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

28 – 30 September 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(09/317) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 27, 2019 that, 1 HPG militant died in an air operation to rural areas of Hakkari’s Yüksekova district on September 24, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of September 29, 2019 that, 3 HPG militants died in an air operation to Avaşin area in Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on September 26, 2019; 2 HPG militants died in an air operation to Heftanin area in Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on September 25, 2019.

(09/318) CHP Member Was Assaulted in Istanbul…

It is learned that Mücahit Avcı, one of the advisors of Republican People’s Party (CHP), was assaulted by a group of “Grey Wolves” in Şişli district of Istanbul on September 26, 2019; upon his posts related to Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chair Devlet Bahçeli. It is reported that before being assaulted, Mücahit Avcı got several threats on social media including MHP executives.

It is learned that 4 people were detained in relation to the assault and they were then released by the court on judicial control conditions.

(09/319) People Forced to be Police Informants in Ankara…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 28, 2019 that, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Youth Assembly member Rümeysa Aras and Umut Tarlak, were threatened and forced to be informants by persons claim to be National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) members.

On September 26, 2019, Umut Tarlak was stopped by these people who claim to be MIT members and he states the following: “They asked me what I do. I told them I work for a private company and that I am on sick leave to go to the hospital. They said ‘Don’t make us bring the documents we have, tell us everything’, referring to photographs of me at 1 September, 1 May and Newroz demonstrations. They told me to go the HDP headquarters once a week and tell them what is going on at the party. They offered me money for this. I rejected and 2 of them hit me in the face and twisted my wrist.”

(09/320) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 27, 2019 that, social, cultural and sportive rights of prisoners are prevented in Izmir Şakran Women’s Prison.

It is learned from the news coverage of September 27, 2019 that some prisoners in Osmaniye Prison are transferred to Ereğli T Type Prison under coercion. The names and number of prisoners are unknown.

It is learned from the news coverage of September 26, 2019 that Yeni Yaşam and Evrensel newspapers are not given to prisoners in Trabzon E Type Prison.

(09/321) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 27, 2019 that, prisoners in Izmir Şakran Women’s Prison, were taken back to prison from hospital without being treated since they refuse to be handcuffed to the bed during medical treatment in hospital.

(09/322) Rejection to Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan…

It is learned that the appeal made on September 27, 2019 to chief public prosecutor’s office in Bursa by PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s sister and brother and tutelary along with the families of Hamili Yıldırım, Ömer Hayri Konar and Veysel Aktaş in order to visit, was rejected the same day on the grounds of limitations for prisoners in accordance with the Law on the Execution of Criminal and Security Measures Number 5275.

(09/323) 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 1055 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on September 27, 28, and 29, 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 27, 2019, 2 people (Nazife Onay and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Derviş Lermi and Mehmet Dersulu) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on September 28, 2019, 2 people (Merve Demirel and Derviş Lermi) and at 18.00 2 people (Derviş Lermi and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on September 29, 2019, 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Derviş Lermi and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 12 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on September 27, 28, and 29, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(09/324) 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 757th time on September 28, 2019. Upon police prevention, the group including representatives of political parties, human rights defenders and artists along with families of disappeared people held a press declaration on the street of Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul office.

(09/325) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

“F sit-in”, which is organized for the 392nd time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on September 28, 2019, 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.

(09/326) Police Interventions and Preventions Against Protests After Appointment of Trustees to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van…

The police intervened the “Democracy Watch” of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) to protest appointment of trustees to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van, in Esenyurt district of Istanbul on September 27, 2019, and detained 5 people. Detained people are released after statement procedures. It is learned that the police also prevented press members to record the intervention.

The police used pepper spray and rubber bullets to intervene the “Democracy Watch” of HDP to protest appointment of trustees to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van, in Esenyurt district of Istanbul on September 29, 2019, and detained 14 people. It is learned that detained people were subjected to police violence during detention and in detention car. It is reported that numerous people including HDP MP Kemal Bülbül were injured due to police intervention. Detained people were released after statement procedures on September 30, 2019.

(09/327) Detained HDP Executives in Tunceli…

O September 29, 2019, 5 people inducing HDP provincial co-chairs are detained in house raids in Tunceli. The reason of detention is unknown. The names of detained people: HDP provincial co-chairs Hıdır Çiçek and Özlem Toprak, former co-chair Özge Hoşoğlu, Yunus Aras, Cemile Ataş.

(09/328) Detained HDP Executive in Diyarbakır…

On September 27, 2019, HDP provincial executive Şeyhmus Şenyiğit and 1 person are detained in house raids in Diyarbakır. 2 people are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on September 30, 2019.

(09/329) Former HDP Co-Chair on Trial…

The case against Figen Yüksekdağ, former co-chair of HDP, on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 16 is held on September 27, 2019. Figen Yüksekdağ attended the trial to make her defence. The indictment demands Figen Yüksekdağ to be sentenced from 30 years up to 83 years for ‘leading an illegal organisation’, ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’, ‘opposing to the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations’, and ‘inciting hostility and hate among people’. The court decided to continue detention of Figen Yüksekdağ adjourned the trial to December 24, 2019.

(09/330) People on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The final trial of the case against 62 people, for the hunger strike at HDP’s Diyarbakır office to support the hunger strikes in prisons to protest isolation of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 11 on September 27, 2019. The court acquitted 62 people on the grounds of lacking culpability.

(09/331) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On September 27, 2019, 16 people are detained in operations covering 20 cities through an Ankara based investigation on Turkish Air Forces personnel.

(09/332) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against former judge Hulusi Ceylan on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 25 is held on September 27, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 7 years and 9 months and 22 days for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The final trial of the case against Tacettin Şeker, former chief inspector of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors is held at Ankara Heavy PEnal Court No 25 on September 27, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 7 years and 6 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The final trial of the case against Basri Aktepe, former official of National Intelligence Organisation is held at Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 25 on September 27, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 12 years for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The final trial of the case against Sedat Hasan Karacaoğlu who was deported from Moldova, is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 33 on September 27, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 8 years and 3 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(09/333) Special Security Zone in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on September 25, 2019 and announced 3 areas of Yüksekova district as special security zones as of September 25, 2019 until September 30, 2019.

(09/334) Special Security Zone in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on September 28, 2019, and announced 5 areas of central, Çukurca, Şemdinli, Yüksekova, Derecik districts as special security zones as of September 29, 2019 until October 13, 2019.

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