4-6 November 2017 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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4 – 6 November 2017 Daily Human Rights Report… 2017

(11/047) Child Hit by Car Driven by a Soldier…

It is learned from news coverage of November6, 2017 that a soldier whose name and rank remain unidentified hit a child named Burhan İlhan (5) with his car while teaching a friend how to drive. It is learned that Burhan İlhan lost his life due to the crash.

(11/048) Children Injured Due to Explosion in Nusaybin…

It is learned that 3 children named N.Y., Y.Y. and Ö.Y. were injured while they were playing in a dumpster area when an object they found exploded. It is reported that Y.Y. and Ö.Y. were discharged from the hospital and N.Y underwent surgery.

(11/049) Former Village Guard Dead After Assault in Adana…

It is learned that a former ranger named Şerif Kaya died on November 5, 2017 due to an armed assault by two unidentified people in Adana.

(11/050) People Injured by Armed Vehicle in Batman…

It is learned that 5 people including 3 soldiers were injured on November 5, 2017 in Batman – Diyarbakır road when an armored vehicle of security forces crashed with a civilian car.

(11/051) Extrajudicial Execution Claim in Diyarbakır…

Relatives of Murat Çelik who died on November 3, 2017 during a clash in a house raid in Diyarbakır’s Karapınar district spoke to press on November 4, 2017. Relatives revealed that police officers entered the house without a warning through a hole they opened from the side house, despite children and Çelik’s spouse being present in the house. It is learned that Murat Çelik’s wife Asya Çelik and his 3 children were also injured because of cement, glass and shrapnel pieces hitting their bodies.

It is alleged in the news coverage that Asya Çelik was dragged on the floor grabbed from her hair from 7th floor to entrance of the building. It is said that Çelik then fainted and was sent to the hospital.

It is learned that Murat Çelik’s mother Hatun Çelik, who was allegedly physically and verbally abused by police officers during detention, was released after she gave her testimony on Novermber 4, 2017.

It is reported that Public Prosecution Office made the case confidential on November 4, 2017.

The news coverage of November 6, 2017 reported that although Murat Çelik’s body was identified his funeral was not given to the family and the family appealed to Public Prosecution. Office

9 police officers were injured and one police officer died along with Murat Çelik during the incident on November 3, 2017.

(11/052) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned on November 4, 2017 that 6 militants died during clashes between armed forces and HPG militants on September 20, 2017 in Mardin’s rural areas of Mazıdağlı.

It is learned from news coverage of November 5, 2017 that one militant died during clashes between armed forces and HPG militants on September 20, 2017 in rural areas of Diyarbakır’s Lice district.

(11/053) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from news coverage of November 5, 2017 that water has been cut off for 4 days in Manisa Type T Prison cells.

It is learned from news coverage of November 6, 2017 that 12 prisoners including an ill prisoner named Cengiz Aslan were transferred from Karaman Type M Prison to Kayseri Bünyan Type T prison against their wills. It is reported that 12 prisoners were physically abused when they refused to be strip searched.

It is learned from news coverage of November 6, 2017 that prisoners in Sincan Female Prison are not allowed to greet each other in corridors and the ones who refuse this ban are given disciplinary punishment. It is learned that ESP Chair Çiçek Otlu and a prisoner named Sermin Demirağ were given solitary cell punishments due to this.

(11/054) Police Intervention Towards ‘‘I Want My Job Back’’ demonstrations in Ankara…

Civil servants discharged from their jobs with Statuary Decree’s planned for press meetings in front of the Human Rights Monument in Ankara Yüksel Street on November 3,4 and 5, 2017. Demonstrations of the group has been going on for several weeks. Two meetings planned at 13.00 and 18.00 respectively were both intervened and prevented by the police forces.

On November 3, 2017, 5 people (İlker Işık, Mehmet Dersulu, Sultan Aydoğdu, Gülnaz Bozkurt and Simge Aksan) during the intervention towards the meeting at 13.30 on and 7 people during the 18.00 meeting were detained.

On November 4, 2017, 4 people (Alev Şahin, Mehmet Dersulu, Simge Aksan and İlker Işık) during the intervention towards the meeting at 13.30 on and 6 people including Veli Saçılık during the 18.00 meeting were detained.

On November 5, 2017, 3 people (Nazan Bokurt, Sultan Aydoğdu ve ilker Işık) during the intervention towards the meeting at 13.30 on and 5 people including Veli Saçılık during the 18.00 meeting were detained.

On October 30, 2017, 4 people during the intervention towards the meeting at 13.30 on and 5 people during the 18.00 meeting were detained.

In total, 30 people were detained on November 3,4,5 2017 at Yüksel street demonstrations. It is learned that police officers also prevented press members from reporting the incident. It is reported that detainees were released within the same day.

(11/055) Detention and Arrests…

It is reported that 5 people detained on October 31, 2017 in Hakkari’s Çukurca district based on an investigation towards PKK, were arrested by court on November 3, 2017 due to ‘membership of an illegal organization’.

It is learned that HDP Ankara District executive Ayfer Balıkçı and former Secretary General of BES Davud Balıkçı detained on November 3, 2017 due to ‘membership of an illegal organization’ were released within the same day. Ayfer Balıkçı was released after her testimony at the police station, Davut Balıkçı was released by court with judiciary control condition.

It is learned that 7 of 11 people detained on November 3, 2017 in Çığlı and Ormanlı villages of Hakkari’s Çukurca district due to ‘aid and abetting an illegal organization’ were released on November 4, 2017. It is reported that 4 people including HDP executive Didar Kara remain in detention.

It is learned that 40 people were detained during house raids in Hakkari on November 4, 2017.

It is learned that DBP district executive Zozan Akboğa, his mother Şükran Akboğa and Welat Akboğa were detained on November 5, 2017 in Diyarbakır during a house raid due to a denunciation. It is reported that Şükran Aydoğan was released within the same day whereas Zozan Akboğa and Welat Akboğa remained in detention.

(10/056) People Detained in TÜYAP Book Fair For Distributing a Newspaper…

It is learned that on November 4, 2017 people distributing Meydan Newspaper published by an anarchist group were intervened by private security and civil police officers in TÜYAP book fair and 6 people were detained with rear handcuffing.

(11/057) Trial of HDP MP…

The final trial of HDP Adana MP Meral Danış Beştaş took place on November 3, 2017. A case was opened against Beştaş based on a social media post on February 2, 2016 and a speech she gave at a press briefing on February 9, 2016. The court sentenced Beştaş to 2 years 3 months due to ‘deliberately insulting Turkish Republic and Government’.

(11/058) Trials of DBP Co-Chair and Diyarbakır Municipality Co-Mayor…

The trial of DBP Co-Chair Sebahat Tuncel and Diyarbakır Municpality Co-Mayor Gültan Kışanak for the case opened by Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 8 continued on November 3, 2017. The case was transferred to Malatya Heavy Pena Court N0 1 due to security reasons. The indictment asked for 240 years of jail sentence of Kışanak due to ‘forming and leading an illegal organization’, ‘attending demonstrations and meetings against the law’, and ‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’ for 41 times. 145 years of jail sentence is wanted for Tuncel for ‘membership of an illegal organization’ and ‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’.

Tuncel and Kışanak attended the trial through SEGBİS and made their defenses. Following their defenses the court ruled for the continuity of their arrests and adjourned the trial to January 8, 2018.

(11/059) Trial of ESP District Executive for ‘Making Propaganda of an İllegal Organization’…

The final trial of ESP Fındıklı District Executive Tugay Köse took place on November 4, 2017. The court sentenced Köse to 1 year 3 months for ‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’.

(11/060) Detentions and Arrests in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

It is learned that 13 people in Eskişehir were detained. Through a Muğla based investigation, 4 of 7 people including 5 soldiers with warrant of detentions were detained during operations in 5 cities. 13 people in Zonguldak, 5 regular soldiers in Tokat, through a İzmir based investigation 18 people during operations in 14 cities were detained.

It is learned that 15 of 32 former Ministry of Foreign Affairs personnel discharged with Statuary Decrees, were arrested by court on November 3, 2017. 17 people were released 15 of whom with judiciary control conditions.

It is learned that 24 of 61 people detained trough a Balıkesir based investigation were arrested by court on November 3, 2017. 37 people were released with judiciary control conditions.

It is learned that a person named B.K. in İstanbul was detained on November 4, 2017. 10 people in İstanbul, 16 people through an Ağrı based investigation were detained during operations in 8 cities. 9 people trying to cross the Greek border illegally were detained in Muğla’s Marmaris district.

(11/061) Trials in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

The final trial of a former police officer named Mustafa Koca took place on November 3, 2017. Koca was discharged from his post with a Decree with the Force of Law. The case was opened by Kırıkkale Heavy Penal Court No 1. The court sentenced Mustafa Koca to 7 years 1 months due to ‘violating the law on the financing of terrorism’.

The final trial of 33 defendants including President of Samanyolu Publishing Group Hidayet Karaca and former Chief Police Comissioner Ali Fuat Yılmazer took place on November 3, 2017. The case was opened by İstanbul Heavy Penal Court No 14 and 23 of the defendants have been arrested. The court sentenced Hidayet Karaca to 31 years due to ‘leading an illegal organization’, ‘slander’ and ‘corruption of official documents’. Ali Fuat Yılmazer was sentenced to 16 years 6 months due to ‘membership of an illegal organization’ and ‘slander’. Yurt Atayün was sentenced to 25 years due to ‘membership of an illegal organization’, ‘corruption of official documents’ and ‘slander’. 24 defendants were sentenced to 12 years for ‘membership of an illegal organization’ and 12 defendants to 9 years for ‘corruption of official documents’. The court also ruled for cases of Fettullah Gülen and former Police Comissioner Mutlu Ekizoğlu’s to be separated and decided for the arrest of one defendant.

(11/062) Events Banned in City…

Governorate of Hakkari declared on November 3, 2017 that sit in’s, opening stands and setting up tents would be forbidden between November 3, 2017-December 2, 2017. Governorate also declared that all demonstrations, marches, press briefings, closed and open meetings would be subjected to special permission between the same dates.

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(11/033) Extrajudicial Killing Claim in Diyarbakır …

It is learned that 1 police officer and 1 alleged YPS militant died during a house raid in Diyarbakır’s Kayapınar district and 10 police officers were injured. A person named Murat Çelik living with his wife and 3 children was reportedly executed when he was wounded during the operation.

A witness revealed to press what he saw during the incident and said: ‘‘First there was a raid to the house. Then clash began and they forced the door and opened it. Snipers were positioned everywhere. Then we saw that the man inside the house got out to the balcony. He was wounded, covered in blood and he raised his hands. Then an officer came out to the balcony as well. We though he was going to take him captive. At that moment, executed him.’’

Governorate of Diyarbakır released a statement and said that 8 people are detained following the same investigation. Murat Çelik’s mother was also detained.

(11/034) Operations and Attacks Southeast…

It is learned that a soldier heavily injured due to open fire from HPG militants on November 2, 2017 in Hakkari’s şemdinli district, died in hospital on November 3, 2017.

(11/035) People Beaten by the Police on the Street in Karabük…

It is learned that a person named Zahit Yarar (56), his spouse and 2 children were brutally beaten on the street by a police officer in Karabük on October 23, 2017. The incident came out when the video footage one witness recorded with his phone was published through media on November 2, 2017. It is reported that Zahit Yarar filed official complaints against police officers.

(11/036) Torture and Other Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from news coverage of November 3, 2017 that prisoners in Ödemiş Type T Prison who were transferred to hospital were handcuffed for the second time to accompanying soldiers’ arms and the prisoners who refused this were not sent to the hospital.

It is learned from news coverage of November 3, 2017 that prisoners were placed in singular compartments in vehicles while going to hospital and court. Prisoners who refused this were not taken to court nor hospitals.

It is alleged that a prisoner named Hıdır Bakır was beaten and put into the isolation cell on November 3, 2017 in Tekirdağ No:2 Type F prison.

(11/037) Rejection of Meeting Request with Öcalan…

It is learned that on November 2, 2017 PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan’s attorneys İbrahim Bilmez, Faik Özgür Erol and Ebru Günay requested from Bursa Public Prosecutor’s Office to meet with him. The request was denied on the same day based on limitations regarding the convicted prisoners due to Law on the Execution of Criminal and Security Measures Number 5275. With this latest decline meeting requests with Öcalan have been denied for the 701st  time. Öcalan last met with his attorneys on July 27, 2011.

It is learned that on November 3, 2017 PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan’s brother and sister along with families of Ömer Hayri Konar and Veysel Aktaş who are both prisoners in Imrali, requested from Bursa Public Prosecutor’s Office to meet with them. The request was denied on the same day based on limitations regarding the convicted prisoners due to Law on the Execution of Criminal and Security Measures Number 5275.

(11/038) Police Intervention Towards ‘‘I Want My Job Back’’ demonstrations in Ankara…

Civil servants discharged from their jobs with Statuary Decree’s planned for press meetings in front of the Human Rights Monument in Ankara Yüksel Street on November 2, 2017. Demonstrations of the group has been going on for several months. Two meetings planned at 13.00 and 18.00 respectively were both intervened and prevented by the police forces.

It is learned that 2 people (Sultan Aydoğdu and İlker Işık) during the intervention towards the meeting at 13.30 on and 5 people (Veli Saçılık, Turgut Türksoy, Simge Aksam, İlker Işık and Mustafa Keçeli) during the 18.00 meeting were detained. It is learned that police officers also prevented press members from reporting the incident. It is learned that people detained after the 18:00 meeting were fined 1135 TL penalties due to violating the Misdemeanor Law.

In total, 7 people were detained on October 31, 2017 Yüksel street demonstrations. It is reported that detainees were released within the same day.

(11/039) Detention of Student on Hunger Strike to Support Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özkaka…

It is learned that a student of Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University named Ceren Öztemiz who has been on a hunger strike for 20 days to support Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça was detained in her dorm room on November 2, 2017.

(11/040) Detention and Arrests…

It is learned that 3 of 5 HDP members including HDP Osmaniye District Executive Kamuran Barak, who were detained on November 1, 2017 in Osmaniye, were released with a judiciary control condition. Kamuran Babrak, Abdullah Turan, Özkan Aktaş were released. Birsen Karataş sent to court on November 3, 2017 was arrested due to ‘membership of an illegal organization’. Abdülmecit Caymak was released with judiciary control condition.

It is learned that 4 of 11 people detained in Urfa were arrested by court on November 2, 2017. 2 people were released with overseas travel bans. 7 people were released. Names of arrested: Kemal Baysan, Yasin Pişkin, Hasan Karakurt, Mahmut Uygurlar.

A person named Ş.M. detained in Aydın was arrested by court on November 2, 2017 due to making propaganda of an illegal organization.

It is reported that HDP Ankara District Executive Ayfer Balıkçı and former BES Secretary General Davut Balıkçı were detained on November 3, 2017 in Ankara during house raids. Both were detained due to ‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’ allegations.

It is learned that 2 unidentified people were detained during a house raid in Diyarbakır’s Silvan district on November 3, 2017.

(11/041) Trial of HDP MP…

The final trial of HDP Hakkari MP Selma Irmak for the case opened by Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 5, took place on November 3, 2017. The court sentenced Irmak to 10 years due to membership of an illegal organization and making propaganda of an illegal organization and also decided for the continuity of her arrest. Selma Irmak was detained and arrested on November 4, 2016.

(11/042) Trials of Co-Mayors…

The trial of 8 people including former Van municipality Co-Mayor Bekir Kaya continued on November 2, 2017. The case was opened by Van Heavy Penal Court No 2. Bekir Kaya attended the trial through SEGBİS from prison and made his defense. A witness testifying in court named Mervan Ural revealed that her previous testimonies were invalid because she was forced to sign her testimony under pressure. The court ruled for the continuity of arrest for Bekir Kaya and release of other defendant Neriman Uyar with judiciary control condition. The court adjourned the trial date to February 20, 2018. Van Governor İbrahim Taşyapan was appointed as a trustee to Bekir Kaya’s position on November 17, 2016. Kaya was detained on November 17, 2017 and arrested on November 18, 2017.

(11/043) Writer on Trial in İstanbul…

The final trial for writer Hamide Yiğit took place on November 3, 2017. The case was opened by Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 30 due to a ‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’ allegation towards Yiğit through her book “Tekmili Birden IŞİD: El Kaide’den IŞİD’e Amerika İçin Cihat”. Following the defenses the court acquitted Hamide Yiğit.

(11/044) Person on Trial for ‘Insulting Atatürk’…

It is learned on November 3, 2017 that Penal Department No 18 of Istanbul Regional Court of Justice overruled the jail sentence of 2 years 6 months towards Hasan Akar who was on trial for ‘insulting the memory of Atatürk’ and ‘provoking public on hostility and hatred’. It is also reported that Akar was released.

(11/045) Detentions and Arrests in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

It is learned that 20 of 60 people issued with detention warrants during operations in 14 cities through an İstanbul based investigation, were detained on November 2, 2017. 23 soldiers were detained through a Kocaeli based investigation in 13 cities and 1 person was detained in Ankara.

It is reported that former sub governor of Akkuş Hüseyin Atilla was arrested by court on November 2, 2017. Hüseyin Atilla was discharged from his role with a Statuary Decree.

It is learned that 8 of 21 people detained in Sivas were arrested by court on November 2, 2017. 13 people were released with judiciary control conditions.

(11/046) Trials in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

The final trial of 40 defendants employed in the 14th Mechanized Infantry Brigade 1st Tank Battalion including 15 arrested took place on November 2, 2017. The court sentenced former Lieutenant Üzeyir Ayten to a life sentence due to ‘attempting to overthrow constitutional order’. The court sentenced other 10 defendants to jail time ranging from 18 years 9 months to 20 years and acquitted 29 defendants.

The final trial of a former education center teacher named Esra Akay took place on November 2, 2017. The case was opened by Erzurum Heavy Penal Court No 2. The court sentenced Esra Akay to 6 years 3 months due to membership of an illegal organization and ruled for her release.

The final trial of 5 former police officers including 3 arrested took place on November 2, 2017. Officers were discharged from their jobs with a Decree with the Force of Law. The court sentenced 3 defendants to jail penalties ranging from 7 years 5 months 3 days to 8 years 1 month 6 days due to ‘membership of an illegal organization’. The court acquitted 2 defendants.

The final trial of business person Halil Benli took place on November 2, 2017. The case was opened by Çorum Heavy Penal Court No 2. The court sentenced Benli to 6 years 3 months due to ‘membership of an illegal organization’.

The final trial of former teacher Şeref Çolak took place on November 2, 2017. The case was opened by Kahramanmaraş Heavy Penal Court No 2. Çolak was discharged from his role with Statuary Decree’s. the court sentenced Şeref çolak to 2 years 1 month due to ‘aiding an illegal organization’.

The trial for 15 defendants 13 of whom are arrested including Former Gendarmerie Commander Coronel Yurdakul Akkuş, continued on November 2, 2017. The case was opened by Bursa Heavy Penal Court No 8. Following the defenses the court ruled for the release of one defendant and adjourned the trial to a further date.

The trial of a former police chief named Erdal D. continued on November 2, 2017. The case was opened by Denizli Heavy Penal Court No 5. Following the defenses the court ruled for the continouty of Erdal D’s arrest and adjourned the trial to a further date.

The trial of former President of Judges and Prosecutors Union Murat Aslan continued on November 2, 2017. The case was opened by Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 25 due to an alleged ‘membership of an illegal organization’. Following the defenses and testimonies of the witnesses the court ruled for the continuity of Murat Aslan’s arrest and adjourned the trial to December 18, 2017.

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(11/019) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is claimed in news coverage of November 1, 2017 that graves of HPG militants who died in clashes in Siirt’s Herekol district, were digged with ladles and their bones were put into body bags and taken away. The cemetery was also bombed by Turkish Armed Forces planes in October 2015.

It is learned 6 soldiers and 2 village guard died on November2, 2017 during clashes between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Hakkari’s Şemdinli district.

(11/020) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned that prisoners in Silivri No 9 prison prepared a report on the right violations they have been experiencing and gave it to press on October 31, 2017. According to the report, prisoners Remzi Uçucu, İlyas Kazan, Musa Kurt, Hüseyin Süngü, Şerif Turunç, Fırat Kıl, Ali Önay, Hasan Farsak, Tahsin Sağaltıcı, Rıza Özçolak and Mehmet Manas Doğanay were beaten, bruises and scratches occurred on their bodies. Attorneys Behiç Aşçı, Özgür Yıldız, Süleyman Gökten and Aytaç Ünal who were brought to Silivri Prison after their arrest, were strip searched at the entrance. 12 prisoners were given disciplinary punishments exceeding months of periods.

It is learned from the news coverage of November 1, 2017 that prisoners in Bolu Type F prison and their visitors were forced to reveal their names, last names, identity numbers before using their telephone right and a prisoner named Nusret Amutgan has been restrained from his telephone rights for 5 weeks because he refused this application.

It is learned from news coverage of November 1, 2017 that attorney Engin Gökoğlu from People’s Law Office who was in Tekirdağ No 2 Type T prison, was attacked by wardens in prison thus his arm was broken. It is reported that another prisoner named Murat was injured from his hand during the same attack.

(11/021) Police Intervention Towards ‘‘I Want My Job Back’’ demonstrations in Ankara…

Civil servants discharged from their jobs with Statuary Decree’s planned for press meetings in front of the Human Rights Monument in Ankara Yüksel Street on November 1, 2017. Demonstrations of the group has been going on for several weeks. Two meetings planned at 13.00 and 18.00 respectively were both intervened and prevented by the police forces.

During the intervention towards the meeting at 13.30, 3 people (İlker Işık, Sultan Aydoğdu and Celil Aslan) and during the 18.00 meeting, 8 people including Veli Saçılık and Acun Karadağ (Simge Aksan, İlker Işık, Mustafa Keçeli, Turgut Türksoy, Veli Saçılık and Nazan Bozkurt) were beaten and detained.

11 people in total were detained on November 1, 2017 during Yüksel Street demonstrations. It is learned that police officers also prevented press members from reporting the incident and police intervened the journalists with rubber bullets. It is reported that detainees were released within the same day.

(11/022) Detention and Arrests…

It is learned that Şenay Hayme who was discharged from her job at Karapınar Municipality with a Statuary Decree was detained on November 1, 2017 during a raid to her house in Diyarbakır’s Bağlar district. Hayme was detained for ‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’.

It is learned that 10 people were detained on November 2, 2017 during house raids in Çığlı and Ormanlı villages of Hakkari’ Çukurca district. Learned names of detainees: City assembly member Abdullah Ölmez, HDP executive Didar Kara, Mevan Akdemir and Savaş Ölmez. 10 people whose reason for detentions remain unknown, were taken to Çukurca Police Headquarters.

It is learned that 10 people were detained on November 2, 2017 during house raids in İzmir’s Çeşme, Bayındır and Torbalı districts. It is reported that HDP Bayındır District Co-Chair Veysel Erdem was released following his testimony.

It is learned that 10 people including HDP and DBP co-chairs in Ardahan were detained on November 2, 2017 through an investigation towards KCK. Names of the detainees: HDP District Co-Chair Özcan Yılmaz, DBP District Co-Chair Mikail Çit, HDP Göle District Co-Chair Güney Kaya, City Co-Chair Cengiz Kanmaz, Former City Executive Bahattin Aktürk, Coşkun Yeni, Zeki Yeni, Akif Kanmaz and Yasin Yılmaz.

(11/023) Journalists on Trial Through Investigation on Journalists and Writers Foundation…

It is learned that 45 people were detained on November 1, 2017 during operations in 17 cities through an investigation the now-closed Journalists and Writers Foundation. The Foundation was closed with a Statuary Decree. Journalists Nuh Gönültaş, Mehmet Gündem, Şule Büyükçizmeci, Bekir Özdemir and Behram Kılıç were among the detained 45. It is also reported that 111 people have been issued with warrant of detentions through the investigation.

(11/024) Detentions and Arrests in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

It is learned that informatics specialist Serdar Kuzuloğlu was detained on November 1, 2017 in his house in İstanbul through an İzmir based investigation. It is reported that he was released within the same day after his testimony.

It is learned that 11 people including regular soldiers were detained on November 1, 2017 during operations in 15 cities, through a Tokat based investigation. 10 people also in Tokat, 12 people in Manisa, 10 people during operations in 8 cities through a Giresun based investigation and 12 people in Kırıkkale were detained.

It is reported that 42 people who used to work for closed education centers were issued with warrant of detentions on November 1, 2017 in Ankara through ‘FETÖ/PYD’ investigation and operations take place in 16 cities to capture these people.

(11/025) Trial of Journalist…

The trial of DİHA reporter Nedim Tüfent, for the case opened by Hakkari Heavy Penal Court No 2 for ‘membership of an illegal organization’ continued on November 1, 2017. 4 witnessed who testified in court revealed that they were forced under torture and pressure to testify against the defendant. Witnesses previously testifying also revealed a similar interrogation under torture and pressure.  Following the defenses of witnesses and defendants the court ruled for the continuity of Tüfent’s arrest and adjourned the trial to November 17, 2017.

Nedim Tüfent was detained in Van on May 12, 2016 and later arrested on May 13, 2017.

(11/026) Trials in Adana …

The frist trial of Perihan Sarı, Zahide Buldan and Mahmut Sümer for the case opened by Adana Heavy Penal Court No 13 due to defendants ‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’ through their social media posts, started on November 1, 2017. The 3 defedants were sued with a remand participated the trial via SEGBİS. Following the defenses the court released 3 defendants and adjourned the trial date to March 7, 2018.

(11/027) Trial of Union Member for ‘Insulting the President’…

It is learned from news coverage of November 1, 2017 that Penal Department No 9 of Antep Regional Court of Justice approved the 7 years 7 months 19 days’ jail sentence for Eğitim-Sen Union Sason District President Fırat Erdem. Erdem was sentenced to jail for insulting the President, former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, former Ankara Mayor Melih Gökçek and AKP İstanbul MP Burhan Kuzu. Fırat Erdem was arrested on December 29, 2015 and released on January 11, 2016.

(11/028) Trials for ‘Insulting Atatürk’…

The final trial of Mustafa Armağan for the case opened by Bakırköy Court of First Instance No 2, regarding an article Armağan wrote in a magazine called “Derin Tarih” where he also acts as chief editor, took place on October 31, 2017. The court sentenced Armağan to 1 year 3 months for insulting Atatürk. The court did not postpone the penalty as defendant didn’t request it.

The final trial of Süleyman Yeşilyurt for the case opened by Bakırköy 35th Penal Court of First Instance regarding the allegation of ‘deliberately insulting Atatürk’s memory’ during a TV show he attended, took place on November 1, 2017. The court sentenced Yeşilyurt to 1 year 2 months and postponed the penalty.

(11/029) Trials in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

The final trial of 6 former police officers who had been discharged with a Decree with the Force of Law including chief police commissioner Erol Keskinkılıç took place on November 1, 2017. The case was opened by Malatya Heavy Penal Court No 1. The court sentenced defendants to jail penalties ranging from 6 years 3 months to 7 years 6 months. The court also ruled for the release of 3 defendants.

The final trial of 7 arrested defendants for the case opened by Bayburt Heavy Penal Court took place on November 1, 2017. The court sentenced 7 defendants to jail sentences ranging from 6 years 10 months 15 days to 9 years 9 months for ‘membership of an illegal organization’.

The trial of 145 defendants including 67 arrested for the case opened by Adana Heavy Penal Court No 11 continued on November 1, 2017. The court decided 40 defendants who were sued without a remand to be arrested due to alleged ByLock usage and adjourned the trial to a further date.

The trial of 17 soldiers including 6 arrested, for the case opened by Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 25 due to the allegation that soldiers overtook İstanbul Municipality Disaster Coordination Center during July 15 coup attempt, continued on November 1, 2017. Following the defenses of defendants and testimonies of witnesses the court ruled for the continuity of defendants and adjourned the trial to a December 7, 2017.

(11/030) Police Intervention Towards Demonstration in Kars…

It is learned that on November 1, 2017 riot police intervened bus drivers protesting additional routes implemented to some destinations, in front of the Kars Municipality building. Police intervened with tear gas and 1 person was detained.

(11/031) Events Banned in City…

Governorate of Ankara declared on November 2, 2017 that hunger strike, sit-in, concert, commemoration event and all other sorts of gatherings will be banned for 3 months in all around Ankara.

(11/032) Special Security Zone in Tunceli…

Governorate of Tunceli declared on November 2, 2017 that 30 zones in central Tunceli, Ovacık, Pülümür, Hozat and Nazmiye districts will be special security zones.

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1 November 2017 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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1 November 2017 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/001) Curfews Since 16 August 2015…

According to the information gathered by the HRFT Documentation Centre, between 16 August 2015 and 1 November 2017, there have been at least 268 officially confirmed round-the-clock [all daylong] and open-ended curfews in 11 cities and at least 47 districts of Turkey. The relevant cities and districts that curfews implemented are as follow: DİYARBAKIR (145 times), MARDİN (45 times), HAKKÂRİ (23 times), ŞIRNAK (13 times), BİTLİS (13 times), MUŞ (7 times), BİNGÖL (7 times), TUNCELİ (6 times), BATMAN (5 times), ELAZIĞ (2 times) and SİİRT (2 times).

In addition to these, as of 11 August 2017, there has been at least 9 curfews declarad in various villages and flatlands of Şemdinli district of Hakkâri, and Hizan, Güroymak, Mutki and Central districts of Bitlis with limitations on time (implemented only in between the designated hours). These curfews, which are declared within limitations, are not included in abovementioned data.

According to the 2014 population census, at least 1 million 809 thousand residents have been affected by these curfews and fundamental rights of these people such as  right to liberty and security of person; right to privacy, family, home or correspondence; freedom of assembly and association; freedom of religion; freedom of receive and impart information; right to reserve of property; right to education and especially right to life; right to health and prohibition of torture are explicitly violated.

(11/002) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned through news coverage of October 31, 2017 that 5 militants died during clashes between armed forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Diyarbakır’s Lice district on October 20, 2017.

(11/003) Women Beaten on the Street by Police Officer in Alanya…

It is learned that the police officer who was arrested for beating a Kirghiz woman (40) named R.A. on the street on October 5, 2017, was released on October 27, 2017 following the appeal of his attorney.

The first trial of police officers İsmet Kafadar and İsmail Uzar regarding the beating of R.A. will take place on November 9, 2017. Officers are accused with ‘abusing the force of public service to injure someone who is not able to defend her(him)self.’

(11/004) Tortue and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from news coverage of October 31, 2017 that ill prisoner Özcan Çıra staying in Menemen Type T prison was beaten by wardens and restrained from going to the infirmary.

It is learned from news coverage of October 31, 2017 that a prisoner named Hıdır Bakır in Tekirdağ No 2 Type F Prison was beaten by wardens in front of prison prosecutor and prison principal on October 20, 2017. He was then sent to isolation cell. It is learned that there were bruises and scars on Hıdır Bkır’s face due to beating. It is learned that Hıdır Bakır was beaten once again by wardens on October 27, 2017 as well.

(11/005) Hunger-strike in Prison…

It is learned from news coverage of October 31, 2017 that a prisoner named Hakan Tunç staying in a singular cell in Van Type T Prison started an indefinite hunger strike 10 days ago in order to protest the isolation of PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan and rights violations in prisons.

(11/006) Rejection of Meeting with Öcalan…

It is learned that on October 31, 2017 PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan’s attorneys Mazlum Dinç, Cengiz Yürekli and Mehdi Öztüzün requested from Bursa Public Prosecutor’s Office to meet with him. The request was denied on the same day based on limitations regarding the convicted prisoners due to Law on the Execution of Criminal and Security Measures Number 5275. With this latest decline meeting requests with Öcalan have been denied for the 700th time. Öcalan’s last meeting with his attorneys was on July 27, 2011.

(11/007) Police Intervention Towards ‘‘I Want My Job Back’’ demonstrations in Ankara…

Civil servants discharged from their jobs with Statuary Decree’s planned for press meetings in front of the Human Rights Monument in Ankara Yüksel Street on October 31, 2017. Demonstrations of the group has been going on for several months. Two meetings planned at 13.00 and 18.00 respectively were both intervened and prevented by the police forces.

It is learned that 2 people during the intervention towards the meeting at 13.30 on and 5 people during the 18.00 meeting were detained.

In total, 7 people were detained on October 31, 2017 Yüksel street demonstrations. It is learned that police officers also prevented press members from reporting the incident. It is reported that detainees were released within the same day.

(11/008) People on Trial in İstanbul for Solidarity with Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça…

The final trial of Dilek Doğan’s mother Aysel Doğan and Hasan Ferit Gedik’s mother Nuray Gedik took place on October 31, 2017. Both were in a hunger strike to support Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça and thus were accused with ‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’.  The case was opened by İstanbul Heavy Penal Court No 29. The court acquitted both defendants and lifted their overseas travel ban.

(11/009) Osman Kavala Arrested…

Anadolu Kültür Holding Chair, TESEV Board Member, Helsinki Citizens Assembly member businessperson Osman Kavala who was detained at Istanbul Atatürk airport on October 19, 2017 was arrested on November 1, 2017 by court. Kavala is accused with ‘attempting to overthrow constitutional order’ and ‘attempting to overthrow the government’.

(11/010) Detention and Arrests…

It is learned that on October 31, 2017 member of Assembly of Peace Mothers Nahide Ormanlı (60) was arrested after her detention in Şırnak due to a final arrest order. Supreme Court recently approved Nahide Ormanlı’s 4 years 8 months’ jail sentence based on the accusation of ‘aiding an illegal organization despite not being a member’ due to various demonstrations and events she attended. Ormanlı was in jail for two and half years and she’s been told that she will need to be imprisoned for 1 year 3 months more.

It is learned that 3 people were detained during house raids in Aydın’s Didim district on October 31, 2017. Names of the detained: Cesim Çelik, Abidin Çelik and Ersin Çakırbey.

It is reported that 3 HDP members were detained during house raids in Osmaniye on November 1, 2017. Names of the detained: Kamuran Babrak, Abdullah Turhan and Birsen Karataş.

(11/011) Detentions for ‘Insulting the President’…

It is reported that a person named G.S. detained in Adana for ‘insulting the President’ was arrested by court on October 30, 2017.

It is learned that a person named O.Ç. was detained on October 31, 2017 in Bodrum district of Muğla due to ‘insulting the President’ through social media posts.

(11/012) Detentions and Arrests in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

It is learned that 19 people during operations in 13 cities through a Diyarbakır based investigation were detained. 4 executives of 2 companies in Antalya who were replaced by trustees were detained. 18 people including teachers and soldiers were detained during operations in 11 cities through a Siirt based investigation. 28 people including 24 soldiers in Kocaeli were detained. 14 people including regular soldiers were detained during operations in 8 cities through an İzmir based investigation.

It is learned that 42 of 61 people detained on October 20, 2017 through an investigation towards Kaynak Holding were arrested by court on October 31, 2017. 19 people were released 9 of which with judiciary control conditions.

It is learned that 3 of 17 people detained through a Sivas based investigation were arrested by court on October 31, 2017. 3 people were released with judiciary control conditions. 2 of the people previously detained through the same investigation were arrested and 3 were released with judiciary control conditions. 6 people remain in detention.

It is learned that 27 of 32 people detained through an Afyon based investigation were arrested by court on October 31, 2017.5 people were released with judiciary control conditions.

(11/013) Cumhuriyet Newspaper Case…

The trial of 20 defendants including Cumhuriyet’s President of Executive Board Akın Atalay, journalists Kadri Atalay and Ahmet Şık who are among the arrested 5 defendants, continued October 31, 2017, in the court room built outside Silivri Prison. The case was opened by İstanbul Heavy Penal Court No 27. Following the hearings of defendants’ testimonies and attorney’s defenses, the court ruled for the continuity of arrests for Editor in Chief Murat Sabuncu, President of Executive Board Akın Atalay, reporter Ahmet Şık and accountants Emre İper and Ahmet Kemal Aydoğdu and adjourned the trial date to December 25, 2017.

Murat Sabuncu, Kadri Gürsel, Musa Kart, Güray Öz, Mustafa Kemal Güngör, Turhan Günay, Bülent Utku, Önder Çelik and Hakan Kara were detained on October 31, 2016 and arrested on November 4, 2016.  Akın Atalay was arrested on November 12, 2016 and Ahmet Şık on December 30, 2016.

At the first trial of the case on July 24, 2017 Güray Öz, Hakan Kara, Musa Kart, Turhan Günay, Bülent Utku, Mustafa Kemal Güngör and Önder Çelik were released. Kadri Gürsel was released on the second trial on September 25, 2017.

(11/014) Trials of HDP MP’s…

The final trial of HDP Diyarbakır MP Ziya Pir took place on November 1, 2017. The case was opened by Diyarbakır Penal Court of First Instance No 7 regarding a speech Pir made in September 28, 2015 about the raid of DİHA, Azadiya Welat, Aram Publishing and Kurdi-Der’s building and detention of 32 people within the building. The court sentenced Ziya Pir to 11 months 20 days due to ‘insulting public servant about the service’ and postponed the penalty.

It is learned that Gaziantep Reginal Court Court overruled the decision on HDP Hakkari MP Abdullah Zeydan by Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 5. Zeydan was sentenced to 8 years 1 month 15 days due to ‘aiding and abetting an illegal organization’ and ‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’.

(11/015) Trials in Ankara…

The trial of 15 people including one journalist and university students continued October 31, 2017. The case was opened by Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 19 regarding the charity concert organized to help people living in tents in Şırnak. Following the defenses the court ruled for the release of 3 arrested defendants, lifted the judiciary control condition on defendants previously released and adjourned the hearing to January 2018.

(11/016) Trials of Union Members in İzmir …

The final trial of SES İzmir co-chair Hülya Baran Ulaşoğlu and other members Ahmet Ulaşoğlu, Nevin Çoban and Seda Balkan, regarding the distribution of ‘No’ brochures in the cafeteria of Atatürk Education and Research Hospital before the constitutional referendum, took place on October 31, 2017. The case was opened by İzmir 25th Penal Court of First Instance. The court ruled for the acquittanced of all defendants.

(11/017) Trials in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

The final trial of 9 defendants including 5 arrested took place on October 31, 2017. The case was opened by Bayburt Heavy Penal Court. The court sentenced 7 defendants to jail sentences of 6 years, 3 months as well as 9 years 9 months. The court also ruled for the release of one defendant.

The final trial of former soldier İbrahim Beytekin who was discharged with a Statuary Decree took place on October 31, 2017. The case was opened by Maraş Heavy Penal Court No 3. Beytekin was sentenced to 6 years 3 months due to ‘membership of an illegal organization’.

(11/018) Investigation on Hopa House of People …

It is reported that an investigation began on the Gender Studies workshop for children organized by Hopa House of People Center in 2016. The investigation was initiated by district directorate of national education due to workshop being ‘obscenity.’

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28-31 October 2017 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/355) Armed Assault Towards Teacher in Diyarbakır…

It is learned from news coverage of October 29, 2017 that the armed assault towards teacher İzzet Güven in Diyarbakır’s Silvan district on October 20, 2017 has been proclaimed by YPS.

(10/356) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from news coverage of October 26, 2017 that during clashes between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Hakkari’s Şemdinli district, 5 militants died on October 22, 2017. During the clashes in Van on October 23, 2017, 2 militants died.

It is learned that on October 27, 2017 4 soldiers were injured during clashes between security forces and HPG militants Diyarbakır’s Silvan district.

The news coverage of October 29, 2017 declared that Önder Polat, the person who died alongside taxi driver Zafer Ceylan in September 28, 2017 in Van’s Ercis district was a YPS militant.

(10/357) Suspicious Death in Prison…

It is learned from news coverage of October 28, 2017 that a LGBTİ+ prisoner in Isparta Type E Prison was found dead in the ward. News claimed the cause of death was suicide. KAOS GL Association released a statement about M.İ’s death and called for a thorough investigation about the suicide claim and any possible ill-treatment.

(10/358) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from news coverage of October 28, 2017 that 13 prisoners from Rize Type L Prison and 26 prisoners from Diyarbakır Type D Prison were transferred to Ağrı Patnos Type L prison where the prisoners were restrained from their social, cultural and sportive rights, radio, books and personal belongings of prisoners were seized.

A prisoner named Akil Nergüz in Van High Security Prison revealed in her letter to press on October 28, 2017 that the letters they wrote about right violations were not posted because that might ‘jeopardize institutions security’ and ‘target prison personnel’.

It is reported in news on October 29, 2017 that prisoners in Bolu Type F Prison were not given the Özgürlükçü Demokrasi Newspaper citing that the paper has been banned by the administration because it ‘might be dangerous for prisoners to read’.

Same news coverage also revealed that a prisoner named Rısvan Tanış refused a dental surgery with his hands handcuffed therefor he was not sent to hospital and restrained from medical rights.

News coverage of October 29, 2017 claimed that 12 prisoners in İskenderun Type M Prison were tortured and subjected to ill-treatment on October 18, 2017.

It is learned from news coverage of October 29, 2017 that 35 prisoners in Muş Type E Prison were transferred to İzmir Şakran No 1 and No 4 prisons against their will. 15 other prisoners were transferred to Sincan Prison also against their wills.  It is reported that the prisoners were not allowed to take any clothes with them, forced to leave with slippers of bare foot and hands cuffed from behind. It is learned that prisoners sent to Şakran prison were not given any clothes there also.

It is learned from news coverage of October 29, 2017 that daily belongings, pillows and blankets of prisoners who were on a hunger strike with 3 day rotations to protest the isolation of PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan, were taken away. Also 12 prisoners were put into solitary cells.

It is learned from news coverage of October 29, 2017 that weekly visitation time for female prisoners in İstanbul Bakırköy Prison were reduced to 35 minutes, hospital transfers were delayed, prisoners were forced to examination while their hands were cuffed and soldier didn’t leave the room during medical examination.

It is learned from news coverage of October 30, 2017 that HDP Şırnak MP Ferhat Encü refused to be cuffed while he was going to the hospital. Therefor he was not taken to the hospital.

It is learned from news coverage of October 30, 2017 that prisoners in Elazığ No 2 High Security Prison will stop using their visitation and phone rights to protest rights violations they have been experiencing.

It is learned from news coverage of October 30, 2017 that 22 prisoners in Mardin Type M Prison were transferred to hospital due to poisoning suspicion. News claimed that the antifreeze in the solar system was mixed with drinking water thus caused poisoning.

(10/359) Number of Students in Prison…

Ministry of Justice answered CHP İstanbul MP Gamze Akkuş’s parliamentary question regarding the number of students in prison. According to the ministry’s data, 36.33 students are in jail as of 2016.

(10/360) Police Intervention Towards ‘‘I Want My Job Back’’ demonstrations in Ankara…

Civil servants discharged from their jobs with a Decree with the Force of Law planned for press meetings in front of the Human Rights Monument in Ankara Yüksel Street on October 27, 28, 29, 30, 2017. Demonstrations of the group has been going on for several weeks. Two meetings planned at 13.00 and 18.00 respectively were both intervened and prevented by the police forces.

On October 27, 2017, 5 people during the intervention towards the meeting at 13.30 on and 7 people including Veli Saçılık during the 18.00 meeting were detained.

On October 28, 2017, 4 people (Nazan Bozkurt, Mehmet Dersulu and 2 unidentified people) during the intervention towards the meeting at 13.30 on and 8 people during the 18.00 meeting were detained.

On October 29, 2017, 3 people (İlker Işık, Mehmet Dersulu and 1 unidentified person) during the intervention towards the meeting at 13.30 on and 8 people during the 18.00 meeting were detained.

On October 30, 2017, 4 people during the intervention towards the meeting at 13.30 on and 5 people during the 18.00 meeting were detained.

In total, 44 people were detained on October 27, 28, 29, 30, 2017 Yüksel street demonstrations. It is learned that police officers also prevented press members from reporting the incident. It is reported that detainees were released within the same day.

(10/361) Arrest of Nazife Onay …

Nazife Onay was arrested on trial due to her attendance to I Want My Job Back demonstrations. She was released on the first trial of the case on October 19, 2017. Onay was detained while exiting the prison due to another İstanbul based investigation. It is learned that Onay was arrested on October 30, 2017 by court.

(10/362) Police Operation Towards Revolutionary Party Members…

It is learned that on October 31, 2017, 9 Revolutionary Party members were detained through an Adana based investigation during operations in İstanbul and Hatay. It is reported that 9 people whose names haven’t been identified are sent to Adana Police Headquarters.

(10/363) Detention and Arrests…

It is learned that 14 people were detained during house raids in İstanbul on October 28, 2017. Learned names of the detainees: Uğur Moco, Semih Aladağ, İhsan Sütçü, Mazlum Korkmaz, Edip Cemiloğlu.

It is reported that Muazzez Filiz who works as an educator at an education support center was detained in Diyarbakır during a house raid on October 29, 2017.

Also during a house raid in Diyarbakır a DBP member named Rıfat Aslan was detained on October 29, 2017.

It is reported that HDP Karaköprü district executive Emin Akaslan was detained during a house raid in Urfa on October 29, 2017.

It is learned that DBP Municipality Council member Egit Durmus and HDP district executive Dindar Cin were detain on October 29, 2017.

It is reported that 6 people were detained in Van on October 29, 2017.

It is reported that 5 of 9 people including 3 children detained in Adana on October 28, 2017 were arrested on October 30, 2017 by court due to ‘membership of an illegal organization’, ‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’ and ‘committing a crime on behalf of an illegal organization’.

It is learned that 5 of 6 people including HDP Tarsus District Executive Mehdiye Çiçekdağ detained on October 28, 2017 were released with judiciary control conditions. One person named Hamdiye Kırıcı was arrested due to ‘membership of an illegal organization’.

(10/364) Attorneys Detained in İzmir…

It is learned that 4 of 6 ÇHD attorneys detained were released following their testimonies at the prosecution office. 2 attorneys were released with judiciary control conditions. Attorneys were detained on October 27, 2017 during house and office raids in İzmir. Names of the released attorneys: Nergiz Tuba Aslan, Şule Arslan Hızal, Yemen Cankan, Dinçer Çalım. Attorneys released with a judiciary control condition: Emel Diril and Bahattin Özdemir.

(10/365) Attorney Detained in Van…

ÖHP (Platform of Free Lawyers) member attorney Deniz Yıldız who was detained on October 24, 2017 in Van when he went to testify in police headquarters, was released by court with judiciary control condition on October 27, 2017.

(10/366) Detentions and Arrests in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

It is learned that 58 regular soldiers were detained during operations in 31 cities through a Konya based investigation on October 27, 2017 and following days. 29 people were detained in İzmir.

It is learned that 8 of 26 people detained on October 27, 2017 in Rize were arrested by court. 18 of detainees were released with judiciary control condition.

It is learned that 19 people were detained through an Antalya based investigation during operations in 6 cities on October 28, 2017.

It is learned that one person in Eskişehir, 3 people in Edirne trying to cross Greek border illegally were detained on October 29, 2017.

It is reported that 11 people including soldiers were detained on October 30, 2017 in Maraş.

It is learned that 4 people detained in Ankara on October 30, 2017 due to ByLock usage were arrested by court.

(10/367)Trial of Özgür Gündem…

The trial of Özgür Gündem Advisory Board members, Editor in Chief Zana (Bilir) Kaya, Acting News Editor İnan Kızılkaya, License Holder Kemal Sancılı and writer Eren Keskin continued on October 31, 2017. The case was opened by İstanbul Heavy Penal Court No 23. Following the defenses the court ruled for the release of arrested defendants İnan Kızılkaya and Kemal Sancılı and adjourned the trial date to March 2017.

İnan Kızılkaya was arrested on August 26, 2017 and Kemal Sancılı on January 3, 2017 both for ‘membership of an illegal organization’ and ‘violating the integrity and unity of the state’.

(10/368) Trials of HDP MP’s…

The trial of HDP Adana MP Meral Danış Beştaş continued on October 31, 2017. The case was opened by Adana penal Court of First Instance No 2. Following the defenses the court adjourned the trial to January 9, 2017.

(10/369) Trial of Main İstanbul KCK Case…

The main trial of KCK case with 205 defendants continued on October 27, 2017 in İstanbul Heavy Penal Court No 3. Following the defenses the court adjourned the trial date to December 15, 2017.

(10/370) Trials of 2 People in Diyarbakır

The trial of Şahcan Tüner and Sibel İldan started on October 30, 2017. Both were detained on June 14, 2017 through a Diyarbakır based investigation on HDP, DBP, HDK, DTK, TJA members and executives. The case was opened by Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court  No 10 with the accusation of ‘membership of an illegal organization’ and ‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’. Following the defenses the court ruled for the release of Sibel İldan and adjourned the trial date to February 2017.

(10/371) Investigation on Actress…

It is learned from news coverage of October 30, 2017 that actress Hazar Ergüçlü went to testify to public prosecution office as an investigation began on her due to a documentary she shared online. Ergüçlü was accused with making propaganda of an illegal organization through the documentary. The Prosecution Office gave a decision of non-prosecution.

(10/372) Trials in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

The final trial of 28 defendants including Coast Guard Commander Hakan Üstem, took place on October 27, 2017. He case was opened by Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 17 regarding the actions in Coast Guard Command during July 15 coup attempt. Following the defenses the court sentenced 25 defendants to life sentences due to ‘violating the constitution’. The court ruled for the release of 3 people.

The final trial of 29 teachers including 11 arrested, took place on October 27, 2017. Teachers were discharged from their jobs with a Decree with the Force of Law. The case was opened by Kırklareli Heavy Penal Court No 1. The court sentenced 10 defendants to jail sentences ranging from 6 years 3 months to 7 years 6 months due to ‘membership of an illegal organization’.

The final trial of Grade 4 police chiefs Uğur Aydoğdu and Ali Aykan along with former police officer İlhami Toros took place on October 27, 2017. All defendants were discharged from their jobs with a Decree with the Force of Law. the case was opened by Kırıkkale Heavy Penal Court No 1. The court sentenced 3 police officers to jail sentences ranging from 7 years 6 months to 7 years 11 months 22 days.

The final trial of Ali Özdemir and Bedirhan Örsdemir took place on October 27, 2017. The case was opened by Heavy Penal Court No 1. The court sentenced both defendants to jail sentences ranging from 10 years to 13 years 9 months due to ‘membership of an illegal organization’ and ‘jobbery’.

The final trial of 35 defendants including former Bar President of Konya took place on October 28, 2017. 13 of defendants were already arrested. The case was opened by Konya Heavy Penal Court No 6. The court interrupted Kayacan’s defense stating that his defense irrelevantly insulted the court, judges and prosecutors and wasted the courts time. The court later revealed its verdict and sentenced Kayacan to 10 years 6 months. The court sentenced other 20 defendants to jail sentences ranging from 2 years 6 months to 7 years 6 months. The court acquitted 14 defendants.

The final trial of 23 defendants including 19 arrested took place on October 30, 2017. The case was opened by Kırşehir Heavy Penal Court. The court sentenced 23 defendants to jail sentences from 5 years to 42 years.

The trial of 86 defendants regarding the ‘’FETÖ/PYD Business World Structure’’ investigation continued on October 30, 2017. The case was opened by Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 23. Following the defenses the court ruled for the release of 10 defendants and adjourned the trial to December 4, 2017.

(10/373) Events Banned in City…

Governorate of Van declared on October 30, 2017 that it would be prohibited to march, demonstrate, sit-in, chant, protest, gather for press briefings or organize any other events in all the city for 30 days starting from October 31, 2017.

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27 October 2017 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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27 October 2017 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/335) House Raid in Van…

It is learned from news coverage of October 26, 2017 that a house was completely destroyed in Van’s Mollatopuz district during a fire that broke when gendarmerie special forces were raiding the house. The house was raided due to an alleged denunciation. House owner Erdem Candemir spoke to and said: ‘‘They asked for the keys of the house. So, we opened the door. They asked us to open all windows of the house. My uncle’s daughter and headperson entered the house and opened all the windows. I told them that my brother has a wedding next week and his new furniture is within the house, we should take them out so that they won’t be harmed. They told me nothing would happen they would just throw 3 gas bombs inside. When the house started to burn soldiers got back. But we couldn’t intervene to the house and it completely burned’’.

Another witness said: ‘‘We told the soldiers not to burn the house but they insisted. They told us to shut up and that they would burn it. Than they threw gas bombs.’’

It is reported that nobody was found within the house in which there were allegedly HPG militants.

HDP Van MP Adem Geveri claimed that it wasn’t only gas bombs, soldiers also used grenades.

It is learned that Halime Candemir (80) suffered from a heart attack due to heavy smoke while trying to intervene to fire and she was given an angiography at the hospital.

(10/336) Confidentiality Order on Torture Allegations in Van…

It is learned from news coverage of October 26, 2017 that a confidentiality order has been placed on the allegation of 4 villagers being tortured in district police headquarters after they were detained on June 9, 2017 in Van’s Gevaş village.

It is reported that a confidentiality order decision was taken on the same day attorneys of villagers asked for video records of Gevaş police Headquarters.

News also reveal that the report prepared by Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Medical Faculty shows that Abdulselam Aslan, Halil Aslan, Cemal Aslan had bruises on their faces and bodies along with cuts and broken bones.

After the missile attack on Gevaş Police Headquarters on June 9, 2017, 4 villagers were detained while they were returning from picking mushrooms from the forest. They were released 5 days later with judiciary control condition. Photos of villagers being tortured and photos of them taken at the police station were also published in press.

(10/337) Torture and Other Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from news coverage of October 26, 2017 that People’s Law Office attorneys Barkın Timtik, Neciye Demir and Zehra Özdemir refused to stand up during counting in Bolu Type T prison and therefor disciplinary investigation was opened against them. It is learned that Barkın Timtik was punished with a family meeting ban for 9 years. It is learned that Özgür Yılmaz and Ahmet Mandıracı, also attorneys of People’s Law Office, were kept in solitary confinement cells in Edirne Type T Prison.

It is learned from news coverage of October 27, 2017 that 26 prisoners transferred from Diyarbakır Type D prison to Ağrı Patnos prison were beaten because they refused the strip search in the entrance of the prison. It is reported that prisoners who went to hospital to receive abuse reports were told ‘you are fine’ and sent back.

It is learned from news coverage of October 27, 2017 that political prisoners in Silivri No 5 prison are forced to wear identity badges.

It is also learned that 2 prisoners in Silivri No 5 prison were beaten by wardens because they refused to walk in a single line while returning from the prison hospital.

(10/338) Prisoners Beaten During Trial…

Peoples Law Office declared on October 26, 2017 that arrested defendants of a case with 40 people on trial in Silivri Campus Prison, were first beaten in the court room and then in rooms with no cameras. The statement of the Office revealed that a prisoner named Rojda Yalçınkılıç mentioned people that had died in Sur and Cizre during her defense. She was then separated from other prisoners on the way back to the prison and beaten as wardens said ‘it is allowed to do anything, take this one’. The statement also reported that although prisoners had bruises on their faces and bodied none were issued abuse reports.

(10/339) Prisoner Detained in Prison…

The parliamentary question by HDP Batman MP Ayşe Acar Başaran regarding the prisoner named Afşin Musazade who was taken from Diyarbakır Type D prison on May 2017 to an unknown location, was answered by the Ministry of Justice. According to the answer it is learned that Afşin Musazade was taken out of Diyarbakır Type D Prison on May 3, 2017 and was held  at Mardin District Gendarmerie Counterterrorism branch untill May 9, 2017.

(10/340) Rejection of Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan…

It is learned that on October 26, 2017 PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan’s attorneys Cengiz Çiçek, Serbay Köklü and Nevroz Uysal requested from Bursa Public Prosecutor’s Office to meet with their client. The request was denied on the same day based on limitations regarding the convicted prisoners due to Law on the Execution of Criminal and Security Measures Number 5275. With this latest decline meeting requests with Öcalan have been denied for the 699th time.

It is learned that PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan’s brother, sister and families of Hamili Yıldırım, Ömer Hayri Konar and Veysel Aktaş also requested visitation and submitted a request to Bursa Public Prosecutor’s Office. The request was denied the same day due to Law on the Execution of Criminal and Security Measures Number 5275.

(10/341) Police Intervention Towards ‘‘I Want My Job Back’’ demonstrations in Ankara…

Civil servants discharged from their jobs with Statuary Decree’s planned for press meetings in front of the Human Rights Monument in Ankara Yüksel Street on October 26, 2017. Demonstrations of the group has been going on for several weeks. Two meetings planned at 13.00 and 18.00 respectively were both intervened and prevented by the police forces.

During the intervention towards the meeting at 13.30, 5 people and during the 18.00 meeting, 6 people (Simge Aksan, İlker Işık, Mustafa Keçeli, Turgut Türksoy, Veli Saçılık and Nazan Bozkurt) were beaten and detained.

11 people in total were detained on October 26, 2017 during Yüksel Street demonstrations. It is learned that police officers also prevented press members from reporting the incident. It is reported that detainees were released within the same day.

(10/342) Attorneys Detained in İzmir…

It is learned that 6 ÇHD member attorneys were detained through house and office raids on october 27, 2017. ÇHD was closed with a Statuary Decree. Names of the attorneys detained: Dinçer Çalım, Nergis Tuba Aslan, Şule Arslan, Bahattin Özdemir, Emel Diril and Yemen Cankan.

(10/343) Journalist Detained in İstanbul…

It is learned that journalist Zeynep Kuray detained on October 25, 2017 because of her social media posts was released following her testimony to prosecution on October 26, 2017.

(10/344) Detention and Arrests…

It is learned that 5 people (Bayram Çağlar, Orhan Aslan, Aynur Göğer, Mahmut Alp, Nusret Şanlı) were detained during house raids in Mersin on October 26, 2017. It is learned that 5 people were taken to Mersin Police Headquarters and the reason for their detention remain unknown.

It is learned that 3 addresses in Bingöl’s Solhan district including DBP district Co-Chair Ömer Çelikel’s house were raided on October 27, 2017. It is reported that many books and a photograph of Selahattin Demirtaş was taken during the raid at Ömer Çelikel’s house. HDP district executive Oktay Mollaoğulları was detained following the raids.

Through an İzmir based investigation 15 people were detained during operations in 3 cities on October 27, 2017. Detainees were accused with ‘aiding and abetting an illegal organization’ and ‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’.

(30/345) Detention of Osman Kavala Extended…

It is learned from news coverage of October 26, 2017 that the detention period for Anadolu Kültür Holding Chair and business person Osman Kavala has been extended for 7 more days. Osman Kavala was detained on October 18, 2017 in Istanbul Atatürk Airport and his detention period was extended 7 more days on October 19, 2017.

(10/346) Detentions and Arrests in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

It is learned that 46 of 70 regular soldiers issued with detention warrants were detained through a Konya based investigation during operations in 31 cities. 48 people in Istanbul, 31 people including academics discharged with Decree with the Force of Law through a Trabzon based investigation, 14 soldiers during operations in 12 cities also through a Trabzon based investigation, 21 people through a Tunceli based investigation during operations in 19 cities, were detained.

It is reported that on October 26, 2017 detention warrants were issued for 121 former Ministry of Foreign Affairs employees through an Ankara based investigation due to alleged usage of ByLock. It is learned that operations continue in 30 cities to capture these employees.

It is learned that through a Tokat based investigation 22 people including 18 regular soldiers were issued with detention warrants and operations continue in 15 cities to capture these individuals.

It is learned that 18 of 24 soldiers detained through a Mardin based investigation during operations in 13 cities and KKTC, were arrested on October 26, 2017 by court. 6 people were released with judiciary control condition.

(10/347) Trials of HDP MP’s…

The trial of HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş continued on October 26, 2017. One of multiple cases against Demirtaş was opened by Mersin Court of First Instance No 14 based on a speech he made in February 27, 2016 in an event in Mersin. Demirtaş is accused of ‘deliberately insulting state soldiers and security forces’ with his speech. Demirtaş did not attend the trial and his attorney stated to court that he wished to be present in person in the courtroom. The court overruled this request and adjourned the trial to February 22, 2018.

The trial of HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş for insulting the President in December 2015 during a speech he gave in İstanbul Atatürk Airport, continued on October 26, 2017. The case was opened by Bakırköy Penal Court of First Instance No 38. Demirtaş did not attend the trial and his attorney stated to court that he wished to be present in person in the courtroom. The court accepted this request and adjourned the trial to a further date.

The trial of HDP Adana MP Meral Danış Beştaş continued on October 26, 2017. The case was opened by Adana Penal Court of First Instance No 8 due to Beştaş ‘‘deliberately insulting Turkish Republic and the state’’ during a speech she gave protesting the curfews. Beştaş did not attend the trial and following defenses, the court adjourned the hearing to a further date.

(10/348) Trials of DBP Members in Van…

The trial of 8 people including DBP Van Co-Chair Ahmet Aygün started on October 27, 2017. The case was opened by Van Heavy Penal Court No 1. The defendants are accused with ‘membership of an illegal organization’.  Following the defenses the court ruled for the release of 6 defendants and continuity of arrests for 2 defendants. DBP Van Co-Chair Ahmet Aygün and 7 other defendants were detained on May 11, 2017 and arrested on May 22, 2017.

(10/349) Gezi Trial in İzmir…

It is learned from news coverage of October 25, 2017 that İzmir District Regional Court overruled the decision to acquit 4 defendants who were previously on trial for attending Gezi demonstrations. It is learned that the Regional Court sentenced 4 defendants to 6 years 3 months for ‘‘violating law number 2911 on meetings and demonstrations’’ and ‘‘committing crime on behalf of an illegal organization despite being a member’’. It is reported that attorneys will object to Supreme Court.

(10/350) Trials of Union Members in İzmir…

The trial of Secretary for Women’s Division of İzmir Eğitim-Sen Union Ayşegül Kocaaslan and Özlem Gündüz continued on October 26, 2017. The case was opened by İzmir Heavy Penal Court No 2 and defendants are accused with ‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’ through the speech they gave in March 8 Women’s Day and the banners they carried at the march. Following the defenses the court acquitted both defendants.

(10/351) Trial of Özgür Gündem…

The trial of 13 journalists for acting as substitute editor in chief of Özgür Gündem newspaper in rounds continued on October 26, 2017. Özgür Gündem was closed with a Statuary Decree. The case was opened by İstanbul 14th Heavy Penal Court. The court adjourned the hearing to March 15, 2018 as defenses of the journalists was not heard.

DİSK Basın-İş Union General Manager Faruk Esen, Evrensel columnists İhsan Caraland and Fehim Işık, journalists Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, Celal Başlangıç, Celalettin Can, Öncü Akgül, Hüseyin Aykol, Ömer Ağın, Dilşah Kocakaya, Mehmet Şirin Taşdemir, Veysel Kemer and Yüksel Oğuz are on trial.

(10/352) Trial of Journalist in Batman…

The trial of 3 people including reporter of DİHA Şerife Oruç continued on October 26, 2017. DİHA is closed with a Decree with the Force of Law. The trial was opened by Batman Heavy Penal Court No 2 and defendants are accused of ‘membership of an illegal organization’. Şerife Oruç attended the trial through SEGBİS. Tuba Sert and police officers who detained Oruç were listened as witnesses. Tuba Sert revealed in her testimony that her previous testimony is irrelevant and she doesn’t know 3 defendants. Following the defenses the court ruled for the continuity of arrests for all defendants and adjourned the hearing date to January 11, 2018. Şerife Oruç, Emrah Oruç and Muzaffer Tunç were detained on July 3, 2016 and later arrested on October 5, 2016 by court. Şerife Oruç was forced to a strip search in Batman Police Headquarters.

(10/353) Trials in Rize…

The trial of 24 protestors demonstrating against the Green Road project in Karadeniz plateaus continued on October 26, 2017. The case was opened by Pazar Penal Court of First Instance. The defendants are accused with ‘‘violating freedom to engage in business and freedom of labor’’. Following the defenses the court adjourned the trial to February 6, 2017.

(10/354) Trials in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

The final hearing for the trial of former teacher Mustafa Baltacı took place on October 26, 2017. Baltacı was discharged with a Decree with the Force of Law. The case was opened by Gaziantep Heavy Penal Court No 7. The court sentenced Baltacı to 7 years 6 months due to ‘membership of an illegal organization’.

The final hearing for the trial of former police officer Serkan Ayvalı took place on October 26, 2017. Ayvalı was discharged with a Statuary Decree. The case was opened by Malatya Heavy Penal Court No 2. The court sentenced Serkan Ayvalı to 7 years 6 months ‘membership of an illegal organization’ through ByLock usage and ruled for the continuity of his arrest.

The trial of 68 people for the case opened by Kayseri 2nd Heavy Penal Court continued on October 26, 2017. Following the defenses, the court ruled for the release of Bekir Boydak and arrest of 6 defendants due to alleged ByLock usage. The court also ruled for the cases of some defendants to be separated and adjourned the trial date to February 6, 2018.

The trial of 8 people including 7 former military personnel continued on October 26, 2017. The case was opened by Kars Heavy Penal Court No 2. Following the defenses the court ruled for the continuity of arrests for 7 defendants and adjourned the trial to a further date.

[1]  The reports on the human rights violations of the Documentation Center are claims unless they are certified. The claim of violation either is certified through thoroughly investigations of HRFT Documentation Center, including by judicial verdicts, and becomes a definite data or it is not included to the annual report.

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26 October 2017 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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26 October 2017 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/320) Trial of Human Rights Defenders…

The trial of 11 human rights defenders including 9 arrested started on October 25, 2017. The case was opened by Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 35.

Arrested defendants Özlem Dalkıran, Peter Steudtner, Ali Gharavi, Veli Acu, Günal Kurşun, İdil Eser and Nalan Erkem as well as defendants Nejat Taştan and Şeyhmus Özbekli who weren’t arrested were present at the court. Arrested defendant İlknur Üstün and Taner Kılıç who was arrested through another case attended the trial through SEGBİS.

MP’s, political party representatives, right organizations and also Consulates of both Germany and France followed the trial and were present in the courtroom.

Indictment asked for up to 15 years of jail term for 11 defendants due to ‘membership of an illegal organization’ and ‘acting on behalf of the illegal organization despite being a member’. Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, Attorney Taner Kılıç’s case was also combined to current trial. Kılıç has been arrested since June 2017.

Following the defenses the court ruled for the release of 8 human rights defenders with abroad travel ban conditions and lifted the judiciary control condition on defendants Nejat Taştan and Şeyhmus Özbekli. The court adjourned the hearing to November 22, 2017.

10 human rights defenders were detained during a meeting in İstanbul’s Büyükada on July 5, 2017. Their detention period was extended to 14 days and they were transferred to court on July 12, 2017. The court ruled for the arrests of Amnesty International Turkey Director İdil Eser, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly member Özlem Dalkıran, Günal Kurşun and Veli Acu from Human Rights Agenda Association, Swedish citizen Ali Garawi and German citizen Peter Steudner. The court ruled for the releases of Nalan Erkem from Helsinki Citizens Assembly, Nejat Taştan from Equal Rights Watch Association, and Şeyhmus Özbekli from Rights Initiative, with judiciary control conditions.

Following an objection from the prosecution on July 21, 2017, arrest warrants were issued for 4 human rights defenders. Therefore, İlknur Üstün and Nalan Erkem were arrested on July 23, 2017 and Nejat Taştan and Şeyhmus Özbekli were released with judiciary control conditions.

(10/321) Civillians Injured in Şırnak Explosion…

It is learned that 2 civilians were injured during an explosion on the construction site of TOKI in Şırnak, on October 25, 2017.

(10/322) Suspicious Death in Prison…

It is learned that a prisoner named Mehmet Kil (24) in Adana Kürkçüler F Type prison died on October 25, 2017. It is reported that the prison administration called Kil’s family and informed them that Kil killed himself in the prison bathroom by hanging himself with his belt.

Kil’s brother claimed that his brother did not commit suicide. Older brother revealed in his statement to press the last conversation he had with Mehmet Kil. According to this, Kil allegedly said that he had a serious argument with wardens and chief warden both verbally and physically. And he told his brother that wardens threatened him saying that only his ‘‘dead body would leave this facility’’.

It is also learned that Kil’s funeral was buried with a surrounding police blockage and police officers didn’t allow the family to accept condolences in front of their house.

(10/323) Torture and Other Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned on October 25, 2017 that Grup Yorum band member and İdil People’s Theatre actor Özgür Gültekin who is in Silivri No 9 prison, was not allowed meet with his father who came to Turkey from abroad to visit him. Administration allegedly prevented him meeting with his father because of him not being a Turkish citizen.

It is learned from news coverage of October 26, 2017 that that female prisoners in Elazığ Type T prison were restrained from their attorney visits, phone calls, transfers to infirmaries and hospials and receiving their cargo packages, because they refused to wear name badges.

(10/324) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned on October 25, 2017 that a prisoner named Çağrı Avcı began a hunger strike in Van Type F Prison because he was placed in a solitary confinement cell 1 week ago.

It is learned from news coverage of October 25, 2017 that a prisoner named Mustafa Kocak staying in Silivri No 9 prison began a hunger strike on October 19, 2017 to protest rights violations he has been experiencing in the prison. Koçak was transferred to İzmir No 2 Type T prison against his will. Mustafa Koçak was tortured and subject to other ill-treatment on October 1, 2017 when he was detained and taken to İstanbul Police Headquarters. He was later arrested on October 4, 2017 and sent to Silivri prison. Koçak faces pressure in the prison as well, lastly, he was separated from other prisoners and put into solitary confinement.

(10/325) Police Intervention Towards ‘‘I Want My Job Back’’ demonstrations in Ankara…

Civil servants discharged from their jobs with Statuary Decree’s planned for press meetings in front of the Human Rights Monument in Ankara Yüksel Street on October 25, 2017. Demonstrations of the group has been going on for several weeks. Two meetings planned at 13.00 and 18.00 respectively were both intervened and prevented by the police forces.

During the intervention towards the meeting at 13.30, 3 people and during the 18.00 meeting, 5 people including Veli Saçılık and Seyri Sokak collective employees reporting the incident were physically abused and detained.

Total of 8 people were detained on October 25, 2017 Yüksel street demonstrations. It is learned that police officers also prevented press members from reporting the incident. It is reported that detainees were released within the same day.

(10/326) Police Operation Towards ESP…

It is learned that 12 of 15 people detained on October 19, 2017 through an investigation towards ESP (Socialist Party of the Oppressed) were arrested. 2 of arrested people were attorneys and 2 were journalists. ETHA workers and Law Office of the Oppressed attorneys were among the arrested. Nihat Göktaş, Mehmet Aslan and SYKP member Ali Düzgün were released with judiciary control conditions.

Names of arrested defendants: ETHA editor İsminaz Temel, ETHA reporter Havva Cuştan, Attorney Özlem Gümüştaş, Attorney Sezin Uçar, ESP MYK member Özgen Sadet, Onur Binbir, Hünkar Yurtseven, İlhan Aslan, İsmail Geçkin, HDP Bağcılar District Executive Erkan Kakça, Meral Tatar, Mazlum Demirtaş.

(10/327) Journalist Detained in İstanbul…

Journalist Zeynep Kuray was detained on October 25, 2017 during a house raid to her house in İstanbul. Kuray was detained due to her social media posts.

(10/328) Detentions and Arrests…

It is learned that 24 people detained on October 23, 2017 regarding the armed assault towards a specialist corporal in Diyarbakır’s Yenişehir were released from Diyarbakır Police Headquarters on October 26, 2017. It is reported that Saliha Baran who is 80 years old and has diabetes passed out a couple of times during detention and she was made to wait on a stretcher.

HDP Hope district co-chair, writer and environmental activist Cemil Aksu was detained due to his social media posts when he went to testify in Hopa Court. Following his testimony Aksu was released. The prosecution objected and Aksu was brought to court and arrested on October 25, 2017 due to ‘endorsing crime and criminal’. Cemil Aksu is the spouse of ESP Hopa district executive Nuran Vayiç who was also arrested on October 24, 2017.

Through an Adana based investigation on October 13, 2017 and further 39 people were detained including 14 women and 1 child, during operations in 5 cities. It is learned that 18 of these detainees were arrested for ‘membership of an illegal organization’ and ‘helping and and harboring an illegal organization’ based on anonymous witnesses’ testimonies. 21 people were released with house arrests.

It is reported that 5 of 7 people detained on October 25, 2017 in Balıkesir for their social media posts were arrested by court on October 25, 2017 due to an allegation of ‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’. 2 people were released with judiciary control condition. Names of the arrested defendants: Ahmet Zeki Açıkgöz, Yahya Anık, Barış Özpolat, Ersin Taşdemir and Mehmet Yıldırım.

It is reported that 4 of 12 people detained on October 19, 2017 in Urfa for their social media posts were arrested by court on October 25, 2017 due to an allegation of ‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’. 8 people were released. Names of the arrested defendants: Mehmet Dağdelen, Reşat Ekinci, Seyfo Erbekler and one unidentified person.

It is learned that a person named Bayram Çağlar was detained during a raid to his house in Mersin on October 26, 2017. It is reported that Çağlar was sent to Mersin Police Headquarters and the reason for his detention is unknown.

(10/329) Detentions and Arrests in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

It is learned that 17 people including teachers discharged with Decree with the Force of Law were detained on October 25, 2017 through an Aksaray based investigation in 4 cities. 10 people were detained through an Istanbul based investigation during operations in 3 cities.

It is learned that 6 of 20 regular soldiers detained through a Balıkesir based investigation in 10 cities on October 16, 2017 were arrested on October 25, 2017. 14 people were released with judiciary control conditions.

It is learned that 5 of 12 people detained through a Bayburt based investigation in 10 cities on October 10, 2017 were arrested on October 25, 2017. 7 people were released with judiciary control conditions.

It is learned that 26 of 65 people detained on October 11, 2017 including regular soldiers, were arrested on October 25, 2017. Detentions took place through an Osmaniye based investigation during operations in 33 cities. 39 people were released 34 of which with judiciary control condition.

It is learned that former Ministry of External Affairs employee Arif Çelik trying to cross the Greek border illegally on October 23, 2017 was arrested by court on October 25, 2017. Arif Çelik was discharged with a Decree with the Force of Law.

It is learned that Mesut Kaçmaz and his spouse Meral Kaçmaz who were previously deported from Pakistan on October 14, 2017 and brought to Turkey, were arrested by court on October 25, 2017.

(10/330) Trial of DBP City Co-Chair

It is learned from news coverage of October 25, 2017 that the case opened against DBP Iğdır Co-Chair Ufuk Demir for making propaganda of an illegal organization with his social media posts resulted with Demir being sentenced to 3 years 9 months and 15 days. The case was opened by Iğdır Heavy Penal Court No 1. Ufur Demir was detained on March 17, 2017 in Iğdır and released 1 week later.

(10/331) Trials of Journalists…

The final hearing for the trials of 12 people including former HDP MP and grant holder of KJA journal Ayla Akat and chief news editor Helin Tolan took place on October 26, 2017. The case was opened by Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 4 based on published articles in the journal. Following the defenses the court sentenced 3 people (Helin Tolan, Mehtap Yılmaz ve Mustafa Aşan) to 10 months imprisonment. The court acquitted the other defendants.

(10/332) Trials in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

The final hearing for the trials of 12 employees of education centers closed with Statuary Decrees took place on October 25, 2017. The case was opened by Eskişehir Heavy Penal Court No 2.. Following the defenses the court sentenced 12 people to prison terms ranging from 3 years 1 month 15 days to 8 years.

The final trial of 2 former police officers discharged with Decree with the Force of Law took place on October 25, 2017. The case was opened by Malatya Heavy Penal Court No 1. Following the defenses the court sentenced former police officer Ahmet Akçakoça to 6 years 3 months, Zahit Baydaş to 7 years 6 months. The court also released Akçakoça with judiciary control condition and ruled for the continuity of arrest for Zahit Baydaş.

The trial of 320 former soldiers including Siirt Commando Brigade Commander Ahmet Şimşek and Eruh 2nd Commando Brigade Commander Colonel İsmet Çehreli continued on October 25, 2017. 320 soldiers including 79 already arrested are accused with attempting to occupy governorate building in Siirt during July 15 coup attempt. One arrested defendant was released with judiciary control condition. The court ruled for the continuity of arrests for the remaining defendants and adjourned the hearing to December 21, 2017.

The trial of 62 people including 13 arrested continued on October 25, 2017. The case was opened by Adana Heavy Penal Court No 2. Defendants are accused of ‘membership of an illegal organization’. Following the defenses the court ruled for the continuity of arrests for all defendants and adjourned the hearing to a further date.

(10/333) Party Premise Raided by Police…

It is learned that HDP Sultanhisar district premise was raided by police officers on October 25, 2017 in Aydın. It is learned that building was empty during the raid and some photographs, posters and documents were seized.

(10/334) Curfew in Ömerli…

Governorate of Mardin declared on October 25, 2017 that the curfew implemented on 12 rural neighborhoods of Ömerli District will be lifted as of October 25, 2017, 06.00. Names of the neighborhoods with curfew are: Kaynakkaya, Pınarcık, Havuzbaşı, İkipınar, Kömürlü, Kayagöze, Harmankaya, Taşlıca, Işıkdere, Ovabaşı, Duygulu and Heybeli.

[1]  The reports on the human rights violations of the Documentation Center are claims unless they are certified. The claim of violation either is certified through thoroughly investigations of HRFT Documentation Center, including by judicial verdicts, and becomes a definite data or it is not included to the annual report.

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25 October 2017 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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25 October 2017 Daily Human Rights Report…

(10/310) Trials of Journalists in İstanbul…

The hearings for the trials of 6 journalists including 3 arrested began on October 24, 3017. The case was opened by İstanbul Heavy Penal Court No 29. Ömer Çelik, chief editor of DİHA closed with a Statuary Decree, former editor of news portal Diken Tunca Öğreten and Birgün newspaper employee Mahir Kanaat are arrested defendants. DİHA reporter Metin Yoksu, Yolculuk newspaper chief editor Eray Sargın and ETHA news chief Derya Okatan are on trial without arrest.

Due to publishing e-mails of Minister of Energy Berat Albayrak which were hacked by RedHack the indictment requests punishments for the following crimes: ‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’, ‘membership of an illegal organization’, ‘interrupting and disrupting informatics systems, manipulating or destroying data’

All 6 journalists as well as HDP and CHP MP’s and union representatives were present at the hearing. Many people who wanted to follow the trial were allowed in the court toom because the seats for viewvers were given to riot police.

Arrested defendant Ömer Çelik made his defense in Kurdish and revealed he was tortured during detention, the judge interrupted his speech by saying ‘let’s not get away from the subject’. Regarding thetorture Çelik said; ‘police officers that came to my house attacked me as soon as I opened the door and then tortured me for 2 hours. They made me lie in the snow on the balcony in December.’ Çelik also said that the report he issued due to his torture was lost so he couldn’t issue a criminal complaint.

It is learned also during Çelik’s defense, Minister Albayrak’s attorney intervened and said ‘The official language of Turkey is Turkish and Kurdish is an ethnic language. I demand you ask the defendant whether he speaks Turkish or not.’’.

Following the defenses the court ruled for the release of Ömer Çelik and continuity of arrests for 2 arrested defendants. The court adjourned the next hearing to December 6, 2017. The court also overruled the request to lift judiciary control condition on released defendants and accepted the request to include Minister Albayrak to the case as a complainant.

3 of 6 journalists detained on December 25, 2017 were arrested on January 17, 2017.

(10/311) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that specialist corporal attacked in front of his house in Diyarbakır’s Yenişehir district on October 23, 2017 died on October 24, 2017.

It is reported that 1 militant and 1 village guard were injured during clashes between HPG militants and armed forces in rural areas of Mardin’s Kaynakkaya village on October 24, 2017. Governorate of Mardin declared a curfew on Ömerli district and 24 surrounding rural villages on October 24, 2017.

It is learned from news coverage of October 25, 2017 that 4 militants died during clashes between HPG militants and armed forces in rural areas of Şırnak’s Güçlükonak district, on September 8, 2017.

(10/312) Torture and Other Ill-treatment in Prison…

It is claimed on news coverage of October 24, 2017 that a prisoner named Mazlum Demir staying in Diyarbakır Type D Prison were detained once again by police officers coming to prison and he was sent to Diyarbakır Chief Police Station. Mazlum Demir was detained on October 5, 2017 in Diyarbakır’s Hani district and arrested on October 18, 2017 by court.

A prisoner named Berivan Aydın released from Antalya Type L prison, revealed in her statement to press on October 24, 2017 the pressure and right violations she suffered from in prison. Berivan Aydın stated that they were forced to strip searches and anyone who refused were put in cells, their transfer to hospitals were very late and when they did they were handcuffed and restrained from their medical rights. She also revealed that they were forced to stand during roll calls, wear a badge and disciplinary investigations began on prisoners who refused this. 15 of 20 people including former HDP executive Berivan Aydın were detained on March 15, 2017 and arrested on March 30, 2017. 14 people including Berivan Aydın were released on October 19,2017

It is learned from news coverage of October 24, 2017 that 26 prisoners staying in Bolu Type F prison were sent to Kayseri prison against their will.

It is learned from news coverage of October 25, 2017 that all newspaper that included news about PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan were cut and then distributed to prisoners. Also, some articles and news about the President were censored due to ‘insulting government officials’.

(10/313) Police Intervention Towards ‘‘I Want My Job Back’’ demonstrations in Ankara…

Civil servants discharged from their jobs with Statuary Decree’s planned for a press briefings in front of the Human Rights Monument in Ankara Yüksel Street on October 24, 2017. The resistance of the group has been going on for a certain period. Two meetings planned at 13.00 and 18.00 respectively were both intervened and prevented by the police forces.

It is learned that 3 people (Perihan Pulat, Aleyna Sert, İlker Işık) during the intervention towards the 13.30 meeting were beaten and detained. 6 people including Veli Saçılık were beaten and detained during the intervention towards 18.00 meeting.

A total of 9 people were detained on October 24, 2017 during demonstrations on Yüksel Street. It is reported that all detainees were released within the same day.

(10/314) Human Rights Defender Arrested in Antalya…

Human rights defender Meral Geylani who was detained on October 12, 2017 in Antalya, was arrested by court on October 24, 2017 due to ‘membership of an illegal organization’. Meral Geylani moved to Roboski village to be in solidarity with the families following the Roboski massacre.

(10/315) Attorney Detained in Van…

It is learned that member of Free Attorneys Platform member attorney Deniz Yıldız was detained in Van Police Headquarters where he went to testify on October 25, 2017. Yıldız was detained based on ‘operating and acting on behalf of an illegal organization’.

(10/316) Detention and Arrests…

It is learned that 17 people were detained during house raids in Diyarbakır’s Yenşehir district on October 23, 2017. Detentions were in connection with the armed assault and death of specialist corporal in Diyarbakır. Corporal died on October 24, 2017 in the hospital where he was treated.

It is learned that during house raids in Ağrı’s Diyadin district, 3 people were detained on October 24, 2017. It is reported that 3 people were taken to Ağrı Police Headquarters and reasons for their detentions are not known.

It is reported that 2 people named Halim Hillez and Evin Hillez were detained during house raids in Diyarbakır’s Silvan district on October 25, 2017. The reasons for their detention is unknown. It is learned that both are kept in Silvnan District Police Headquarters. It is claimed in news coverage that the couple have been forced to be informants for 2 months.

(10/317) Detentions and Arrests in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

It is learned that Gökçebey District Gendarmerie Commander B.K. were detained on October 24, 2017 in Zonguldak. 5 people through operations in 3 cities, 14 people through a Kayseri based operation in 3 cities were detained. 10 people including judges and prosecutors discharged with Statuary Decrees through a Tokat based investigation, 9 former police officers discharged with Statuary Decree’s through a Malatya based operation in operations in 2 cities were detained.

It is reported that 18 of 38 people detained on October 10, 2017 through an Ankara based investigation were arrested on October 24, 2017, due to allegedly stealing the questions of Police Academy entrance exam. 4 people were released with judiciary control conditions. 16 people remain in detention.

(10/318) Trials of Co-Mayors…

The trial of Diyarbakır’s Eğil district Co-Mayor Petek Elyusa Çapanoğlu continued on October 24, 2017. The case was opened by Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 5 based on membership of DTK between 2009-2014 and 18 marches and press briefings she attended. The court sentenced Çapanoğlu to 7 years 6 months due to ‘membership of an illegal organization’ and issued an arrest warrant. A trustee was appointed to Eğil municipality on March 8, 2017.

The trial of Van Municipality Co-Mayor Bekir Kaya for insulting prosecutors and judges with the speech he made following arrests of co-chairs Gültan Kışanak an Fırat Anlı, continued on October 24, 2017. Tha case was opened by Van Penal Court of First Instance No 7. Following the defenses the court adjourned the hearing to December 5, 2017. Kaya was detained on November 17, 2017 and arrested on November 18. Van Governor İbrahim Taşyapan was appointed in his place as a trustee.

The trial of 5 people including Şemdinli Co-Mayor Seferi Yılmaz and former DBP district Co-Chair Cabbar Taş regarding the accusations of ‘membership of an illegal organization’ and ‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’ continued on October 24, 2017. The case was opened by Hakkari Heavy Penal Court No 1. Following the defenses the court ruled for the continuity of arrests for arrested defendants and adjourned the hearing to January 18, 2018. Şemdinli Co-Chair Yılmaz was detained on December 3, 2017 and arrested on December 6, 2017.

(10/319) Trials in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

The trial of 29 people including 23 arrested through the ‘‘FETÖ/PYD Media Structure’’ investigation continued on October 24, 2017. The case was opened by Istanbul Heavy Penal Court NO 25. Following the defenses the court ruled for the acquittanced of Atilla Taş and Murat Aksoy and adjourned the hearing to December 4, 2017. Previously on March 31, 2017 the court acquitted 21 people. Following an objection from the prosecution 8 people were arrested again. 13 people were detained outside the prison and arrested on April 14, 2017 for ‘‘attempting to overthrow the constitutional order’’. The court committee that ruled for the release of defendants were suspended.

The trial of 486 people regarding the incidents in Ankara Akıncılar Airbase during July 15 Coup attempt contiued on October 24, 2017. The case was opened by Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 4. Former     First Lieutenant İlhami Yıldız made his defense and revealed that he was tortured during detention and his torture was videotaped by police officers.

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24 October 2017 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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24 October 2017 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/299) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It learned that 1 soldier died in Hakkari’s Çukurca district on October 23, 2017 during a bomb attack towards a military vehicle passing by.

It learned that 2 police officers were injured in Mardin’s Artuklu district on October 23, 2017 during a bomb attack towards an armored police vehicle passing by.

It is learned from news coverage of October 23, 2017 that 1 militant died during clashes between HPG militants and armed forces in rural areas of Bitlis’s Mutki district on October 10, 2017.

(10/300) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned that Mustafa Koçak, who was detained on October 1, 2017, was tortured and subjected to ill-treatment in the police station, was arrested on October 4, 2017 and sent to Silivri No 9 Prison was separated from the cell where he stayed with multiple prisoners and put into a solitary cell. It is reported that Mustafa Koçak started a hunger strike on October 19, 2017 to protest right violations he has been experiencing.

(10/301) Police Intervention Towards ‘‘I Want My Job Back’’ demonstrations in Ankara…

Civil servants discharged from their jobs with Statuary Decree’s planned for press briefings in front of the Human Rights Monument in Ankara, Yüksel Street on October 23, 2017. The resistance of the group has been going on for several weeks. Two meetings planned at 13.00 and 18.00 respectively were both prevented by the police forces who clocked entrance to the street by barriers.

It is learned that 4 people (Derviş Lemi, Gülnaz Bozkurt, İlker Işık and Mehmet Dersulu) were detained and beaten during the intervention towards 13.30 meeting. 9 people (Oktay İnce, Veli Saçılık, Acun Karadağ, Nazan Bozkurt and unidentified 5 people), including Veli Saçılık and a journalist covering the press briefing, were detained and beaten during the intervention towards 18.00 meeting.

Total of 13 people were detained on October 23, 2017. It is reported that all detainees were released within the same day.

(10/302) Detentions and Arrests…

It is learned that 5 of 11 people including HDP Nazilli District Co-Chair Sinan Çakmakçı and HDP Kuşadası District Co-Chair Mustafa Can detained on October 20, 2017, were arrested by court on October 23, 2017 due to ‘making propaganda of an illegal organization. 6 people were released with judiciary control condition. Names of the arrested people are: Sinan Çakmakçı, Hasan Azun, Bayram Devrim, Sedat Bilen and Hamza Karataş. Names of the released with judiciary control condition: Sinan Çakmakçı, Hasan Azun, Bayram Devrim, Sedat Bilen and Hamza Karataş.

It is reported that 2 people were beaten and detained during a house raid in Silvan district of Diyarbakır on October 23, 2017.

It is learned that 7 people were detained In Balıkesir on October 23, 2017, based on the allegation of making propaganda of an illegal organization through their social media posts.

(10/303) ESP Member Detained in Hopa …

It is learned that ESP Hopa district executive Nurcan Vayiç detained on October 19, 2017 was arrested by court on October 23, 2017 due to making propaganda of an illegal organization and insulting the Minister of Internal Affairs through her social media posts.

(10/304) Detentions and Arrests in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

It is reported that 6 people were detained in Bodrum’s Muğla district on October 23, 2017 due to illegally crossing the Greek border to reach Kos island.

It is learned that a person named Z.S. travelling abroad was detained on October 23, 2017 in Edirne Kapıkule border gate due to membership of an illegal organization suspicion.

It is reported that 3 regular soldiers detained in Kırşehir were arrested on October 3, 2017 by the court they were transferred to.

It is learned that 4 people detained through a Kırşehir based investigation’s operations in 2 cities, were arrested by court on October 23, 2017.

It is reported that 3 people detain in Ankara due to alleged ‘ByLock usage’ were arrested by court on October 23, 2017.

(10/305) Trial of Human Rights Defenders…

The trial for İHD (Human Rights Association) member and Central Anatolia district representative Ali Rıza Yurtsever continued on October 23, 2017. The case was opened by Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 9. Ali Rıza Yurtsever was detained on July 19, 2017 through an investigation on Democratic Society Congress (DTK) and arrested on July 24, 2017. Yurtsever was accused with ‘forming and leading an illegal organization’ and prosecution asked for up to 22 years 6 months of jail time. Following the defenses the court ruled for the release of Yurtsever and adjourned the trial date to February 9, 2018.

(10/306) Trial of Co-Mayors…

The trial of Tunceli Municipality Co-Mayor Nurhayat Altun continued on October 23, 2017. The case was opened by Tunceli Heavy Penal Court No 1. Altun attended the trial through SEGBİS from Kandıra Type F Prison. The indictment of the prosecution showed the press briefings, marches, funerals, phone records and DTK activities Altun attended between 2012-2016 as evidence of ‘leading and forming an illegal organization’ and asked for 22 years of prison time. Following the defenses the court ruled for the continuity of Altun’s arrest and adjourned the trial date to December 8, 2017. Vice governor Olgun Öner was appointed in his place as a trustee when Altun was detained on November 16 and later arrested on November 17, 2017. On January 19, 2017 Olgun Öner was also taken from the job and Tunceli Governor Osman Kaynak was appointed instead.

(10/307) Trials in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

The trial of 17 people including 4 fugitives continued on October 23, 2017. Defendants were accused with attempting to cut broadcasts of TÜRKSAT during July 15 coup attempt and the case was opened by Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 14. The court sentenced 13 defendants to heavy life sentences due to ‘violating the constitution’. The court held 8 soldier defendants responsible for the deaths of 2 TÜRKSAT employees and sentenced them to double heavy life sentences. The court also ordered 4 fugitives cases to be separated.

(10/308) Curfew in Ömerli…

Governorate of Mardin declared on October 24, 2017 that an open ended curfew will be imposed on 12 rural areas of Ömerli district effective as of October 24, 2017, 09:30 am. Neighborhoods with curfew are: Kaynakkaya, Pınarcık, Havuzbaşı, İkipınar, Kömürlü, Kayagöze, Harmankaya, Taşlıca, Işıkdere, Ovabaşı, Duygulu and Heybeli.

(10/309) Special Security Zone in Hakkari…

Governorate of Hakkari declared on October 23, 2017 that 31 areas in central Hakkari, Şemdinli and Yüksekova will be security zones between October 26, 2017 and November 9, 2017.

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21-23 October 2017 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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21-23 October 2017 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/271) Child Dead During Police Armored Vehicle Crash in Siirt…

On October 21, 2017, a child named Felek Batur (7) died when a patrolling police armored vehicle hit him in Siirt’s Çal neighborhood.

It is learned from news coverage of October 22, 2017 that Siirt Governor Ali Fuat Atik visited the family and informed them that an investigation began and the police officer driving the vehicle was detained. It is claimed that the Governor offered to pay compensations to family in exchange of no official charges.

(10/272) Person Dead During Armored Vehicle Crash in Bitlis…

It is learned that a woman named Gülten Yaraşlı (55) was hit by an police armored vehicle in Bitlis-Tatvan road on October 19, 2017. Heavily injured woman was taken to Hizan State Hospital and later transferred to Tatvan State Hospital. Gülten Yaraşlı who allegedly fell from the stretcher 3 times during transfer, lost her life.

News coverage from October 21, 2017 reported that Gülten Yaraşlı’s family issued criminal complaints regarding the incident and afterwards. It is claimed that 2 medical personnel and one police officer were suspended due to complaint.

(10/273) Armed Assault Towards Teacher in Diyarbakır…

On October 20, 2017 teacher İzzat Güven (33) was heavily injured during an armed assault perpetrated by an unidentified individual in Diyarbakır’s Silvan district. Güven was a vice principal in Counseling Center of District Directorate of National Education.

(10/274) Assault Towards Former Village Guard in Batman…

On October 21, 2017, retired village ranger Ramazan Durmaz’s dead body was found in Şat hamlet of Kozluk district’s Armutlu village. It is reported that the body was sent to Batman State Hospital for autopsy.

(10/275) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that on October 22, 2017 1 soldier died and 2 soldiers were injured during clashes between HPG militants and armed forces in rural areas of Van’s Başkale district.

It is learned that a specialist corporal named B.D. was heavily injured due to an armed assault by an unidentified person in Diyarbakır’s Yenişehir district. It is learned that Corporal was sent to Dicle University Hospital.

(10/276) Trials of Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça…

The trial of discharged academician Nuriye Gülmen, educator Semih Özakça and one other defendant who is not arrested Acun Karadağ, continued at Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 19 on October 20, 2017. The trial took place in the court room within Sincan Prison Campus.

Semih Özakça was present in the courtroom. Nuriye Gülmen who was in Ankara Numune Hospital,  was not brought to the hearing.

A person named Berke Ercan testified through SEGBİS as witness.

Following the defenses, the court ruled for the release of Semih Özakça with judiciary control condition and adjourned the hearing to November 17, 2017. It is reported that Semih Özakça would wear an electronic ankle bracelet due to his judiciary control condition.

(10/277) Detentions in front of Nuriye Gülmen’s Hospital…

It is learned that on 21 October, 2017 police intervened to crowd waiting in front of the hospital where Nuriye Gülmen is kept. 10 people were detained. Names of the detainees were: Deniz Aydın, Deniz Eriş, Ömer Akyel, Alper Gamsız, Arda Turan, Özge Çırpan, Mahsun Ekinci, Gökhan Uysal, Rukiye Serçe, Onur Kazan.

(10/278) Torture and Other Ill-Treatmen in Prison…

It is learned from news coverage of October 21, 2017 a painting by journalist and painter Zehra Doğan was destroyed by the prison administration. Doğan made the painting using newspaper sheets.

It is claimed in news coverage of October 22, 2017 that a trans gender prisoner named Esra in Maltepe Type L prison was beaten by wardens for wearing a skirt and women shoes.

It is learned through news coverage of October 22, 2017 that prison cells in Manisa Type T Prison have been overloaded and thus 25 prisoners stay in a single cell including 3 prisoners sleeping in the kitchen and 8 prisoners sleeping on the floor. It is also learned that books sent to prisoners were not delivered, phone rights were limited to once in two weeks although it needs to be once a week, open visits were limited to once in two months which also needs to be once a month.

(10/279) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned that prisoners around Turkey who are arrested and convicted of PKK cases, will start a hunger strike on October 21, 2017 for 3 days, to protest visitation ban on PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan.

(10/280) Police Intervention Towards Press Briefing in İstanbul…

On October 22, 2017 police officers intervened a planned press briefing by Democratic Institutions Platform in İstanbul’s Kadıköy district. The briefing aimed to shed a light on visitation bans on PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan. It is learned that 16 people were detained including HDP district executives Cengiz Çiçek and Esengül Demir. It is learned that detainees were released on October 23, 2017 after health examinations. Names of the detained: Cengiz Çiçek, Esengül Demir, Resul Akkaya, Hülya Aydoğdu, Arif Yılmaz, Şenol Özbek, Sait Kırmızıtoprak, Necdet Özçelik, Taylan Ürün, Yunus Aslan, Belen Mert.

(10/281) Police Intervention Towards ‘‘I Want My Job Back’’ demonstrations in Ankara…

Civil servants discharged from their jobs with Statuary Decree’s planned for a press briefings in front of the Human Rights Monument in Ankara Yüksel Street on October 20,21 and 22, 2017. The resistance of the group has been going on for a certain period. Two meetings planned at 13.00 and 18.00 respectively were both prevented by the police forces who clocked entrance to the street by barriers.

It is learned that 9 people during the intervention towards 13.30 meeting and 11 people during the intervention towards 18.00 meeting were beaten and detained on October 20, 2017.

It is learned that 7 people during the intervention towards 13.30 meeting and 8 people during the intervention towards 18.00 meeting were beaten and detained on October 21, 2017.

It is learned that 5 people including a journalist covering the event, were detained and beaten during the intervention towards 13.30 meeting. 7 people (Veli Saçılık, İlker Işık, Nazan Bozkurt, Simge Aksan, Mustafa Keçeli, Derviş Lermi and journalist Oktay İnce), including a journalist covering the event, were detained and beaten during the intervention towards 18.00 meeting on October 22, 2017.

In total, 47 people were detained on October 20, 21, 22, 2017 through police interventions. It is reported that detainees were released within the same day.

(10/282) Journalist Detained in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that 3 people including journalist Vedat Çetin detained in Diyarbakır on October 19, 2017 through an investigation towards Democratic Society Congress (DTK) were released with judiciary control conditions on October 20, 2017.

(10/283) Journalists Detained in Ankara …

It is learned that 3 (Selma Güleryüz, Diren Yurtsever and Sibel Yükler) of 5 reporters detained on October 20, 2017 were released on October 21, 2017 following their testimonies. Reporters were working for Mezopotamya and Jinnews news agencies. Remaining 2 (Duygu Erol and Habibe Eren) were released by court on October 23, 2017. It is reported that the court released Duygu Erol with a judiciary control condition.

(10/284) ORSAM President Detained in Ankara…

It is learned that Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM) President Assoc. Pr. Dr. Şaban Kardaş was detained on October 20, 2017. It is learned that Kardaş was detained through the same investigation as Osman Kavala.

(10/285) Police Intervention Towards Press Briefing in Hopa…

It is reported that a group gathered to protest the detention of ESP district executive Nurcan Vayiç were detained on October 19, 2017 in Artvin’s Hopa district. It is learned that one person from 4 detained, was arrested due to ‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’ through his social media posts. 13 people were released following their testimonies.

(10/286) Detention and Arrests…

It is learned that 11 people including HDP Nazilli District Co-Chair Sinan Çakmakçı and HDP Kuşadası District Co-Chair Mustafa Can, were detained through house raids on October 20, 2017. Names of the detainees are:  Sinan Çakmak, Mustafa Can, Raif Kanat, Hasan Aruz, Hakan Aydın, Murat Karatay, Bayram Devrim, Sedat Bilen, Mehmet Şakir Yetişen, Cengiz İvdil, Hamza Karataş.

It is learned that 9 people were detained in Gökçek Tabak village of Diyarbakır’s Silvan district on October 21, 2017. Detained people were sent to Bağdare village police station. Names of detainees: HDP Silvan District Executive Nesrettin Narin, Vedat Narin, Ferit Kadah, Latif Kadah, Nesih Pehlivan, Mehmet Pehlivan, Mehmet Emin Yıldırım, two people named Burhan and Mehmet with unidentified last names.

(10/287) Detentions and Arrests in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

On October 20, 2017, detention warrants were issued for 102 people through an Istanbul based investigation on Kaynak Holding. It is learned that 59 people were detained through operations in 24 cities.

It is learned that 18 former police officers discharged with Statuary Decree’s on October 20, 2017 were detained. 5 people in Kayseri were detained due to ‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’ through their social media posts. 5 people including discharged judges and teachers who were illegally trying to cross Greece border were detained in Edirne on October 20, 2017.

It is learned that through ‘FETÖ/PDY’ investigation, detention warrants were issued for 38 people working in private school or courses closed with Statuary Decree’s on October 20, 2017. It is learned that operations began in 7 cities to capture these people.

It is learned that Bülent Kınay and Fatih Mehmet Uslu, two former judges discharged with Statuary Decrees, were detained on October 21, 2017 due to illegally trying to cross Greek border.

It is learned that 7 people were detained during operations in 6 cities through an Iğdır based investigation. It is learned that 7 people were detained because their deposits in Bank Asya were significantly increased with Fettullah Gülen’s instruction.

It is learned that 39 of 51 detained former police officers discharged with Statuary Decrees were arrested on October 21, 2017. Detained officers included former chief police officers and department heads. They were detained on October 14, 2017. 12 officers were released with judiciary control conditions.

It is learned that 2 of 6 people detained through investigations in 6 cities and KKTC, were arrested on October 21, 2017. 4 people were released with judiciary control condition.

It is learned that 36 of 54 people detained on October 13, 2017 through an İstanbul based investigation, were arrested on October 21, 2017. 12 people were released with judiciary control conditions. 6 people previously detained through the same investigation were released with prosecution order.

It is learned that 5 of 7 people detained in İstanbul for alleged ‘ByLock usage’ were arrested on October 21, 2017. 2 people were released with judiciary control condition.

It is learned that 18 of 24 people detained through an İzmir based investigation during operations in 19 cities, were arrested on October 21, 2017. They were detained on October 4, 2017. 6 people were released with judiciary control conditions. It is reported that 8 people detained wished to benefit from effective repentance law.

It is learned that 6 of 17 people detained through a Muğla based investigation during operations in 5 cities, were arrested on October 21, 2017. They were detained on October 17, 2017. 11 people were released with judiciary control conditions.

It is learned that 36 of 68 people detained through a Konya based investigation during operations in 7 cities, were arrested on October 21, 2017. They were detained on October 10, 2017. 32 people were released with judiciary control conditions. It is reported that 32 people detained wished to benefit from effective repentance law.

(10/288) Trials of Co-Mayors…

The trial of 6 defendants including Van’s Muradiye District co-Mayor Mehmet Ali Tunç continued on October 20, 2017. The case was opened by Van Heavy Penal Court No 2. Witness Zeki Yıldız revealed in court that the testimony he gave against the mayor was signed by him because he was tortured by police officers to do so. Following the defenses the court ruled for the release of one defendant and adjourned the hearing date to January 12, 2018.

Muradiye Municipality co-Mayor Mehmet Ali Tunç was detained on January 13, 2017 and arrested on January 26, 2017. A trustee was appointed to his place by the government on January 17, 2017.

(10/289) Trial of Gündem Newspaper…

Trials of Tuğrul Eryılmaz, Zeki Kayar and Levent Döndü continued on October 20, 2017. Tuğrul Eryılmaz took over the chief editor position as a substitute in solidary with Özgür Gündem newspaper which was closed by a Statuary Decree. Zeki Kayar and Levent Döndü were publishing at the newspaper. The case was opened by Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 22. Levent Döndü did not attend the trial. Zeki Kayar made his defense through SEGBİS. Zeki Kayar wanted to testify in Kurdish and asked for his friend from prison as a translator. It is learned that judge responded to this request by saying: ‘you have been comfortably expressing yourself in Turkish so far. Why would you make your defense in Kurdish? The government granted this right, but only for the ones who can’t explain themselves in Turkish.’

Following the defenses the court sentenced Zeki Kayar and Levent Ds sentenced to 1 year 3 months based on the same accusation. The court also sentenced Eryılmaz to 10 months for ‘publishing and distributing for an illegal organization’ and transformed this penalty to 6.000 TL.

(10/290) Trial of ÇHD Antalya Branch President…

Siz defendants including ÇHD Antalya President Attorney Deniz Yıldırım, HDP Antalya co-chairs İhsan Nergiz and Songül Şarklı were released on October 20, 2017. 6 defendants were arrested on August 11, 2017. Names of the released defendants are: Deniz Yıldırım, İhsan Nergiz, Songül Şarklı, Rafiye Akkaya, Emrah Çetin and Sevgi Arslan.

(10/291) Trials of HDP Executives …

The trial of former HDP Çukurca district co-chair Cumhur Erdemir continued on October 20, 2017. The case was opened by Hakkari Heavy Penal Court No 1 based on the accusation of ‘membership of an illegal organization’. Following the defenses the court ruled for the continouty of Erdemir’s arrest and adjourned the hearing to November 16, 2017.

(10/292) Arrests in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

The final hearing for the trial of 18 defendants who are accused of occupying İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s logistics center during July 15 coup attempt, took place on October 20, 2017. The case was opened by Heavy Penal Court No 23. The court sentenced 7 defendants to heavy life sentences for ‘attempting to use force to overthrow order guaranteed by the constitution of Republic of Turkey’. 2 defendants were sentenced to life sentences for the same crime. The court also sentenced 18 defendants to 200 years for ‘using force and violence to deliberately strip one from his freedom’.

The trial of 58 soldiers including 18 arrested continued on October 20, 2017. The case was opened by İstanbul Heavy Penal Court No 24 based on the allegation of occupying special forces central building during July 15 coup attempt. Prosecution asked for heavy life sentences for all defendants due to ‘attempting to overthrow constitutional order’.

The final trial of 3 former police officers including 2 arrested took place on October 20, 2017. The case was opened by Gümüşhane Heavy Penal Court. Court sentenced all defendants to 12 years 6 months for ‘aiding violation of the constitution’.

(10/293) Curfew in Lice …

Governorate of Diyarbakır declared on October 21, 2017 that the curfew put on 7 villages and 11 hamlets of Lice district on October 17 has been lifted as of October 21, 5.00 am. Vilages and hamlets with curfew were: Budak, Dallıca, Tepe, Türeli, Kabakaya, Kutlu, Oyuklu villages; Hevselbey, Kolbağı, Alataş, Kalkanlı, Bakanlar, Hacıcemil, Esenli, Çaylarbaşı, Göçer, Kerpiçören, Çanak hamlets.

(10/294) Curfew in Hazro…

Governorate of Diyarbakır declared on October 21, 2017 that the curfew put on 1 village and 1 hamlet of Hazro district on October 17 has been lifted as of October 21, 5.00 am. Villages and hamlets with curfew were: Mutluca village and Şahgeldi hamlet.

(10/295) Curfew in Silvan…

Governorate of Diyarbakır declared on October 21, 2017 that the curfew put on 3 villages and 4 hamlets of Silvan district on October 17 has been lifted as of October 21, 5.00 am. Vilages and hamlets with curfew were: Çaldere, Dolaplıdere ve Dağçılar villages; Üçdirek, Ergeçiti, Kayabağı and Erkenciler hamlets.

(10/296) Curfew in Kulp…

Governorate of Diyarbakır declared on October 21, 2017 that the curfew put on 5 villages and 6 hamlets of Kulp district on October 17 has been lifted as of October 21, 5.00 am. Villages and hamlets with curfew were: Çukurca, Demirli, Düzce, Bayıkköy and Taşköprü villages; Zümrütlü, Keçiveren, Yukarıpolat, Aşağıpolat, Mevik ve Taşköprü hamlets.

(10/297) Curfew in Şemdinli…

Governorate of Hakkari declared on October 22, 2017 that a curfew will be implemented in 6 villages of Hakkari’s Şemdinli district between October 22, 2017 05.00 am and October 23, 2017 05.00 am. Villages with curfew are: Çatalca, Güvenli, Soğuksu, Durak, Akbal and Erdemli.

(10/298) Event Banned…

It is learned that 90 workers fired from Paşabahçe Kırklaerli glass factory began a march towards the headquarters of Şişecam in Tuzla with a ‘job, food, justice’ claim. Governorate of Tekirdağ declared the walk illegal and banned the march. It is learned that following the ban on the march workers decided to wait in Büyükkarıştıran region of Lüleburgaz.

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