2 February 2022 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

2 February 2022 Daily Human Rights Report

(02/010) Person Forced to be a Police Informant in Ankara…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 1, 2022 that, a person named Berşan Erdoğan was forced to be a police informant and threatened by persons who represent themselves as police officers in Ankara.

Berşan Erdoğan stated the following to the press: “I was on streets for Enes Kara recently, and one day after that protest a police called me and made threats. That police told me that they would not be soft on me and would confront me if I do not give information (…) I was threatened as I rejected to be a police informant.”

(02/011) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 1, 2022 that, in Izmir Şakran Women’s Prison, 23 people are kept in a ward for 11, the amount of food given to prisoners is reduced, an instrument of a prisoner were broken during ward searches, contact visits are restricted to 20 minutes although it should be 45 minutes, and the clothes sent to prisoners were not given to them.

(02/012) Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan Not Responded…

It is learned that the appeal made on February 1, 2022 to chief public prosecutor’s office in Bursa by lawyers of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan in order to visit him was not responded.

(02/013) Police Intervention to a Protest in Ankara…

The police used physical violence against the press declaration of the Education and Science Employees’ Union (Eğitim-Sen) and the Education and Science Workers’ Union (Eğitim-iş) to protest the proposal on Teachers’ Professional Law in front of the Grand National Assembly in Ankara on February 1, 2022. It is reported that the participators were forcibly removed from the place and nobody was detained.

It is learned that KRT TV channel reporter was subjected to physical violence of the police.

(02/014) Police Prevention to a Protest in Diyarbakır…

The police prevented the press declaration of the Prisoners’ Families Solidarity Association (TUHAY-DER) about suspicious deaths of prisoners, in front of Diyarbakır D Type Prison on February 1, 2022. It is learned that the police prevented the journalists too.

(02/015) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration which were made within the scope of “I Want My Job Back Protest” in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on February 1, 2022 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(02/016) Police Intervention to a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of Şişli Municipality workers in front of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) on February 1, 2022 and forced people away from the building by using physical violence.

(02/017) Özgür Gündem Case…

On November 3, 2020, the Penal Department No 3 of Istanbul Regional Court has reversed the verdict of acquittal of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Turkey representative Erol Önderoğlu, writer Ahmet Nesin and Human Rights Foundation of Turkey chair and Turkish Medical Association (TTB) chair Professor Şebnem Korur Fincancı, in the “Özgür Gündem case”. On July 17, 2019, Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 13 have acquitted Erol Önderoğlu, Ahmet Nesin and Professor Şebnem Korur Fincancı who were on trial for participating in “Editors in Chief on Watch” campaign to support Özgür Gündem newspaper which was closed down by a state of emergency decree.

The retrial of the case is held on February 1, 2022. The court decided to await the response for the writ on Ahmet Nesin’s official statement and adjourned the trial to June 14, 2022.

(02/018) Co-Mayors on Trial in Mardin…

The trial of the case against Nilüfer Elik Yılmaz, HDP co-mayor of Kızıltepe district; and Gülistan Öncü, HDP co-mayor of Savur district, is held at Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 2 on February 1, 2022.

The trial is adjourned as one of the judges has tested positive for Covid-19.

The Ministry of Interior appointed sub-governors as trustees to Kızıltepe (on November 4, 2019) and to Savur (November 16, 2019). Gülistan Öncü was detained on November 15, 2019 and was arrested on November 26, 2019. Nilüfer Elik Yılmaz was detained on December 12, 2019 and was arrested by the court on December 16, 2019. Öncü and Yılmaz were released from the prison on April 1, 2021.

(02/019) ECHR Decision on HDP MPs…

It is learned that the European Court of Human Rights has finalised the appeal on the lift of impunities of 40 parliamentary members including HDP’s former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş on February 1, 2022.

The court concluded that lift of impunities was against Turkish Constitution and the freedom of expression was violated. The court ruled Turkey to pay a compensation of 200,000 Euro to the parliamentary members.

(02/020) Helin Hasret Şen Case…

The trial of the case against police officer A. E., for death of Helin Hasret Şen, is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 1 on February 1, 2022. Helin Hasret Şen, a 12-year-old child, had lost her life due to fire opened from an armoured police vehicle on October 12, 2015, during curfew in Sur district of Diyarbakır.

A police officer is held as witness at the trial. After defence hearings and the declarations of Helin Hasret Şen’s family lawyers, the court refused to arrest the defendant police officer and adjourned the trial to April 4, 2022.

On April 6, 2021, Diyarbakır Governorate gave the permission for investigation of police officer A. E., which means that the case will be on trial again.

(02/021) Covid-19 Pandemic…

The Ministry of Health declared that 198 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and the daily number of Covid-19 cases is 93,261 as of February 1, 2022.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 87,614 and total number of confirmed ill patients is 11,722,483 as of February 1, 2022.

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