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01 August 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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01 August 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/001) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 31, 2019 that 2 HPG militants died due to air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to Duhok in Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on July 25, 2019.

(08/002) Allegation of Torture in Kocaeli…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 30, 2019 that, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Kocaeli MP Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu submitted a parliamentary question about İ. K., who was detained on August 4, 2018 and was subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody at Kocaeli Police Directorate, demanding a response from Vice President Fuat Oktay. It is stated in the parliamentary question that İ. K. was subjected to physical and psychological violence at Kocaeli Police Directorate Department of Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime, was taken to medical examination with police officers, was kept in handcuffs in the custody room, was subjected to threat and insults, and sexual torture, and was forced to give his statement without his lawyer.

(08/003) Forced Disappearances in Ankara…

On July 31, 2019, Human Rights Association, Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, Ankara Medical Chamber and Rights Initiative, made a press declaration about Yasin Ugan, Özgür Kaya, Salim Zeybek and Erkan Irmak, all public employees dismissed by state of emergency decrees, who were abducted in February 2019. It was learned that Ankara Security Directorate has reported to their families that, these 4 people with their back-packs were found around near the police headquarters previous evening and were detained after routine general information controls and were kept in Anti-Terror Department. It is stated in the press declaration that, these 4 people were allowed to see 1 of their family members for 5 minutes only, however the prosecutor’s office did not allow them to see their lawyers. It is also reported that the prosecutor’s office rejected the demand for independent medical examination for 4 detainees.

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.

(08/004) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 31, 2019 that, prisoners in Tarsus T Type Closed Prison were forced to stand in during roll-calls and those who reject to do so were subjected to physical violence of the wardens.

(08/005) 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 994 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on July 30, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

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

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on July 30, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released on the same day.

(08/006) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 31, 2019 that, 4 people (Mehmet Ruhi Bakır, Şemsettin Sunyar, Halil Değer and Ekrem Değer) are detained during a military operation in Çınar district of Diyarbakır, and that 4 detainees were taken to District Gendarmerie Command. The reason of detention and the names of detainees could not be learned due to confidentiality order of Çınar Public Prosecutor’s Office.

(08/007) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against Yasin Özdil on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 25 is held on July 31, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 12 years for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The final trial of the case against 77 people including 22 fugitives and 23 arrestees is held on Düzce Heavy Penal Court No 2 on July 31, 2019. The court sentenced 48 people to jail penalties from 2 years 2 months 15 days to 12 years and 6 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court separated the cases of 25 people and acquitted 4 people.

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

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31 July 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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31 July 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(07/334) Allegation of Torture Under Custody in Kayseri…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 30, 2019 that, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Kocaeli MP Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu submitted a parliamentary question about M. A. Ç., who was subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody at Kayseri Police Directorate, demanding a response from Vice President Fuat Oktay. It is stated in the parliamentary question that M. A. Ç. was kept under custody for 4 days at Kayseri Police Directorate Department of Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime and was forced to accept the charges against him, to accept effective remorse law and was subjected to physical violence.

(07/335) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 30, 2019 that, Hacı Ali Baştürk, a prisoner in Izmir Şakran T Type Prison No 3, was subjected to physical violence of the wardens because of rejecting strip search at the entrance of the prison while he was brought back from the hospital where he had angiography on July 26, 2019.

On July 30, 2019, Human Rights Association Ankara Branch Prisons Committee declared its report on “Human Rights Violations in Prisons in Central Anatolia”, covering April, May and June, 2019. It is learned from the report that, in Amasya E Type Closed Prison, prisoners have not been given the vitamins they needed during the hunger strike, prisoners were not given personal care material; in Bolu F Type Prison, prisoners were either referred to hospitals with delays or were not referred at all, prisoners were forced to be medically examined in handcuffs, and Yeni Yaşam newspaper was not given to prisoners; in Çorum L Type Prison prisoners’ personal belongings were seized, prisoners were forced to stand up during roll-calls and those who reject were subjected to physical violence and solitary cell confinement; in Dinar F Type Closed Prison prisoners were subjected to physical violence and arbitrary disciplinary proceedings; in Kırıkkale F Type Prison prisoners were not given books and magazines sent to them, prisoners were either referred to hospitals with delays or were not referred at all, prisoners were forced to be medically examined in handcuffs.

(07/336) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 30, 2019 that Esra Arıkan, a prisoner in Bakırköy Women’s Closed Prison went on a hunger strike as of July 29, 2019, to protest not being referred to hospital and being forced to be transferred to another prison.

(07/337) “Human Rights Violations in East and Southeast Regions in First 6 Months of 2019”…

Human Rights Association Diyarbakır Branch declared its report on “Human Rights Violations in East and Southeast Regions in First 6 Months of 2019” on July 30, 2019. It is stated in the report that 1 child killed him/herself, and 2 children attempted suicide; 2 children are murdered in “domestic violence”, 16 children got wounded, 18 children were subjected to sexual abuse and 1 child was kidnapped. It is also stated in the report that in the first 6 months of 2019, at least 65 people under custody, 30 people in places other than custody, and 64 people in prisons were subjected to torture and ill-treatment. According to the report, as a result of interventions against protests and demonstrations, 122 people got wounded, 567 people including 41 children were detained, and 222 people including 2 children were arrested. It is also stated in the report that 40 prisoners were transferred to other prisons under coercion, 51 prisoners were prevented from their rights of health and 30 prisoners were subjected to isolation.

(07/338) 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 994 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on July 30, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

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

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on July 30, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released on the same day.

(07/339) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Batman…

The police intervened into the march which was to be held by People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Youth Assembly to protest construction of Ilısu Dam which will submerge ancient town of Hasankeyf on July 30, 2019 and detained 10 people by using violence. Detainees are released after statement procedures on the same day.

(07/340) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

4 of 5 people including 3 children [A. E. (17), M. A. (17) and his brother M. A. (16) and D. O.] who were detained in relation to the attack to an armoured police vehicle in Yenişehir district of Diyarbakır on July 24, 2019, are arrested by the court on July 30, 2019. 1 person (S. U.) is released on judicial control conditions.

2 children [M. A. (17) and A. E. (17)] were subjected to torture and ill-treatment in the field they were taken to after being detained. It was also reported that M. A. and A. E. were then taken to Anti-Terror Department instead of Juvenile Department, and were subjected to torture and ill-treatment there too.

(07/341) Detained Co-Mayors and Political Party Executives in Diyarbakır and Mardin…

4 of 7 people (Bismil district co-mayor Gülşen Özer, Nusaybin district co-mayor Ferhat Kurt, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Mardin provincial co-chairs Leyla Bozkurt and Şeyhmus Sun, Nusaybin city council member  Mehmet Emin Alkan, HDP Party Assembly member Alaattin Semir Zuğurli and Sedat Ay) who were detained in house raids in Nusaybin and Kızıltepe districts of Mardin and Bağlar district of Diyarbakır through a Mardin based investigation on July 24, 2019, are arrested by the court on July 30, 2019. 3 people are released on judicial control conditions. The names of arrested people are: Leyla Bozkurt, Şeyhmus Sun, Sedat Ay, Alaattin Semir Zuğurli.

(07/342) Detained Human Rights Defender and Political Party Executive in Kars…

2 of 12 people (Human Rights Association Kars Branch chair Güldane Kılıç and HDP provincial executive Nuriye Erkmen) who were detained in house raids in Kars on July 23, 2019, are arrested by the court on July 30, 2019. Adem Yıldırım who was also detained through the same investigation was arrested on July 26, 2019. 5 people are released on July 26, 2019, and 4 people are released on July 30, 2019.

(07/343) Arrested Writer in Bitlis…

It is learned that writer Gulgeş Deryaspî who was detained in Bitlis on July 25, 2019, is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on July 30, 2019.

(07/344) Detained People in Elazığ…

It is learned that 8 people including HDP Elazığ provincial co-chair Baki Yıldırım, HDP’s mayor candidate for March 31 elections Mehmet Kılıçtepe, former DBP co-chair Nafiz Koç and Labour Party executive Ali Cemal Zülfikar are detained in house raids in Elazığ.

(07/345) Detained Journalist in Bolu…

It is learned that Ali Avcu, executive editor of Yurt newspaper, who was detained by gendarmerie in Bolu on July 30, 2019, on the grounds of a statement he has to give, is released on the same day.

(07/346) Prosecution Against Journalist…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 30, 2019 that, a prosecution was initiated against journalist Rıfat Doğan, for taking photographs at the trial of the case on train crash which happened in Çorlu district of Tekirdağ on July 8, 2018. The prosecution case of Çorlu Public Prosecutor’s Office state the following: “In case you pay the fine of 900 Turkish Liras in related to the charges against you, in 10 days as of date of notification and submit the payment receipt to the prosecutor’s office, a case will not be opened against you. However, in case you do not do the payment a case will be opened.”

(07/347) The Case Against Tuna Altınel, Academic for Peace…

The first trial of the case against Assoc. Professor Tuna Altınel from Lyon 1 University, a signatory of the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”, on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’, for he was interpreter of a conference in February 2019, is held at Balıkesir Heavy Penal Court No 2 on July 30, 2019. The court decided to release Tuna Altınel and adjourned the trial to November 19, 2019.

Tuna Altınel’s passport was seized on April 12, 2019 when he arrived to Turkey lastly; he was detained in Balıkesir on May 10, 2019 and was arrested on May 11, 2019.

(07/348) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On July 30, 2019, 20 people are detained in operations covering 7 cities through an Adana based investigation.

(07/349) Ban on Access to a Web Site…

Web site of Mezopotamya News Agency (www.mezopotamyaajansi21.com) is banned to access by Ankara Penal Court of Peace No 1 on July 29, 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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30 July 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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30 July 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(07/323) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 30, 2019 that 2 HPG militants died in the operation of Turkish Armed Forces in rural areas of Yüksekova district of Hakkari on July 25, 2019.

(07/324) Forced Disappearances in Ankara…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 29, 2019 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, were kept in Ankara Police Directorate Anti-Terror Department. It is learned that Ankara Security Directorate has reported to their families that, these 4 people with their back-packs were found around near the police headquarters previous evening and were detained after routine general information controls.

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.

(07/325) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 29, 2019 that Kerem İmrak, a prisoner in Kırıkkale F Type High Security Prison, was subjected to physical violence of the wardens because of rejecting strip search at the entrance of Elazığ Closed Prison No 1 where he was taken during being transferred back from his trial at Muş Heavy Penal Court No 2 on May 28, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of July 29, 2019 that Roni Yavuz, a prisoner in Izmir Şakran T Type Prison No 4 was being kept in solitary cell since July 1, 2019, on the grounds that he took stuff from another prisoner in the outdoor area.

(07/326) Torture and Il-Treatment Under Custody in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 29, 2019 that, 3 members (G.T. and B.H. under the age of 18 and Mustafa Mert Karatağ) of Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) and Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF) who were detained for delivering Atılım newspaper in Sultangazi district of Istanbul on July 28, 2019, were subjected to torture and ill-treatment at Gazi Police Station.

Lawyer Sezin Uçar, stated that 3 people have bruises and swellings on their bodies, G. T. was subjected to physical violence because of rejecting strip search and Mustafa Mert Karatağ was handcuffed to heater core at the station.

3 people are released by the court on judicial control conditions on July 29, 2019.

(07/327) Right Violations at Repatriation Centers…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 29, 2019 that, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Izmir MP Serpil Kemalbay submitted a parliamentary question about right violations at repatriation centers, demanding a response from Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu. It is stated in the parliamentary question that, people kept in repatriation centers cannot exercises their fundamental rights, and the repatriation centers are functioning as prisons where people are kept under administrative surveillance for indefinite periods, arbitrary practices are observed, children cannot use playgrounds at these centers as well as being prevented from educational rights, allegations of rape and abuse are not investigated and people kept there are treated as ‘criminals’.

(07/328) People Died Due to Being Hit by Armoured Vehicles…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 29, 2019 that, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Muş MP Şevin Coşkun submitted a parliamentary question about casualties due to being hit by armoured vehicles, demanding a response from Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu. It is stated in the parliamentary question that, according to Human Rights Association’s “Violation of Right to Live Due to Being Hit by Armoured Vehicles in East and Southeast Regions Report”, between the years of 2008 and 2018, 63 armoured vehicle hits occurred in which 36 people including 16 children and 6 children died and 85 people got wounded.

(07/329) 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 993 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on July 29, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on July 29, 2019, 2 people (Umutcan Aybak and Cemal Öksüz) and at 18.00 2 people (Umutcan Aybak and Cemal Öksüz) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on July 29, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released on the same day.

(07/330) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

Nursel Tanrıverdi who make a sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on July 29, 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.

(07/331) Gendarmerie Prevention to a Protest in Batman…

The gendarmerie prevented the watch which was to be held by People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Youth Assembly to stop construction of Ilısu Dam which will submerge ancient town of Hasankeyf. It is reported that the vehicles of HDP members were searched and people in those vehicles were subjected to general information control at the entrance of Hasankeyf district.

(07/332) “I Want My Job Back” Case…

The first trial of the case against 15 people including 2 arrestees (Sibel Balaç, Ertuğrul Çağan, Acun Karadağ, Nazan Bozkurt, Gülnaz Bozkurt, Mehmet Dersulu, Alev Şahin, Mahmut Konuk, İlker Işık, Özge Çırpan, Deniz Aydın, Simge Aksan, Murat Çeşme, Burak Aydemir, Selvi Polat), through an investigation against participators of “I Want My Job Back” protests in Yüksel Street, is held on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 28 on July 29, 2019. The court decided to continue detention of Sibel Balaç and Ertuğrul Çağan, to lift judicial control conditions for others and adjourned the trial to October 24, 2019.

15 people were detained in house raids in Ankara on December 10, 2018 and 2 of them were arrested on December 17, 2018 while 13 of them were released on judicial control conditions.

(07/333) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On July 29, 2019, 15 people including 14 military members on active duty are detained in operations covering 10 cities through a Samsun based investigation.

It is learned that 16 of 41 people for whom a detention warrant was issued through an Ankara based investigation are detained on July 29, 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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27 – 29 July 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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27 – 29 July 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(07/299) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 1 soldier died and 1 soldier got wounded in a clash in rural areas of Çukurca district of Hakkari.

On July 27, 2019, 1 police officer who got wounded in an attack to a police car in Sincik district of Adıyaman on July 26, 2019, died in hospital.

It is learned from the news coverage of July 27, 2019 that, 4 HPG militants died in a clash in rural areas of Bingöl’s central district on July 22, 2019; 3 HPG militants died in a clash in rural areas of Siirt’s Baykan district on May 1, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of July 28, 2019 that 2 HPG militants died in a clash in rural areas of Hakkari’s Çukurca district on July 26, 2019.

(07/300) Torture and Ill-Treatment Allegation in Urfa…

It is claimed on the news coverage of July 26, 2019 that, a specialised sergeant coming back to his military unit in Urfa from his duty in operations in Syria, was forced by his commanders to run with 3 sandbags on his back in 45-degree weather. It is reported that the specialised sergeant whose name is unknown fainted during run and was taken to hospital in an unconscious condition.

(07/301) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Diyarbakır…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 28, 2019 that, 2 children (M. A. (17) and A. E. (17)) who were detained in relation to the attack to an armoured police vehicle in Yenişehir district of Diyarbakır on July 24, 2019 were subjected to torture and ill-treatment in the field they were taken to. It is reported that M. A. and A. E. were then taken to Anti-Terror Department instead of Juvenile Department, and were subjected to torture and ill-treatment there too.

Fatma A., M. A.’s mother, stated the following: “When I heard of detention I went directly to Juvenile Department, There they told me that they don’t have a person with this name. When I got out of Juvenile Department I saw my son’s friend in a police car. He was looking terrible. He could not walk; he could not stand. He had some bruises on his face (…) Then it is understood that my son was at Anti-Terror Department. I asked them why my son was in Anti-Terror Department although he is a juvenile. I went to Anti-Terror Department and they told me that they do not have my son either. They sent us from department to department to distract. They were torturing our child at that time. At around 01.00, when the lawyers arrived, the police took the children to Juvenile Department (…) There was blood on his face. They did not let me to approach my son. I saw my son; he was dragging himself on foot. Lawyer saw my son the next day and told me that my son was in such a condition that he could not express himself (…) My son told that they were detained in Şehitlik neighbourhood and were taken to a waste field where they were undressed. He told that they were beaten with gunstocks and an iron material that he does not know what it was. He told that they were cursed and threatened with expressions such as ‘This is your last chance, we will kill you’ (…) My son was first taken to public hospital and then to army hospital but they did not give him a report evidencing the torture.”

(07/302) Torture and Ill-Treatment Under in Diyarbakır…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 29, 2019 that Ahmet Yoldaş, who was subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody after being detained in a house raid on July 21, 2019 in Bağlar district of Diyarbakır where a person named Mücahit Yılmaz died; had a leg surgery in Diyarbakır Army Hospital. It is also claimed in the news reports that Ahmet Yoldaş has bandages on his right ear and has marks of torture and ill-treatment on his body.

It is learned that Birsen Yoldaş, Ahmet Yoldaş’s wife who was also detained in the house raid, is released after statement procedures on July 26, 2019.

(07/303) People Were Subjected to Physical Violence of the Police in Antalya…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 27, 2019 that street musicians in Konyaaltı district of Antalya were intervened by the watchmen on the grounds of lack of official permission. It is reported that one musician’s arm was dislocated due to intervention. It is learned that musicians were released after statement procedures at the police station.

(07/304) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 28, 2019 that, Hakan İnci, a prisoner in Adana Kürkçüler E Type Prison, was subjected to physical violence of the wardens because of rejecting to stand in military order during roll-calls. Hakan İnci’s letter was covered by media in which he states the following: “They forced us to stand in during the morning roll-call. I did not accept to do so and I was then taken out by around 10 wardens kicking and punching me. The chief warden and 4 or 5 wardens put me in a solitary cell which is insanitary and had no bathroom (…) Another chief warden came with 6 or 7 wardens towards evening and took me to the alert force room right next to my cell. There was a short man who was said to be prison director. This person started shouting at me and provoking me by poking at arm and chest. They made me lay down and handcuffed my hands and feet behind my back. They whipped my feet with clubs which continued until I fell unconscious. They made me regain my consciousness by pouring water and cologne over my head. They put 2 packages of salt (1 or 2 kilos) on the ground and watered the salt on which I was lifted and pushed over and over by the wardens. Salt was put in order to increase the pain and to diminish the marks of torture. I had spasms beginning from my toes spreading all over my body, and my jaw got locked. I was conscious but I could not move, not even open my eyes just like being paralysed. They wanted me to walk to my cell (…) I fell unconscious after a while. When I opened my eyes I was on a stool leaning my back to the wall in the outdoor area. I noticed that the wardens who tortured me were talking. When I became completely conscious they took my arms and walked me on my tiptoes to the cell.”

It is learned from the news coverage of July 28, 2019 that 6 prisoners (Ahmet Nas, Ercan Daşkesen, Veysi Altan, Şifa Erdoğan, Rıdvan Kaya and Suat Okur) kept in Tarsus T Type Prison No 3 were transferred to newly opened Maraş Türkoğlu T Type Prison No 1 under coercion. It is reported that the prisoners were subjected to physical and psychological violence at the entrance of the prison because of rejecting strip search. A prisoner, who expressed himself via his family members, stated the following: “We were forced to strip search at the entrance and we did not accept it. They used force and tortured us to search as. And then they put us in a place looking like construction site. And they are forcing us to be in military order during roll-calls.”

(07/305) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 27, 2019 that, ill prisoner Ergin Aktaş was spitting blood and was diagnosed with pneumonia in Izmir Menemen R Type Prison where he was kept. Ergin Aktaş was then transferred to Silivri Prison No 9 and was diagnosed with tuberculosis there and started taking medication. Gülizar Tuncer, Ergin Aktaş’s lawyer made a statement and said that Ergin Aktaş was not referred to hospital although he needs to be treated in hospital.

(07/306) Letter Was Not Given to Prisoner…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 27, 2019 that the letter of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Hakkari MP and Democratic Society Congress (DTK) co-chair Leyla Güven sent to Zafer Sağlam, a prisoner in Silivri Prison No 5, was not given to him on the grounds of “having inconvenient content”.

(07/307) Rejection to Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan…

It is learned that the appeal made on July 26, 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.

(07/308) 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 992 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on July 26, 27, and 28, 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 26, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ 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 July 27, 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 July 28, 2019, 2 people (İlker Işık and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 2 people (İlker Işık and Mehmet Dersulu) were detained.

Thus in total 12 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on July 26, 27, and 28, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(07/309) 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 748th time on July 27, 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.

(07/310) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

 “F sit-in”, which is organized for the 382nd time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on July 27, 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.

(07/311) Detained HDP Members for Delivering Leaflets in Antep…

The police intervened HDP Youth Assembly members who deliver leaflets for “Do not be addicted, be free” campaign in Antep on July 27, 2019 and detained 15 people. Detained people whose names are unknown are taken to Antep Security Directorate Anti-Terror Department.

(07/312) Detained Human Rights Defender and Political Party Executive in Kars…

Adem Yıldırım, 1 of 12 people including Human Rights Association Kars Branch chair Güldane Kılıç and HDP provincial executive Nuriye Erkmen, city council member Münevver Subaşı, former HDP executives İdris Ağbaba and Mustafa Özmen who were detained in house raids in Kars on July 23, 2019, is arrested by the court on July 26, 2019. 5 people Tuğba Yağışlı, Seyfettin Gönel, Mustafa Özmen, Ünal Çalışkan, Mehmet Sena Oral) are released. It is reported that detention period for HRA branch chair Güldane Kılıç, HDP provincial executive Nuriye Erkmen, city council member Münevver Subaşı, former HDP executive İdris Ağbaba and 1 more person is extended for 4 more days.

(07/313) Detained HDP Members in Izmir…

12 members of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Youth Assembly who were detained on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’, in house raids in Menemen and Buca districts of Izmir on July 25, 2019, are released by the court on judicial control conditions on July 26, 2019.

The names of detainees known so far are: Yusuf Çil, Güney Demir, Diyar Demir, Ceren Çepik, H.K. (16), Yiğit Özdemir, Gülader Özçelik, Welat Yalçınkaya and Fatma Akgül.

(07/314) Constitutional Court’s Decision on Academics for Peace…

On July 26, 2019, Constitutional Court concluded on the appeal of 10 academicians who were sentenced to jail penalties on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”. The court decided that freedom of expression of the academicians was violated and thus they should be paid a compensation of 9.000 Turkish Liras. The court also decided to send the verdict to local courts for re-trials.

(07/315) Constitutional Court’s Decision on Union Member…

On July 26, 2019, Constitutional Court concluded on the appeal of Eğitim-Sen (Education and Science Workers’ Union) member Erdal Karadaş who was sentenced to a fine for delivering leaflets and opening campaign stands for dismissals in Aydın. The court decided that Erdal Karadaş’s right to assembly and demonstration was violated.

(07/316) Constitutional Court’s Decision on Journalist…

On July 26, 2019, Constitutional Court concluded on the appeal of journalist Kemal Baytaş who was sentenced to a fine of 7000 Turkish Liras for an article he wrote on Turkish Armed Forces chief of staff. The court decided that Kemal Baytaş’s freedom of expression and press was violated. The court also decided that Kemal Baytaş should be paid a compensation of 9.150 Turkish Liras and sent the verdict to Küçükçekmece Penal Court of First Instance No 2.

(07/317) Former HDP Co-Chair on Trial…

The case against former HDP co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 16 is held on July 26, 2019. Figen Yüksekdağ joined the trial via sound and vision system. The court decided to continue detention for Figen Yüksekdağ and adjourned the trial to September 27, 2019.

(07/318) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On July 26, 2019 47 people are detained in operations covering 30 cities through an Istanbul based investigation.

1 of 3 people (2 former soldiers and 1 former police chief) who were detained in an attempt to illegally cross to Greece, is arrested by the court on July 28, 2019. It is learned that 2 people are still under custody.

(07/319) Ban of Events in Van…

Van Governorate made a declaration on July 27, 2019 and announced that all events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins and opening stands and so on are banned as of July 28, 2019 until August 11, 2019.

(07/320) Banned Events in Tunceli…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 26, 2019 that, Tunceli Governorate banned the screening of documentary about Saturday Mothers and “LGBTI+ Concepts Workshop” which were to be held at Munzur Culture and Nature Festival. It is also reported that the governorate banned all events related to Saturday Mothers and LGBTI+.

(07/321) Ban of Event in Mardin…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 26, 2019 that the concert of Azad Bedran and Zinar Sozdar on July 28, 2019 in Nusaybin district of Mardin is banned by Nusaybin Sub-governorate. It is reported that the reason of ban was cases opened against 2 musicians.

(07/322) Curfew in Tatvan…

Bitlis Governorate made a declaration on July 27, 2019 and announced curfew in 16 villages of Tatvan from 10.00 to 23.00 on July 27, 2019.

The villages under curfew are: Teknecik, Sallıca, Boblesür, Beşikli, Dönertaş, Kepenek, Aktoprak, Özekli, Kısıklı, Suboyu, Yumrukaya, Uçankuş, Çörekli, Sarıdal, Güntepe, Beşparmak.

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26 July 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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26 July 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(07/292) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 25, 2019 that, 2 HPG militants died in an air operation of Turkish Air Forces in rural areas of Lice district of Diyarbakır on July 19, 2019.

(07/293) Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Custody in Mersin…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 25, 2019 that, a person named Asım Can Topkarcı was subjected to physical violence of the police and gendarmerie who followed and then detained him on the grounds of ‘disobeying the stop warning’. It is reported that Asım Can Topkarcı was subjected to torture and ill-treatment at the police station where he was taken. It could be seen that Asım Can Topkarcı has bruises on his face, in the photographs covered by the press which depicts Asım Can Topkarcı waiting in the courthouse.

Asım Can Topkarcı stated the following: “I did not know that the civilian people in motorcycles following me were police. I got threats from time to time due to my profession. When I get off my car I was beaten by punches and kicks. I will press charges against the officials who beat me in case they could be identified.”

Asım Can Topkarcı is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘resisting against a public officer in order to prevent him from performing his duty’ and ‘injury’.

(07/294) 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 989 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on July 25, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

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

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on July 25, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released on the same day.

(07/295) Detained HDP Members in Izmir…

On July 25, 2019, 12 members of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Youth Assembly are detained on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’, in house raids in Menemen and Buca districts of Izmir.

The names of detainees known so far are: Yusuf Çil, Güney Demir, Diyar Demir, Ceren Çepik, H.K. (16), Yiğit Özdemir, Gülader Özçelik, Welat Yalçınkaya and Fatma Akgül.

(07/296) Arrested Lawyer for ‘Insulting the President’ in Manisa…

Lawyer Mehmet Demirlek, who was detained on July 25, 2019 in Turgutlu district of Manisa, upon complaint of Justice and Development Party (AKP) Turgutlu district chair on the claim of ‘insulting the President on social media posts’, is released by the court on judicial control conditions on the same day. After the appeal made by the prosecutor’s office to the higher court, Mehmet Demirlek is detained again and arrested by the court.

(07/297) Newspaper Employees and Political Party Members on Trial in Mersin…

The case against 16 people 7 of which are arrested, including Yeni Yaşam newspaper employees Murat Sekmen and Tuba Salman and HDP Youth Assembly members, on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘being an illegal organisation member’, is held on Mersin Heavy Penal Court No 7 on July 25, 2019. After defence hearings the court released 7 arrestees (Abdurrahim Demir, Senem Güven, Hizbullah Ekinci, Rojda Salman, Vedat Turgut, Diyar Turgut and Mehmet Koç) on judicial control conditions and adjourned the trial.

(07/298) 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 July 25, 2019. Defendant Orhan Gönder attended the trial and other defendants joined the trial via sound and vision system from the prisons they are kept. The court decided to continue detention of arrested defendants and adjourned the trial to September 20, 2019.

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25 July 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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25 July 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(07/281) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 4 civilians died in an attack to an armoured vehicle in front of Yenişehir Şehitler Police Station in Diyarbakır on July 24, 2019. It is reported that 2 people are detained in relation to the attack.

It is learned that 1 worksite keeper got wounded in an attack to a construction site in rural areas of Hakkari’s Yüksekova district on July 24, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of July 24, 2019 that, 3 HPG militants died in an air operation of Turkish Air Forces in rural areas of Diyarbakır’s Kulp district on July 16, 2019; and 4 militants died in a clash between Turkish Armed Forces and HPG militants in Xakurkê area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on June 2, 2019.

(07/282) Prisoner Died in Hospital…

Muhsin Kızılkan, a prisoner with cancer in Iskenderun T Type Prison was taken to İskenderun Public Hospital after his condition gets serious on July 5, 2019. It is learned that Muhsin Kızılkan died in hospital on July 24, 2019.

Muhsin Kızılkan was released because of illness on judicial control conditions on March, 2017 however he was put in prison 6 months later.

(07/283) The Book Not Allowed in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 24, 2019 that the book “Kurds” of Hasan Cemal was not allowed in Silivri Prison No 4 although there was no ban on it. It is reported that People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Kocaeli MP Faruk Gergerlioğlu submitted a parliamentary question about the issue, demanding response from the Minister of Justice.

(07/284) 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 988 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on July 24, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

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

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on July 24, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released on the same day.

(07/285) People Detained in Ankara…

Merve Demirel who was detained by Anti-Terror Department police on the grounds of another investigation against her, at the hospital she was taken for medical check after being detained in the press declaration held at 18.00 on July 12, 2019, is released by the court on judicial control conditions on July 24, 2019. Bengisu Demirel who was detained through the same investigation, is arrested.

(07/286) Police Intervention Against Workers’ Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the sit in protest after press declaration held by workers of Özsüt, for not being paid overtime and notice payments, in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on July 24, 2019; and detained 21 people. It is reported that the police prevented journalists following the declaration. It is reported that workers were released on the same day.

Umut Marangoz, one of the detained workers, stated the following about torture and ill-treatment they were subjected to under custody: “We were beaten and insulted under custody. One of our friends has a fissure at chin, and is under medical treatment in hospital. One of our friend has a wound at temple and I have several wounds on my body. We will make official complaints against Özsüt and the police officers who committed violence against us.”

(07/287) People Were Subjected to Police Violence in Ankara…

The police intervened into people who wait at Ankara Courthouse for Merve Demirel and Bengisu Demirel to be brought to the court on July 24, 2019 and detained 2 people. Merve Demirel, a participator of “I Want My Job Back” protests and Bengisu Demirel has been detained previously. It is reported that Deniz Aydın, one of 2 detainees has bruises on his body due to violence.

(07/288) Detained Co-Mayors and Political Party Executives in Diyarbakır and Mardin…

8 people including Bismil district co-mayor Gülşen Özer, Nusaybin district co-mayor Ferhat Kurt, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Mardin provincial co-chairs Leyla Bozkurt and Şeyhmus Sun are detained through a Mardin based investigation. It is learned that lawyer contacts are banned for 24 hours for detainees.

It is reported that HDP and DBP Nusaybin district offices were raided by the police and some documents were seized.

The names of detainees are: Gülşen Özer, Ferhat Kut, Leyla Bozkurt, Şeyhmus Sun, Nusaybin city council member Emin Alkan, HDP Nusaybin district co-chair Nezir Saraç, HDP executive Salih Falay and HDP member Hamdi Ermiş.

(07/289) Detained City Council Members in Diyarbakır…

Nursel Örmek, who was elected as city council member on behalf of HDP in Bağlar district of Diyarbakır, is detained in house raid on July 24, 2019. The reason of detention is unknown.

(07/290) Former Trade Union Chair on Trial in Konya…

The final trial of the case against Veli Demir, former chair of Eğitim-İş (Education and Science Workers’ Union), for expressions in a declaration he made in 2016, is held on Konya Penal Court of First Instance on July 24, 2019. The court sentenced Veli Demir to 6 months for ‘insulting Turkish government’ and deferred the announcement of the verdict.

(07/291) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On July 24, 2019, 40 people are detained in operations covering 6 cities through an Artvin based investigation.

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24 July 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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24 July 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(07/272) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 1 civilian died and 1 civilian got wounded in a bombing attack to 2 civilian cars going to pick up soldiers from military base area in rural areas of Hakkari’s Şemdinli district on July 23, 2019.

On July 23, 2019, an armoured police vehicle was attacked by hand grenade in Yenişehir district of Diyarbakır on July 23, 2019. It is learned that there were no casualties.

(07/273) Suspicious Death and Other Violations in Harmandalı Repatriation Center…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 23, 2019 that an African asylum seeker died in Harmandalı Repatriation Center in Izmir. It is stated in the news reports that death of the asylum seeker was recorded as “natural death” and the reason was not investigated.

It is also stated in the news reports that although the capacity was up to 750 people, there are 1500 people kept there and some asylum seekers were being taken to rooms without cameras where they were subjected to physical violence.

(07/274) People Were Subjected to Assault of a Racist Group in Samsun…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 23, 2019 that a foreign national who was detained and handcuffed by the watchmen while he was having a quarrel with his wife in Ilkadım district of Samsun, was subjected to a lynch attempt by a racist group on the grounds of “abuse allegation”. It is reported that the foreigner was taken to the police station while there was nobody detained from the group attempting to lynch.

(07/275) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 987 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on July 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 July 23, 2019, 2 people (Mahmut Konuk 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 July 23, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released on the same day.

(07/276) Detained DTK Members in Bingöl…

11 members of Democratic Society Congress (DTK) and Democratic Islam Congress (DIK) who were detained in house raids in Bingöl on July 22, 2019, are released by the court on July 23, 2019 provided that 4 of them on judicial control conditions. The names of detained people are: DTK members Mehmet Zeki Ergül, Erdal Evren, Mehmet Özdemir, Ahmet Erdoğmuş, Asiye Ülker Kılıç, Asıf Yanılmaz, Özkan Candan; DİK members Hatice Kavran, Halime Aksoy, Emine Kaya and Hayriye Sarı.

(07/277) Detained Human Rights Defender and Political Party Executive in Kars…

On July 23, 2019, 12 people including Human Rights Association Kars Branch chair Güldane Kılıç and HDP provincial executive Nuriye Erkmen, city council member Münevver Subaşı, former HDP executives İdris Ağbaba and Mustafa Özmen are detained in house raids in Kars.

(07/278) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On July 23, 2019, 31 people including military members on active duty are detained in operations covering 24 cities through an Izmir based investigation against Turkish Armed Forces personnel.

16 of 33 people who were detained through an Istanbul based investigation are arrested by the court on July 23, 2019. 17 people are released provided that 10 of them will be under judicial control conditions.

(07/279) Banned Event in Van…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 23, 2019 that the concert of singer Mem Ararat to be held in Van on July 31, 2019 was banned by Van Governorate.

(07/280) Curfew in Bitlis…

Bitlis Governorate made a declaration on July 23, 2019 and announced curfew in 15 villages of central district as of July 23, 2019 until a further notice. The names of villages under curfew are: İçgeçit, Çalıdüzü, Yavuzlar, Yukarıölek, Aşağıölek, Ilıcak, Oğulcak, Üçevler, Kalupat, Aşağıbalcılar, Yukarıbalcılar, Başmaklı, Karakuş, Dutköy, Bayramalan.

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23 July 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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23 July 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(07/261) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 22, 2019 that, 5 civilians including children got wounded due to a rocket fired from Serêkaniyê district of Syria hitting a house in Ceylanpınar district of Urfa. The names of wounded people are: İ.I. (17, m), E.A. (9, m), Ali Işık (21), Hatice Atan (31), Yusuf Atan (38). It is reported that Syrian Democratic Forces ruling over Serêkaniyê declared that some people are detained in relation to the incident.

(07/262) Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Custody in Diyarbakır…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 22, 2019 that Ahmet Yoldaş, who was detained in a house raid on July 21, 2019 in Bağlar district of Diyarbakır where a person named Mücahit Yılmaz died; was subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody. It is stated in the news reports that Ahmet Yoldaş fainted due to torture and ill-treatment and was taken to Diyarbakır Army Hospital.

It is reported that Birsen Yoldaş, another person detained in the house raid, was still kept in Anti-Terror Department of Diyarbakır Security Directorate.

(07/263) IYI Party Executive Attacked in Istanbul…

IYI Party’s Güngören district chair Ayhan Kurt was attacked by a group of 6 in front of his shop on July 22, 2019. It is learned that 6 people (names unknown) are detained in relation to the attack.

(07/264) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 22, 2019 that prisoners in Buca F Type Prison No 2 were referred to hospitals with delay. It is also reported that prisoners who were taken to hospital were subjected to right violations and were brought back to prison without being treated.

(07/265) 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 986 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on July 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 July 22, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) 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 July 22, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released on the same day.

(07/266) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on July 22, 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 Yıldırım). It is learned that 2 people were released the same day.

(07/267) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

Nursel Tanrıverdi and Selvi Polat who make a sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on July 22, 2019, to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees are detained by the police intervening the protest. It is learned that 2 people were released after statement procedures.

(07/268) Detained DTK Members in Bingöl…

8 members of Democratic Society Congress (DTK) and Democratic Islam Congress (DIK) are detained in house raids in Bingöl on July 22, 2019. The reason of detention is unknown. The names of detained people are: Mehmet Zeki Ergül, Erdal Evren, Mehmet Özdemir, Ahmet Erdoğmuş, Asiye Ülker Kılıç, Asıf Yanılmaz, Özkan Candan and Hatice Kavran.

(07/269) Released Academic for Peace…

Professor Füsun Üstel who was put in prison on May 8, 2019, after approval of the 1 year and 3 months’ sentence given to her on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” is released from prison upon her lawyers’ appeal.

(07/271) Proceedings Against Parliamentary Member…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 22, 2019 that, the proceedings against Republican People’s Party (CHP) chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, on the grounds of insulting the President, are submitted to the Constitution and Justice Committee of the Grand National Assembly, demanding lifting of legal impunity.

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18 July 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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18 July 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(07/213) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 17, 2019 that, 5 HPG militants died in an air bombardment of Turkish Air Forces to Qandil area in Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on March 21, 2019; and that 3 HPG militants died in an air bombardment to rural areas of Ağrı on July 13, 2019.

(07/214) 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 981 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on July 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 July 16, 2019, 3 people (Nazan Bozkurt, Mahmut Konuk, Cemal Yıldırım) and at 18.00 2 people (İlker Işık and Acun Karadağ) were detained.

Thus in total 5 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on July 17, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released on the same day.

(07/215) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration of Revolutionary High-School Students members holding a banner “Does life fit into 3 hours?” in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on July 17, 2019 and detained 5 people. It is reported that 5 people were released on the same day after statement procedures at the police. The names of detained people are unknown.

(07/216) Detained City Council Member in Tunceli…

5 people including Mithat Kaya, city council member elected as People’s Democratic Party (HDP) candidate, who were detained in house raids in Pertek, Hozat and Ovacık districts of Tunceli on July 8, 2019, are arrested by the court on July 17, 2019. The names of arrested people are: Mithat Kaya, Hüseyin Oktay Can, Serdar Çelik, Murat Yıldız and Ulaş Öz.

(07/217) Özgür Gündem Case…

The final trial of the case against Human Rights Foundation of Turkey chair Professor Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Turkey representative Erol Önderoğlu, and journalist-writer Ahmet Nesin on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 13 for participating in “Editors in Chief on Watch” campaign to support Özgür Gündem newspaper which was closed down by a state of emergency decree, is held on July 17, 2019. The court acquitted Professor Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Ahmet Nesin and Erol Önderoğlu on the grounds of lack of conditions of offense.

(07/218) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against co-executive editors Eren Keskin and Hüseyin Aykol, and managing editor Reyhan Çapan, journalists Lütfi Yavuzaslan, Methi Kaya, İslam Tüner, Kemal Yakut and Hasan Başak, from Özgür Gündem newspaper which was closed down by a state of emergency decree, on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 13 is held on July 17, 2019. The prosecutor declared the legal opinion on the case and demanded sentence for journalists on the charges of ‘publicly provocation to commit an offense’, ‘praising an offense and offender’, and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’. The court adjourned the trial to November 21, 2019.

(07/219) Former HDP Co-chair on Trial…

The case against HDP’s former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 19 is held on July 16 and 17, 2019. The indictment demands sentence for Selahattin Demirtaş on the charges of ‘establishing and leading an illegal organisation’, ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘praising an offense and offender’.

The court decided to continue detention of Selahattin Demirtaş and adjourned the trial to September 2 and 3, 2019.

(07/220) Executive of ÖDP on Trial in Artvin…

The final trial of the case against Sercan Dede, Artvin provincial chair of Freedom and Solidarity Party (ÖDP), for a speech he made at a funeral, is held on Artvin Heavy Penal Court on July 17, 2019. The court sentenced Sercan Dede to 10 months for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

(07/221) Hrant Dink Case…

The trial of the case against 9 people, about murder of Agos newspaper’s executive editor Hrant Dink, is held on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 14 on July 17, 2019. The case against 9 people were separated from the main case including public officials on the grounds of “statute of limitation”. The court sentenced Erhan Tuncel to 99 years and 6 months on the charges of ‘attempting to wilful and planned murder by bombing’, ‘damage to property’, ‘aiding to wilful and planned murder of Hrant Dink’, ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court sentenced Yasin Hayal to 7 years and 6 months on the charge of ‘establishing and leading a criminal organisation’; Ogün Samast to 2 years and 6 months on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court sentenced Zeynel Abidin Yavuz to 14 years and 22 days and Tuncay Uzundal to 16 years 10 months and 15 days on the charges of ‘aiding to wilful and planned murder of Hrant Dink’, ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court sentenced Ahmet İskender and Ersin Yolcu to 1 year and 10 months and 15 days each on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court acquitted 2 defendants.

The court decided to arrest Erhan Tuncel upon verdict.

(07/222) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

20 of 48 people including military members on active duty who were detained on July 9, 2019 through an Istanbul based investigation, are arrested by the court on July 17, 2019. It is learned that 18 people are released on judicial control conditions and 10 people are still under custody.

(07/223) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against 159 people for the incidents at Atatürk Airport during July 15 coup attempt, is held on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 34 on July 17, 2019. The court sentenced 10 people to heavy life imprisonment on the charge of ‘attempting to abolish the constitutional order’. The court sentenced 43 people to life imprisonment on the charge of ‘violating the Constitution’. The court sentenced 85 people to 12 years and 6 months each on the charge of ‘aiding the attempt to violate the Constitution’. The court sentenced 2 people to life imprisonment for ‘wilful murder’. The court sentenced 19 defendants to jail penalties for several offences.

The final trial of the case İsmail Çolak on Düzce Heavy Penal Court No 2 is held on July 17, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 5 years on the charge ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The final trial of the case against Fethullah Gülen’s nephews Şamil Gülen and Tavus Bin Keysan Gülen, on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 29 is held on July 17, 2019. The court sentenced 2 defendants to 12 years each on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

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17 July 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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17 July 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(07/195) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 1 soldier died due to blast of explosive material preplaced by HPG militants in Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on July 16, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of July 16, 2019 that 1 HPG militant died in a bombardment of Turkish Air Force to rural areas of Şırnak’s central district on July 7, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of July 16, 2019 that 2 MLKP militants and 3 HPG militants died in a clash with security forces in Munzur Valley of Tunceli on July 10, 2019.

(07/196) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 16, 2019 that Selçuk Can Avcı, a prisoner in Trabzon Beşikdüzü T Type Prison was subjected to physical violence of the wardens.

(07/197) 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 980 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on July 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 July 16, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 3 people (Mahmut Konuk, Acun Karadağ and U.A. (16, m) who was watching the protest) were detained.

Thus in total 5 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on July 16, 2019. It is learned that detainees were released on the same day.

(07/198) People Detained in Ankara…

It is learned that detention period for Merve Demirel who was detained by Anti-Terror Department police on the grounds of another investigation against her, at the hospital she was taken for medical check after being detained in the press declaration held at 18.00 on July 12, 2019, and for Bengisu Demirel who was detained through the same investigation, is extended for 4 more days on July 16, 2019. It is reported that Merve Demirel, who is on hunger strike, stopped taking water and sugar upon the extension decision. It is learned that Mehmet Yılmaz who was also detained through the same investigation was referred to the prosecutor’s office.

(07/199) Detained Co-Mayor in Erzurum…

10 people including Burhanettin Şahin, co-mayor of Karayazı district of Erzurum elected as People’s Democratic Party (HDP) candidate, and city council members Yüksel Kişin, Erdal Bayram, Mahmut Çimendağ, Mehmet Latif Karakuş who were detained on July 11, 2019, are released by the court on judicial control conditions on July 16, 2019.

(07/200) Detained Actor in Izmir…

Actor Orhan Aydın is detained in Urla district of Izmir on July 16, 2019, on the grounds of an arrest warrant in default. Orhan Aydın is released after statement procedures on the same day.

(07/201) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Hatay…

On July 16, 2019 the police intervened the people protesting the governorate’s ban on Grup Yorum concert within Evvel Temmuz celebrations in Samandağ district of Hatay, and detained 12 people. The names of detainees known so far are: Furkan Ersöz, Devrim Deniz Karataş, Ümit Özçelik, Elvan Altunarı, Hülya Uçucu, Gökhan Demir and Kaya Özçelik.

(07/202) Detained Person in Sivas for Social Media Posts…

On July 16, 2019, a person named B.Y. is detained in Sivas on the grounds of ‘insulting the police in social media posts’.

(07/203) The Cases Against Academics Who Are the Signatories of the Petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”…

The case against 10 academicians (G.D. from Bilgi University, Professor Gencer Özcan, Assoc. Professor Ayşen Candaş, Assist. Professor Elif Aysimi Duman, Professor Şemsa Özar, PhD C.A.K. from Boğaziçi University; Assoc. Professor Tuna Altınel from Lyon 1 University; Professor Melek Göregenli from Ege University; Professor Ozan Erözden from MEF University; Professor Deniz Özdemir from Yaşar University and independent researcher PhD Zeynep Gönen Yüksel)  for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 29 for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ is held on July 16, 2019. The court adjourned the trial to December 26, 2019.

The case against retired academic Nur Bekata Mardin from Boğaziçi University for the same reason on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 37 for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ is held on July 16, 2019. The court adjourned the trial to October 3, 2019.

The case against Professor Tahsin Söğüt from Dicle University for the same reason on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 13 for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ is held on July 16, 2019. The court adjourned the trial to November 13, 2019.

The case against PhD student Bahar Şahin Fırat from Boğaziçi University for the same reason on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 36 for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ is held on July 16, 2019. The court adjourned the trial to November 19, 2019.

The separate cases against 4 academicians (Professor Nilüfer Göle from EHESS, Assist. Professor Tuba Kıyan from Yıldız Teknik University, Professor Fatma Gök from Boğaziçi University, Ümit Çetin from Westminster University) for the same reason on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 32 for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ are held on July 16, 2019. The court adjourned the trial of the case against Ümit Çetin and Fatma Gök to October 8, 2019; the trial of the case against Tuba Kıyan to October 10, 2019 and the case against Nilüfer Göle to October 22, 2019.

(07/204) Human Rights Defenders on Trial…

The case on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 35 against 11 human rights defenders is held on July 16, 2018.

The indictment demands 15 years of jail sentence for 11 human rights defenders on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘not being a member of but committing crime on behalf of the illegal organisation’. Lawyer Taner Kılıç, Amnesty International Turkey Chair, who has been arrested for another case on June 2017 was also put in the defendants of this case.

After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to October 9, 2019.

10 human rights defenders were detained during a meeting in Istanbul Büyükada on July 5, 2017. Human rights defenders for whom detention period was extended to 14 days, were referred to the court on July 12, 2017. The court arrested Amnesty International Turkey Director İdil Eser, Özlem Dalkıran from Citizens Assembly, Günal Kurlun and Veli Acu from Human Rights Agenda Association, Ali Garawi (citizen of Switzerland) and Peter Steudtner (citizen of Germany) and released İlknur Üstün from Women’s Coalition, Nalan Ekrem from Citizens Assembly, Nejat Taştan from Association for Monitoring Equal Rights and Şeyhmus Özbekli from Rights Initiative on juridical control conditions.

On July 21, upon the prosecutor’s office’s objection to the release, a detention warrant was issued for four of the human rights defenders. İlknur Üstün and Nalan Ekrem were arrested on July 23, 2017, and Nejat Taştan and Şeyhmus Özbekli were released on juridical control conditions.

On the first trial of the case which was held on October 25, 2017 eight human rights defenders were released on control conditions. Taner Kılıç was released on August 15, 2018, by an interim decision of the court in regular case review.

(07/205) Former HDP MP on Trial…

The re-trial of the case against former HDP MP Çağlar Demirel on Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 3 is held on July 16, 2019.

The court has sentenced Çağlar Demirel to 7 years and 6 months on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and the verdict has been reversed by Antep Regional Court.

Çağlar Demirel did not attend the trial. The court rejected the demand of release and decided to having Çağlar Demirel join the next trial via sound and vision system and adjourned the trial.

(07/206) Journalist on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against Deniz Yücel, Turkey reporter of German Die Welt newspaper, on the charges of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘inciting hatred and hostility among people’ is held on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 32 on July 16, 2019.

The indictment demands sentence for Deniz Yücel from 4 years to 18 years on the charges of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘inciting hatred and hostility among people’.

The court adjourned the trial to October 17, 2019.

Deniz Yücel was detained on February 14, 2017 and was arrested by the court on February 27, 2017. The indictment against him was accepted by the court on February 16, 2018 and released Deniz Yücel on scheduling order.

(07/207) Journalist on Trial in Istanbul…

The final trial of the case against sendika.org news portal editor Ali Ergin Demirhan, on the grounds of ‘insulting the President on social media posts’ is held on July 16, 2019. The court sentenced Ali Ergin Demirhan to 11 months and 20 days and deferred the announcement of the verdict.

(07/208) “KCK Lawyers Case”…

The case against 46 lawyers of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 19 is held on July 16, 2019. After defence hearings the court decided to issue a warrant for witness İrfan Dündar and adjourned the trial to November 28, 2019.

(07/209) Boğaziçi University Students on Trial…

The trial of the case against 30 students of Boğaziçi University, for protesting delivery of delight in the campus to celebrate Turkish Armed Forces’ military operation to Afrin, with a banner saying “There is no delight in occupation and massacre”, is held on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 32 on July 16, 2019. The court adjourned the trial to October 15, 2019.

(07/210) Lawyer on Trial in Istanbul…

The trial of the case against lawyer Can Tombul from The Law Office of the Oppressed, is held on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 35 on July 16, 2019. The indictment demands sentence for Can Tombul on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention of Can Tombul and adjourned the trial to September 12, 2019.

Can Tombul was detained in Istanbul on July 31, 2018 and was arrested by the court on August 3, 2018.

(07/211) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On July 16, 2019, 35 people including military members on active duty are detained in operations covering 17 cities through an Ankara based investigation against Air Forces Command personnel.

(07/212) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against colonel Adem Durak on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 25 is held on July 16, 2019. The court sentenced Adem Durak to 10 years for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

[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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