12 August 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

12 August 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/072) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 11, 2020 that 1 militant died in a clash between Turkish Armed Forces units and HPG militants in Haftanin area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on August 8, 2020; and 2 militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to the same area on August 9, 2020.

(08/073) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 11, 2020 that, Cüneyt Gül, a prisoner in Isparta E Type Closed Prison who was subjected to physical violence of the wardens for rejecting to stand up during roll-calls and who was kept in a solitary cell as a result of disciplinary proceedings against him; and who went on a hunger strike on August 6, 2020 to protest right violations; ended his strike. It is stated in the news reports that lawyer Özgür Yakut who went to the prison to meet Cüneyt Gül was prevented by prison administration saying “You are giving information outside”. It is learned that Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Adana MP’s Tülay Hatimoğulları and Kemal Peköz submitted a parliamentary question addressing Minister of Justice Abdülhamit Gül, about physical violence and disciplinary penalties against Cüneyt Gül.

(08/074) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 11, 2020 that, 4 prisoners (Mehmet Faruk Engin, Baver Başar, İbrahim Halil Karataş and Akar İkbal) who went on a hunger strike on July 6, 2020 to protest prevention of their right to medical treatment in Osmaniye T Type Closed Prison No 2, ended their strike after their demands were approved by prison administration.

(08/075) 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 1371 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on August 11, 2020 at 13.30 and 18.00 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(08/076) Police Raid to Idil Cultural Center…

Nuriye Gülmen and Rıdvan Akbaş, 2 of 6 people who were detained in the police raid to Idil Cultural Center in Okmeydanı neighbourhood of Istanbul on August 5, 2020; are arrested on August 11, 2020. 4 people (Yasemin Karadağ, Olcay Karadağ, Ezgi Kul, Fırat Kaya) are released on judicial control conditions.

(08/077) Detained People in Muş…

On August 11, 2020, 5 people (Ali Gören, Nazif Özkan, Kerem Daşkıran, Şerafettin Balcı and one more person with unknown name) are detained in house raids in Malazgirt district of Muş. The reason of detention is unknown.

(08/078) Detained Left Party Member in Denizli…

It is learned that Ercan Çelik, a member of Left Party is detained in a house raid in Denizli on August 11, 2020, for his social media posts.

(08/079) Co-Mayors on Trial in Mardin…

The trial of the case against Nilüfer Elik Yılmaz, HDP co-mayor of Kızıltepe district; and Gülistan Öncü, HDP co-mayor of Savur district, is held at Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 2 on August 11, 2020.

Nilüfer Elik Yılmaz and Gülistan Öncü joined the trial from prison via sound and vision system.

After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention of Nilüfer Elik Yılmaz and Gülistan Öncü and adjourned the trial to October 20, 2020.

Ministry of Interior appointed sub-governors as trustees to Kızıltepe (on November 4, 2019) and to Savur (November 16, 2019). Gülistan Öncü was detained on November 15, 2019 and was arrested on November 26, 2019. Nilüfer Elik Yılmaz was detained on December 12, 2019 and was arrested by the court on December 16, 2019.

(08/080) HDP Executive on Trial in Istanbul…

The trial of the case against Bülent Uyguner, a former member of HDP’s Party Assembly is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 32 on August 11, 2020.

Bülent Uyguner joined the trial from prison via sound and vision system.

The court decided to continue detention of Bülent Uyguner and adjourned the trial to September 30, 2020.

Bülent Uyguner was detained on November 26, 2019 and was arrested by the court on November 28, 2019.

(08/081) Curfew in Bitlis…

Bitlis Governorate made a declaration on August 11, 2020 and announced curfew in 36 villages of the central district as of 19.00 on August 11, 2020 until a further notice. Villages under curfew are: Yukarıbalcılar, Aşağıbalcılar, Üçevler, Başmaklı, Ilıcak, Oğulcak, Çeltikli, Kalupat, Karakuş, Aşağıkoçak, Aşağıyolak, Yukarıyolak, Yanönü, Beşkaynak, Dursun, Dikme, Aşağıdikme, Yukarıdikme, Uçankuş. Bayırlı, Kutlu, Akgün, Kınalı, Çobansuyu, Aşağıçobansuyu, Aşağıölek, Yukarıölek, Akçalı, İçgeçit, Doğruyol, Dereağzı, Çadırlı, Yolcular, Aşağıyuvacık, Yuvacık, Kavakdibi.

(08/082) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On August 11, 2020, 34 military members on active duty are detained in operations covering 12 cities through an Istanbul based investigation and 6 people are detained in Ankara.

(08/083) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 15 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1.183 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on August 11, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 5,873 and total number of confirmed cases is 243.180 as of August 11, 2020.

It Is claimed in the news coverage of August 11, 2020 that a prisoner in Diyarbakır Women’s Closed Prison tested positive for Covid-19.

Vestel Group of Companies made an announcement on August 11, 2020 on Covid-19 cases in the factory in Manisa, and declared that 2 workers died from Covid-19. On August 10, 2020, Manisa Women’s Assembly and Vestel factory workers held a press declaration and claimed that 7 workers died from Covid-19.


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