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

25 October 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/289) 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 October 24, 2019 and announced that 5 soldiers got wounded due to an attack to a scout unit in Resulayn.

(10/290) Interventions and Detentions Related to Reactions Against Military Operation to North and East Syria…

2 of 3 executives of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) who were detained on October 23, 2019 in house raids in Kocaeli, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on October 24, 2019. 1 person (Adnan Ediş) is released. The names of arrested people are: Teyyar Özkaya and Siracettin Başboğa.

Net news agency reporter Emre Orman who was detained on October 23, 2019 in house raids in Ataşehir district of Istanbul, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on October 24, 2019.

1 person (Aziz Polat) who was detained on October 23, 2019 in house raids in Hekimhan district of Malatya, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on October 24, 2019. HDP district co-chair Muharrem Özbey is released.

On October 24, 2019, 5 people are detained in house raids in Adıyaman for the same reason. The names of detained people are unknown.

HDP Party Assembly member Reber Varhan is detained in Batman on October 24, 2019. The reason of detention is social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria.

(10/291) Child Was Hit by an Armoured Vehicle…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 25, 2019 that, a 7-year-old child (H. Ö.) was hit by a police armoured vehicle in Karşıyaka neighbourhood of Silopi district of Şırnak on October 9, 2019; and that there was no investigation initiated against officers yet.

(10/292) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 24, 2019 that, Ferhat Kut, co-mayor of Nusaybin district of Mardin who was arrested on October 17, 2019; is transferred to Elazığ T Type Prison from Mardin E Type Prison and is kept in a solitary cell there.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 24, 2019 that, prisoners in Izmir T Type Prison No 1 sleep on floors due to over-capacity, the restrooms fall short due to same reason, the open-door area is covered by wire net and spouses kept in prison were not allowed to see each other.

(10/293) 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 1080 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 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 October 24, 2019, 2 people (Merve Demirel and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Merve Demirel and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 24, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(10/294) Police Intervention to a Protest in Eskişehir…

The police used pepper spray and clubs to intervene the employees of Zeytinoğlu Holding who want to march from Eskişehir to Ankara to demand their unpaid wages and severance payments on October 24, 2019. It is learned that United Metal Workers’ Union president Adnan Serdaroğlu and 3 workers were hospitalized due to pepper spray. It is reported that 32 people including union managers are detained.

(10/295) Kemal Kurkut Case…

The case 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 held on Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 7 on October 24, 2019. Police officer Y.Ş. is charged with ‘killing on probable intention’ and the indictment demands life imprisonment for this charge.

The court rejected to arrest the defendant and adjourned the trial to January 14, 2019.

(10/296) “I Want My Job Back” Case…

The 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 October 24, 2019. The court decided to continue detention of Sibel Balaç and released Ertuğrul Çağan, and adjourned the trial.

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.

(10/297) Musician on Trial for ‘Insulting Binali Yıldırım’…

The trial of the case against musician Ferhat Tunç, for social media posts ‘insulting Binali Yıldırım’ who was prime minister back then, is held on Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 16 on October 24, 2019. The court decided that Ferhat Tunç to be heard as deposition and adjourned the trial to April 14, 2020.

(10/298) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On October 24, 2019, 31 people are detained in operations covering 15 cities through an Adana based investigation.

(10/299) Proceedings Against Parliamentary Members…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 24, 2019 that, 31 proceedings against 20 parliamentary members including HDP co-chairs Pervin Buldan and Sezai Temelli, are submitted to the Constitution and Justice Committee of the Grand National Assembly.

The names of the HDP MP’s subjected to proceedings are: Pervin Buldan (1 proceeding), Sezai Temelli (5 proceedings), Dilan Dirayet Taşdemir (3 proceedings), Berdan Öztürk (3 proceedings), Ayşe Sürücü (1 proceeding), Semra Güzel (1 proceeding), Nimetullah Erdoğmuş (1 proceeding), Muazzez Orhan (3 proceedings), Remziye Tosun (1 proceeding), Gülistan Kılıç Koçyiğit (1 proceeding), Dersim Dağ (1 proceeding), Ayşe Acar Başaran (1 proceeding), Saliha Aydeniz (2 proceeding), Murat Sarısaç (1 proceeding), Sait Dede (1 proceeding), Hişyar Özsoy (1 proceeding), Hüda Kaya (1 proceeding), Habip Eksik (1 proceeding), Abdullah Koç (1 proceeding).

 The name of the IYI Party MP subjected to proceedings is: İsmail Koncuk (1 proceeding).

[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.

[3]https://www.facebook.com/TIHV.HRFT

[4] https://twitter.com/insanhaklari

[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.