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7 October 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

7 October 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/072) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 6, 2020 that 4 prisoners (Cumali Yıldırım, Feyyaz Gülsoy, Ali Saday and Emrah Kına) who were transferred from Kırşehir E Type Prison to Kayseri Bünyan T Type Prison No 1 on September 16, 2020, were subjected to physical violence of the wardens for they reject to strip search at the entrance of prison and that they were threatened by wardens saying “You know how we would kill you if we take off our uniforms”.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 6, 2020 that, Kervan Bayhan, a prisoner in Diyarbakır High Security Prison No 2 were subjected to physical violence of the wardens and his foot was broken due to violence.

(10/073) 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 1428 days in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 6, 2020 at 18.00 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(10/074) Detained Journalists in Van…

On October 6, 2020, Mezopotamya news agency reporters Adnan Bilen and Cemil Uğur, Jinnews agency reporter Şehriban Abi, Nazan Sala, and former distributor of Yeni Yaşam newspaper Şükran Erdem are detained in house raids in Van.

Cemil Uğur has reported the news on allegation of 2 people thrown out of a helicopter after being detained in Çığlıca hamlet of Çatak district of Van.

(10/075) Police Search in a News Agency Office…

It is learned that the police searched the office of Mezopotamya news agency in Van, through the investigation in which reporters of the agency are detained. It is learned that the police seized cameras and other material in the office.

(10/076) Detained District Council Member in Urfa…

On October 6, 2020, İsmail Kaplan, Suruç district council member from Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) is detained in house raids in Urfa. The reason of detention is unknown. It is learned that İsmail Kaplan is restricted for 24 hours from seeing his lawyer.

(10/077) Detained Journalist, and Members and Executives of ESP and SGDF…

On October 6, 2020, 19 people including Şahin Tümüklü, co-chair of the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP); Alev Özkiraz, co-chair of Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF), HDP Party Assembly member Helin Yılmaz and Etkin news agency reporter Pınar Gayıp are detained in house raids in Istanbul through an investigation against ESP and SGDF.

It is learned that the reason of detention is a funeral that these 19 people have attended.

Names of detained people learned so far are: Şahin Tümüklü, Alev Özkiraz, Pınar Gayıp, Helin Yılmaz, Hüseyin İldan, Çınar Altan, Ömer Sinan, Hıdır Yılmaz, Emrah Topaloğlu, Zeynep Gerçek, İbrahim Gerçek, Ela Deniz Albayrak, Özge Doğan, Nazlı Yöyler, Şükran Yaren Tuncer, Neslihan Duran, Birkan Polat, Muhammed Bedran Çoğaltay, Gamze Toprak.

(10/078) Detained People in Urfa…

On October 6, 2020, 11 people including Peace Mothers are detained in house raids in Urfa. The reason of detention is unknown. It is learned that 11 people are restricted for 24 hours from seeing their lawyers.

Detained people are: Peace Mothers Hadle Oğur, Fatma Akbaş, Adalet Çay and Meyaser Kokmaz, Cebrail Oğur, Ömer Bozdal, Deniz Ağaçgöz, Celal Altun, Kader Delikan and Aynur Delikan.

(10/079) Detained Human Rights Association Deputy and Other People in Ağrı…

On October 6, 2020, Human Rights Association (IHD) Ağrı deputy Atilla Özbay and Confederation of Public Employees Trade Unions member Emin Yıldız, Kamuran Barışer and Memiş Aras are detained in house raids in Ağrı.

(10/080) Detained HDP Executive in Siirt…

HDP provincial executive Sıdık Örenç is detained in a house raid in Siirt on October 6, 2020. The reason of detention is unknown.

(10/081) Detained People in Şırnak…

On October 6, 2020, 4 people (Arif Geren, Cemal Geren, İdris Kayaalp and Zindan Molo) are detained in house raids in Cizre district of Şırnak. The reason of detention is unknown.

(10/082) Detained Person in Antalya…

On October 6, 2020, 1 person (Halil Kılıcı) is detained in Antalya. The reason of detention is unknown.

(10/083) Detained People in Mardin…

3 of 13 people who were detained through a Mardin based investigation are arrested by the court on October 6, 2020. 10 people are released.

Arrested people are: Sami Özgüç, Harum Bozyiğit and Mazlum Bozyiğit.

(10/084) Former HDP Co-Chair on Trial…

The trial of the case against former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş is held at Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 19 on October 6, 2020.

The indictment demands sentence for Selahattin Demirtaş on the charges of ‘establishing and leading an illegal organisation’, ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘praising offence and offender’.

The court did not accept the excuse of Selahattin Demirtaş for not joining the trial and granted last time for defence, adjourning the trial to March 16, 2021.

(10/085) Journalist on Trial for ‘Insulting the President’ in Diyarbakır…

The trial of the case against journalist Hakkı Boltan, on the charge of ‘insulting the President’ in the press declaration in Kurdish that he made about Rohat Aktaş, is held at Diyarbakır Penal Court of First Instance No 12 on October 6, 2020. Rohat Aktaş was former editor in-chief of Azadiya Welat newspaper and died during curfews in Cizre district of Şırnak in 2016. The court adjourned the trial to December 24, 2020.

(10/086) Murat Daşkan Case…

The final trial of the case against police officer B. O., on the charge of ‘killing with a probable intention’ against Murat Daşkan, who died in the police intervention against a protest in Seyhan district of Adana on February 1, 2016; is held at Adana Heavy Penal Court No 1 on October 6, 2020.

The court acquitted the defendant police officer on lack of evidence.

(10/087) Ban of Access to Websites and Web Contents…

It is learned that https://www.rudaw.net/turkish website is banned to access by Balıkesir Penal Court of Peace on October 6, 2020.

It is learned that the news report “Be careful about provocateurs during Armenia-Azerbaijan war… The best response is from Hrant Dink”, published on https://odatv4.com/ is banned to access by Istanbul Anadolu Penal Court of Peace No 7 on October 6, 2020.

The news reports and web contents about Şeyda Yılmaz, who died after suspiciously falling off a residence in Ataşehir district of Istanbul on September 17, 2020, published on https://www.hurriyet.com.tr/, https://onedio.com/ and https://eksisozluk.com/ websites are banned to access by Istanbul Anadolu Penal Court of Peace No 6 on October 6, 2020.

(10/088) Ban of Events in Batman…

Batman Governorate made a declaration on October 6, 2020, and announced that open-door and in-door meetings, demonstrations, press declarations, opening tents and stands, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 15 days as of October 7, 2020.

(10/089) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On October 6, 2020, 18 people including judges and prosecutors who were dismissed by state of emergency decrees and lawyers are detained through an Ankara based investigation on administrative jurisdiction exam in 2013; and 15 people are detained in Ankara.

(10/090) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 55 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,511 new Covid-19 ill patients were diagnosed on October 6, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 8,553 and total number of confirmed ill patients is 327,557 as of October 6, 2020.

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[5] Daily Human Rights Reports are prepared on the information gathered by the Documentation Center from its own network and the following dailies and internet portals: Vatan, Milliyet, Hürriyet, Habertürk, Evrensel, Birgün, Cumhuriyet, Fırat Haber Ajansı, Jinnews, ETHA, Mezopotamya Ajansı, Yurt, Yeni Yaşam, NTV, Yeni Asya, Bianet, Halkinsesi.tv, Cnnturk, Tr724, İleri Haber, Siyasi Haber, Alınteri, Kızılbayrak, Sendika.org, Yüksekova Haber, T24, Diken, Gazete Karınca, Gazete Duvar. Haber Sol, El Cezire, BBC, Deutsche Welle, Reuters, AFP.