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05 November 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/035) Murdered Women…

According to the report issued by We Will Stop Femicide Platform on November 4, 2019, at least 38 women were murdered by men, 18 women were subjected to violence with intention of murder and 13 children were subjected to sexual abuse in October 2019 in Turkey.

(11/036) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

Within the military operation of Turkish Armed Forces to north and east Syria; Ministry of National Defence made a declaration on November 4, 2019 and announced that 1 soldier died (Suat Topçu) due to an explosion.

(11/037) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 4, 2019 that 1 HPG militant died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in Erciş district of Van on July 24, 2019.

(11/038) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 4, 2019 that, Erkan Benli, a prisoner in Samsun Bafra T Type Prison, is penalised to 12 days of solitary confinement for a phone call he made.

It is learned from the news coverage of November 4, 2019 that Ebru Günay, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Mardin MP and member of Grand National Assembly Human Rights Inquiry Committee, declared a report on right violations in prisons. According to the report, in Sincan Women’s Closed Prison, letters sent to prisoners are seized on the grounds of photos in envelopes which contain “more than 3 people’s images”, and radios and books of prisoners are also seized. In Elazığ Prison, prisoners are forced to stand in military order during roll-calls and those who reject it are subjected to physical violence of wardens, prisoners are put in padded cells, prisoners are not given hot water, and their personal belongings are seized, prisoners are given disciplinary penalties up to 3 months, and some prisoners are kept in solitary cells for more than 1 year. In Tarsus T Type Closed Prison prisoners are forced to strip search at the entrance of prison, ill-prisoners are not treated on time, and prisoners are forced to be examined in handcuffs, and some prisoners have to sleep on floor due to overcapacity.

(11/039) 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 1091 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on November 4, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on November 4, 2019, 3 people (Nazan Bozkurt, Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Mehmet Dersulu) were detained.

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

(11/040) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on November 4, 2019, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and detained 2 people (Mahmut Konuk and Eser Budak). It is learned that 2 people were released the same day.

(11/041) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on November 4, 2019 of Nursel Tanrıverdi who rally to regain her job from which she had been dismissed by state of emergency decree, and detained her by using physical violence.

(11/042) Detained Co-Mayor and Other People in Van…

2 of 15 people including Saray district co-mayor Caziye Duman who were detained in house raids in Tuşba, İpekyolu and Edremit districts on November 1, 2019, are arrested on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The names of arrested people are: Kebire Budakbeyoğlu Karakaya and Mukaddes Karakoç. It is learned that 13 people are released on judicial control conditions.

(11/043) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

2 of 3 people (Leyla Akgül and Bağlar district council member Yusuf Ziya Yavuz) who were detained in house raids in Diyarbakır on November 3, 2019, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘committing offence on behalf of an illegal organisation’ on November 4, 2019. 1 person (Hatun Yıldız) is released.

(11/044) Co-Mayor on Trial…

The case against 22 people 3 of which are arrested including Derik district co-mayor Abdülkerim Erdem, on Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 4 is held on November 4, 2019. After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention of 3 people, and adjourned the trial to January 20, 2020.

Derik district co-mayor Abdülkerim Erdem was arrested on February 26, 2016, and was released on June 18, 2019. A trustee was appointed to Derik Municipality by the Ministry of Interior on September 11, 2016.

(11/045) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On November 5, 2019, 10 people are detained in operations covering 10 cities through an Adana based investigation.

(11/046) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against Mustafa Kemal Özçelik, former member of Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors, is held at Penal Department No 9 of Supreme Court on November 4, 2019. The court sentenced Mustafa Kemal Özçelik to 9 years for ‘being an illegal organisation member’, and then reduced the sentence to 2 and 3 years first, according to effective remorse law and then to 1 year 10 months and 15 days for good conduct and deferred the announcement of the verdict.

The final trial of the case against 43 people including 24 arrestees, is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 37 on November 4, 2019. The court sentenced former colonel Hüseyin Ergezen to heavy life imprisonment for ‘violating the Constitution’ and to 25 years in total on the charges of ‘hijacking or seizure of transport vehicles’ and ‘violation of the immunity of residence’. The court sentenced former colonel Süleyman Demirci, former major Ecir Şık, former major Mustafa Serbest, former lieutenant İsa Pek, former major Ümit Lütfi Altıntakan, former lieutenant Sercan Özdemir and former colonel Ali Başaran to heavy life imprisonment on the charge of ‘violating the Constitution’. The court sentenced 6 people to life imprisonment for the same reason, and 20 people to jail penalties from 12 years to 18 years for ‘aiding to violate the Constitution’. The court acquitted 7 people and separated the cases against 2 people. It is learned that the court board made an official complaint against 2 of complainant lawyers after declaring the verdict.

(11/047) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The retrial of journalists and writers Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and Ahmet Altan and Şükrü Tuğrul Özşengül, Fevzi Yazıcı and Yakup Şimşek is held on November 4, 2019 at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 26. On July 5, 2019, Penal Department No 16 of the Supreme Court has reversed the heavy life imprisonment sentences which was given to journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and Şükrü Tuğrul Özşengül, Fevzi Yazıcı and Yakup Şimşek on the charge of ‘violating the Constitution’, by Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 26 and was approved by Penal Department No 2 of Istanbul Regional Court.

The court sentenced Ahmet Altan to 10 years and 6 months, and Nazlı Ilıcak to 8 years and 9 months on the charge of ‘knowingly and willingly aiding an illegal organisation without being a member of it’ and decided to release them considering time they spent in prison. The court sentenced Fevzi Yazıcı and Yakup Şimşek to 11 years and 3 months each and Tuğrul Özşengül to 12 years for ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and decided to continue detention of them. The court acquitted Mehmet Altan.

(11/048) Labor Killings…

Worker Health and Worker Safety Council (ISIG) revealed on November 4, 2019 that at least 155 workers including 2 children, 7 women, and 8 asylum seekers died while working in October 2019. According to ISIG data at least 1477 workers died due to labor killings/labor accidents within the first 10 months of 2019.

(11/049) Trustee Appointed to Kızıltepe…

It is learned that Kızıltepe district co-mayor Nilüfer Erik in Mardin is suspended by Ministry of Interior on November 4, 2019 and Kızıltepe sub-governor Hüseyin Çam is appointed as trustee. With this last appointment, the number of trustees appointed since local elections on March 31, 2019, raised up to 15 including 3 metropolitan cities.

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