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14 August 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

14 August 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/092) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 13, 2020 that 2 militants died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Çukurca district of Hakkari on July 26, 2020; 2 HPG militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to rural areas of Çatak district of Van on August 11, 2020; and 1 HPG militant died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to northern Iraq on August 11, 2020.

(08/093) Person Set Himself on Fire for Protest in Bursa…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 13, 2020 that, a person named Fikret Güven set himself on fire in front of Bursa Governorate to protest cancellation of his licence of kiosk by Bursa Municipality. It is reported that Fikret Güven was hospitalized due to burns.

(08/094) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration in front of building of Yeni Akit newspaper in Küçükçekmece district of Istanbul on August 13, 2020, organized by Women’s Liberation members demanding effective implementation of Istanbul Convention against violence against women and domestic violence; and detained 4 people by using physical violence. Detained people are: Yıldız İdil, Burcugül Çubuk, Başak Yeşilot and Seher Beytaş.

(08/095) Detained People in Ankara and Düzce…

On August 13, 2020, participators of “I Want My Job Back” protests in Yüksel Street, Ankara are detained in house raids. 6 people (Nazan Bozkurt, Gülnaz Bozkurt, Acun Karadağ, Mahmut Konuk, Mehmet Dersulu and Armağan Özbaş) are detained in house raids in Ankara, and Alev Şahin is detained in Düzce. The reason of detention is unknown.

(08/096) Detained People in Mersin…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 13, 2020 that 4 people are detained in house raids in Mersin, on the grounds of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’. The names of detained people are unknown.

(08/097) Detained People in Bursa…

It is learned that 5 people are detained for social media posts, in house raids in Osmangazi, Gemlik, Nilüfer and İnegöl districts of Bursa on August 13, 2020. Detained people are: Aziz Amak, İbrahim Tekeş, Onur Demir, Serkan Savgan and İbrahim Gezer.

(08/098) Detained Person in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that 1 person (Seyfettin Kardaş) is detained in a house raid in Bağlar district of Diyarbakır on August 13, 2020.

(08/099) Detained People in Hakkari…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 13, 2020 that, a traffic police officer who wanted to write a ticket to Sabri Erkaya, a local minibus driver; which then caused a quarrel, fired his gun up into the air and detained 6 people who reacted against him, along with driver Sabri Erkaya.

(08/100) Association Chair and Others on Trial in Adıyaman…

The first trial of the case against 5 people (Peoples’ Democratic Party’s former executives Abuzer Küçükkelepçe and Rıza Acıpayam, Education and Science Workers’ Union executive Ayşegül Yücetaş, Democratic Alevi Association Adıyaman Branch chair Celal Demirci and Ebru Güngör) for being delegates of Democratic Society Congress (DTK), is held at Adıyaman Heavy Penal Court No 2 on August 13, 2020. The court sentenced Celal Demirci, Ayşegül Yücetaş and Rıza Acıpayam to 6 years and 3 months each, and Abuzer Küçükkelepçe to 6 years and 10 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’, and acquitted Ebru Güngör. 5 people were detained on June 5, 2020 and 4 of them were arrested on June 10, 2020 while Ebru Güngör was released on judicial control conditions.

(08/101) HDP Executive on Trial in Van…

The trial of the case against Yadişen Karabulak, HDP’s former provincial co-chair in Van, is held at Van Heavy Penal Court No 7 on August 13, 2020.

Yadişen Karabulak joined the trial via sound and vision system from prison. After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention of Yadişen Karabulak and adjourned the trial.

Yadişen Karabulak was detained with 11 others on September 10, 2019; and was arrested on September 13, 2019. She was released on judicial control conditions by the court at the first trial held on February 10, 2020; but was arrested once again upon prosecutor’s appeal, on February 13, 2020.

(08/102) Indictment Against a Person for Threatening CHP Chair…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 13, 2020 that, Istanbul Anadolu Public Prosecutor’s Office prepared an indictment against Mehmet Emin G., demanding jail sentence up to 6 years on the charge of ‘threat with the use of weapon to incite fear and panic among public’. It is stated in the indictment that, Mehmet Emin G. shared a photo on social media which depict a jar of bullets and threatened Republican People’s Party (CHP) chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, group deputy chair Özgür Özel and Istanbul provincial chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu by this photo.

(08/103) Broadcast Ban for TV and Radio Channels…

On August 13, 2020, the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) issued KRT TV channel with administrative fine, for criticisms of Serdar Savaş about school openings during Covid-19 pandemic on a programme on June 19, 2020.

On August 13, 2020, the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) issued Radio Harman channel with administrative fine and a ban on broadcast, for criticisms of HDP’s group deputy chair Saruhan Oluç about Turkey’s policy on Syria on a programme.

(08/104) Ban of Access to Websites…

Jinnews news agency website www.jinnews9.xyz and Ozguruz Radio channel website www.ozguruz21.org are banned to access by Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) on August 13, 2020.

(08/105) Ban of Events in Muş…

Muş Governorate made a declaration on August 13, 2020 and announced that, demonstrations, press declarations, open-door meetings, protests, concerts, festivals, meetings, opening tents and stands, hunger strikes, commemorations, delivering leaflets, hanging banners and so on are banned for 15 days as of August 16, 2020.

(08/106) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On August 13, 2020 7 people are detained in Ankara.

(08/107) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 21 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1.243 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on August 13, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 5,912 and total number of confirmed cases is 245.635 as of August 13, 2020.

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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, Jinnews, ETHA, Mezopotamya Ajansı, Yurt, Yeni Yaşam, NTV, Yeni Asya, Bianet, Halkinsesi.tv, Cnnturk, Tr724, İleri Haber, Siyasi Haber, Alınteri, Kızılbayrak, Sendika.org, Yüksekova Haber, T24, Diken, Gazete Karınca, Gazete Duvar. Haber Sol, El Cezire, BBC, Deutsche Welle, Reuters, AFP.