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09 January 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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9 January 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(01/044) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

Ministry of National Defence announced that 4 soldiers died in a bombing attack in Resulayn city within Turkish Armed Forces operation to north and east Syria on January 8, 2020.

(01/045) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is claimed in the news coverage of January 8, 2020 that, a 5-years-old child who was visiting his father in Bafra T Type Prison, was subjected to strip search. People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Kocaeli MP Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu submitted a parliamentary question about this allegation, addressing Ministry of Justice Abdülhamit Gül. The question demands to clarification on whether this allegation is true or not and if it is true, whether an investigation is initiated against responsible personnel and which rule and regulation implies strip search for children.  

It is learned from the news coverage of January 8, 2020 that, Dilan Örenci, HDP co-mayor of Özalp district of Van, is transferred from Van T Type Prison to Erzurum E Type Prison under coercion. Dilan Örenci was detained on December 6, 2019 and was arrested by the court on December 9, 2019. Ministry of Interior appointed a trustee to Özalp district of December 6, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of January 8, 2020 that, the letter of Grup Yorum band member Barış Yüksel, who is on hunger strike in Silivri Prison No 9, addressed to a newspaper, was censored leaving only the name, by prison administration.

(01/046) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1156 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on January 8, 2020 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on January 8, 2020, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Merve Demirel and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained. It is reported that the police forced Merve Demirel down on her face on wet ground and handcuffed her behind her back at 18.00.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on January 8, 2020. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(01/047) Journalist on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The first trial against Mezopotamya News Agency reporter Arjin Dilek Öncel is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 11 on January 8, 2020

The indictment demands jail sentence from 1 year and 6 months to 7 years and 6 months on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ in social media posts.

After defence hearings the court announced the verdict and acquitted Arjin Dilek Öncel.

(01/048) Journalist on Trial in Muş…

The first trial of the case against İdris Sayılğan, reporter of Dicle News Agency which was closed down by a state of emergency decree, is held at Muş Heavy Penal Court No 2 on January 8, 2020.

The indictment demands sentence for İdris Sayılğan on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

İdris Sayılğan, attended the trial and stated that he was charged for his social media posts before and was sentenced to 8 years and 3 months. İdris Sayılğan’s lawyers demanded acquittal since a trial have been held on the same charge for the same deeds.

After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to March 25, 2020.

(01/049) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On January 8, 2020, 6 people are detained in operations covering 4 cities through a Balıkesir based investigation.

(01/050) Ban of Events in Van…

Van Governorate made a declaration on January 8, 2020 and announced that, all open and indoor events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 15 days as of January 9, 2020. All events are banned in Van for 1159 days since November 21, 2016.

(01/051) Proceedings Against Parliamentary Member…

It is learned from the news coverage of January 8, 2020 that, a proceeding is submitted to Grand National Assembly, demanding lift of impunity of HDP Adana MP Tülay Hatimoğulları for attending Ahmet Atakan’s funeral who died during Gezi Park protests in Hatay on September 10, 2013.

[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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Curfews in Turkey Between the Dates 16 August 2015 – 1 January 2020

CURFEWS IN TURKEY

Between 16 August 2015 – 1 January 2020

 

09.01.2020

According to the information gathered by the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey Documentation Center, between 16 August 2015 and 1 January 2020, there have been at least 351 officially confirmed round-the-clock [all daylong] and/or open-ended curfews in 11 cities and at least 51 districts of Turkey.

The relevant cities and districts that curfews implemented are as follow: DİYARBAKIR (214 times), MARDİN (60 times), HAKKÂRİ (23 times), ŞIRNAK (13 times), BİTLİS (29 times), MUŞ (7 times), BİNGÖL (7 times), TUNCELİ (6 times), BATMAN (6 times), ELAZIĞ (2 times) and SİİRT (14 times).

In addition to these, between 16 August 2015 and 1 January 2020, there have been at least 23 curfews declarad in various villages and flatlands of Şemdinli district of Hakkâri, and Hizan, Güroymak, Mutki, Tatvan 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 above mentioned data. However they will be monitored by our Documentation Center.

It is estimated that, 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. Yet, this data is not possible to be updated since the regions of curfews slid to the villages and flatlands in 2016, by the reason that their population census is whether not taken or not released to the public.

Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT), established in 1990, is a non-governmental and non-profit human rights organisation providing treatment and rehabilitation services for torture survivors and documenting human rights violations in Turkey.

04 – 06 January 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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04 – 06 January 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(01/016) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from January 4, 2020 that 2 HPG militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to Avaşin area in Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on January 2, 2020.

(01/017) Rejection to Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan…

It is learned that the appeal made on January 3, 2020 to chief public prosecutor’s office in Bursa by PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s sister and brother and tutelary along with the families of Hamili Yıldırım, Ömer Hayri Konar and Veysel Aktaş in order to visit, was rejected the same day on the grounds of limitations for prisoners in accordance with the Law on the Execution of Criminal and Security Measures Number 5275.

(01/018) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1153 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on January 3, 4, and 5, 2020 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on January 3, 2020, 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on January 4, 2020, 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 1 person (Mehmet Dersulu) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on January 5, 2020, 2 people (Alev Şahin and Acun Karadağ) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 11 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on January 3, 4, and 5, 2020. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(01/019) Prevention of Saturday Mothers’ Protest in Istanbul…

Police obstructed all the streets around Galatasaray Square in Istanbul to prevent Saturday Mothers who rally every Saturday for 23 years in the same place to gather for the 771st time on January 4, 2020. Upon police prevention, the group including representatives of political parties, human rights defenders and artists along with families of disappeared people held a press declaration on the street of Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul office.

(01/020) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

 “F sit-in”, which is organized for the 406th time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on January 4, 2020, is prevented by the police. The police obstructed all the streets around Galatasaray Square. Human rights defenders made the press declaration in front of IHD Istanbul office.

(01/021) Police Intervention to a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration at Güvenpark in Ankara on January 3, 2020, which was held to support Mustafa Koçak, and detained 2 people (Cemile Temizkalp and Sercan Çakır). Mustafa Koçak is on indefinite hunger strike for 97 days in Izmir Şakran T Type Prison No 2, demanding a fair trial.

(01/022) Police Intervention to Protests of Carriers in Konya and Urfa…

On January 3, 2020 the police intervened carriers who block Konya-Istanbul highway to protest new regulation which proposes Electronic Transportation Tracking and Control System, tachograph and data transfer from vehicles as obligatory by January 1, 2020. It is learned that at least 1 person is detained.

The police prevented the press declaration to be held in Urfa for the same cause, on the grounds of governorate’s ban on activities all over the city. Upon prevention carriers attempted to block Urfa-Akçakale roadway and at least 3 people are detained by the police intervening them. The names of detained people are unknown.

(01/023) Journalist in Istanbul on Trial…

On January 3, 2020, Penal Department No 3 of Istanbul Regional Court concluded on the appeal of 5 years and 11 months of sentence given by Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 26 to journalist and writer Ahmet Altan, on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘insulting the President’. The appeal is rejected and sentence given to Ahmet Altan is approved. It is learned that Ahmet Altan’s lawyers will appeal to Supreme Court.

(01/024) Constitutional Court Decision on Union Member…

Constitutional Court’s decision on the appeal of Pınar Çankaya, a member of Education and Science Employees’ Union (Eğitim-Sen), is published on the official gazette on January 3, 2020. The court found the appeal of Pınar Çankaya who was subjected to an administrative investigation for attending a strike action organized by the union and was penalised with salary deduction at a rate of 1/30 percent, inadmissible. The reason of the court’s decision is stated as following: “Strike actions attended by union members which are in line with activities of trade unions as pressure groups against political authority apart from their activities for protecting and developing financial and social rights and interests of their members, is considered out of core activities of unions”.

(01/025) Discrimination Against People Dismissed by State of Emergency Decrees…

It is learned from the news coverage of January 5, 2020, a doctor, dismissed by a state of emergency decree, who applied to a bank to open an account was rejected by the bank on the grounds of being dismissed, and was rejected by arbitration board of Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency too, on the grounds that “banks are free to determine whom to work with”.

On December 31, 2019, a bank in Gaziantep did not pay the money transferred to Suzan Uzpak, dismissed by a state of emergency decree, on the grounds of “banned ID number”; and Uzpak was paid after reactions.

(01/026) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

Harun Çelik, who was detained by Turkish National Intelligence in Albania on January 2, 2020 is arrested by the court on January 3, 2020.

(01/027) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against 72 people, including 70 former students of Air Force Academy and 2 soldiers is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 24 on January 3, 2020 The court sentenced 70 former students to life imprisonment on the charge of ‘violation of the Constitution’ and ruled no sentence for 2 soldiers.

[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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03 January 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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03 January 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(01/010) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

Ministry of National Defence announced that 2 soldiers (Ayhan Çam and Berkay Işık) died in a clash in Heftanin area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government within “Claw-3” operation on January 2, 2020.

It is learned from the news coverage of January 2, 2020 that 3 HPG militants died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in Tutak district of Ağrı on December 6, 2019.

(01/011) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of January 2, 2020 that Süleyman Saçal, an ill-prisoner who was transferred from Osmaniye T Type Prison No 2 to Maraş Türkoğlu L Type Prison under coercion on December 26, 2019, was subjected to physical violence of soldiers and wardens at the entrance of prison where he was forced to take off his clothes. It is reported that Süleyman Saçal was put in solitary cell afterwards and was penalised to 4 months of prevention from visits.

(01/012) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1150 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on January 2, 2020 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on January 2, 2020, 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on January 2, 2020. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(01/013) Police Intervention to a Protest in Düzce…

On January 2, 2020 the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, in front of Justice and Development Party (AKP) provincial office and detained her. It is learned that Alev Şahin was released on the same day.

(01/014) Police Intervention to University Students in Istanbul…

The police used clubs to intervene university students who want to submit petitions to rectorate against a new regulation at Istanbul University which proposes to cut breakfast service and give only one meal at reduced price at dining halls. The police prevented students coming from other campuses to get in central campus and those in central campus to get out.

(01/015) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

It is learned that a person named Harun Çelik was detained by Turkish National Intelligence Service at Albania and was taken to Turkey on January 2, 2020.

 

[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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01 – 02 January 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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01 – 02 January 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(01/001) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

It is learned that 1 soldier (Rahmi Kaya) who got wounded due to an explosion on December 29, 2019 in Tel Abyad city within the military operation of Turkish Armed Forces to north and east Syria, died in hospital on December 31, 2019.

(01/002) Person Hit by Armoured Police Vehicle in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that police officer H. A. who was detained related to death of Cihan Can by being hit by an armoured police vehicle on Turgut Özal street in Diyarbakır on December 28, 2019, is released on December 31, 2019, to the contrary of prosecutor’s demand.

(01/003) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 31, 2019 that Mehdi Boz, an ill prisoner kept in Elazığ High Security Prison No 1, was subjected to physical violence of the wardens because he reacted that his personal belongings have been scattered around during ward search; and that he was penalised with 11 days of solitary confinement as a result of disciplinary proceedings against him.

(01/004) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1149 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 31, 2019 and January 1, 2020 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on December 31, 2019, 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Mahmut Konuk and Merve Demirel) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on January 1, 2020, 2 people (Merve Demirel and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Merve Demirel and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 8 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on December 31, 2019 and January 1, 2020. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(01/005) Lawyer on Trial in Van…

The case against lawyer Ekin Yeter from Association of Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD), for participating in a press declaration of Van Democracy Platform about hunger strikes in prison on May 12, 2019; is held at Van Penal Court of First Instance No 7 on December 31, 2019. The court acquitted Ekin Yeter.

(01/006) Journalist on Trial in Diyarbakır…

It is learned from the news coverage of January 1, 2010 that Diyarbakır Public Prosecutor’s Office has prepared an indictment against journalist Mehmet Erol for his social media posts between 2013 and 2015; and Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 10 accepted the indictment demanding jail sentence up to 7 years and 6 months.

(01/007) Ban of Leaflet in Mardin…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 31, 2019 that Mardin Governorate banned the leaflet of People’s Democratic Party for its provincial congress to be held on January 4, 2020.

(01/008) Special Security Zone in Bingöl…

Bingöl Governorate made a declaration on January 1, 2020, and announced 35 areas with given coordinates in central, Karlıova, Genç, Yayladere, Yedisu, Kiğı ve Adaklı districts as special security zones as of January 1, 2020 until December 31, 2020.

(01/009) Special Security Zone in Şırnak…

Şırnak Governorate made a declaration on December 31, 2019, and announced 15 areas with given coordinates in central, Cizre, Silopi, Uludere, Güçlükonak, Beytüşşebap districts as special security zones as of January 1, 2020 until January 15, 2020.

[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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31 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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31 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/332) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 30, 2019 that Filiz Buluttekin, co-mayor of Sur district of Diyarbakır was transferred from Diyarbakır Closed Women’s Prison to Erzurum E Type Prison under coercion; and other co-mayor Cemal Özdemir is transferred from Diyarbakır D Type Prison to Erzurum H Type Prison under coercion. Filiz Buluttekin and Cemal Özdemir were detained on December 20, 2019 and were arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on December 23, 2019.

(12/333) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1147 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 30, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on December 30, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Mehmet Dersulu) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on December 30, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(12/334) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on December 30, 2019, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and detained 3 people (Mahmut Konuk, Mehmet Dersulu and Cemal Yıldırım). It is learned that 3 people were released the same day.

(12/335) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on December 30, 2019 of Nursel Tanrıverdi who rally for 145 weeks to regain her job from which she had been dismissed by state of emergency decree, and detained her by using physical violence.

(12/336) Arrested Person in Urfa…

It is learned that Bozan Karayılan, who was detained in house raids in Birecik district of Urfa on December 27, 2019 is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on December 30, 2019.

(12/337) Prosecuted Person in Tekirdağ for Social Media Posts…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 30, 2019 that, Çorlu Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation against Mısra Öz Sel, for her social media posts and that Mısra Öz Sel is called to give her official statement. Mısra Öz Sel’s son Oğuz Arda Sel died in the train crash in Çorlu district of Tekirdağ on July 8, 2018.

(12/338) People on Trial in Şırnak…

The case against 16 people on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ for attending a commemoration in 2015 for 34 people who died due to an air bombardment to Roboski village of Uludere district of Şırnak on December 28, 2011; is held at Uludere Penal Court of First Instance on December 30, 2019. The court adjourned the trial to January 13, 2020.

(12/339) Constitutional Court Decision on Right to Live…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 30, 2019 that Constitutional Court concluded the appeal about Dilan Kortak, who died in a police raid to a house in Sancaktepe district of Istanbul on December 3, 2015. The court ruled that right to live violated in terms of procedure. Dilan Kortak’s family have made an official complaint to Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office and it was rejected on March 18, 2016, on the grounds that “police officers in operation have acted according to necessary defence conditions”, and the appeal to rejection was also rejected by Istanbul Anadolu Penal Court of Peace No 2.

(12/340) Special Security Zone in Antep…

Antep Governorate made a declaration on December 30, 2019, and announced 48 areas near Syrian border with given coordinates as special security zones as of January 1, 2020 until January 15, 2020.

[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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28 – 30 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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28 – 30 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/312) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 28, 2019 that, 2 HPG militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to Zap area in Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on November 26, 2019.

(12/313) Person Hit by Armoured Police Vehicle in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that a person named Cihan Can was hit by an armoured police vehicle on Turgut Özal street in Diyarbakır on December 28, 2019, and died at the scene of accident.

(12/314) Assault to a Journalist in Istanbul…

It is learned that Murat İde, Yeniçağ newspaper writer and press advisor of IYI Party, was assaulted by a group in Sarıyer district of Istanbul on December 28, 2019. It is reported that 4 people are detained on December 29, 2019 in relation to the assault. 

(12/315) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 27, 2019 that 15 prisoners in Kayseri Bünyan T Type Prison are transferred to other prisons under coercion. Names of transferred prisoners are unknown.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 29, 2019 that Ülkü Karaaslan, co-mayor of Varto district of Muş, is transferred from Muş E Type Prison to Osmaniye T Type Prison No 1 under coercion. Ülkü Karaaslan was detained on December 17, 2019 and was arrested on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on December 19, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 29, 2019 that Adnan Topçu, co-mayor of Bulanık district of Muş, is transferred from Muş E Type Prison to Maraş Türkoğlu L Type Prison under coercion. Adnan Topçu was detained on December 17, 2019 and was arrested on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on December 19, 2019.

(12/316) Rejection to Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan…

It is learned that the appeal made on December 28, 2019 to chief public prosecutor’s office in Bursa by PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s sister and brother and tutelary along with the families of Hamili Yıldırım, Ömer Hayri Konar and Veysel Aktaş in order to visit, was rejected the same day on the grounds of limitations for prisoners in accordance with the Law on the Execution of Criminal and Security Measures Number 5275.

(12/317) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1146 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 27, 28, and 29, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on December 27, 2019, 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Alev Şahin and Merve Demirel) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on December 28, 2019, 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Alev Şahin) and at 18.00 2 people (Nursel Tanrıverdi, Nuriye Gülmen and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on December 29, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Acun Karadağ) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 13 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on December 27, 28, and 29, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(12/318) Prevention of Saturday Mothers’ Protest in Istanbul…

Police obstructed all the streets around Galatasaray Square in Istanbul to prevent Saturday Mothers who rally every Saturday for 23 years in the same place to gather for the 770th time on December 28, 2019. Upon police prevention, the group including representatives of political parties, human rights defenders and artists along with families of disappeared people held a press declaration on the street of Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul office.

(12/319) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

“F sit-in”, which is organized for the 405th time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on December 28, 2019, is prevented by the police. The police obstructed all the streets around Galatasaray Square. Human rights defenders made the press declaration in front of IHD Istanbul office.

(12/320) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration about Canal Istanbul project, organized by Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF) and Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) members in front of Kadıköy district office of Justice and Development Party (AKP) on December 29, 2019, and detained 3 people (SGDF co-chair Deniz Bahçeci, Mert Karatağ and Gamze Toprak) by using physical force. It is learned that Etkin News Agency reporter Pınar Gayıp was also detained by the police but then was released upon reaction of people surrounding.

(12/321) Prevention of a Protest in Antalya…

The police prevented the “Las Tesis” dancing protest against violence against women in Antalya on December 29, 2019.

(12/322) Police Intervention to a Celebration in Istanbul…

The police intervened Gaxan festival to celebrate new year in Sultangazi district of Istanbul on December 29, 2019 and detained 6 people. It is reported that the police fired gun up into the air during intervention. 2 of detained people, Ferit Alişir and Onur Narin, are released on the same day. 4 people (Dersim Associations Federation chair Ali Haydar Ben, Gazi Dersim Association chair Haydar Altun, Zelal Konak and Sinan Candan) are released on December 30, 2019 on judicial control conditions.

(12/323) Detained Journalist in Istanbul…

Journalist Zülal Kalkandelen is detained at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport on December 29, 2019. It is learned that Zülal Kalkandelen is released on the same day after statement procedures.

(12/324) Detained People in Van…

It is learned that 3 shop owners (Ercan Tay, Ersin Tay and Devran Altekin) at Kültür Street in İpekyolu district of Van are detained on the grounds of lack of business license; and that they were faced down on the ground and handcuffed behind their backs. It is reported that 3 people were released on December 29, 2019.

(12/325) Arrested Political Party Executive in Mardin…

It is learned that Hasibe Mengirkaon, Mardin co-chair of Democratic Regions Party (DBP) who was detained on December 28, 2019 is arrested on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on December 28, 2019.

(12/326) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The final trial of the case against Sözcü newspaper’s grant holder Burak Akbay, writers Emin Çölaşan and Necati Doğru, Izmir reporter Gökmen Ulu, executive editor Metin Yılmaz, finance executive Yonca Yücekaleli and Mustafa Çetin and Yücel Arı, on the charges of ‘leading an illegal organisation’, ‘being a member of an illegal organisation’, ‘knowingly and willingly aiding an illegal organisation’ is held on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 37 on December 27, 2019. The court sentenced Emin Çölaşan and Necati Doğru to 3 years and 6 months, Mustafa Çetin and Metin Yılmaz to 3 years and 4 months, Yücel Arı, Gökmen Ulu and Yonca Yücekaleli to 1 year and 3 months. The court separated the case against Burak Akbay.

(12/327) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On December 28, 2019, 5 people are detained in Edirne in alleged attempt to illegally cross to Greece.

(12/328) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against 26 people on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 23 is held on December 27, 2019. The court sentenced 9 people to 7 years and 6 months, 14 people to 6 years and 3 months, 1 person to 1 year 10 months and 15 days for ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court separated the cases against 2 fugitive defendants.

(12/329) Suspended Co-Mayor and City Council Members…

Ministry of Interior suspended co-mayor of Karayazı district of Erzurum and 15 members of city councils in Karayazı, Tekman and Karaçoban districts on December 27, 2019. The names of suspended members are: Karayazı district co-mayor Burhanettin Şahin, Karayazı city council members Erdal Bayram, Yakup Aras, Yüksel Kişi, Abdurrahim Göksu, Mahmut Çimendağ, Alaattin Kırtıl and Emel Turan; Tekman city council members Cemalettin Şengül, İsmet Karabulut and Ali Sait Bingül; Karaçoban district co-mayor Remziye Sönmez and city council members Kazım Erhan, Murat Yaprak and Ekrem Çintimur.

(12/330) Ban of Events in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on December 29, 2019 and announced that, all open-door events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 15 days as of December 30, 2019.  All events are banned in Hakkari for 284 days since April 4, 2019.

(12/331) Special Security Zone in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on December 27, 2019, and announced 5 areas with given coordinates in central, Çukurca, Şemdinli, Yüksekova and Derecik districts as special security zones as of December 28, 2019 until January 11, 2020.

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27 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/297) Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Custody in Diyarbakır…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 26, 2019 that B. Y., who was detained by Diyarbakır Security Directorate Department of Anti-Smuggling and Organised Crime on December 25, 2019, was subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody. It is reported that Berivan Turan, lawyer of B. Y., was prevented from seeing her client and lawyer Özgür Deniz İzgi who rejected to that was threatened by a police officer saying “I will smash your head into the window”.

(12/298) Children Were Subjected to Torture and Ill-Treatment at Workplace in Konya…

Worker Health and Worker Safety Council (ISIG) revealed on December 26, 2019 that, E. A. Y. (15) who was working for a spare parts trader in Karatay district of Konya was hung from the ceiling with a chain pulley, and was wet by chemical compound water by store owner (M. C.). It is reported that H. H. Y. (17), brother of E. A. Y. who was also working there was also subjected to physical violence of M. C. on December 5, 2019. It is learned that an investigation is initiated against M. C. on the charge of ‘intentional injury’.

(12/299) Journalist Was Harassed by Police…

Berivan Altan, who was detained on November 26, 2019 and was released on December 2, 2019, made a press declaration about harassment of police, at Human Rights Association (IHD) on December 26, 2019. Berivan Altan stated the following: “Harassment is a practice which is implemented on almost everybody who has been detained in the last 5 years. I was also subjected to it while I was under custody for 8 days since November 26, 2019. And I was also harassed after being released”.

(12/300) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1143 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 26, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on December 26, 2019, 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 3 people (Nazan Bozkurt, Merve Demirel, Melek Çetinkaya) were detained.

Thus in total 5 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on December 26, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(12/301) Police Intervention to a Protest in Düzce…

On January 26, 2019 the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, in front of Justice and Development Party (AKP) provincial office and detained her. It is learned that Alev Şahin was released on the same day.

(12/302) Diyarbakır JITEM / Musa Anter Case…

The consolidated case on Musa Anter’s killing in Diyarbakır in 1992 and activities of JITEM (Gendarmerie Intelligence and Anti-Terror Unit) in Diyarbakır is held on December 26, 2019 on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 6. The case known as “JITEM Main Case” on Diyarbakır Penal Court No 1 and the case of Musa Anter’s killing has been consolidated by the Supreme Court’s decision on January 29, 2016.

Journalist Ferit Aslan, who is heard as witness, said that on September 20, 1992, when Musa Anter was killed, he was working for Söz newspaper and they went to crime scene upon a notice and were stopped by a group of armoured people in a Toros brand white car and stated the following: “They got off the car and asked us who sent us and who informed us about the killing. They beat us. Two of my teeth were broken. (…) And then one of them got in our car and wanted us to follow their car. When we got out of the city they put our driver in the trunk. (…) Their driver had plaster on his right hand, and was shifting gears with his left hand. (…) At around 4 a.m. they left us at Malatya and Adıyaman border. They told us to leave directly or they would kill us. (…) Mahmut Yıldırım’s name is mentioned in relation to several unsolved murder but only one photograph of him was on press. Mahmut Yıldırım’s son wrote a book 17 years after this murder and there were published around 10 photographs of Mahmut Yıldırım. When I saw those photographs I thought that, the person who had plaster on his hand and broke my two teeth, and was called as ‘Director’ by other ones was Mahmut Yıldırım.

The court adjourned the trial to March 25, 2020.

(12/303) Journalist on Trial in Tekirdağ…

The first trial of the case against journalist Rıfat Doğan, for he shot photographs during the trial of the case on train crash which happened on July 8, 2018 in Çorlu district of Tekirdağ, is held at Çorlu Penal Court of First Instance No 4 on December 25, 2019. The prosecution case of Çorlu Public Prosecutor’s Office state the following: “In case you pay the fine of 900 Turkish Liras in related to the charges against you, in 10 days as of date of notification and submit the payment receipt to the prosecutor’s office, a case will not be opened against you. However, in case you do not do the payment a case will be opened.” The court adjourned the trial to January 28, 2020.

(12/304) Journalist and Executives of HDP and DBP on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against 19 people including journalist Haydar Ergül and executives of HDP and DBP is held on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 22 on December 26, 2019. The court decided to lift judicial control conditions on Haydar Ergül, Eşref Yaşar, Aygül Turhan, Mustafa Elma, Münevver İlingi and Aysel Diler and decided to continue ban on leaving the country for 19 people and adjourned the trial to May 14, 2020.

(12/305) Publishers on Trial in Istanbul…

The final trial of the case against owner of Umut Publishing House and executive of Yön Printing House, for publishing all writings of İbrahim Kaypakkaya, is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 36 on December 26, 2019. The court sentenced owner of Umut Publishing House to 2 years and 2 months, and executive of Yön Printing House to 10 months for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

(12/306) Association Executives on Trial in Adana…

The final trial of the case against Gıyasettin Gümüş, Adana branch chair of KURDI-DER which was closed down by a state of emergency decree, and executives Abdülkerim Aslan, Fatma Doğan, İsa Bulut and Mehmet Reşit Gültekin, on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’, is held at Adana Heavy Penal Court No 11 on December 26, 2019. The court acquitted 5 people.

(12/307) Prevention of HDP Congress in Eskişehir…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 26, 2019 that the owner of the place which was hired by People’s Democratic Party to held its congress at Inönü district of Eskişehir, was threatened by the police in order to prevent the congress. It is reported that the congress was held on a street of the district.

(12/308) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against Kahraman Demirez is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 30 on December 26, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 8 years and 9 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The final trial of the case against former deputy chair of Supreme Court of Judges and Prosecutors, is held at Penal Department No 9 of Supreme Court on December 26, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 8 years for ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and reduced the sentence to 2 years and 6 months according to effective remorse law.

(12/309) Constitutional Court Decision on Ban of Access…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 26, 2019 that Constitutional Court concluded on the appeal of Wikimedia Foundation about ban of access to Wikipedia on April 29, 2017.  The court ruled that ban of access is violation of freedom of expression and decided to send the verdict to Ankara Penal Court of Peace No 1.

(12/310) Restriction of Books…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 26, 2019 that, Committee for Prevention of Children from Obscene Publications under Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services decided to restrict 3 books according to Law 117 – Article 4. According to these restrictions, these 3 books have to be labelled as “harmful to children”, and cannot be openly displayed, cannot be advertised and cannot be in schools and other places of children. Restricted books are: Cinsellik-Cinselliği Keşfediyoruz by Defne Ongun Müminoğlu, İçim Dışım Gökkuşağı by Mehmet Güler and Kin Kanatlılar by Adem Özbay.

(12/311) State of Emergency Procedures Investigation Commission Appeals…

State of Emergency Procedures Investigation Commission made a declaration on December 26, 2019 and announced that 126.300 people applied to the committee and the committee finalised applications of 98.300 people. The committee accepted appeals of 9.600 people and rejected appeals of 88.700 people.

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26 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/284) Asylum Seekers Died in Bitlis and Van…

It is learned that 7 asylum seekers died in a sinking boat in Van Lake near Adilcevaz district of Bitlis on December 25, 2019. Bitlis Governorate made a declaration and announced that 64 more people were on the boat and they were taken to hospitals in Adilcevaz, Ahlat and Tatvan districts.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 25, 2019 that a Nigerian asylum seeker is found dead around Yiğit Mountain in Iran border of Başkale district of Van and dead body of him is sent to Van Forensic Medicine Institution.

(12/285) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 25, 2019 that, in Tarsus T Type Closed Prison No 1, ill prisoners are not referred to hospitals, not enough food is given to prisoners, and their social, cultural and sports rights are prevented, their belongings sent by their families are not given and prisoners are subjected to insults of wardens during roll-calls.

(12/286) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1142 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 25, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on December 25, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on December 25, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(12/287) Police Intervention to a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened women having “Las Tesis” protest dancing against violence against women, at Cebeci Campus of Ankara University on December 25, 2019 and detained 5 people. Detained people are: Esmanur Çağlak, Leylanur Mavili, Nisan Çıra, Nihal Yılmazarslan, Aylin Şahin.

(12/288) Detained People in Siirt…

It is learned that Karamık hamlet of Doğan village in Pervari district of Siirt is raided by soldiers on December 24, 2019 and 19 people including 3 children are detained on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘recruiting for an illegal organisation’. It is reported that 70-years old Ahmet Tunç, who was detained, was released on the same day. Names of detained people learned so far are: 3 children (A. B., L. B., D. T.) and Hazal Külter, Kasım Külter, Sadık Tekne, Zeynep Tekne, Mustafa Kapar, Emine Kapar, Salih Tunç, Sadık Kaplan, Serhat Kapar, Kadriye Kapar.

(12/289) The Case Against Diyarbakır Co-Mayor…

The first trial against Diyarbakır co-mayor Selçuk Mızraklı, on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 9 on December 25, 2019. Selçuk Mızraklı was suspended by Ministry of Interior and a trustee was appointed as mayor to Diyarbakır on August 19, 2019. Sel.uk Mızraklı joined the trial via sound and vision system from Kayseri Bünyan Closed Prison. Hicran Berna Ayverdi a heard as a witness. Hicran Berna Ayverdi has gave an official statement saying “Selçuk Mızraklı treated an illegal organisation member at hospital” while she was kept in Kayseri Closed Prison on March 20, 2019; and was released from prison on September 5, 2019. The court decided to continue detention of Selçuk Mızraklı and adjourned the trial to February 10, 2020.

Selçuk Mızraklı was detained on October 21, 2019 and was arrested on October 22, 2019.

(12/290) Journalist on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The trial of the case against journalist Ayşegül Doğan, for her interviews with Democratic Society Congress (DTK) executives and the events she attended, is held on Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 9 on December 25, 2019. The court decided to ask Presidency Directorate General of Press and Information whether Ayşegül Doğan has accreditation and adjourned the trial to March 18, 2020.

(12/291) Journalist on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The trial of the case against Evrensel newspaper columnist Yusuf Karataş, for his activities within Democratic Society Congress (DTK) is held on Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 9 on December 25, 2019. The court rejected to lift the ban on leaving the country and adjourned the trial to March 11, 2020.

(12/292) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On December 25, 2019, 3 people are detained through an Ankara based investigation and 10 people from Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, and 8 people in Ankara are detained.

On December 25, 2019, 14 people are detained in operations covering 11 cities through an Ankara based investigation on leakage of Administrative Jurisdiction Exam questions in 2013.

On December 25, 2019, 11 military members on active duty are detained through an Ankara based investigation on Gendarmerie General Command personnel.

On December 25, 2019, 16 military members are detained through an Ankara based investigation on Turkish Air Forces.

(12/293) Constitutional Court Decision on Violation of Ban of Ill-Treatment…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 25, 2019 that Constitutional Court concluded on individual appeal of Serhat Ölğen. Serhat Ölğen was injured by a gas bomb shell and was subjected to physical violence of the police. The court decided that ban of ill-treatment is violated and to send the case to Diyarbakır Public Prosecutor’s Office for investigation. On September 13, 2015, Serhat Ölğen was injured at the head during police intervention to a protest in Bağlar district of Diyarbakır and was found by the police, and was subjected to physical violence of the police and was taken into the armoured vehicle. Serhat Ölğen was then arrested, but was acquitted by the court at the first trial. Serhat Ölğen’s official complaint against police officers was rejected by Diyarbakır Public Prosecutor’s Office.

(12/294) Constitutional Court Decision on Violation of Ban of Ill-Treatment and Freedom of Expression…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 25, 2019 that Constitutional Court concluded on individual appeal of journalist Ender Ergün. Ender Ergün was injured by Sabri Çelebi, who attacked Gezi Park protestors with a machete on July 6, 2013. The court ruled a compensation of 32.500 Turkish Liras and send the case to Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office for investigation.

(12/295) Constitutional Court Decision on Freedom of Demonstration…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 25, 2019 that Constitutional Court concluded on individual appeal of Sefa Başak. Sefa Başak was sentenced to 13 years 1 month and 15 days on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court stated that “in order to sentence a person on the charge of being an illegal organisation member, the judicial authority should prove links of the person with the illegal organisation” and ruled that freedom of demonstration was violated by the jail sentence. The court decided to send the case to Erzurum Heavy Penal Court No 2 for re-trial. Sefa Başak was detained on May 18, 2011 and was arrested on May 26, 2011.

(12/296) Ban of Events in Van…

Van Governorate made a declaration on December 25, 2019, and announced that, all open and indoor events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 15 days as of December 25, 2019. All events are banned in Van for 1143 days since November 21, 2016.

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25 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/270) Physical Assault to CHP Provincial Chair in Siirt…

It is learned that Republican People’s Party (CHP) Siirt provincial chair Nevaf Bilek is subjected to physical assault of a group in Eruh district on December 24, 2019 and got wounded. IT is reported that 6 people are detained related to assault.

(12/271) Journalists Subjected to Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Custody and in Prison in Izmir…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 24, 2019 that arrested journalists Melike Aydın and Ruken Demir had a meeting with Ülkü Şahin, lawyer of Journalists Union of Turkey and told how they have been subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody and in prison. Ruken Demir and Melike Aydın were detained on November 12, 2019 and were arrested on the charge of ‘having activities for an illegal organisation’ on November 16, 2019. It is learned that Melike Aydın and Ruken Demir were handcuffed behind their backs and were subjected to physical violence of the police during detention; and the doctor at Alsancak Public Hospital where they were taken for forensic examination, said “if you did not resist ‘my lions’ would not due it to you”. It is also learned that the police forced Ruken Demir to strip search and threatened her as saying “if you do not let us search you at home, you will be searched by four police officer in custody room”; and that Melike Aydın was subjected to strip search in prison. It is reported that Demir and Aydın were forced to police informants, and were subjected to verbal violence of the wardens in prison.

(12/272) Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Custody in Mardin…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 24, 2019 that 8 people (Sercan Dölek, Vedat Belgin, Halil Belgin, Nezir Demir, Aydın Özdorak, Bedrettin Özge, Sinan Danış and Ahmet Yapıcı) who were detained on December 20, 2019 in Çayköy village of Derik district of Mardin, and were released on judicial control conditions on December 24, 2019, were subjected to physical violence under custody at Mardin Gendarmerie Command.

(12/273) People Were Subjected to Physical Violence of Soldiers and Police in Bingöl…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 24, 2019 that soldiers and special task police force raided Burmataş hamlet of Hasanova village in Karlıova district of Bingöl on December 21, 2019, and searched all 15 houses where personal belongings of villagers have been damaged. It is learned that house of Zeki Sayak, a villager, was dug for a claimed underground shelter, and people who reject to it were subjected to physical violence of soldiers and police, and some people’s cell phones were seized.

(12/274) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 24, 2019 that, prisoners in Izmir Şakran Women’s Closed Prison were not referred to hospitals for treatment, letters were not sent and given, their personal belongings were being scattered during ward searches, and prisoners were not given Yeni Yaşam, Evrensel and Birgün newspapers.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 24, 2019 that, prisoners in Antep L Type Prison were threatened by wardens, letters were not sent and given, 10 prisoners were kept in wards for 6 people, prisoners were taken to infirmary only once in two weeks and their medications are given with delay, prisoners were forced to walk in line as military order while being taken to infirmary, hospital or family visits.

(12/275) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1141 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 24, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on December 24, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Mahmut Konuk) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on December 24, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(12/276) Detained Political Party Executive in Mardin…

It is learned that Hasibe Mengirkaon, Mardin co-chair of Democratic Regions Party (DBP) is detained at Mardin Security Directorate where she went for an official statement on December 24, 2019.

(12/277) Detained University Students in Ankara…

It is learned that 8 people are detained in Ankara University Cebeci Campus, for they reacted against Youth Union of Turkey (TGB) members who make a press declaration targeting women and “Las Tesis” dance protest organisation planned for the next day. The names of detained people are: Leylanur Mavili, Esmanur Çağlak, Öykü Berre Özkan, Nazlı İkra Öztay, Nisan Çıra, Zeynep Kurt.

(12/278) Gezi Case…

The trial of the case against Osman Kavala, Yiğit Aksakoğlu, Ali Hakan Altınay, Ayşe Mücella Yapıcı, Ayşe Pınar Alabora, Can Dündar, Çiğdem Mater Utku, Gökçe Yılmaz, Handan Meltem Arıkan, Hanzade Hikmet Germiyanoğlu, İnanç Ekmekçi, Mehmet Ali Alabora, Mine Özerden, Şerafettin Can Atalay, Tayfun Kahraman and Yiğit Ali Ekmekçi, for Gezi Park protests in 2013, is held on December 24, 2019.

The indictment demands heavy life imprisonment for 16 people on the charge of ‘attempting to abolish the government of the Republic of Turkey or to prevent it from fulfilling its duties’. The indictment also demands sentence for defendants on the charges of ‘qualified damage to property’, ‘possession or exchange of hazardous substances without permission’, ‘damaging places of worship and cemeteries’, ‘qualified robbery’, ‘injury’, ‘opposition to Law on the Conservation of Cultural and Natural Property No 2863’, and ‘opposition to Law for the Firearms and Knives and Other Tools No 6136’.

It is learned that the court accepted demands of Ministry of Treasury and Mevlüt Saldoğan, who is charged for killing Ali İsmail Korkmaz during Gezi Park protests, to join the trials as the injured parties. The court decided to continue detention of Osman Kavala, despite of ECHR decision which rules immediate acquittal and adjourned the trial to January 28, 2020.  

Business person Osman Kavala was arrested on November 1, 2017.

(12/279) Former HDP Co-Chair on Trial…

The case against Figen Yüksekdağ, former co-chair of HDP, on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 16 is held on December 24, 2019. Figen Yüksekdağ attended the trial to make her defence. The indictment demands Figen Yüksekdağ to be sentenced from 30 years up to 83 years for ‘leading an illegal organisation’, ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’, ‘opposing to the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations’, and ‘inciting hostility and hate among people’. The court decided to continue detention of Figen Yüksekdağ adjourned the trial to March 10, 2020.

(12/280) Child on Trial in Istanbul…

The final trial of the case against a child named M. E. S., on the charge of “damaging public property” for writing “Speak up for Leyla Güven” is held on Adana Juvenile Court No 3 on December 24, 2019. The court sentenced the child to 3 months and deferred the announcement of the verdict.

(12/281) “İstanbul KCK Main Case”…

The case against 205 people including members and executives of Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 3 is held on December 24, 2019. The court ruled that official statement of Ragıp Zarakolu will be taken via sound and vision system, and decided to expect execution of warrant issued on June 7, 2018. The court partly accepted demand of Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office which states seizure of personal assets of Ragıp Zarakolu in Turkey “in order to make him attend the trials” and adjourned the trial to May 14, 2020. Sweden’s High Court has rejected Turkey’s request for the extradition of Ragip Zarakolu on December 18, 2019.

(12/282) Interventions, Detentions and Arrests for Protests Against Afrin Operation…

The final trial of the case against Sürmeli Bal, provincial executive of Labour Party in Aydın, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces’ operation to Afrin, is held on Aydın Heavy Penal Court No 2 on December 24, 2019. The court sentenced Sürmeli Bal to 1 year 6 months and 22 days for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’. Sürmeli Bal was detained on February 14, 2018 and was arrested on February 17, 2018; and he was released from prison on June 8, 2018.

(12/283) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

9 people who were detained in operations covering 9 cities through a Kütahya based investigation on December 17, 2019 are arrested on December 24, 2019.

On December 24, 2019, 34 people are detained in operations covering 16 cities through an Istanbul based investigation and 7 people are detained through a Konya based investigation.

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