26 January 2022 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

26 January 2022 Daily Human Rights Report

(01/246) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of January 25, 2022 that, Murat Karataş, a prisoner in Hatay İskenderun M Type Prison was subjected to physical violence of the correction officers. It is also stated in the news reports that the correction officers saying “I will let you know me as your pain ends” and threatened Murat Karataş.

It is learned from the news coverage of January 25, 2022 that, in Şırnak T Type Prison, the heating systems in wards operate in low levels and irregularly, the prisoners are given hot water only 2 days a week, and prison commissary shopping which should be done every week, is allowed once in every two weeks.

(01/247) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of January 25, 2022 that, 5 prisoners (Mehmet Süleyman Uçağan, Turfan İlbaş, Hüseyin Karadaş and 2 more prisoners) in Tekirdağ F Type Prison No 2, are on indefinite hunger strike since January 17, 2022, as they have no security of life after suspicious death of Vedat Erkmen in prison.

(01/248) Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan Not Responded…

It is learned that the appeal made on January 25, 2022 to chief public prosecutor’s office in Bursa by lawyers of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan in order to visit him was not responded.

(01/249) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration which were made within the scope of “I Want My Job Back Protest” in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on January 25, 2022 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(01/250) Detained Union Executive in Antalya…

İlhan Karakurt, Antalya provincial chair of the Union of All Municipality and Local Administration Employees (Tüm Bel-Sen) is detained in the union office on January 25, 2022. The reason of detention is his expressions in the press declaration which will be held on January 27, 2022, about the trial of the case against 48 people who had protested the governorate’s ban on a meeting of the Confederation of Public Employees’ Union (KESK) in 2016.

(01/251) Journalist on Trial in Hakkari…

The final trial of the case against Elif Çetiner, former executive editor of Mezopotamya News Agency, is held at Hakkari Penal Court of First Instance No 2 on January 19, 2022.

The indictment demands sentence for Elif Çetiner on the charge of ‘following and recording private conversations without consent’.

After defence hearings the court sentenced Elif Çetiner to 1 year 8 months and 4 days.

(01/252) Person on Trial in Izmir…

The trial of the case against ill prisoner Devrim Ayık is held at Izmir Heavy Penal Court No 2 on January 25, 2022.

Devrim Ayık joined the trial from prison via sound and vision system. The court decided to continue detention of Devrim Ayık and adjourned the trial to April 8, 2022.

(01/253) Journalist on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The retrial of the case against Dicle News Agency reporter Ramazan Akoğul, as the verdict of Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 4 was reversed by Diyarbakır Regional Court, is held on January 25, 2022. The court adjourned the trail to May 10, 2022.

(01/254) HDP Executive on Trial in Hatay…

The final trial of the case against the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Iskenderun district co-chair Abdurrahim Şahin, on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ is held at Hatay Heavy Penal Court No 2 on January 25, 2022. The court sentenced Abdurrahim Şahin to 2 years and 1 month.

(01/255) Investigation Against Journalist…

It is learned from the news coverage of January 25, 2022 that, a Halkın Günlüğü news portal executive editor Bahatitn Seçilir made his official statement in Istanbul through the investigation against him for the news report about Onur Gencer, who had organized an armoured attack on HDP’s Izmir office and killed Deniz Poyraz.

(01/256) Proceedings Against Parliamentary Members…

It is learned from the news coverage of January 25, 2022 that, 12 proceedings demanding lift of impunity of 10 parliamentary members are submitted to Grand National Assembly.

Parliamentary members subjected to proceedings are:

  • Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Co-chair and Diyarbakır MP Salihe Aydeniz (2 proceedings)
  • HDP Diyarbakır MP Remziye Tosun (2 proceedings)
  • HDP Mardin MP Ebru Günay
  • HDP Şırnak MP Hüseyin Kaçmaz
  • HDP Şırnak MP Nuran İmir
  • HDP Urfa MP Nusrettin Maçin
  • HDP Muş MP Gülistan Kılıç Koçyiğit
  • HDP Batman MP Ayşe Acar Başaran
  • HDP Iğdır MP Habip Eksik
  • HDP Siirt MP Sıdık Taş.

(01/257) Ban of Access to Web Contents…

It is learned that Etkin News Agency website is banned to access on the grounds of “protection of national security and public order” by Diyarbakır Penal Court of Peace No 3 on January 24, 2022.

(01/258) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On January 25, 2022, 23 people are detained in operations covering 20 cities through an Ankara based investigation.

(01/259) Covid-19 Pandemic…

The Ministry of Health declared that 174 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and the daily number of Covid-19 cases is 76,341 as of January 25, 2022.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 86,299 and total number of confirmed ill patients is 11,090,493 as of January 25, 2022.

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