5 July 2018 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

5 July 2018 Daily Human Rights Report

(07/038) Claim of Suspicious Death in Urfa…

It is learned from news coverage of July 4, 2018 that, a person named Abdulkadir A., who was detained for violence against his wife in Birecik district of Urfa, and who was taken to Fırat Police Station, is found dead on July 1, 2018, in detention room with a rope on his neck and hung on bars. It is reported that Abdulkadir A., who is alleged to kill himself, died in hospital on July 4, 2018.

(07/039) Civilians Wounded Due to Explosive Material in Urfa…

It is learned that in Akçakale district of Urfa, Emine Badem (45) and her children E. B. (12, f) and A. B. (15, m) were wounded due to explosion of a material they found, and that they were taken to hospital.

(07/040) 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 for a while to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on July 4, 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 July 4, 2018, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Mahmut Konuk) and at 18.00 3 people (Acun Karadağ, Gülnaz Bozkurt and İlker Işık) were detained.

Thus in total 5 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on July 4, 2018. It is learned that detainees were released the same day.

(07/041) “No Grounds for Prosecution” Decision for Torture Allegations to the Police in “I Want My Job Back” Protests…

It is learned from news coverage of July 4, 2018 that Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office decided on “no grounds for prosecution” upon the official complaint of 6 people (Mehmet Dersulu, Nazan Bozkurt, Oktay İnce, Selvi Polat, Alev Şahin and Acun Karadağ) about police violence they were subjected to on the 500th day of “I Want My Job Back” protests. “I Want My Job Back” protests are being held every day on Yüksel Street in Ankara, and these 6 people have been detained before the press declaration on the 500th day of the protest, and were subjected to physical violence of the police.

(07/042) Police Raid to Journalist’s House in Siirt…

It is learned from news coverage that, family house of journalist Hülya Emeç, who was given a finalized sentence by the court, in Siirt was raided by the police in July 4, 2018. It is learned that 1 person in the house was subjected to physical violence of the police, and the police, not finding Hülya Emeç at home, threatened Emeç’s mother as following: “She cannot get rid of us wherever she goes. We know how to get her back from wherever she went. We will find and get her back even if it will take 5 years”. Hülya Emeç is living in Switzerland with an asylum request since January 20, 2018.

(07/043) People on Trial for Gezi Protests in Istanbul…

It is learned from news coverage of July 4, 2018 that the final trial of the case against 20 people, for attending a march on Istiklal Avenue on July 6, 2013, during Gezi protests, on Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 9 is held on July 29, 2018. The court acquitted 20 defendants.

(07/044) Former HDP MP on Trial…

The appeal to Şırnak Penal Court of First Instance’s verdict of 1 year and 3 months’ sentence, given to former HDP Diyarbakır MP Nursel Aydoğan, is concluded by Penal Department No 4 of Antep Regional Court on July 4, 2018. Şırnak Penal Court of First Instance has sentenced Nursel Aydoğan for the press declaration she held on January 7, 2016, in front of Şırnak Public Hospital, where she had been to hold funerals of Democratic Regions Party (DBP) party assembly member and The Free Women’s Congress (KJA) executive assembly member Sêvê Demir, Silopi People’s Assembly co-spokesperson Pakize Nayır and The Free Women’s Congress activist Fatma Uyar, who died in Silopi.

The court decided to reverse the sentence and acquitted Nursel Aydoğan. It is learned that the reason of decision states that “The right of unarmed, offenseless assembly of everybody is guaranteed, thus to assembly and to demonstrate with no arms and attacks even if it was unpermitted, and attending such demonstrations is not considered as crime”.

(07/045) EMEP Executive on Trial in Tunceli…

The case against Mustafa Taşkale, executive board member and Tunceli chair of Labour Party (EMEP), on Tunceli Heavy Penal Court is held on July 4, 2018. After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to October 5, 2018. Mustafa Taşkale has been arrested on November 17, 2016 and has been released on juridical control conditions by the court on May 29, 2018.

(07/046) Person on Trial for Social Media Posts in Antep…

The final trial of the case against a person named Servan Ayçiçek, for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ by sharing a photo of her sister, who is a member of The Women’s Defence Units (YPJ) on social media, on Antep Heavy Penal Court No 9 is held on July 4, 2018. The court acquitted Servan Ayçiçek.

(07/047) Woman on Trial in Mardin…

The final trial of the case against Rozerin Kalkan on Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 2 is held on July 4, 2018. Rozerin Kalkan has been detained in Mardin on August 11, 2016, and it was claimed that she has been subjected to physical and psychological torture and ill-treatment including sexual torture, for 9 days in detention, and then she was arrested by the court. The court sentenced Rozerin Kalkan to 10 years and 3 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

In previous trials of the case, lawyers of Rozerin Kalkan have demanded her being referred to Forensic Medicine Institution for determining and evidencing torture and ill-treatment that she was subjected to, however the court has rejected the demand.

Rozerin Kalkan has been kept alone in a cell in Niğde Type E Prison for 11 months after being arrested, and she has been prevented from medical treatment of physical and psychological problems due to torture and ill-treatment.

(07/048) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On July 4, 2018, 20 military members on active duty including 2 colonels, 1 lieutenant colonel, 1 major commander and 6 lieutenants through a Çanakkale based investigation; 7 people including military members on active duty and 1 academician in operations covering 6 cities through an Uşak based investigation; and 7 people in Denizli are detained.

3 former police chiefs who were detained in Ankara on June 29, 2018 are arrested by the court on July 4, 2018.

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