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16 February 2021 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

16 February 2021 Daily Human Rights Report

(02/202) Police Interventions to Protests in Istanbul and Diyarbakır…

The police prevented the group including Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP’s marching from Peoples’ Democratic Congress (HDK) office to Şişhane Square in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, to participate in the press declaration for the 22th year of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s being brought to Turkey. It is learned that the press declaration was held in front of HDK office.

The march of “Stop isolation, justice for life” which was to be held for the same cause in Diyarbakır was prevented by the police. It is learned that the group including HDP MP’s and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) co-chair Saliha Aydeniz held a sit-in protest.

(02/203) Detained Co-Mayor, City Council Members and HDP Executives in Batman…

3 of 8 people (Murat Kılıç, Tayfun Güney and Mehmet Emin Salman) who were detained in Batman on February 14, 2021, are released by the court on judicial control conditions on February 15, 2021. Gülistan Sönük, HDP co-mayor of Bekirhan town and city council members Şükran Çotak, İdris Yalçın, Suat Öztekin who were also detained, were released after statement procedures on February 14, 2021. It is learned that 1 person (Seyid Ali Doğan) is still under custody.

(02/204) Detained City Council Member and HDP Executives in Siirt…

On February 15, 2021, 7 people including Hasret Arslan and Haydar Çağlı city council members from HDP; Mehmet Kayısı, provincial council member from HDP; Tamer Kılınç, provincial executive of HDP and Abdulgaffur Kubilay, Kurtalan district executive of HDP are detained in house raids in Siirt.

(02/205) Detained People in Antep…

34 of 45 people who were detained through an Antep based investigation against former members and executives of Rojava Solidarity Association which was closed down by a state of emergency decree, Association of Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD), Mezopotamya Association for Solidarity with Families Who Lost Their Relatives (MEYA-DER), Mezopotamya Cultural Center (MKM) and Kurdî-Der, are released on February 15, 2021. 11 people were released on February 13 and 14, 2021.

(02/206) Detained HDP Executives in Kars…

3 of 6 people including HDP provincial co-chair Sevda Subaşı who were detained on February 12, 2021 in Kars, are arrested by the court on February 15, 2021. 3 people are released on judicial control conditions.

(02/207) Detained City Council Member, HDP Executive and Association Executive in Ağrı…

On February 15, 2021, 13 people including city council member Rahim Gönen, HDP Party Assembly member Talha Kaya, district executive Ahmet Yaşmış and Association of Prisoners’ Families (TUHAY-DER) representative Cemil Koç, are detained in house raids in Doğubayazıt district of Ağrı.

(02/208) Detained HDP Executives in Batman…

HDP Batman provincial co-chairs Fatma Ablay and Ömer Kutlu, and central district co-chair Gurbet Doğan are detained after the police raid to provincial and district offices of HDP in Batman on February 15, 2021.

(02/209) Detained HDP Member in Diyarbakır…

HDP Youth Assembly member Cesur Yılmaz is detained at a police control point in Bismil district of Diyarbakır on February 15, 2021.

(02/210) Detained EMEP Executive in Malatya…

Nejdet Bali, provincial executive of the Labour Party (EMEP) who was detained in Malatya on February 12, 2021 is released by the court on judicial control conditions on February 15, 2021.

(02/211) Detained People in Mardin…

On February 15, 2021, 8 people including Ferhan Akbulut, a Peace Mother, are detained in house raids in Mardin.

(02/212) Detained HDP Members in Manisa…

On February 15, 2021, 8 members of HDP Youth Assembly are detained in house raids in Manisa. Detained people are: Zahir Aslan, Aleyna Tekin, Mahsun Silinsin, Hamza Aslan, Ahmet Aslan, Sultan Aslan, Niyazi Mehmet, Ali Polat.

(02/213) Detained HDP Executive in Elazığ…

On February 15, 2021, HDP district co-chair Veysi Sarıtağ is detained in a house raid in Karakoçan district of Elazığ.

(02/214) Detained HDP Executive in Van…

Ökkeş Kava, former provincial co-chair of HDP in Van is detained on February 15, 2021.

(02/215) Detained People in Şırnak…

On February 15, 2021, 22 people are detained in house raids in Şırnak on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(02/216) Detained People in Hakkari…

On February 15, 2021, 8 people (Aydın Alpsar, Serdar Bor, Murat Taş, Berkan Çiftçi, Emirkan Çiftçi, Uğur Akmaz, Aydın Alpsar and Turgut Yılmaz) are detained in house raids in Hakkari. The reason of detention is unknown.

(02/217) Detained Person in Urfa…

On February 15, 2021, 1 person (Abdi Binici) is detained in a house raid in Suruç district of Urfa.

(02/218) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

On February 15, 2021, 5 people are detained in house raids in Silvan district of Diyarbakır.

(02/219) Detained People in Adana…

On February 15, 2021, 3 people are detained in house raids in Adana on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

(02/220) Detained People in Mersin…

On February 15, 2021 2 people (Özgür Kutlu and Nebi Yıldız) are detained in house raids in Mersin.

(02/221) Detained Person in Şırnak for Social Media Posts…

On February 15, 2021, 1 person (Abdullah Yaman) is detained on the grounds of social media posts, in Uludere district of Şırnak on February 15, 2021. Abdullah Yaman is released after statement procedures on the same day.

(02/222) Turkish Medical Association Chair on Trial…

The final trial of the case against Turkish Medical Association (TTB) Chair and HRFT executive board member Professor Şebnem Korur Fincancı, for a social media post about Gezi Park protests in 2013, on the grounds of insulting the Prime Minister back then, is held at Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 42 on February 16, 2021.

The court sentenced Professor Şebnem Korur Fincancı to pay a fine of 7,080 Turkish Liras for insulting a public official.

(02/223) Özgür Gündem Main Case…

The final trial of the case against executive editor Zana Kaya, managing editor İnan Kızılkaya, grant holder Kemal Sancılı and writer Eren Keskin of Özgür Gündem newspaper which was closed down by a state of emergency decree, is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 23 on February 15, 2021. The case was opened against 9 people and on February 14, 2020, the court has separated the case against these 4 people.

After defence hearings the court sentenced Eren Keskin, İnan Kızılkaya and Kemal Sancılı to 6 years and 3 months each on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and Zana Kaya to 2 years and 1 month on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

(02/224) Person on Trial for ‘Insulting the President’ in Istanbul…

The final trial of the case against Sabri Uzun, former chief of Intelligence Department of Security Directorate, is held at Ankara Penal Court of First Instance No 31 on February 15, 2021. The court sentenced Sabri Uzun to 11 months and 20 days on the charge of ‘insulting the President’ and postponed the sentence.

(02/225) Police Raid to Political Party Office in Batman…

It is learned that provincial office and central district office of HDP in Batman were raided and searched by the police through an investigation against HDP members and executives on February 15, 2021.

(02/226) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 15, 2021 that, 2 people (Gürbüz Sevilay and Tamer Avcı) are detained in Uzbekistan and brought to Turkey by the National Intelligence Organisation.

29 of 53 people who were detained through a Balıkesir based investigational re arrested by the court while 24 people are released on judicial control conditions on February 15, 2021.

(02/227) Covid-19 Pandemic…

The Ministry of Health declared that 91 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 660 new Covid-19 ill patients were diagnosed on February 15, 2021. It is also declared that the daily number of Covid-19 case is 7,106.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 27,562 and total number of confirmed ill patients is 2,594,128 as of February 15, 2021.

It is learned from the news coverage of February 15, 2021 that, 22 prisoners in B-6 ward of Samsun T Type Prison tested positive for Covid-19 and 4 prisoners in critical conditions are admitted to Samsun Research and Training Hospital.

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