14 September 2021 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

14 September 2021 Daily Human Rights Report

(09/100) Operations and Attacks…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 13, 2021 that 1 militant died in a clash between Turkish Armed Forces units and HPG militants in rural areas of Şırnak on August 23, 2021; and 2 HPG militants died in Syria on March 14 and 29, 2021.

(09/101) Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan Not Responded…

It is learned that the appeal made on September 13, 2021 to chief public prosecutor’s office in Bursa by PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s lawyers in order to visit him was not responded.

(09/102) Police Prevention to a Protest in Ankara…

The police prevented the press declaration to be held on September 13, 2021 in Ankara, after the trial of the case against family members of those who have lost their lives in the train crash in Çorlu on July 8, 2018.

(09/103) Detained Human Rights Defender in Mersin…

Tahir Tüyben, an executive of the Human Rights Association (IHD) Mersin branch who was detained on the grounds of social media posts, is released by the court on judicial control conditions on September 13, 2021.

(09/104) Detained Journalist in Istanbul…

Etkin News Agency reporter Tunahan Turhan is detained in Istanbul on September 13, 2021, through the Ankara based investigation against the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) members.

It is learned that the number of detainees is 18 and the detention period is extended for 4 more days.

(09/105) Arrested TAYAD Members in Tekirdağ…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 13, 2021 that, 3 members of the Association of Families of Prisoners (TAYAD) who were detained on September 6, 2021 in Tekirdağ for hanging posters to demand release of ill prisoner Ali Osman Köse; are arrested by the court on September 9, 2021.

(09/106) TJA Spokesperson on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The trial of the case against Ayşe Gökkan, spokesperson of the Free Women’s Movement (TJA) is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 9 on September 13, 2021.

The indictment demands sentence for Ayşe Gökkan on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

Ayşe Gökkan attended the trail and demanded additional time to make her defence as she was not given the indictment. It is learned that, after the quarrel that took place with the chief judge and Ayşe Gökkan’s lawyer Berfin Gökkan, the court has called the police into the courtroom. The court rejected to give additional time for Ayşe Gökkan’s defence. It is learned that Diyarbakır Bar Association chief Nahit Eren objected the chief judge regarding their attitude towards lawyers however he was interrupted by the chief judge. And then Nahit Eren and lawyer Mehdi Özdemir were forcibly taken out of the courtroom by the police, upon the chief judge’s order.

It is learned that those who react against the court’s order to take the lawyers out, were also subjected to physical violence of the police. After a pause, the court allowed only the legal representatives of Ayşe Gökkan in the courtroom. The court rejected the postponement demand of the lawyers, and also rejected the recusation demand. The court then decided to continue detention of Ayşe Gökkan, and to make criminal complaint about the incidents in the courtroom, and adjourned the trial to October 20, 2021.

Diyarbakır Bar Association chair Nahit Eren stated the following: “The court has already called for the police and ordered ‘force them out’ referring to our colleagues, even before I came to the courtroom to talk to the board of judges. As I was there to observe, the chief judge intervened one of our colleagues in a disrespectful way. I declared that, as I represent the bar association, we would not accept such a behaviour. The chief judge ordered the police officers before I finished my sentence. The police officers held our arms and tried to force us out while insulting at the same time.”

(09/107) People on Trial in Ankara…

The trial of the case against 7 people (Mısra Öz Sel, İsmail Kartal, Hüseyin Şahin, Burak Arı, lawyers Gökmen Yeşil, Mürsel Ünder and Selvi Yüzbaşıoğlu Saltan), for “Justice Watch” held in front of Constitutional Court on June 12, 2019, by lawyers and families of victims of the train crash in Çorlu on July 8, 2018, is held at Ankara Penal Court of First Instance No 50 on September 13, 2021.

One of the complainant police officers, A. S., is heard as a witness. The officer stated “I had no idea against whom I had filed a complaint, I found out this today. I saw the defendants at the incident scene that day, but I am not sure if they beat me or not. I am not a complainant any more, I want to withdraw my complaint”. It is learned that other police officers have withdrew their complaints. After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to February 2, 2022.

(09/108) Ban of Events in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on September 13, 2021 and announced that all meetings, open-door assemblies, demonstrations, marches, sit-in protests, human chains, op-ed stands, public sessions, any kind of audio-visual activities with mobile audio-visual vehicles, hunger strikes, opening stands, collecting petitions, flying sky lanterns or balloons, commemorations, concerts, festivals, theatre plays, screening shows, firing torches, distributing leaflets, hanging banners and so on are banned for 15 days as of September 14, 2021. All events are banned in Hakkari for 480 days since June 5, 2020.

(09/109) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On September 13, 2021, 26 people are detained in operations covering 23 cities through a Balıkesir based investigation.

(09/110) Covid-19 Pandemic…

The Ministry of Health declared that 231 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and the daily number of Covid-19 cases is 24,613 as of September 13, 2021.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 60,543 and total number of confirmed ill patients is 6,659,256 as of September 13, 2021.

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