18 April 2023 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

18 April 2023 Daily Human Rights Report

(04/147) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 18, 2023 that, journalist Ceylan Şahin was forced to medical examination with handcuffs in Ankara Sincan Women’s Prison.

(04/148) Police Intervention to March in Hatay…

The police used pepper spray to intervene in the march held in Samandağ district of Hatay on April 17, 2023, to protest the rubble of the buildings destroyed in the earthquake spoiling into the living areas. It is learned that nobody was detained in the intervention.

(04/149) Journalist on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The final trial of the case against İsmail Çoban, former editor-in-chief of Kurdish Azadiya Welat newspaper which was closed down by a state of emergency decree, is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No. 5 on April 18, 2023. The court sentenced İsmail Çoban to 1 year and 6 months on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

(04/150) Journalist on Trial in Elazığ…

The retrial of the case against journalist Mehmet Güleş, who was sentenced to 3 years 1 month and 15 days by Elazığ Heavy Penal Court No. 2 on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ in social media posts, is held on April 2023, as the Penal Department No. 3 of the Court of Cassation overturned the local court’s verdict. The court sentenced Mehmet Güleş to 1 year 9 months and 25 days on the same charge.

(04/151) Erhan Görür Case…

The final trial against lieutenant Y. E., regarding the death of Erhan Görür on June 14, 2020 at the Iranian border of Başkale district of Van by the fire opened by the security forces, is held at Van Heavy Penal Court No. 5 on April 18, 2023. The court sentenced Y. E. to 6 years and 8 months on the charge of ‘causing death or injury to more than one person by deliberate negligence’.

(04/152) The Case About the Attack to Cemevi in Ankara…

The trial of the case against 3 people for the attack against a Cemevi and 2 Alevi institutions in Ankara on July 30, 2022 is held at Ankara Penal Court of First Instance No. 15 on March 23, 2023. The court rejected involvement demand of Ankara Bar Association, decided to continue detention of A. O.K. and adjourned the trial to May 15, 2023.

(04/153) Non-Prosecution About Torture and Ill-Treatment Allegations in Mardin…

It is learned that on April 18, 2023 Nusaybin Public Prosecutor’s Office decided non-prosecution, on the grounds that the police officers were not identified, regarding the criminal complaint about physical violence of the police against 1 person on the grounds of wearing traditional clothes, while this person was leaving the Newroz celebration in Nusaybin district of Mardin on March 21, 2023.

(04/154) Ban of Access to Web Contents…

It is learned that the news reports about journalist Hilal Kaplan, published on,, websites were banned to access on the grounds of violation of personal rights, by Istanbul Penal Court of Peace No. 6 on April 14, 2023.

It is learned that 1 news report and 1 article about the book “SS” of Barış Terkoğlu and Barış Pehlivan, published on website are banned on the grounds of violation of personal rights by Ankara Penal Court of Peace No. 2 on April 16, 2023.

(04/155) Earthquakes in Antep and Maraş…

It is learned from the news coverage that, the number of contractors who were arrested for their responsibility in the buildings collapsed in Antep and Maraş earthquakes is 332 as of April 17, 2023.

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