13 January 2022 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

13 January 2022 Daily Human Rights Report

(01/102) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration which were made within the scope of “I Want My Job Back Protest” in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on January 12, 2022 at 13.30 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(01/103) Police Intervention to a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of Şişli Municipality workers in front of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) headquarters on January 12, 2022 and forced people away from the building by using physical violence.

(01/104) Detained People in Şırnak…

24 people were detained in house raids in İdil and Cizre districts of Şırnak and in Siirt, through a Şırnak based investigation on January 9 and 10, 2022. It is learned that 2 people were arrested by the court on January 12, 2022 and 4 people are released on judicial control conditions. The number of arrestees through this investigation is 4 while 10 people are released. It is learned that detention period for 10 people is extended 4 more days.

(01/105) Detained People in Adıyaman…

On January 12, 2022, 2 people (Mulla Ruşen and Mehmet Tekyıldız) are detained in house raids in Adıyaman. It is learned that 2 people are restricted from seeing their lawyers for 24 hours. The reason of detention is unknown.

(01/106) Detained People in Mersin…

On January 12, 2022, 2 people (Z. K. and A. G.) are detained in house raids in Mersin. The reason of detention is unknown.

(01/107) Tahir Elçi Case…

The trial of the case against police officers S. T. and F. T., dismissed police officer M. B., and fugitive U. Y., for the killing of Diyarbakır Bar Association chair Tahir Elçi, is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 10 on January 12, 2022. Tahir Elçi was murdered in Diyarbakır on November 28, 2015.

The indictment demands jail sentences up to 6 years for 3 police officers on the charge of ‘causing death by culpable negligence’. The indictment demands heavy life imprisonment for 3 times, and 45 years of jail sentence for U. Y. who is alleged to be a PKK member, on the charges of ‘wilful killing’, ‘killing with eventual intent’, ‘opposition to Law no 6136’, ‘disrupting the unity of the state and integrity of the country’, ‘damaging property’.

It is learned that the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) stated in its report about hard discs of deleted surveillance camera footage, that the discs were empty.

The court refused to hear Ahmet Davutoğlu, the prime minister back then, and the police officers mentioned in a police tip as witnesses. The court refused the intervention demand of Bursa Bar Association and accepted intervention demand of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations. The court adjourned the trial to June 15, 2022.

(01/108) Kemal Kurkut Case…

It is learned from the news coverage of January 12, 2022 that, Administrative Department No 3 of Antep Regional Court reversed the verdict of Diyarbakır Administrative Court’s verdict on Kemal Kurkut’s death. The local court has sentenced the Ministry of Interior to pay a compensation due to “service failure” with regard to killing of university student Kemal Kurkut who was shot by the police behind his back during Newroz celebrations in Diyarbakır in 2017. The court has grounded its verdict as following: “It is understood that as the complainants’ relative who has not obeyed any warnings, the conditions became necessary for using weapons; the complainants’ relative died due to the bullet that ricochet off the ground after it was shot for warning without targeting. And it is understood that, the aggressive actions of the complainants relative, removes causal link between the damage and the security service of the administration which results in the consideration of no service failure of the administration.”

(01/109) Journalist on Trial in Izmir…

The trial of the case against Mezopotamya News Agency reporter Ruken Demir, on the grounds of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ is held at Izmir Heavy Penal Court No 19 on January 12, 2022.

After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to February 9, 2022.

Ruken Demir was detained on November 12, 2019 and was arrested by the court on November 16, 2019. Ruken Demir was released at the first trial held on March 5, 2020.

(01/111) Ban of Events in Van…

Van Governorate made a declaration on January 12, 2022 and announced that, all open-door meetings and demonstrations are banned for 15 days as of January 14, 2022. It is also announced that press declarations, sit-in protests, opening stands and tents, collecting petitions, distributing leaflets and so on will be subjected to the local authority’s permission. All events are banned in Van for 1894 days since November 21, 2016.

(01/112) Ban of Access to Web Contents…

It is learned that Etkin News Agency’s website is banned to access on the grounds of “protection of national security and public order” by Diyarbakır Penal Court of Peace No 4 on January 12, 2022.

(01/113) Covid-19 Pandemic…

The Ministry of Health declared that 145 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and the daily number of Covid-19 cases is 77,722 as of January 12, 2022.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 84,125 and total number of confirmed ill patients is 10,195,676 as of January 12, 2021.

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