5 May 2021 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

5 May 2021 Daily Human Rights Report

(05/025) Suspicious Death of Soldier…

It is claimed in the news coverage of May 4, 2021 that, Caner S., who was on compulsory military service in Idlib, Syria and whose death was officially declared as suicide on April 29, 2021, has lost his life suspiciously.

It is reported that Caner S. was subjected to discrimination in military for he was a Roman, and Orhan Tangel, chair of Romani Association stated the following: “Official sources says it was a ‘suicide’. The information given by his troop is as such. He did not have any psychological problems, all of his friends in the neighbourhood says so. This boy had no problem (…) It is claimed that he took his commander’s gun and shot himself (…) But there is a speculation suggesting he did not kill himself. His commander was saying ‘I will shoot you, kill you and bury you here, I will not let you be honoured’ and was threatening him”.

(05/026) Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan Not Responded…

It is learned that the appeal made on May 4, 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.

(05/027) Detained Children in Ağrı…

It is learned that 2 children (C. Y. and B. A.) were detained for some street writing in a school yard in Ağrı, and were released after statement procedures at the prosecutor’s office on May 4, 2021.

(05/028) Detained People in Batman…

On May 4, 2021, 5 people including environmental activist Hüseyin Akıl are detained in house raids in Sason district of Batman on May 4, 2021. The reason of detention is unknown.

Detained people are: Hüseyin Akıl, Mehmet Akıl, Ramazan Akıl, İbrahim Onar and Bilgin Onar.

(05/029) Deportation of Asylum Seeker for Social Media Posts…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 4, 2021 that, Munip Ali, a Syrian asylum seeker was taken under administrative detention and was sent to Harmandalı Repatriation Center to be deported. Munip Ali has been detained in Izmir, for a social media post criticising the police intervention to Furkan Foundation members, and he was released later.

(05/030) Person on Trial in Mersin…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 4, 2021 that, the final trial of the case against journalist Ismail Çoban is held at Tarsus Penal Court of First Instance No 8 on March 31, 2021. Ismail Çoban was editor in chief of Azadiya Welat newspaper which was closed down by a state of emergence decree, and he is in Mersin Tarsus T Type Prison No 3.

The indictment demands Ismail Çoban to be sentenced on the charge of ‘conveying prohibited items to a prison or place of arrest’ for he keeps a scrap box of news reports on Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper.

The court sentenced Ismail Çoban to 2 years.

(05/031) Person on Trial in Hakkari…

The final trial of the case against Perihan Karaman is held at Hakkari Heavy Penal Court No 1 on May 4, 2021.

Perihan Karaman joined the trial from prison via sound and vision system. The court sentenced Perihan Karaman to 7 years and 6 months on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and to 1 year and 8 months on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

(05/032) Examination Against Mayor…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 4, 2021 that, the Ministry of Interior has launched an examination against İstanbul Metropolitan mayor Ekrem Imamoğlu, on the grounds of ‘praising the offender’ by visiting HDP mayors and ‘disrespectful behaviour’ by walking in the tomb of Sultan Mehmet with his hands folded behind the back.

Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office stated the following: “The reports on ‘disrespectful behaviour’ of Imamoğlu during a tomb visit and ‘misconduct’ by visiting HDP mayors, which are sent by e-mail and through the Communications Directorate Republic of Turkey (CIMER) are recorded (…) Subsequently the Ministry of Interior is asked to give permission for investigation since the relevant person is a public official.”

The Ministry of Interior stated the following: “There is no investigation launched by the ministry, rather it is a preliminary examination upon the prosecutor’s office request. And preliminary examinations are conducted in accordance with the Law no. 4483 on Prosecution of Civil Servants and Other Public Officials and aims to reveal whether the allegations would require prosecution”.

(05/033) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On May 4, 2021, 1 person is detained in Ankara and 1 person is detained in Istanbul.

(05/034) Covid-19 Pandemic…

The Ministry of Health declared that 336 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 2,483 new Covid-19 ill patients were diagnosed on May 4, 2021. It is also declared that the daily number of Covid-19 cases is 28,997.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 41,527 and total number of confirmed ill patients is 4,929,118 as of May 4, 2021.

On May 4, 2021, hospital police Bakır Artuğ in Istanbul and professor doctor Cemile Öztün Öğün lost their lives from Covid-19.

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