in Osmaniye T Type 1 and 2, Tarsus T Type 1, 2, and 3, Tarsus Women Prison, Adana F Type and İskenderun T Type prisons. It is stated in the report that, prisoners belongings, books, magazines and journals are seized; prisoners are subjected to insults, threats and physical violence by the officers during transfers to hospitals and courthouses; prisoners are subjected to disciplinary proceedings which result in solitary confinement, prohibition of visits and of written communication; prisoners who react to be forced to roll-calls in standing position and to strip search at the entrance are subjected to physical violence; prisoners are either sent to hospital with delay or not sent at all; prisoners are prevented from being medical treatment when the react to be examined in handcuffs; the needs for children such as diaper, baby food, medication are prevented to be met.

Human Rights Association (IHD) Ankara branch made a press declaration on October 29, 2018 and announced the report on violations in prisons around Central Anatolia region. It is learned that the report covers violations identified by interviews with prisoners kept in Kayseri Bünyan Women’s Closed Prison, Sincan Women’s Prison, Sincan F Type Prison, Kırıkkale F Type Prison, Bolu F Type Prison, and Düzce T Type Prison. It is stated in the report that, media devices such as radios and newspapers are seized; the number of clothes and books per prisoner is limited; medication are nor given due to economic reasons; prisoners are forced to be medically examined in handcuffs; prisoners are either sent to hospital with delay or not sent at all; telephone conversations of prisoners are cut for any reason and prisoners are subjected to disciplinary punishment such as solitary confinement, prevention of telephone or visit rights.

(10/400) Rejection to Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan…

It is learned that the appeal made on October 26, 2018 to chief public prosecutor’s office in Bursa by PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s tutelary and lawyer 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).

(10/401) 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 720 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 26, 27, 28, and 29, 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 26, 2018, 4 people (Alev Şahin, Acun Karadağ, Mehmet Dersulu and Nursel Tanrıverdi) and at 18.00 4 people (Alev Şahin, Selvi Polat, Nazan Bozkurt and Armağan Özbaş) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on October 27, 2018, 3 people (Mehmet Dersulu, Gülnaz Bozkurt and Alev Şahin) and at 18.00 3 people (Alev Şahin, Gülnaz Bozkurt and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on October 28, 2018, 2 people (Alev Şahin and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Gülnaz Bozkurt) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on October 29, 2018, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Gülnaz Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Gülnaz Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 22 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 26, 27, 28, and 29, 2018. It is learned that detainees were released the same day.

(10/402) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on October 29, 2018, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and detained Mahmut Konuk. It is learned that Mahmut Konuk was released the same day.

(10/403) 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 26, 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 34th time of detention of Türkan Albayrak.

(10/404) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

On October 29, 2018, the police intervened into the sit-in protest of public labourers to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, at Bakırköy Square in Istanbul; and detained 2 people (Nursel Tanrıverdi, Selvi Polat) by physical violence.

(10/405) Coercion to Uniforms and Reactions Against This…

The press declaration of TAYAD (Prisoner’s Families’ Solidarity Association) members attempted to be held in Sakarya Street in Ankara on October 27, 2018 against uniform coercion in prisons is prevented by the police. It is reported that 2 people (Halil İbrahim Şener and İlker Işık) were detained in police intervention.

(10/406) Police Intervention Against Saturday Mothers’ Protest in Istanbul…

Police obstructed all the streets around Galatasaray Square in Istanbul to prevent Saturday Mothers who rally every Saturday for 23 years in the same place to gather for the 709th time on October 27, 2018. Upon police prevention, the group including parliament members, representatives of political parties, human rights defenders and artists along with families of disappeared people gather in front of Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul office and started to march. The police prevented the march too, thus, the group had a sit-in protest and made a press declaration there.

(10/407) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

 “F sit-in”, which is organized for the 344th time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prisons Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on October 27, 2018 is prevented by the police. Human rights defenders who attempt to march to Galatasaray Square from IHD office are prevented by the police and made a press declaration in front of IHD office.

(10/408) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

On October 27, 2018, 2 people, Feridun Osmanağaoğlu and İsmail Kara who made a press declaration themed as “Galatasaray Square cannot be Banned” at Galatasaray Square in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul are detained by police intervention.

(10/409) Prevention of a Protest in Istanbul…

FKF (Federation of Thought Clubs) members who attempt to march from Tünel Square to Taksim Square to celebrate the Republic Day on October 29, 2018 in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, are prevented by the police. It is learned that FKF members made a press declaration at Tünel Square.

(10/410) People Detained in Şırnak…

23 people are detained in house raids in Şırnak on October 29, 2018. It is learned that for a warrant is issued for 5 more people. It is reported that 23 people are detained for social media posts and for attending some events.

(10/411) People Detained in Ankara…

9 people are detained in house raids in Ankara on October 27, 2018. It is learned that İbrahim Binici, former Urfa MP of People’s Democratic Party (HDP); and Ali Rıza Yurtsever from Human Rights Association (IHD) central executive board are also detained. The reason for detention is unknown. The names of detainees are: İbrahim Binici, Ali Rıza Yurtsever, HDP Etimesgut former district chair Lokman Aydoğmuş, HDP provincial executive Derya Bakır, academician Sedat Yağcıoğlu, HDP district executive Halil Çelenk, İsmet Yalçınkaya, Kazım Arslan and Metin Kümek.

(10/412) HDP and DBP Members and Executives Detained in Kars…

On October 26, 2018, 5 people including members and executives of HDP and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) in house raids in Kars. It is learned that 5 people are taken to Kars Police Headquarters however the reason for detention is unknown. The names of detainees are: HDP’s former MP for Kars, Şafak Özanlı; Cengiz Anlı, Kars co-chair of DBP; Ekrem Savcı, Kars co-chair of HDP; Cengiz Topbaşlı, former Kars co-chair of HDP; and Hayati Mehmetoğlu, adviser of HDP’s group deputy chair Ayhan Bilgen.

(10/413) HDP Party Assembly Member Detained in Istanbul…

HDP Party Assembly member Nadiye Gürbüz, who was detained by Anti-Terror Department at the courthouse where she was to give her testimonial on October 25, 2018; is released with a ban on leaving the country on October 26, 2018.

(10/414) HDP Party Assembly Member Detained in Mersin…

HDP Party Assembly member Faruk Sağlam, who was detained by the police in front of HDP’s Mersin office on October 26, 2018; is arrested on October 27, 2018, on the grounds of a 10-months’ sentence given to him by Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 2 for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

(10/415) Detained ÖDP Members…

6 people (4 people in Bursa, 1 person in Edirne and 1 person in Ankara) who were detained on October 24, 2018, through a Bursa based investigation on people who attend the funeral of Nuri Salman, a member of Freedom and Solidarity Party (ÖDP) in Bursa, are released by the court on October 26, 2018.

(10/416) Journalist Detained in Istanbul…

Can TV channel’s program director and Pir Sultan Abdal Cultural Association’s Esenler branch executive Sezgin Kartal, who was detained in Istanbul on October 21, 2018 and was dent to Silivri Prison based on a finalised sentence of 3 months and 11 days; is released on October 25, 2018 on juridical control conditions.

(10/417) Former Executive Board Member of Ankara Medical Chamber is Detained…

It is learned that Assoc. Professor Asuman Doğan, who was an executive board member of Ankara Medical Chamber from 2014 to 2016, is detained in a house raid in Ankara on October 26, 2018. Asuman Doğan was dismissed by the state of emergency decree no 689 issued on April 29, 2017; for being a signatory of the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”. It is learned that Asuman Doğan was detained through an investigation on Ministry of Health in alleged link to coup attempt.

(10/418) The Cases Against Academics Who Are the Signatories of the Petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”…

The separate cases against 13 academicians (Assoc. Professor Burak Onaran, Lecturer Umut Tümay Arslan, PhD student Bahtiyar Mermertaş from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University; Assoc. Professor A.B.Y. from Koç University; Assoc. Professor N.S.Ö. from TED University; Research Assistant Nilay Kaya, PhD Atike Zeynep Kılıç, Assoc. Professor Ferda Kemal Keskin, Professor Hale Bolak Boratav; Assoc. Professor Alaeddin Şenel retired from Ankara University; PhD Özge Yaka from Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’homme; Assist. Professor Ayşe Parla Alpan from Sabancı University and clinical psychologist P.Ö. from Okan University) for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 22 for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ are held on October 26, 2018. The court adjourned the trials of the cases against Umut Tümay Arslan, A.B.Y., N.S.Ö., Atike Zeynep Kılıç, Ferda Kemal Keskin, Hale Bolak Boratav, Alaeddin Şenel, Özge Yaka, Ayşe Parla Alpan and P.Ö. to March 1, 2019; the trials of the cases against Bahtiyar Mermertaş, Nilay Kaya and Burak Onaran to May 16, 2019.

(10/419) Journalist on Trial in Şırnak…

The case against 19 people, 9 of which are arrested including Ziya Ataman, reporter of Dicle news agency which was closed down by a state of emergency decree, on Şırnak Heavy Penal Court No 1 is held on October 26, 2018. The court decided to continue detention of 9 people and adjourned the trial to January 17, 2019.

(10/420) Assault to HDP Office in Mersin…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 28, 2018 that HDP’s office in Mezitli district of Mersin was assaulted by anonymous people who took down the signboard and then burned it.

(10/421) Number of People on Probation…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 29, 2018 that according to the statistics published by General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses Department of Probation, 614.901 people are in probation programs as of September 31, 2018. It is stated that 406.451 people including 14.800 children are under juridical control conditions.

(10/422) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On October 26, 2018, 53 military members including 37 on active duty are detained in operations covering 13 cities through a Diyarbakır based investigation; and 16 people are detained in İzmir.

22 of 50 people who were detained on October 16, 2018 through an investigation on General Command of Gendarmerie, are arrested by the court on October 26, 2018. 28 people are released on juridical control conditions.

7 people are detained in operations covering 10 cities through an Istanbul based investigation.

(10/423) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against 11 former police officers on Tokat Heavy Penal Court No 1 is held on October 26, 2018. The court sentenced 2 people to 3 years and 1 month, 7 people to 6 years and 3 months for “being an illegal organisation member”. The court acquitted 2 people.

The final trial of the case against Ünal Üneş on Erzurum Heavy Penal Court No 2 is held on October 26, 2018. The court sentenced Ünal Üneş to 15 years for “establishing and leading an illegal organisation” and to 2 years and 6 months for “forgery of official documents”.

The final trial of the case against Gönül Menge on Gaziantep Heavy Penal Court No 9 is held on October 26, 2018. The court sentenced Gönül Menge to 10 years for “being an illegal organisation member”.

5 of 12 people who were released on October 26, 2018, by Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 2 on the case of leakage of questions of Public Personnel Selection Examination in 2010; are arrested again by Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 3 upon objection of the prosecutor’s office.

(10/424) Curfew in Lice…

Diyarbakır Governorate made a declaration on October 29, 2018 and announced curfew in 28 villages and 25 hamlets of Lice district as of 21.00 on October 29, 2018 until further notice. The names of villages and hamlets under curfew are: Zümrüt, Gürbeyli, Kıpçak, Damar, Sığınak, Kıyıköy, Çıralı, Dibekköy, Budak, Dallıca, Arıklı, Çağdaş, Yolçatı, Tepe, Kutlu, Kayacık, Serince, Kabakaya, Uçarı, Yalaza, Ortaç, Ziyaret, Bağlan, Oyuklu, Çavundur, Esenler, Dolunay and Türeli villages; Ahmetbey, Guçik, Kola, Hasana, Navaladiriş, Dingil, Ayşe, Hacıhüseyin, Kuruca, Dablo, Alataş, Sınır, Pınar, Kolbağı, Bakanlar, Kalkanlı, Beğendik, Hacıcemil, Esenli, Çaylarbaşı, Göçer, Kerpiçören Çanak, Sağlam, Hevselbey hamlets.

(10/425) Curfew in Kocaköy…

Diyarbakır Governorate made a declaration on October 29, 2018 and announced curfew in 3 villages and 5 hamlets of Kocaköy district as of 21.00 on October 29, 2018 until further notice. The names of villages and hamlets under curfew are: Arkbaşı, Tepecik, Boyunlu villages; Akdiken, Hacıreşit, Varlık, Işıklar, Gökçe hamlets.

(10/426) Curfew in Hazro…

Diyarbakır Governorate made a declaration on October 29, 2018 and announced curfew in 9 villages and 7 hamlets of Hazro district as of 21.00 on October 29, 2018 until further notice. The names of villages and hamlets under curfew are: Çitlibahçe, Sarıerik, Ormankaya, Meşebağları, Kavaklıboğaz, Dadaş, Kırmataş, Terdöken, Gözebaşı villages; Şahgeldi, Bayram, Nebiya, Yılgeçti, Teknebaşı, Ajikan and Eldeğemez hamlets.

(10/427) Special Security Zone in Antep…

Antep Governorate made a declaration on October 26, 2018 and announced that the area on Syrian border is special security zone from October 26, 2018 to November 9, 2018 for 15 days.

(10/428) Investigated Social Media Accounts…

The Ministry of Interior made a declaration on October 29, 2018 and announced that 277 social media accounts were investigated between October 22 and October 29, 2018; and legal proceedings have been initiated against 232 people within this week.

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