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27 March 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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27 March 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(03/268) Non-Prosecution on Torture and Ill-Treatment Allegation in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of March 26, 2020 that, Silivri Public Prosecutor’s Office decided non-prosecution on the official complaint about physical violence that Barış Pehlivan, Oda TV website executive editor was subjected at Silivri Prison after he was arrested on March 6, 2020.

(03/269) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1234 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on March 26, 2020 at 13.30 ant at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(03/270) Prevention of a Protest in Batman…

The police prevented the press declaration at a park near Batman Courthouse on March 26, 2020, after release of Batman co-mayors Mehmet Demir and Songül Korkmaz on judicial control conditions. Batman co-mayors Mehmet Demir and Songül Korkmaz were detained on March 23, 2020.

03/271) Detained Co-Mayors in Batman…

Batman co-mayors Mehmet Demir and Songül Korkmaz who were detained on March 23, 2020, are released by the court on judicial control conditions on March 26, 2020.

Ministry of Interior has appointed a trustee to Batman Municipality on March 23, 2020.

(03/272) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The first trial of the case against Mezopotamya News Agency reporters Sadık Topaloğlu and Sadiye Eser, on the grounds of ‘being an illegal organisation member’, is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 22 on March 26, 2020.

Sadık Topaloğlu and Sadiye Eser joined the trial via sound and vision system.

After defence and witness hearings the court released Sadık Topaloğlu and Sadiye Eser on judicial control conditions and adjourned the trial to October 15, 2020.

Sadık Topaloğlu and Sadiye Eser were detained on November 29, 2019 and were arrested by the court on December 2, 2019.

(03/273) Singer on Trial in Tunceli…

The first trial of the case against singer Yılmaz Çelik on the grounds of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ is held at Tunceli Heavy Penal Court No 2 on March 26, 2020.

After defence hearings the court released Yılmaz Çelik on judicial control conditions and adjourned the trial to May 14, 2020.

Yılmaz Çelik was detained on December 8, 2019 and was arrested by the court on December 10, 2019.

(03/274) Cancellation of Certification of Election of District Mayor…

It is learned that certification of election of Kadir Aydar, Republican People’s Party (CHP) mayor of Ceyhan district of Adana, is cancelled by Supreme Election Board, on the grounds of a finalised sentence for him.

(03/275) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 16 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1196 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on March 26, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 75 and total number of confirmed cases is 3629 as of March 26, 2020.

(03/276) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

10 of 28 people who were detained in Istanbul on March 26, 2020, are arrested by the court on the same day; 18 people are released on judicial control conditions.

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

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26 March 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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26 March 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(03/258) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 2 soldiers (İsmail Karataş and Onur Karakaya) died and 2 soldiers got wounded in a clash between HPG militants and Turkish Armed Forces units in “Operation Claw 3”, in Haftanin area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on March 25, 2020.

(03/259) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is claimed in the news coverage of March 25, 2020 that, a prisoner in Ankara Sincan L Type Prison No 2 was tested positive for Covid-19.

It is learned from the news coverage of March 25, 2020 that prisoners in Tekirdağ F Type Prison No 1 are not given cleaning supplies, cologne, face masks and disinfectants despite of Covid-19 pandemic.

 It is learned from the news coverage of March 25, 2020 that in Van High Security Prison, only 2 boxes of disinfectants per 100 prisoners are given.

(03/260) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1233 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on March 25, 2020 at 13.30 ant at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(03/261) Detained City Council Members, HDP Members, TJA Activists and Other People in Batman…

2 of 9 people who were detained on March 23, 2020 in Batman are arrested by the court on March 25, 2020. Arrested people are: TJA (Free Women’s Movement) activists Siyajin Yıldırım and Emine Erden. 7 people are released: Batman deputy co-mayor Şehriban Aydın, citiy council members Mehmet Salih Çetinkaya, Şükran Çelebi, singer Adil Arslan, actor Abdullah Tarhan, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Youth Assembly members Evin Can and Semanur Can.

(03/262) Detained Newspaper Distributor in Batman…

Serhat Bayık, a distributor of Yeni Yaşam newspaper who was detained in house raid in Batman on March 23, 2020 is released on judicial control conditions on March 25, 2020.

(03/263) Detained People in Ankara for Social Media Posts…

On March 25, 2020, 1 person is detained in Ankara, on the grounds of ‘inciting fear and panic among people’ by social media posts on Covid-19 pandemic.

Ministry of Interior declared that number of detained people for social media posts on Covid-19 pandemic is 410 as of March 25, 2020.

(03/264) People on Trial in Mersin…

The final trial of the case against 40 students of Mersin University, for protesting a commemoration at campus for Nihal Atsız on March 11, 2015; is held at Mersin Heavy Penal Court No 2 on March 25, 2020.

The court sentenced 22 students to 6 years and 8 months each for ‘participating in disguise in meetings and demonstrations which becomes propaganda for an illegal organisation’. The court sentenced 11 students to 3 years and 8 months each for ‘not to disperse despite of warnings’, ‘resisting to police’ and ‘participating in meetings and demonstrations with injuring tools such as clubs, stones and bottles’. The court acquitted 7 people.

(03/265) Investigation Against Parliamentary Member…

People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Kocaeli MP Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu announced via social media that a prisoner in Ankara Sincan L Type Prison No 2 was tested positive for Covid-19. Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office made a declaration and denied it; and initiated an investigation against Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu for ‘inciting fear and panic among people’.

(03/266) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 15 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 561 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on March 25, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 75 and total number of confirmed cases is 2433 as of March 25, 2020.

(03/267) Ban of Events in Siirt and Batman…

Siirt Governorate made a declaration on March 25, 2020 and announced that, in accordance with “recommendations of Coronavirus Science Board of Ministry of Health to prevent spread of Covid-19 in Turkey”, all open events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, delivering leaflets, hanging banners and so on are banned for 30 days as of March 26, 2020, until April 24, 2020.

Batman Governorate made a declaration on March 25, 2020 and announced that, “in order to provide national security and protect public order”, all open events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, delivering leaflets, hanging banners and so on are banned as of March 26, 2020, until April 9, 2020.

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

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

25 March 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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25 March 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(03/250) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of March 24, 2020 that, prisoners in Kandıra F Type Prison are not given cleaning supplies, cologne, face masks and disinfectants despite of Covid-19 pandemic.

It is learned from the news coverage of March 24, 2020 that, cleaning supplies of Ali Gülmez, a prisoner kept in solitary cell in Bolu F Type Prison, are seized.

(03/251) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1232 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on March 24, 2020 at 13.30 ant at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(03/252) Detained Co-Mayors…

Mustafa Akkul, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) co-mayor of Eğil district of Diyarbakır who was detained on March 23, 2020 is arrested by the court on March 24, 2020. Ministry of Interior has suspended Mustafa Akkul and appointed a trustee to Eğil Municipality on March 23, 2020.

Ahmet Kaya, HDP co-mayor of Ergani district of Diyarbakır who was detained on the same day is released on judicial control conditions on March 24, 2020; Tarık Mercan, HDP co-mayor of Lice district and Naşide Toprak, HDP co-mayor of Silvan district of Diyarbakır who were also detained on the same day are released on house confinement on March 24, 2020.

(03/253) Detained HDP Members and Other People in Siirt…

On March 24, 2020, 7 people including HDP members are detained in house raids in Siirt. The reason of detention is unknown. Detained people are: Leyla Özalp, İbrahim Ekinci, Metin Ekinci, Berxwedan Dayan, Keşti Dayan, Ferhat Dayan and Kadri Dayan.

(03/254) Detained Person in Mersin…

On March 24, 2020, a person named F. Y. is detained in a house raid in Mersin. The reason of detention is unknown.

(03/255) Investigation Against Chair of Chamber of Medicine in Van…

Özgür Deniz Değer, chair of Van and Hakkari Chamber of Medicine, gave his official statement at Van Security Directorate on March 24, 2020, through the investigation against him for an interview he gave on Covid-19 pandemic and the risk at prisons.

(03/256) Investigation Against a Person in Diyarbakır…

Hülya Oruç, wife of arrested journalist Aziz Oruç, gave her official statement to Diyarbakır Security Directorate on March 24, 2020 through the investigation against her for social media posts on Covid-19 pandemic.

(03/257) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 7 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 343 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on March 24, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 44 and total number of confirmed cases is 1872 as of March 24, 2020.

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

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

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

24 March 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

Human Rights Foundation of Turkey Documentation Center[1][2][3][4][5]

24 March 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(03/236) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of March 23, 2020 that, 24 prisoners in Maltepe Prisons No 1 and 2 were transferred to Afyon Prison (16 prisoners) and to Bandırma T Type Prisons No 1 and 2 (8 prisoners) on March 9, 2020. It is reported that prisoners who reject strip search at the entrance of prison were subjected to physical violence of the wardens.

It is learned from the news coverage of March 23, 2020 that, number of prisoners in Bandırma T Type Prison No 1 is above capacity and as a result of this some prisoners sleep on the floors; social, cultural and sports rights of prisoners are restricted; and the food given to prisoners is not sufficient and hygienic.

It is learned from the news coverage of March 23, 2020 that, prisoners in Ağrı Patnos L Type Prison are not given cleaning supplies, cologne, face masks and disinfectants despite of Covid-19 pandemic; and prisons demanding these material were responded as “You could buy them from prison commissary”. It is stated in the news reports that prisoners cannot buy these material since they are high priced in prison commissary.

It is learned from the news coverage of March 23, 2020 that, prisoners in Rize Kalkandere L Type Prison are not given cleaning supplies, cologne, face masks and disinfectants.

(03/237) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1231 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on March 23, 2020 at 13.30 ant at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(03/238) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on March 23, 2020 of Nursel Tanrıverdi who rally for 157 weeks to regain her job from which she had been dismissed by state of emergency decree, and detained her by using physical violence. Nursel Tanrıverdi is released on the same day.

(03/239) Police Intervention to a Protest in Batman…

The police intervened people gathering in front of Batman Municipality building to protest trustee appointment to municipality on March 23, 2020 and detained 16 people including People’s Democratic Party (HDP) co-chairs Ömer Kulplu and Fatma Ablay by using physical violence.

(03/240) Detained Co-Mayors…

On March 23, 2020, 8 co-mayors from HDP, who were suspended by Ministry of Interior are detained. Detained co-mayors: Batman Co-Mayor Mehmet Demir, Ergani district Co-Mayor Ahmet Kaya in Diyarbakır, Eğil district Co-Mayor Mustafa Akkul in Diyarbakır, Lice district Co-Mayor Tarık Mercan in Diyarbakır, Silvan district Co-Mayor Naşide Toprak in Diyarbakır; Güroymak district Co-Mayor Hikmet Taşdemir in Bitlis, Halfeli town Co-Mayor Hasan Safa in Iğdır, Gökçebağ town Co-Mayor Serhat Çiçek in Siirt.

(03/241) Detained Co-Mayor in Diyarbakır…

Belgin Diken, HDP co-mayor of Yenişehir district of Diyarbakır is detained on March 23, 2020 in Diyarbakır. Belgin Diken is released by the court on judicial control conditions on March 24, 2020. Ministry of Interior has appointed a trustee to Yenişehir district on November 13, 2019.

(03/242) Detained Journalist in Istanbul…

Net News Agency reporter Necdet Özsaygın is detained while he was following the press declaration of Nursel Tanrıverdi, who rally to regain her job from which she had been dismissed by state of emergency decree at Özgürlük Square in Bakırköy district of Istanbul on March 23, 2020. It is learned that Necdet Özsaygın was detained for he is over 65 years old, and that he was released with a penalty fine of 3,150 Turkish Liras.

(03/243) Detained Newspaper Distributor in Batman…

Serhat Bayık, a distributor of Yeni Yaşam newspaper is detained in house raid in Batman on March 23, 2020. It is learned that Serhat Bayık’s computer was seized after his house was searched.

(03/244) Detained ESP Executive in Ankara…

It is learned that Talip Ali Talipoğlu, Ankara provincial executive of Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) is detained while he was hanging the banner saying “Capitalism kills socialism keeps alive. It is time to strike to live” in Kızılay, Ankara on March 23, 2020.

(03/245) Detained People in Bingöl…

3 people (Mehmet Morsümbül [67], Sidar Serinyel and Mazlum Serinyel) who were detained on the grounds of a denouncement, in house raids in Gözeler village of Bingöl’s central district on March 21, 2020, are released after statement procedures at Bingöl Gendarmerie Command on March 23, 2020.

(03/246) Detained People for Social Media Posts…

On March 23, 2020, 31 people are detained in Adana, on the grounds of ‘inciting fear and panic among people’ and ‘inciting hatred and hostility among people’ in social media posts on Covid-19 pandemic.

Ministry of Interior declared that number of detained people for social media posts on Covid-19 pandemic is 316 as of March 23, 2020.

(03/247) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 7 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 293 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on March 23, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 37 and total number of confirmed cases is 1529 as of March 23, 2020.

(03/248) Curfew in Bitlis…

Bitlis Governorate made an announced on March 23, 2020 and declared curfew in 16 village of central district of Bitlis as of 20.00 on March 23, 2020, until further notice. Villages under curfew are: Çobansuyu, Aşağıçobansuyu, Akgün, Kutlu, Güllüce, Dikme, Aşağıdikme, Esenburun, Kınalı, Uçankuş, Yarönü, Dursun, Aşağıyolak, Yukarıyolak, Aşağıkoçak, Çeltikli.

(03/249) Trustees Appointed to Eight HDP Municipalities…

It is learned that Mehmet Demir, HDP co-mayor of Batman is suspended by Ministry of Interior on March 23, 2020 and a trustee is appointed to Batman Municipality.

It is learned that Ahmet Kaya, HDP co-mayor of Ergani district of Diyarbakır is suspended by Ministry of Interior on March 23, 2020, and Ergani deputy sub-governor Abdulselam Öztürk is appointed as trustee.

It is learned that Mustafa Akkul, HDP co-mayor of Eğil district of Diyarbakır is suspended by Ministry of Interior on March 23, 2020, and Eğil sub-governor İdris Arslan is appointed as trustee.

It is learned that Tarık Mercan, HDP co-mayor of Lice district of Diyarbakır is suspended by Ministry of Interior on March 23, 2020, and Lice sub-governor Cevdet Bakkal is appointed as trustee.

It is learned that Naşide Toprak, HDP co-mayor of Silvan district of Diyarbakır is suspended by Ministry of Interior on March 23, 2020, and Silvan sub-governor Mehmet Uslu is appointed as trustee.

It is learned that Hikmet Taşdemir, HDP co-mayor of Güroymak district of Bitlis is suspended by Ministry of Interior on March 23, 2020, and Güroymak sub-governor Muhammet Furkan Sancaktutar is appointed as trustee.

It is learned that Hasan Safa, HDP co-mayor of Halfeli town of Iğdır is suspended by Ministry of Interior on March 23, 2020, and Karakoyunlu sub-governor Lütfullah Göktaş is appointed as trustee.

It is learned that Serhat Çiçek, HDP co-mayor of Gökçebağ town of Siirt is suspended by Ministry of Interior on March 23, 2020, and Kurtalan sub-governor İhsan Emre Aydın is appointed as trustee.

With this last appointments, the number of trustees appointed since local elections on March 31, 2019, raised up to 37 including 3 metropolitan cities and 2 cities.

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

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

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

21 – 23 March 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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21 – 23 March 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(03/221) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of March 20, 2020 that in Şırnak T Type Prison, number of prisons is above capacity, prisons are given hot water only twice a week, prisoners are not given Yeni Yaşam newspaper that they demand, and the number of books per prisoner is limited to 10. It is also stated in the news reports that Yılmaz Uğur, a prisoner who rejects to be medically examined in handcuffs, was subjected to physical violence of wardens on the way back from hospital.

It is learned from the news coverage of March 20, 2020 that, political prisoners in Trabzon Beşikdüzü T Type Prison were threatened by wardens saying “If we die we will take you along”. It is also stated in the news reports that prisoners were not given cleaning supplies and disinfectants despite of Covid-19 pandemic.

It is learned from the news coverage of March 20, 2020 that, correction officers search wards in Tekirdağ F Type Prisons No 1 and 2, without using face masks and gloves despite of Covid-19 pandemic.

Ministry of Justice declared on March 20, 2020 that there are no prisoners “tested positive for corona”.

It is learned from the news coverage of March 21, 2020 that, in Silivri Prison No 5, prisoners were prevented from social, cultural and sports rights; visit periods were arbitrarily shortened; food given to prisoners is not sufficient and hygienic; prisoners are not given hot water; and Yeni Yaşam newspaper is not given to prisoners.

It is learned from the news coverage of March 21, 2020 that, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Mardin co-chair Perihan Ağaoğlu and Musa Alkan, are transferred from Mardin E Type Prison to Urfa T Type Prison, although Ministry of Justice postponed transfers of prisoners for 2 weeks as of March 13, 2020.

(03/222) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of March 20, 2020 that, 3 prisoners in Giresun Espiye L Type Prison are on hunger strike in turns since March 18, 2020, to demand return of their medications which were seized and to be referred to physician.

(03/223) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1230 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on March 20, 21, and 22, 2020 at 13.30, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(03/224) Police Intervention to a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of Ankara Chamber of Independent Accountants and Financial Consultants (ASMMO), to protest discriminations with regard to precautions for Covid-19 pandemic, in front of Ministry of Treasure and Finance on March 20, 2020; and detained 4 people (ASMMO chair Ali Şahin, Nurali Keleş, Uğur Taşkıran and Faruk Adıgüzel). Detained people are released on the same day.

03/225) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

“F sit-in”, which is organized for the 417th time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on March 21, 2020, is prevented by the police. The police obstructed all the streets around Galatasaray Square. Human rights defenders made the press declaration in front of IHD Istanbul office.

(03/226) Detained Journalists in Kocaeli…

SES Kocaeli newspaper’s chief editor İsmet Çiğit and author Güngör Aslan, are detained on March 22, 2020, on the grounds of a news report on Covid-19 pandemic. 2 journalists are released after statement procedures at the police.

(03/227) Detained People in Urfa for Newroz Celebration…

On March 22, 2020, 8 people including 7 children are detained in house raids in Suruç district of Urfa, on the grounds of Newroz celebrations. 8 people are released on the same day provided that 2 of them are on judicial control conditions. Detained people are: Ş. Y., İ. C., A. E., M. A., M. B., A. I., E. K. and Ö. K.

(03/228) Detained People in Bingöl…

On March 21, 2020, 3 people (Mehmet Morsümbül [67], Sidar Serinyel and Mazlum Serinyel) are detained, on the grounds of a denouncement, in house raids in Gözeler village of Bingöl’s central district.

(03/229) Kemal Kurkut Case…

The trial of the case at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 7, against police officer Y.Ş., for killing university student Kemal Kurkut by shooting him behind his back during Newroz celebrations in Diyarbakır in 2017, is not held on March 24, 2020, and adjourned to June 16, 2020. Police officer Y. Ş. is charged with ‘killing on probable intention’ and the indictment demands life imprisonment for this charge.

(03/230) Release Decision for Osman Kavala…

On March 20, 2020, Istanbul Penal Court of Peace No 3 ruled to release Osman Kavala, chief of executive board of Anadolu Kültür Corporation, with regard to the investigation about July 15 coup attempt. Osman Kavala has been arrested through this investigation on February 19, 2020.

Osman Kavala is not released from prison since he has been arrested through another investigation for ‘political or military espionage’, on March 9, 2020.

(03/231) Non-Prosecution Decision for Police Officers in Hatay…

It is learned that Iskenderun Public Prosecutor’s Office ruled non-prosecution through the investigation on the charges of ‘injury’ and ‘insult’ against 3 police officers (A. Ç., N. C. and S. D.) who have committed physical violence against lawyer Nevzat Ercan and his client. 

  1. Y., who was detained in Iskenderun district of Hatay on August 27, 2019, on the grounds of escaping from a police control point, has been subjected to physical violence of the police. Lawyer Nevzat Ercan, who arrived to the scene and rejected the violence, has been also subjected to physical and verbal violence of the police.

(03/232) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against 11 people including former Kars Gendarmerie Commander Colonel Serdar Güngör, is held at Kars Heavy Penal Court No 2 on March 20, 2020. The court sentenced 6 defendants to jail penalties from 12 years and 6 months to 20 years. The court acquitted 5 defendants.

(03/234) Ban of Events in Urfa…

Urfa Governorate made a declaration on March 20, 2020 and announced that, all open events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, delivering leaflets, hanging banners and so on are banned for 30 days as of March 20, 2020, until April 18, 2020. This extends the ban of events in Urfa to continually 182 days since October 20, 2019.

(03/235) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 5 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 311 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on March 20, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 12 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 277 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on March 21, 2020.

On March 21, 2020, Ministry of Interior announced a partial curfew for the citizens aged 65 and over and those who suffer from chronic illnesses and banned leaving home, walking in open areas such as parks, and travelling with public transportation for them; as a part of precautions for Covid-19 pandemic.

Ministry of Health declared that 9 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 289 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on March 22, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 30 and total number of confirmed cases is 1236 as of March 22, 2020.

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20 March 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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20 March 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(03/212) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

Ministry of National Defence declared that 2 soldiers (Oğuzhan Taş, Ramazan Nayir) died and 1 soldier got wounded in an attack of jihadist groups in Idlib city of Syria on March 19, 2020.

(03/213) Intervention and Torture to Prisoner on Hunger Strike…

People’s Law Office declared on March 19, 2020 that, an official complaint on the charges of ‘torture, neglect of duty, failure to report an offence, destruction and concealing of evidence’, against prison administration, wardens on duty, chief physician and other physicians at prison hospital about torture and ill-treatment that Mustafa Koçak has been subjected during involuntary medical intervention to him at Aliağa Prisons Campus Hospital Internal Diseases Department on March 12, 2020. Mustafa Koçak was on 254th day of his hunger strike in Izmir Şakran T Type Prison No 2 when he was forcefully taken to Aliağa Prisons Campus Hospital Internal Diseases Department for involuntary medical intervention.

(03/214) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of March 19, 2020 that, political prisoners in Afyon E Type Prison were forced to stand in military order and sing racist anthems during roll-calls. It is also stated in the news reports that petitions written by prisoners to authorities, to inform torture and ill-treatment they have been subjected to, were not sent.

It is learned from the news coverage of March 19, 2020 that, in Silivri Prison, 35 people are kept in wards for 7 people and prisoners are not given sufficient cold and hot water.

It is learned from the news coverage of March 19, 2020 that prisoners in Diyarbakır D Type Prison were not given cleaning supplies and disinfectants to protect themselves from Covid-19 pandemic. It is also stated in the news reports that prisoners were not allowed to buy these products from prison commissary either.

(03/215) 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 1227 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on March 19, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(03/216) Detained Co-Mayor in Şırnak…

Berivan Kutlu, co-mayor of Cizre district of Şırnak who was detained through an Urfa based investigation on March 12, 2020, is released by the court on judicial control conditions on March 19, 2020. Ministry of Interior has appointed a trustee to Cizre Municipality.

(03/217) Detained Lawyers, Political Party Executives and Members and Other People through an Urfa Based Investigation…

2 of 7 people including lawyers who were detained in operations in Urfa, Van, Şırnak, Batman and Diyarbakır through an Urfa based investigation on March 12, 2020, are arrested by the court on March 19, 2020. 5 people are released on judicial control conditions. Arrested people are: Mehmet Akdoğan, who was unseated from Diyarbakır city council, and Cevdet Demircioğlu. Thus, the number of arrested people through this investigation is 6 so far.

(03/218) Detained Journalists in Bartın…

Mustafa Ahmet Oktay, grant holder of Halk and Pusula newspapers, and executive editor Eren Sarıkaya, are detained for a news report on Covid-19 pandemic, on March 19, 2020 in Bartın. 2 journalists are released by the court on the same day.

(03/219) Detained People for Social Media Posts…

Ministry of Interior declared on March 19, 2020 that, 64 people are detained on the grounds of social media posts about Covid-19 pandemic.

(03/220) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 2 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 168 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on March 19, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 4 and total number of confirmed cases is 359 as of March 19, 2020.

 

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19 March 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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19 March 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(03/208) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of March 18, 2020 that, prisoners who were subjected to torture and ill-treatment for rejecting to stand in line during roll-calls in Manisa T Type and who were injured due to torture, were subjected to disciplinary penalties on the grounds of ‘objection to roll-calls and threatening officers on duty’. It is also stated in the news reports that lawyers coming to prison to visit prisoners were threatened by sub-director of prison by ‘being forcefully taken out’.

It is learned from the news coverage of March 18, 2020 that wards of political prisoners in Trabzon Beşikdüzü T Type Prison were searched by wardens and police officers and personal belongings of prisoners were scattered around during searches.

It is learned from the news coverage of March 18, 2020 that in Bayburt M Type Prison, wards were not being disinfected, and wardens in close contact with prisoners.

(03/209) 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 1226 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on March 18, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence. It is learned that 1 person (Mehmet Dersulu) is detained at police intervention at 18.00. Mehmet Dersulu is released on the same day.

(03/210) Detained People for Social Media Posts…

On March 18, 2020, 1 person is detained for social media posts on Covid-19 pandemic, in Adana.

(03/211) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 1 person died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 93 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on March 18, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 2 and total number of confirmed cases is 191 as of March 18, 2020.

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18 March 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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18 March 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(03/199) Intervention and Torture to Prisoner on Hunger Strike…

People’s Law Office made a declaration on March 17, 2020 and reported that, Mustafa Koçak who is on hunger strike in Izmir Şakran T Type Prison No 2 and was forcefully taken to and was medically treated in Aliağa Prisons Campus Hospital Internal Diseases Department on March 12, 2020, on the 254th day of his strike, and who was then discharged from hospital on March 16, 2020 and was taken to Izmir Kırıklar F Type Prison, was subjected to torture and ill-treatment during intervention at hospital.

Lawyer Ezgi Çakır met his client in Kırıklar F Type Prison and stated the following about torture and ill-treatment that Mustafa Koçak was subjected to while being taken from his ward and at hospital: “Mustafa Koçak was fastened to a chair and dragged to Şakran Prison Hospital. We know that he was taken on Thursday (March 12, 2020) afternoon at around 4.30 p.m. We were prevented from seeing him on the grounds of corona virus threat and his weak immune system (…) Then we learned that he was brought to Kırıklar F Type Prison No 1. I had the chance to see him today (March 17, 2020). He told me that, 3 physicians including the chief physician and internal diseases specialist of the prison hospital, medically intervened him under torture for 5 days; that he was conscious and declared that he rejects medical intervention. He showed me his arms which are covered with bruises from shoulder to wrists. He said that he pulled out IV drip bags with his teeth and thus his head was also clamped; there were 8 handcuffs on his arms and 8 handcuffs on his legs and he was prevented from shouting with something put in his mouth; his head and body was fastened by ropes; and he was said ‘We will cripple and leave you’. He stated that numerous undercover police officers, National Intelligence Organisation officers, physicians, prison prosecutor, and director of T-2 prison were there to witness and sometimes participate in all of these. (…) He also stated that he was not allowed to go to bathroom for 5 days which causes pissing himself and that he was not cleaned at all. He told that he was abused, and was subjected to insults and swears; and that sometimes he tried to pull out the IV drip for 10 hours and his legs were also cannulated for IV drips which then caused vessel punctures”.

It is learned that Kırıklar F Type Prison No 1 administration do not accept clothes sent to Mustafa Koçak, on the grounds that they were not carried by PTT Cargo which however does not carry anything due to Covid-19 pandemic.

It is also learned that 2 lawyers from Izmir Bar Association Prevention of Torture Group were prevented from seeing Mustafa Koçak on the grounds of Corona virus threat.

(03/200) Police Intervention to a Protest in Izmir…

The police intervened the press declaration in Izmir on March 17, 2020, to protest torture and ill-treatment to Mustafa Koçak who was forcefully medically treated during his fair-trial demanding hunger strike in prison, and detained 8 people by using physical violence. Detained people are: Sercan Çakır, Cemile Temizkalp, Cengiz Atmaca, Hüseyin Sezgin, Volkan Algül, Yaşar Aslan, Sinan Yanbal and Hasan Koçak. It is learned that 8 people were released on the same day.

(03/201) 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 1225 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on March 17, 2020 at 13.30, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(03/202) Prevention to Labour Party Members Distributing Leaflets in Aydın…

It is learned that Labour Party (EMEP) members who were distributing leaflets in front of a factory in Aydın on March 17, 2020 were prevented by security personnel upon factory manager’s order.

(03/203) Detained City Council Member in Urfa…

İbrahim Ayyıldız, city council member from People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in Siverek district in Urfa who was detained on March 12, 2020 is released on judicial control conditions on March 17, 2020.

(03/204) Detained Lawyers, Political Party Executives and Members and Other People through an Urfa Based Investigation…

4 of 31 people including lawyers, HDP executives and members and 12 correction officers of Siverek T Type Prison who were detained in operations in Urfa, Van, Şırnak, Batman and Diyarbakır through an Urfa based investigation on March 12, 2020, are arrested by the court on March 17, 2020. 27 people are released on judicial control conditions. Arrested people are: lawyer Sevda Çelik Özbingöl, author Halil Çay, İlyas Çayır and 1 correction officer. Released people are: Metin Özbadem (HDP Party Assembly member), Cemo Tüysüz, Emin Baran, Gürgün Kadırhan, Hidayet Enmek, Hüseyin Izol, Özkan Avcı, Zeynep Işık, Şeyhmuz İnal, Aydın Badıllı, Kemal Ak, Mehmet Gazali Yazar, Mızgin Çay Yavuz, Salih Erbekler, Şevger Sonkurt, Zeynep Kıyar and 11 correction officers.

(03/205) Detained Former Co-Mayors and HDP Members in Adıyaman…

6 of 9 people who were detained in Çelikhan district of Adıyaman on March 9, 2020 and following days, are arrested by the court on March 17, 2020. Arrested people are: Mehmet Çalğan and Cevahir Büyükşahin (former Democratic Regions Party co-mayors of Bulam town of Çelikhan district), HDP members Erdal Çalğan, Erdal Ün, Veysel Demirci and Nurettin Çalğan. 3 people (İsmail Topbaş, Hasan Büyükşahin and Adıgüzel Demirci) are released.

(03/206) Detained People for Social Media Posts…

Directorate of Security announced on March 18, 2020 that, 24 people are detained on the grounds of ‘inciting fear, panic and worry among public and purposing to target responsible authorities and individuals with their social media posts about Covid-19 pandemic’.

(03/207) Proceedings Against Parliamentary Members…

It is learned from the news coverage of March 17, 2020 that, 9 proceedings demanding lift of impunity of 8 parliamentary members from People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and Justice and Development Party (AKP) are submitted to Grand National Assembly.

Parliamentary members subjected to proceedings are:

  • HDP group deputy chair and Siirt MP Meral Danış Beştaş (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Diyarbakır MP Musa Farisoğulları (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Diyarbakır MP Dersim Dağ (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Diyarbakır MP Remziye Tosun (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Van MP Murat Sarısaç (2 proceedings)
  • HDP Ağrı MP Berdan Öztürk (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Ağrı MP Dilan Dirayet Taşdemir (1 proceeding)
  • AKP Bolu MP Arzu Aydın (1 proceeding)

 

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17 March 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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17 March 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(03/188) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of March 16, 2020 that 3 HPG militants died in an operation of Turkish Armed Forces to Metina area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on June 25, 2019.

(03/189) Intervention to Prisoner on Hunger Strike…

People’s Law Office made a declaration on March 16, 2020 and reported that, Mustafa Koçak who is on hunger strike in Izmir Şakran T Type Prison No 2 and was forcefully taken to and was medically treated in Aliağa Prisons Campus Hospital Internal Diseases Department on March 12, 2020, on the 254th day of his strike, was discharged from hospital on March 16, 2020 and was taken to Izmir Kırıklar F Type Prison. Izmir Public Prosecutor’s Office rejected lawyers’ demand to visit Mustafa Koçak and access his medical records on March 16, 2020.

(03/191) Intervention to Grup Yorum Band Members on Hunger Strike…

The order of Istanbul Penal Court of Peace No 18 upon application of Ministry of Health about compulsory hospitalization of İbrahim Gökçek (on hunger strike for 273 days) and Helin Bölek (on hunger strike for 271 days) is withdrawn after objection on March 16, 2020.

It is learned that İbrahim Gökçek and Helin Bölek were not immediately discharged from hospital because objection of Ministry of Interior to court’s decision. İbrahim Gökçek and Helin Bölek could be discharged from hospital at 23.30 p. m. that day.

(03/192) 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 1224 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on March 16, 2020 at 13.30, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(03/193) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on March 16, 2020 of Nursel Tanrıverdi who rally for 156 weeks to regain her job from which she had been dismissed by state of emergency decree, and detained her by using physical violence. Nursel Tanrıverdi is released on the same day.

(03/194) Detained People for Social Media Posts…

Directorate of Security announced on March 16, 2020 that, 19 people are detained on the grounds of ‘inciting fear, panic and worry among public and purposing to target responsible authorities and individuals with their social media posts about Covid-19 pandemic’.

(03/195) Co-Mayor on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The final trial of the case against Keziban Yılmaz, co-mayor of Kayapınar district, is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 9 on March 16, 2020. Keziban Yılmaz was elected as co-mayor from HDP and then was suspended by Ministry of Interior.

After defence hearings the court sentenced Keziban Yılmaz to 7 years and 6 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and decided to release her upon verdict.

Keziban Yılmaz was detained on October 21, 2019, and was arrested on October 23, 2019. Ministry of Interior has appointed a trustee to Kayapınar district on October 22, 2019.

(03/196) Co-Mayor on Trial in Van…

The first trial of the case against Dilan Örenci, co-mayor of Özalp district, is held at Van Heavy Penal Court No 7 on March 16, 2020. Dilan Örenci was elected as co-mayor from HDP and then was suspended by Ministry of Interior.

Dilan Örenci joined the trial from prison via sound and vision system. After defence hearings, the court decided to continue detention of Dilan Örenci, who has a chronic disease and thus in the risk group at first level for Covid-19, and adjourned the trial to May 20, 2020.

Dilan Örenci was detained on December 5, 2019, and was arrested on December 9, 2019. Ministry of Interior has appointed a trustee to Özalp district on December 7, 2019.

(03/197) Journalist on Trial in Istanbul…

The first trial of the case against journalist Alptekin Dursunoğlu, for his social media posts about İdlib, is held at Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 49 on March 16, 2020.

The court sentenced Alptekin Dursunoğlu to 50 days on the charge of ‘praising an offense and offender’ and converted the sentence to a fine of 1000 Turkish Liras. The court released Alptekin Dursunoğlu upon verdict.

Alptekin Dursunoğlu was detained on March 29, 2020 and was arrested by the court on the same day.

(03/198) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

Azerbaijani and Turkish citizen business person Mubariz Mansimov Gurbanoğlu who was detained on March 15, 2020 in Istanbul is arrested by the court on March 16, 2020.

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14 – 16 March 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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14 – 16 March 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(03/169) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of March 14, 2020 that 3 HPG militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to Hakurk area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on March 10, 2020.

(03/170) Intervention to Prisoner on Hunger Strike…

People’s Law Office made a declaration on March 13, 2020 and reported that, Mustafa Koçak, who is on hunger strike in Izmir Şakran T Type Prison No 2 was forcefully taken to Aliağa Prisons Campus Hospital Internal Diseases Department on March 12, 2020. Mustafa Koçak was on 254th day of his strike demanding a fair trial when his ward was raided and he was dragged on floor and was fastened to a chair and was subjected to physical violence to be taken to hospital without his parents and lawyers being informed. It is reported that Mustafa Koçak was medically treated with a serum without his consent at hospital, on the basis of hospital board’s decision.

It is learned that lawyers and family of Mustafa Koçak were not allowed to see him, and Izmir Public Prosecutor’s Office prevents his right to access objective physicians although Izmir Chamber of Medicine assigned 2 physicians to follow up the process. On March 15, 2020 Progressive Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD) Izmir branch, Association of Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD) Izmir branch, HRFT Izmir office and Human Rights Association (IHD) Izmir branch had a press declaration where ÇHD general secretary lawyer Nergis Tuba Aslan reported that lawyers were threatened by prison director and stated the following: “It is verbally learned as a result of persistent efforts that, he was only given glucose and vein clearance and was medically treated without his consent.”

(03/171) Intervention to Grup Yorum Band Members on Hunger Strike…

It is learned that People’s Democratic Party (HDP) MP Ayşe Sürücü was prevented by the police from visiting Grup Yorum band members İbrahim Gökçek (on hunger strike for 272 days) and Helin Bölek (on hunger strike for 269 days) who have been forcefully kept in Ümraniye Training and Research Hospital, on March 13, 2020.

(03/172) Death Fast in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of March 14, 2020 that, Can Laçin, a prisoner in Manisa Akhisar T Type Prison was on death fast on 45 days, demanding end of physical and psychological pressure he was being subjected to.

It is stated in the news reports that, Can Laçin has been subjected to physical violence of 2 wardens (B. Ö. and S. D.) in Manisa E Type Prison in 2014, and made an official complaint about it; and then he was transferred to Manisa T Type and Akhisar T Type prisons where the ward B. Ö. was also appointed to, and thus Can Laçin was again subjected to physical violence and psychological pressure of this ward in these prisons too.

(03/173) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of March 13, 2020 that, Ministry of Justice announced that visits to open and closed prisons are locked for 2 weeks with regard to precautions for Covid-19.

It is learned from the news coverage of March 13, 2020 that, prisoners in Kırıkkale Delice Open Prison were subjected to physical and verbal violence of the wardens. It is reported that, after a prisoner was subjected to physical violence a quarrel between prisoners and wardens arose which resulted in transfer of 85 prisoners to the closed prison.

It is learned from the news coverage of March 15, 2020 that prisoners who reject to stand in military order during roll-calls in Manisa T Type Prison, were dragged on floor by wardens to a dark room where they were subjected to physical violence. It is reported that cheekbone of a prisoner (Mehmet Tekin) was broken due to violence. It is also stated in the news reports that prison director threatened prisoners saying “I would kill you at push”.

(03/174) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1223 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on March 13, 14, and 15, 2020 at 13.30, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(03/175) 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 781st time on March 4, 2020. Upon police prevention, the group including representatives of political parties, human rights defenders and families of disappeared people held a press declaration on the street of Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul office.

(03/176) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

 “F sit-in”, which is organized for the 416th time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on March 14, 2020, is prevented by the police. The police obstructed all the streets around Galatasaray Square. Human rights defenders made the press declaration in front of IHD Istanbul office.

(03/177) Police Intervention to Lawyers’ Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened to the press declaration of ÖHD Ankara branch, ÇHD Ankara branch, IHD Ankara branch and Lawyers for Social Law and Democracy, on March 13, 2020 in front of Ankara Courthouse to protest detention of 12 lawyers in Urfa, Diyarbakır, and Şırnak through an Urfa based investigation on March 12, 2020; and pushed lawyers into the court house by using physical violence against them.

It is learned that nobody was detained but 6 lawyers were injured due to intervention.

(03/178) Quarantine in Ankara…

It is claimed in the news reports that, the student dormitories in Gölbaşı, where people coming back from umrah visit are being kept in quarantine as a precaution for Covid-19 cases, were not cleaned, people were not given enough food and there were no physicians or nurses. It is also stated in the news reports that students who were staying in dormitories before quarantine were wanted to move out of their rooms at night without giving notice.

(03/179) Detained Local Authority in Malatya…

Local authority (M. B.) of Çanaklı neighbourhood of Kale district of Malatya, is detained on the grounds of ‘insulting Atatürk on social media’, on March 13, 2020.

(03/180) Detained Journalists in Antalya…

On March 14, 2020, İdris Özyol (executive editor) and Ebru Küçükaydın (managing editor) of “Haberimizvar” news portal, are detained on March 14, 2020, on the grounds of a news report. 2 journalists are released after statement procedures and the news report was removed from the website.

(03/181) Arrested Association Executive in Istanbul…

Esin Çelik, Marmara region co-chair of Association of Families of Prisoners (TUHAY-DER), who was detained in Fethiye district of Muğla on March 11, 2020, on the grounds of transferring money to prisoners; is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on March 13, 2020.

(03/182) Detained Former Co-Mayor and HDP Members in Adıyaman…

On March 13, 2020, 3 people are detained in house raids in Çelikhan district of Adıyaman. 6 people were also detained through the same investigation on March 9, 2020. The reason of detention is unknown. Detained people are: Mehmet Çalğan (former Democratic Regions Party co-mayor of Bulam town of Çelikhan district), HDP members Erdal Çalğan, Adiguzel Demirci, Cevahir Büyükşahin, Hasan Büyükşahin, Erdal Ün, Veysel Demirci, Nurettin Çalğan and İsmail Toptaş.

(03/183) Detained People in Mardin…

5 people (Cabbar Gündüz, Mustafa Kılıç, Meki Eroğlu, Davut Okumuş and Metin Orak) who were detained in Soylu rural neighbourhood of Savur district of Mardin on March 6, 2020, are released by the court on judicial control conditions on March 13, 2020.

(03/184) Journalists, Lawyers and ESP Members on Trial in Istanbul…

The trial of the case against 23 people including lawyers Sezin Uçar, Özlem Gümüştaş and Gülhan Kaya from Law Office of the Oppressed; Etkin News Agency news editor İsminaz Temel and reporter Havva Cuştan, and members and executives of Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 27 on March 13, 2020. The court rejected to lift judicial control conditions and adjourned the trial to June 10, 2020.

(03/185) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On March 15, 2020, Mubariz Mansimov Gurbanoğlu, Azerbaijani and Turkish citizen business person, is detained in Istanbul.

(03/186) Suspended Local Authorities in Muş…

On March 15, 2020, local authorities of 4 villages (Mehmet Kaya from Yaramış village, Milazım Altun from Akören village, Sertip Demir from Alikalkan village and Salih Söylemez from Kazgöl village) of Malazgirt district of Muş are suspended by Ministry of Interior on the grounds of an investigation against them.

(03/187) Ban of Events in Hakkari and Antep…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on March 13, 2020 and announced that, all open events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, collecting petitions, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 15 days as of March 13, 2020. This extended the ban on all events in Hakkari to 358 days since April 4, 2019.

Antep Governorate made a declaration on March 13, 2020 and announced that, all open events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, collecting petitions, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 20 days as of March 15, 2020.

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