4 July 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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4 July 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(07/046) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 1 soldier died and 1 soldier got wounded in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Siirt’s Eruh district on July 3, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of July 3, 2019 that, 5 HPG militants died in clashes in Xakurkê of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government during June, 2019.

(07/047) Missing Person in Tunceli…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 3, 2019 that, Engin Eroğlu, who was gone missing since June 15, 2019, is found dead in Torunoba area of Tunceli’s Ovacık district. Engin Eroğlu’s dead body is sent to Malatya Forensic Medicine Institution.

It was claimed that Engin Eroğlu fell into Munzur River due to being hit by the open tailgate of an intercity bus.

(07/048) Person Died in Prison…

It is claimed in the news coverage of July 3, 2019 that İrfan Kılıç, a prisoner kept in Kandıra F Type Prison No 2 burned himself to death. It is reported that İrfan Kılıç’s dead body is taken to Kocaeli Forensic Medicine Institution.

(07/049) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 3, 2019 that Abdulhadi Ay, a prisoner in Patnos L Type Prison was subjected to physical violence of the wardens and has bruises on his face and rib fracture due to violence.

(07/050) 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 967 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on July 3, 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 3, 2019, 2 people (Mahmut Konuk and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Gülnaz Bozkurt and İlker Işık) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on July 3, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released the same day.

(07/051) Detained Academician in Konya…

Assist. Professor Battal Odabaşı, one of the signatories of the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” is detained in Konya on July 3, 2019. It is learned that Battal Odabaşı was released on July 4, 2019.

(07/052) Detained Cameraman in Çorum…

Can TV channel cameraman Kamil Murat Demir is detained on July 3, 2019 at the hotel he was staying in Çorum, where he was to make a news report. It is learned that the reason of detention is ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’. It is reported that Kamil Murat Demir is released after statement procedures at the prosecutor’s office on the same day.

(07/053) The Cases Against Academics Who Are the Signatories of the Petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”…

The separate cases against 5 academicians (Assoc. Professor Cengiz Aktar from Süleyman Şah University, Assoc. Professor Nermin Saybaşılı from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Research Assistant Orkun Doğan, academics Güventürk Görgülü and Berrak Karahoda 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 3, 2019. The court adjourned the trials of all cases to December 10, 2019.

The separate cases against 2 academicians (Assist. Professor H.K. and Ahu Ersözlü from Boğaziçi University) for the same reason on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 37 are held on July 3, 2019. The court adjourned the trial of the case against Ahu Ersözlü to July 17, 2019 and the trial of the case against H.K. to October 30, 2019.

The case against Professor Yasemin Bulut from Dicle University for the same reason on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 30 is held on July 3, 2019. The court adjourned the trial to December 4, 2019.

(07/054) Özgür Gündem Case…

The case against executive editor Zana Kaya, managing editor İnan Kızılkaya, grant holder Kemal Sancılı, editorial consultants Aslı Erdoğan, Necmiye Alpay, Filiz Koçali, Ragıp Zarakolu and Bilge Aykut and writer Eren Keskin of Özgür Gündem newspaper which was closed down by a state of emergency decree, is held on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 23 on July 3, 2019.

The court adjourned the trial to November 28, 2019, assigning the prosecutor’s office to prepare the legal opinion in this period.

(07/055) Journalists and Human Rights Defenders on Trial in Ankara…

The case against 11 people including journalists Sibel Hürtaş and Hayri Demir, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper employee Barış Ceyhan and Human Rights Association (İHD) executive board member Nuray Çevirmen, for their news reports and social media posts on Turkish Armed Forces’ military operation to Afrin, is held on July 3, 2019 on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 15.

It is learned that the writ to the Ministry of Justice in order to proceed according to Article 301 of Turkish Penal Code was not responded yet.

After defence hearings the court rejected to lift the ban on leaving the country and adjourned the trial to August 3, 2019.

11 people were detained in house raids in Ankara on January 22, 2018 and on January 26, 2018 8 people were released while 3 people were arrested. Arrested 3 people (Barış Ceyhan, Saim Serin and Lezgin Tekay) were released on the trial held on September 6, 2018. The court has separated the case of HDP MP Kemal Bülbül.

The prosecutor has declared the legal opinion at the trial held on March 27, 2019 and demanded sentence for Hayri Demir, Bengü Aslı Bayramoğlu, Hüseyin Gökdemir, Osman Konukçu, Lezgin Tekay, Muhammed Barış Ceyhan and Saim Serin on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’. The court also demanded official complaint against 11 people in order to judge them according to Article 302 of Turkish Penal Code.

(07/056) Diyarbakır JITEM / Musa Anter Case…

The consolidated case on Musa Anter’s killing in Diyarbakır in 1992 and activities of JITEM (Gendarmerie Intelligence and Anti-Terror Unit) in Diyarbakır is held on July 3, 2018 on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 6. The case known as “JITEM Main Case” on Diyarbakır Penal Court No 1 and the case of Musa Anter’s killing has been consolidated by the Supreme Court’s decision on January 29, 2016.

Orhan Miroğlu, Cevat Korkmaz and Raif Türk are heard as witnesses at the trial.

The court adjourned the trial to September 25, 2019.

(07/057) Çorlu Train Crash Case…

The case against 4 officials of Turkish State Railways (TCDD) about the train crash on July 8, 2018, in Çorlu district of Tekirdağ where 25 people died and 328 people got wounded, is held on Çorlu Heavy Penal Court No 1 on July 3, 2019. 4 officials of TCDD on trial are: Turgut Kurt, railway maintenance manager at TCDD Regional Directorate No 1 Halkalı Railway Maintenance Directorate No 14; Özkan Polat, railway maintenance and repair chief at Çerkezköy Maintenance and Repair, Celaleddin Çabuk, line maintenance and repair official at Railway Maintenance Directorate and Çetin Yıldırım, chief in charge of bridges who has signed the annual inspection report issued on May 2018.

The indictment demands jail sentence from 2 years to 15 years for defendants on the charge of ‘reckless killing and injury’.

It is learned that the police intervened the group including families of the victims of the crash, that came to the courthouse to follow the trial.

It is reported that the lawyers made an official complaint about the police intervention outside in order to inspect who is responsible for the intervention. It is learned that the prosecutor also demanded from the court that the authority giving instructions for intervention should be identified. After these demands the court board recused from the case and the case is sent to Çorlu Heavy Penal Court No 2.

(07/058) Constitutional Court’s Decision on Academics for Peace…

On July 3, 2019, Department 1 of The Constitutional Court discussed the application of 10 academicians who were judged because of signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” and decided to refer the application to General Board of the Constitutional Court.

(07/059) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On July 3, 2019, 7 people are detained in operations covering 6 cities through a Kocaeli based investigation against former employees of Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, and 10 people are detained through a Konya based investigation and that raised the number of detentions through this investigation to 25.

(07/060) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The case against Bilal Karadağ, former member of The Supreme Court is held on July 3, 2019 on Penal Department No 9 of The Supreme Court. The court sentenced Bilal Karadağ to 7 years and 6 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The case against İsmail İnceoğlu, former member of The Supreme Court is held on July 3, 2019 on Penal Department No 9 of The Supreme Court. The court sentenced İsmail İnceoğlu to 7 years and 6 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(07/061) Punished Teacher for Speaking Kurdish

It is learned that People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Van MP Muazzez Orhan submitted a parliamentary question on June 28, 2019, demanding a response from Ziya Selçuk, the Minister of National Education. It is stated in the question that Medeni Oruç, a teacher at Ferit Melen Primary School in Edremit district of Van was subjected to disciplinary proceeding “because of speaking Kurdish at school and teaching in Kurdish although there are no grounds in terms of regulation and operation”; and as a result of this he was punished to salary deduction and transferred to another city by the Ministry of National Education on June 26, 2019.

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