6 October 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

6 October 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/061) Murdered Women…

According to the report issued by We Will Stop Femicide Platform on October 1, 2020, at least 16 women were murdered by men, and 20 women were found dead suspiciously in September 2020 in Turkey.

According to Male Violence Monitoring Report of Bianet issued on October 6, 2020, at least 20 women and 4 children were murdered by men in September 2020. It is also stated in the report that men inflicted violence on at least 97 women, abused 20 children, raped 19 women and harassed 18 women in the same month. In the first nine months of 2020, men killed at least 206 women.

(10/062) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

Ministry of Interior made a declaration on October 5, 2020 and announced that 1 gendarmerie personnel died and 2 gendarmerie personnel got wounded in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in Doğubayazıt district of Ağrı.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 5, 2020 that 3 HPG militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces in Hassa district of Hatay.

(10/063) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 5, 2020 that 4 prisoners (Elif Deniz, Melek Evren, Ronahi Sırdaş, Filiz Işık) in Mardin E Type Closed Prison were transferred under coercion to Diyarbakır Women’s Closed Prison on October 2, 2020.

(10/064) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations which were made within the scope of “I Want My Job Back Protest” going on for 1427 days in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 5, 2020 at 18.00 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(10/065) Detained People Through the Investigation Against DTK in Diyarbakır…

14 people including Eğil district co-mayor, city council members, former Siirt MP, a journalist and members and executives of political parties and unions were detained in house raids in Diyarbakır, through the investigation against Democratic Society Congress (DTK) in Diyarbakır on September 30, 2020. 1 of detainees (Ömer Fitiloğlu, Sur district city council member from Peoples’ Democratic Party) is released by the court with a ban on leaving the country and judicial control conditions and 1 person (Diyarbakır Forestation Association chair Günen Yalnıç) is released by the court on judicial control conditions on October 5, 2020.

4 people were arrested on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ while 8 people were released on judicial control conditions on October 2, 2020.

(10/066) Arrested Member of Grup Yorum Band in Istanbul…

It is learned that Grup Yorum music band member Dilan Ekin who was detained on a warrant in Esenyurt district of Istanbul on October 4, 2020 is arrested by the court on October 5, 2020.

(10/067) Investigation Against People Who Were Subjected to Police Violence in Istanbul…

On August 19,2020, 2 people (Rana Batı and Zeynep K.) were subjected to verbal and physical violence of the police in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on August 19, 2020; on the grounds of not wearing face masks. It is learned from the news coverage of October 5, 2020 that Istanbul Anadolu Public Prosecutor’s Office prepared an indictment against 2 people, and demanded jail sentence from 2 years and 15 days to 9 years and 4 months for Rana Batı, on the charges of ‘subsequently resisting to prevent public duty’, ‘subsequently insulting a public officer’, and jail sentence from 1 year and 5 months to 4 years and 1 month for Zeynep K. on the charge of ‘subsequently insulting a public officer’.

It is reported that the investigation against 2 police officers on the charges of ‘misuse of public duty’, ‘excessive use of force’, ‘sexual assault’ and sexual harassment’ was closed on the grounds of non-prosecution decision.

Istanbul Governorate’s Office has declared that 2 police officers were suspended however they were given back to duty on August 21, 2020.

(10/068) Investigation Against People for Participating in 1 September International Day of Peace March in Urfa…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 5, 2020 that an investigation was initiated against 16 people for participating in 1 September International Day of Peace march in Urfa. People subjected to investigation are: Democratic Regions Party (DBP) executive board member Bekir Karageçili, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Urfa provincial co-chairs Emine Çetiner and Mikail Gözek, provincial executives Hasan Yıldız, Lütfi Hazer, Ferit Tamga, Haliliye district co-chair Hatice Göktepe, Urfa city council members İsmail Kaplan, Sıtkı Dursun, Mahmut Bektaş and Selma Ateş, Education and Science Workers’ Union Urfa branch co-chair Mahmut Binici, HDP Urfa MP Ayşe Sürücü’s advisor Beritan Sayan, Mehmet Oğur, İsmail Karadağlı and Ömer Yıldırım.

(10/069) KKP Executive on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The final trial of the case against Yaşar Kazıcı, executive board member of Communist Party of Kurdistan (KKP), on the charge of ‘provoking hatred and hostility among people’ in his speech at the protest against appointment of a trustee to Diyarbakır Municipality on August 19, 2019, is held at Diyarbakır Penal Court of First Instance No 10 on October 5, 2020. The court acquitted Yaşar Kazıcı.

(10/070) Prevention of Politicians from Sweden from Visiting Selahattin Demirtaş in Prison…

A delegation of Sweden Left Party chair Jonas Sjöstedt, Deputy Parliamentary Speaker Lotto Johnson Formarve and Sweden Left Party Foreign Relations Director H. Erik Metz Swernaling was not allowed to have a visit to former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş in Edirne F Type Prison on October 5, 2020.

(10/071) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 57 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,603 new Covid-19 ill patients were diagnosed on October 5, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 8,498 and total number of confirmed ill patients is 326,046 as of October 5, 2020.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 5, 2020 that, numerous prisoners were being kept in quarantine for testing positive for Covid-19, in Maraş Elbistan E Type Closed Prison. The number of prisoners and their health conditions are unknown. It was claimed that Muhammed Emir, a prisoner who died at Elbistan District Hospital on October 2, 2020 has died from Covid-19.

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