3 September 2021 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

3 September 2021 Daily Human Rights Report

(09/014) Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Custody in Diyarbakır…

The Lawyers for Freedom Association (OHD) Diyarbakır branch made a declaration on September 2, 2021 and announced that their client Sonuç Gürdeğir, was subjected to torture and ill-treatment in Diyarbakır where he was taken after being detained in Istanbul on August 24, 2021. The declaration goes as follows:

“The client was either handcuffed behind his back or his arms were twisted on his back at all times under custody. The door of his ward has been kicked constantly. He has been insulted, said ‘you cannot sleep, you rascal, inglorious’. Starting from 10 p. m. on August 28, 2021, the door of his ward was kicked until the next morning. At the night of August 30, he was beaten and taken to the interrogation room, and he was subjected to torture in that room. He has bruise and ecchymosis on his left eye, and he has made it shown to the surveillance cameras (…) The medical report given by the hospital is an evidence of the torture. But the staff at the hospital have made an injection to him while he was faced down and handcuffed behind his back. As he was passed out due to violence, the practice of hospital staff is continuation of systematically torture. He was also tried to be unconscious about night and day. He states that he could not understand the procedures, and that he was subjected to insults and curses. And he adds that he was forced to hear loud music to prevent him from sleeping. Insults, curses and physical violence were committed all the time as a systematic oppression.”

(09/015) Attack on Journalist in Ankara…

Journalist Celal Eren Çelik is subjected to the attack of unidentified persons in Ankara on September 2, 2021. It is learned that he was not harmed.

(09/016) Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan Not Responded…

It is learned that the appeal made on September 2, 2021 to chief public prosecutor’s office in Bursa by PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s lawyers in order to visit their client was not responded.

(09/017) Former MP on Trial…

The retrial of the case against Çağlar Demirel, former Diyarbakır MP of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 5 on September 2, 2021.

The Court of Cassation has reversed the local court’s verdict of 7 years and 6 months on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’, as the case was not consolidated with the main “KCK case”.

Çağlar Demirel attended the trial, and after her defence declarations the prosecutor demanded sentence for her on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ with two counts. The court decided to continue detention of Çağlar Demirel and adjourned the trial to September 21, 2021.

(09/018) Closure Case Against HDP…

It is learned that the Court of Cassation accepted HDP’s demand for 30 days of additional time to examine the case file and digital data through the closure case, on September 2, 2021.

(09/019) Prevention of a Journalist in Ankara…

It is learned that FOX TV channel reporter Barış Kaya, was not allowed in the Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters where he went to follow the party’s spokesperson Ömer Çelik’s press conference on September 2, 2021.

(09/020) Covid-19 Pandemic…

The Ministry of Health declared that 283 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and the daily number of Covid-19 cases is 23,496 as of September 2, 2021.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 57,983 and total number of confirmed ill patients is 6,435,803 as of September 2, 2021.

On September 3, 2021, doctor Aydın Özdemir in Istanbul and nurse Hilal Koşar in Bingöl lost their lives due to Covid-19.

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