30 July 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

30 July 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(07/323) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 30, 2019 that 2 HPG militants died in the operation of Turkish Armed Forces in rural areas of Yüksekova district of Hakkari on July 25, 2019.

(07/324) Forced Disappearances in Ankara…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 29, 2019 that, Yasin Ugan, Özgür Kaya, Salim Zeybek and Erkan Irmak, all public employees dismissed by state of emergency decrees, who were abducted in February 2019, were kept in Ankara Police Directorate Anti-Terror Department. It is learned that Ankara Security Directorate has reported to their families that, these 4 people with their back-packs were found around near the police headquarters previous evening and were detained after routine general information controls.

Yasin Ugan and Özgür Kaya were abducted on February 13, 2019, Erkan Irmak was abducted on February 16, 2019, and Salim Zeybek was abducted on February 25, 2019 by unknown people with black vehicles known as “Transporter” in Ankara.

(07/325) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 29, 2019 that Kerem İmrak, a prisoner in Kırıkkale F Type High Security Prison, was subjected to physical violence of the wardens because of rejecting strip search at the entrance of Elazığ Closed Prison No 1 where he was taken during being transferred back from his trial at Muş Heavy Penal Court No 2 on May 28, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of July 29, 2019 that Roni Yavuz, a prisoner in Izmir Şakran T Type Prison No 4 was being kept in solitary cell since July 1, 2019, on the grounds that he took stuff from another prisoner in the outdoor area.

(07/326) Torture and Il-Treatment Under Custody in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 29, 2019 that, 3 members (G.T. and B.H. under the age of 18 and Mustafa Mert Karatağ) of Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) and Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF) who were detained for delivering Atılım newspaper in Sultangazi district of Istanbul on July 28, 2019, were subjected to torture and ill-treatment at Gazi Police Station.

Lawyer Sezin Uçar, stated that 3 people have bruises and swellings on their bodies, G. T. was subjected to physical violence because of rejecting strip search and Mustafa Mert Karatağ was handcuffed to heater core at the station.

3 people are released by the court on judicial control conditions on July 29, 2019.

(07/327) Right Violations at Repatriation Centers…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 29, 2019 that, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Izmir MP Serpil Kemalbay submitted a parliamentary question about right violations at repatriation centers, demanding a response from Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu. It is stated in the parliamentary question that, people kept in repatriation centers cannot exercises their fundamental rights, and the repatriation centers are functioning as prisons where people are kept under administrative surveillance for indefinite periods, arbitrary practices are observed, children cannot use playgrounds at these centers as well as being prevented from educational rights, allegations of rape and abuse are not investigated and people kept there are treated as ‘criminals’.

(07/328) People Died Due to Being Hit by Armoured Vehicles…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 29, 2019 that, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Muş MP Şevin Coşkun submitted a parliamentary question about casualties due to being hit by armoured vehicles, demanding a response from Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu. It is stated in the parliamentary question that, according to Human Rights Association’s “Violation of Right to Live Due to Being Hit by Armoured Vehicles in East and Southeast Regions Report”, between the years of 2008 and 2018, 63 armoured vehicle hits occurred in which 36 people including 16 children and 6 children died and 85 people got wounded.

(07/329) 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 993 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on July 29, 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 29, 2019, 2 people (Umutcan Aybak and Cemal Öksüz) and at 18.00 2 people (Umutcan Aybak and Cemal Öksüz) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on July 29, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released on the same day.

(07/330) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

Nursel Tanrıverdi who make a sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on July 29, 2019, to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees is detained by the police intervening the protest. It is learned that Nursel Tanrıverdi was released after statement procedures.

(07/331) Gendarmerie Prevention to a Protest in Batman…

The gendarmerie prevented the watch which was to be held by People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Youth Assembly to stop construction of Ilısu Dam which will submerge ancient town of Hasankeyf. It is reported that the vehicles of HDP members were searched and people in those vehicles were subjected to general information control at the entrance of Hasankeyf district.

(07/332) “I Want My Job Back” Case…

The first trial of the case against 15 people including 2 arrestees (Sibel Balaç, Ertuğrul Çağan, Acun Karadağ, Nazan Bozkurt, Gülnaz Bozkurt, Mehmet Dersulu, Alev Şahin, Mahmut Konuk, İlker Işık, Özge Çırpan, Deniz Aydın, Simge Aksan, Murat Çeşme, Burak Aydemir, Selvi Polat), through an investigation against participators of “I Want My Job Back” protests in Yüksel Street, is held on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 28 on July 29, 2019. The court decided to continue detention of Sibel Balaç and Ertuğrul Çağan, to lift judicial control conditions for others and adjourned the trial to October 24, 2019.

15 people were detained in house raids in Ankara on December 10, 2018 and 2 of them were arrested on December 17, 2018 while 13 of them were released on judicial control conditions.

(07/333) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On July 29, 2019, 15 people including 14 military members on active duty are detained in operations covering 10 cities through a Samsun based investigation.

It is learned that 16 of 41 people for whom a detention warrant was issued through an Ankara based investigation are detained on July 29, 2019.

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