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09 – 11 May 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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9 – 11 May 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(05/070) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 9, 2020 that 1 militant died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Tunceli on May 6, 2020.

(05/071) Police Intervention to Funeral of İbrahim Gökçek…

26 people including 2 children who were detained in the police intervention against the funeral of Grup Yorum member İbrahim Gökçek who lost his life on May 7, 2020, at Gazi Cemevi in Sultangazi district of Istanbul on May 8, 2020; are released on the same day after statement procedures at Sultangazi Police Station. 26 people were imposed a fine of 1000 Turkish Liras for “violating social distancing rule”. İbrahim Gökçek, who was on death fast for 323 days to demand an end to oppression and bans on Grup Yorum, and who ended his fast on May 5, 2020, died in hospital on May 7, 2020.

It is learned that 1 person who wanted to hold a banner during funeral of İbrahim Gökçek at Halef Hoca cemetery in Talas district of Kayseri on May 9, 2020, was subjected to physical violence of the police. Grup Yorum member Bahar Kurt who was to have a speech was prevented by the police using physical violence. The police used physical violence to force people who wanted to sing a song of Grup Yorum at İbrahim Gökçek’s graveyard, out of the cemetery.

The police prevented a racist group to attack İbrahim Gökçek’s graveyard at Halef Cemetery at night on May 10, 2020. It is learned that the group left the cemetery after saying to the police following: “The police will not be able to watch this place for years. One day they will leave waiting for sure. When the police leave we will take him out and burn him down here”.

It is learned that a 4-day detention warrant is issued for 18 people including lawyers who were detained at the police raid to Gazi Cemevi in Sultangazi district of Istanbul where İbrahim Gökçek’s funeral was kept for ceremony on May 8, 2020.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 10, 2020 that Grey wolves Kayseri chair Serdar Turan who made threatening declarations and shared social media posts about İbrahim Gökçek’s funeral taken to Kayseri, is discharged from his position.

(05/072) Torture and Il-Treatment Under Custody in Istanbul…

It is learned that 18 people including lawyers who were detained at the police raid to Gazi Cemevi in Sultangazi district of Istanbul where İbrahim Gökçek’s funeral was kept for ceremony on May 8, 2020; were subjected to torture and ill-treatment during detention and at Istanbul Security Directorate. It is reported that 18 people started a hunger strike under custody and water and sugar brought for them by lawyers were not allowed in by the police.

Lawyer Yaprak Türkmen stated the following on torture and ill-treatment to detained people: “Detained colleagues and clients were subjected to serious torture. They were systematically subjected to torture from the first time they were detained, in the detention car, at the yard and car park of security directorate, during body search, and after lawyer visit. When we went there we saw bruises and scratches from torture on their bodies. One of our client was tried to be stroked with a material. She could not speak and she had a cough because of this.”

People’s Law Office declared that Cemil Kurut had swelling on eyes, Rıdvan Akbaş and Hasan Karapınar were injured at their heads, Beyhan Gün has bruises and swelling at throat, Bahar Ertürk was tried to be stroked, Tuğçe Tayyar and Elif Tayyar have bruises and scratches on their bodies.

(05/073) Woman Was Subjected to Police Violence in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 8, 2020 that, a woman who was detained during police intervention to İbrahim Gökçek’s funeral in Gazi neighbourhood of Sultangazi district of Istanbul was injured at face due to torture and ill-treatment.

(05/074) Child Was Subjected to Police Violence in Mardin…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 9, 2020, the police fired up into the air to intervene children who were playing outside during curfew in Nusaybin district of Mardin on April 24, 2020. It is learned that the police used physical and verbal violence against a 7 years old child (B. E.) who is reported as mentally challenged.

Nusaybin Sub-Governorate made a declaration on May 9, 2020, after media coverage of recordings showing police violence, and announced that the police officer in charge was suspended. The declaration states the following: “A group threw stones to the police squad on patrol in Fırat neighbourhood of Nusaybin district. The police officer on duty went off the car and fired his gun into the air in order to remove the group; however, he fired his gun in a place where children were around which is unacceptable and improper. Considering his unlawful act and attitude, and that he did not inform his chiefs; the police officer is discharged from his position and the investigation against him is still in process.”

Security General Directorate made a declaration on May 9, 2020 and stated the following: “An investigation is initiated against the police officer who fired a gun into the air to intervene the children throwing stones in a site yard in Nusaybin district of Mardin on 24.04.2020, and who did not inform the case to his chiefs; and the police officer is discharged from his position.”

(05/075) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is claimed in the news coverage of May 9, 2020 that, the money sent two months ago via PTT to a prisoner in Van T Type Prison from his family was still not transferred to his account.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 10, 2020 that, 6 prisoners who are on an indefinite hunger strike since May 6, 2020 to protest right violations in Konya Seydişehir T Type Prison, were threatened by wardens saying “We will keep teasing you. This is Seydişehir. Nobody can reach you. Keep silent”; and that 2 prisoners on hunger strike (Şiyar Fırat and Önder Korkmaz) were taken out of their ward and were put in solitary cells.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 10, 2020 that wards in Elazığ High Security Prison No 2 were disinfected only once and prisoners were given face masks only once, despite of Covid-19 pandemic.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 10, 2020 that food given to prisoners in Elazığ High Security Prison No 1 was reduced, products at commissary were sold at high prices and packages sent to prisoners from outside were not given to them.

(05/076) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 10, 2020 that, 2 prisoners in Antalya L Type Prison who were taken to hospital, were taken back to prison without being treated because they rejected to be medically examined in handcuffs.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 10, 2020 that, in Bolu F Type Prison, demands of prisoners to see dentist and to go to infirmary were rejected on the grounds of Covid-19 pandemic.

(05/077) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1279 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on May 8, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

On May 9, 2020, 1 person (Nazan Bozkurt) having a press declaration in Mamak district of Ankara, because of Covid-19 curfew, is detained by the police using physical violence. It is learned that Nazan Bozkurt was subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody and in hospital where she was taken. It is reported that Nazan Bozkurt has bruises and swellings on her arms due to torture and ill-treatment. Nazan Bozkurt was referred to the court on the charges of ‘resisting the police’ and ‘insult’ and was released with a ban on leaving the country. It is learned that Nazan Bozkurt’s phone and the banner coat she wears during declaration, were seized by the police.

(05/078) Police Intervention to a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration for architect Alev Şahin, who was dismissed from her job by a state of emergency decree, in front of Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning building in Ankara on May 8 2020; and forced 1 person (Nazan Bozkurt) way from the building.

(05/079) Penalty Fine to Life Watchers in Çanakkale…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 9, 2020 that, 4 people who are on life watch against gold mining project at Mount Kaz in Çanakkale, were imposed a fine of 57,240 Turkish Liras according to the Law of Misdemeanour for 4 days.

(05/080) Criminal Complaint Against CHP MP’s…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 8, 2020 that Communications Director Republic of Turkey Fahrettin Altun, filed a criminal complaint against Republican People’s Party (CHP) Manisa MP and group deputy chair Özgür Özel and Sakarya MP Engin Özkoç, on the charges of ‘insult’ and ‘slander’.

(05/081) Journalist on Trial in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 10, 2020 that Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation on the charge of ‘provoking hatred and hostility among public’, against journalist Can Ataklı, for his expressions on a TV programme on March 23, 2020.

The indictment demands jail sentence for Can Ataklı from 9 months to 1 year and 6 months.

(05/082) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 48 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,848 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 8, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 50 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,546 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 9, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 47 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,542 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 9, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 3,786 and total number of confirmed cases is 138,657 as of May 10, 2020.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 8, 2020 that 6 wardens in Mardin E Type Prison were tested positive for Covid-19 and they were quarantined.

 

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08 May 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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8 May 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(05/060) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 7, 2020 that, 3 militants died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Doğubayazıt district of Ağrı on May 6, 2020.

(05/061) Person Was Shot by Watchman in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 7, 2020 that, a quarrel took place between 2 people (Yüksel D. and Orhan D.) and watchmen who ask these people to show their ID cards in Arnavutköy district of Istanbul, and that Yüksel D. was shot at his foot by a watchman after this. It is learned that Yüksel D. was taken to Arnavutköy Public Hospital and Orhan D. was detained on the same day.

(05/062) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 7, 2020 that, prisoners in Osmaniye T Type Prison No 2 were not given disinfectants, cleaning supplies, gloves and face masks for protection from Covid-19; some wardens do not wear face masks and gloves and some wardens do not follow social distancing rule during roll-calls; 14 prisoners are kept in a ward for 10 people; telephones used by prisoners were not disinfected; food given to prisoners was insufficient and poor; and personnel serving the food were not wearing face masks and gloves.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 7, 2020 that, prisoners in Van High Security Prison were not given disinfectants, cleaning supplies, and face masks for protection from Covid-19; and face masks and other supplies were sold at high prices at prison commissary. It is also stated in the news reports that prisoners were not allowed to subscribe to Yeni Yaşam and Xwebun newspapers and prisoners were restricted to use social, cultural and sports rights.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 7, 2020 that in Urfa T Type Prison 23 people were kept in a ward despite of Covid-19 pandemic, and many of prisoners have to sleep on floors due to lack of beds.

(05/063) Police Intervention to Funeral of İbrahim Gökçek…

The police used pepper spray and rubber bullets to intervene the funeral of Grup Yorum member İbrahim Gökçek who lost his life on May 7, 2020, at Gazi Cemevi in Sultangazi district of Istanbul on May 8, 2020. İbrahim Gökçek, who was on death fast for 323 days to demand an end to oppression and bans on Grup Yorum, and who ended his fast on May 5, 2020, following applications to Izmir and Istanbul governorates for a concert, died in hospital on May 7, 2020. It is learned that the police blocked all streets around Cemevi, detained 36 people including 2 children, dropped gas bombs into Cemevi, broke into mortuary in Cemevi and abducted İbrahim Gökçek’s dead body. It is reported that detained 26 people who were taken to Sultangazi Police Station were not allowed to see their lawyers. 10 other detainees including 2 lawyers and 1 apprentice lawyer were taken to Istanbul Security Directorate. Detained people are: Muratcan Oflu, Aydın Gevin, Cengiz Şahin, Dursun Şahin, lawyers Didem Baydar Ünsal and Seda Şaraldı and apprentice lawyer Doğa İncesu, Grup Yorum band members Dilan Poyraz, Eren Erdem, Fırat Kıl, Dilan Ekin, Bakican Işık, Sevda Kurban, Beyhan Gün, Rıdvan Akbaş, Bahar Ertürk.

(05/064) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1276 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on May 7, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(05/065) Police Intervention to a Protest in Düzce…

On May 7, 2020, the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, in front of Düzce Governorate and detained her. Alev Şahin was released on the same day, after being fined for violating Law of Misdemeanour and Public Health Law.

(05/066) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The indictment of Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office against Mehmet Ferhat Çelik (managing editor of Yeni Yaşam newspaper), Aydın Keser (executive editor of Yeni Yaşam newspaper), Barış Pehlivan (managing editor of Oda TV), Barış Terkoğlu (chief news editor of Oda TV) and reporter Hülya Kılınç and Murat Ağırel (Yeniçağ newspaper writer), Birgün newspaper writer Erk Acarer and Akhisar Municipality Press Department officer E. E for the news reports on National Intelligence officer who died in Libya and was buried in Manisa, is accepted by Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 34.

The indictment demands jail sentence from 5 years to 10 years for 8 people, on the charge of, ‘disclosure of information relating to the security and political interests of the state’, noted in Article 329/1 of Turkish Penal Code, and from 4 years to 10 years on the charge of ‘disclosure of information and documents related to intelligence activity’, noted in Article 27 of the Law Amending the Law on State Intelligence Services and the National Intelligence Organization.

Oda TV chief news editor Barış Terkoğlu and reporter Hülya Kılınç were detained on March 4, 2020 and were arrested by the court on March 5, 2020. Oda TV managing editor Barış Pehlivan was detained on March 6, 2020 and was arrested on the same day. Mehmet Ferhat Çelik, Aydın Keser and Murat Ağırel were detained and then released on judicial control conditions on March 6, 2020; however, upon prosecutor’s appeal they were detained again and were arrested on March 8, 2020. On May 2, 2020 the court issued a warrant for Erk Acarer who lives abroad.

(05/067) Medeni Yıldırım Case…

It is learned that the trial of the case against Adem Çiftçi, a soldier on compulsory military service, for death of Medeni Yıldırım in Lice district of Diyarbakır on June 28, 2018, which was to be held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 7 on May 14, 2020 is adjourned to October 22, 2020, due to Covid-19 pandemic. Medeni Yıldırım was killed with a shot fired from military station during a march to protest the construction of a high security military station in Kalecik village of Lice. The indictment demands jail penalty up to 18 years for Adem Çiftçi for ‘killing with an eventual intent under unjust provocation’.

(05/068) Broadcast Ban for TV Channels…

On May 7, 2020, the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) issued Halk TV with a broadcast ban for five times, and administrative fine for five times, for expressions of Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu during a programme.

On May 7, 2020, the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) issued Habertürk TV with administrative fine, for some expressions of IYI Party chair Meral Akşener during a programme.

(05/069) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 57 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,977 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 7, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 3,641 and total number of confirmed cases is 133,721 as of May 7, 2020.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 8, 2020 that 44 prisoners in Istanbul Silivri L Type Prison No 7 were tested positive for Covid-19.

[1]The reports on the human rights violations of the Documentation Center are claims unless they are certified. The claim of violation either is certified through thoroughly investigations of HRFT Documentation Center, including by judicial verdicts, and becomes a definite data or it is not included to the annual report.

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07 May 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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7 May 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(05/048) Grup Yorum Band Member İbrahim Gökçek Lost His Life…

Grup Yorum band member İbrahim Gökçek, who was on death fast for 323 days to demand an end to oppression and bans on Grup Yorum, and who ended his fast on May 5, 2020, following applications to Izmir and Istanbul governorates for a concert, died in hospital on May 7, 2020.

İbrahim Gökçek went on a hunger strike in Silivri Prison on June 18, 2019; and turned his strike to a death fast on January 3, 2020. He was released from prison according to Istanbul Forensic Institution report which declares he cannot stay in prison, on February 24, 2020 by Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 37 with a ban on leaving the country and leaving his house. He continued his strike with Helin Bölek in a house in Küçükarmutlu neighbourhood of Sarıyer district of Istanbul. The police had raided the house on March 11, 2020; and Helin Bölek and İbrahim Gökçek were taken to Ümraniye Research and Training Hospital on the grounds of a court order. They were discharged from hospital on March 16, 2020, after the court order was lifted upon appeal.

Helin Bölek lost her life in the house in Küçükarmutlu neighbourhood of Sarıyer district of Istanbul, on 288th day of her death fast, on April 3, 2020.

(05/049) Death Fast in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 6, 2020 that, 8 prisoners in Konya Seydişehir T Type Prison went on a death fast to demand an end to right violations. Names of prisoners are: Cuma Dayan, Yılmaz Uçar, Şiyar Fırat, Mustafa Akan, Önder Korkmaz, Resul Ertaş, Davut Alagöz, Murat Aşkan.

(05/050) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 6, 2020 that, in Bayburt M Type Prison, prisoners are not given face masks despite of Covid-19 pandemic. It is also stated in the news reports that prisoners were not given hot water.

(05/051) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1275 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on May 6, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(05/052) Police Prevention to a Protest in Kocaeli…

The police prevented the press declaration of Labour Party (EMEP) in Gebze district of Kocaeli on May 6, 2020, for commemoration of Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan who were executed. It is learned that the press declaration was held at EMEP district office.

(05/053) Journalist on Trial in Muğla…

The first trial of the case against journalist Hakan Aygün, on the charge of ‘insulting religious values’ in his social media post (“Ey IBAN edenler”) which criticizes Presidential charity campaign by making a wordplay with reference to a religious phrase, is held at Bodrum Penal Court of First Instance No 3 on May 6, 2020.

After defence hearings the court released Hakan Aygün and adjourned the trial to July 14, 2020. It is learned that prosecutor’s office appealed to release decision.

Hakan Aygün was detained on April 2, 2020 and was arrested by the court on April 3, 2020.

(05/054) Co-Mayors on Trial in Van…

The trial of the case against Şehzade Kurt and Azim Yacan, co-mayors of İpekyolu district of Van, is held at Van Heavy Penal Court No 7 on May 6, 2020.

The indictment demands sentence for Şehzade Kurt and Azim Yacan on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’, ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations’.

After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention of Şehzade Kurt and Azim Yacan and adjourned the trial to June 17, 2020.

Şehzade Kurt and Azim Yacan were detained on November 8, 2019 and were arrested by the court on November 11, 2019. Ministry of Interior appointed a trustee to İpekyolu district on November 9, 2019.

(05/055) Former HDP MP on Trial…

9 year and 8 months’ sentence given to former HDP Hakkari MP Selma Irmak by Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ is approved by Penal Department No 16 of the Supreme Court on May 6, 2020.

(05/056) Former MP on Trial…

The indictment of Kars Public Prosecutor’s Office against former MP Mahmut Alınak is accepted by Kars Heavy Penal Court No 2.

The indictment states the phone call of Mahmut Alınak with two disputed families, donating the profit from his book “Mehmet Tunç and Bekes” to Mehmet Tunç’s family, giving a petition to the United Nations for acceptance of Kurdish as an official language and other political activities as elements of crime; and demands life imprisonment of Mahmut Alınak on the charge of ‘committing an act to place all, or part, of the territory of the state under the sovereignty of a foreign state or to disrupt the unity of the state or to weaken the independence of the state or to separate part of the territory under the sovereignty of the state from the state administration’.

The first trial of the case will be held on May 13, 2020.

Mahmut Alınak was detained in Kars on February 13, 2020 and was arrested by the court on February 17, 2020.

Mahmut Alınak’s book “Mehmet Tunç and Bekes” (2017) was banned by Istanbul Penal Court of Peace No 2 on December 5, 2019.

(05/057) Criminal Complaint Against Writer…

On May 6, 2020, President Tayyip Erdoğan, following Communications Director Republic of Turkey Fahrettin Altun, filed a criminal complaint against writer Ragıp Zarakolu, for his article “No Escape of Ill-Fate”, published on Artı Gerçek news portal. It is learned that President also filed complaints against executive editors of Evrensel newspaper and Artı Gerçek news portal.

(05/058) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against a person named O. B. is held at Adana Heavy Penal Court No 14 on May 5, 2010. The court sentenced the defendant to 10 years on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(05/059) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 64 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 2,253 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 6, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 3,584 and total number of confirmed cases is 131,744 as of May 6, 2020.

[1]The reports on the human rights violations of the Documentation Center are claims unless they are certified. The claim of violation either is certified through thoroughly investigations of HRFT Documentation Center, including by judicial verdicts, and becomes a definite data or it is not included to the annual report.

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06 May 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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6 May 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(05/033) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 5, 2020 that, 1 militant died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Mardin on March 22, 2020.

(05/034) Abducted Person in Van…

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Party Assembly member Hatice Büşra Kuyun is abducted by persons claim to be intelligence officers with a white vehicle registered with 65 AAT 923 license number in Van on May 4, 2020. It is learned that Hatice Büşra Kuyun was deforced for about 2 hours and was asked about her political activities, and was threatened by saying “As soon as ban on intercity travel ends after holidays you will leave Van, if you do not leave we will get you arrested and put in prison which is not a difficult thing for us. We would get your photographs at security points, then we would detain you, put a gun in your bag, get your fingerprints on it, and then we say that you were about to have an illegal act and arrest you”.

Hatice Büşra Kuyun stated the following: “I was abducted by 3 people. They claim themselves as police officers at first, and showed their identities. And then they said that they were not police officers and the identity cards they showed were fake. They told me that they would have used gendarmerie identity cards if we were within boundaries of gendarmerie region (…) They got me in a white car registered with 65 AAT 923 license plate. I said ‘Are you detaining me? If not, what you are doing is illegal’. I asked for a document of detention. They said ‘No detention, but it depends on conditions’. I kept silent, I did not talk with them. They took me to Hakkari-Başkale roadway, but not to security directorate. We left city center and took one-and-a-half-hour drive away. They attempted to get my phone. But I turned my phone off. They tried to illegalize political party activities and said that they will not allow us to have political activities here”.

(05/035) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 5, 2020 that in Afyon T Type Prison No 1, 15 people are kept in a ward for 6 people.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 5, 2020 that in Amasya E Type Prison, 20 people are kept in a ward for 10 people.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 5, 2020 that, social and cultural rights of prisoners in Kırıkkale F Type Prison are limited, petitions of prisoners are not put in process and radios of prisoners are seized.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 5, 2020 that, HDP Urfa MP Ayşe Sürücü and lawyer Mehmet Alagöz from Human Rights Association (IHD) who wants to meet administration of Maraş Türkoğlu Prison, about right violations in prison, was rejected.

(05/036) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 5, 2020 that prisoners in Kırıkkale F Type Prison were not taken to hospitals for 14 months, fort hey reject to be examined in handcuffs.

(05/037) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1274 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on May 5, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(05/038) Police Intervention to a Protest in Düzce…

On May 5, 2020, the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, in front of Düzce Governorate and detained her. Alev Şahin was released on the same day, after being fined for violating Law of Misdemeanour and Public Health Law.

(05/039) Detained City Council Member in Batman…

Leyla Onuk, city council member from HDP in Kozluk district of Batman, is detained in a house raid on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’. It is learned that Leyla Onuk was subjected to physical violence of the police during detention. Leyla Onuk is released after statement procedures on the same day.

(05/040) Former Co-Mayor on Trial…

The trial of the case against Remziye Yaşar, HDP co-mayor of Yüksekova district of Hakkari, is held at Hakkari Heavy Penal Court No 1 on May 5, 2020.

Remziye Yaşar joined the trial from prison via sound and vision system. After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention of Remziye Yaşar and adjourned the trial to July 16, 2020.

Remziye Yaşar was detained on October 15, 2019 and was arrested on October 17, 2019. Ministry of Interior appointed a trustee to Yüksekova on October 19, 2019. At the first trial of the case on February 4, 2020, the court has decided to release however, after accepting prosecutor’s appeal, the court did not release Remziye Yaşar.

(05/041) Criminal Complaint Against Writer…

On May 5, 2020, Communications Director Republic of Turkey Fahrettin Altun, filed a criminal complaint against writer Ragıp Zarakolu, for his article “No Escape of Ill-Fate”, published on Artı Gerçek news portal. It is learned that Fahrettin Altun filed a criminal complaint against Artı Media company too.

(05/042) Labour Killings…

Worker Health and Worker Safety Council (ISIG) revealed that at least 220 workers including 4 children, 14 women, and 8 refugees died while working in April 2020.

(05/043) Ban of Event in Izmir…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 5, 2020 that the press declaration of Dikili Labour and Democracy Platform, for anniversary of executions of Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan, to be held in Dikili district of Izmir was banned by Dikili Sub-governorate on the grounds of precautions for Covid-19 pandemic.

(05/044) Suspended Local Authority in Van…

Mehmet Nuri Yönten, local authority of Ortanca village in İpekyolu district of Van is suspended by İpekyolu Sub-governorate on May 5, 2020, on the grounds of allowing condolence room despite of bans regarding precautions for Covid-19 pandemic.

(05/045) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

Hüseyin Yılmaz, owner of Twitter account “kacsaatolduson”, who was detained in Antep through “Fethulahist Terrorist Organisation / Parallel State Structure” investigations, is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on May 5, 2020.

(05/046) Detained People for Social Media Posts…

Ministry of Interior declared on May 5, 2020 that 7,127 social media accounts have been investigated for social media posts about Covid-19 pandemic, 496 people related to these accounts are detained and 10 people are arrested.

(05/047) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 59 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,832 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 5, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 3,520 and total number of confirmed cases is 129,491 as of May 5, 2020.

HDP Kocaeli MP Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu announced on social media that 3 prisoners in Buca Prison tested positive for Covid-19 which makes the total number of prisoners tested positive in this prison to 16.

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05 May 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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5 May 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(05/024) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

Siirt Governorate declared that 1 soldier died due to land mine in rural areas of Pervari district of Siirt on May 4, 2020.

(05/025) İbrahim Gökçek Ended His Death Fast…

Grup Yorum band member İbrahim Gökçek, who was on death fast for 323 days to demand an end to oppression and bans on Grup Yorum, ended his fast on May 5, 2020, following applications to Izmir and Istanbul governorates for a concert.

İbrahim Gökçek went on a hunger strike in Silivri Prison on June 18, 2019; and turned his strike to a death fast on January 3, 2020. He was released from prison according to Istanbul Forensic Institution report which declares he cannot stay in prison, on February 24, 2020 by Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 37 with a ban on leaving the country and leaving his house. He continued his strike with Helin Bölek in a house in Küçükarmutlu neighbourhood of Sarıyer district of Istanbul. The police had raided the house on March 11, 2020; and Helin Bölek and İbrahim Gökçek were taken to Ümraniye Research and Training Hospital on the grounds of a court order. They were discharged from hospital on March 16, 2020, after the court order was lifted upon appeal.

İbrahim Gökçek is taken to hospital after ending his fast.

(05/026) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 4, 2020 that, 15 prisoners in Kırıkkale F Type Prison went on a 3-day hunger strike to support Grup Yorum member İbrahim Gökçek who is on 323rd day of death fast.

(05/027) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1273 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on May 4, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(04/028) Police Intervention to a Protest in Düzce…

On May 4, 2020, the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, in front of Düzce Governorate and detained her. Alev Şahin was released on the same day, after being fined for violating Law of Misdemeanour and Public Health Law.

(05/029) Detained People in Van…

5 of 15 people who were detained in house raids in İpekyolu district of Van on May 1, 2020; on the grounds of participating in a demonstration to protest sending of funeral of a HPG militant to his family by cargo, are arrested by the court on May 4, 2020. 10 people are released. Arrested people are: Devrim Aşan, Oktay Gil, Feyaz Başak, Güven Özdöner and Murat Şeker.

(05/030) Journalist on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The trial of the case against Evrensel newspaper columnist Yusuf Karataş, for his activities within Democratic Society Congress (DTK), which was to be held on Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 9 on May 4, 2020, is adjourned based on decision of Council and Judges and Prosecutors to September 21, 2020.

The indictment demands jail sentence from 7 years and 6 months to 15 years on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(05/031) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 4, 2020 that, the appeal to arrest of Barış Pehlivan (managing editor of Oda TV), Barış Terkoğlu (chief news editor of Oda TV) and reporter Hülya Kılınç, Ferhat Çelik (managing editor of Yeni Yaşam newspaper), Aydın Keser (executive editor of Yeni Yaşam newspaper), and Murat Ağırel (Yeniçağ newspaper writer), who have been arrested for the news reports on National Intelligence officer who died in Libya and was buried in Manisa; is rejected by Istanbul Penal Court of Peace. It is learned that the appeal was judged without informing lawyers of the journalists on trial, and other lawyers from Istanbul Bar Association were called to participate in trial.

(05/032) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 64 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,614 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 4, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 3,461 and total number of confirmed cases is 127,659 as of May 4, 2020.

It is learned from data shared by Izmir Chamber of Medicine on May 4, 2020 that 466 health workers including 147 doctors, 2 dentists, 146 nurses and delivery nurses, 85 health officers, 16 medical secretaries, 24 technicians, 30 public officers, 6 pharmacists, 2 psychologists, 5 security staff and 1 driver, and 2 engineers in Izmir tested positive for Covid-19.

On May 4, 2020, ban on exit and entrance of vehicles for 31 provinces including 30 metropolitan cities is lifted for 7 cities (Antalya, Aydın, Erzurum, Hatay, Malatya and Muğla). The ban on exit and entrance of vehicles will be effective for 24 cities for 15 days. The ban on leaving houses for citizens older than 65 and younger than 20 years old will be gradually and partly lifted; those citizens will be allowed to leave their houses for 4 hours once a week. Juridical procedures and trials which were suspended at courthouses will restart on June 15, 2020.

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01 – 04 May 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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1 – 4 May 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(05/001) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 2 soldiers died and 4 soldiers got wounded in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Bitlis on May 2, 2020.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 2, 2020 that 4 militants died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Kağızman district of Kars on April 30, 2020.

(05/002) Person Died in Prison…

It is learned from declaration of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Kocaeli MP Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu on May 1, 2020 that a prisoner named Erhan Fidan killed himself in Denizli Prison.

(05/003) Person Died in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 30, 2020 that a prisoner named Mehmet E. (62) killed himself in a single cell in Ağrı Doğubayazıt Prison. It is learned that body of Mehmet E. is taken to mortuary of Doğubayazıt Public Hospital for autopsy.

(05/004) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 29, 2020 that in Aydın Prison, 20 people are kept in a ward for 6 people.

It is learned from the news coverage of April 30, 2020 that, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Izmir MP’s Serpil Kemalbay and Murat Çepni and members of Aegean Association of Families of Prisoners (Ege TUHAY-DER) who visits Izmir Şakran Prison to meet prison administration about right violations, were rejected.

Ministry of Justice made a declaration on May 1, 2020 via twitter and announced that, as a part of precautions for Covid-19 pandemic, all visits to open and closed prisons including lawyer visits, workshop activities, leave permissions special to open prisons, using family visit rooms, collective activities for prisoners, transfers between prisons, nursery and kindergarten for children under the age of 6 who are with their mothers in prison, or sending them out to their parents or relatives are suspended until May 15, 2020.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 1, 2020 that, despite of Covid-19 pandemic, prisoners in Maraş Türkoğlu L Type Prison No 1 were given face masks only once.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 3, 2020 that, despite of Covid-19 pandemic, prisoners in Kocaeli Kandıra F Type Prison No 2 were not given disinfectants, cleaning supplies and face masks.

(05/005) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned that 3 prisoners (Merve Aydoğan, Nazlı Solgun and Rojda Tokçu) in Kayseri Bünyan Women’s Prison who were kept in quarantine for having symptoms of Covid-19, were not tested.

(05/006) Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Custody in Istanbul…

It is learned that Resul Özdemir, an asylum seeker who was repatriated to Turkey by Sweden on April 22, 2020, was subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody in Turkey.

Resul Özdemir’s lawyer states the following: “Özdemir was given to National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) officers after his plane landed in Sabiha Gökçen Airport. MIT officers took my client to their place and interrogated, torturing him for 5 hours. Then he was given to Anti-Terror Department squad. After being taken to Anti-Terror Department, he was subjected to torture; electric shocks, battering, insults and was forced to stand on foot for a day.”

It is learned that Resul Özdemir was not given a medical report evidencing the torture.

Resul Özdemir was arrested by the court on April 23, 2020.

(05/007) Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Custody in Mardin…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 1, 2020 that, Abdullah Solmaz (30) who was detained in a house raid in Derik district of Mardin on April 24, 2020, was subjected to torture and ill-treatment during the raid and under custody. It is learned that a police officer was with Abdullah Solmaz when he was seeing the doctor at hospital after detention, and that he was not given a medical report evidencing the torture.

(05/008) Assault to a Newspaper’s Office in Kocaeli…

2 of 6 people who were detained in relation to the armed assault against Ses Kocaeli newspaper’s office in Kocaeli on April 20, 2020; are arrested by the court on April 30, 2020. 2 people are released.

(05/009) Interventions and Preventions Against May 1 Demonstrations…

The police intervened the press declaration of Labour Movement Party (EHP) members on May 1, in Şişli district of Istanbul on April 30, 2020; and detained 11 people including EHP spokesperson Özge Akman, by using physical violence. It is learned that the police did not follow social distancing rule for Covid-19 and some officers did not wear face masks. Names of detained people are unknown.

The press declaration of Health and Social Service Employees’ Union (SES) Ankara branch, Ankara Medical Chamber (ATO) and Union of Progressive Health Workers (Dev-Sağlık İş) for May 1, at Hacettepe Hospital in Ankara on April 30, 2020, was prevented by the police on the grounds of governorate’s ban.

It is learned that the banner at Confederation of Public Employees’ Unions (KESK) Van branch building, saying “We Produce, We Should Unite Against the Order that Kills Us, Long Live May 1”, is removed and seized by the police, on the grounds of verbal instruction of Van Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The police intervened Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey (DISK) members in front of DISK Central Office, attempting to march to Taksim Square in Istanbul to celebrate May 1, and detained 15 people including DISK chair Arzu Çerkezoğlu. Detained people are: Arzu Çerkezoğlu, DİSK Secretary General Adnan Serdaroğlu, Progressive Construction Workers’ Union (Dev-Yapı İŞ) chair Özgür Karabulut, Progressive Health Workers Union (Dev-Sağlık İş) Secretary General Erdoğan Demir, Food Workers Union (Gıda İş) chair Seyit Aslan, Energy Workers Union (Enerji-Sen) chair Süleyman Keskin, Food Workers Union (Gıda İş) Secretary General Olcay Ozak, United Metal Workers’ Union (Birleşik Metal İş) executives Seyfettin Gülengün and Muhammet Yurtsever, Textile Workers Union (Tekstil-Sen) Istanbul chair Asalettin Aslanoğlu, DISK specialist Faruk Işık, Social Service Workers Union (Sosyal-İş) specialist Cemal Bilgin, Community Houses Secretary General Özge Ozan, Community Houses member Ersin Kiriş and Polat Deniz Gülşen. Detained people are released after being imposed a penalty fine of 3,180 Turkish Liras on the same day.

The police intervened the group to march to Taksim Square from Şişli district of Istanbul on May 1, 2020 and detained 12 people.

The police intervened the group holding a banner at Taksim Square in Istanbul on May 1, 2020 and detained 3 people including a journalist (Gamze Nihal İyidoğan, Ekinsu Aktaş and Önsöz TV reporter Sena Şat Karaköy). Detained people are released after being imposed to penalty fine.

Grup Yorum music choir member Tuğçe Tayyar and İdil Cultural Center worker Baki Can Işık who had a demonstration at Taksim Square of Istanbul on May 1, 2020 are detained. Detained 2 people are released on the same day.

The police intervened Community Houses members celebrating May 1 at Gündoğdu Square in Izmir on May 1, 2020 and detained 5 people (Doğan Barış Halidi, Tuncay Olguner, Evrim Çakır, Gizem Coşkun and Erdem Engin). Detained people are released on the same day after administrative act for violating

The police intervened Community Houses members attempting to march to Taksim Square in Istanbul on May 1, 2020, and detained 4 people.

The police intervened Construction Workers Union (İnşaat-İş) and Umut-Sen Labour Union members celebrating May 1 in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on May 1, 2020 and detained 8 people. Detained people are released on the same day.

The police detained 4 people after May 1 celebration in Tuzluçayır neighbourhood of Mamak district of Ankara on May 1, 2020. Names of detained people known so far are: Ekin Erdem Evliya and Anıl Yeşiltepe.

It is learned that convoy of cleaning vehicles formed by DISK members in Mersin were stopped by the police and DISK flags on vehicles were removed.

Middle East Technical University students hanging a banner at university campus in Ankara on May 1, 2020 were intervened by private security chief. It is learned that students hung the banner.

It is learned that May 1 banner on Tunceli Municipality building was removed on the grounds of governorate’s instruction.

It is learned that house of a Students Collective member who hung a banner on their house window in Zonguldak on May 1, 2020 was raided and searched by the police.

(05/010) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1272 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on April 30, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(05/011) Police Intervention to a Protest in Düzce…

On April 30, 2020, the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, in front of Düzce Governorate and detained her. Alev Şahin was released on the same day, after being fined for violating Law of Misdemeanour and Public Health Law.

(05/012) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

2 people (Baki Can Işık and Aydın Gevin) hanging a banner on death fasts, on Bosporus Bridge of Istanbul on April 29, 2020 are detained. Detained people are released on the same day.

(05/013) Detained Journalist in Tekirdağ…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 2, 2020 that, journalist Ferhat Akgün who were detained on the grounds of “violating workplace impunity by entering without permission” to Tekirdağ Public Hospital which is used for Covid-19 pandemic; is released by the court on house confinement during investigation.

(05/014) Detained Person in Diyarbakır for Social Media Posts…

Hülya Oruç, wife of journalist Aziz Oruç who is kept in Ağrı Patnos Prison, is detained in Diyarbakır on April 30, 2020, for her social media posts on right violations in Patnos Prison during Covid-19 pandemic. Hülya Oruç is released by the court on ban on leaving the house and the country.

(05/015) Arrested EMEP Executive in Adana…

Ferit Kilis, Yüreğir district chair of Labour Party (EMEP) in Adana, is detained on May 1, 2020 for his social media posts. Ferit Kilis is arrested by the court on the same day, on the grounds of ‘targeting public employee assigned in anti-terror activity’.

(05/016) Detained People in Van…

14 people are detained in house raids in İpekyolu district of Van on May 1, 2020; on the grounds of participating in a demonstration to protest sending of funeral of a HPG militant to his family by cargo. Names of detained people are unknown.

(05/017) Detained TUHAY-DER Members in Van…

2 members of (Halime Albay and Zeki İtah) Association of Families of Prisoners (TUHAY-DER) who were detained in house raids in Van on April 29, 2020, are released on judicial control conditions on May 1, 2020.

(05/018) Detained Future Party Members in Bitlis…

5 members of The Future Party (Gelecek Partisi) giving away face masks in Bitlis are detained on May 2, 2020.

(05/019) Investigation Against CHP Executive in Istanbul…

On April 30, 2020, Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu, gave her official statement to Press Offences Department at Istanbul Courthouse, through the investigation about taking pictures of house of Fahrettin Altun, Communications Director Republic of Turkey.

(05/020) Investigation Against Journalists in Istanbul…

On April 30, 2020, Cumhuriyet newspaper reporter Hazal Ocal, photo-journalist Vedat Arık, executive editors Olcay Büyüktaş and İpek Özbey gave their official statements at Istanbul Security Directorate through the investigation about taking pictures of house of Fahrettin Altun, Communications Director Republic of Turkey.

(05/021) Investigation Against Journalist in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 30, 2020 that, Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office prepared an indictment against journalist Fatih Portakal for his social media posts, on the charge of violating Article 74 of Banking Law related to ‘protection of reputation’.

Fatih Portakal’s social media post on April 6, 2020 was as following: “We are having tough days. I hope they would not demand money from those who have deposit and savings. Unfortunately, I cannot say it is impossible”.

(05/022) Broadcast Ban for TV Channels…

On April 30, 2020, the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) issued Ayşenur Arslan’s programme on Halk TV with a broadcast ban for five times. The reason of ban is unknown.

On April 30, 2020, the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) issued FOX TV with an administrative sanction at top level. The reason of sanction is appearance of Ercan Gün, who is in prison through “Fethullahist Terrorist Organisation/Parallel State Structure” cases, as Planning Director in prime time newscast’s credits and titles.

(05/023) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 93 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 2,615 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 30, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 84 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 2,188 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 1, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 78 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,983 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 2, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 61 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,670 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 3, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 3,397 and total number of confirmed cases is 126,045 as of May 3, 2020.

It is learned from the news coverage of April 30, 2020 that a prisoner who was released from Ankara Sincan Prison, died from Covid-19 in hospital on April 14, 2020. HDP Kocaeli MP Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu declared on March 25, 2020 that a prisoner in Sincan Prisoner has Covid-19. Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office denied the allegation and initiated an investigation against Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu on the charge of ‘provoking fear and panic among people’.

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30 April 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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30 April 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(04/209) Person Shot by the Police for Disobeying Stop Warning in Adana…

On April 27, 2020, Ali El Hemdan, a 19 years old Syrian person was killed by police shot on the grounds of disobeying stop warning, in Seyhan district of Adana. Association of Human Rights and Solidarity for Oppressed People (MAZLUM-DER) Adana branch prepared a report on April 29, 2020 and states the following: “Shopkeepers around the crime scene were asked whether the police fired a warning shot; and they answered negatively. And other citizens who were at the crime scene state that, police officers stopped two young men at the control point, made body search and asked for ID; one of the young men tried to run away into an alley because he was under the age of 20 and did not want to be fined for this; a police officer went after him and warned to stop; then they heard a gunshot and there was no warning shot up into the air”.

(04/210) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 29, 2020 that, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Urfa MP Ayşe Sürücü and a group of lawyers who went to Urfa T Type Prison to meet prison administration on right violations, were not accepted. It is reported that the group were prevented from entering into the prison by gendarmerie blocking the entrance.

It is learned from the news coverage of April 29, 2020 that despite of Covid-19 pandemic, wards in Ağrı Patnos L Type Prison were not disinfected, prisoner were not given disinfectants and cleaning supplies, wardens do not wear face masks and follow social distancing rule during ward searches, disinfectants were sold at prison commissary at high prices. It is also stated in the news reports that hot water was given only for 1 hour a day which is at a low temperature; radios of prisoners were seized and newspapers were not given to prisoners although there is no ban.

(04/211) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 29, 2020 that journalist Aziz Oruç who is kept in Ağrı Patnos L Type Prison, was not referred to hospital.

(04/212) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1268 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on April 29, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(04/213) Police Intervention to a Protest in Düzce…

On April 29, 2020, the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, in front of Düzce Governorate and detained her. Alev Şahin was released on the same day, after being fined for violating Law of Misdemeanour and Public Health Law.

(04/214) Detained TUHAY-DER Members in Van…

On April 29, 2020, 2 members (Halime Albay and Zeki İtah) of Association of Families of Prisoners (TUHAY-DER) are detained in house raids in Van.

(04/215) Preventions of May 1 Events…

On April 29, 2020, Izmir Labour and Democracy Forces’ application for May 1 events to Izmir Governorate is rejected on the grounds of curfew between May 1 to May 3, 2020, as a part of precautions for Covid-19 pandemic. It is stated by the governorate that a press declaration for May 1, by 5 people keeping social distance between them could be held on April 30, 2020.

Confederation of Public Employees Unions (KESK) Mardin Branches Platform’s application to Artuklu Sub-Governorate to hold a press declaration on April 30, 2020 and to have a mobile vehicle playing May Day Anthem on streets during May 1, is rejected on April 29, 2020 ın the grounds of Ministry of Interior circular. It is stated by the sub-governorate that a press declaration for May 1, by 5 people keeping social distance between them could be held on April 30, 2020.

(04/216) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 89 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 2,936 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 29, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 3,081 and total number of confirmed cases is 117,589 as of April 29, 2020.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca declared that 7,428 health workers are diagnosed with Covid-19 as of April 29, 2020.

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29 April 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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29 April 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(04/200) Person Shot by the Police for Disobeying Stop Warning in Adana…

On April 27, 2020, Ali El Hemdan, a 19 years old Syrian person was killed by police shot on the grounds of disobeying stop warning, in Seyhan district of Adana. Police officer F. K. who shot Ali El Hemdan is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘intentional killing’ on April 28, 2020.

It is learned from the news reports that police officer F. K. officially stated the following: “I ran after the person when he ran away. The crime of incident is an uncanny neighbourhood, so my gun is always unlocked there. I am fasting during Ramadan, when I was following the person I lost my balance and felt, the gun might have been fired at that moment (…) It is not true that I have had directly shot the boy. I do not accept what the witnesses declared. I accept the offence charged as I told the details”.

It is learned from the news coverage that the preliminary autopsy report of Adana Forensic Medicine Institute states that Ali El Hemdan has a 1 centimetre length wound at left chest around heart which is the reason of death.

Hasan Hacı Ahmed, a witness, states the following: “We noticed police control check point about 30 meters ahead at traffic lights. We submitted our ID cards because we were above 20 years old. Hemdan went into an alley because he was younger than 20 and he did not want to be fined. A police officer followed him into the alley. Hemdan was looking at the police and saying ‘I will not give my ID’. I heard a gunshot, when I went into that alley Hemdan was on the ground, and he was bleeding on his chest.”

Human Rights Association (IHD) Adana branch, Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD), Adana Bar Association Human Rights Commission and Confederation of Public Employees Unions (KESK) Adana Platform prepared a report on the case and stated the following: “There is no indication of any serious crime committed or any assault to the police officer by the person who was killed, apart from the suspect’s testimony that he disobeyed stop warning. On the contrary it is proven by witness testimonies that he stopped obeying the warning and was shot at the time when he turned to the police officer (…) Although it is stated in written and visual media coverage that authorities claim that the police officer fired his gun into the air and the person was shot at the leg; it is clear by medical examination and autopsy report that the person was shot at a fatal area, his upper chest, by one single bullet. Considering the incident, witness testimonies and autopsy report, it is confirmed that ‘Right to Live’, which is a negative responsibility of the state provided by Article 17 of the constitution and Article 2 of European Convention of Human Rights, was violated.”

(04/201) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1267 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on April 28, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(04/202) Police Intervention to a Protest in Düzce…

On April 28, 2020, the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, in front of Düzce Governorate and detained her. Alev Şahin was released on the same day, after being fined for violating Law of Misdemeanour and Public Health Law.

(04/203) Detained People in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 28, 2020 that, 10 people are detained on the grounds of “having a house party” in Bağcılar district of Istanbul. Detained people are sentenced to house confinement for 2 months on the charge of ‘violating precautions for contagious diseases’ by the court.

(04/204) Investigation Against CHP Executive in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 28, 2020 that Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation against Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu on the charges of ‘praising an offence and offender’ and ‘instigation’; and that Canan Kaftancıoğlu was called to give official statement. The investigation is about taking pictures of house of Fahrettin Altun, Communications Director Republic of Turkey.

(04/205) Investigation Against Diyarbakır Bar Association…

It is learned that on April 28, 2020, Diyarbakır Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation against Diyarbakır Bar Association, on the charge of ‘degrading the religious values of a section of the public’, for their declaration against Director of Religious Affair’s statements targeting LGBTIQ+ people.

(04/206) Ban of Events in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on April 27, 2020 and announced that, all open-door events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 15 days as of April 28, 2020. All events are banned in Hakkari for 413 days since April 4, 2019.

(04/207) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

One person who was detained in Mardin is arrested by the court on April 28, 2020.

(04/208) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 92 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 2,392 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 28, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 2,992 and total number of confirmed cases is 114,653 as of April 28, 2020.

Minister of Justice Abdülhamit Gül declared on April 28, 2020 that 120 prisoners in 4 prisons tested positive for Covid-19.

It is learned from the news coverage of April 28, 2020 that 55 prisoners in Konya E Type Prison who tested positive for Covid-19 were referred to hospitals.

 

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28 April 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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28 April 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(04/181) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 27, 2020 that 3 militants died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in Haftanin area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on April 25, 2020.

(04/182) Person Shot by the Police for Disobeying Stop Warning in Adana…

On April 27, 2020, Ali El Hemdan, a 19 years old Syrian person is killed by police shot on the grounds of disobeying stop warning, in Seyhan district of Adana.

It is stated in the news reports that, Ali El Hemdan was afraid of being fined since he was under 20, and thus he ran away into a side street when he noticed the police control point nearby; and that the police shot directly towards Ali El Hemdan.

(04/183) People Died in Prison…

It is stated in Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Kocaeli MP Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu’s declaration covered by news reports on April 27, 2020 that 3 prisoners killed themselves in prisons. Halit Refik Ketmen (47) died in Kilis L Type Prison on April 25, 2020; Hakan Karakaş (36) died in Hatay T Type Prison on April 25, 2020; and Ersen Yıldız died in Samsun Bafra T Type Prison.

(04/184) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 27, 2020 that in Izmir Aliağa Şakran Prison 24 prisoners are kept in wards for 16 people, despite of Covid-19 pandemic.

It is learned from the news coverage of April 27, 2020 that, despite of Covid-19 pandemic, cleaning supplies are sold at high prices to prisoners at commissary of Kayseri Bünyan Women’s Prison; some wardens enter wards without wearing face masks and the food given to prisoners is not sufficient and hygienic.

(04/185) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is claimed in the news coverage of April 27, 2020 that, some prisoners in Kayseri Bünyan Women’s Prison who have symptoms of Covid-19 are not tested and that prisoners are asked to pay for Covid-19 tests.

(04/186) Person Was Subjected to Police Violence in Mardin…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 27, 2020 that, a person named S. Y. was subjected physical violence of the police for violating curfew, in Derik district of Mardin on April 25, 2020. It could be seen in security footage that the police slaps S. Y. and chokes him and pushes him back, instead of giving penalty fine.

Derik Sub-Governorate made a declaration on the same day and stated that the police officer was suspended.

(04/187) Person Was Subjected to Police Violence in Trabzon…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 27, 2020 that, in Trabzon on April 25, 2020, a quarrel took place between Galip Aydın, who was on his way to buy Ramadan pita, and the police for he does not have his ID, and that Galip Aydın was got on the ground on his face, handcuffed behind his back and was then taken to police station.

After video recordings of the violence were shared on social media, Trabzon Governorate declared that an investigation was initiated against 3 police officers. It could be seen from video recordings that police officers do not wear face masks and do not follow hygiene rules while handcuffing Galip Aydın.

Galip Aydın states the following: “I am just one person; how can I resist to number of police officers? I have bruises in every part of my body. I was in the building complex area, they did it to me in front of my wife and children, in front of my house. The delivery car of the bakery comes at certain times and brings pita, I usually go downstairs to get some. While I was waiting for bakery car again, I came up against police officers doing this to me.”

It is learned that Galip Aydın was released after statement procedures and made an official complaint against the police officers, with a medical report evidencing the violence.

(04/188) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1266 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on April 27, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(04/189) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened Mahmut Konuk having a protest in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on April 27, 2020, to regain his job from which he had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and forced him away from the building by using physical violence.

(04/190) Police Intervention to a Protest in Düzce…

On April 27, 2020, the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, in front of Düzce Governorate and detained her. Alev Şahin was released on the same day, after being fined for violating Law of Misdemeanour and Public Health Law.

(04/191) Detained Medical Chamber Chair in Urfa…

Urfa Medical Chamber chair Ömer Melik and general secretary Osman Yüksekyayla are detained at Urfa Security Directorate where they went to give official statement on April 27, 2020. The reason of detention is official social media posts of Urfa Medical Chamber. 2 people were released on judicial control conditions by the court on the same day.

(04/192) Detained People for Social Media Posts…

Ministry of Interior declared on April 27, 2020 that within last 42 days 6362 social media accounts have been investigated for social media posts about Covid-19 pandemic, 402 people related to these accounts are detained.

(04/193) Investigation Against Ankara Bar Association…

It is learned that Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation against Ankara Bar Association, on the charge of ‘degrading the religious values of a section of the public’, for their declaration against Director of Religious Affair’s statements targeting LGBTIQ+ people.

President Erdoğan said “an assault targeting Director of Religious Affairs is an assault against the state” in relation to Ankara Bar Association’s declaration.

Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesperson Ömer Çelik stated the following on social media: “The fascist statement made by the Ankara Bar Association is total rudeness. It is noteworthy to see one of the rudest and most insulting versions of fascism in a bar association’s declaration. (…) This fascist mind-set raising from Ankara Bar Association is in an arrogant aggressiveness to prevent Professor Ali Erbaş (director of religious affairs) from his most fundamental right.”

It is also learned that Directorate of Religious Affairs made an official complaint against Ankara Bar Association.

(04/194) Proceedings Against Parliamentary Members…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 27, 2020 that, 30 proceedings demanding lift of impunity of 21 parliamentary members from People’s Democratic Party (HDP) are submitted to Grand National Assembly.

Parliamentary members subjected to proceedings are:

  • Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Co-chair and Diyarbakır MP Salihe Aydeniz (2 proceedings)
  • HDP Mardin MP Pero Dündar (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Hakkari MP Sait Dede (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Hakkari MP Leyla Güven (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Antalya MP Kemal Bülbül (3 proceedings)
  • HDP Urfa MP Nimetullah Erdoğmuş (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Urfa MP Ayşe Sürücü (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Diyarbakır MP Dersim Dağ (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Diyarbakır MP Musa Farisoğulları (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Diyarbakır MP Semra Güzel (4 proceedings)
  • HDP Diyarbakır MP Remziye Tosun (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Muş MP Gülüstan Kılıç Koçyiğit (3 proceedings)
  • HDP Muş MP Şevin Coşkun (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Van MP Muazzez Orhan Işık (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Van MP Sezai Temelli (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Batman MP Necdet İpekyüz (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Batman MP Ayşe Acar Başaran (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Şırnak MP Nuran İmir (2 proceedings)
  • HDP Adana MP Kemal Peköz (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Siirt MP Meral Danış Beştaş (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Mersin MP Rıdvan Turan (1 proceeding)

(04/195) Investigation Against a Journalist in Van…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 27, 2020 that, Van Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated three investigations on the charges of ‘provoking fear and panic among public’ and ‘inciting hatred and hostility among public’, against journalist Oktay Candemir, for his news reports and social media posts. It is learned that Oktay Candemir gave his official statements to Van Directorate of Security.

(04/196) Investigation Against a Journalist in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 27, 2020 that, Bakırköy Public Prosecutor’s Office Cyber Crimes Department initiated an investigation against journalist Zülal Koçer, for sharing video recordings of police violence to Feminist March on March 8, 2020 in Istanbul.

(04/197) Investigation Against Community House Members in Mersin…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 27, 2020 that, Mersin Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation against Mersin Community House members on the charge of ‘inciting hatred and hostility among public and insulting’, for the protest about Covid-19 pandemic held in front of Provincial Health Directorate on April 17, 2020.

(04/198) Efe Tektekin Case…

The trial of the case against police officer İ. A., for death of Efe Tektekin (5), due to being hit by an armoured police vehicle in Bağlar district of Diyarbakır on September 11, 2019, is held at Diyarbakır Penal Court of First Instance No 9 on April 27, 2020.

The indictment demands sentence for İ. A. on the charge of reckless killing.

The court adjourned the trial to September 15, 2020, due to Covid-19 pandemic.

(04/199) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 95 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 2,131 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 27, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 2,900 and total number of confirmed cases is 112,261 as of April 27, 2020.

It is learned from the report of Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions (DISK) released on April 27, 2020 that, 535 workers tested positive for Covid-19 as of April 24, 2020.

It is learned from data shared by Izmir Chamber of Medicine on April 27, 2020 that 447 health workers including 142 doctors, 2 dentists, 137 nurses and delivery nurses, 81 health officers, 16 medical secretaries, 23 technicians, 30 public officers, 6 pharmacists, 2 psychologists, 5 security staff and 1 driver, and 2 engineers in Izmir tested positive for Covid-19.

It is declared by a presidential circular on April 27, 2020 that a 72-hour curfew as a part of precautions for Covid-19 pandemic will be imposed as of 00.00 on May 1, 2020 in 31 cities including 30 metropolitan cities, excepting individuals and institutions stated in the circular.

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25 – 27 April 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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25 – 27 April 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(04/173) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

Ministry of National Defence announced that 1 soldier (Ahmet İnce) died and 3 soldiers got wounded in an attack of HPG militants to Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) units in Haftanin area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on April 25, 2020.

(04/174) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 24, 2020 that, prisoners in Kayseri Bünyan Women’s Prison were not given cleaning supplies, disinfectants and face masks for protection from Covid-19; and that wardens do not follow social distancing rules during ward searches. It is also stated in the news reports that prisoners were given 2 meals a day and the food given to them is insufficient.

(04/175) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is claimed in the news coverage of April 24, 2020 that 26 prisoners in Rize Kalkandere L Type Prison who have symptoms of Covid-19 were not referred to hospital.

It is learned from the news coverage of April 24, 2020 that, 1 prisoner in Kayseri Bünyan Women’s Prison were forced to be medically examined in handcuffs and since she rejected to this, she was taken back to prison without completing controls.

(04/176) Detained Journalist in Kocaeli…

Gökhan Karabulut, executive editor of Kocaeli Koz newspaper is detained on April 24, 2020, on the grounds of news reports criticising Health Director of Kocaeli. Gökhan Karabulut is released by the court on the same day.

(04/177) Detained People in Adana for Handing Out Bread…

3 people (Hasali Demir, Cumali Sucu and Camal Demir) who were handing out breads provided by Adana Metropolitan Municipality in Yüreğir district on April 26, 2020, are detained on the grounds of complaint against them. 3 people were taken to Doğankent Police Station and were released after statement procedures.

(04/178) Arrested People in Van…

5 people including 2 children who were detained in police intervention against the press declaration in İpekyolu district of Van on April 20, 2020, to protest air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to Zînî Wertê area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on April 25, 2020. Names of arrested people are unknown.

(04/179) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 24, 2020 that, Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office prepared an indictment against Mehmet Ferhat Çelik (managing editor of Yeni Yaşam newspaper), Aydın Keser (executive editor of Yeni Yaşam newspaper), Barış Pehlivan (managing editor of Oda TV), Barış Terkoğlu (chief news editor of Oda TV) and reporter Hülya Kılınç and Murat Ağırel (Yeniçağ newspaper writer), for the news reports on National Intelligence officer who died in Libya and was buried in Manisa.

The indictment demands jail sentence from 5 years to 10 years for 6 journalists, on the charge of, ‘disclosure of information relating to the security and political interests of the state’, noted in Article 329/1 of Turkish Penal Code, and from 4 years to 10 years on the charge of ‘disclosure of information and documents related to intelligence activity’, noted in Article 27 of the Law Amending the Law on State Intelligence Services and the National Intelligence Organization.

Oda TV chief news editor Barış Terkoğlu and reporter Hülya Kılınç were detained on March 4, 2020 and were arrested by the court on March 5, 2020. Oda TV managing editor Barış Pehlivan was detained on March 6, 2020 and was arrested on the same day. Mehmet Ferhat Çelik, Aydın Keser and Murat Ağırel were detained and then released on judicial control conditions on March 6, 2020; however, upon prosecutor’s appeal they were detained again and were arrested on March 8, 2020.

(04/180) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 109 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 3,122 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 24, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 106 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 2,861 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 25, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 99 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 2,357 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 26, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 2,805 and total number of confirmed cases is 110,130 as of April 26, 2020.

It is learned from the data shared by Ankara Medical Chamber on April 24, 2020 that 175 health workers in Ankara tested positive for Covid-19.

It is learned from the data shared by Diyarbakır Medical Chamber on April 24, 2020 that 54 health workers in Diyarbakır tested positive for Covid-19.

It is learned from the news coverage of April 26, 2020 that a prisoner who went to İpekyolu district of Van after being released form Ağrı Patnos L Type Prison, tested positive for Covid-19.

[1]The reports on the human rights violations of the Documentation Center are claims unless they are certified. The claim of violation either is certified through thoroughly investigations of HRFT Documentation Center, including by judicial verdicts, and becomes a definite data or it is not included to the annual report.

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