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

01 – 02 January 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(01/005) Lawyer on Trial in Van…

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

(01/006) Journalist on Trial in Diyarbakır…

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

(01/007) Ban of Leaflet in Mardin…

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

(01/008) Special Security Zone in Bingöl…

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

(01/009) Special Security Zone in Şırnak…

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

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