5 September 2023 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

5 September 2023 Daily Human Rights Report

(09/018) Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Custody in Muş…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 4, 2023 that, a person named Muhammed Erol who was detained by the gendarmerie in Sungu village of central district of Muş, was subjected to torture and ill-treatment at the Provincial Gendarmerie Command which resulted in several injuries in his body.

It is reported that Muhammed Erol said the following about the torture in his statement at the prosecutor’s office: “They took me to Muş Provincial Gendarmerie Command, and took me to the top floor of the building. 5-6 people, some of whom I do not know but who I will recognize if I see their faces, beat me with kicks and punches, some of them in military camouflage and some of them civilians. While they were beating me, they recorded me with a phone camera and said, ‘You will say you are dealing drugs.’”

(09/019) Racist Attack on Amedspor Fans in Istanbul…

It is learned that 5 Amedspor football club supporters, including a disabled child, who came to the stadium to watch the Sarıyerspor-Amedspor match played in Istanbul on September 3, 2023, were subjected to a racist group’s attack.

İlyas Pekcan, who was subjected to the racist attack, stated the following to the press: “I had 3 children with me, including my 2 nephews. One of the children is 13 years old and 92 percent disabled. As we approached the stadium, a group of Sarıyer fans first drove past us. Then they got out of the car and started running after us. They couldn’t catch us. Incredible curses, incredible insults, it was a brutal attack indeed.”

(09/020) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 5, 2023 that, 78’ers Initiative spokesperson Celalettin Can, was not given water and food in Istanbul Metris T Type Prison No. 1 although he was on medication. It is also stated in the news reports that Celalettin Can’s demand to be kept with several prisoners in Istanbul Marmara (Silivri) Prison was not accepted. Celalettin Can was arrested on the grounds of a finalised 1 year and 3 months of sentence for participating in the one-day editor-in-chief campaign to show solidarity with Özgür Gündem newspaper, which was closed by a state of emergency decree.

It is learned from the news coverage of September 5, 2023 that, the tap water was dirty in Ankara Sincan Women’s Prison.

(09/021) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is claimed in the news coverage of September 5, 2023 that there was an epidemic of scabies in Ankara Sincan Women’s Prison, but the necessary precautions were not taken by the prison administration.

(09/022) Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan Not Responded…

It is learned that the appeal made on September 5, 2023 to chief public prosecutor’s office in Bursa by the lawyers of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, in order to visit him was not responded.

(09/023) Police Intervention to Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened in the Solidarity Association for Prisoners’ Families (TAYAD) who gather in Kartal district of Istanbul on September 4, 2023 to march to Ankara to protest S, Y and R types of prisons, and detained 11 people by using physical violence. Detained people were released after statement procedures on the same day. Detained people were: Doğan Karataştan, Ferhat Gerçek, Arif Pelit, Özlem Balkı, Deniz Aydın, Feridun Osmanağaoğlu, Yıldız Turan, Ferdi Sarıkaya, Hasan Kocaman, Hasan Basri Yıldız.

(09/024) Detained ESP Co-Chair and Lawyer in Istanbul…

The Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) co-chair lawyer Özlem Gümüştaş and the Association of Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD) executive and the Law Office of the Oppressed member lawyer Sezin Uçar were detained at Çağlayan Courthouse in Istanbul where they went to make official statements through an investigation on September 5, 2023.

(09/025) Detained People in Istanbul…

It is learned that 5 people were detained in house raids in Bağcılar district of Istanbul on September 4, 2023. The names of detainees and the reason for detention could not be learned.

(09/026) Former MP on Trial…

The trial of the case against the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) former deputy co-chair and former MP Aysel Tuğluk, whose sentence has been suspended due to illness, is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No. 4 on September 5, 2023. The indictment demands sentence for Aysel Tuğluk on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court adjourned the trial to November 23, 2023.

(09/027) Syrian Citizen Prisoner to be Deported…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 5, 2023, that Syrian citizen Abdulmenaf Osman, who was released after being kept in prison for 30 years, was taken to Manisa Akhisar District Gendarmerie Command and from there to Edirne Repatriation Center to be deported.

His lawyer Halil Coşkun stated the following to the press: “After he was released from Akhisar Prison at around 11:00 on September 3, detention proceedings were initiated de facto. While he was still in prison, he was taken by the gendarmerie teams. He would not be allowed to meet with the family, as a result of our insistence, he was allowed to meet with the family for five minutes. Then he was taken to Akhisar gendarmerie station. He was kept in the gendarmerie station without any legal basis. In my meeting with Akhisar Gendarmerie Station last night, I was told that he would be taken to Manisa Provincial Gendarmerie Station to be sent to Izmir or Aydın Repatriation Center. However, when my client called me at around 3 am, I learned that he was sent to Edirne Repatriation Center. (…) I was going to object to the deportation decision taken by the provincial immigration administration to prevent my client from being sent to Syria. However, today, I think that sending my client to Edirne is aimed at preventing the legal initiatives that we will make, and to deport him.”

(09/028) Investigation on Exhibition in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 5, 2023 that, Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation against the exhibition titled “Starting from the Middle” of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality which was targeted by phobic groups. It is learned that the investigation was on the charge of “inciting hatred and hostility among public and degrading” and that the names and addresses of those participated in the organisation of the exhibition were asked from Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.

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