30 April – 5 May 2022 Daily Human Rights Report
(05/001) Operations and Attacks…
The Ministry of National Defence announced that 1 soldier (Nurettin Uzun) who got wounded on April 19, 2022 in the military operation “Claw-Lock” in the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government, died in hospital on April 30, 2022; and that 1 soldier (Mümin Çarkçı) who got wounded on April 30, 2022 died on the same day.
The Ministry of Interior announced that 1 soldier (lieutenant İsmail Can Akdeniz) died and 1 soldier (specialised sergeant Uğurcan Çakıcı) got wounded in a clash in Cudi Mountain area in Şırnak on May 1, 2022.
The Ministry of National Defence announced that 1 soldier (Talha Bahadır) died in an attack in “Olive Branch Operation Area” in Syria on May 4, 2022.
It is learned from the news coverage of May 5, 2022 that, 3 militants died in a clash between Turkish Armed Forces units and HPG militants in Zap area of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on April 22, 2022.
(05/002) Male Violence Monitoring Report…
According to “Male Violence Monitoring Report” of Bianet published on May 4, 2022, at least 29 women got killed by men in April 2022. It is also reported that 2 women were raped, at least 38 women were forced to sex work, 52 women were subjected to violence, 18 children were abused by men in April 2022.
(05/003) Trans Woman Killed in Istanbul…
It is learned that trans woman İpek Ağmaz was killed by an unknown man in Istanbul on May 3, 2022.
(05/004) Racist Attack in Istanbul…
It is learned from the news coverage of May 4, 2022 that, 3 Jordanian and Australian citizens, including 1 child, were attacked by a racist group of 5 people in the Başakşehir district of Istanbul on May 2, 2022. Ahmed Ahmedi, one of the persons who was attacked, stated the following to the press: “We were waiting for a taxi, a grey vehicle with the license plate 34 PM 9713 stopped across the road. The people inside the car said something to me through the window. I could not understand because I cannot speak Turkish. The vehicle made a U-turn from ahead and came to us. The people who got out of the car started hitting me. They also hit my brother who came to save me. One of these people broke the bottle he took from the vehicle by hitting the ground and came upon us. I fainted at that time”. 16-year-old E. N. stated the following: “People were looking at us from inside their cars and shouting things like ‘F..k Arabia’. My friend, Ahmed Ahmedi, was wearing a white Arabian dress. Then they came to us and started hitting us.”
(05/005) Trans Women Subjected to Torture and Ill-Treatment in Izmir…
It is learned that the police entered the houses where trans women were staying in Alsancak neighbourhood of Izmir on May 2, 2022, on the grounds of “a report of loud noise”, and sprayed pepper gas and tortured the people in the houses where 5 people were injured.
(05/006) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Hatay…
It is learned from the news coverage of April 30, 2022 that, the police raided a house in Dörtyol district of Hatay on the grounds of a “report on suicide bomber”, laid down the residents and pointed gun to their heads, and 2 people (S. V. and M. V.) were subjected to physical and verbal violence of the police.
(05/007) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Diyarbakır…
It is learned from the news coverage of May 1, 2022, that the police raided a house in Yenişehir district of Diyarbakır on 28 April 2022, and the people in the house were subjected to torture and ill-treatment by the police. Leyla Taş, one of the people in the house, stated the following to the press: “The police entered the garden of the house with a loud noise at night and tried to break the windows and doors with guns. After dozens of policemen broke down the door and entered the house, they beat my brother Ensari Taş without asking anything. Then all the people in the house were laid on the ground by the police. They put a gun to our heads. The police insulted us and threatened us. They detained my father, nephew, brother and Ensari. It was as if the cops had come to plunder. During the search, they took about 60,000 Turkish Liras of us and some gold. The police asked us, ‘Why do you have so much money in the house’ although I said that we were market sellers and it is normal for us to have that much money.”
(05/008) Torture and Il-Treatment in Prison…
It is learned from the news coverage of April 30, 2022 that, Ali Doğan Aktay, a prisoner in Muğla Bodrum S Type Closed Prison was being kept in a solitary cell for 4 months.
It is learned from the news coverage of April 30, 2022 that, prisoners in Ankara Sincan High Security Prison No 1 were threatened by the correction officers and their sports and conversation rights were prevented.
It is learned from the news coverage of May 1, 2022 that, prisoners in Izmir Kırıklar F Type Prison No 2 were threatened by the correction officers saying “We will finish you, we will punish you twice”.
It is learned from the news coverage of May 3, 2022 that, Naif İşçi, an ill prisoner in Bitlis Ahlat T Type Closed Prison was threatened to death for saying “I am Kurd”.
It is learned from the news coverage of May 3, 2022 that, Halil Kasal, the prisoner who was subjected to Istanbul Silivri Prison No 5 and was transferred to Izmir Kırıklar F Type Prison No 1, was having a phone call with his mother on May 1, 2022 and the call was interrupted as he said “I will tell you what has happened to me”.
(05/009) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…
It is learned from the news coverage of May 1, 2022 that, prisoners in Izmir Kırıklar F Type Prison No 2 were not transferred to hospital.
(05/010) Interventions and Preventions Against 1 May Events…
On May 1, 2022, several groups that wanted to march to Taksim Square for 1 May events are intervened by the police.
5 members of the Students’ Collective and Feminist University Collective are detained.
5 members of the Students’ Activity and 3 members of Coffeehouse and Bar Workers’ Solidarity are detained.
12 members of the Social Freedom Party (TÖP) and Community Houses are detained by being handcuffed behind their backs.
At least 30 members of the Youth Committee are detained in Beşiktaş by physical violence.
It is learned that at least 26 members of the Revolutionary Movement, the Struggle Union and the Revolutionary Party are detained in several points near Taksim Square.
2 members of the Force of Labour and 8 members of Kataşsen are detained in Şişli.
The Progressive Lawyers’ Association Apprentice and Students Commission members Ezgi Ertürk, Mert Batur and Batuhan Berk Duran, are detained on the grounds of marching to Taksim Square.
10 members of the United Struggle Forces are detained in Osmanbey.
Gazete Yolculuk reporter Buse Söğütlü, Mezopotamya News Agency reporter Doğan Kaynak and Jinnews reporter Rozerin Gültekin are also detained.
It is learned that 192 people including 3 journalists are detained as they wanted to march to Taksim Square for 1 May events, and all are released on May 1 and 2, 2022 provided that 7 of them will be on judicial control conditions.
(05/011) Police Intervention to a Protest in Ankara…
The police intervened the press declaration of Yasin Keskin, who demands to be reinstated to his job at Çankaya Municipality, outside of municipality building on April 28, 2022 and forced him away from the building by using physical violence.
(05/012) 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 May 5, 2022 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.
(05/013) Detained TÖP Members and Other People in Mersin…
It is learned that 2 children (İ. Ş. and R. Ş.) who were among 12 people detained in house raids in Mersin on April 29, 2022, are released after statement procedures at the police on April 30, 2022. 5 people are released by the court on May 1, 2022, provided that 1 of them (Azime Şen) will be on judicial control conditions.
(05/014) Detained Person in Şırnak…
It is learned that 1 person (Ebubekir Çıkmaz) who reacted against the police conducting general information check at a park in Yafes neighbourhood in Cizre district of Şırnak on May 4, 2022, was detained by torture and ill-treatment.
(05/015) Detained CHP Representative in Istanbul…
Yurter Özcan, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) USA representative who was detained at the Istanbul Airport on April 29, 2022, is released after statement procedures on the same day.
(05/016) Detained People in Sakarya…
The General Directorate of Security announced that film producer Hande Karacasu and H. D., who is alleged to be the owner of the Twitter account “Military Doctrine”, were detained in Sakarya on the charge of ‘manipulating and distorting information about asylum seekers’. It is learned that the 2 people were released after statement procedures.
(05/017) Arrested Former Co-Mayor in Izmir…
İsmail Arslan, former co-mayor of Ceylanpınar district of Urfa, is detained and arrested on May 4, 2022, as the jail sentence given to him was finalised.
(05/18) Rights Violations Against Journalists…
According to the report published by the Coalition for Women in Journalism (CFWIJ) on May 3, 2022 as part of the World Press Freedom Day, cases of judicial harassment, assault and threats against 63 women journalists were recorded between January 2022 and April 2022 in Turkey. It is stated in the report that 41 women journalists were brought to the courts for social media posts or the news reports that wrote, 5 women journalists were sentenced to prison on the charge of ‘insulting the President’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organization’.
Dicle Fırat Journalists Association (DFG), published a report on May 3, 2022, and stated that 2 journalists were attacked in April 2022, 9 journalists were detained and 1 was arrested, 10 journalists were prevented from doing their jobs, 9 journalists were subjected to ill-treatment of the security forces. It is reported that 4 journalists were investigated, 13 journalists were prosecuted, 5 journalists were sentenced to prison in the lawsuits brought against them, and 62 journalists are still in prison. In the report, it was stated that RTÜK imposed penalties on media organizations 4 times, banned broadcasting 11 times, closed 10 websites, blocked access to 16 news and 11 social media content.
(05/019) Prevention of Cemetery Visits in Diyarbakır…
It is learned from the news coverage of May 2, 2022 that those who wanted to visit the cemeteries in the rural neighbourhoods of Sîsê and Çemê Elîkan in Lice district of Diyarbakır were prevented by the soldiers, on the grounds of the Lice Sub-Governorate’s ban on visiting cemeteries.
(05/020) Ban of Events in Van, Mardin and Hakkari…
Van Governorate made a declaration on April 28, 2022 and announced that, all open-door meetings and demonstrations are banned for 15 days as of April 29, 2022. It is also announced that press declarations, sit-in protests, opening stands and tents, collecting petitions, distributing leaflets and so on will be subjected to the local authority’s permission. All events are banned in Van for 1999 days since November 21, 2016.
Mardin Governorate made a declaration on May 1, 2022 and announced that all meetings and demonstrations are banned as part of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and on the grounds that “there is an expectation that mass demonstrations will be held with the support of marginal groups involved in the ongoing operations and hunger strike/death fast” for 15 days as of May 2, 2022. Press declarations, sit-in protests, human chains, op-ed stands, public sessions, any kind of audio-visual activities with mobile audio-visual vehicles, hunger strikes, opening stands, collecting petitions, flying sky lanterns or balloons, commemorations, concerts, festivals, theatre plays, screening shows, firing torches, distributing leaflets, hanging banners and so on will be subjected to permission of the local administration. All events are banned in Mardin for 942 days since October 17, 2019.
Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on May 3, 2022 and announced that all meetings, open-door assemblies, demonstrations, marches, sit-in protests, human chains, op-ed stands, public sessions, any kind of audio-visual activities with mobile audio-visual vehicles, hunger strikes, opening stands, collecting petitions, flying sky lanterns or balloons, commemorations, concerts, festivals, theatre plays, screening shows, firing torches, distributing leaflets, hanging banners and so on are banned for 15 days as of May 4, 2022. All events are banned in Hakkari for 135 days since January 4, 2022.
(05/021) Covid-19 Pandemic…
The Ministry of Health declared that 9 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and the daily number of Covid-19 cases is 1,924 as of April 29, 2022.
The Ministry of Health declared that 11 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and the daily number of Covid-19 cases is 1,772 as of April 30, 2022.
The Ministry of Health declared that 12 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and the daily number of Covid-19 cases is 1,480 as of May 1, 2022.
The Ministry of Health declared that 8 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and the daily number of Covid-19 cases is 1,344 as of May 2, 2022.
The Ministry of Health declared that 10 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and the daily number of Covid-19 cases is 1,193 as of May 3, 2022.
The Ministry of Health declared that 7 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and the daily number of Covid-19 cases is 1,132 as of May 4, 2022.
The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 98,808 and total number of confirmed ill patients is 15,037,242 as of May 4, 2022.
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 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.