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21 – 23 November 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

21 – 23 November 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/237) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 20, 2020 that, 1 TKP/ML TİKKO militant (Ferdi Tosun) died in an air operation of Turkish armed Forces to rural areas of Tunceli on October 30, 2020.

It is learned from the news coverage of November 20, 2020 that, 1 militant died in a clash between Turkish Armed Forces units and HPG militants in Zap area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on November 15, 2020.

(11/238) Person Died in Van…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 21, 2020 that, a person named Adnan Karahan lost his life after falling into a ditch dug by security forces at the Iranian border in rural areas of Kurucan village of Saray district of Van. It is reported that Adnan Karahan’s body is taken to Provincial Forensic Institution for investigation.

(11/239) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 20, 2020 that, prisoners in Diyarbakır Women’s Prison are asked translation fee for their letters in Kurdish.

It is learned from the news coverage of November 21, 2020 that, in some wards of Kocaeli Gebze Women’s Prison, some prisoners have to sleep on the floor because of over-capacity.

It is learned from the news coverage of November 21, 2020 that, in Denizli T Type Prison 30 people are kept in wards for 20 prisoners, and some prisoners have to sleep on the floors.

It is learned from the news coverage of November 21, 2020 that, a colouring book and crayons sent for a one-year-old baby (A. H.) who is kept in Kocaeli Kandıra F Type Prison with her mother, were not given by prison administration on the grounds that “a baby cannot hold crayons”.

(11/240) People Subjected to Physical Violence of Soldiers in Van…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 20, 2020 that, 2 people (Lokman Orhan and Mehmer Şakir) who were detained by soldiers in Gevaş district of Van on November 16, 2020, were subjected to physical violence of soldiers.

It is reported that Gevaş District Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation against 4 soldiers.

(11/241) Person Subjected to Torture and Ill-Treatment in a Police Raid in Mersin…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 20, 2020 that, a person named Osman Alkış was forced to wait lying face-down and with a gun held to his head for 6 hours, during his house was searched by the police raiding the house in Akdeniz district of Mersin on November 19, 2020. It is reported that Osman Alkış was not detained.

(11/242) Detained Human Rights Defenders, Lawyers and Members of Associations in Diyarbakır…

On November 20, 2020, 72 people including human rights defenders, politicians, lawyers; members and executives of trade unions, foundations and associations were detained on the warrant issued by Diyarbakır Public Prosecutor’s Office issued a warrant through the investigation against Democratic Society Congress (DTK). 22 lawyers who were detained are released after statement procedures at the police on the same day.

Released lawyers are: Bünyamin Şeker, Abdulkadir Güleç, Ahmet Kalpak, Cemile Turhallı Balsak, Devrim Barış Baran, Diyar Çetedir, Eshat Aktaş, Feride Laçin, Gamze Yalçın, İmran Gökdere, Edip Yiğit, Resul Tamur, Sedat Aydın, Serdar Talay, Aydın Kesmez, Sernet Akten, Tevfik Karahan, Edip Yiğit, Pirozhan Karaali, Serhat Karaşin, Mahsum Batı, Şivan Cemil Özen.

(11/243) Detained People in Bursa…

On November 20, 2020, 6 people (Ercan Gökçe, Sinan Gökçe, Süleyman Saydam, Mehmet Kılınç, Cem and Hüseyin with unknown surnames) are detained in house raids in Bursa. It is learned that these 6 people were detained for participating in the hunger strike in 2019, which was staged in several prisons to demand an end to isolation of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan.

It is reported that 2 people (Ercan Gökçe and Sinan Gökçe) were released for they receive treatment for Covid-19.

(11/244) Detained People in Urfa…

5 people (Mahmut Sefer, Mehmet Parsak, Adnan Parsak, İsmail Koştu and 1 more person) of 10 people who were detained in Suruç district of Urfa on November 14, 2020, are released by the court on November 20, 2020. It is learned that 5 people are still under custody.

(11/245) Detained DBP Executive in Diyarbakır…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 22, 2020 that, İhsan Çapan, Silvan district executive of Democratic Regions Party (DBP), was detained at Silvan District Security Directorate, where he went to make his official statement in relation to the quarrel with the people having a sit-in protest in front of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Diyarbakır office.

(11/246) Police Raid to Cemevi in Istanbul…

It is learned that Armutlu Cemevi (an Alevi place of worship) in Sarıyer district of Istanbul is raided by the police on November 20, 2020. It is reported that 5 people in Cemevi are detained. Detained people are: Beyhan Gün, Eser Çelik, Halil Yakut, Emircan Yazı, Rezzan Şengül.

It is learned that the house where lawyer Aytaç Ünsal is receiving treatment and care after the death fast he had to demand a fair trial, was also raided, but nobody in this house was detained.

(11/247) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration of HDP in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul on November 21, 2020, to protest detention of human rights defenders, politicians and lawyers in Diyarbakır; and detained 22 people including HDP’s provincial co-chairs.

It is learned that 21 people were released after statement procedures at the police on the same day, while 1 person is still under custody in relation to another investigation.

Names of detained people learned so far are: HDP Istanbul co-chairs Erdal Avcı and Elif Bulut, provincial executives Pınar Türk, Atilla Özdoğan, Beser Çelik, Erkan Tepeli, Zekine Türkeri, Eylem Doğan, HDP Ümraniye district co-chair Kadriye Doğan, Şişli district co-chair Ani Kalk, İsmail Türkmen, Koray Türkay, Vedat Güneşçi, Turgut Uyar, Ramazan Tutku, Cahit Tunar, Bayram Tecer, Oruç Karacık, Oktay Urak, Ürün Karaca.

(11/248) Former HDP Co-Chair on Trial…

The first trial of the case against HDP’s former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, for his declaration about the chief prosecutor of Ankara, is held at Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 25 on November 20, 2020.

The indictment demands jail sentence from 3 years to 8 years for Selahattin Demirtaş, on the charges of ‘targeting a public officer assigned in anti-terrorism’ and ‘threat’.

Selahattin Demirtaş joined the trial from prison via sound and vision system. The court rejected Selahattin Demirtaş’s demand to participate in trials in person, and adjourned the trial to February 5, 2021.

(11/249) Former Mayor on Trial…

The final trial of the case against Edibe Şahin, former Tunceli mayor, is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 10 on November 20, 2020. Edibe Şahin is charged with ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘participating in unlawful meetings and demonstrations and not dispersing despite of warning’. Edibe Şahin joined the trial from prison via sound and vision system. The court acquitted Edibe Şahin.

(11/250) Children on Trial in Van…

It is learned that the indictment of Van Public Prosecutor’s Office against 3 children (Ö. S. [14, m], Ş. Y. [16, m] and O. D. [17, m]) is accepted by Van Heavy Penal Court No 6 and the first trial will be held on February 25, 2021.

The indictment demands jail sentence from 10 years to 26 years for 3 children, on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’, ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’, ‘resisting a public officer to prevent his duty’, ‘possession or exchange of hazardous substances without permission’ and ‘insult’. 3 children were detained in İpekyolu district of Van on February 15, 2019 and they were subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody.

It is learned that the investigation which started upon the criminal complaint of Van Bar Association in relation to torture and ill-treatment to these 3 children, is still in process.

(11/251) Ban of Access to Web Contents…

It is learned that the news reports about the criminal complaint to the Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors, made by lawyers of HDP’s former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, which were published on https://www.demokrathaber.org/ and https://www.tr724.com/ websites in 2016 and 2019, are banned to access on the grounds violation of personal rights, by Konya Penal Court of Peace No 2 on November 13, 2020.

It is learned that the news reports about the gold mining company which uses cyanide in Erbaa district of Tokat, which were published on https://www.gercekgundem.com/ and  https://www.birgun.net/ websites are banned to access on the grounds violation of personal rights, by Istanbul Penal Court of Peace No 10 on November 17, 2020.

It is learned that the news reports and entries about high school students who were locked in dormitory room of the school by the principal in Bursa, which were published on https://www.birgun.net/ and https://eksisozluk.com/ websites are banned on the grounds of violation of personal rights, by Access Providers Association on November 17, 2020.

It is learned that the news reports about allegations of bribery of former AKP mayor of Şefaatli district of Yozgat, which were published on https://www.sozcu.com.tr/ and https://dokuz8haber.net/ websites are banned to access on the grounds violation of personal rights, by Yozgat Penal Court of Peace on November 18, 2020.

It is learned that Jinnews news agency’s website https://jinnews11.xyz is banned to access by Diyarbakır Penal Court of Peace on November 20, 2020. It is reported that websites of Jinnews are banned to access for 3 times in the last month.

It is learned from the news coverage of November 22, 2020 that, 272 websites are banned to access by Diyarbakır Penal Court of Peace upon criminal complaint of Department of Cyber Crime of Diyarbakır Gendarmerie Command.

(11/252) Ban of Events in Kocaeli…

Kocaeli Governorate made a declaration on November 22, 2020 and banned demonstrations and open-door meetings in the city for 30 days as of November 22, 2020.

(11/253) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On November 21, 2020, 39 people are detained in operations covering 7 cities through an Istanbul based investigation.

(11/254) Covid-19 Pandemic…

The Ministry of Health declared that 141 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 5,103 new Covid-19 ill patients were diagnosed on November 20, 2020.

The Ministry of Health declared that 135 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 5,532 new Covid-19 ill patients were diagnosed on November 21, 2020.

The Ministry of Health declared that 139 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 6,017 new Covid-19 ill patients were diagnosed on November 22, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 12,358 and total number of confirmed ill patients is 446,822 as of November 22, 2020.

It is learned that 5 health workers (Professor Asım Cenani in Istanbul, pharmacy technician Abdulaziz Umuç in Urfa, nurse Nuran Arslan in Kütahya, driver Mahmut Kara in Osmaniye Provincial Directorate of Health, sanitation worker Medeni Güler in Bingöl Maternity Hospital) died from Covid-19 on November 21, 2020.

It is learned that 2 health workers (driver Yakup Tunga in Sungurlu District Community Health Center in Çorum and Cuma Kaşık in Maraş Provincial Directorate of Health) died from Covid-19 on November 22, 2020.

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[5] Daily Human Rights Reports are prepared on the information gathered by the Documentation Center from its own network and the following dailies and internet portals: Vatan, Milliyet, Hürriyet, Habertürk, Evrensel, Birgün, Cumhuriyet, Fırat Haber Ajansı, Jinnews, ETHA, Mezopotamya Ajansı, Yurt, Yeni Yaşam, NTV, Yeni Asya, Bianet, Halkinsesi.tv, Cnnturk, Tr724, İleri Haber, Siyasi Haber, Alınteri, Kızılbayrak, Sendika.org, Yüksekova Haber, T24, Diken, Gazete Karınca, Gazete Duvar. Haber Sol, El Cezire, BBC, Deutsche Welle, Reuters, AFP.