31 October 2018 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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31 October 2018 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/429) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 30, 2018 that political prisoners in Bayburt M Type Prison were punished with solitary confinement because of rejecting to stand in military order during roll-calls; and that prisoners were given only one bucket of hot water per person twice a week, and visits were reduced from 1 hour to 40 minutes.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 30, 2018 that People’s Law Office members Aytaç Ünsal, kept in Burhaniye Prison and Engin Gökoğlu, kept in Tekirdağ T Type Prison No 2 were prohibited from visits for 1 month on the grounds that they communicate with other prisoners’ families during visits.

(10/430) Prisoners Being Prevented from Right to Health…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 30, 2018 that, lawyers from Human Rights Association (IHD) visited prisoners in Osmaniye T Type Prisons No 1 and 2. It is reported that, according to the findings of the visits, prisoners Akbar İkbal, Adem Amaç, Siraç Yüksel, Mehmet Faruk Ergin, Yavuz Akar are prevented from right to medically treated and these prisoners are faced with the risk of being permanently disabled. It is also stated that ill prisoners were kept in solitary cells and were subjected to physical violence by gendarmerie because of rejecting to be examined in handcuffs along with being prohibited from treatment.

(10/431) Rejection to Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan…

It is learned that the appeal made on October 30, 2018 to chief public prosecutor’s office in Bursa by PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s lawyers 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). With the last rejection, it was the 759th time that appeals for visiting Öcalan have been rejected so far. Abdullah Öcalan has met his lawyers on July 27, 2011 for the last time.

(10/432) 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 721 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 30, 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 30, 2018, 2 people (Mahmut Konuk and Derviş Lermi) and at 18.00 3 people (Acun Karadağ, Derviş Lermi and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 5 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 30, 2018. It is learned that detainees were released the same day.

(10/433) 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 30, 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 35th time of detention of Türkan Albayrak.

(10/434) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

Nursel Tanrıverdi and Selvi Polat who were detained in the police intervention into the sit-in protest of public labourers to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, on October 29, 2018, at Bakırköy Square in Istanbul; are arrested by the court on October 30, 2018.

(10/435) People Detained in Ankara…

9 people who were are detained in house raids in Ankara on October 27, 2018, including İbrahim Binici, former Urfa MP of People’s Democratic Party (HDP); and Ali Rıza Yurtsever from Human Rights Association (IHD) central executive board, are released by the court on juridical control conditions and with a ban on leaving the country on October 30, 2018.

The names of people released 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 /436) The Cases Against Academics Who Are the Signatories of the Petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”…

The separate cases against 2 academicians (Assist. Professor Hakan Mertcan from Mersin University and Research Assistant Adnan Şahin from Munzur University) for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 14 for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ are held on October 30, 2018. The court decided on lack of jurisdiction due to venue, on the grounds that the deeds subject to crime are committed in different cities; and sent the case against Hakan Mertcan to Mersin Heavy Penal Court and the case against Adnan Şahin to Tunceli Heavy Penal Court.

The case against Engin Kılıç from Sabancı University, on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 26, for the same reason, is held on October 30, 2018. The court adjourned the trial to January 30, 2018.

The separate cases against 3 academicians (Assoc. Professor Melis Behlil from Kadir Has University, Professor Hacer Ansal from Işık University, Research Assistant Sami Cankat Tanrıverdi from Istanbul University) on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 37, for the same reason, is held on October 30, 2018. The court adjourned the trials of the cases against Melis Behlil and Sami Cankat Tanrıverdi to December 13, 2018; and the trial of the case against Hacer Ansal to January 9, 2019.

(10/437) HDP MP on Trial…

The case against HDP Ağrı MP Dirayet Dilan Taşdemir, on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 26, for a speech she made at a commemoration, is held on October 30, 2018. The court decided that Taşdemir would be forcefully brought to the court for the next trial.

(10/438) The Case Against HDP and DBP Executives and Lawyers in Bursa…

The case against 12 people including lawyers Levent Pişkin and Cahit Kırkazak; and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Bursa co-chair Recep Kuru and HDP Bursa executive Ceylan Erol, on Bursa Heavy Penal Court No 8 is held on October 30, 2018. After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to March 5, 2019.

5 of 12 people who were detained on November 14, 2016, were arrested. And 5 arrestees were released on May 18, 2017, at the first hearing of the case. The indictment of the case includes a phrase from the police records, which says “we will just make up a crime based on financing terror” about 2 people on trial.

(10/439) “KCK Lawyers Case”…

The case against 46 lawyers of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 19 is held on October 30, 2018. The court adjourned the trial to March 5, 2019.

(10/440) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

11 people including former teachers dismissed by state of decrees, are detained through an Ankara based investigation on October 30, 2018.

It is learned that a warrant is issued for 29 people through an Ankara based investigation on leakage of questions of Police Captains’ Examination 2011; and that operations are initiated in 7 cities.

(10/441) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against 18 people 3 of which are arrested including business people, on Kayseri Heavy Penal Court No 4 is held on October 30, 2018. The court sentenced 16 defendants to jail penalties differing from 4 years and 2 months to 10 years for ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court acquitted 2 people.

The final trial of the case against former deputy police chief H.K., who was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, on Aydın Heavy Penal Court No 2 is held on October 30, 2018. The court sentenced H.K. to 2 years and 6 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(10/442) Curfew in Hizan…

Bitlis Governorate made a declaration on October 30, 2018 and announced curfew in 5 villages and 6 hamlets of Hizan district, effective from 18.00 to 07.00 every day, as of October 31, 2018 until a further notice. The villages and hamlets under curfew are: Gayda, Akşar, Üçdirek, Küplü, Kanıgölü villages; Arpalı, Bağışlı, Ağaçlı, Recepli, Aşağıklavuz, Yukarıklavuz hamlets.

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