5 September 2017 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

5 September 2017 Daily Human Rights Report

(09/015) Civilians injured in Lice…

On September 3, 2017, it is reported that 3 civilians were injured in the Baglan village of Diyarbakir’s Lice district, due to open fire from armed forces choppers.

The injured persons were kept waiting at the village center due to ambulance blockage from the governorate.

It is learned that the condition of Celal Yıldırım (58) injured from his head and leg is critical. Münir Serin (32) was taken into custody following his medical treatment due to an arrest warrant. Celal Yıldırım was restrained from seeing his family because of an arrest warrant on him.

According to the news appeared in presson September 4, armed forces tortured Cemal Yıldırım and Münir Serin while both were injured. The news indicates that both men have bruises on their faces and bodies because of the torture and Celal Yıldırım’s teeth are broken.

It is also alleged that the houses were raided in the village where men were tortured and women and children were forced to lay on the ground and wait. The son of Cemal Yıldırım, Bedir Yıldırım, is also taken into custody but it is learned that his family has not been informed on his whereabouts.

MP’s of HDP Feleknas Uca, Ziya Pir, Sibel Yigitalp and other party officials formed a committee and went to the village to monitor the incident but were blocked by armed forces. The committee however, managed to arrive to the village afterwards.

 (09/016) Operations and Attacks in South East…

It is reported that on 3 September 3 2017, 1 soldier is killed in Cukurca district of Hakkari by the PKK militants through a rocket propelled grenade attack.

(09/017) Torture and Other ill-Treatment in Prison…

On September 4, it is alleged by the news appeared in press that Birhat Yalçın, a prisoner in Tarsus T Type Women Prison, was tortured by armed forces with her hair cut off by a blunt blade in the transfer vehicle on the way to the prison.

It is learned that prisoners in Edirne Type F prison are restrained from their social, cultural and sportive activity rights by the prison administration.

It is learned that in Mersin Type E prison, 20 to 25 are forced to stay in ward with maximum 6 people capacity. Prisoners are also not given adequate water and food.

 (09/018) Public Statement Intervened in Istanbul…

On September 4, 2017, a public statement which was organized by TAYAD families took place in front of Silivri prison. A statement was released objecting the same-type prison uniform draft. Armed forces intervened following the meeting, trying to prevent press members to follow through and taking 7 people into custody. The names of the detainees are: Fatma Karaoğlan, İsmail Kara, Selda Aydoğdu, Köksal Taş, Mulla Zincir, A. Murtaza Odabaşı and an individual named Aydın whose last name has not been identified.

(09/019) Police Intervention in Ankara towards “I Want My Job Back” demonstration…

Civil servants discharged from their jobs with KHK legislations planned for a public statement in front of the Human Rights Monument in Ankara Yüksel Street on September 5, 2017. Two meetings planned at 13.00 and 18.00 respectively were both prevented by the police forces who clocked entrance to the street by barriers.

There hasn’t been a detainment towards the 13:00 meeting but 4 people including journalist Oktay İnce following the press meeting were taken into custody. Detainees were later released. The names of the detainees are: Mehmet Dersulu, Sultan Aydoğdu, Aleyna Sert and Oktay İnce.

 (09/020) Journalist Detained…

On September 4, 2017, Evrensel reporter Kemal Özer’s house was searched in the evening where he was absent. Later on a search point set up on Tunceli-Ovacık road, Özer was found and taken into custody for being a member of an illegal organization.  It is learned that Özer’s camera and digital appliances were also taken from his house. Turkey Journalists Union General Manager Gökhan Durmuş and Turkey Journalists Association General Manager Turgay Olcayto separately released statements condemning the incident and demanded immediate release of Özer.

            (09/021) Detentions and Arrests in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

S.A. and K.A. were taken into custody on August 31, 2017 in Antalya Airport. It is learned that S.A. was released on September 4, after interrogation at the prosecution Office.

 (09/022) Curfew in Nusaybin…

Mardin Governorate announced on 27 February 2017 an open ended curfew in Akarsu quarter of Nusaybin District starting 01.30. The Governorate made a second announcement on the same day and lifted the curfew by 04.00.

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