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24 September 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(09/263) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 2 soldiers died in a bombing attack to a military vehicle in Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on September 23, 2019.

(09/264) Prisoners Subjected to Physical Violence in Courtroom…

The final trial of the case against 70 people including 17 children who were detained and arrested on May 26, 2016 during curfews in Nusaybin, is held on September 23, 2016. It is learned that prisoners in the courtroom who chanted slogans to protests heavy life imprisonment sentences given, were rousted out of the courtroom by gendarmerie. It is reported that prisoners were subjected to physical violence outside of the courtroom too.

(09/265) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 23, 2019 that, Abdullah Turan, Serdal Yıldırım and Ergin Aktaş, 3 ill-prisoners in Metris R Type Prison were not medically treated. It is stated in the news reports that, Abdullah Turan is paralyzed from the neck down, Serdal Yıldırım is paralyzed from the waist down and Ergin Aktaş has amputated hands (one at the wrist and one at the elbow) and has tuberculosis and these 3 prisoners are kept in the same room, they are given insufficient and bad food, and they have to hand-wash their clothes due to broken washer.

It is learned from the news coverage of September 23, 2019 that, Axin Biro, a prisoner with diabetes and prostate disease in Alanya T Type Prison is not being referred to hospital.

(09/266) 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 1049 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on September 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 September 23, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Derviş Lermi and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on September 23, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(09/267) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on September 23, 2019, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and detained 2 people (Mahmut Konuk and Derviş Lermi). It is learned that 2 people were released the same day.

(09/268) Visit of HDP MP is Prevented in Muş…

It is learned that People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Hakkari MP and Democratic Society Congress (DTK) co-chair Leyla Güven’s visit to Kayalıkale village in Varto district of Muş on September 23, 2019 is prevented by gendarmerie. It is reported that Muş Governorate declared a one-day security zone in the area before Leyla Güven’s visit.

(09/269) Detained HDP Executive in Urfa…

On September 23, 2019, 3 people including HDP district executive Hamit Bali are detained on the grounds of social media posts, in house raids in Suruç district of Urfa.

(09/270) People on Trial…

The final trial of the case against 238 people for participating in protests in Kocaeli to support Gezi Park demonstrations, is held at Kocaeli Penal Court of First Instance No 4 on September 23, 2019. It is learned that 2 of defendants died during proceedings.

Izmit Municipality, which is the complainant side, declared recusation and the court acquitted 236 people on the charge of ‘damage to public property’.

The court sentenced 236 people to 113 years 10 months and 18 days in total on the charges of ‘opposing the law on meetings and demonstrations’ and ‘resisting to police’.

(09/271) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against former Supreme Court judge Önder Aytaç is held at Penal Department No 9 of Supreme Court on September 23, 2019. The court sentenced Önder Aytaç to 11 years and 3 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The final trial of the case against Mehmet Altınsoy, former employee of Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) is held at Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 16 on September 23, 2019. The court sentenced Mehmet Altınsoy to 6 years and 3 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(09/272) Ban of Event in Adana…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 23, 2019 that, “Zargotin Zêrgotin e”, a Kurdish play to be staged at Yaşar Kemal Cultural Center in Adana, is banned by Adana Governorate on the grounds of security reasons.

(09/273) Ban to Access to a Website…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 23, 2019 that, the news reports on Sol Haber web portal published on September 5, 2019, about the access ban oh Istanbul Penal Court of Peace No 7 on a news report published on the same web portal on July 7, 2019 is also banned to access.

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