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3 July 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(07/027) Male Violence Monitoring Report for 2020 June…

According to “Male Violence Monitoring Report” of Bianet which was published on July 3, 2020, at least 21 women and 3 children were killed by men in June 2020.

It is also stated in the report that, men committed violence against at least 61 women, abused 46 children, raped at least 7 women and sexually assaulted 13 women in June 2020.

(07/028) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 2, 2020 that 1 militant died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Yüksekova district of Hakkari on June 29, 2020.

(07/029) Police Intervention to Bar Associations’ Protest in Ankara…

On July 2, 2020, Ankara Governorate banned the “Grand Defence Rally” to protest legal amendment plans about lawyer associations which was to be held in Ankara on July 3, 2020. Upon governorate’s ban, chairs of bar associations came to Grand National Assembly to follow the meetings of Justice Commission on amendments, however they held a sit-in protest in front of the Assembly building since they were not allowed in. Artı TV Ankara correspondent Sibel Hürtaş who was there to report news was detained by the police using physical violence. The police used pepper spray to intervene the lawyers in front of Ankara Courthouse, where they gathered to make criminal complaints against ban decision of Ankara Governorate.

(07/030) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the commemoration for July 2 – Sivas Massacre, which was to be held by Democratic Alevi Association (DAD) in Sakarya Street in Ankara. The police grounded the intervention on Ankara Governorate’s ban and detained 1 person. After police intervention the group wanted to hold a press declaration in front of Pir Sultan Abdal Cultural Association Headquarters (PSAKD) and the police intervened the press declaration too, and detained 6 more people. Detained people are: Nilgün Karababa, Aslıhan Han, Deniz Akbıyık, Yelda Öztürk, Cemal Çakmak, Mustafa Bayraktar and Şamil Parlak.

(07/031) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1332 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on July 2, 2020 at 13.30 and 18.00 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(07/032) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Düzce…

On July 2, 2020, the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, in front of Düzce Governorate and detained her. Alev Şahin was released on the same day.

(07/033) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

4 people including a child who were detained on the grounds of social media posts in 2014 and 2015, in house raids in Zorova rural neighbourhood of Sur district of Diyarbakır on June 30, 2020 are released on July 2, 2020. Detained people were: Tacettin Kardaş, Halil Aslan, Feyzi Çetiner and R. K. (17).

(07/034) Assault to a Political Party Office in Diyarbakır and Detained People…

4 of 6 people including 4 children who were detained on June 29, 2020 in Diyarbakır in relation to the assault to Justice and Development Party (AKP) office in Bismil district of Diyarbakır on June 28, 2020, are arrested by the court on July 2, 2020. 2 children (M. Ç. [16] and B. S. [17]) are released on judicial control conditions. Arrested people are: M. S. (16), İ. A. (19), A. T. (16), Y. Ö. (18).

(07/035) Detained Community Houses Member in Antalya…

Ebru İntibay, a member of Community Houses, who was detained in a house raid in Antalya on July 1, 2020, on the grounds of hanging banners “AKP, declare the murderer of Rabia Naz” and “We call to account for Rabia Naz”, is released by the court on judicial control conditions on July 2, 2020.

(07/036) Case Against Prisoners for Riot…

It is learned from the news coverage of July 2, 2020 that, the indictment of Batman Public Prosecutor’s Office against 309 prisoners for the riot at Batman M Type Prison on April 4, 2020; is accepted by Batman Penal Court of First Instance No 2. Prisoners in Batman M Type Prison have set fire mattresses to protest being excluded by the draft law on penal execution regulations. The indictment demands jail sentence for 309 prisoners from 7 years and 9 months to 19 years, on the charges of ‘resist a public officer in order to prevent him from performing his duty’, ‘damage to public property’, ‘theft against property which is in a public institution and corporation’, ‘rebellion of convicts or detainees’, ‘endangering public safety’. The first trial will be held on July 27, 2020.

439 prisoners were transferred to Diyarbakır T Type Prison No 4 after the riot, and it was learned that they were subjected to physical and verbal violence during transfer and at the entrance of prison.

(07/037) Human Rights Defenders on Trial…

The final trial of case against 11 human rights defenders is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 35 on July 3, 2020.

It is learned that families of defendants, journalists and representatives of international institutions were not allowed in the court room on the grounds of precautions for Covid-19, and only one lawyer per defendant was allowed in the court room.

The court sentenced lawyer Taner Kılıç, former Amnesty International Turkey Chair to 6 years and 3 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’, Günal Kurşun, İdil Eser and Özlem Dalkıran to 2 years and 1 month each for ‘aiding an illegal organisation’. The court acquitted Nalan Ekrem, İlknur Üstün, Ali Gharavi, Peter Steudtner, Veli Acu, Nejat Taştan and Şeyhmus Özbekli.

 

The indictment demands 15 years of jail sentence for 11 human rights defenders on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘not being a member of but committing crime on behalf of the illegal organisation’. Lawyer Taner Kılıç, Amnesty International Turkey Chair, who has been arrested for another case on June 2017 was also put in the defendants of this case.

10 human rights defenders were detained during a meeting in Istanbul Büyükada on July 5, 2017. Human rights defenders for whom detention period was extended to 14 days, were referred to the court on July 12, 2017. The court arrested Amnesty International Turkey Director İdil Eser, Özlem Dalkıran from Citizens Assembly, Günal Kurşun and Veli Acu from Human Rights Agenda Association, Ali Gharavi (citizen of Switzerland) and Peter Steudtner (citizen of Germany) and released İlknur Üstün from Women’s Coalition, Nalan Ekrem from Citizens Assembly, Nejat Taştan from Association for Monitoring Equal Rights and Şeyhmus Özbekli from Rights Initiative on juridical control conditions. Taner Kılıç was detained on June 6, 2017 and was arrested on June 9, 2017.

On July 21, upon the prosecutor’s office’s objection to the release, a detention warrant was issued for four of the human rights defenders. İlknur Üstün and Nalan Ekrem were arrested on July 23, 2017, and Nejat Taştan and Şeyhmus Özbekli were released on juridical control conditions.

On the first trial of the case which was held on October 25, 2017 eight human rights defenders were released on control conditions. Taner Kılıç was released on August 15, 2018, by an interim decision of the court in regular case review.

(07/038) Journalist on Trial in Mersin…

The first trial of the case against Mezopotamya News Agency reporter Berivan Altan, on the grounds of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ is held at Mersin Heavy Penal Court No 2 on July 2, 2020. After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to November 12, 2020.

(07/039) Journalist on Trial in Istanbul…

The final trial of the case against Doğan Akın, founder and executive editor of T24 news portal, on the charge of ‘knowingly and willingly aiding an illegal organisation without being a member of it’, for the news reports on tweets of “Fuat Avni” social media account, is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 25 on July 2, 2020. The court acquitted Doğan Akın.

(07/040) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against Cumhuriyet newspaper reporters Alican Uludağ and Duygu Güvenç, for the news reports on house confinement of USA citizen pastor Andrew Brunson, on the charge of ‘degrading state of Turkish Republic, and the organs and institutions of the state’ as to Article 301 of Turkish Penal Code, is held at Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 2 on July 2, 2020. After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to October 22, 2020.

(07/041) “KCK Press Case”…

The trial of the case against 46 journalists, known as “KCK Press Case” is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 3 on July 2, 2020. The court rejected to separate the case against Çağdaş Ulus and adjourned the trial to December 1, 2020.

(07/042) DBP Members on Trial in Muş…

The retrial of the case against Bermal Birtek and Ergin Balta, former Party Assembly members of Democratic Regions Party (DBP), after Erzurum Regional Court has reversed the 10 years and 6 months’ sentence given by Muş Heavy Penal Court No 2, started on July 2, 2020. Bermal Birtek and Ergin Balta joined the trial from prison via sound and vision system. The court sentenced 2 people to 10 years and 6 months each for ‘being an illegal organisation member’. 

(07/043) HDP Members and Executives on Trial in Van…

The trial of the case against 12 people with 2 arrestees including Yadişen Karabulak, HDP’s former provincial co-chair in Van, is held at Van Heavy Penal Court No 7 on July 2, 2020.

After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention of Yadişen Karabulak and Fikret Doğan and adjourned the trial to August 3, 2020.

12 people were detained on September 10, 2019 and 5 of them (HDP’s former provincial co-chair Yadişen Karabulak, HDP Women’s Assembly member Dilan Yıldız, Democratic Society Congress members Sait Kılıç, Fikret Doğan and İbrahim Sungur) were arrested on September 13, 2019. The court has released 5 people on judicial control conditions at the first trial held on February 10, 2019. Upon the prosecutor’s appeal to release, Fikret Doğan and Yadişen Karabulak were detained and arrested again on February 13, 2020, and a warrant was issued for detention of other 3 people.

(07/044) Ban of Events in Ankara…

Ankara Governorate banned all meetings, demonstrations and such events for 15 days, according to Provincial Public Health and Sanitation Board on July 2, 2020.

(07/045) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 17 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,186 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on July 2, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 5,167 and total number of confirmed cases is 202,284 as of July 2, 2020.

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