3 July 2019 Daily Human Rights Report
(07/037) Co-Mayor Who Was Subjected to Police Violence in Ağrı…
It is learned that Evren Demir and Betül Yaşar, co-mayors of Ağrı’s Diyadin district, who intervened the police violence against official chauffeur of the municipality at the police checkpoint at the entrance of the municipality building, were handcuffed behind their backs and got down on the floor, and were subjected to physical violence of the police, on July 2, 2019. It is reported that Evren Demir was referred to hospital because of being hit at the head.
It is stated in the news reports that, the police arriving at the municipality building seized the video recordings of the surveillance cameras and People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Ağrı MP Dilan Dirayet Taşdemir who asked an official writ about seizing of the video recordings was responded by the police as “the prosecutor gave a verbal instruction”.
Diyadin Sub-Governorate made a declaration denying the allegations on July 3, 2019 and stated that video recordings are under protection upon instruction of the public prosecutor.
(07/038) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…
It is learned from the news coverage of July 2, 2019 that Lokman Aslan, a prisoner in Elazığ High Security Prison No 2 was penalised to solitary confinement for 11 days and prevention of visit right for 1 year, on the grounds of an article found in his ward during a search. It is stated in the news reports that the article was not published anywhere.
(07/039) 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 966 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on July 2, 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 1, 2019, 2 people (Mahmut Konuk and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Merve Demirel) were detained.
Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on July 2, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released the same day.
(07/040) The Cases Against Academics Who Are the Signatories of the Petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”…
The separate cases against 4 academicians (Assoc. Professor Derya Fırat Şannan and Assist. Professor Adil Emre Zeytinoğlu from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University PhD student Tuğçe Erçetin and academic Zeynep Altok from Bilgi University) for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 26 for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ are held on July 2, 2019. The court adjourned the trials of the cases against Adil Emre Zeytinoğlu, Tuğçe Erçetin and Zeynep Altok to November 27, 2019; and the trial of the case against Derya Fırat Şannan to November 28, 2019.
The separate cases against 2 academicians (Research Assistant Gizem Sayın to Kadir Has University and Assoc. Professor Ertuğrul Uzun from Anadolu University) for the same reason on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 37 are held on July 2, 2019. The court adjourned both trials to October 17, 2019.
The case against Assoc. Professor Meltem Toksöz for the same reason on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 23 is held on July 2, 2019. The court decided to consolidate the case with other cases against academicians. The next trial will be held on November 5, 2019.
The case against academic Nazım Hikmet Richard Dikbaş for the same reason on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 29 is held on July 2, 2019. The court adjourned the trial to November 26, 2019.
The case against Assist. Professor Barış Ünlü for the same reason on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 24 is held on July 2, 2019. The court decided to send the case to Istanbul Heavy Penal Court on the grounds of lack of venue.
(07/041) Journalist on Trial in Istanbul…
The final trial of the case against Odatv news portal executive editor Barış Pehlivan, upon official complaint of Fethullah Gülen’s lawyers, on the grounds of reader comments related Fethullah Gülen to a news report issued on the website, is held on Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 18 on July 2, 2019. The court sentenced Barış Pehlivan to 5 months, for violating Article 9/4 of the Law No 5651 regulating the publications on the internet and did not defer the announcement of the verdict.
(07/042) Nihat Kazanhan Case…
The jail sentence of 13 years and 4 months given to special force police officer Mehmet Nurbaki Göçmez, by Cizre Heavy Penal Court No 1, on the charge of ‘killing with probable intent under unjust provocation’ for death of Nihat Kazanhan (12), is approved by Penal Department No 1 of The Supreme Court on July 2, 2019. Nihat Kazanhan died due to fire opened by the police in Cizre district of Şırnak on January 14, 2015.
(07/043) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…
On July 2, 2019, 26 people including military members on active duty are detained in operations covering 18 cities through an Izmir based investigation; 15 people are detained in operations covering 25 cities through a Konya based investigation; 22 people are detained in house raids in Ankara.
On July 2, 2019, it is learned that a warrant is issued for 40 people including military members on active duty through an Istanbul based investigation and that operations are initiated in 15 cities to detain them.
(07/044) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…
The final trial of the case against Mehmet Arı, former member of The Supreme Court, is held on Penal Department No 9 of The Supreme Court on July 2, 2019. The court sentenced Mehmet Arı to 13 years and 9 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.
The final trial of the case against Zekeriya Erdoğan, former member of The Supreme Court, is held on Penal Department No 9 of The Supreme Court on July 2, 2019. The court sentenced Zekeriya Erdoğan to 8 years and 9 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.
The final trial of the case against Ramazan Bayrak, former member of The Supreme Court, is held on Penal Department No 9 of The Supreme Court on July 2, 2019. The court sentenced Ramazan Bayrak to 10 years and 6 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.
(07/045) Students Who Were Subjected to Cancellation of Scholarships in Ankara…
It is learned from the news coverage of July 2, 2019 that, scholarships and loans given to students who were detained in the police intervention into LGBTI+ Pride in Middle East Technical University on May 10, 2019, were cancelled by General Directorate of Credit and Dormitories Agency of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
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