19 August 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

19 August 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/140) Child Subjected to Sexual Assault by a Soldier in Batman…

It is learned that 17-year-old girl İ. E. who was subjected to sexual assault of specialised sergeant M. O. and who attempted to suicide on July 16, 2020; died in hospital on August 18, 2020.

Specialised sergeant M. O. was detained on July 16, 2020 in Siirt and was released by the court on judicial control conditions on July 17, 2020.

The indictment of Siirt Public Prosecutor’s Office against M. O., was returned by Siirt Heavy Penal Court on the grounds of missing witness statements. It is learned that the prosecutor’s office appealed to the court’s decision, and M. O. is arrested upon the warrant issued by the court.

(08/141) Person Subjected to Police Violence in Ankara…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 18, 2020 that a quarrel took place between traffic police officers and a driver they stopped, and the police committed physical violence to the driver.

(08/142) Suruç Massacre Case…

The trial of the case on Urfa Heavy Penal Court No 5, for the massacre in Suruç where 33 people died on July 20, 2015, continued to be held on August 18, 2020.

The court rejected to hear Ahmet Davutoğlu, Prime Minister back then, as a witness; and to consolidate the investigation against Abdullah Ömer Aslan, an imam who was heard as witness, with the case file, and adjourned the trial to November 16, 2020.

(08/143) Penalty Fine to HDP Executive…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 18, 2020 that, Mehmet Akat, district co-chair of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Saruhanlı district of Manisa, is given a penalty fine of 1000 Turkish Liras by Silivri Sub-Governorate in Istanbul, on the grounds of violating Article 282 of Public Health Law for participating in the march from Silivri to Edirne as a part of HPD’s “Democracy Against Coup March” on June 15, 2020. Mehmet Akat and 9 other people were detained for they rejected the police officers asking for their identity cards to check at a rest stop in Silivri, and they were released afterwards.

(08/144) Ban of Access to Web Contents…

It is learned that news reports on Hulusi Akar, Minister of National Defence, published on,, websites are banned to access by Istanbul Anadolu Penal Court of Peace No 4 on August 17, 2020. It is learned that the reason of ban is violation of personal rights.

(08/145) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On August 18, 2020, 41 people are detained in operations covering 40 cities through an Izmir based investigation against Turkish Armed Forces personnel; 30 people are detained in operations covering 16 cities through an Istanbul based investigation against Turkish Armed Forces personnel; and 18 people are detained in operations covering 14 cities through an Ankara based investigation against Turkish Air Force.

13 people who were detained in Ayvacık district of Çanakkale, in alleged attempt to illegally flee abroad, are arrested by the court on August 18, 2020.

(08/146) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 20 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,263 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on August 18, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 6,016 and total number of confirmed cases is 251,805 as of August 18, 2020.

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