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07 May 2018 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

07 May 2018 Daily Human Rights Report

(05/029) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from news coverage of May 5, 2018 that 1 militant died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Hizan district of Bitlis on April 26, 2018.

(05/030) 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 for a while to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on May 4, 5, and 6, 2018 at 13.30 and 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on May 4, 2018, 4 people (Nazan Bozkurt, Simge Aksan, Mehmet Dersulu and İlker Işık) and at 18.00 4 people (Nazan Bozkurt, Derviş Lermi, Simge Aksan, İlker Işık) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on May 5, 2018, 3 people (Mehmet Dersulu, İlker Işık, Derviş Lermi) and at 18.00 5 people (Acun Karadağ, Nazan Bozkurt, Simge Aksan, İlker Işık and Derviş Lermi) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on May 6, 2018, 3 people (Simge Aksan, Mehmet Dersulu and İlker Işık) and at 18.00 4 people (Gülnaz Bozkurt, Simge Aksan, Mehmet Dersulu and İlker Işık) were detained.

Thus in total 23 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on May 4, 5, 6, 2018. It is learned that detainees were released the same day.

(05/031) Arrested Journalist in Denizli…

Gökhan Öner, reporter of Dihaber (closed down by the state of emergency decree) who was detained in Denizli on April 28, 2018, is arrested by the court for ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on May 5, 2018. 4 people who were also detained with Gökhan Öner are released on juridical control conditions.

(005/032) Detained HDP Members and Executives…

7 people including HDP council board member Asiye Kolçak are detained in house raids in Istanbul on May 5, 2018. The names of detainees are: Asiye Kolçak, Fatma Kaya, Canşah Çelik, Zeynep Çalıhan, Ayten Ay, Zübeyde Akdağ and Diyar Ozgan.

(05/033) Detentions and Arrests…

3 of 7 people who were detained in Cizre district of Şırnak on May 3, 2018 are released after procedures at the police station. It is learned that 4 people (Mehmet İşçi, Kahraman Tetik, Hamit Çıkmaz and İdris Yaşar) are still under custody.

(05/034) Detained People for Social Media Posts in Antep…

5 of 10 people detained in Antep, for insulting the President and urging hatred among people, are arrested. 5 people are released (4 of them on juridical control conditions).

(05/035) The Cases Against Academics Who Are the Signatories of the Petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”…

The final trial of the cases against 2 academicians (Melike Acar and Ayşegün Soysal) for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 27 for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ started to be held on May 4, 2018. After defence hearings the court adjourned both trials to October 11, 2018.

(05/036) Lawyer on Trial in Batman…

The final trial of the case against Abdullah Öcalan’s lawyer Mehmet Öztütün, on Batman Penal Court of First Instance No 2, for using “Kurdish people’s leader” and “The chief negotiator” expressions about his client on social media posts, is held on May 4, 2018. The court acquitted Mehdi Öztütün on the grounds that there are no criminal elements to base on.

(05/037) Singer on Trial in Tunceli…

The final trial of the case against singer Pınar Aydınlar on Tunceli Heavy Penal Court No 2, for her expressions on İbrahim Kaypakkaya in an event she attended in Tunceli, is held on May 5, 2018. The court sentenced Pınar Aydınlar to 10 months for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’. The court also decided to debar Pınar Aydınlar from several civil rights including right to vote and stand for election, according to Clause 1 of Article 53 of Turkish Penal Code.

(05/038) Gendarmerie Intelligence and Anti-Terror Unit (JİTEM) Case in Ankara…

JITEM case in Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 1 continued to be held in May 4, 2018.

The indictment demands penalty for the defendants Mehmet Ağar, İbrahim Şahin, Korkut Eken, Ayhan Çarkın, Ayhan Akça, Ziya Bandırmalıoğlu, Ercan Ersoy, Ahmet Demirel, Ayhan Özkan, Seyfettin Lap, Enver Ulu, Uğur Şahin, Alper Tekdemir, Yusuf Yüksel, Abbas Semih Sueri, Lokman Külünk, Mahmut Yıldırım, Nurettin Güven, Muhsin Korman, for unidentified murders in and around Ankara between 1993-1996, on the grounds of “killing as a part of an armed organisation established with the aim of committing criminal acts”.

The chief judge declared that “Susurluk Report” which was demanded from Prime Ministry Inspection Board is submitted to the court with some parts being removed on the grounds of being “state secret”. After declarations of complainant lawyers, the court rejected the demand for Tansu Çiller, her husband Özer Çiller and Mesut Yılmaz being heard and decided to demand the official decision on removed parts of the report as being state secret. The court adjourned the trial to October 2, 2018.

(05/039) HDP Members and Executives on Trial in Adana…

The final trial of the case against 18 people on Adana Heavy Penal Court No 11, for making propaganda on their social media posts is held on May 4, 2018. The defendants include Adana Bar Prison Watch Committee Chair lawyer Tugay Bek and HDP Adana co-chair Gülseren Tural. After defence hearings the court sentenced 4 defendants (Mehmet Tutuş, Bahri Çelik, Derya Çiçek and Halime Kuş) to jail penalties differing from 1 year and 3 months to 1 year and 6 months for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’. The court acquitted 14 defendants.

(05/040) “İstanbul Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Main Case”

The case against 205 people including Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) members and executives on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 3 is held on May 4, 2018. After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to July 6, 2018.

(05/041) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On May 4, 2018, 32 people in operations covering 3 cities through an Ankara based investigation, 18 people in operations covering 2 cities through an Istanbul based investigation, 8 people including 1 lieutenant commander and 1 lieutenant colonel in operations covering 21 cities through an Istanbul based investigation, 7 people in operations covering 7 cities through an Aydın based investigation, 12 people in operations covering 9 cities through a Sivas based investigation, 20 people in operations covering 4 cities through an Antalya based investigation, 5 people through a Konya based investigation, 3 people in Trabzon are detained.

4 of 16 people who were detained through a Muğla based investigation are arrested by the court on May 4, 2018. 12 people are released on juridical control conditions. 9 people has been arrested and 15 people have been released on juridical control conditions through this investigation earlier, the total number of detainees is 40.

3 of 27 people who were detained through a Giresun based investigation are arrested by the court on May 4, 2018. 24 people are released on juridical control conditions.

On May 5, 2018, 9 people in operations covering 5 cities through a Mersin based investigation are detained.

On May 6, 2018, 72 people are detained in 118 house raids.

(05/042) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against 76 defendants including Adem Huduti, former marshal of Second Army of Turkish Armed Forces, on Malatya Heavy Penal Court No 1 is held on May 4, 2018. The court sentenced 14 defendants to heavy life penalty and 2 defendants to life penalty for ‘violating the Constitution’. The court sentenced Adem Huduti to 15 years for ‘aiding to the crime of attempting the constitutional order’ and 2 defendants to 7 years and 6 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court acquitted 57 defendants.

(05/043) Elections on June 24, 2018….

On May 5, 2018, the police seized HDP co-chair Sezai Temelli’s passport in Istanbul Ataturk Airport while he was departing for Brussels.

On May 6, 2018, 5 people got injured (1 of them is heavily) in an attack with arms and knives against IYI Party members in Bağcılar district of Istanbul. IYI Party members including Bağcılar district chair, were on the stump for elections during the attack.

(05/044) Event Prevented in Istanbul…

The commemoration for the 81th anniversary of 1938 Dersim Massacre, organised by European Federation of Democratic Dersim Associations (ADEF) and Federation of Democratic Dersim Associations (DEDEF) at Galatasaray Square in Istanbul is prevented by the police on May 5, 2018.

(05/045) Event Prevented in Ankara…

It is learned from news coverage of May 5, 2018 that the Pride Week events organised by Middle East Technical University (METU) LGBTI+ Solidarity between May 7-12, 2018 is banned by METU Rectorate. It is reported that the reason for ban is based on November 18, 2017 decision of Ankara Governorate banning all LGBTI+ events in Ankara.

(05/046) Occupational Murders…

Health and Safety Labour Watch (ISIG) declared that at least 117 workers died including 4 children and 10 women in occupational murders in April 2018. According to the data provided by ISIG, the number of workers died in occupational accidents and murders in the first four months of 2018 raised up to at least 575.

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[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, ETHA, Dihaber, Yurt, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi, Ntv, Bianet.org, Halkinsesi.tv, Cnnturk, Alinteri, Kızılbayrak, Özgür Radyo, Sendika.org, El Cezire,BBC, Yüksekova Haber, T24, Diken, Gazete Karınca, Gazete Duvar.