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26 August 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

26 August 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/179) Soldier Died in Libya…

Ministry of National Defence declared on August 25, 2020 that 1 soldier (specialised sergeant Bilal Yılmaz) who was on duty in Libya, died in hospital where he was taken for health issues.

(08/180) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

Ministry of National Defence declared on August 24, 2020 that 1 soldier (Mesut Yıldırım) died after falling off cliffs during a practice in Şemdinli district of Hakkari.

(08/181) Soldier Died in Mersin…

Ministry of National Defence declared that 1 soldier (Cihat Şengil) who was injured in a car crash on July 27, 2020 in Mersin, died in hospital on August 25, 2020.

(08/182) Journalist Forced to be Police Informant in Diyarbakır…

It is learned from the news coverage of August 25, 2020 that, Cengiz Anıl Bölükbaş, Diyarbakır reporter of Evrensel newspaper, was forced to be a police informant by 3 people who claim themselves to be security intelligence officers.

Cengiz Anıl Bölükbaş stated the following: “I went to Batman for a news report, and when I came back to Diyarbakır, 3 people came to me and wanted to talk to me. These people show their identity cards and introduced themselves as security intelligence officers. They told me that they know that I have studied engineering in Antep, living in Diyarbakır for 13 or 14 months and studying German teaching here and they know details such as my birthdate and family information. And they stated that I work for Evrensel newspaper. And then they talked about the cases against me and the investigation on the charge of ‘insulting the President’. They said that these situations would become obstacles for my siblings in case they want to be public officer, and they told that they would help me about that. And in return, they wanted me to inform them about activities here, because they could follow activities here by technical methods but only 70-80 per cent. When I rejected to be their informant, they said ‘Think hard, the state would fill in this place in any other way, if you do not do it any other friend of you will’. I insisted on refusing and they said ‘We understand your decision but we will call you again two days later, we should have a dinner together’.”

(08/183) Child Subjected to Sexual Assault by a Soldier in Batman…

İpek Er, a 17-year-old girl who was subjected to sexual assault of specialised sergeant M. O. and who attempted to suicide on July 16, 2020; has lost her life in hospital on August 18, 2020. Specialised sergeant M. O. was arrested upon a warrant on August 18, 2020.

Following approval of Siirt Heavy Penal Court No 2 of the appeal of his lawyer, M. O. is released from prison on August 25, 2020. It is learned that prosecutor’s office appealed to release.

(08/184) Assault to Association of Journalists in Nevşehir…

It is learned that a vehicle of Association of Journalists in Nevşehir which was parked in front of its office was assaulted. 2 people (İ. H. and M. A.) who were detained in relation to the assault, are released by the court on judicial control conditions.

(08/185) Assault to a Journalist in Antalya…

On August 25, 2020, anonymous persons organized an armed assault to the resident of journalist Yakup Kocabaş, Gazipaşa district correspondent of Dim Medya in Antalya. It is learned that nobody was injured in the assault which broke windows of the house.

(08/186) Arrested HDP Executive in Diyarbakır…

Fatma Kavmaz, Bağlar district co-chair of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) who was detained on August 24, 2020 in Diyarbakır, is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on August 25, 2020.

(08/187) Detained Person in Maraş for Social Media Posts…

On August 25, 2020, a person named Arif Kocabıyık, is detained in Maraş on the charge of ‘provoking hatred and hostility among people’ in his social media posts. Arif Kocabıyık is released after statement procedures on the same day.

(08/188) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against 33 people is held at Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 2 is held on August 25, 2020. The court sentenced 1 person to 15 years, 1 person to 12 years, 3 people to 10 years, 1 person to 9 years and 9 months, 4 people to 9 years, 1 person to 8 years and 9 months, 1 person to 8 years and 1 month and 15 days, 6 people to 7 years and 6 months, 3 people to 6 years and 3 months, 1 person to 3 years, 1 person to 6 months and 22 days and 1 person to 1 year and 10 months and 15 days. The court decided to separate the cases against 4 defendants, to acquit 4 defendants, and decided to not to sentence 1 defendant.

(08/189) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 24 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,502 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on August 25, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 6,163 and total number of confirmed cases is 261,194 as of August 25, 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.