18 August 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

18 August 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/132) Syrian Person Died in Racist Assault in Istanbul…

It is learned that, 6 Syrian citizens were subjected to verbal assault of an anonymous person who then opened fire against them in Zeytinburnu district of Istanbul on August 17, 2020. It is reported that Abdulkadir Davud (21) died due to fire opened.

Ahmet Uzun, a witness, stated the following: “We went to the bus station to go home. (…) A man that we do not know started to curse us from his window. We asked ‘Why are cursing us, what did we do to you?’. He said ‘F..k off Syrians’, he swore very badly. We did not swear at him. (…) Then he went into his house. His wife came to the balcony and she said ‘run away, he is drunk, he went to get his gun’. We started to run away. I heard three times of gunfire. Two of them hit Abdulkadir, one fell down. When we get back to there, we found the boy in blood”.

(08/133) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 1 village guard died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in Çaldıran district of Van on August 17, 2020.

It is learned from the news coverage of August 17, 2020 that, 1 militant died in a clash between Turkish Armed Forces units and HPG militants in Haftanin area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on July 23, 2020.

(08/134) Detained Person for Social Media Posts in Diyarbakır…

1 person (Seyfettin Kardaş) who was detained for social media posts, in Diyarbakır on August 13, 2020 is released on August 17, 2020.

(08/135) Detained Human Rights Defender and Others in Hakkari…

12 of 13 people including Pınar Yılmaz, executive board member of Human Rights Association (IHD) Hakkari branch, who were detained on August 14, 2020, in house raids in Yüksekova and Şemdinli districts of Hakkari, through an investigation against Democratic Society Congress (DTK); are arrested by the court on August 17, 2020. 1 person is released.

Arrested people are: Pınar Yılmaz, Şükrü Çallı, Nihat Turgut, Ramazan Erik, Mehmet Emin Seven, Ömer Faruk Tekin, Mesut Kıratlı, Reşît Güneç, Mehmet Çapraz, Ümit Duman, Felem Aker, Musa Bor.

(08/136) Detained HDP Executive and Others in Şırnak…

5 of 11 people including HDP’s Silopi district executive Delil Ürek, who were detained in house raids in Beytüşşebap, İdil, Cizre and Silopi districts of Şırnak on August 15, 2020, are arrested by the court on August 17, 2020. Arrested people are: Delil Ürek, M. Emin Nart, Hacı Bağata, Mesut Yağarcık, Özgür Yıldız. 6 people are released provided that 2 of them will be on judicial control conditions.

(08/137) Detained People in Siirt…

16 people who were detained in house raids in Siirt on August 16, 2020 are released by the court on August 17, 2020. Some of the detained people were: Adalet Özer, Nevzat Elçi, Mahsun Polat, Mehmet Şefik Bilenç, Müşerif Dalkılıç, Sait Özbay, Kemal Cengiz, M. Şirin Altan, Şevket Dalkılıç, Şefik Bilen.

(08/138) LGBTIQ+ Person Subjected to Discrimination by a Hospital Doctor in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 17, 2020 that, a person named M. P. who applied to emergency service of Taksim Research and Training Hospital in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul on August 15, 2020, was subjected to discrimination of the doctor on duty and was not medically treated because of being an LGBTIQ+ person.

  1. P. stated the following on discrimination: “The doctor on emergency service duty started to talk in a nervous manner. The doctor stood up and started to yell me saying ‘dude’. He made a hand signal saying ‘go away’ and tried to throw the bottle of disinfectant on the table. Security officers have not intervened until that point. Then the doctor said ‘I will not treat you f.g’ and took the bottle of disinfectant, and said ‘throw him away’ to the security officers. (…) I told the security officers that I was not going to leave the hospital without being treated. And demanded another doctor to see me, and they said ‘there is no doctor here to treat you’.”

(08/139) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 22 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1.233 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on August 17, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 5,996 and total number of confirmed cases is 250.542 as of August 17, 2020.

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