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29 January 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(01/252) Child Subjected to Police Violence in Adana…

It is learned from the news coverage of January 28, 2020 that F. Ç. (m), a 15-years old child was stopped by the police in Denizli neighbourhood of Seyhan district of Adana, and was subjected to verbal and physical violence of the police. It is learned that F. Ç. was stopped by the police on the grounds that he made an interview with journalists about violence and being forced to be a police informant he was subjected to while he was under custody. It is reported that F. Ç. was wounded at the eyebrow due to violence. F. Ç. was detained by the police on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on January 20, 2020 and was forced to be a police informant at Denizli Police Station in Seyhan district of Adana, and was subjected to physical violence of the police for rejecting it.

(01/253) 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 1176 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on January 28, 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 January 28, 2020, 2 people (Mahmut Konuk 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 January 28, 2020. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(01/254) Police Prevention to a Protest in Izmir…

The police prevented the press declaration in Konak district of Izmir on January 28, 2020, organized by People’s Democratic Party (HDP) including Izmir MP Serpil Kemalbay, to protest Elazığ Governorate’s blocking of humanitarian aid from Ergani Municipality of Diyarbakır. After the earthquake in Elazığ on January 24, 2020, two trucks with relief supplies coming of HDP’s Ergani Municipality was excluded by Elazığ Governorate from entering the city.

(01/255) Detained Iranian Singer in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of January 28, 2020 that Iranian rap singer Amir Hossein Maghsoudloo was detained in Fatih district of Istanbul. It is stated in the news reports that Maghsoudloo was being sought on red notice in Iran on the grounds of ‘promoting drug addiction’.

(01/256) Non-Prosecution for Torture Allegation in Mardin…

It is learned from the news coverage of January 28, 2020 that, Mardin Public Prosecutor’s Office decided non-prosecution on the complaint of F. A. who was subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody. Fevzi Adsız, lawyer of F. A., states that the prosecutor’s office made the decision without witness hearing and investigation on camera recordings. F.A. was detained in the police intervention against protests in Mardin on August 21, 2019, which started after trustee appointment of the Ministry of Interior to Mardin; was subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody. It was stated that F.A. had to have sutures on his back due to torture, and that he was forced to sign a detention report and since he rejected to do so, he was taken to containers in the yard of the police directorate where he was subjected to sexual assault and rape threats of the police.

(01/257) Gezi Case…

The trial of the case against Osman Kavala, Yiğit Aksakoğlu, Ali Hakan Altınay, Ayşe Mücella Yapıcı, Ayşe Pınar Alabora, Can Dündar, Çiğdem Mater Utku, Gökçe Yılmaz, Handan Meltem Arıkan, Hanzade Hikmet Germiyanoğlu, İnanç Ekmekçi, Mehmet Ali Alabora, Mine Özerden, Şerafettin Can Atalay, Tayfun Kahraman and Yiğit Ali Ekmekçi, for Gezi Park protests in 2013, is held on October 8, 2019.

The indictment demands heavy life imprisonment for 16 people on the charge of ‘attempting to abolish the government of the Republic of Turkey or to prevent it from fulfilling its duties’. The indictment also demands sentence for defendants on the charges of ‘qualified damage to property’, ‘possession or exchange of hazardous substances without permission’, ‘damaging places of worship and cemeteries’, ‘qualified robbery’, ‘injury’, ‘opposition to Law on the Conservation of Cultural and Natural Property No 2863’, and ‘opposition to Law for the Firearms and Knives and Other Tools No 6136’.

It is reported that the court board rejected recusation demand and lawyers left the court room in reaction to this. The court board continued judging in the absence of lawyers and Republican People’s Party (CHP) MP Sezgin Tanrıkulu who react to this was taken out of the courtroom. The court rejected the appeal made to its earlier decision to accept Mevlüt Saldoğan, who is charged for killing Ali İsmail Korkmaz during Gezi Park protests, to join the trials as injured party.

The court decided to continue detention of Osman Kavala, despite of ECHR decision which rules immediate release and adjourned the trial to January 28, 2020. 

Business person Osman Kavala was arrested on November 1, 2017. Yiğit Aksakoğlu was arrested on November 18, 2018 and was released at the first trial on June 24, 2019.

(01/258) The Case Against People Evacuated from Sur…

The trial of the case against 40 people including 19 arrestees who were evacuated from the buildings they were stuck in during the curfew in Sur district of Diyarbakır during February and March, 2016; is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 5 on January 28, 2020.

The court has decided to separate the cases for each person on January 10, 2020.

The court sentenced 1 person (İhsan Karatay) to 15 years on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court adjourned the trial of Hamza Tunç to February 27, 2020.

(01/259) People on Trial in Şırnak…

The case against 5 people [Mehmet Demir (former co-mayor of Kumçatı town of Şırnak), Veli Encü, and HDP employees Salih Kerçin, Mazlum Güzel and Şeyhmus Kerçin], on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ is held at Şırnak Heavy Penal Court No 1 on January 28, 2020. The prosecutor declared legal opinion and demanded sentence for Mehmet Demir and Mazlum Güzel on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation’ and for Veli Encü and Şeyhmus Kerçin on the charge of ‘attempt to aid an illegal organisation’ and acquittal of Salih Kerçin. The court decided to continue detention of 5 people and adjourned the trial to January 30, 2020. 5 people were detained on May 22, 2019 and were arrested on May 24, 2019.

(01/260) Person on Trial in Adana…

The trial of the case against Güven Boğa, former Adana branch chair of Education and Science Workers Union (Eğitim-Sen) on the charge of ‘violating the law on demonstrations and meetings’ is held at Adana Penal Court of First Instance No 10 on January 28, 2020. The court adjourned the trial to February 11, 2020.

(01/261) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On January 28, 2020 5 people are detained in operations covering 3 cities through a Balıkesir based investigation, and 11 people are detained in Ankara for using ByLock.

(01/262) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against Hasan Hüseyin Günakan is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 30 on January 28, 2020. The court sentenced the defendant to 8 years 1 month and 15 days for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(01/263) Blockage of Municipality Aid in Elazığ…

It is learned from the news coverage of January 28, 2020 that trucks with relief supplies for those injured at Elazığ earthquake coming from HDP’s Ergani Municipality were stopped by the police in Maden district and was sent back to Ergani in order to deliver to Red Crescent. This was the second time of blockage of humanitarian aid trucks of Ergani Municipality. Elazığ Governorate has excluded two trucks of Ergani Municipality from entering the city on January 26, 2020.

(01/264) Ban of Events in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on January 28, 2020 and announced that, all open events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 15 days as of January 29, 2020. This extended the ban on all events in Hakkari to 314 days since April 4, 2019.

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