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04 September 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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04 September 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(09/029) Murdered Women…

According to the report issued by We Will Stop Femicide Platform on September 3, 2019, at least 49 women are murdered by men in August 2019 in Turkey.

(09/030) Child Was Wounded Due to Mine Blast in Mardin…

It is learned that a child named A. S. (14) who was shepherding in Akdoğan village of Mardin’s Kızıltepe district on September 3, 2019, got heavily wounded due to blast of a mine that he finds on the land.

(09/031) Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Custody in Mardin…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 3, 2019 that a person named F.A., who was detained in the police intervention against protests in Mardin on August 21, 2019, which started after trustee appointment of the Ministry of Interior to Diyarbakır, Van and Mardin; was subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody. It is reported that F.A. had to have sutures on his back due to torture, and that he was forced to sign a detention report and since he rejected to do so, he was taken to containers in the yard of the police directorate. F.A. states the following: “They told me that I had to sign it and that they would rape me and harm my family if I do not sign (…) A police officer with long hair who was named Ahmet, told me that he would rape me, take me to another place where he would torture and rape me and then arrest me on a report and harm my family, in case I do not sign the report (…) I was afraid of being subjected to torture and rejected to sign it. The police officer named Ahmet started to kick and punch me. And he threatened me by saying ‘Now it is too late. I will rape you and beat you whether you sign it or not. I can kill you here and dump your dead body’ (…) He said ‘You are a man aren’t you? Now you will not be a man anymore, I know what to do to you’. Another police officer came in and told that it was the time for hospital examination and said ‘He should first go to medical examination and then we will rape and torture him’ to the police officer Ahmet. The other one (Ahmet) said ‘I enjoy doing it. I did not do it for a while and I want to do it now’. And the other police officer said ‘Okay then go on’ (…) The police officer named Ahmet asked the other one to bring a soda bottle and said ‘I will start slowly and then I will go with the baton’, and the other one said ‘He is dirty and his faeces will stain here’ to which Ahmet responded as ‘Okay then I will just beat him now and rape him afternoon when I got the equipment’ (…) He started to touch my body with the baton, I cried because of fear and shame. He made me sit on a chair and started hitting my genitalia. He made me to lean on the wall on my finger toes and stretching my arms. His friend asked him ‘the old method?’ and he said ‘Yes, let the muscles got tired so I can beat him as I wish without leaving any mark’. He was chatting with his friend while at the same time hitting me with the baton, he was disturbing my genitalia. I was crying with fear and shame. I stood leaning on the wall for about 10 minutes and then he started beating me with the baton (…) He threatened me as saying ‘Do not feel relieved now. There is no way out for you. If anyone knows what I did to you here, I will tell that you cursed to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to statesmen, to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and make 4 police officers to witness against you. And I will extend your detention period and do terrible things to you’. This police officer named Ahmet came to the hospital with us to prevent me saying anything to doctor. I could not tell the doctor what happened and could not get a medical report. But I told it to my lawyer and will make an official complaint.”

(09/032) Person Was Subjected to Police Violence in Mardin…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 3, 2019 that Hamza Yıldırım, a member of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Youth Assembly in Artuklu district of Mardin was subjected to verbal and physical violence of the police stopping him on the way on August 21, 2019 and was forced to be a police informant and was threatened. Hamza Yıldırım stated that, the police said him ‘If you do not want to end up like others you will do what we want. You saw what we did to your friend in Diyarbakır, do you want us to do the same to you?’ and, holding a gun to his head first and then putting the gun in his hands, continued ‘Now there are your fingerprints on the gun. If you do not do what we want, we will shoot you here and put the gun in your hands and claim that we had a clash where we had to kill you’.

(09/033) People Were Subjected to Police Violence in Bingöl…

On September 2, 2019, Berat Çeçen, who was stopped by the police while he was riding a bike in Uydukent neighbourhood of Bingöl’s central district, and his father Lütfü Çeçen and his brother Kadir Çeçen, were subjected to physical and verbal violence of the police, and the police have detained them forcing to lay down on the ground and handcuffing behind their backs. It is learned that Lütfü Çeçen and Kadir Çeçen are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘resisting to the police’ and Berat Çeçen was released on September 3, 2019.

(09/034) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 3, 2019 prisoners in Adana Kürkçüler F Type Prison were subjected to ward searches 3 times a week and their personal belongings were scattered around; books, magazines and newspapers which are sent to prisoners were not given to them on arbitrary conditions; prisoners were not referred to hospital; sports and communication rights were limited and prisoners were forced to stand in military order during roll-calls.

(09/035) 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 1029 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on September 3, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on September 3, 2019, 2 people (Mahmut Konuk and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 2 people (Merve Demirel and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on September 3, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(09/036) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

Türkan Albayrak, who was dismissed from her job at Sarıyer district Health Department, on the grounds of ‘personnel security investigation’ and ‘archive search’, on August 3, 2018; has been holding a sit-in protest in front of Health Department for 1 year since September 3, 2018. The police intervened into the sit-in protest held on September 3, 2019, and detained 4 people (Türkan Albayrak, Nazife Onay, Nursel Tanrıverdi and Acun Karadağ).

(09/037) Detained People in Mardin…

It is reported that 3 people are detained at a road check point in between Derik and Mazıdağı districts of Mardin on September 3, 2019. The names of detainees are unknown.

(09/038) Detained DTK Member in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that Democratic Society Congress (DTK) board member Mekiye Güzel was detained at Diyarbakır Police Directorate where she went to give an official statement on September 3, 2019.

(09/039) People on Trial in Şırnak…

The first trial of the case against 10 people from organization committee of Newroz celebration of this year in Cizre district of Şırnak, including HDP’s Cizre district co-chair Güler Tunç, on the grounds of “organizing and leading illegal demonstrations”, is held at Cizre Penal Court of First Instance No 1 on September 3, 2019. After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to November 19, 2019.

(09/040) Journalists, Lawyers and ESP Members on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against 23 people (2 of them are arrested) including lawyers from Law Office of the Oppressed, Etkin News Agency reporters and members and executives of Socialist Party of the Oppressed, on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 27 is held on September 3, 2019. The court decided to continue detention of Erkan Kakça and Coşkun Yiğit, and adjourned the trial to November 26, 2019.

(09/041) Minister of Interior Threatened Istanbul Mayor…

Süleyman Soylu, Minister of Interior, attending a meeting in Bursa on September 3, 2019, stated the following for Ekrem İmamoğlu’s recent visit to co-mayors of Diyarbakır, Van and Mardin who were suspended recently: “He is painting in glowing colours that they hugged each other and dance the halay and etc. May Allah enhance your cheer (…) I am saying here: Do your job, you are more than welcome. But if you engage in other things outside of the job, we will devastate you. It is so clear”.

(09/042) Report on Right Violations Against Journalists…

Free Journalists Initiative (ÖGİ) declared the report on right violations against journalists in August, on September 2, 2019. It is stated in the report that, 146 journalists are in prison, and 15 journalists were detained in August; 2 journalists were subjected to investigations while 5 journalists were subjected to lawsuits against them and 1 journalist faced jail penalty. It is also remarked in the report that 700 news reports were banned to access; 1 journalist’s house was raided; 2 journalists were subjected to physical violence while 1 journalist were subjected to armed assault, and 1 journalist quit their job due to pressures.

(09/043) Ban of Events in Adana…

Adana Governorate made a declaration on September 3, 2019 and announced that over trustee appointment to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van; all 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 September 3, 2019.

[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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[5] Daily Human Rights Reports are prepared on the information gathered by the Documentation Center from its own network and the following dailies and internet portals: Vatan, Milliyet, Hürriyet, Habertürk, Evrensel, Birgün, Cumhuriyet, Fırat Haber Ajansı, Jinnews, ETHA, Mezopotamya Ajansı, Yurt, Yeni Yaşam, NTV, Yeni Asya, Bianet, Halkinsesi.tv, Cnnturk, Tr724, İleri Haber, Siyasi Haber, Alınteri, Kızılbayrak, Sendika.org, Yüksekova Haber, T24, Diken, Gazete Karınca, Gazete Duvar. Haber Sol, El Cezire, BBC, Deutsche Welle, Reuters, AFP.

20 August 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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20 August 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/113) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that on August 19, 2019, 1 police officer got wounded due to an attack to patrol car of the police in Siirt and 1 person who is alleged to be the assaulter died. The name of the person died is unknown.

It is learned from the news coverage of August 19, 2019 that 2 HPG militants died in the air operation to Qandil area in Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on July 31, 2019.

(08/114) Trustees Appointed to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van…

Ministry of Interior announced on August 19, 2019 that, mayors of Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van are dismissed and Diyarbakır governor Hasan Basri Güzeloğlu, Mardin governor Mustafa Yaman and Van governor Mehmet Emin Bilmez are appointed as trustees.

It is learned from the news coverage that 29 public officials are suspended, contracts of 8 workers are cancelled and 2 consultants are dismissed in Diyarbakır Municipality.

(08/115) Detentions in Operations After Appointment of Trustees to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van…

Ministry of Interior declared that 418 people including city council members, executives of political parties and associations and 1 journalist (Mezopotamya News Agency Kurdish editor Ziyan Karahan) are detained in operations covering 29 cities after appointment of trustees to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van.

The details of detentions known so far are as following:

  • It is learned that a warrant is issued in Diyarbakır for 187 people and at least 99 of them are detained.
  • 12 people are detained in house raids in Tekman and Karakoçan districts of Erzurum.
  • 8 people including city council member Nihat Çağlayan are detained in house raids in Ahlat district of Bitlis.
  • People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Party Assembly member and Democratic Alewi Associations executive Dursun Demirtaş and Selami Erdem and Laşer Mesut are detained in house raids in Tunceli.

(08/116) Police Interventions Against Protests After Appointment of Trustees to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van…

The police used pepper spray and pressurized water to intervene the demonstrations in Diyarbakır to protest appointment of trustees to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van on August 19, 2019. It is learned that some people were injured due to interventions which continued all day long while some were detained.

The police intervened the group including co-mayors and HDP MP’s in front of Van Municipality building on August 19, 2019. It is reported that nobody was detained.

The police intervened the group including HDP MP’s holding a press declaration at Taksim Square in Istanbul on August 19, 2019 and detained 6 people. The names of detained people known so far are: HDP Party Assembly member Nesimi Aday, HDP Ümraniye district co-chair Damla Savcı, HDP provincial executive Sıtkı Tatlıcı and Vedat Fidan.

The police intervened the group including holding a press declaration in Sakarya Street in Ankara on August 19, 2019 and detained 9 people including HDP Ankara co-chair Hüseyin Geveri. The detainees are released after statement procedures on the same day. The names of detained people are: Hüseyin Geveri, People’s Democratic Congress (HDK) Ankara co-spokesperson Fatma Kılıçarslan, DAD Mamak Branch co-chair Hasan Altun, HDP Party Assembly member Yağmur Yurtsever, HDP provincial executive Betül Koca, and Ecem Polat, Mustafa Bayraktar, Mustafa Uğur Akkaya and Zarif Kesiciler.

The police intervened the group including holding a press declaration in Sınırsızlık Square in Muğla on August 19, 2019 and detained 22 people including HDP Party Assembly member Adalet Aydın. Detained people are released after statement procedures on the same day.

On August 19, 2019, Diyarbakır’s Eğil district co-mayor Gülistan Ensarioğlu and Silvan district co-mayor Naşide Topral were prevented from entering Diyarbakır city center.

(08/117) Ban of Events in Mardin…

Mardin Governorate made a declaration on August 19, 2019 after appointment of trustees to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van, and announced that all events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 30 days as of August 19, 2019.

(08/118) Ban of Events in Izmir…

Izmir Governorate made a declaration on August 19, 2019 after appointment of trustees to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van, and announced that all events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 10 days as of August 19, 2019.

(08/119) Person was Subjected to Police Violence in Urfa…

It is learned that, Mehmet Toprak’s house in Urfa was raided and Mehmet Toprak’s mother who reacted against the police breaking the door during the raid, was subjected to police violence. It is reported that Mehmet Toprak was not at home and was not detained.

(08/120) 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 1014 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on August 19, 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 August 19, 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 August 19, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(08/121) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

Nursel Tanrıverdi who make a sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on August 19, 2019, to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees is detained by the police intervening the protest. It is learned that Nursel Tanrıverdi was released after statement procedures on the same day.

(08/122) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened into the protestors in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on August 19, 2019, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and detained 4 people (Mahmut Konuk, Mehmet Dersulu and 2 more people). It is learned that 4 people were released the same day.

[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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[5] Daily Human Rights Reports are prepared on the information gathered by the Documentation Center from its own network and the following dailies and internet portals: Vatan, Milliyet, Hürriyet, Habertürk, Evrensel, Birgün, Cumhuriyet, Fırat Haber Ajansı, Jinnews, ETHA, Mezopotamya Ajansı, Yurt, Yeni Yaşam, NTV, Yeni Asya, Bianet, Halkinsesi.tv, Cnnturk, Tr724, İleri Haber, Siyasi Haber, Alınteri, Kızılbayrak, Sendika.org, Yüksekova Haber, T24, Diken, Gazete Karınca, Gazete Duvar. Haber Sol, El Cezire, BBC, Deutsche Welle, Reuters, AFP.

17 – 19 August 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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17 – 19 August 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/095) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 16, 2019 that, 2 HPG militants died in an air operation to rural areas of Bitlis on July 26, 2019; 1 HPG militant died in an air operation to rural areas of Şırnak on August 6, 2019.

On August 16, 2019, 8 soldiers got wounded due to rollover of a military vehicle patrolling at Syrian border in Kilis.

It is learned from the news coverage of August 18, 2019 that 1 HPG militant died in a clash in rural areas of Diyarbakır’s Çınar district on July 30, 2019; and 1 militant died in a clash in rural areas of Şırnak ın August 6, 2019.

It is learned that 1 civilian died due to an explosion during passage of a civilian car near Çatalca village of Hakkari’s Şemdinli district on August 18, 2019. It is stated in the declaration of Hakkari Governorate that PKK was responsible for the explosion.

(08/096) Person Was Subjected to Violence of Gendarmerie in Izmir…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 16, 2019 that, Ali Yaşar, a correction officer at Izmir Şakran Prison, was subjected to physical violence at the gendarmerie station where he went to give official statement through an investigation against him for his social media posts. It is also stated in the news reports that, Ali Yaşar had a medical report evidencing the violence and went to Aliağa Police Station in order to make an official complaint against the gendarmerie personnel, where police officers communicating with the prosecutor on duty said Ali Yaşar “if you do not make official complaint the case will be closed on non-suit decision otherwise you will be reported for threatening gendarmerie personnel”.

(08/097) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 17, 2019 that, Mehmet Adsiz, a prisoner in Elazığ Prison No 1, who is on hunger strike since July 29, 2019, to protest right violations he was subjected to, ended the strike after the negotiation with prison director where he was promised to have his demands met. It is reported that Mehmet Adsiz, who has a perforated eardrum due to physical violence he has been subjected to and that he was being kept in a solitary cell for a while, was promised that physical violence would end, his conditions would get better and he will be medically treated on a regular basis.

(08/098) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 16, 2019 that, Bawer Eye, a prisoner in Denizli T Type Prison was subjected to physical violence of the wardens for rejecting to stand up in military order during roll-calls. It is also claimed that Eye’s demand for taking pictures with his visitors was rejected by the wardens for he spoke Kurdish with his visitors.

People’s Law Office declared on August 17, 2019 4 of their clients (İsmail Kara, Cem Dilmen, Grup Yorum music band member Barış Yüksel who is on hunger strike for 77 days and another person named Ali) kept in Silivri Prison No 9, were subjected to physical violence of the wardens for they shout slogans at the corridor on their way back from visit time.

(08/099) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 16, 2019 that, Yavuz Akar, a prisoner with epilepsy in Osmaniye T Type Prison No 2 was not referred to hospital. It is also reported that Yavuz Akar went joined the hunger strike demanding an end to isolation of Abdullah Öcalan and has several health issues due to strike.

(08/100) 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 1013 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on August 16, 17, and 18, 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 August 16, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ 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 August 17, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Acun Karadağ) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Acun Karadağ) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on August 18, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 12 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on August 16, 17, and 18, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(08/101) 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 751st time on August 17, 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.

(08/102) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

 “F sit-in”, which is organized for the 386th time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on August 17, 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.

(08/103) Police Intervention to a Protest in Elazığ…

The police intervened into a protest in Elazığ on August 18, 2019, which was held in order to point out to the trial on August 22, 2019 of the case against Alpaslan Kuytul, founder president of Furkan Foundation, and detained 25 people including 5 children. The names of detained people are unknown.

(08/104) Detained Journalist in Mersin…

Mezopotamya News Agency reported Ergin Çağlar is detained at Mersin Courthouse where he went to in relation to a detention warrant on him on August 16, 2019. Detention period for Ergin Çağlar is expanded for 2 more days on August 17, 2019.

(08/105) Detained City Council Member and HDP Members in Şırnak…

21 people including Mehmet Eraslan and Hatice Kaya, İdil district council members from HDP; Vahap Özel and İdil Yalçınkaya, Cizre district council members, and Güler Tunç, HDP’s district co-chair were detained in house raids in İdil and Cizre districts of Şırnak on August 14, 2019.

Mehmet Eraslan and Hatice Kaya are released after statement procedures at the police on the same day. Güler Tunç is released by the court on judicial control conditions on August 15, 2019. 2 of 5 people who were referred to the court on August 16, 2019 are detained on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(08/106) Detained HDP Members in Urfa…

On August 17, 2019, 25 people including HDP members are detained in house raids in Urfa. The reason of detention is and the names of detained people are unknown.

(08/107) Detained HDP Executives in Şırnak…

On August 18, 2019, HDP İdil district executives Yahya İdin, Sinan Koluman, Sekvan Kılınç and Gül Eraslan, wife of Mehmet Eraslan, the district council member who was detained on August 14, 2019 and was released afterwards, are detained in house raids in İdil district of Şırnak.

On August 18, 2019 6 people including HDP district executive Dindar Cin are detained in house raids in Beytüşşebap district of Şırnak. The names of detained people are: Dindar Cin, Cemil Cin, Nuri Cin, Selahattin Ataman, Agit Çokdoğan and Mazlum Çokdoğan.

(08/108) Detained HDP Executive and Other People in Izmir…

13 people including HDP Narlıdere district co-chair Mehmet Gül, who were detained in house raids in Izmir on August 15, 2019 on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’, are released by the court on judicial control conditions on August 16, 2019. The names of detainees known so far are: Mehmet Gül, Bedran Aydın, Yasin Dalbudak, Deniz Yılmaz, Şevket Topkaya, Özcan Ertan, Yaşar Kaçar, Murat İşge.

(08/109) The Local Authority was Arrested for ‘Insulting the President’ in Osmaniye…

Mustafa U., local authority of Akdam village of Adana’s Kozan district who was detained for ‘insulting the President’ and having a quarrel with the gendarmerie officials during a road check in Kadirli district of Osmaniye, is arrested by the court on August 18, 2019 on the charges of ‘insulting the President’ and ‘resisting against a public official’.

(08/110) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On August 16, 2019, 1 person is detained in Eskişehir on a warrant.

On August 17, 2019, 2 people are detained in Trabzon.

7 of 9 people who were detained in Bodrum district of Muğla in an alleged attempt to illegally cross to Greece, are arrested by the court on August 18, 2019. It is reported that 2 people are still under custody.

(08/111) Special Security Zone in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on August 17, 2109 and announced 3 areas in central, Çukurca, Yüksekova and Şemdinli districts as special security zones as of August 17, 2019 until August 22, 2019.

(08/112) Ban of Events in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on August 16, 2019 and announced that all events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins and opening stands and so on are banned for 30 days as of August 17, 2019 until September 15, 2019.

[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.

[2]To subscribe to the e-mail group: please write ‘daily human rights reports subscription application’ to the title of your e-mail and sent it to dokumantasyon@tihv.org.tr.

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[5] Daily Human Rights Reports are prepared on the information gathered by the Documentation Center from its own network and the following dailies and internet portals: Vatan, Milliyet, Hürriyet, Habertürk, Evrensel, Birgün, Cumhuriyet, Fırat Haber Ajansı, Jinnews, ETHA, Mezopotamya Ajansı, Yurt, Yeni Yaşam, NTV, Yeni Asya, Bianet, Halkinsesi.tv, Cnnturk, Tr724, İleri Haber, Siyasi Haber, Alınteri, Kızılbayrak, Sendika.org, Yüksekova Haber, T24, Diken, Gazete Karınca, Gazete Duvar. Haber Sol, El Cezire, BBC, Deutsche Welle, Reuters, AFP.

16 August 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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16 August 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/088) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 15, 2019 that, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Diyarbakır MP Semra Güzel submitted a parliamentary question addressing Abdülhamit Gül, the Minister of Justice, on right violations at Elazığ Prisons No 1 and 2. It is stated in the parliamentary question that prisoners were subjected to stand up during roll-calls, and were subjected to insults and arbitrary solitary cell confinement, prisoners were not given books, magazines and newspapers and their personal belongings were seized, and lastly, on August 5, 2019, almost 15 prisoners were subjected to physical violence of the wardens where Medeni Kiye, one of those prisoners, lost his ability to speak due to violence.

It is learned from the news coverage of August 15, 2019 that, HDP Mersin MP Fatma Kurtulan submitted a parliamentary question addressing Abdülhamit Gül, the Minister of Justice, on right violations at Osmaniye Prison No 2. It is stated in the parliamentary question that prisoners were subjected to stand up during roll-calls, and to be medically examined in handcuffs, prisoners were either referred to hospitals with delay or not referred at all, and prisoners who reject to stand up during roll-calls were subjected to physical violence of the wardens.

It is learned from the news coverage of August 15, 2019 that, HDP Hakkari MP Leyla Güven submitted a parliamentary question addressing Abdülhamit Gül, the Minister of Justice, on right violations at Diyarbakır Women’s Closed Prison. It is stated in the parliamentary question that the food given to prisoners is not sanitary and prisoners were prevented from obtaining alternative food from prison canteen.

(08/089) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 15, 2019 that, Mehmet Adsiz, a prisoner in Elazığ Prison No 1, went on a hunger strike as of July 29, 2019, to protest right violations he was subjected to. It is stated in the news reports that Mehmet Adsiz has a perforated eardrum due to physical violence he has been subjected to and that he was being kept in a solitary cell for a while.

(08/090) 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 1010 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on August 15, 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 August 15, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 3 people (Gülnaz Bozkurt, Acun Karadağ and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 5 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on August 15, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(08/091) Detained City Council Member and HDP Members in Mardin…

It is learned that at least 7 people including Nusaybin district council member from HDP, are detained in house raids in Kızıltepe, Nusaybin and Savur districts of Mardin on August 14, 2019. The names of detained people known so far are: Nusaybin district council member Zeynep Sevlüş, HDP members Hatip Öncü, Ferhat Öncü, Hamza Ağırman, Abdulkadir Tatı, Faysal Taş, Erhan Mutlu.

(08/092) Detained City Council Member and HDP Members in Şırnak…

It is learned that at least 20 people including Mehmet Eraslan, İdil district council member from HDP, and Güler Tunç, HDP’s district co-chair are detained in house raids in İdil and Cizre districts of Şırnak on August 14, 2019. It is reported that Güler Tunç was released on August 15, 2019.

(08/093) Detained People in Izmir…

On August 15, 2019, 13 people including HDP’s Narlıdere district co-chair Mehmet Gül, are detained in house raids in Izmir. The names of detained people known so far are: Mehmet Gül, Bedran Aydın, Yasin Dalbudak, Deniz Yılmaz, Şevket Topkaya, Özcan Ertan, Yaşar Kaçar, Murat İşge.

(08/094) Ban of Events in Van…

Van Governorate made a declaration on August 15, 2019 and announced that all events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins and opening stands and so on are banned as of August 12, 2019 until August 26, 2019.

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10 – 15 August 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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10 – 15 August 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/074) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

Ministry of National Defense made a declaration on August 9, 2019 and announced that 2 soldiers got wounded due to an attack to a base in Afrin.

(08/075) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 10, 2019 that prisoners in Maraş Türkoğlu T Type Prison were subjected to physical violence of tha wardens on August 8, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of August 9, 2019 that 14 prisoners in Beycuma M Type Closed Prison were taken to hospital due to food poisoning.

(08/076) 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 1009 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on August 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14, 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 August 9, 2019, 2 people (İlker Işık and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Alev Şahin 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 August 10, 2019, 2 people (Alev Şahin and İlker Işık) 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 August 11, 2019, 2 people (Merve Demirel and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (İlker Işık 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 August 12, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Acun Karadağ) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on August 13, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Mahmut Konuk) and at 18.00 3 people (Acun Karadağ, Nazan Bozkurt and İpek Moral) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on August 14, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Nazan Bozkurt and İpek Moral) were detained.

Thus in total 25 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on August 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(08/077) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened into the protestors in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on August 12, 2019, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and detained 2 people (Mahmut Konuk and Eser Budak). It is learned that 2 people were released the same day.

(08/078) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

Nursel Tanrıverdi and Selvi Polat, who make a sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on August 12, 2019, to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees is detained by the police intervening the protest. It is learned that Nursel Tanrıverdi and Selvi Polat were released after statement procedures on the same day.

(08/079) 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 750th time on August 10, 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.

(08/080) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

 “F sit-in”, which is organized for the 385th time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on August 10, 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.

(08/081) Arrest of People Who Were Kidnapped in Ankara…

It is learned that, Yasin Ugan, Özgür Kaya, Salim Zeybek and Erkan Irmak, all public employees dismissed by state of emergency decrees, who were abducted in February 2019, and who were then reported to be “found with backpacks and detained during a routine general information check near Ankara Security Directorate building on July 28, 2019 and were kept under custody at Ankara Police Directorate Anti-Terror Department”, are arrested on August 10, 2019.

Yasin Ugan and Özgür Kaya were abducted on February 13, 2019, Erkan Irmak was abducted on February 16, 2019, and Salim Zeybek was abducted on February 25, 2019 by unknown people with black vehicles known as “Transporter” in Ankara.

(08/082) Arrested Executives of HDP in Muş…

People’s Democratic Party Muş provincial co-chairs Ferhat Çakı and Muhlise Karagüzel, 2 of 3 people who were detained in house raids in Muş on August 9, 2019 are arrested on August 10, 2019. 1 person (Kutbettin Çelik) is released on judicial control conditions.

(08/083) Arrested People in Diyarbakır…

3 people who were detained in house raids in Bağlar district of Diyarbakır on August 9, 2019 are arrested on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘aiding an illegal organisation’ on August 13, 2019. The names of arrested people are: Rabia Akgün (4 months’ pregnant), Mehmet Emin Akgün and 1 more person.

(08/084) Detained People in Istanbul…

On August 10, 2019, 2 people (Hediye Balkız and Mehmet Balkız) arrving Turkey form Germany are detained at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport. It is reported that the reason of detention is ‘social media posts’.

(08/085) Suspended City Council Members…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 10, 2019 that, Medeni Özer, Van’s Edremit district city council member and Faruk Demir, Çaldıran district council member are suspended by the Ministry of Interior on the grounds of ‘investigations against them’.

(08/086) Ban of an Event in Erzrum…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 11, 2019 that, Tekman Villages Social, Cultural and Solidarity Association’s eid event on August 13, 2019 in Erzurum’s Tekman district is banned by the sub-governorate on the grounds of security reasons.

(08/087) Special Security Zone in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on August 14, 2109 and announced 5 areas in central, Çukurca, Yüksekova and Derecik districts as special security zones for 15 days as of August 15, 2019 until July 29, 2019.

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08 August 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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08 August 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/052) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 7, 2019 that, 2 HPG militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to rural areas of Şırnak’s central district on July 28, 2019.

(08/053) People Were Subjected to Police Violence in Adana…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 7, 2019 that, 4 people (Nihat Korkmaz, Mustafa Korkmaz, Ramazan Korkmaz and Serdar Korkmaz) who reacted against general information checks made by the police in a coffee house in Seyhan district of Adana, were detained by the police using physical violence. It is reported that these 4 people have bruises on their bodies and faces due to violence. It is learned that 4 people were released after statement procedures at the police on the same day.

(08/054) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 7, 2019 that, Müslüm Gönül, a prisoner in Silivri L Type Prison No 2, was subjected to physical violence of the wardens on the grounds that he hugged his spouse during family visit time.

It is learned from the news coverage of August 7, 2019 that, 4 prisoners in Mardin Prison were transferred to prisons in Diyarbakır under coercion. Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Mardin co-chair Şeyhmus Sun, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Party Assembly member Alaatin Zuğurli, Ali Sincar and Sedat Ay were transferred to Diyarbakır D Type Prison and DBP Mardin co-chair Leyla Bozkurt was transferred to Diyarbakır T Type Prison.

(08/055) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 7, 2019 that, prisoners who have gone on hunger strike to demand an end to isolation of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, were not referred to hospitals after ending the strike. It is stated in the news reports that, prisoners were said at the prison infirmary that, only those who accept to be medically examined in handcuffs would be referred to hospitals which was not accepted by prisoners.

(08/056) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 7, 2019 that, trans prisoner Esra Arıkan in Bakırköy Women’s Prison, who went on a hunger strike on July 29, 2019, demanding to be referred to Marmara Education and Research Hospital for medical examination by the doctor who were in charge of her treatment earlier, ended the strike on August 2, 2019 after her demands were accepted.

(08/057) 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 1002 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on August 7, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on July 10, 2019, 2 people (Nazife Onay and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazife Onay and Gülnaz Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on August 7, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released the same day.

(08/058) Gendarmerie Intervention to a Protest in Batman…

The gendarmerie intervened the march from Hasankeyf district to Batman, organized by a group including HDP MP’s and co-mayors from HDP, who were prevented from holding a watch-protest, and detained 14 people by physical violence. It is learned that the detainees were released after statement procedures at the gendarmerie station on the same day.

(08/059) Detained District Council Member in Mardin…

Samiye Demir, district council member from HDP in Nusaybin district of Mardin, who was detained at Nusaybin District Security Directorate where she went to give official statement through an investigation against her on August 6, 2019, is released by the court on judicial control conditions on August 7, 2019.

(08/060) Detained HDP Members in Batman…

19 members of HDP Youth Assembly who were detained by the police using physical violence on August 5, 2019, for holding a watch-protest in Hasankeyf district of Batman, are released after statement procedures at the police on August 7, 2019. It is reported that the detained people were forced to strip search and were subjected to physical violence because of rejecting it.

(08/061) HDP Members on Trial in Batman…

The first trial of the case against 8 members of HDP Youth Assembly, including 6 arrestees, for blocking the road to protest isolation of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, on April 28, 2019, is held at Batman Heavy Penal Court No 2 on August 7, 2019. The indictment demands sentence for 8 people on the charges of ‘committing an offence on behalf of an illegal organisation although not being a member of it’ and ‘hijacking or seizure of transport vehicles’. After defence hearings the court released 5 of 6 arrestees (R.C., E.M., D.Y., H.A., M.Ş.Ç., B.D. and H.A.) on judicial control conditions and decided to continue detention of H.K., adjourning the trial to October 31, 2019.

(08/062) Suruç Massacre Case…

The case on Urfa Heavy Penal Court No 5, for the massacre in Suruç where 33 people died on July 20, 2015, continued to be held on August 7, 2019. It is learned that video recordings of city surveillance cameras which cover a 5-hours’ time of the day of the explosion were not involved in the case file. The court decided to make an official complaint against Abdullah Ömer who were heard as witness before, to demand complete video footage of the time covering before and after the explosion which will be examined by a commission of experts, to continued detention of Yakup Şahin and adjourned the trial to November 1, 2019.

(08/063) Ban on Access to Web Sites…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 7, 2019 that Ankara Penal Court of Peace No 8 has banned to access to 6 posts on social media about the news reports on Directorate of Communications of Presidency Fahrettin Altun and his wife Fatmanur Altun’s receiving double salaries.

(08/064) Ban on Access to Web Sites…

Ankara Penal Court of Peace No 3 has banned to access to 136 websites including Bianet, upon complaint of Gendarmerie General Command on July 16, 2019. It is learned from the news coverage of August 7, 2019 that, Bianet’s website was banned mistakenly however remaining 135 addresses are still banned.

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07 August 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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07 August 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/042) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 6, 2019 that, 1 HPG militant died in an air operation to rural areas of Bingöl’s Karlıova district on July 20, 2019.

(08/043) 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 1001 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on August 6, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on July 10, 2019, 4 people (Mehmet Dersulu, Mahmut Konuk, Batuhan Şendağ, Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazife Onay and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 6 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on August 6, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released the same day.

(08/044) Detained HDP Executive in Istanbul…

People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Party Assembly member Benazir Coşkun, who was detained on August 5, 2019 at Istanbul Security Directorate where she went to give official statement through an investigation against her, is released by the court on August 6, 2019.

(08/045) Detained Human Rights Defender, City Council Member and Political Party Executive in Bitlis…

On August 6, 2019, Human Rights Association (IHD) Bitlis branch secretary Engin Başar, city council member Medeni Yalçınkaya, HDP’s Tatvan district co-chair Burak Ballıoğlu, Özgür Akbay and Orhan Yavuz are detained in house raids in Tatvan district of Bitlis.

(08/046) Detained District Council Member in Mardin…

Samiye Demir, district council member from HDP in Nusaybin district of Mardin, is detained at Nusaybin District Security Directorate where she went to give official statement through an investigation against her on August 6, 2019.

(08/047) Detained German Citizen in Antalya…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 6, 2019 that, Osman B., a German citizen, is detained at Antalya Airport, on the grounds of “making propaganda for an illegal organisation on social media”; and is arrested by the court.

It is stated in the news reports that 7 citizens of Germany are in prison in Turkey for “social media posts”.

(08/048) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On August 6, 2019, 9 people are detained in operations covering 9 cities through an Izmir based investigation.

(08/049) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against Mehmet Ümit Akbey is held at Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 25 on August 6, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 12 years and 9 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(08/050) Ban of an Event in Mardin…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 6, 2019 that, football and volleyball tournaments organized by HDP Youth Assembly in Savur district of Mardin, is banned by Savur Sub-Governorate on the grounds of security reasons.

(08/051) Ban on Access to Web Sites…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 6, 2019 Ankara Penal Court of Peace No 3 has banned to access to 136 websites including Bianet, upon complaint of Gendarmerie General Command on July 16, 2019. The banned addresses include Etkin News Agency, Halkın Sesi TV, Özgür Gelecek, osp.org, geziyisavunuyoruz.org, Gazete Fersude, Yeni Demokratik Gençlik, Umut Gazetesi, Kızıl Bayrak, Marksist Teori, Direnişteyiz, Mücadele Birliği, Antakya Sokak websites as well as some social media accounts including HDP MP Oya Ersoy’s twitter account.

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06 August 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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06 August 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/036) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 5, 2019 that, at least 15 prisoners in Elazığ High Security Prison No 2 were subjected to physical violence of the wardens. It is reported that a prisoner named Medeni Kiye was injured due to violence however he was not taken to hospital for a long while although he was unconscious.

(08/037) 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 1000 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on August 5, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on July 10, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Gonca Başak Öz) and at 18.00 25 people (Batuhan Şendağ, Nursel Tanrıverdi, Mahir Kılıç, Cemal Öksüz, Ergin Volkan Aruz, Alev Şahin, Ayser İren, Erol Demirel, Mehmet Dersulu, Turgut Türksoy, Volkan Çeşme, Selvi Polat, Nazife Onay, Mahmut Konuk, Acun Karadağ, Nazan Bozkurt, İlker Işık, Bülent Kolay, Cafer Keleş, Yiğit Özgür Keleş, Ünal Kaymak, Merve Demirel, Eser Budak, Cengiz Tepe, Deniz Eriş) were detained. It is reported that Deniz Eriş was injured at head and arms due to police violence.

Thus in total 27 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on August 5, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released the same day.

(08/038) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened into the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on August 5, 2019, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and detained 2 people (Mahmut Konuk and Cemal Öksüz). It is learned that 2 people were released the same day.

(08/039) Detained HDP Members in Batman…

The police used physical violence against 19 members of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Youth Assembly who were visiting historical sites of Hasankeyf district of Batman, and detained them on the grounds of “violating the ban of marching as a group”, on August 5, 2019. The detainees were released on the same day after statement procedures at the police.

(08/040) Detained City Council Member and Political Party Executives in Ağrı…

6 of 7 people including district council member and HDP district executives who were detained in house raids on August 2, 2019 in Patnos district of Ağrı, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on August 5, 2019. 1 person is released on judicial control conditions. The names of arrested people are: district council member Mehmet Şahin Savcı from HDP, HDP district executives Orhan Tutak, Ömer Yavuz, Fatih Dilmaç, Musa Uygar, Melek Kartal. Mehmet Emin Savcı is released on judicial control conditions.

(08/041) Detained HDP Co-Chair in Mardin…

HDP’s Mardin provincial co-chair Eylem Amak, who was detained at a police check point on Diyarbakır-Mardin roadway on August 4, 2019, is released by the court on judicial control conditions on August 5, 2019.

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03 – 05 August 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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03 – 05 August 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/016) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 2, 2019 that, 2 HPG militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to rural areas of Siirt’s Eruh district on July 30, 2019; 3 HPG militants died in a clash in rural areas of Tatvan district of Bitlis on July 27, 2019.

It is learned that 1 soldier died and 4 soldiers got wounded in a clash in rural areas of Mardin’s Nusaybin district on August 3, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of August 3, 2019 that 3 HPG militants died in an air operation to rural areas of Ağrı’s Diyadin district on July 13, 2019; 2 militants died in another operation in the same area on July 27, 2019; and 4 militants died in a clash in rural areas of Şırnak’s Uludere district on August 2, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of August 4, 2019 that, 6 HPG militants died in a clash in rural areas of Hakkari’s Yüksekova district on July 24, 2019; 2 HPG militants died in a clash in rural areas of Tunceli’s central district on June 19, 2019; 4 HPG militants died in a clash in rural areas of Tunceli’s central district on June 23, 2019 and 2 HPG militants died in the air operation to rural areas of Tunceli’s central district on July 18, 2019.

(08/017) Child Died in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate has stated that “a warning fire was opened for the individuals disobeying the stop warning and a bouncing bullet, which is caused by rough and rocky terrain, wounded a citizen” in the declaration made on August 2, 2019, about Vedat Ekinci (14), who died on August 1, 2019 due to fire opened from a helicopter of Turkish Armed Forces on villagers who were doing border trade and were on their way back from Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government to Derecik district of Hakkari.

Hacı Ekinci, who was with Vedat Ekinci at the time of shooting, stated the following: “We were 3 individuals with Vedat at the time of shooting. Our animals have entered the military zone so we went there too. Suddenly a soldier appeared and shot us without stop warning, they shot my cousin (Vedat) at his back. There were 3 people shooting us, one had a gun stock and others had weapons, but there were almost 10 soldiers around there. My cousin fell down, I asked soldiers for help but they did not. Vedat died in my arms.”

Lawyer Ramazan Kurt stated the following: “The Governorate claims that a warning fire was opened however, considering that the warning fire should be opened at a right angle, it is not plausible that a bullet could bounce and cause death of one and injury of another person (…) Crime scene investigation is not being conducted on the grounds of security reasons. And the offender soldiers are being interrogated by military institutions. This is unlawful, because if the offender is a police officer or a soldier, security institutions and military institutions cannot interrogate them (…) We also learned from the prosecutor’s office that the key evidence, namely the bullet was missing.”

It is also learned that the prosecutor’s office imposed a broadcast ban.

It is reported that Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul MP Sezgin Tanrıkulu submitted a parliamentary question demanding a response from the Minister of Interior. It is asked in the parliamentary question whether the claim that a helicopter of Turkish Armed Forces opened fire on the villagers or not and if there is any investigation and prosecution is being carried on.

(08/018) Prisoner Died in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage that Tahir Çetinkaya (67), an ill prisoner kept in Sincan F Type Prison No 2, died in Ankara City Hospital. It is reported that Tahir Çetinkaya had a stroke previously in Van F Type Prison and his plea for a stay of execution was rejected on the grounds of “not meeting the conditions for probation”.

(08/019) Ill Prisoner Died…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 4, 2019 that, Aynur Uyar, a prisoner with diabetes, heart disease and with high blood pressure who was transferred from Eskişehir Çifteler Women’s Open Prison to Ayvalık Prison, was taken to hospital after her conditions deteriorate. It is learned that Aynur Uyar was brought back to prison and the prison administration gave permission for her on July 19, 2019, calling her family to get her from prison. It is reported that Aynur Uyar was taken from the prison on the same day however she died in the vehicle.

(08/020) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 3, 2019 that, Şeyhdavut Başkan, a prisoner transferred under coercion from Kayseri Bünyan Prison No 2 to Bünyan Prison No 1 is on hunger strike since July 9, 2019, demanding to be transferred back. Şeyhdavut Başkan has joined the hunger strike demanding an end to isolation of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan and was taken to hospital after ending the strike however, he was then taken to Bünyan Prison No 2 after hospital.

(08/021) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 2, 2019 that, Engin Çomar, a prisoner in Iskenderun T Type Prison, was subjected to physical violence of the wardens. It is reported that Engin Çomar has an eye infection due to violence and was not referred to hospital. It is stated in the news reports that prisoners who demand to be referred to hospital in Iskenderun T Type Prison were forced to sign a petition saying “I was an illegal organisation member and I regret it”.

(08/022) Rejection to Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan…

It is learned that the appeal made on August 2, 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.

(08/023) Woman Was Forced to Be a Police Informant in Izmir…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 2, 2019 that, Kader İnci, whose 2 children are in prison, were forced to be a police informant. Kader İnci made a press declaration at Human Rights Association (IHD) Izmir Branch and stated the following: “They kept calling and messaging me from time to time, to meet. I had to accept to meet them. They took me into a car when we met and kidnapped me (…) They kept me in the moving car for 3 hours and asked questions about more than 10 people (…) They told me to attend press declarations and that I would not get harmed there, and offered me to give them information from there (…) I rejected to be their informant. But they kept following me, they came to my workplace. I told them I do not want to talk to them. They forced me to do so, they told me that they would raid my workplace in case I do not talk to them (…) They put a bundle of money in my pocket but I refused to take it. They threatened me saying that I would never get out of the car if I do not take the money, and that they would catch me and force to get in the car again if I throw the money after getting off the car. They hold me on and record a video where they say ‘Do we have a deal? Yes, we do’.”

(08/024) 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 999 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on August 2, 3, and 4, 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 August 2, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) 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 August 3, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and İlker Işık) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and İlker Işık) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on August 4, 2019, 2 people (Nazife Onay and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ and İlker Işık) were detained.

Thus in total 12 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on August 2, 3, and 4, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(08/025) 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 749th time on August 3, 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.

(08/026) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

 “F sit-in”, which is organized for the 384th time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on August 3, 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.

(08/027) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

On August 3, 2019, Feridun Osmanağaoğlu who attempted to make a press declaration to protest the ban on demonstrations at Galatasaray Square in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul is detained by police intervention. Feridun Osmanağaoğlu is released after statement procedures on the same day.

(08/028) Prevention of a Demonstration in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 2, 2019 that, the press declaration of CHP members in front of Silivri Prison, for CHP Party Assembly member and former MP Eren Erdem who is arrested for 400 days, is banned by Silivri Sub-governorate.

(08/029) Detained Doctor and Health Workers in Şırnak…

It is learned that 1 doctor and 4 health workers (N.S., Ş.E., A.K. and A.T.) were detained in house raids in Cizre district of Şırnak on August 2, 2019. 4 people are arrested by the court on August 3, 2019.

(08/030) Detained City Council Member in Mardin…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 2, 2019 that, Hikmet Erdin, AKP member of city council in Mazıdağı district of Mardin, who attended monthly council meeting with a weapon and threatened co-mayor Nalan Özaydın, saying “I am the state I will make this place collapse on you” made an official complaint against Hikmet Eres, a city council member from HDP and that Hikmet Eres was detained. Hikmet Eres was released after statement procedures on the same day.

(08/031) Detained City Council Member and Political Party Executives in Ağrı…

On August 2, 2019, district council member Mehmet Şahin Savcı from HDP and HDP district executives Orhan Tutak, Ömer Yavuz, Fatih Dilmaç, Musa Uygar, Mehmet Emin Savcı are detained in house raids in Patnos district of Ağrı. The reason of detention is unknown, and it is learned that the detainees are taken to Patnos District Police Directorate.

(08/032) Detained HDP Co-Chair in Mardin…

HDP’s Mardin provincial co-chair Eylem Amak is detained at a police check point on Diyarbakır-Mardin roadway on August 4, 2019.

(08/033) Former HDP Executive Put in Prison in Hakkari…

HDP’s former Hakkari provincial co-chair Rahmi Kurt is detained in a house raid on August 2, 2019 and put in Hakkari Prison, on the grounds of approval of sentence of 6 years and 3 months given to him on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(08/034) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On August 2, 2019, 18 people are detained in Izmir.

It is learned that a warrant is issued for 41 people including police officers on active duty through an Adana based investigation on August 3, 2019.

(08/035) Labor Killings…

On August 2, 2019, Worker Health and Worker Safety Council (ISIG) revealed that at least 163 workers including 6 children, 10 women, and 6 asylum seekers died while working in July, 2019. According to ISIG data at least 1004 workers died due to labor killings/labor accidents within the first 7 months of 2019.

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02 August 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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02 August 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/008) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 1, 2019 that 2 militants died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Şırnak on July 28, 2019.

(08/009) Child Died in Hakkari…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 1, 2019 that, Vedat Ekinci (14) died due to fire opened from a helicopter of Turkish Armed Forces on villagers who were doing border trade and were on their way back from Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government to Derecik district of Hakkari. Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on August 2, 2019 and stated the following: “The individuals coming near from Northern Iraq to the border were warned by fires opened by soldiers a stop warning. Since the terrain is rough and rocky, one citizen was wounded from a bouncing bullet, who was then taken to Derecik Field Hospital by vehicles that belong to our Border Troops. Unfortunately, the wounded citizen lost his life despite all interventions.”

(08/010) Child Was Forced to be Police Informant in Adana…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 1, 2019 that, Ahmet Can B. (17) was forced to be a police informant in Adana. Ahmet Can B. who was detained through an operation against People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Youth Assembly on June 17, 2019 and was then released on house confinement conditions, stated the following: “The police keep wandering in our neighbourhoods with undercover cars and force some of young people to get in their cars. They forced me too and threatened me saying ‘We are intelligence office. We can kill your dad. If you help us you can go to school, any private school. We will give you money, you can take money from us any time you give us a name. If you do not help us we will keep following you. You cannot see your family and you would go to prison.”

(08/011) 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 996 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on August 1, 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 August 1, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and İlker Işık) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ and İlker Işık) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on August 1, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released on the same day.

(08/012) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police used pepper spray and physical violence to intervene the march of Confederation of Public Employees’ Trade Unions (KESK) to Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services in Ankara, for their demands on collective bargaining on August 1, 2019. It is learned that police intervention caused injury of several people. 6 people are detained by the police. The names of detainees are: KESK central executive board member İlhan Yiğit, Haber-Sen general secretary Burak Ustaoğlu Health and Social Service Employees Union women’s secretary Selma Atabey, Tarım-Orkam-Sen chair Hamit Kurt and Uğur Cebe. The detained people are released on the same day.

(08/013) Detained People in Izmir…

On August 1, 2019, 9 people are detained in house raids in Izmir on the grounds of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The names of detainees are unknown.

(08/014) Arrested Political Party Executive in Aydın…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 1, 2019 that Greens and the Left Party Aydın co-spokesperson Nizamettin Aktepe is arrested and put in prison on July 22, 2019, upon approval of the 3 years and 9 months’ sentence given to him for social media posts.

(08/015) Co-Mayor Was Threatened in Mardin…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 1, 2019 that, Hikmet Erdin, AKP member of city council in Mazıdağı district of Mardin, attended monthly council meeting with a weapon and threatened co-mayor Nalan Özaydın.

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