6 September 2017 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

6 September 2017 Daily Human Rights Report

(09/023) Extrajudicial Execution Claim in Mersin…

On the morning of September 6th 2017, a person who had tried entered the 50. Yıl Police Station in the city of Mersin was shot dead due to disobeying stop warning. The individual was suspected as a suicide bomber. Office of the Governor of Mersin released the following statement: ‘‘A male within 50 meters of distance to the police station with suspicious behavior was detected. Suspect did not obey the stop warning and kept approaching the station. As he reached out for a cable among his shoulder he was shot and restraint.’’

The press has been claiming that the nationality of the person is Syrian however officials have declared that ‘‘(…) the investigation for the man’s identification and possible organizational ties continue.’’.

 (09/024) Police Brutality in Kocaeli…

Press coverage on September 5th shows that a person named Cevdet Alemdar has been physically abused by police forces due to a missing identification card during a regular ID control on September 4, 2017. Although victim has clarified that the ID is in the coffeehouse that belongs to his father, located 50 meters away, police officer allegedly abused the man both physically and verbally. The victim is reported to have diabetics and needed an insulin shot thus relatives and his father came along upon hearing the incident. Police officers dispensed them with pepper spray. It is reported that Cevdet Alemdar has several bruises on his face due to physical abuse.

 (09/025) Operations and attacks in South East…

The news coverage on September 5, 2017 reported that on September 4, the forest fires caused by military operations in Central district of Tunceli and Pülümür district continue to exhilarate due to wind. Village residents who wanted to intervene to the fire are blocked by armed forces on the ground that the areas had been declared as special security zones.

 (09/026) Torture and other ill-Treatment in Prison

On September 6, 2017, news coverage report that the prisoners at the Menemen Type R prison are withheld from basic medical rights. Attorney Gülizar Tuncer stated that several physically ill prisoners have not been sent to a medical facility for 7 months. Tuncel also stated that 3 prisoners named Özal Korkmaz, Ahmet Hani and Yusuf Bulut were physically abused by the staff when they resisted to return to their cells before their legitimate open air time was over. Prisoners were forced back into their cells after they were forced to gravel on the floor. Attorney added that the medical team at the prison have issued reports on the abuse but the criminal complaint issued based on the report remained inconclusive.  It is reported that Ahmet Hani and Özal Korkmaz both have palsy, whereas Yusuf Bulut is suffering from a severe mental health condition.


(09/027) Police Intervened to the Public Statement of Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça’s Attorneys… 

Attorneys of both Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça planned for a joint press meeting in fron of the Ministry of Justice for September 5, beginning of the new court year. Police forces intervened and prevented the meeting also taking 3 people in custody. People who are taking into custody are Attorney Engin Gökoğlu, Attorney Aytül Kaplan and FOSEM employee İpek Moral.

 (09/028) Police Intervention in Ankara towards “I Want My Job Back” demonstration…

Civil servants discharged from their jobs with KHK legislations planned for a press meeting i 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. It is reported that none of the demonstrators were detained.

 (09/029) Detention and arrests…

On September 6, 2017, 5 people in Adana were taken into custody through house raid with the accusation of activities on behalf PKK. A female was taken into custody with her infant baby.

 (09/030) Detention and arrests of individuals associated with coup attempt

Maçka District Gendarme Chief Zabit Zengin who was taken into custody on August 23, 2017 was arrested on September 5.

It is reported that 1 individual is taken into custody at the sea customs border in Marmaris district of Muğla while traveling abroad.

It is learned that on September 5, 4 individuals who were taken into custody while crossing the border at Ipsala Gate in Edirne were sent to court for arrest. 3 out of these are arrested and 1 is released with judicial control condition.

21 out of 26 people who had been taken into custody on various dates through the ‘‘FETÖ/PYD’’ investigation in Manisa were arrested on 5 September 2017. 5 are released with judicial control condition.

 (09/031) Trials in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

On September 5, 2017, final hearing for 12 persons took place following the case opened by Kayseri Criminal Court No 2. 11 persons are sentenced to 6 years 3 months for membership of an illegal organization. 1 is acquitted.

 (09/032) Special security zone in Bingöl…

The Governorate of Bingol declared 18 regions in Central, Solhan, Adaklı, Genç, Yayladere, Kiğı, Karlıova and Yedisu districts as special security zones between 5 September 2017 and 19 September 2017.

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