29-31 August 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

29 – 31 August 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/209) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

Ministry of National Defence declared on August 29, 2020 that 2 soldiers died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in Doğubayazıt district of Ağrı.

It is learned from the news coverage of August 30, 2020 that 2 HPG militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to Haftanin area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on August 20, 2020.

(08/210) Attack to Workers’ Party of Turkey MP in Istanbul…

Barış Atay, Hatay MP and Vice President of Workers’ Party of Turkey (TİP) is attacked by an unidentified group in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on August 31, 2020. Barış Atay stated the following: “A person coming behind me pounced on me. I rescued myself from this person and then 3 or 4 people started to punch me behind my back. They made me fell down while I was trying to defence myself. They started to hit my head and my body. My friends called the police at that time and these people ran away. They were shouting ‘traitor’ to me while they were beating and cursing me.”

Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu has shared a post on social media, “I cannot be a ‘rapist protector’ but you would make quite a rapist. Watch out, don’t get caught”, mentioning Barış Atay.

(08/211) Detained People in Istanbul for Protests About Death Fasts in Prisons and Lawyer Ebru Timtik’s Funeral…

19 of 21 people who were detained in police intervention to a protest about death fasts in prisons in front of President’s house in Üsküdar district of Istanbul on August 27, 2020 are released by the court on judicial control conditions on August 28, 2020. 1 person (Hüseyin Kütük) is arrested and 1 person (Metin Kaleli) is released on house confinement. People released on judicial control conditions are: Özgürcan Elbiz, Bakican Işık, Burak Baran Katar, Yıldız Turan, Ali Hasan Akgül, Cansu İrem Kalender, Hatun Polat, Aydın Gevin, Özlem Balkı, Sevcan Akdoğan, Beyhan Gün, Eren Yılmaz, Coşkun Öztekin, Emircan Yazı, Gökhan Uysal, Mehmet Güvel, Berkay Köroğlu, Kubilay Yılmaz, Turgut Onur.

On August 30, 2020, 1 person (Erkan Munar) is detained in front of President’s house in Üsküdar district of Istanbul.

3 people (Ayhan Balık, Emir Karakum, Vedat Doğan) who were detained in police intervention against people who were waiting at Forensic Medicine Institution to receive Ebru Timtik’s body on August 28, 2020, are released by the court on judicial control conditions on August 29, 2020.

(08/212) Police Intervention to a March in Kırşehir…

The police prevented the march of Republican People’s Party (CHP) for August 30 Victory Day in Kırşehir. It is learned that CHP’s Kırşehir MP Metin İlhan was subjected to physical violence of the police.

(08/213) Police Intervention to a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the anti-drug protest of Batıkent Solidarity Platform in Yenimahalle district of Ankara on August 28, 2020. It is learned that 3 people were detained and they were released on the same day. Names of detained people are unknown.

(08/214) Police Raid to CHP Member’s House in Istanbul…

It is learned that house of Mutlu Yıldırım, a member of CHP Avcılar Youth Branch, is raided by the police on August 29, 2020, on the grounds of his social media post about lawyer Ebru Timtik who lost her life in death fast. Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu has shared a post on social media on August 29, 2020, in relation to Mutlu Yıldırım’s social media post and said the following: “Veteran Mustafa Kemal and his fellows, our heroic ancestors did struggle for freedom but it was not for those terrorist traitors from DHKP-C [Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front] would be referred as martyrs. Tell August 30 to CHP Youth Branch, not to us”.

(08/215) Arrested Writer in Aydın…

Writer Musa Dinç, who was detained in Didim district of Aydın, on the grounds of obscene expressions in his children’s book, is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘publishing obscene materials which include sexual acts with children, animals, or a human corpse’ on August 28, 2020.

(08/216) Assault to a Party Office in Ankara…

On August 30, 2020, an assault was committed by 2 people against Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) office in Keçiören district of Ankara. There were no casualties due to assault, the party flags in front of the office were burnt down. It is learned that 1 person is detained in relation to the assault and 1 person is being searched.

(08/217) Ban of a Theatre Play in Izmir…

It is learned that the play “Kuvayi Milliye Destanı” [Turkish Revolutionaries Epic Story] which was to be staged in Izmir, is banned by Izmir Governorate on the grounds of precautions for Covid-19 pandemic.

(08/218) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On August 28, 2020, 24 people are detained in operations covering 28 cities through an Izmir based investigation; and 10 people are detained in operations covering 3 cities through a Mersin based investigation.

1 person who was detained in Istanbul is arrested by the court on August 28, 2020.

(08/219) City Council Member Given Back to Duty…

Ayşe Minaz, who was elected as city council member from HDP in Tuşba district of Van, and who was suspended by Ministry of Interior on July 2, 2020; is given back to her duty after non-prosecution decision of Van Public Prosecutor’s Office, on August 28, 2020.

(08/220) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 36 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,517 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on August 28, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 39 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,549 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on August 29, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 42 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,482 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on August 30, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 6,326 and total number of confirmed cases is 268,546 as of August 30, 2020.

Turkish Medical Association (TTB) chair Professor Sinan Adıyaman declared on August 28, 2020 that 32 physicians and 66 health workers died from Covid-19 since the first cases were diagnosed in Turkey.


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