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17 October 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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17 October 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/184) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

Within the military operation of Turkish Armed Forces to north and east Syria;

Şırnak Governorate made a declaration on October 16, 2019 and announced that 3 people got wounded due to a mortar shell alleged to be fired from Syrian side to Katran village of Cizre district.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) made a declaration on October 16, 2019 and announced that 164 members of Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) and 21 members Syrian factions loyal to Turkey died during the military operation since October 9, 2019.

(10/185) Interventions and Detentions Related to Reactions Against Military Operation to North and East Syria…

The police used pepper spray and pressurized water to intervene the press declaration of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) to protest Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, on October 16, 2019 in İdil district of Şırnak. It is reported that numerous people including HDP MP Nuran İmir and İdil co-mayor Songül Erden were wounded due to pepper spray.

The police closed Özgür Çocuk Park in Mersin to entrance and prevented the press declaration which was to be held there by HDP for the same cause on October 16, 2019.

The police blocked Yenişehir district office of HDP in Diyarbakır and prevented the press declaration of HDP for the same cause on October 16, 2019.

On October 16, 2019, 2 members of Revolutionary Forces of Youth (Dev-Güç) who occupied Republican People’s Party (CHP) Şişli district office and hanged banners “Say no to the military operation”, “We will not be a party to this operation” and “This operation is to rescue AKP” to protest Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria are detained by the police. The names of detained people are: Can Çıldır, Ali Düzgün.

5 of 14 people who were detained in house raids in Bursa on October 15, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on October 16, 2019. The names of arrested people are: Reşat Babat, Mehmet Şirin Çelik, İsa Aslan, Hasan Şanlı and Helin Koşan. 9 people are released on judicial control conditions.

A 17-year-old child, C. A. Y., 1 of 10 people who were detained in house raids in Kayapınar, Bağlar, Yenişehir and Sur districts of Diyarbakır on October 16, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on October 16, 2019. 2 people (Barış Savur and Mazlum Kardaş) are released on judicial control conditions. 4 people have been released on October 15, 2019. It is reported that 3 people (Cem Karadeniz, Hülya Ertaş, Muhsin Acar) are still under custody.

On October 16, 2019, former HDP provincial co-chair Ayhan Pakan is detained on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, in house raids in Erzincan.

On October 16, 2019, Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) member Ayşe Özen is detained on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, in house raids in Izmir.

On October 16, 2019, 2 people are detained on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, in house raids in Çanakkale. The names of detained people are unknown.

On October 16, 2019, Kurdistan Communist Party (KKP) chair Sinan Çiftyürek is detained on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, in house raids in Diyarbakır.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 16, 2019 that, 9 of 17 people who were detained in Istanbul on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, are arrested. It is learned that 8 people are released provided that 5 of them are on judicial control conditions. The names of arrested people are unknown.

(10/186) Person Was Subjected to Police Violence…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 16, 2019 that, Çimen Ülker who was detained in a house raid in Diyarbakır on October 14, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, and her mother Müşeher Ülker were subjected to police violence and threat. It is stated in the news reports that, Çimen Ülker was kicked by the police who hold a gun to Müşeher Ülker’s head, and threatened her by saying “I would strangle you and nobody will be aware of it”.

(10/187) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1071 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 16, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on October 16, 2019, 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Merve Demirel) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 16, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(10/188) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the visit of families of military school students who were arrested through July 15 coup attempt, to CHP chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on October 16, 2019, in front of Grand National Assembly in Ankara, and detained at least 4 people. The names of detained people known so far are: Melek Çetinkaya, Hamide Göçer, Emriye Yılmaz, Fatma Okka.

(10/189) Police Prevention Against a Press Declaration in Izmir…

It is learned that, the press declaration of Izmir Labour and Democracy Forces about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, which was to be held in front of Izmir Bar Association, is prevented by the police on the grounds of governorate’s interdict.

(10/190) Detained Revolutionary Party Members in Istanbul…

It is learned that Revolutionary Party deputy chair Murat Pircan and central executive board member Gamze Taşçı are detained in Istanbul.

(10/191) Detained Person in Ankara…

It is learned that Helin Mutlu, an employee of Eğitim-Sen union in Ankara is detained on October 16, 2019. The reason of detention is unknown.

(10/192) Detained People in Mersin…

It is learned that 3 of 12 university students who were detained in Mersin on October 4, 2019 are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on October 16, 2019. 9 people are released on judicial control conditions.

(10/193) The Case Against People Evacuated from Nusaybin…

The case against 70 people who were detained and then arrested on May 26, 2016, after being evacuated from the buildings they were stuck in during the curfew on Nusaybin district, is held on October 16, 2019 on Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 4. The court has decided to separate the case for each defendant and to start proceedings all over again with new case files on April 5, 2019. The court sentenced 1 person to heavy life imprisonment and 20 years; 1 person to heavy life imprisonment and 18 years and 1 person to 21 years and 7 months.

(10/194) Executives of HDP on Trial in Adana…

The trial of the case against 12 members and executives of People’s Democratic Party, 8 of which are arrested including HDP’s Adana provincial co-chair Gülseren Tural, is held on Adana Heavy Penal Court No 12 on October 16, 2019. After defence hearings the court lifted judicial control conditions for 8 people and adjourned the trial to January 14, 2020.

(10/195) Journalist on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The final trial of the case against journalist Beritan Canözer, on the grounds of ‘being an illegal organisation member’, is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 9 on October 16, 2019. The court acquitted Beritan Canözer.

(10/196) Investigation Against Co-Mayor…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 16, 2019 that, Diyarbakır Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation against Ahmet Türk, co-mayor of Mardin who was suspended and replaced by an appointed trustee on August 19, 2019. It is learned that the investigation on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’, is based on a speech of Ahmet Türk at Newroz celebration in Diyarbakır in 2018.

(10/197) Ban of Event in Istanbul…

It is learned that the press declaration of Unity for Democracy Platform (DİP), for trustee appointments to Van, Diyarbakır and Mardin, to be held at Şişli Cemil Candaş Cultural Center on October 16, 2019, is banned by Şişli Sub-governorate.

(10/198) Ban of Event in Adana…

It is learned that the Democracy Meeting of HDP which was planned to be held on October 18, 2019 in Adana, is banned by Adana Governorate, on the grounds of possible protests against Turkish Armed Forces’ operation to north and east Syria.

(10/199) Ban of Events in Şırnak…

Şırnak Governorate made a declaration on October 16, 2019 and announced that, on the grounds of possible protests related to Turkish Armed Forces military operation to north and east Syria, 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 October 16, 2019.

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12 – 14 October 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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12 – 14 October 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/130) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

Within the military operation of Turkish Armed Forces to north and east Syria;

Mardin Governorate made a declaration on October 11, 2019 and announced that 8 people died and 35 people got wounded due to a mortar shell alleged to be fired from Syrian side to Nusaybin district of Mardin. 8 people are: Hasan Demir, Hüseyin Çakır, Ahmet Delen, Naif Sincar, Mehmet Şirin Demir, Orhan Doğan, Dara Ali and Hasan Muhammed.

Urfa Governorate made a declaration on October 11, 2019 and announced that 2 people died and 3 people got wounded due to a mortar shell alleged to be fired from Syrian side to Suruç district of Urfa. 2 people are: Halil Yağmur and Şıh Güzel.

Turkish Armed Forces declared on October 11, 2019 that, 3 soldiers (Yunus Mermer, Abdülhamit Bilgen and Hacı Bebek) died and 7 soldiers got wounded during the military operation.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) made a declaration on October 13, 2019 and announced that 86 members of Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) and 13 members Syrian factions loyal to Turkey and at least 69 civilian died during the military operation. SOHR made another declaration on the same day to announce that 9 people including Syrian Kurdish politician Hevrin Xalef died in an attack to a civilian convoy in Tel Abyad.

(10/131) Interventions and Detentions Related to Reactions Against Military Operation to North and East Syria…

8 people who were detained in police intervention to the press declaration of People’s Democratic Party to protest Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, on October 10, 2019 in Sakarya Street of Ankara are released on October 11, 2019.

The police intervened the press declaration of HDP, for the same cause, in Sakarya Street of Ankara on October 11, 2019, and detained 11 people.

Gülşen Özer and Orhan Ayaz, co-mayors of Bismil district of Diyarbakır who were detained on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria on October 11, 2019, are released on the same day.

8 people are detained in house raids in Nusaybin district of Mardin on October 11, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria. The names of detainees are: Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Nusaybin district co-chair Celal Ata, DBP party assembly member Yasemin Demirkaya, Nusaybin district council members Nazım Kök and Nezir Özbey, HDP Mardin provincial executive Neda Alper, HDP employees Erhan Mutlu and Süleyman Akın, Peace mother Nure Tarlak.

13 people are detained in house raids in Menemen, Dikili, Aliağa and Bayraklı districts of Izmir on October 11, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria. The names of detainees known so far are: Mehmet Aksoy, Behçet Gündüz, Muhammed Ayhan and Mehmet Yüksel. It is learned that 1 person (Mehmet Aksoy) is arrested on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ while 12 others are released on October 12, 2019.

8 people are detained in house raids in Üsküdar district of Istanbul on October 11, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria. The names of detainees are: Musa Daşdemir, Mahsum Gündüz, Sedat Engin and a child (M. B.).

The police prevented the press declaration of HDP in Ceyhan district of Adana on October 12, 2019 to protest Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria.

HDP İskenderun district co-chair Hülya Ateş who was detained in Hatay on October 12, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on the same day. Socialist Refoundation Party (SYKP) Hatay provincial executive Belgin Ayrancı and Burcu Özkaya Günaydın who were also detained through the same investigation are released on judicial control conditions.

It is learned that a proceeding is initiated on October 12, 2019 by Antalya Public Prosecutor’s Office against HDP Muratpaşa district executive Mustafa Berk, Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) Party Assembly member Songül Şarklı, SYKP Adana co-chair Ömer Öztürk through an investigation on social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria.

Al Arabiye reporter Zidan Zankloi is detained in Akçakale district of Urfa while he was reporting on Turkish Armed Forces military operation to north and east Syria on October 12, 2019.

Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) central executive board member Vahit Aba, who was detained on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, in Diyarbakır on October 12, 2019, is sentenced to house confinement by the court on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

5 people are detained in house raids in Şırnak on October 12, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria. The names of detainees are unknown.

Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office announced that a detention warrant is issued on October 12, 2019 for 5 people on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria.

Kocaeli Public Prosecutor’s Office announced on October 12, 2019 that a 2 people who were detained in Darıca and Gebze districts, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, are arrested.

2 people and Silopi district council member Fehime Saruhan are detained in house raids in Silopi and Cizre districts of Şırnak on October 13, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria.

On October 12, 2019, 16 members of Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) who were delivering Boyun Eğme newspaper in Konak district of Izmir, are detained on the grounds of headlines related to Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria.

On October 12, 2019, 4 members of Communist Movement of Turkey (TKH) who were delivering Sosyalist Cumhuriyet newspaper in Konak district of Izmir, are detained on the grounds of headlines related to Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria.

HDP Ceyhan district co-chairs Delal Mamuk and Seyfettin Aydemir who were detained on October 13, 2019, on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, are released after statement procedures at the prosecutor’s office on the same day. HDP executive Tahir Özdemir is arrested on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

Süleyman Soylu, Minister of Interior announced on October 11, 2019 that, 500 people are investigated in relation to social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria, and 121 people are detained for the same reason.

(10/132) Person Died in Mardin Due to Explosion…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 13, 2019 that, Selahattin Bayhan, who got wounded due to blast of an explosive material he found on the ground in Nusaybin district of Mardin on October 7, 2019, died in hospital.

(10/133) Person Died in Sakarya Due to Racist Attack…

It is learned that Şirin Tosun (19) who was attacked first and then was shot at the head for speaking Kurdish in Sakarya on August 22, 2019, died in hospital on October 13, 2019.

(10/134) Soldiers Died in Balıkesir and Hakkari…

Ministry of National Defense announced that, Oğuzhan Erdoğan, who were on compulsory military service in Balıkesir died due to heart attack on October 11, 2019; and Onur Yavan died due to streak of lightning in Çukurca district of Hakkari on October 13, 2019.

(10/135) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 12, 2019 that, 3 HPG militants died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in Lice district of Diyarbakır on September 24, 2019; and 1 HPG militant died in a clash in Derik district of Mardin on September 28, 2019.

(10/136) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 13, 2019 that, 25 prisoners are transferred from Adana Kürkçüler F Type Prison to Maraş Türkoğlu L Type Prison No 1 on October 10, 2019 under coercion, and they were forced to strip search and stand up during roll-calls and were subjected to physical violence of the wardens.

(10/137) Rejection to Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan…

It is learned that the appeal made on October 11, 2019 to chief public prosecutor’s office in Bursa by PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s sister and brother and tutelary along with the families of Hamili Yıldırım, Ömer Hayri Konar and Veysel Aktaş in order to visit, was rejected the same day on the grounds of limitations for prisoners in accordance with the Law on the Execution of Criminal and Security Measures Number 5275.

(10/138) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1069 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 11, 12, and 13, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on October 11, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on October 12, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on October 13, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) were detained.

Thus in total 12 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 11, 12, and 13, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(10/139) Prevention of Saturday Mothers’ Protest in Istanbul…

Police obstructed all the streets around Galatasaray Square in Istanbul to prevent Saturday Mothers who rally every Saturday for 23 years in the same place to gather for the 759th time on October 12, 2019. Upon police prevention, the group including representatives of political parties, human rights defenders and artists along with families of disappeared people wanted to hold a press declaration on the street of Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul office. The police used pepper spray and clubs to intervene right defenders in front of IHD office. It is learned that nobody was detained in the police intervention.

(10/140) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

“F sit-in”, which is organized for the 394th time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on October 12, 2019, is prevented by the police. The police obstructed all the streets around Galatasaray Square. Human rights defenders made the press declaration in front of IHD Istanbul office.

(10/141) Police Intervention to HDP’s Event in Istanbul…

The event organized for 7th anniversary of foundation of HDP in Beşiktaş Mustafa Kemal Cultural Center in Beşiktaş, Istanbul on October 12, 2019 is banned by Beşiktaş Sub-governorate. A press declaration is held in Beşiktaş office of HDP on the same day, and the police used pepper spray and plastic bullets to intervene the people who wanted to march after the press declaration. The police detained at least 8 people including HDP Şişli district co-chair Mutlu Öztürk.

(10/142) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration in Kartal district of Istanbul on October 13, 2019, held by members of TAYAD (Solidarity Association of Prisoners’ Families) to announce their march to Ankara for Grup Yorum band members who are on hunger strike and Mustafa Koçak who is on death fast in prisons, and detained 6 people.

(10/143) Police Intervention to Commemorations for October 10 – Ankara Massacre…

10 people who were detained in police intervention to the commemoration for those killed in October 10 – Ankara Massacre, in Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, are released on judicial control conditions and with a ban on leaving the country, on October 11, 2019.

(10/144) Police Interventions and Preventions Against Protests After Appointment of Trustees to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van…

26 people who were detained in the police intervened the sit-in of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) to protest appointment of trustees to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van, in front of HDP Diyarbakır office on October 10, 2019, are brought to the court on October 12, 2019. The court sentenced 2 people (HDP Bağlar district co-chair Fatma Kavmaz and HDP Party Assembly member Şahin Tanrıverdi) to house confinement on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and released 24 people on judicial control conditions and with a ban on leaving the country.

The press declarations and sit-in protests of HDP in Diyarbakır on October 11, 12, and 13, 2019 are prevented by the police on the grounds of governorate’s ban. It is learned that the police intervened those gathered in front of the court house on October 12, 2019 and committed physical violence to HDP MP Saliha Aydeniz.

The police prevented the sit-in protest of HDP in Van on October 11, 2019.

(10/145) March of Mine Workers in Manisa…

Employees of Soma Holding and Uyar Mining Company who were dismissed without compensation, are prevented to march to Ankara by gendarmerie in Kırkağaç district of Manisa on October 14, 2019. The march of workers was prevented at the same point on October 5, 2019. Soma Sub-governorate has banned the march however, Manisa Administrative Court No 1 has lifted the ban decision.

(10/146) Detained HDP Executive in Diyarbakır…

HDP central executive board member Hülya Ertaş is detained in Diyarbakır on October 14, 2019.

(10/147) Detained People in Antalya…

Devrim Ayık, Zilan Esen, Emin Dara, Barış Dalkılıç, 4 of 6 people who were detained in house raids in Antalya on October 7, 2019, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on October 12, 2019. 2 people (Şevin Ağaoğlu and Emre Alpar) are released on judicial control conditions.

(10/148) Detained AABK Honorary President in Istanbul…

European Confederation of Alevi Association (AABK) honorary president Turgut Öker is detained at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport on October 11, 2019. It is learned that Turgut Öker is released on the same day after statement procedures.

(10/149) Detained Union Members and Executives in Tekirdağ…

It is learned that 7 of 21 people who were detained in house raids in Çorlu and Çerkezköy districts of Tekirdağ, through an investigation against Revolutionary Textile Workers’ Union on October 4, 2019, are arrested on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on October 12, 2019. It is learned that 8 people are released on judicial control conditions. The names of arrested people are: Veli Karaçam, Ali Karaçam, Ekrem Yavuz Balta, Emek Sedar Çiçek, Furkan İşlen, Hakan Koç and Murat Bal.

(10/150) The Case Against People Evacuated from Nusaybin…

The case against 70 people who were detained and then arrested on May 26, 2016, after being evacuated from the buildings they were stuck in during the curfew on Nusaybin district, is held on October 11, 2019 on Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 4. The court has decided to separate the case for each defendant and to start proceedings all over again with new case files on April 5, 2019. The court sentenced 2 people to heavy life imprisonment and 18 years each; 1 person to 10 years and 1 person to heavy life imprisonment. The court reduced the last sentence to 35 years since the defendant was 18 years old back then.

(10/151) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On October 11, 2019, 25 people are detained in operations covering 8 cities through an Antep based investigation, and 13 people including military members on active duty are detained in operations covering 9 cities through a Malatya investigation.

(10/152) Ban of Events in Antep and Adana…

Antep Governorate made a declaration on October 11, 2019 and announced that, on the grounds of possible protests related to Turkish Armed Forces military operation to north and east Syria, 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 30 days as of October 12, 2019.

Adana Governorate made a declaration on October 11, 2019 and announced that, on the grounds of possible protests related to Turkish Armed Forces military operation to north and east Syria, 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 October 11, 2019.

(10/153) Special Security Zone in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on October 13, 2019, and announced 5 areas of central, Çukurca, Şemdinli, Yüksekova, Derecik districts as special security zones as of October 14, 2019 until October 28, 2019.

[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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10 October 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/103) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

Following the mandate for military action to Iraq and Syria which is approved by Grand National Assembly of Turkey on October 8, 2019, Turkish Armed Forces launched the military operation. Turkish Armed Forces announced that the air operation started as of 16.00 on October 9, 2019 and followed by ground operation.

It is learned from the news coverage of October 10, 2019 that 9 people including 1 child died due to rockets and shells fired from Syrian border to Nusaybin district of Mardin.

(10/104) Interventions and Detentions Related to Reactions Against Military Operation to North and East Syria…

General Directorate of Security made a declaration on October 9, 2019 and announced that social media posts related to military operation to north and east Syria are being investigated and legal proceedings are initiated against 78 people.

(10/105) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 10, 2019 that, 4 THKP-C/MLSPB militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to Duhok city of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on September 16, 2019.

(10/106) Abduction Attempt in Ankara…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 10, 2019 that Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) member Betül Yıldırım was attempted to be abducted by 4 people with police vests in a black Transporter vehicle in Ankara. Betül Yıldırım stated the following: “When I asked them who they are, they started to hit me and put a black bag over my head and handcuffed me. They verbally harassed me, asking ‘Do you have a boyfriend? Can we call you?’. They said they want to repeat this kind of ‘meetings’ and I should see them to let them know my thoughts.”

(10/107) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1065 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 9, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on October 9, 2019, 2 people (Engin Karataş and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 3 people (Engin Karataş, Nazan Bozkurt and Acun Karadağ) were detained. It is learned that Melek Çetinkaya, mother of a military student who were sentenced to life imprisonment in relation to July 15 coup attempt cases, was also detained.

Thus in total 6 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 9, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(10/108) Detained People in Urfa…

On October 9, 2019, at least 31 people including city council members and executives of political parties and unions are detained in house raids in central, Siverek, Birecik, Halfeti, Suruç, Ceylanpınar and Viranşehir districts of Urfa. The names of detained people are: Eğitim-Sen union Urfa branch co-chair Leyla Mumin, SES union executive Hikmet Evin, Ferit Tamğa, Songül Arpa, Serhat Oğur, Asil Türk, Necmettin Orak, Talip Bozkaya, Zübeyde Duvar, Tuğba Başkale, Muzaffer Çakmak, Ömer Bozdal, Özgürcan Altıngül, Sevgi Bültür, Bışar Tuysüz, Onur Atlı, Birecik district council member Halil Sarıkaya, Mahmut Korkmazer, HDP Halfeti district co-chair Abdurrahman Çiftçi, Halfeti district council member Naime Bayram, HDP member Ahmet Yenilmez, Mustafa Gündüzalp, Viranşehir district council member Kemal Kudin, Burhan Gören, Fatma Silgir, Fatma Aslan, Şeyhmus Dağtekin, Mehmet Kültür.

(10/109) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

4 members of HDP (Mehmet Zeki Bağcık, Nihal Yanık, Semiha Demir and Halis Altın) who were detained during the campaign against trustee appointments in Diyarbakır on October 9, 2019, are released after statement procedures on the same day.

(10/110) Former HDP MP on Trial…

The case against HDP’s former Mardin MP Gülser Yıldırım, for her speeches between 2012 and 2016, is held on Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 3 on October 10, 2019. Gülser Yıldırım did not attend the trial on health excuses. The court adjourned the trial to January 22, 2020.

(10/111) Human Rights Defenders on Trial…

The case on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 35 against 11 human rights defenders is held on October 10, 2018.

The indictment demands 15 years of jail sentence for 11 human rights defenders on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘not being a member of but committing crime on behalf of the illegal organisation’. Lawyer Taner Kılıç, Amnesty International Turkey Chair, who has been arrested for another case on June 2017 was also put in the defendants of this case.

After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to November 27, 2019.

10 human rights defenders were detained during a meeting in Istanbul Büyükada on July 5, 2017. Human rights defenders for whom detention period was extended to 14 days, were referred to the court on July 12, 2017. The court arrested Amnesty International Turkey Director İdil Eser, Özlem Dalkıran from Citizens Assembly, Günal Kurlun and Veli Acu from Human Rights Agenda Association, Ali Garawi (citizen of Switzerland) and Peter Steudtner (citizen of Germany) and released İlknur Üstün from Women’s Coalition, Nalan Ekrem from Citizens Assembly, Nejat Taştan from Association for Monitoring Equal Rights and Şeyhmus Özbekli from Rights Initiative on juridical control conditions. 

On July 21, upon the prosecutor’s office’s objection to the release, a detention warrant was issued for four of the human rights defenders. İlknur Üstün and Nalan Ekrem were arrested on July 23, 2017, and Nejat Taştan and Şeyhmus Özbekli were released on juridical control conditions.

On the first trial of the case which was held on October 25, 2017 eight human rights defenders were released on control conditions. Taner Kılıç was released on August 15, 2018, by an interim decision of the court in regular case review.

(10/112) Special Security Zone in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on October 10, 2019 and announced 14 areas with given coordinates near Syrian border as special security zones as of October 8, 2019, due to military operation to north and east Syria.

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(10/093) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1064 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 8, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on October 8, 2019, 2 people (Mahmut Konuk and Acun Karadağ) and at 18.00 2 people (Engin Karataş and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 8, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(10/094) Prevention of Peace Mothers in Adana…

It is learned that Peace Mothers from Diyarbakır, Şırnak, Urfa, Antep and Adana going to People’s Democratic Party (HDP) group meeting in Ankara were stopped by the police at the entrance of Adana İncirlik Bus Terminal. It is reported that the police did not allow the bus to move on, on the grounds of lacking documents and carried on body search and general information check for passengers. It is learned that passengers were sent back to their cities with a different bus, after waiting for 5 hours at the terminal.

(10/095) Detained People in Şırnak…

8 of 14 people including city council member Gurbet Güleş who were detained in house raids in Şırnak on October 5, 2019 are released on October 8, 2019.

(10/096) Detained Person in Antalya…

Arlet Natali Avazyan is detained in Antalya on October 8, 2019, for her social media posts upon complaint of Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and his family. It is learned that Avazyan is released on judicial control conditions on October 9, 2019.

(10/097) The Case Against People Evacuated from Sur…

The case against 40 people including 19 arrestees who were evacuated from the buildings they were stuck in during the curfew in Sur district of Diyarbakır during February and March, 2016, is held October 8, 2019 on Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 5.

It is learned that arrested defendants were taken out of the court room by gendarmerie after defence declarations were interrupted by the court board and that they were subjected to physical violence of the gendarmerie. It is reported that families of defendants were also taken out of the court room by the police using violence against them. It is learned that 2 of them (Halim Aslan and Mehmet Şirin Gökdere) were detained.

The court decided to continue detention of arrested people and adjourned the trial to February 20, 2020.

(10/098) Gezi Case…

The trial of the case against Osman Kavala, Yiğit Aksakoğlu, Ali Hakan Altınay, Ayşe Mücella Yapıcı, Ayşe Pınar Alabora, Can Dündar, Çiğdem Mater Utku, Gökçe Yılmaz, Handan Meltem Arıkan, Hanzade Hikmet Germiyanoğlu, İnanç Ekmekçi, Mehmet Ali Alabora, Mine Özerden, Şerafettin Can Atalay, Tayfun Kahraman and Yiğit Ali Ekmekçi, for Gezi Park protests in 2013, is held on October 8, 2019.

The indictment demands heavy life imprisonment for 16 people on the charge of ‘attempting to abolish the government of the Republic of Turkey or to prevent it from fulfilling its duties’. The indictment also demands sentence for defendants on the charges of ‘qualified damage to property’, ‘possession or exchange of hazardous substances without permission’, ‘damaging places of worship and cemeteries’, ‘qualified robbery’, ‘injury’, ‘opposition to Law on the Conservation of Cultural and Natural Property No 2863’, and ‘opposition to Law for the Firearms and Knives and Other Tools No 6136’.

It is learned that the chief judge banned sketching in the court room and ruled to take sketch artist Tarık Tolunay out of the courtroom.

After defence hearings the court decided continue detention of business person Osman Kavala and adjourned the trial to December 24 and 25, 2019.

Business person Osman Kavala was arrested on November 1, 2017.

(10/099) Former HDP Co-Chair on Trial…

The final trial of the case against Figen Yüksekdağ, former co-chair of HDP, on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 9, on the charge of ‘insulting Turkish nation, state of the Republic of Turkey, state institutions and organs’ in her testimony after being detained on November 4, 2016, is held on October 8, 2019. The court acquitted Figen Yüksekdağ.

(10/100) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The retrial of journalists and writers Ahmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and Ahmet Altan and Şükrü Tuğrul Özşengül, Fevzi Yazıcı and Yakup Şimşek is held on October 8, 2019 at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 26. On July 5, 2019, Penal Department No 16 of the Supreme Court has reversed the heavy life imprisonment sentences which was given to journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak and Şükrü Tuğrul Özşengül, Fevzi Yazıcı and Yakup Şimşek on the charge of ‘violating the Constitution’, by Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 26 and was approved by Penal Department No 2 of Istanbul Regional Court.

The court decided to continue detention of 6 arrestees and to lift ban to leave the country for Mehmet Altan and adjourned the trial to November 4, 2019.

(10/101) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On October 8, 2019, 14 people are detained in operations covering 21 cities through an Ankara based investigation and 36 people are detained in operations covering 10 cities through an Izmir based investigation.

(10/102) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against 2 people (Mustafa Seyidoğlu and Serdar Seyidoğlu) on the charges of ‘attempt to demolish the constitutional order’ and ‘being an illegal organisation member’ is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 23 on October 8, 2019. The court acquitted 2 people.

The final trial of the case against 25 people including 1 arrestee is held at Kahramanmaraş Heavy Penal Court No 2 on October 8, 2019. The court sentenced Ferhat Karaderi, Elbistan district Gendarmerie Commander back then, to life imprisonment for ‘attempt to demolish the constitutional order’. The court sentenced 3 people to 7 years and 6 months each and 3 people to 2 years and 6 months each for ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court acquitted 18 people.

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(10/077) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

On October 7, 2019, the mandate for military action to Iraq and Syria is submitted to Grand National Assembly of Turkey. It is claimed on the news coverage of October 7, 2019 that, during transfer of military forces to border near Nusaybin district of Mardin, guns were fired up in the air for almost half an hour.

It is claimed on the news coverage of October 7, 2019 that, some people claim themselves to be officials visit the houses in 4 neighbourhoods (15 Temmuz, Cumhuriyet, Mehmet Akif Ersoy and Mevlana) in Ceylanpınar district of Urfa to state that the house should be vacated in 36 hours according to the governor’s order. Ceylanpınar Sub-governorate made a declaration on October 7, 2019 and denied the allegations.

On October 7, 2019, 1 soldier died due to roll over of a military vehicle in Çukurca district of Hakkari.

(10/078) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 7, 2019 that, Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul MP Sezgin Tanrıkulu submitted a parliamentary question addressing Minister of Justice Abdullah Gül, in relation to torture allegations about a warden claims himself to be “national intelligence officer” and known as “Emin the torturer”. The question covers the allegations that official complaints of prisoners were blocked by prison administration and prosecutor’s office, and there is no official investigation against this warden who is alleged to be banned by administration to touch some prisoners.

(10/079) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1062 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 7, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on October 27, 2019, 2 people (Engin Karataş and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Merve Demirel) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 7, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(10/080) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on October 7, 2019, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and detained 2 people (Mahmut Konuk and Engin Karataş). It is learned that 2 people were released the same day.

(10/081) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on October 7, 2019 of Nursel Tanrıverdi who rally to regain her job from which she had been dismissed by state of emergency decree, and detained her by using physical violence.

(10/082) Detained Peace Mother in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that Peace Mother Nazife Yiğit is detained in Birecik district of Urfa, on her way to Ankara for People’s Democratic Party (HDP) group meeting on October 7, 2019.

(10/083) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

16 people including HDP district co-chair who were detained in house raids in Kayapınar district of Diyarbakır on October 6, 2019 are released on October 7, 2019.

(10/084) Detained City Council Member and Political Party Executives in Tunceli…

On October 7, 2019, 9 people are detained in house raids in Tunceli. It is learned that one of the detainees, Berivan Kıt Güngörmüş is released on the same day. The names of detained people are: Democratic Regions Party (DBP) former executive Celal Aydın, HDP former provincial co-chair Murat Polat, HDP executives Balaban Turgut and Cemal Güngörmüş, city council member Mehmet Ali Yazır, Socialist Assemblies Federation executive Mustafa Ataç and Özcan Ateş, Feride Kıt, Berivan Kıt Güngörmüş.

(10/085) Detained People in Antalya…

On October 7, 2019, 7 people are detained in house raids in Antalya. The names of detained people and the reason of detention are unknown.

(10/086) Detained People in Adana…

On October 7, 2019, 6 people are detained in house raids in Adana. The names of detained people and the reason of detention are unknown.

(10/087) Detained People in Urfa…

7 musicians who were detained in house raids in Viranşehir district of Urfa on October 4, 2019, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on October 7, 2019. The names of arrested musicians are: Ahmet Sar, Menduh Sar, Aslan Akmış and Ünal Ayneli.

(10/088) Detained People in Hakkari…

On October 7, 2019, 14 people are detained in house raids in Çukurca and Yüksekova districts of Hakkari. The names of detained people and the reason of detention are unknown.

(10/089) Detained People in Mersin…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 7, 2019 that, 8 students are detained in house raids in Mersin on October 5, 2019. The names of detained students are: Yalçın Keskinöz, Gozel Güzelkent, Nesrin Yüzgüllü, Barış Çığlı, Ahmet Erdem, Ramazan Kaya, Kahraman Teber, Elif Aslan.

(10/090) The Cases Against Academics Who Are the Signatories of the Petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”…

The case against PhD Nermin Biter from Ege University for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 25 is held on October 7, 2019. The court acquitted Nermin Biter.

The case against Professor Veli Deniz from Kocaeli University for the same reason on Kocaeli Heavy Penal Court No 5 is held on October 8, 2019. The court acquitted Veli Deniz.

351 of 808 cases against academicians for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” are resulted in acquittal as of October 8, 2019.

(10/091) Former HDP Co-Chair on Trial…

The case against former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, for an event he attended in 2013, is held at Ankara Penal Court of First Instance No 44 on October 7, 2918. The court sentenced Selahattin Demirtaş to 1 year and 3 months for ‘opposing the law on demonstrations and meeting’ and suspended the verdict.

(10/092) Ban of Events in Urfa…

Urfa Governorate made a declaration on October 7, 2019 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 October 5, 2019. This is the third time of governorate ban on events for 15 days in Urfa, after trustee appointment to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van.

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(10/029) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 2, 2019 that, 1 HPG militant died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Baykan district of Siirt on September 28, 2019.

(10/030) Person Was Forced to be Police Informant in Adana…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 2, 2019 that, Murat Argün, a member of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in Adana, was forced to be police informant by people claim to be intelligence officials in a car without license plate who stopped him on his way. Murat Argün stated that he was said “You seem to deal with HDP activities but you engage in other things. Who is related to illegal activities here? We will make you fired from your job and you would not find another job. We know the school of your daughter. We work with intelligence service. You and your friends do illegal activities under the name of HDP. We watch you all, know you all. Who else is involved in the illegal structure here? You should work for us otherwise we will take you”.

(10/031) Censored Letter in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 2, 2019 that, the letter written by İsmail Kara in Silivri Prison No 9, which is about problems in prison and demands of Grup Yorum members on hunger strike, was censored by prison letter-reading committee. It is stated in the news reports that, the letter was sent as a copy after the parts on problems and demands were covered by blank paper.

(10/032) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1058 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 2, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on October 2, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Derviş Lermi) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 2, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(10/033) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of families of military school students who were arrested through July 15 coup attempt investigations and family of Mustafa Yılmaz who was abducted in Ankara on February 19, 2019, to be held in front of Grand National Assembly in Ankara on October 2, 2019, and detained 12 people by using physical violence. It is reported that the police prevented press members from following and recording the press declaration. The names of detained people are unknown. It is learned that detained people are given a fine of 320 Turkish Liras per person on the grounds of ‘violating the law of misdemeanour’ and are released on the same day.

(10/034) Detained HDP Members in Tunceli…

HDP members Cemile Ataş, Erdal Ekici, Özge Hoşoğlu and Cihan Amaç who were detained on September 29, 2019 in Tunceli are released by the court on judicial control conditions on October 2, 2019.

(10/035) Lawyers on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The case against 8 people including 7 journalists, on Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 9, for the news reports on Dicle News Agency which was closed down by a state of emergency decree, about Musa Çitil, Diyarbakır Gendarmerie Regional Brigadier General during the curfew in Sur district of Diyarbakır and for social media posts sharing these news reports, is held on October 2, 2019.

The case was opened upon official complaint of Musa Çitil. The indictment demands jail penalty from 1 year to 3 years for A. Vahap Taş, Selman Çiçek, Kemal Sancılı, İnan Kızılkaya and Selim Günenç, Hamza Gündüz and Çağdaş Kaplan on the charges of ‘marking the identities of state officials that were assigned in fight against terrorism as targets’. The indictment also demands jail penalty from 1 year up to 5 years for Selman Çelik for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’. The court has accepted Musa Çitil’s demand to involve in the trials.

The court decided to separate the case against Selim Günenç and adjourned the trial to December 18, 2019.

(10/036) Journalist on Trial in Ankara…

The first trial of the case against Rahmi Yıldırım, Disciplinary Board member of Journalists’ Union of Turkey, for his article on Hulusi Akar, Minister of National Defence, is held at Ankara Penal Court of First Instance No 3 on October 2, 2019. The indictment demands sentence of 2 years up to 4 years for Rahmi Yıldırım on the charge of insulting Hulusi Akar. After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to December 25, 2019.

(10/37) Actor on Trial…

The final trial of the case against actor Ersin Umut Güler on the grounds of ‘insulting the President on social media’ is held on October 2, 2019. The court sentenced Ersin Umut Güler to 1 year and 9 months.

(10/038) Lawyer on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The final trial of the case against lawyer Feride Laçin, on the grounds of participating in activities of Democratic Society Congress (DTK), is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 4 on October 2, 2019. The indictment demands sentence for Feride Laçin on the charge of ‘establishing and leading an illegal organisation’, and the court acquitted Feride Laçin.

(10/039) Ban of Events in Adana…

Adana Governorate made a declaration on October 2, 2019 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 October 3, 2019. This is the fourth time of governorate ban on events for 15 days in Adana, after trustee appointment to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van.

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(10/013) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 1, 2019 that, 2 HPG militants died in an air operation to rural areas of Şırnak on September 28, 2019; 3 HPG militants died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Ömerli district of Mardin on September 7, 2019.

(10/014) Armed Conflict in Eskişehir…

It is learned that 2 people (Ozan Sökmen and Fırat Şeran), reported as MLKP militants, died and 2 police officers got wounded in a clash during the operation of special operation force to a house in Eskişehir on October 1, 2019. It is reported that the operation was related to the bombing attack to a riot squad bus in Yüreğir district of Adana on August 25, 2019.

(10/015) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 1, 2019 that, 25 political prisoners in Giresun E Type Prison were transferred to Giresun Espiye L Type Prison under coercion. It is reported that 3 of those prisoners were put in solitary cells.

(10/016) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1057 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on October 1, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on October 1, 2019, 2 people (Derviş Lermi and Acun Karadağ) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on October 1, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(10/017) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of Community Houses members on October 1, 2019 in Mamak district of Ankara to protest a traffic accident that killed 4 people. It is learned that nobody was detained due to the police intervention which was based on governorate’s ban.

(10/018) Detained Human Rights Defender and Political Party Executives in Tunceli…

Human Rights Association (IHD) Tunceli branch chair Gürbüz Solmaz, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) provincial co-chairs Hıdır Çiçek and Özlem Toprak, HDP executive Yunus Aras and district council member Nurgül Yalay who were detained in Tunceli are released by the court on judicial control conditions on October 1, 2019.

(10/019) Detained Political Party Executives in Tunceli…

On October 1, 2019, 4 people including Labour Party (EMEP) district executive Pakize Aydın and HDP district executive Celal Aydın are detained in house raids in Mazgirt district of Tunceli.

(10/020) Detained Political Party Executives in Istanbul and Izmir…

On October 1, 2019, 4 people including 2 executives are detained in operations in Istanbul and Izmir through an investigation on Revolutionary Party. Central executive board member Hüseyin Yıldırım, DEV-GÜÇ (Revolutionary Youth) central executive board member Başak Yeşilot and Can Çıldır are detained in Istanbul, party assembly member Vural Köse is detained in Izmir.

(10/021) Journalist on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against Osman Akın, former chief editor of Yeni Yaşam newspaper, for news reports published, is held at Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 2 is held on October 1, 2019. After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to January 9, 2020.

(10/022) HDP Executives and Members on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against 12 members and executives of HDP including former Istanbul co-chair Doğan Erbaş is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 14 on October 1, 2019. The indictment demands sentence for defendants on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’. The court adjourned the trial to January 30, 2020.

(10/023) Director Kazım Öz on Trial…

The first trial of the case against director Kazım Öz on Tunceli Heavy Penal Court No 2 on October 1, 2019. The indictment demands jail penalty up to 15 years on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court adjourned the trial to February 4, 2020.

(10/024) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On October 1, 2019, 36 people are detained in operations covering 18 cities through a Konya based investigation; 9 people including military members on active duty are detained in operations covering 11 cities through an Ankara based investigation against Turkish Air Force personnel; 10 people including military members are detained through a Kocaeli based investigation and 11 military doctors are detained through an Istanbul based investigation.

(10/025) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against Bülent Kılınç, former member of Council of State is held at Penal Department No 9 of the Supreme Court on October 1, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 7 years and 6 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The final trial of the case against Mahmut Akkoyun, former judge of the Supreme Court is held at Penal Department No 9 of the Supreme Court on October 1, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 6 years and 3 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(10/026) Proceedings Against Parliamentary Member…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 1, 2019 that, Diyarbakır Public Prosecutor’s Office submitted proceedings demanding lift of impunity of HDP Hakkari MP and Democratic Society Congress (DTK) co-chair Leyla Güven for her speech about trustee appointment to Diyarbakır Municipality.

(10/027) Ban of Events in Şırnak…

Şırnak Governorate made a declaration on October 1, 2019 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 October 1, 2019. This is the second time of governorate ban on events for 15 days in Şırnak, after trustee appointment to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van.

(10/028) Ban of Event in Mardin…

It is learned from the news coverage of October 1, 2019 that march of Mardin Şahmaran Women’s Platform before the trial of police officer E. U. on the charge of sexual abuse, is banned on the grounds of governorate interdict.

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(10/001) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

On September 30, 2019, a person named Ferhat Şimdi, alleged to be a HPG militant, died in the clash during an operation of security forces to a house in Istasyon neighbourhood of Mardin’s Artuklu district. 11 people including 4 children are detained after the operation. 6 of detained people are released after statement procedures at the police on the same day. It is reported that 5 people (Azad Şimdi, Memduh Şimdi, Orhan Şimdi, Serdar Şimdi and Erdal Şimdi) are still under custody. It is learned that Mardin Municipality, which is ruled by an appointed trustee, did not provide a funeral vehicle for Ferhat Şimdi’s funeral.

It is learned from the news coverage of September 30, 2019 that, 1 militant died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Başkale district of Van on September 10, 2019.

(10/002) Death Fast in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 30, 2019 that, lawyer Mustafa Koçak, who was on hunger strike in Izmir Şakran T Type Prison No 2 since July 3, 2019, demanding fair trial, made the strike into a death fast. It is also stated in the news reports that Mustafa Koçak was not given vitamin B1 and was threatened to medical intervention under coercion by prison administration.

On July 11, 2019, Mustafa Koçak was sentenced to heavy life imprisonment on the charge of ‘violating the constitutional order’, related to murder of prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz.

(10/003) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1056 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on September 30, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on September 30, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Derviş Lermi and Acun Karadağ) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on September 30, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(10/004) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on September 30, 2019, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and detained 2 people (Mahmut Konuk and Cemal Yıldırım). It is learned that 2 people were released the same day.

(10/005) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on September 30, 2019 of Nursel Tanrıverdi who rally to regain her job from which she had been dismissed by state of emergency decree, and detained her by using physical violence.

(10/006) Detained HDP Executive in Diyarbakır…

People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Diyarbakır provincial executive Ali İhsan Karahan is detained on his way out of HDP Diyarbakır office on September 30, 2019. The reason of detention is unknown.

(10/007) The Cases Against Academics Who Are the Signatories of the Petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”…

The case against 4 academicians (Assist. Professor Esra Mungan, Assist. Professor Meral Camcı, Assist. Professor Muzaffer Kaya and Assoc. Professor Kıvanç Ersoy) for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 13 is resulted in acquittal as a preceding judgment of the court on September 30, 2019.

The case against Research Assistant Serap Sarıtaş from Dokuz Eylül University for the same reason on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 25 is resulted in acquittal as a preceding judgment of the court on September 30, 2019.

319 of 808 cases against academicians for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” are resulted in acquittal as of October 1, 2019.

(10/008) Former HDP Co-Chair on Trial…

The case against former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, for an event he attended in 2013, is held at Ankara Penal Court of First Instance No 44 on September 30, 2918. Selahattin Demirtaş has submitted his demand to personally attend the trial, thus he rejected to join via sound and vision system. The court rejected to have Selahattin Demirtaş attend the next trial in person and to consolidate the case with the one on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 19 and asked lawyers their defence as to accusations; and the lawyers demanded recusation of the court board. The court adjourned the trial to October 7, 2019.

(10/009) The Case Against People Evacuated from Nusaybin…

The case against 17 children who were detained and then arrested on May 26, 2016, after being evacuated from the buildings they were stuck in during the curfew on Nusaybin district, is held on September 30, 2019 on Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 4. the court decided to separate the case for each defendant and to start proceedings all over again with new case files.  The court has decided to separate the case for each defendant and to start proceedings all over again with new case files on April 5, 2019. The court sentenced 5 children to life imprisonment and then reduced the sentence to 35 years each.

(10/010) Dargeçit JİTEM Case…

The case against 18 people, for forced disappearance of 8 people including 3 children who were detained in Dargeçit district of Mardin between October 29, 2015 and March 8, 1996; and of special sergeant Bilal Batır, who was alleged to inform families of those disappeared forcefully, is held on Adıyaman Heavy Penal Court No 1 on the charge of ‘intentional killing’ on September 30, 2019.

The court rejected to arrest defendants and adjourned the trial to December 23, 2019.

(10/011) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On September 30, 2019, 3 people including military members on active duty are detained through a Konya based investigation.

(10/012) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against Resul Yıldırım, former member of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors is held at penal Department No 9 of the Supreme Court on September 30, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 13 years and 6 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The final trial of the case against İsmail Şafak Güdür is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 236 on September 30, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 10 years for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

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28 – 30 September 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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(09/317) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 27, 2019 that, 1 HPG militant died in an air operation to rural areas of Hakkari’s Yüksekova district on September 24, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of September 29, 2019 that, 3 HPG militants died in an air operation to Avaşin area in Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on September 26, 2019; 2 HPG militants died in an air operation to Heftanin area in Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on September 25, 2019.

(09/318) CHP Member Was Assaulted in Istanbul…

It is learned that Mücahit Avcı, one of the advisors of Republican People’s Party (CHP), was assaulted by a group of “Grey Wolves” in Şişli district of Istanbul on September 26, 2019; upon his posts related to Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chair Devlet Bahçeli. It is reported that before being assaulted, Mücahit Avcı got several threats on social media including MHP executives.

It is learned that 4 people were detained in relation to the assault and they were then released by the court on judicial control conditions.

(09/319) People Forced to be Police Informants in Ankara…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 28, 2019 that, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Youth Assembly member Rümeysa Aras and Umut Tarlak, were threatened and forced to be informants by persons claim to be National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) members.

On September 26, 2019, Umut Tarlak was stopped by these people who claim to be MIT members and he states the following: “They asked me what I do. I told them I work for a private company and that I am on sick leave to go to the hospital. They said ‘Don’t make us bring the documents we have, tell us everything’, referring to photographs of me at 1 September, 1 May and Newroz demonstrations. They told me to go the HDP headquarters once a week and tell them what is going on at the party. They offered me money for this. I rejected and 2 of them hit me in the face and twisted my wrist.”

(09/320) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 27, 2019 that, social, cultural and sportive rights of prisoners are prevented in Izmir Şakran Women’s Prison.

It is learned from the news coverage of September 27, 2019 that some prisoners in Osmaniye Prison are transferred to Ereğli T Type Prison under coercion. The names and number of prisoners are unknown.

It is learned from the news coverage of September 26, 2019 that Yeni Yaşam and Evrensel newspapers are not given to prisoners in Trabzon E Type Prison.

(09/321) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 27, 2019 that, prisoners in Izmir Şakran Women’s Prison, were taken back to prison from hospital without being treated since they refuse to be handcuffed to the bed during medical treatment in hospital.

(09/322) Rejection to Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan…

It is learned that the appeal made on September 27, 2019 to chief public prosecutor’s office in Bursa by PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s sister and brother and tutelary along with the families of Hamili Yıldırım, Ömer Hayri Konar and Veysel Aktaş in order to visit, was rejected the same day on the grounds of limitations for prisoners in accordance with the Law on the Execution of Criminal and Security Measures Number 5275.

(09/323) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1055 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on September 27, 28, and 29, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on September 27, 2019, 2 people (Nazife Onay and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Derviş Lermi and Mehmet Dersulu) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on September 28, 2019, 2 people (Merve Demirel and Derviş Lermi) and at 18.00 2 people (Derviş Lermi and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on September 29, 2019, 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Derviş Lermi and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 12 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on September 27, 28, and 29, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(09/324) Prevention of Saturday Mothers’ Protest in Istanbul…

Police obstructed all the streets around Galatasaray Square in Istanbul to prevent Saturday Mothers who rally every Saturday for 23 years in the same place to gather for the 757th time on September 28, 2019. Upon police prevention, the group including representatives of political parties, human rights defenders and artists along with families of disappeared people held a press declaration on the street of Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul office.

(09/325) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

“F sit-in”, which is organized for the 392nd time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on September 28, 2019, is prevented by the police. The police obstructed all the streets around Galatasaray Square. Human rights defenders made the press declaration in front of IHD Istanbul office.

(09/326) Police Interventions and Preventions Against Protests After Appointment of Trustees to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van…

The police intervened the “Democracy Watch” of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) to protest appointment of trustees to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van, in Esenyurt district of Istanbul on September 27, 2019, and detained 5 people. Detained people are released after statement procedures. It is learned that the police also prevented press members to record the intervention.

The police used pepper spray and rubber bullets to intervene the “Democracy Watch” of HDP to protest appointment of trustees to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van, in Esenyurt district of Istanbul on September 29, 2019, and detained 14 people. It is learned that detained people were subjected to police violence during detention and in detention car. It is reported that numerous people including HDP MP Kemal Bülbül were injured due to police intervention. Detained people were released after statement procedures on September 30, 2019.

(09/327) Detained HDP Executives in Tunceli…

O September 29, 2019, 5 people inducing HDP provincial co-chairs are detained in house raids in Tunceli. The reason of detention is unknown. The names of detained people: HDP provincial co-chairs Hıdır Çiçek and Özlem Toprak, former co-chair Özge Hoşoğlu, Yunus Aras, Cemile Ataş.

(09/328) Detained HDP Executive in Diyarbakır…

On September 27, 2019, HDP provincial executive Şeyhmus Şenyiğit and 1 person are detained in house raids in Diyarbakır. 2 people are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on September 30, 2019.

(09/329) Former HDP Co-Chair on Trial…

The case against Figen Yüksekdağ, former co-chair of HDP, on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 16 is held on September 27, 2019. Figen Yüksekdağ attended the trial to make her defence. The indictment demands Figen Yüksekdağ to be sentenced from 30 years up to 83 years for ‘leading an illegal organisation’, ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’, ‘opposing to the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations’, and ‘inciting hostility and hate among people’. The court decided to continue detention of Figen Yüksekdağ adjourned the trial to December 24, 2019.

(09/330) People on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The final trial of the case against 62 people, for the hunger strike at HDP’s Diyarbakır office to support the hunger strikes in prisons to protest isolation of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 11 on September 27, 2019. The court acquitted 62 people on the grounds of lacking culpability.

(09/331) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On September 27, 2019, 16 people are detained in operations covering 20 cities through an Ankara based investigation on Turkish Air Forces personnel.

(09/332) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against former judge Hulusi Ceylan on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 25 is held on September 27, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 7 years and 9 months and 22 days for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The final trial of the case against Tacettin Şeker, former chief inspector of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors is held at Ankara Heavy PEnal Court No 25 on September 27, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 7 years and 6 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The final trial of the case against Basri Aktepe, former official of National Intelligence Organisation is held at Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 25 on September 27, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 12 years for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The final trial of the case against Sedat Hasan Karacaoğlu who was deported from Moldova, is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 33 on September 27, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 8 years and 3 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(09/333) Special Security Zone in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on September 25, 2019 and announced 3 areas of Yüksekova district as special security zones as of September 25, 2019 until September 30, 2019.

(09/334) Special Security Zone in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on September 28, 2019, and announced 5 areas of central, Çukurca, Şemdinli, Yüksekova, Derecik districts as special security zones as of September 29, 2019 until October 13, 2019.

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26 September 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(09/293) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 1 police officer and 4 civilians died due to an explosion during passage of a riot squad bus in Yüreğir district of Adana on September 25, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of September 25, 2019 that 5 militants died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Gevaş district of Van on September 13, 2019.

(09/294) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of September 25, 2019 that, Grup Yorum music band member Emel Yeşilırmak who is kept in Silivri Prison, was handcuffed behind her back and was subjected to physical violence of the officer on duty while she was being taken to the courthouse for a trial.

It is learned from the news coverage of September 25, 2019 that, lawyer Ebru Timtik who is kept in Silivri Prison, was subjected to physical violence of the officer on duty and fainted while she was being taken to the courthouse for a trial.

It is learned from the news coverage of September 25, 2019 that, Nurullah Semo, a prisoner in Bolu F Type Prison is kept in a solitary ward for 2 years. It is also stated in the news reports that Nurullah Semo was being subjected to physical and verbal violence of wardens during roll-calls.

It is learned from the news coverage of September 25, 2019 that, prisoners in Van F Type Prison are given insufficient food, and during phone calls, they are forced to say name and surname of the person they called, loudly as an oral report, otherwise the calls are interrupted.

(09/295) Police Interventions and Preventions Against Protests After Appointment of Trustees to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van…

The police used pepper spray and rubber bullets to intervene the “Democracy Watch” of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) to protest appointment of trustees to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van, in Esenyurt district of Istanbul on September 25, 2019, and detained 6 people. Detained people are released after statement procedures.

(09/296) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1051 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on September 25, 2019 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on September 25, 2019, 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Nazan Bozkurt) and at 18.00 2 people (Derviş Lermi and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on September 25, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(09/297) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of families of military school students who were arrested through July 15 coup attempt investigations and family of Mustafa Yılmaz who was abducted in Ankara on February 19, 2019, to be held in Sakarya Street of Ankara on September 25, 2019, and detained 14 people. It is reported that the police prevented press members from following and recording the press declaration. The names of detained people known so far are: Sümeyye Yılmaz, Nevin Yılmaz, Hamide Göçer and Melek Çetinkaya.

(09/298) Journalist on Trial in Ankara…

The first trial of the case against journalist Hayri Demir is held on September 25, 2019. It is learned that news reports and photos saved in Hayri Demir’s memory card which was taken by burglars breaking in his house, were submitted as evidence in the case file. The court adjourned the trial to October 23, 2019.

(09/299) Person on Trial for ‘Insulting the President’ in Adana…

The jail sentence of 2 years and 6 months given by Adana Penal Court of First Instance No 27, to Mustafa Özbarut, who gets treatment for schizophrenia, bipolar personality disorder, bipolar affective disorder, and atypical psychosis, on the charge of ‘insulting the President’ is approved by Adana Regional Court on September 25, 2019.

It is learned from the news reports that, Adana Dr. Ekrem Tok Psychiatric Hospital gave a “criminally responsible” report to Mustafa Özbarut.

(09/300) Grup Yorum Band Member on Trial…

The final trial of the case against Grup Yorum music band member Emel Yeşilırmak on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 37 on September 25, 2019. The court sentenced Emel Yeşilırmak to 5 years for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’, ‘participating in illegal demonstrations’, ‘resisting to police force’ and ‘participating in demonstrations carrying a weapon’.

(09/301) Diyarbakır JITEM / Musa Anter Case…

The consolidated case on Musa Anter’s killing in Diyarbakır in 1992 and activities of JITEM (Gendarmerie Intelligence and Anti-Terror Unit) in Diyarbakır is held on September 25, 2019 on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 6. The case known as “JITEM Main Case” on Diyarbakır Penal Court No 1 and the case of Musa Anter’s killing has been consolidated by the Supreme Court’s decision on January 29, 2016.

Father of Ayten Öztürk, who was murdered, and journalist Nedret Ersanel are heard as witnesses via sound and vision system. Ünal Erkan, regional governor of state of emergency back then is also heard as witness. Hüseyin Oğuz, another witness who was on duty at Anti-Terror Department back then stated the following: “I know that Ayten Öztürk was interrogated at JITEM. In Elazığ JITEM. I am not okay with such things, they tortured innocent people there. Some were executed in Elazığ JITEM. I was at intelligence department at that time. We used to receive much information with all details. One cannot get out alive from JITEM once taken by them. There is no detention, it is execution. I had phone calls with Mesut Mehmetoğlu and Abdulkadir Aygan. They said ‘We got Ayten Öztürk. I am a confessor coming from PKK and I did it to make myself accepted by them, I regret it. I took her to Elazığ JITEM’. They tortured her. It was not one person who killed her. This case will be solved if the real identity of lieutenant Zeki is revealed. Lawyer Nurettin Can and doctor Hasan Kaya were also murdered. They would not be murdered if they did not witness those who were murdered by torture there”.

Another witness Selami Sağdıç stated that he has seen Mahmut Yıldırım (known as Yeşil) in Ankara in 2010.

The court adjourned the trial to December 25, 2019.

(09/302) Berkin Elvan Case…

The case of Berkin Elvan’s death on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 17 is held on September 25, 2019. Berkin Elvan was wounded due to a gas canister fired by the police on June 16, 2013, during Gezi Park protests in Okmeydanı neighbourhood of Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district; and died in hospital on March 11, 2014.

It is learned that the expertise report asked to detect whether the defendant police officer acted against instructions and have any fault, is not submitted yet. The court adjourned the trial to November 13, 2019.

(09/303) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On September 25, 2019, 23 people are detained in operations covering 7 cities through a Yalova based investigation.

(09/304) Ban of Events in Van…

Van Governorate made a declaration on September 25, 2019 and announced that all 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 September 26, 2019. All events are banned in Van since November 21, 2016, which makes a continuous ban for 1053 days in total.

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