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

31 July 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(07/334) Allegation of Torture Under Custody in Kayseri…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 30, 2019 that, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Kocaeli MP Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu submitted a parliamentary question about M. A. Ç., who was subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody at Kayseri Police Directorate, demanding a response from Vice President Fuat Oktay. It is stated in the parliamentary question that M. A. Ç. was kept under custody for 4 days at Kayseri Police Directorate Department of Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime and was forced to accept the charges against him, to accept effective remorse law and was subjected to physical violence.

(07/335) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 30, 2019 that, Hacı Ali Baştürk, a prisoner in Izmir Şakran T Type Prison No 3, was subjected to physical violence of the wardens because of rejecting strip search at the entrance of the prison while he was brought back from the hospital where he had angiography on July 26, 2019.

On July 30, 2019, Human Rights Association Ankara Branch Prisons Committee declared its report on “Human Rights Violations in Prisons in Central Anatolia”, covering April, May and June, 2019. It is learned from the report that, in Amasya E Type Closed Prison, prisoners have not been given the vitamins they needed during the hunger strike, prisoners were not given personal care material; in Bolu F Type Prison, prisoners were either referred to hospitals with delays or were not referred at all, prisoners were forced to be medically examined in handcuffs, and Yeni Yaşam newspaper was not given to prisoners; in Çorum L Type Prison prisoners’ personal belongings were seized, prisoners were forced to stand up during roll-calls and those who reject were subjected to physical violence and solitary cell confinement; in Dinar F Type Closed Prison prisoners were subjected to physical violence and arbitrary disciplinary proceedings; in Kırıkkale F Type Prison prisoners were not given books and magazines sent to them, prisoners were either referred to hospitals with delays or were not referred at all, prisoners were forced to be medically examined in handcuffs.

(07/336) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 30, 2019 that Esra Arıkan, a prisoner in Bakırköy Women’s Closed Prison went on a hunger strike as of July 29, 2019, to protest not being referred to hospital and being forced to be transferred to another prison.

(07/337) “Human Rights Violations in East and Southeast Regions in First 6 Months of 2019”…

Human Rights Association Diyarbakır Branch declared its report on “Human Rights Violations in East and Southeast Regions in First 6 Months of 2019” on July 30, 2019. It is stated in the report that 1 child killed him/herself, and 2 children attempted suicide; 2 children are murdered in “domestic violence”, 16 children got wounded, 18 children were subjected to sexual abuse and 1 child was kidnapped. It is also stated in the report that in the first 6 months of 2019, at least 65 people under custody, 30 people in places other than custody, and 64 people in prisons were subjected to torture and ill-treatment. According to the report, as a result of interventions against protests and demonstrations, 122 people got wounded, 567 people including 41 children were detained, and 222 people including 2 children were arrested. It is also stated in the report that 40 prisoners were transferred to other prisons under coercion, 51 prisoners were prevented from their rights of health and 30 prisoners were subjected to isolation.

(07/338) 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 994 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on July 30, 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 30, 2019, 2 people (Mahmut Konuk and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt 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 30, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released on the same day.

(07/339) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Batman…

The police intervened into the march which was to be held by People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Youth Assembly to protest construction of Ilısu Dam which will submerge ancient town of Hasankeyf on July 30, 2019 and detained 10 people by using violence. Detainees are released after statement procedures on the same day.

(07/340) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

4 of 5 people including 3 children [A. E. (17), M. A. (17) and his brother M. A. (16) and D. O.] who were detained in relation to the attack to an armoured police vehicle in Yenişehir district of Diyarbakır on July 24, 2019, are arrested by the court on July 30, 2019. 1 person (S. U.) is released on judicial control conditions.

2 children [M. A. (17) and A. E. (17)] were subjected to torture and ill-treatment in the field they were taken to after being detained. It was also reported that M. A. and A. E. were then taken to Anti-Terror Department instead of Juvenile Department, and were subjected to torture and ill-treatment there too.

(07/341) Detained Co-Mayors and Political Party Executives in Diyarbakır and Mardin…

4 of 7 people (Bismil district co-mayor Gülşen Özer, Nusaybin district co-mayor Ferhat Kurt, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Mardin provincial co-chairs Leyla Bozkurt and Şeyhmus Sun, Nusaybin city council member  Mehmet Emin Alkan, HDP Party Assembly member Alaattin Semir Zuğurli and Sedat Ay) who were detained in house raids in Nusaybin and Kızıltepe districts of Mardin and Bağlar district of Diyarbakır through a Mardin based investigation on July 24, 2019, are arrested by the court on July 30, 2019. 3 people are released on judicial control conditions. The names of arrested people are: Leyla Bozkurt, Şeyhmus Sun, Sedat Ay, Alaattin Semir Zuğurli.

(07/342) Detained Human Rights Defender and Political Party Executive in Kars…

2 of 12 people (Human Rights Association Kars Branch chair Güldane Kılıç and HDP provincial executive Nuriye Erkmen) who were detained in house raids in Kars on July 23, 2019, are arrested by the court on July 30, 2019. Adem Yıldırım who was also detained through the same investigation was arrested on July 26, 2019. 5 people are released on July 26, 2019, and 4 people are released on July 30, 2019.

(07/343) Arrested Writer in Bitlis…

It is learned that writer Gulgeş Deryaspî who was detained in Bitlis on July 25, 2019, is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on July 30, 2019.

(07/344) Detained People in Elazığ…

It is learned that 8 people including HDP Elazığ provincial co-chair Baki Yıldırım, HDP’s mayor candidate for March 31 elections Mehmet Kılıçtepe, former DBP co-chair Nafiz Koç and Labour Party executive Ali Cemal Zülfikar are detained in house raids in Elazığ.

(07/345) Detained Journalist in Bolu…

It is learned that Ali Avcu, executive editor of Yurt newspaper, who was detained by gendarmerie in Bolu on July 30, 2019, on the grounds of a statement he has to give, is released on the same day.

(07/346) Prosecution Against Journalist…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 30, 2019 that, a prosecution was initiated against journalist Rıfat Doğan, for taking photographs at the trial of the case on train crash which happened in Çorlu district of Tekirdağ on July 8, 2018. The prosecution case of Çorlu Public Prosecutor’s Office state the following: “In case you pay the fine of 900 Turkish Liras in related to the charges against you, in 10 days as of date of notification and submit the payment receipt to the prosecutor’s office, a case will not be opened against you. However, in case you do not do the payment a case will be opened.”

(07/347) The Case Against Tuna Altınel, Academic for Peace…

The first trial of the case against Assoc. Professor Tuna Altınel from Lyon 1 University, a signatory of the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”, on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’, for he was interpreter of a conference in February 2019, is held at Balıkesir Heavy Penal Court No 2 on July 30, 2019. The court decided to release Tuna Altınel and adjourned the trial to November 19, 2019.

Tuna Altınel’s passport was seized on April 12, 2019 when he arrived to Turkey lastly; he was detained in Balıkesir on May 10, 2019 and was arrested on May 11, 2019.

(07/348) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On July 30, 2019, 20 people are detained in operations covering 7 cities through an Adana based investigation.

(07/349) Ban on Access to a Web Site…

Web site of Mezopotamya News Agency (www.mezopotamyaajansi21.com) is banned to access by Ankara Penal Court of Peace No 1 on July 29, 2019.

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