21 August 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

21 August 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/155) People Subjected to Physical Violence of Gendarmerie in Van…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 20, 2020 that, Hayrettin Yücel, who was grazing his sheep in Beydoğan rural neighbourhood of Çaldıran district of Van, and his 15-year-old child were subjected to physical violence of gendarmerie on August 18, 2020.

It is stated in the news reports that 2 people were not given a medical report at the hospital that they were taken to, and they were threatened for not to make official complaint.

(08/156) Journalist Assaulted in Bursa…

Şaban Önen, grant holder of Karacabey Yörem local newspaper in Bursa, was assaulted by 4 people on August 20, 2020. It is learned that Şaban Önen got injured at face.

It is stated in the news reports that, the reason of the assault was news reports on Şaban Önen’s newspaper, about Ali Özkan, Karacabey district mayor from Justice and Development Party (AKP).

(08/157) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 20, 2020 that, 40 prisoners are kept in a ward for 25 people in Çorum L Type Prison; and prisoners are given hot water only 5 hours a week while the food given to prisoners was inadequate and non-hygienic.

(08/158) People Subjected to Penalty Fine in Adana…



It is learned from the news coverage of August 20, 2020 that, 32 people in Adana are subjected to penalty fine of 1,080 Turkish Liras each, which makes a total of 37,760 Turkish Liras, on the grounds of violating Article 282 of Public Health Law, for they participated in the press declaration and distribution of leaflets which were conducted by youth organisations on June 30 and July 3, 2020.

(08/159) Banners Removed by Police in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 19, 2020 that, informational banners about Istanbul Canal Project which were hanged at bridges by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality were removed by the police at midnight. The reason of removal is unknown.

(08/160) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 19 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,412 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on August 20, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 6,058 and total number of confirmed cases is 254,520 as of August 20, 2020.

It is learned from the news coverage of August 21, 2020 that, 15 prisoners in Bitlis E Type Prison tested positive for Covid-19. It is also stated in the news reports that prisoners who tested positive for Covid-19 were kept together with those who tested negative; and 2 prisoners in worsening conditions were hospitalized.

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