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24 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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24 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/257) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 23, 2019 that, 3 HPG militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to Xakurke in Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on June 6, 2019.

(12/258) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 23, 2019 that Nilüfer Elik Yılmaz, Kızıltepe district co-mayor, is transferred from Mardin E Type Prison to Tarsus T Type Prison under coercion. Nilüfer Elik Yılmaz was suspended after being detained on December 12, 2019, and was arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on December 15, 2019.

(12/259) 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 1140 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 23, 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 23, 2019, 3 people (Nazan Bozkurt, Mehmet Dersulu and Acun Karadağ) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) were detained.

Thus in total 5 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on December 23, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(12/260) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on December 23, 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.

(12/261) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on December 23, 2019 of Nursel Tanrıverdi who rally for 144 weeks to regain her job from which she had been dismissed by state of emergency decree, and detained her by using physical violence.

(12/262) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened Free Young Women (ÖGK) members’ press declaration about femicide on December 23, 2019 at Taksim Square in Istanbul and detained 2 people (Alev Özkiraz and Yaren Tuncer). It is learned that 2 people are released on the same day.

(12/263) Police Prevention to Press Declaration in Diyarbakır…

The police prevented the press declaration of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) members in front of Diyarbakır Courthouse to protest arrest of Filiz Buluttekin and Cemal Özdemir, co-mayors of Sur district on December 23, 2019. It is learned that the police also prevented the press from recording the declaration.

(12/264) Detained Co-Mayors in Diyarbakır…

Filiz Buluttekin and Cemal Özdemir, co-mayors of Sur district of Diyarbakır who were detained on December 20, 2019 are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on December 23, 2019. It is learned that Yılmaz Eken, district council member who was also detained is released on judicial control conditions on the same day.

(12/265) Detained Person in Rize…

It is learned that Leyla Yiğit, a member of HDP, who was visiting her brother Kemal Yiğit at Rize Kalkandere Closed Prison on December 23, 2019, is detained by prison police for reacting against unlawful lawyer limitation for her brother. It is reported that Leyla Yiğit is released on the same day.

(12/266) Interventions and Detentions Related to Reactions Against Military Operation to North and East Syria…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 23, 2019 that Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation against singer Ferhat Tunç for his social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to north and east Syria.

(12/267) Dargeçit JİTEM Case…

The case against 18 people, for forced disappearance of 8 people including 3 children who were detained in Dargeçit district of Mardin between October 29, 2015 and March 8, 1996; and of special sergeant Bilal Batır, who was alleged to inform families of those disappeared forcefully, is held on Adıyaman Heavy Penal Court No 1 on the charge of ‘intentional killing’ on December 23, 2019. It is learned that Ahmet Kul, district public prosecutor back then who was expected to be heard as witness and other defendants did not join the trial. The court rejected to arrest defendants and adjourned the trial to February 9, 2019.

(12/268) Non-Prosecution Decision on Death of Mehmet Sadık Bozderi During Curfew in Şırnak…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 23, 2019 that İdil District Prosecutor’s Office ruled non-prosecution on death of Mehmet Sadık Bozderi, who died due to fire and missile launched by security units to his house in İdil district of Şırnak on February 23, 2016 during curfew. It is stated in the news reports that Mehmet Sadık Bozderi, who was at the age of 54 and had a heart disease back then, was waiting for an ambulance in his house while security units opened fire. It is reported that the prosecutor’s office names Mehmet Bozderi as “a member of an illegal organisation” and states that his death was “within self-defence and lawful”. It is learned that Şırnak Penal Court of Peace rejected the appeal to non-prosecution decision.

(12/269) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

43 of 67 people including 3 colonels, 3 lieutenant colonels, 10 majors, 22 lieutenants on active duty, who were detained in operations covering 33 cities through an Izmir based investigation on December 20, 2019 are arrested on December 23, 2019; while 20 people are released on judicial control conditions.

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21 – 23 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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21 – 23 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/235) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

Ministry of National Defence announced that 1 soldier (Muharrem Karaduman) who was on duty at Başika military base in Irak and was under treatment at Ankara Gülhane Research and Education Hospital since October 3, 2018 due to West Nile virus infection, died in hospital on December 21, 2019.

Ministry of National Defence announced that 1 soldier (Ahmet Tunç) who got wounded due to explosion in Çukurca district of Hakkari on December 19, 2019, died in Ankara Gülhane Research and Education Hospital on December 21, 2019.

(12/236) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 22, 2019 that, Sara Kaya, former co-mayor of Nusaybin district of Diyarbakır, is transferred from Van T Type Prison to Tarsus T Type Prison under coercion.

(12/237) Rejection to Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan…

It is learned that the appeal made on December 21, 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.

(12/238) 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 1139 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 20, 21, and 22, 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 20, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Merve Demirel 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 21, 2019, 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ 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 22, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Alev Şahin) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Alev Şahin) were detained.

Thus in total 12 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on December 20, 21, and 22, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(12/239) 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 769th time on December 21, 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.

(12/240) 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 December 21, 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.

(12/241) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on December 20, 2019, for Mustafa Koçak, who is on hunger strike Izmir Şakran T Type Prison No 2 for 81 days demanding a fair trial, and detained 5 people. Detained people (Mustafa Koçak’s mother Zeynep Koçak and father Hasan Koçak, Taylan Gültekin, Cemile Temizkalp and Cansu Kalender) are released on the same day.

Zeynep Koçak and Hasan Koçak are detained on December 21, 2019, in front of Cevahir Shopping Mall in Şişli district of Istanbul for the same reason. 2 people are released on the same day.

(12/242) Police Prevention to a Banner in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that police prevented KESK members to enter Istasyon Square in Diyarbakır for the meeting on December 22, 2019 organized Amed Labour and Democracy Platform, because of a banner they had. The police intervene the banner saying “budget for workers not for income, interest, waste and war”, and let the members in after cutting the word “war” off the banner.

(12/243) Detained Co-Mayors and City Council Member in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that Filiz Buluttekin and Cemal Özdemir, co-mayors of Sur district of Diyarbakır, and city council member Yılmaz Eken are detained on December 20, 2019. It is reported that the police blocked around municipality building and prevented people from entering the building while searching the building. It is stated in the news reports that the police raided Filiz Buluttekin’s house, forced her and her husband and 10-year old son to lay down on the ground and put gun against their head.

(12/244) Police Prevention to Parliamentary Members and City Council Members in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that HDP Diyarbakır MP Remziye Tosun and city council members who react against detention of Filiz Buluttekin, Sur district co-mayor on December 20, 2019, are subjected to physical violence of the police preventing them.

(12/245) Detained Political Party Executives in Malatya…

6 of 11 people (HDP former provincial co-chair Fatma Alataş, Democratic Regions Party Yeşilyurt district former co-chair Reyhan Bakır, Ayşe Işık, DBP provincial executive Hatun Aydın, HDP provincial executive Zeynep Doğan and HDP member Sevgi Çınar) who were detained in house raids in Malatya on December 17, 2019 are released on judicial control conditions on December 19, 2019.

(12/246) Detained Political Party Chair in Hatay…

It is learned that Elif Torun Öneren, chair of Revolutionary Party, who was detained during a road check in Dörtyol district of Hatay on December 20, 2019, is released after statement procedures on December 21, 2019.

(12/247) Detained People in Mardin…

It is learned that 6 people in Çayköy village of Derik district of Mardin are detained by soldiers and are taken to Mardin Police Directorate. Detained people are: Sercan Dölek, Vedat Belgin, Halil Belgin, Nezir Demir, Aydın Özrak and Bedrettin Özge.

(12/248) Detained People in Ankara…

Barbaros Aslan and Dağhan Beşli, 2 of 3 people who were detained in Ankara on December 18, 2019, are released on judicial control conditions on December 20, 2019. Sezai Demirtaş is arrested by the court on the same day.

(12/249) Arrested Lawyer in Istanbul…

Oya Aslan, member of Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD) who was detained in Istanbul on December 21, 2019, is arrested on the same day on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(12/250) Detained People in Mardin…

5 of 11 people (Aysel Erol, HDP provincial co-chair Salih Kuday, Veysi Parıltı, Abdulkerim Sayalğı and Mustafa Üstündağ Benli) who were detained in Mardin on December 11, 2019 are released on judicial control conditions on December 20, 2019. Dilaver İnal, former chair of Democrat Arabs Association is arrested on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(12/251) The Case Against People Evacuated from Nusaybin…

The case against 70 people who were detained and then arrested on May 26, 2016, after being evacuated from the buildings they were stuck in during the curfew on Nusaybin district, is held on December 20, 2019 on Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 4. The court has decided to separate the case for each defendant and to start proceedings all over again with new case files on April 5, 2019. The court sentenced 1 person (Nurşen Demir) to 10 years on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’, and acquitted her on the charges of ‘intentional killing’, ‘damage to property’, and ‘possession or exchange of hazardous substances without permission’.

(12/252) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On January 20, 2019, 60 people including 3 colonels, 3 lieutenant colonels, 10 majors, 22 captains and 2 lieutenants are detained in operations covering 33 cities through an Izmir based investigation.

(12/253) Attack to a Political Party Office…

It is learned that HDP’s district office in Kulp district of Diyarbakır is attacked by anonymous people on December 20, 2019. It is learned that police did not come to the scene for investigation. HDP’s district office in Kulp was attacked on December 17, 2019 too.

(12/254) Trustee Appointed to Sur…

It is learned that Filiz Buluttekin and Cemal Özdemir, co-mayors of Sur district of Diyarbakır are suspended by Ministry of Interior on December 21, 2019 and Sur sub-governor Abdullah Çiftçi is appointed as trustee.

With this last appointments, the number of trustees appointed since local elections on March 31, 2019, raised up to 29 including 3 metropolitan cities.

(12/255) Suspended City Council Members in Diyarbakır…

Ministry of Interior suspended 3 members (Zeki Kanay, Ramazan Özçelik and Nursel Örnek) of city council in Bağlar district of Diyarbakır, on the grounds of cases and investigations against them.

(12/256) Ban of Events in Urfa…

Urfa Governorate made a declaration on December 19, 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 30 days as of December 19, 2019.  This is the fourth time of banning all events for 30 days in Urfa since August 19, 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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19 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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19 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/203) Torture and Il-Treatment Under Custody in Mersin…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 18, 2019 that, Gernas Atuğ, who was taken to Mersin after being detained in Edirne on December 9, 2019, was subjected to torture and ill-treatment at Mersin Police Directorate.

It is reported that Gernas Atuğ’s father Nurettin Atuğ applied to Human Rights Association (IHD) Mersin branch.

(12/204) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 17, 2019 that, prisoners were subjected to physical violence of the wardens during searches in Şırnak T Type Prison and 2 injured prisoners were taken to hospital.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 18, 2019 that PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, and Ömer Hayri Konar, Hamili Yıldırım and Veysi Aktaş kept in İmralı High Security Prison, are subjected to a disciplinary penalty on October 21, 2019. İbrahim Bilmez, lawyer of Abdullah Öcalan, stated that they have heard of the penalty on November 29, 2019 and the prison administration did not inform them on the content of it.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 18, 2019 that, İrfan Sarı, co-mayor of Yüksekova district of Van, was kept in solitary cell since November 5, 2019, when he was transferred to Elazığ High Security Prison No 2 under coercion. İrfan Sarı was arrested on October 17, 2019.

(12/205) 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 1135 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 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 December 18, 2019, 3 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) 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 18, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(12/206) Police Prevention to a Protest in Muş…

The police prevented People’s Democratic Party (HDP) members to have a press declaration in Muş on December 18, 2019, about trustee appointments to Bulanık, Varto and Erentepe municipalities.

(12/207) Police Prevention to Leaflet Distribution in Ankara…

It is learned that HDP members including MP’s delivering leaflets in Sakarya Street in Ankara, about provincial congress of HDP to be held on December 21, 2019, are prevented by the police.

(12/208) Detained Co-Mayors in Muş…

Ülkü Karaaslan and Mahmut Yalçın, co-mayors of Varto district; Eylem Saruca and Adnan Topçu, co-mayors of Bulanık district; and Dilaver Keskin, co-mayor of Erentepe town in Muş, who were detained on December 17, 2019, are referred to the court on December 18, 2019. The court arrested Ülkü Karaaslan and Adnan Topçu on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’; and released Mahmut Yalçın, Eylem Saruca and Dilaver Keskin on judicial control conditions.

(12/209) Detained Journalist in Ağrı…

Journalist Aziz Oruç who was detained on December 11, 2019 in Doğubayazıt district of Ağrı is arrested by the court on December 18, 2019 on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

HDP’s Doğubayazıt district co-chair Abdullah Ekelek and Muhammet İkram, who were detained with Aziz Oruç, were arrested by the court on the charge of ‘aiding an illegal organisation’.

(12/210) Detained People in Mardin…

5 of 11 people including HDP Mardin co-chair Salih Kuday and Mardin Medical Chamber chair Derya Etem who were detained in house raids in Mardin on December 11, 2019, are referred to the court on December 18, 2019. 4 people including Derya Etem are released on judicial control conditions by the court and 1 person is released after statement procedures at the prosecutor’s office. It is learned that detention period is extended 2 more days for 6 people.

(12/211) Detained Political Party Members in Malatya…

Pir Sultan Abdal Cultural Association executive Hatice Zengin, Saime Tuncel, Gülbahar Doğan and Betül Kurnaz Kılıç, who were detained in house raids in Malatya on December 17, 2019, are released on December 18, 2019. It is learned that 7 people are still under custody.

(12/212) Journalists on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The case against 8 people including 7 journalists, on Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 9, for the news reports on Dicle News Agency which was closed down by a state of emergency decree, about Musa Çitil, Diyarbakır Gendarmerie Regional Brigadier General during the curfew in Sur district of Diyarbakır and for social media posts sharing these news reports, is held on December 18, 2019.

The case was opened upon official complaint of Musa Çitil. The indictment demands jail penalty from 1 year to 3 years for A. Vahap Taş, Selman Çiçek, Kemal Sancılı, İnan Kızılkaya and Selim Günenç, Hamza Gündüz and Çağdaş Kaplan on the charges of ‘marking the identities of state officials that were assigned in fight against terrorism as targets’. The indictment also demands jail penalty from 1 year up to 5 years for Selman Çelik for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

The court acquitted 7 people.

(12/213) Constitutional Court Decision on Freedom of Expression…

Constitutional Court’s decision on individual appeal of M. K. is published on the official gazette on December 18, 2019.

  1. K. was sentenced to 1 year and 8 months for the anthem “Çerxa Şoreşê” sang during a protest in 2013.

The court decided that freedom of expression of M. K. is violated and ruled a compensation of 9.150 Turkish Liras.

The court states the following: “Expressions which do not involve violent statements and danger of terrorism, cannot be seen as propaganda of terrorism just because they resemble ideology, political and social aims, and views of a terrorist organisation”.  

(12/214) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On December 18, 2019, 18 people are detained through an investigation on former personnel of Prime Ministry and 12 people are detained in operations covering 9 cities through a Kütahya based investigation.

(12/215) Trustee Appointed to Bulanık, Varto and Urla districts and Erentepe Town…

It is learned that co-mayors of Bulanık district of Muş are suspended by Ministry of Interior on December 18, 2019 and Bulanık sub-governor Mehmet İlidi is appointed as trustee.

It is learned that co-mayors of Varto district of Muş are suspended by Ministry of Interior on December 18, 2019 and Varto sub-governor Ertuğrul Avcı is appointed as trustee.

It is learned that co-mayors of Erentepe town of Bulanık district of Muş are suspended by Ministry of Interior on December 18, 2019 and Bulanık sub-governor Mehmet İlidi is appointed as trustee.

It is learned that mayor of Urla district of Izmir is suspended by Ministry of Interior on December 18, 2019 and Urla sub-governor Önder Can is appointed as trustee.

With this last appointments, the number of trustees appointed since local elections on March 31, 2019, raised up to 28 including 3 metropolitan cities.

(12/216) Special Security Zone in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on December 17, 2019, and announced 2 areas with given coordinates in central, Çukurca, Şemdinli, Yüksekova and Derecik districts as special security zones as of December 18, 2019 until December 22, 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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18 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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18 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/186) 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 1134 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 17, 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 17, 2019, 3 people (Merve Demirel and Mehmet Dersulu) 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 17, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(12/187) Police Intervention to a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened and detained Nazan Bozkurt, participator of “I Want My Job Back” protests, who wants to have a press declaration on state of emergency decrees at Güvenpark in Ankara on December 17, 2019.

(12/188) Police Intervention to a Protest in Van…

The police prevented the press declaration of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in Van to protest femicides and that Özgür Arduç, murderer of Ceren Özdemir, being taken to Van T Type Prison on December 17, 2019.

(12/189) Books and Newspapers Not Given in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 17, 2019 that Edirne F Type Prison administration did not give December 9 issue of Evrensel newspaper to HDP’s former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, on the grounds that it “jeopardizes security of the institution”. That issue of Evrensel was covering an interview with Selahattin Demirtaş.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 17, 2019 that 5 books that are sent to a prisoner in Van T Type Prison were not given on the grounds of a ban. However, there is no ban imposed on these books.

(12/190) Detained Co-Mayors in Muş…

Ülkü Karaaslan and Mahmut Yalçın, co-mayors of Varto district and Eylem Saruca and Adnan Topçu, co-mayors of Bulanık district of Muş are detained in house raids on December 17, 2019.

(12/191) Detained HDP Executive in Diyarbakır…

People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Party Assembly member Zeynep Boğa who was detained on December 16, 2019 in Diyarbakır is released on December 17, 2019.

(12/192) Detained People in Malatya…

On December 17, 2019, 7 people are detained in house raids in Malatya. Detained people are: Ayşe Işık (former provincial chair of Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP), Sayime Tuncel and Hatice Zengin, executives of Pir Sultan Abdal Cultural Association (PSAKD), Betül Kurnaz Kılıç and HDP members Gule Doğan, Reyhan Bakır and Hatun Aydın.

(12/193) Detained Person in Adana…

On December 17, 2019, a person named F. S. is detained in a house raid in Adana. It is learned that people in the house were subjected to physical and verbal violence of the police.

(12/194) Detained People in Antalya…

11 of 29 people who were detained in Adana on December 6, 2019, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘financing an illegal organisation’ on December 17, 2019. 18 people are released.

(12/195) Prevention of Delivering Leaflets in Kocaeli…

It is learned that Turkish Metal Workers Union executives prevented Labour Party members from delivering leaflets in front of Kalibre aluminium factory in Kartepe district of Kocaeli.

(12/196) Medeni Yıldırım Case…

The case against Adem Çiftçi, a soldier on compulsory military service, for death of Medeni Yıldırım in Lice district of Diyarbakır on June 28, 2018, on Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 7 is held on December 17, 2019. Medeni Yıldırım was killed with a shot fired from military station during a march to protest the construction of a high security military station in Kalecik village of Lice. The indictment demands jail penalty up to 18 years for Adem Çiftçi for ‘killing with an eventual intent under unjust provocation’.

The court decided to ask the expert report from Istanbul Forensic Medicine Institution and adjourned the trial to February 20, 2020.

(12/197) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On December 17, 2019, 171 people are detained in Ankara; 17 people including military members on active duty are detained in operations covering 9 cities through an Urfa based investigation; and 10 people are detained in operations covering 5 cities through an Ankara based investigation on Ministry of Health personnel.

(12/198) Curfew in Bitlis…

Bitlis Governorate made a declaration on December 17, 2019 and announced curfew in 46 villages of central district as of 06.00 until further notice. The villages under curfew are: Ayrancılar, Alaniçi, Narlıdere, Ağaçpınar, Yeşilsırt, Cumhuriyet, Abacılar, Sarıkonak, Çalıdüzü, İçgeçit, Akçalı, Yukarı Ölek, Aşağı Ölek, Ilıcak, Kalupat, Üçevler, Karakuş, Aşağı Balcılar, Yukarı Balcılar, Çeltikli, Aşağı Koçak, Aşağı Yolak, Yukarı Yolak, Yukarıçerman, Dursun, Beşkaynak, Yarönü, Uçankuş, Dikme, Yukarı Dikme, Aşağı Dikme, Bayırlı, Kınalı, Kutlu, Akgün, Çobansuyu, Aşağı Çobansuyu, Güllüce, Esenburun, Harmanyeri, Cevizdalı, Karaca, Kaşıklı, Konalga, Kayalıbağ, Dutköy.

(12/199) Curfew in Mazıdağı…

Mardin Governorate made a declaration on December 17, 2019 and announced curfew in Konur neighbourhood of Mazıdağı district as of 23.00 on December 16, 2019. The curfew is lifted by Mardin Governorate as of 19.00 on December 17, 2019.

(12/200) Curfew in Derik…

Mardin Governorate made a declaration on December 17, 2019 and announced curfew in Çayköy neighbourhood of Derik district as of 23.00 on December 16, 2019. The curfew is lifted by Mardin Governorate as of 19.00 on December 17, 2019.

(12/201) Proceedings Against Parliamentary Member…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 17, 2019 that, 5 separate proceedings demanding lift of impunity of HDP co-chair Sezai Temelli are submitted to Grand National Assembly.

(12/202) Attack to a Political Party Office…

It is learned that HDP’s district office in Kulp district of Diyarbakır is attacked by anonymous people on December 17, 2019. It is learned that police did not come to the scene for investigation, on the grounds that “the owner did not make official complaint”.

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17 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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17 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/176) 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 1133 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 16, 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 16, 2019, 3 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Acun Karadağ) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Merve Demirel) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on December 16, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(12/177) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on December 16, 2019 of Nursel Tanrıverdi who rally to regain her job from which she had been dismissed by state of emergency decree, and detained her and 3 other people supporting her (Engin Karataş, Alev Şahin and Mahmut Konuk) by using physical violence. It is learned that 4 people are released after statement procedures.

(12/178) Arrested Mayor in Izmir…

İbrahim Burak Oğuz, Republican People’s Party (CHP) mayor of Urla district of Izmir, who was called to give official statement through an investigation on December 16, 2019, is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(12/179) Detained HDP Executive in Diyarbakır…

People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Party Assembly member Zeynep Boğa is detained on December 16, 2019 in Diyarbakır. The reason of detention is unknown.

(12/180) Former CHP MP on Trial…

The final trial of the case against Mehmet Tüm, former CHP MP, on the grounds of insulting Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu and MHP chair Devlet Bahçeli, is held at Balıkesir Penal Court of First Instance No 4 on December 16, 2019. The court sentenced Mehmet Tüm to 354 days and converted the sentence to 10.600 Turkish Liras.

(12/181) Investigation Against Women in Izmir…

Izmir Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation against women who held a dancing demonstration to protest violence against women. It is learned that 25 women are called to give official statement and 9 of them are detained. It is reported that the investigation is grounded on Article 301 of Turkish Penal Code and Law on Demonstrations and Meetings No 2911.

(12/182) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against Ömer Köroğlu, former member of Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors, is held at Penal Department No 9 of Supreme Court on December 16, 2019. The court sentenced defendant to 1 year 10 months and 15 days on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’, according to effective remorse law, and deferred the announcement of the verdict.

 (12/183) Curfew in Baykan…

Siirt Governorate made a declaration on December 16, 2019 and announced curfew in 1 village and 6 hamlets in Baykan district as of 20.00 until further notice. The village and hamlets under curfew are: Yarımca village; Sarıyurt, Topraklı, Toptepe, Kanihiyar, Kasımlı, Bölücek hamlets.

(12/184) Curfew in Şirvan…

Siirt Governorate made a declaration on December 16, 2019 and announced curfew in 5 villages and 2 hamlets in Şirvan district as of 20.00 until further notice. The villages and hamlets under curfew are: Ormanlıbağı, Kömürlü, Bayındır, Gözlüce and Ormanlı villages; Yaygın and Çöğürlü hamlets.

(12/185) Ban of Events in Mardin…

Mardin Governorate made a declaration on December 16, 2019 and announced that, all open events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 30 days as of December 16, 2019. This is the third time of banning all events in Mardin for 30 days since October 17, 2019.

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12 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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12 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/129) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 11, 2019 that Yıldız Çetin, co-mayor of Erciş district of Van, is transferred from Van T Type Prison to Osmaniye T Type Prison under coercion. Yıldız Çetin was detained on October 15, 2019 and was arrested on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on October 22, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 11, 2019 that wards in Gebze Women’s Closed Prison were raided and searched by riot police and gendarmerie squad and personal belongings of prisoners were seized during the search.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 11, 2019 that in Kayseri Bünyan T Type Closed Prison both prisoners and their families were forced to strip search before and after visits and prisoners who reject to it were subjected to physical violence of the wardens.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 11, 2019 that prisoners in Elazığ Prison No 1 were taken to infirmary only once in two weeks, food given to them is inadequate, rights of communication, sports and cultural activities were limited and prisoners are subjected to disciplinary punishment because of “Kurd” and “Kurdistan” words in their notes and writings.

(12/130) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 11, 2019 that prisoners in Maraş Türkoğlu T Type Prison who were on hunger strike to protest ill-treatment and right violations since November 25, 2019, have ended their strike on December 2, 2019.

(12/131) 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 1128 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 11, 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 11, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Merve Demirel) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on December 11, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(12/132) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of Ankara Women’s Platform in front of Ankara Courthouse on December 11, 2019, before the first trial of the case against Hasan Bilgili, Hüseyin Şenyurt and Serkan Durmaz on the charges of ‘sexual assault’, ‘deprivation of freedom by use of violence’, ‘threat’, ‘destroying evidence’ on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 31. The police detained 3 people and prevented press from recording the press declaration. Detained 3 people (Aysun Gençtanır, Betül Koca and Büşra Gerçek) are released on the same day.

(12/133) Detained Journalist and HDP Executive in Ağrı…

It is learned that journalist Aziz Oruç and People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Doğubayazıt district co-chair Abdullah Ekelek were detained on Doğubayazıt-Ağrı roadway on December 11, 2019. It is reported that a person named Muhammet İkram Müftüoğlu was also detained in a house raid in Doğubayazıt district.

(12/133) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

2 of 8 people who were detained in house raids in Diyarbakır on December 6, 2019 are arrested on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on December 11, 2019. The names of arrested people are: HDP Diyarbakır provincial executive Mehmet Sait Demir and former provincial executive Mehmet Nesim Gültekin). 6 people (HDP Sur district co-chair Zülfikar Odabaşı, Arif Akay, Naşide Akbulut and 3 more people) are released on judicial control conditions.

(12/134) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that 17 people are detained on the charge of ‘aiding an illegal organisation’, in house raids in Bağlar, Kayapınar, Dicle, Lice, Hani and Kocaköy districts of Diyarbakır on December 11, 2019. The names of detained people known so far are: Ferman Nergiz, Harun Oyunlu, Adem Nazlıer.

(12/135) Detained People in Istanbul…

It is learned that 6 people are detained in house raids in Istanbul on December 11, 2019. It is learned that the reason of detention is money transfer to prisoners on hunger strike. Detained people are: Şerafettin Uymaz, Sait Uymaz, Nilüfer İlhan, Engin Yeşilyurt, Vacettin Güler and Pınar Ceylan.

(12/136) Detained People in Mardin…

It is learned that at least 8 people are detained in house raids in Mardin on December 11, 2019. Detained people are: HDP Mardin co-chair Salih Kuday, Mardin Medical Chamber chair Derya Etem, Democratic Society Congress (DTK) delegate Abdullah Akikol, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Mardin co-chair Hasibe Mengirkaon, KESK member Mustafa Benli, TJA spokesperson Aysel Erol, Neda Alper and Emel Oran.

(12/137) Lawyers on Trial in Istanbul…

The first trial of the case against 18 lawyers for having a protest about curfews in Cizre district of Şırnak, on September 15, 2015 in Tünel Square of Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district, is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 36 on December 11, 2019. The charges against lawyers are ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘opposing to the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations’. The court adjourned the trial to March 3, 2020.

(12/138) Co-Mayors and Other People on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The first trial of the case against Mehmet Fatih Taş and Fatma Ay, co-mayors of Kulp district of Diyarbakır, and HDP district co-chair Mehmet Abidin Karaman, Kulp Municipality Civil Works Director Şener Aktaş, Mehmet Emin Ay and Kulp district council Yücel Çete and Ümit Fidan, on the charges of ‘killing on purpose’, ‘disrupting the integrity and unity of the country’, ‘intentional killing by causing fire, flood, destruction, sinking, bombing or by using nuclear, biological or chemical weapons’ is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 9 on December 11, 2019. Mehmet Fatih Taş, Fatma Ay, Şener Aktaş and Mehmet Emin Ay were detained through the investigation after bombing attack on September 12, 2019 in Kulp district where 7 people died and were arrested on September 16, 2019. The court decided to release 4 people on judicial control conditions and adjourned the trial to March 2020.

(12/139) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On December 11, 2019, 22 people are detained in Istanbul.

(12/140) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against Hakan Ata, former member of Supreme Military Court is held at Penal Department No 9 of Supreme Court on December 11, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 7 years and 6 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The final trial of the case against Turgay Öztoprak, former member of Supreme Military Court is held at Penal Department No 9 of Supreme Court on December 11, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 12 years for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

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11 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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11 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/114) Student was Attacked in Ankara…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 10, 2019 that, Ulaş Can Taylan Arguç, a student of Ankara University Faculty of Languages History and Geography, was attacked by 3 people and has a cheekbone fracture due to attack. It is reported that Arguç had a medical report evidencing the attack and made an official report to the police.

(12/115) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 10, 2019 that, Azim Yacan, co-mayor of Ipekyolu district of Van, who was transferred to Erzurum H Type Prison from Van T Type Prison under coercion on December 2, 2019, was kept in a solitary cell for 3 days there, and then was put into a single ward and his demands to be put in another ward was rejected. Azim Yacan was detained on November 8, 2019 and was arrested on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

(12/116) 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 1127 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 10, 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 10, 2019, 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Mahmut Konuk) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ 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 10, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(12/117) Detained People in Ağrı…

It is learned that 2 people (Maksut Yalçın and Fettah Yalçın) are detained in Ağrı on December 10, 2019. It is reported that 2 people are brothers of Murat Kaya, who was killed after police and gendarmerie operation to Soğukpınar village of Tutak district on December 6, 2019.

(12/118) Çorlu Train Crash Case…

The case against 4 officials of Turkish State Railways (TCDD) about the train crash on July 8, 2018, in Çorlu district of Tekirdağ where 25 people died and 328 people got wounded, is held on Çorlu Heavy Penal Court No 1 on December 10, 2019. 4 officials of TCDD on trial are: Turgut Kurt, railway maintenance manager at TCDD Regional Directorate No 1 Halkalı Railway Maintenance Directorate No 14; Özkan Polat, railway maintenance and repair chief at Çerkezköy Maintenance and Repair, Celaleddin Çabuk, line maintenance and repair official at Railway Maintenance Directorate and Çetin Yıldırım, chief in charge of bridges who has signed the annual inspection report issued on May 2018.

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

It is learned that the chief judge banned journalists from entering the courtroom with computers and lawyers’ appeal to it was rejected by the court board. The court decided to continue judicial control conditions for defendants and adjourned the trial to April 21, 2020.

(12/119) Former MP on Trial…

The case against People’s Democratic Party (HDP) former Mardin MP Gülser Yıldırım and, Davut Bozan, Mesut Amak, Ayşe Bozan, Ercan Güneş, Genco Akman, Abdulkadir Aktaş on Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 2 is held on December 10, 2019. Gülser Yıldırım joined the trial via sound and vision system from Kandıra F Type Prison. The court adjourned the trial to February 18, 2020.

(12/120) People on Trial in Adana…

The final trial of the case against 96 people including People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Hakkari MP and Democratic Society Congress (DTK) co-chair Leyla Güven and journalist Seyithan Akyüz on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ is held at Adana Heavy Penal Court No 5 on December 10, 2019. The court acquitted 96 people on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’; and acquitted 69 people on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court sentenced 27 people including Seyithan Akyüz and Leyla Güven to 6 years and 3 months each for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(12/121) Political Party Executives on Trial in Mardin…

The case against DBP provincial co-chairs Leyla Bozkurt and Şeyhmuz Sun, HDP Party Assembly members Alaattin Semir Zuğurli and Sedat Ay, and HDP provincial co-chair Ali Sincar is held at Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 4 on December 10, 2019. The court decided to continue detention of 5 people and adjourned the trial to February 21, 2019.

Those 5 people were detained in house raids in Nusaybin and Kızıltepe districts of Mardin on July 24, 2019 and were arrested on July 30, 2019.

(12/122) The Case Against People Evacuated from Nusaybin…

The case against 70 people who were detained and then arrested on May 26, 2016, after being evacuated from the buildings they were stuck in during the curfew on Nusaybin district, is held on December 10, 2019 on Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 4. The court has decided to separate the case for each defendant and to start proceedings all over again with new case files on April 5, 2019. The court sentenced 1 person (Fırat Çiftçi) to heavy life imprisonment on the charge of ‘disrupting the unity and integrity of the state’ and 29 years 6 months on the charge of ‘attempt to intentional killing’, ‘damage to property’, and ‘possession or exchange of hazardous substances without permission’.

(12/123) Student on Trial in Eskişehir…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 10, 2019 that the final trial of the case Furkan Sevim, a student of Anadolu University, was held at Eskişehir Heavy Penal Court No 5 on December 3, 2019 and the court sentenced Furkan Sevim to 7 years and 6 months on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and to 2 years and 3 months on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’. It is stated in the news reports that Furkan Sevim was reported to Presidency’s Communication Centre (CIMER) for his social media account and was detained in a house raid in 2018.

(12/124) Non-Prosecution Verdict on Violence Against Parliamentary Member…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 10, 2019 that Batman Public Prosecutor’s Office decided non-prosecution about the investigation on the police intervention to a press declaration on May 13, 2019 in Batman where People’s Democratic Party (HDP) MP Feleknas Uca’s arm was broken. It is reported that Batman Penal Court of Peace No 2 rejected the appeal.

(12/125) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

8 of 13 people who were detained in operations covering 7 cities through an Istanbul based investigation on December 6, 2019, are arrested on December 10, 2019. 5 people are released 4 of which are on judicial control conditions.

On December 10, 2019, 10 people are detained in Ankara through an investigation on ministries of National Education and Family, Labour and Social Services.

Izmir Police Directorate announced on December 10, 2019 that during security checks between 2-8 December 2019, 407 people are detained on warrants and 55 of them are detained through investigations in alleged link to coup attempt.

(12/126) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

Ertuğrul Çekin, Spokesman of Ministry of Justice and Strategy Development Department chair announced on December 10, 2019 that 271 of 289 cases in relation to coup attempt have ended.

(12/127) Constitutional Court Decision on Ban on Ill-Treatment…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 10, 2019 that Constitutional Court concluded on individual appeal of Hasan Fırat who got wounded due to rubber bullet used by the police in intervention against people at Berkin Elvan’s funeral on March 12, 2014. Hasan Fırat has got wounded at back, head and leg and has made official complaints against Prime Minister, Minister of Interior, Director of Security, Istanbul Governor and Istanbul Director of Security and against police officers. The court decided that ban on ill-treatment was violated and Hasan Fırat should be paid a compensation of 10.000 Turkish Liras.

(12/128) ECHR Decision on Osman Kavala…

European Court of Human Rights concluded on appeal of Osman Kavala on December 10, 2019. Osman Kavala was arrested on November 1, 2017 and appealed to ECHR on June 8, 2018. ECHR decided that Article 5 (clauses 1 and 4) and Article 8 of The Convention because of arrest on political causes without reasonable doubt and Constitutional Court’s not concluding on the appeal in a reasonable time and ruled immediate acquittal of Osman Kavala.

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10 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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10 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/103) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

Şırnak Governorate announced that 2 soldiers died and 7 soldiers got wounded due to an explosion in rural areas of Sarıköy village of İdil district on December 9, 2019.

(12/104) Children Subjected to Police Violence in Ağrı…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 9, 2019 that 2 children were subjected to physical violence of the police because of disobeying stop warning for not having driver’s licence in Doğubayazıt district of Ağrı. It is stated in the news reports that M. F. (16) and E. C. A. (15) were opened fire from an armoured police vehicle chasing and then hitting them. Children were taken out of their car and were subjected to physical violence of the police. It is stated that no medical report evidencing the violence to children who were brought to hospital handcuffed to each other.

(12/105) 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 1126 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 9, 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 9, 2019, 3 people (Nazan Bozkurt, Mehmet Dersulu and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Merve Demirel) were detained.

Thus in total 5 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on December 9, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

 (12/106) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on December 9, 2019, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and detained 3 people (Mahmut Konuk, Cemal Yıldırım and Mehmet Dersulu). It is learned that 3 people were released the same day.

(12/107) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on December 9, 2019 of Nursel Tanrıverdi who rally to regain her job from which she had been dismissed by state of emergency decree, and detained her by using physical violence.

(12/108) Detained Co-Mayors in Van…

Muradiye district co-mayor Yılmaz Şalan, Özalp district co-mayors Dilan Örenci and Yakup Almaç, who were detained in house raids in Van on December 6, 2019, are arrested by the court o the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’. Başkale district co-mayor Erkan Acar and Muradiye district co-mayor Leyla Balkan who were also detained through the same investigation are released on judicial control conditions.

(12/109) Arrested Singer in Tunceli…

It is learned that singer Yılmaz Çelik who was detained after his concert in Tunceli on December 8, 2019 is arrested on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on December 10, 2019.

(12/110) Police Officer on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against police officer Murat A., on the grounds of hitting and breaking the back of lawyer Zeycan Balcı, during a press declaration on March 30, 2016 in front of Istanbul Court House, is held on Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 22 on December 9, 2019. The indictment demands sentence for Murat A. on the charges of ‘injury’, ‘intentional injury that cause bone fracture’, ‘extensive use of force’. It is stated in the expert report that “It is understood that, during the intervention by the prosecutor’s order against lawyers of Istanbul Bar Association having a sit-in protest in front of Istanbul Courthouse, suspect police officer M. A. excessed the limit of using force and kicked Balcı, and injured her to cause bone fracture”. It is learned that M. A. stated the following in his defence: “We went there as a precautionary measure. The intervention was done when we arrived there. I did not have a shield at that moment. There is no evidence proving I was the one that intervene her”. The court adjourned the trial to April 13, 2019.

(12/111) Ban on Access to Web Sites…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 9, 2019 that Association for Freedom of Expression (IFOD) prepared a report for UN Periodic Review 2020 and stated that the number of websites banned to access in Turkey is 2888.310 as of October 2019.

(12/112) Proceedings Against Parliamentary Members…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 9, 2019 that, 21 proceedings against 11 parliamentary members including HDP co-chairs Pervin Buldan and Sezai Temelli, are submitted to the Constitution and Justice Committee of the Grand National Assembly.

HDP MP’s subjected to proceedings are: Pervin Buldan (1 proceeding), Sezai Temelli (1 proceeding), Ömer Öcalan (1 proceeding), Sait Dede (1 proceeding), Berdan Öztürk (1 proceeding), Pero Dündar (1 proceeding), Serpil Kemalbay (1 proceeding), Meral Danış Beştaş (1 proceeding).

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) MP’s subjected to proceedings: Mustafa Baki Ersoy (1 proceeding), Olcay Kılavuz (1 proceeding), Cemal Enginyurt (1 proceeding).

(12/113) Ban of Events in Van…

Van Governorate made a declaration on December 9, 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 10, 2019. All events are banned in Van for 1128 days since November 21, 2016.

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03 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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03 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/025) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

Ministry of National Defence announced that 1 soldier (Harun Çınar) who got wounded due to mortar fire on December 2, 2019 within the military operation to north and east Syria, died in hospital.

(12/026) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

Ministry of National Defence announced that 1 soldier (Alpaslan Kurt) died and 1 soldier got wounded in a clash on December 2, 2019 within the military operation called “Claw-3”.

(12/027) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 2, 2019 that Şehzade Kurt and Azim Yacan, co-mayors of İpekyolu district of Van, are transferred to Erzurum E Type Closed Prison from Van T Type Closed Prison under coercion. Şehzade Kurt and Azim Yacan were detained on November 8, 2019 and were arrested on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

(12/028) 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 1119 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 2, 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 2, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Alev Şahin) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Alev Şahin) were detained.

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

(12/029) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on December 2, 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 Alev Şahin). It is learned that 2 people were released the same day.

(12/030) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on December 2, 2019 of Nursel Tanrıverdi who rally to regain her job from which she had been dismissed by state of emergency decree, and detained her by using physical violence.

(12/031) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration about Selahattin Demirtaş’s health and demanding freedom for political prisoners, on Kılıçali Paşa Street in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul on December 2, 2019 and detained 5 people.

(12/032) Detained People in Batman…

7 of 30 people including Human Rights Association (IHD), People’s Democratic Party (HDP), Free Women’s Movement (TJA) members and executives and Democratic Society Congress (DTK) delegates who were detained in house raids in Batman on November 27, 2019, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on December 2, 2019. Arrested people are: Ayşe Adlığ Acar, Elif Koyuncu, Halime Çetinkaya, Mehmet Emin Özek, Mehmet Yaşar, Mehmet Yıldırım and Serdar Öztekin. It is learned that 3 people (Mahfuz Akgül, Güler Turhan, Murat Tekin) are released on judicial control conditions and 20 people are still under custody.

(12/033) Detained People in Siirt…

11 people who were detained in house raids in central and Pervari districts of Siirt on November 27, 2019 are released on December 2, 2019.

(12/034) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 2, 2019 that, police raided a house in Sur district of Diyarbakır, locked family members in the bathroom, seized their phones and searched the house; and detained 2 people (Mazlum Çiçek and Mahir Çiçek) using physical violence. The reason of detention is unknown.

(12/035) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

25 of 45 people including military members on active duty who were detained through an Istanbul based investigation on November 26, 2019, and following days are arrested on December 2, 2019. It is learned that 20 people are released.

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30 November – 02 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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30 November – 02 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/001) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 2 police officers got wounded due to explosion during passage of an armoured police vehicle in Nusaybin district of Mardin on November 29, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of November 30, 2019 that, 1 HPG militant died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Lice district of Diyarbakır on November 3, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 1, 2019 that 6 HPG militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to rural areas of Uludere district of Şırnak.

(12/002) Journalist Subjected to Assault in Iğdır…

It is learned that journalist Metin Işık was subjected to assault of a group including Iğdır Grey Wolves leader on November 27, 2019. It is claimed in the news reports that the reason of assault was Metin Işık’s news reports on Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) MP Yaşar Karadağ. Iğdır Governorate announced that 4 people are detained in relation to the assault.

(12/003) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

On December 2, 2019, Aygül Demirtaş, lawyer of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, announced via social media posts that, Selahattin Demirtaş lost consciousness due to chest tightness and asphyxiation he had in Edirne F Type Prison on November 26, 2019, and was given immediate medical attention in the ambulance called to prison. It was stated in social media posts that, Selahattin Demirtaş was not refereed to hospital for 7 days although lawyers and prison doctor demanded so. It is learned that Selahattin Demirtaş is taken to hospital on December 2, 2019.

(12/004) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

Esin Kavruk, who was detained and then arrested on October 11, 2019, for her social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to north and east Syria, and was put in Bakırköy Women’s Prison, was attempted to be detained once again, from prison this time, by Anti-Terror Department police upon instruction of the prosecutor’s office and was forcefully taken to Forensic Medicine Institution for DNA sample on November 11, 2019. It is learned from the news coverage of November 30, 2019 that, Esin Kavruk’s ward in prison (B-6) was raided by prison managers and wardens on November 28, 2019; and prisoners in the ward were subjected to torture and ill-treatment. Esin Kavruk’s lawyer Gülizar Tuncer states the following: “Prison manager and chief ward pulls Dilek Geçkin’s and Esin Kavruk’s hair. They dragged all women, kicked them and hit them with their shields, crushed their hands and legs. They hit some women’s heads to walls. They kicked Dilek Geçkin at her genitals, she cannot walk now. They then put prisoners in single cells”. It is learned that Esin Kavruk was taken to Haseki Public Hospital by gendarmerie, where Anti-Terror Department police officers took saliva sample from her by using physical violence. It is learned that medical reports evidencing torture and violence are given for Esin Kavruk, Dilek Geçkin and Zuhal Sürücü.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 1, 2019 that in Patnos L Type Prison, prisoners were not given hot water, and the water given to them was dirty which causes several diseases in prisons including skin and tooth problems, and that prisoners were not referred to hospital.

(12/005) Torture, Ill-Treatment and Imposition Under Custody in Mardin…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 29, 2019 that, Azat Akansel, one of 7 members of HDP Youth Assembly who were detained in house raids in Mardin on November 27, 2019, was subjected to physical violence of the police and was injured at the head. It is also reported that 1 of detainees, a student of Mardin Artuklu University was forced to being informant by the police saying “We will not let you graduate. We can speak to your professors at university and will not leave you in peace. We can help you. We know that you could not pay for your electricity service, so pity that you will not have it during cold winter. If you help us, be or friend you can have anything you want”.

(12/006) 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 1118 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on November 29, 30, and December 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 November 29, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Alev Şahin) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Alev Şahin) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on November 30, 2019, 2 people (Alev Şahin 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 1, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) were detained.

Thus in total 12 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on November 29, 30, and December 1, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(12/007) 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 766th time on November 30, 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.

(12/008) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

 “F sit-in”, which is organized for the 401st time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on November 30, 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.

(12/009) Police Raid to Cultural Center in Istanbul…

It is learned that Idil Cultural Center in Istanbul is raided by the police on November 29, 2019 and 6 people are detained. Detained people are: Grup Yorum band members Sultan Gökçek, Bergün Varan and Tuğçe Tayyar, Coşkun Öztekin, Hüseyin Kütük, Yusuf Gülen. Sultan Gökçek, Bergün Varan and Tuğçe Tayyar are arrested by the court on December 2, 2019. It is learned that Idil Cultural Center is raided 10 times within the last 2 years.

(12/010) Raid to Political Party Offices in Antep…

10 of 57 members and executives of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) who were detained by the police raiding HDP’s provincial office in Antep and offices in Şahinbey and Şehitkamil districts on November 14, 2019 and were released on judicial control conditions are arrested upon appeal of prosecutor’s office on December 1, 2019. Arrested people are: HDP Antep co-chair Sultan Bayındır, provincial executive Mustafa Tunç, HDP Party Assembly members Ömer Faruk Koç and Şefik Sondu, Durri Kaygusuz, Fadile Dikici, Cumali Taşçı, Ramazan Kuas, Azime Bali and Müslüm Özkan. With the last arrest, the number of arrested people through this investigation raised to 35.

(12/011) Detained Journalists in Istanbul…

It is learned that Mezopotamya News Agency reporters Sadiye Eser and Sadık Topaloğlu are detained in house raids in Istanbul on November 29, 2019. It is reported that lawyers are prevented from seeing journalists for 24 hours.

(12/012) Detained People in Ankara…

14 people including members and executives of HDP, Human Rights Association (IHD) and Health and Social Services Employees’ Union (SES) who were detained in house raids in Ankara on November 27, 2019 are released on November 29, 2019. It is reported that 1 person (Ethem Özgan) is released on house confinement conditions, 2 people (Şehriban Kavak and Nuri Ağırman) are released on judicial control conditions and with ban on leaving the country, and 11 people (IHD Ankara co-chair Fatin Kanat, SES executives Fikret Çalağan and Belkıs Yurtsever, HDP Party Assembly member Bereket Kar, HDP member Mazhar Yerlikaya and Şehriban Başak, Ethem Özgan, Sabahattin Karlı, Kemal Akalın, Ziya Cebeci) are released with ban on leaving the country.

(12/013) Detained Person in Şırnak…

On November 29, 2019, Mervan Dündar is detained during a road check in Idil district of Şırnak. Mervan Dündar has made a complaint to the police and applied to Human Rights Association after he was attempted to be abducted by persons claiming to be police officers in Kayapınar district of Diyarbakır on November 13, 2019.

(12/014) Detained Person in Hatay…

It is learned that Emsal Atakan, Ahmet Atakan’s mother, was detained in Hatay on November 30, 2019 and was released on December 1, 2019. Ahmet Atakan died due to gas canister fired by the police in Hatay during Gezi Park protests in 2013. It is learned that the reason of detention of Emsal Atakan was a social media post about Dilek Doğan, who was killed by the police searching her house in 2015.

(12/015) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

7 people (N. S., B. S., Ç. K., A. Ç., Y. U., İ. U. and Y. S.) who were detained on the grounds of ‘financing terrorism’ in Silvan district of Diyarbakır on November 29, 2019 are released after statement procedures on November 30, 2019.

(12/016) Detained People in Van…

5 of 20 people who were detained in house raids in Van on November 26, 2019 are arrested on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on November 29, 2019. 15 people are released on judicial control conditions. Arrested people are: İzzet Işık, Nihat Işık, Hazar Dayan, Harun Boğa and Ferhat Arslanboğa.

(12/017) June 5 – Diyarbakır Case…

The case on the bombing attack to HDP’s rally in Diyarbakır on June 5, 2015, is held on Sincan West Courthouse Heavy Penal Court No 2 on November 29, 2019. It is learned that defence lawyer Savaş Kaya verbally and physically attacked complainant lawyers during the trial and was forced out of the courtroom. It is learned that prosecutor declared legal opinion on the case and demanded acquittal of Burhan Gök due to lack of evidence. For İsmail Korkmaz, Mustafa Kılınç and Orhan Gönder, prosecutor demands heavy life imprisonment for 4 times each of on the charge of ‘intentional killing with bomb’; and heavy life imprisonment on the charge of ‘attempt of intentional killing of 216 people’, on the charge of ‘violating Constitution’ and ‘possession or exchange of hazardous substances without permission’. The court adjourned the trial to December 13, 2019.

(12/018) Police Chief on Trial in Van…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 1, 2019 that Koçer Sason Yapıcı, who was subjected to torture under custody at Gürpınar District Security Directorate on July 22, 2016 in Van is sentenced to 1 year and 7 months by Gürpınar Penal Court of First Instance on the charge of ‘insulting an officer’ and ‘resisting an officer to prevent his duty’. However, police chief M. A. K. who was also on trial on the charge of ‘injury’ is acquitted by the court saying “it could be understood that he committed to violence under the influence of fierce distress due to threats and violent behaviours of Koçer Sason Yapıcı”.

(12/019) Former HDP Co-Chair on Trial…

The final trial of the case against Selahattin Demirtaş, former co-chair of HDP, on the charge of ‘insulting a public officer’ is held at Viranşehir Penal Court of First Instance No 1 on November 29, 2019. The court acquitted Selahattin Demirtaş. On August 4, 2013, a group on their way to Ceylanpınar for a peace event including Selahattin Demirtaş, co-chair of Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) back then, was stopped by the police in Viranşehir district and was subjected to intervention of the police using pepper spray, rubber bullets and water cannon vehicles. Selahattin Demirtaş was sued because of reacting against this intervention.

(12/020) People on Trial in Van…

The case against 28 people including 8 arrestees, for being delegates of Democratic Society Congress (DTK), is held at Van Heavy Penal Court No 5 on November 29, 2019. The court decided to release 8 arrestees (Bazi Aslan, Çetin Uyar, Ramazan Duman, Hakan Demir, Faysal Parlak, Mehmet Ali Sönmez, Mesut Erzengin and Abdulsettar Güneş) and adjourned the trial.

28 people were detained through an investigation on DTK on March 21, 2019 and 8 of them were arrested on March 26, 2019.

(12/021) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On November 29, 2019, former security director Mete Cengiz is detained in Ankara and a person named O. Ö. departed from England to Turkey is detained at Istanbul Airport.

6 of 7 people who were detained in Edirne in alleged attempt to illegally cross to Greece on November 29, 2019 are arrested on the same day.

(12/022) Seizure of Passport of Journalist…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 1, 2019 that journalist Hasan Cemal’s passport was seized at Istanbul Airport on the grounds of a ban on leaving the country. It is reported that the ban decision was dated on November 11, 2019.

(12/023) Cancelled Press Credentials…

It is learned that Vice President Fuat Oktay stated on November 30, 2019 that press credentials of 685 journalists are cancelled since July 15, 2016, on the grounds of “relation, connection or junction to structures that threat national security”.

(12/024) Ban of Events in Hakkari and Antep…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on November 29, 2019 and announced that, all open 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 November 30, 2019. All events are banned in Hakkari for 255 days since April 4, 2019.

Antep Governorate made a declaration on November 30, 2019 and announced that, all open 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 November 30, 2019. All events are banned in Antep for 115 days since August 22, 2016.

[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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