24 January 2024 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

24 January 2024 Daily Human Rights Report

(01/191) Private Security Officers Intervene against University Students in Adana…

It is learned from the news coverage of January 24, 2024, that students who wanted to make an announcement at Adana Çukurova University about Zeren Ertaş, who lost her life due to the fall of an elevator at Güzelhisar Dormitory for Girls in Aydın on October 25, 2023, were subjected to physical and verbal violence of private security guards. It is reported that 4 students were subjected to an investigation and 3 students were given reprimand and 1 student was suspended.

Sidar Üngör, the student who was suspended, made the following statements to the press: “At the beginning of the semester, we gathered at Çukurova University’s central cafeteria to make an announcement to commemorate Zeren Ertaş, whom we lost as a result of negligence, and our classmates who were driven to suicide due to anxiety about their future. The school’s private security unit carried out a harsh intervention here. Since I was recording the intervention on camera, they tried to seize my phone and intervened against me as well. We were beaten, verbally and physically harassed and threatened. (…) Afterwards, we were investigated by the Student Affairs Department. When we went to submit our defense, we saw that the disciplinary commission was biased. Our words were brushed off and not taken seriously. At the end of the process, while other friends were given penalties that were changed from suspension to reprimand on the grounds that they had no previous disciplinary penalties, I was given a one-month suspension without any justification, even though I had no previous disciplinary penalties reported to me.”

(01/192) Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan Not Responded to…

It is learned that the appeal made on January 23, 2024, to the chief public prosecutor’s office in Bursa by the lawyers of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, and Ömer Hayri Konar, Hamili Yıldırım and Veysi Aktaş in Imralı Prison, to visit them was not responded to.

(01/193) Party Executives and Activists on Trial in Van…

The retrial of 6 party executives and activists [Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) former provincial co-chair Handan Karakoyun, HDP parliament member Berken Kızılkaraboğa, Tevgera Jinên Azad (TJA) activist Mukaddes Karakoç, STAR Women’s Association Chair Serap Güvenç, TJA activist Havar Derya Rojbin Akdağ and one more person whose name is unknown] who were charged with ‘being a member of an illegal organization’ in Van, started on January 24, 2024, at Van Heavy Penal Court No 7. The court adjourned the hearing to a later date.

9 of 15 women politicians and activists who were detained in house raids in Van on November 1, 2019 and were prosecuted, the case files of 9 of them were separated and the acquittal verdict of Van Heavy Penal Court No 7 for 6 of 9 people was overturned by Van Regional Court of Appeals.

(01/194) Journalist on Trial in Istanbul…

The trial of the case against journalist İsmail Saymaz, upon the complaint of the judge overseeing the Gezi Park Trial, continued on January 23, 2024, at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 24. The indictment demands a sentence for the journalist on the charges of ‘insulting a public officer over duty’ and ‘targeting a public officer who took part in the fight against terrorism’. The court acquitted the journalist.

(01/195) Journalists on Trial in Ankara…

The first hearing of the case against DİSK Basın-İş Chair and Gerçek Gündem Managing Director Faruk Eren and Gerçek Gündem Editor Furkan Karabay, upon the complaint of former Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor and later Constitutional Court Member İrfan Fidan, started on January 23, 2024, at Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 4. The indictment demands a sentence for the journalists on the charge of ‘targeting people who took part in the fight against terrorism’. In the prosecution’s opinion on the merits, journalists were demanded to be sentenced. The court rejected the request to lift the judicial control condition on the journalists and adjourned the hearing to March 5, 2024.

(01/196) Journalist on Trial in Bitlis…

The final hearing of the case against Sinan Aygül, journalist and chair of Bitlis Journalists’ Association, on the charge of ‘insult’ for his remarks about the mayor’s bodyguards attacking him, was held at Tatvan Penal Court of First Instance No 1 on January 24, 2024. The court sentenced the journalist to 2 months and 5 days in prison.

(01/197) Amedspor Fans Banned from the Game…

It is learned that Düzce Provincial Sports Security Board decided not to admit Amedspor fans to the football match between Düzcespor and Amedspor on January 27, 2024.

(01/198) People Detained and Arrested in Relation with the Coup Attempt…

19 people were detained in Izmir on January 23, 2024.

A person in Bursa with a finalized prison sentence of 6 years and 3 months was taken to prison after being detained in a house raid on 24 January 2024.

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