20 August 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

20 August 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/147) People Subjected to Police Violence in Istanbul…

It is learned that 2 women were subjected to verbal and physical violence of the police in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on August 19, 2020; on the grounds of not wearing face masks. It is learned that 2 women who were handcuffed behind their backs and detained are released after statement procedures on the same day.

Istanbul Governorate declared that 2 police officers are suspended through the investigation on the case.

(08/148) Person Threatened by Police in Ağrı…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 19, 2020 that, Muhammet İlhan, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Youth Assembly member in Ağrı, was called by unknown people who claim themselves to be police officers on August 12, 2020; and was threatened by the police at Doğubayazıt District Security Directorate where he went afterwards. It is stated in the news reports that Muhammet İlhan was threatened once again at city centre on August 14, 2020.

Muhammet İlhan states the following: “They asked me questions about my future. They asked questions about HDP Headquarters employees. Then I was threatened by my family. They told me the workplaces of my sister and father. They told me that if anything spoken here would leak out, it would have results in my family’s jobs.”

(08/149) Police Interventions Against Protests in Batman and Istanbul…



The police prevented the press declaration to be held by HDP on August 19, 2020 in Batman, about 17-year-old girl İ. K. who were subjected to sexual assault of a specialised sergeant named M. O., and who lost her life in hospital after committing suicide on July 16, 2020.

4 people are detained after the press declaration of Women’s Liberation group for the same cause, at Taksim Square of Istanbul on August 20, 2020. Detained 4 people (Başak Yeşilot, Gamze Taşçı, Berivan Kurt and Burcugül Çubuk) are released after statement procedures on the same day.

(08/150) Detained City Council Member and Others in Siirt…

On August 19, 2020, 5 people including 2 members of city council from HDP, are detained in house raids in Siirt. The reason of detention is unknown.

Detained people are: city council members Hatice Tay and Sabri Basut; Faik Taş, Hayrettin Batur, İdris İlhan.

(08/151) Ban of Events in Şırnak…

Şırnak Governorate made a declaration on August 19, 2020 and announced that, demonstrations, press declarations, open-door meetings, protests, concerts, festivals, meetings, opening tents and stands, hunger strikes, commemorations, delivering leaflets, hanging banners and so on are banned for 15 days as of August 19, 2020.

(08/152) Administrative Fine for TV Channels…

On August 19, 2020, the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) issued TLC television channel with administrative fine, on the grounds that “it demonstrates homosexual relationships as a model” in the show “My Extraordinary Pregnancy”.

It is also learned that TELE1 television channel was issued with fine for the movie “Mr. Brooks”, TV8 television channel was issued with fine for the programme “Survivor 2020” and Akit TV channel was issued with fine for the expressions about RTUK stated by the host of a programme.

(08/153) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

1 person who was detained in Adana is arrested by the court on August 19, 2020.

(08/154) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 23 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,303 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on August 19, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 6,039 and total number of confirmed cases is 253,108 as of August 19, 2020.

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