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17 April 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

17 April 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(04/119) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 16, 2020 that 3 HPG militants died in the air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to Qandil area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on April 15, 2020.

(04/120) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 16, 2020 that prisoners in Maraş Türkoğlu L Type Prison No 1 were not given cleaning supplies, disinfectants and face masks to be protected from Covid-19 pandemic. It is also stated in the news reports that prisoners were subjected to physical violence of the wardens during roll-calls.

It is learned from the news coverage of April 16, 2020 that prisoners in Siirt E Type Prison were not given cleaning supplies, disinfectants and face masks to be protected form Covid-19 pandemic.

(04/121) 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 1255 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on April 16, 2020 at 13.30, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(04/122) Detained People for Social Media Posts…

Ministry of Interior declared on April 16, 2020 that within last month 5603 social media accounts have been investigated for social media posts about Covid-19 pandemic, and 303 of 765 people related to these accounts are detained.

(04/123) Co-Mayor on Trial…

The trial of the case against Cemal Özdemir, HDP co-mayor of Sur district of Diyarbakır, is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 8 on April 16, 2020.

The indictment demands sentence for Cemal Özdemir on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’, ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’, ‘possession of hazardous substances without permission’ and ‘selling, purchasing, carrying and owning weapons and/or bullets which are severe in terms of quality’.

After defence hearings the court decided to release Cemal Özdemir and adjourned the trial to July 7, 2020.

Cemal Özdemir was detained on December 20, 2019 and was arrested on December 23, 2019. Ministry of Interior appointed Sur district sub-governor Abdullah Çiftçi as a trustee to Sur Municipality on December 22, 2019.

(04/124) Request for Release of Journalists…

It is learned that on April 16, 2020, Istanbul Penal Court of Peace rejected the request for release of arrested journalists Mehmet Ferhat Çelik (managing editor of Yeni Yaşam newspaper), Aydın Keser (executive editor of Yeni Yaşam newspaper), Murat Ağırel (Yeniçağ newspaper writer), Barış Pehlivan (managing editor of Oda TV), Barış Terkoğlu (chief news editor of Oda TV) and reporter Hülya Kılınç, as per the law on criminal enforcement that has been accepted by Grand National Assembly and entered into force as of April 14, 2020.

It is stated in the court order that “release requests are separately rejected on the grounds that when taken together with the current state of evidence in the file, the quality and nature of the offense charged, records of statement, the sentence foreseen by the law and the file in its entirety, the measure of arrest has been found moderate, there is no matter that necessitates their release and their reasons for objection are not proper.”

(04/125) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Worker Health and Worker Safety Council (ISIG) declared on April 17, 2020 that between March 11, 2020 and April 10, 2020, at least 855 workers form 159 workplaces tested positive for Covid-19 and at least 52 workers died due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Ministry of Health declared that 125 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 4,801 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 16, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 1,643 and total number of confirmed cases is 74,193 as of April 16, 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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16 April 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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16 April 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(04/113) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 1 soldier (Fatih Duran) died due to an explosion in Hakurk area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on April 15, 2020.

It is learned that 1 HPG militant (Hebun Kardaş) died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Lice district of Diyarbakır on April 15, 2020.

It is learned from the news coverage of April 15, 2020 that 3 civilians (Eyşö Ehmed Ferhan, Ezime Akdoğan and Hawa Akdoğan) died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces nearby Mahmur Refugee Camp in Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government.

(04/114) Death Fast in Prison…

People’s Law Office made a declaration on April 15, 2020 and announced that their clients Özgür Kaya and Didem Akman are on death fast in prison since 54 days. It is stated that Özgür Kaya and Didem Akman demands fair trial and support demands of Grup Yorum member İbrahim Gökçek, Mustafa Koçak and lawyers Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal who are also on death fast.

(04/115) 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 1254 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on April 15, 2020 at 13.30, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

The police intervened the press declaration at 18.00 and detained 4 people (Nazan Bozkurt, Merve Demirel, Mahmut Konuk and Bayram Kaya) by using physical violence. Detained people are released on the same day.

(04/116) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

On April 15, 2020, 4 people are detained in rural neighbourhoods of Lice district of Diyarbakır where a military operation is launched. Detained people are: Ferhat Önkol in Şenlik rural neighbourhood and Tuba Oyunlu, Dilan Oyunlu and Bager Oyunlu in Birlik rural neighbourhood. It is learned that detained people are kept at Lice District Gendarmerie Command.

(04/117) Co-Mayor on Trial…

It is learned that the first trial of the case against Filiz Buluttekin, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-mayor of Sur district of Diyarbakır, which was to be held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 11 on April 15, 2020, was held at April 2, 2020, without informing the lawyers. It is learned that the court ruled to continue detention of Filiz Buluttekin and adjourned the trial to June 17, 2020.

Filiz Buluttekin was detained on December 20, 2019 and was arrested by the court on December 23, 2019. Sur district sub-governor Abdullah Çiftçi was appointed as a trustee by Ministry of Interior on December 22, 2019.

(04/118) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Turkish Medical Association made a declaration on April 15, 2020 and stated their evaluation and suggestions on Covid-19 pandemic. The declaration addresses several questions to Ministry of Health, on the process of combat against outbreak and states that protective equipment given to health staff is not sufficient and that Ministry of Health do not use international codes of World Health Organisation for Covid-19.

Ministry of Health declared that 117 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 4,281 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 15, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 1,518 and total number of confirmed cases is 69,392 as of April 15, 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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15 April 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

15 April 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(04/105) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 14, 2020 that 1 HPG militant died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to Zap area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on April 6, 2020.

It is learned that 1 civilian (Yasin Sağır) who was working at military post construction in rural areas of Silopi district of Şırnak died due to an explosion near the construction site on April 14, 2020.

(04/106) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 14, 2020 that, 6 prisoners in Van T Type Prison were subjected to physical violence of the wardens for rejecting to stand in military order during roll-calls. It is stated in the news reports that prisoners were injured due to violence and a prisoner, Burhan Hısım, who was injured at the left eye, has the risk of losing his eye. It is also reported that prisoners were subjected to disciplinary proceedings as a result of which they were prevented from communication rights.

It is learned from the news coverage of April 14, 2020 that prisoners in Balıkesir Bandırma T Type Prison No 2 were not given disinfectants, cleaning supplies, face masks and gloves despite of Covid-19 pandemic.

It is claimed in the news coverage of April 14, 2020 that in Izmir Şakran Women’s Prison, face masks to protect from Covid-19 pandemic were sold to prisoners although the government has announced that face masks would be free of charge.

It is learned from the news coverage of April 14, 2020 that, administration of Izmir Şakran T Type Prison No 4 initiated disciplinary proceedings against prisoners who release to public via their families the fact that there were no precautions taken for Covid-19 pandemic, and those prisoners were penalised with prevention of visit rights.

(04/107) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 14, 2020 that, Fatma Özbay, an ill prisoner with cancer in Izmir Şakran Women’s Prison was not taken to hospital for examination and treatment.

(04/108) 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 1253 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on April 14, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(04/109) Gendarmerie Intervention Against a Protest in Izmir…

The gendarmerie intervened the press declaration in front of Izmir Kırıklar F Type Prison on April 14, 2020, which was held to support Mustafa Koçak who is on hunger strike in prison to demand a fair trial for 288 days. 9 people are detained by gendarmerie; it is learned that a finger of 1 person (Volkan Algül) was dislocated during intervention. Detained people (Hasan Koçak, Zeynep Koçak, Kader İnci, Erdinç İnci, Mahir Kılıç, Ayça Kılıç, Sercan Çakır, Volkan Algül, Hüseyin Sezgin) were released after statement procedures on the same day.

(04/110) Police Intervention to a Journalist in Izmir…

It is learned that journalist Metehan Ud, who was reporting on asylum seekers waiting at Izmir Bus Station on April 14, 2020, was intervened by the police. It is learned that Metehan Ud was taken to Işıkkent Police Station and was released after being fined in accordance with the Law on Misdemeanour.

(04/111) Detained ESP Member in Rize for Social Media Posts…

Tugay Köse, Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) representative in Fındıklı district of Rize who was detained for his social media posts on April 13, 2020, is released on April 14, 2020.

(04/104) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 107 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 4,062 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 14, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 1,403 and total number of confirmed cases is 65,111 as of April 14, 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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14 April 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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14 April 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(04/094) People Died in Prisons from Covid-19…

Minister of Justice Abdülhamit Gül declared on April 13, 2020 that 3 prisoners in open prisons died from Covid-19. The Minister also stated that 17 prisoners and 70 correction officers have tested positive for Covid-19.

(04/095) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 13, 2020 that 20 prisoners in Van T Type Prison were subjected to physical violence of the wardens on April 5, 2020, for rejecting to stand in military order during roll-calls.

(04/096) 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 1252 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on April 13, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(04/097) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on April 13, 2020, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and detained 2 people (Mahmut Konuk and Nazan Bozkurt who was recording the protest). It is learned that 2 people were released the same day.

 

(04/098) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police prevented the press declaration of Open Our Hospital Platform (HAP), demanding re-opening of hospitals which were closed down because of Covid-19, in front of Ankara Numune Hospital on April 13, 2020. It is learned from the news reports that journalists recording the declaration were also prevented by the police.

(04/099) Detained ESP Member in Rize for Social Media Posts…

Tugay Köse, Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) representative in Fındıklı district of Rize is detained for his social media posts on April 13, 2020.

(04/100) The Case Against Former Co-mayor and Former DBP Co-chair…

Malatya Heavy Penal Court No 5 has sentenced Gültan Kışanak, former co-mayor of Diyarbakır, to 14 years and 3 months; and Sebahat Tuncel, former co-chair of Democratic Regions Party (DBP), to 15 years; and Penal Department No 18 of Antep Regional Court has reversed the verdict.

The court ruled to continue detention of Gültan Kışanak and Sebahat Tuncel over review of the file without trial on April 13, 2020 and adjourned the trial to May 29, 2020.

(04/101) Investigation Against a Journalist in Mardin…

It is learned that an investigation is initiated against Mezopotamya News Agency reporter Ahmet Kanbal, for his social media posts on resignation of Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu and that Ahmet Kanbal gave his official statement through the investigation at Mardin Security Directorate on April 13, 2020.

(04/102) Official Complaint Against a Journalist in Rize…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 13, 2020 that Ardeşen Municipality in Rize made an official complaint against journalist Gençağa Karafazlı, for his news reports on www.rizenabiz.com website about unpaid wages of municipality workers.

(04/103) Ban of Access to a News Report…

It is learned that Rize Penal Court of Peace banned access to the news report “Full of Packages of Corona at Çaykur Factory! Çaykur worker who had Corona Rises Up” published on www.rizenabiz.com website, on April 13, 2020.

(04/104) Covid-19 Pandemic…

President declared on April 13, 2020 that a 48-hour curfew as a part of precautions for Covid-19 pandemic will be imposed as of 00.00 on April 18, 2020 in 31 cities including 30 metropolitan cities, excepting individuals and institutions stated in the circular.

It is learned from data shared by Izmir Chamber of Medicine on April 13, 2020 that 266 health workers including 106 doctors, 82 nurses, delivery nurses and medical assistants, 30 health officers, 12 medical secretaries, 10 technicians, 19 public officers, 3 pharmacists, 1 psychologist, 2 security staff and 1 driver, in Izmir tested positive for Covid-19.

Ministry of Health declared that 98 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 4,093 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 13, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 1,296 and total number of confirmed cases is 61,049 as of April 13, 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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11 – 13 April 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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11 – 13 April 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(04/081) Person Died Due to Police Shot in Istanbul…

The police intervened 1 person (A. M.) for violating 2-day curfew as a precaution for Covid-19, on April 11, 2020 in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul. It is learned that this person took the gun of a police officer which fell down during the intervention and wounded 1 police officer. It is reported that A. M. got heavily wounded by shooting of another police officer and died in hospital on April 12, 2020.

(04/082) People Subjected to Police Violence in Istanbul…

The police fined a person, Eyüp Halim (18), for sitting in a park and violating 2-day curfew as a precaution for Covid-19, on April 11, 2020 in Kanarya neighbourhood of Küçükçekmece district of Istanbul. It is learned that the police insulted Eyüp Halim and a quarrel took place between them, and Eyüp Halim was then subjected to physical violence of the police. It is reported that 4 brothers of Eyüp Halim (Bülent Halim, Hasan Halim, İbrahim Halim and Hüseyin Halim) who witnessed the violence and came to intervene were also subjected to physical violence of the police.

It is learned that Bülent Halim had an operation recently and sutures on his body opened due to police violence, and he was taken to intensive care unit of Küçükçekmece Public Hospital. It is reported that 4 people (Eyüp Halim, Hasan Halim, İbrahim Halim and Hüseyin Halim) were detained.

(04/083) Journalist Was Assaulted in Izmir…

It is learned that Ulvi Tanrıverdi, grant holder of Çağrı Haber local newspaper and Çağrı Radio executive editor was assaulted in Menemen district of Izmir on April 10, 2020. It is reported that 1 person (S. E.) was detained in relation to assault. It is learned that Ulvi Tanrıverdi made an official complaint on April 12, 2020, against S. E. and Menemen mayor Serdar Aksoy on the claim of instigating the assault.

(04/084) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

Ministry of Justice made a declaration 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 April 30, 2020.

It is learned from the news coverage of April 13, 2020 that in Denizli Kocabaş T Type Prison, 17 political prisoners are kept in a ward for 6 people. It is also stated in the news reports that prisoners were not given cleaning supplies and disinfectants despite of Covid-19 pandemic.

(04/085) 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 1251 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on April 10, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

On April 12, 2020, the police detained 1 person (Mehmet Dersulu) who wants to go in front of Human Rights Monument to hold a press declaration at 13.30. It is learned that Mehmet Dersulu was released after a penalty fine.

(04/086) 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 April 10, 2020; and forced 1 person (Mehmet Dersulu) way from the building.

(04/087) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration of Solidarity Network, about employees forced to work despite of Covid-19 pandemic, in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on April 10, 2020, and detained 7 people. It is learned that 7 people were taken to Kadıköy Police Directorate and they were not allowed to see their lawyers. It is stated in the news reports that the police did not follow precautions for Covid-19 during intervention, did not wear gloves and face masks. 7 people are imposed a fine of 3180 Turkish Liras each and were released on the same day.

(04/088) Detained Lawyer in Istanbul for Social Media Posts…

Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD) member apprentice lawyer Yağız Timoçin who was detained in Istanbul on April 9, 2020, on the charge of ‘provocation for violating laws’ for his social media post “we will not pay”, is released by the court on judicial control conditions on April 10, 2020.

(04/089) Detained Photographer in Adana…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 11, 2020 that, photographer Fadime Aygün who takes photos of the confluence in Adana streets which took place after announcement of 2-day curfew on April 10, 2020 covering 31 cities as a part of precautions for Covid-19, was detained by watchmen. Fadime Aygün states in the news reports that she was taken to a police car in which there were 5 people but only 1 watchman was wearing a face mask; and there were other detainees in the police station where nobody including security officers followed any precautions for Covid-19 such as wearing face masks. Fadime Aygün also states the following: “I was kept in the police station for about two hours. My family was not informed. There were no detention and release reports for me, and no official paper was given me to sign. I was not taken to judicial examination. They deleted my photos before releasing me.”

(04/090) Arrested Person on the Charge of Insulting Atatürk…

Comedian Emre Günsal was detained in Istanbul on the grounds of ‘insulting Atatürk, Mevlana and Konya city’ during a stand-up show, is arrested by the court on April 10, 2020, on the charges of ‘violating the Law No 5816 concerning insults toward, or toward the memory of Atatürk’, ‘insulting the memory of a person’, ‘provoking the public to hatred and hostility’ and ‘insult’.

(04/091) Co-The Case Against Co-Mayor…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 11, 2020 that, Van Public Prosecutor’s office repapered an indictment against Van co-mayor Bedia Özgökçe Ertan, who was suspended; and submitted it to Van Heavy Penal Court No 7.

The indictment demands sentence for Bedia Özgökçe Ertan on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’, for co-mayor system.

(04/092) Journalist on Trial in Istanbul…

The indictment of Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office against journalist Sabiha Temizkan is accepted by Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 35 on April 10, 2020.

The indictment demands sentence for Sabiha Temizkan for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation on social media’.

The first trial will be held on June 25, 2020.

(04/093) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Interior declared a circular on April 10, 2020 and announced a 48-hour curfew as a part of precautions for Covid-19 pandemic as of 00.00 on April 11, 2020 in 31 cities including 30 metropolitan cities, excepting individuals and institutions stated in the circular.

Ministry of Health declared that 98 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 4,747 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 10, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 95 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 5,138 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 11, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 97 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 4,789 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 12, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 1,198 and total number of confirmed cases is 56,956 as of April 12, 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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10 April 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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10 April 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(04/071) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 9, 2020 that, Burhan Özmüş, a prisoner in Izmir Aliağa Şakran T Type Prison No 3 was subjected to physical violence of the wardens. It is stated in the news reports that the doctor who examined Burhan Özmüş did not give him a medical report evidencing the violence and said “beater never gets hurt”. It is reported that Burhan Özmüş’s father made an official complaint to Izmir Public Prosecutor’s Office.

It is learned from the news coverage of April 9, 2020 that, phone conversation of a prisoner named Mehmet Faruk Engin in Osmaniye T Type Prison was interrupted after he says “there is mud in our food here” to his family.

(04/072) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 9, 2020 that, Mehmet Salih Filiz, a prisoner with cancer and tuberculosis in Izmir Ödemiş T Type Closed Prison was not taken to hospital, was not given the injection that he has to take once in every 14 days and was not given the food proper to diet programme approved by doctor.

It is claimed in the news coverage of April 9, 2020 that 6 prisoners suspected to be Covid-19 in Urfa Hilvan T Type Prison were not taken to hospital.

(04/073) 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 1248 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on April 9, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(04/074) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened members of Labour Movement Party (EHP) protesting the bill on unpaid time off for workers which will be discussed at the Grand National Assembly soon; on April 9, 2020 in front of Şişli Sub-Governorate building in Istanbul and detained 11 people. It is reported that the police used physical violence and handcuffed some people behind their backs during intervention. Detained 11 people are released after being fined for “violating social distancing rule”.

(04/075) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

On April 10, 2020, 5 people are detained in Diyarbakır related to the explosion which killed 5 people on road in rural areas of Güleç neighbourhood of Kulp district of Diyarbakır on April 8, 2020. It is learned that a warrant is issued for 1 people too.

(04/076) Detained Lawyer in Istanbul for Social Media Posts…

Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD) member apprentice lawyer Yağız Timoçin is detained in Istanbul on April 9, 2020, on the charge of ‘provocation for violating laws’ for his social media post “we will not pay”. It is learned that Yağız Timoçin is in risk group for Covid-19 since he has chronic asthma and detention period for him is extended for 3 days, despite of this fact.

(04/077) Investigation Against a Journalist in Rize…

It is learned that Rize Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation against Gençağa Karafazlı, grant holder of Nabız local newspaper and Progressive Journalists Association Rize branch chair; Doğan Can, reporter of Nabız newspaper and Fehmi Demir, grant holder of www.flas53.com website, for news reports on Covid-19. It is learned that 3 people are called to give official statement.

(04/078) Case Against Co-Mayor…

The indictment of Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office against Diyarbakır co-mayor Selçuk Mızraklı on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ is accepted by Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 28 on April 9, 2020. The first trial will be held on October 12, 2020.

(04/079) Ban of Events in Van…

Van Governorate made a declaration on April 6, 2020 and announced that, all open and indoor 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 8, 2020. All events are banned in Van for 1249 days since November 21, 2016.

(04/080) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 96 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 4,056 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 9, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 908 and total number of confirmed cases is 42,282 as of April 9, 2020.

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09 April 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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(04/062) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

5 people who died due to an explosion on road in rural areas of Güleç neighbourhood of Kulp district of Diyarbakır on April 8, 2020 are identified. Names of 5 people: Hacı Akdeniz, Alaattin Yıldız, Ahmet Erboğa, Burhan Tanrıkulu and Sedat Hazar.

(04/063) Suspicious Death in Prison…

It is claimed in the news coverage of April 8, 2020 that a 17 years old child, Ali Erdoğan, killed himself in his ward in Aliağa Şakran Prison in Izmir. It is reported that Ali Erdoğan’s body is not given to his family but kept at Izmir Forensic Medicine Institution mortuary to carry on Covid-19 test. Ali Erdoğan’s relative Abdulkadir Erdoğan states the following: “When we see Ali at the mortuary we noticed some bruises on his body. We asked about it but nobody answered. We have no idea about what happened to Ali, why he died. Prison administration is not giving any information”. 

(04/064) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 8, 2020 that, despite of Covid-19 pandemic, 2 wards with 16 prisoners in Van T Type Prison is united as 1 ward, and prisoners are not given cleaning supplies and disinfectants. It is also stated in the news reports that radios and books of prisoners are seized and prisoners are forced to stand in military order during roll-calls.

It is learned from the news coverage of April 8, 2020 that, prisoners in Adana Kürkçüler F Type Prison who hold a protest for Grup Yorum music band member Helin Bölek who lost her life in a death fast, were subjected to physical violence of the wardens. It is reported that some prisoners got injured due to violence.

It is learned from the news coverage of April 8, 2020 that a 6-months restriction is ordered on February 13, 2020 by Imrali F Type Prison Administration and Supervision Board for PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan and other prisoners Hamili Yıldırım, Ömer Hayri Konar and Veysi Aktaş. It is also stated in the news reports that information request about precautions in prison for Covid-19 pandemic is rejected by Bursa Public Prosecutor’s Office.

(04/065) 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 1247 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on April 8, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(04/066) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration about Grup Yorum band member Helin Bölek who lost her life in death fast, and Grup Yorum member İbrahim Gökçek and Mustafa Koçak who are still on death fast, on April 8, 2020 in front of Justice and Development Party (AKP) Istanbul office; and detained 2 people (Cemile Temizkalp and Aydın Duru).

(04/067) Police Intervention to People Hanging Banners in Tekirdağ…

The police intervened Labour Party (EMEP) members hanging banners about Covid-19 pandemic, in Çorlu district of Tekirdağ, and detained 2 people (Çorlu district chair Erdal Koçer and party member Kenan Işık).

(04/068) HDP Executive on Trial in Urfa…

The first trial of the case against Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Eyyubiye district co-chair Ömer Bozdal and physician Rezan Altundağ, on the grounds of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ is held at Urfa Heavy Penal Court No 5 on April 8, 2020.

Ömer Bozdal and Rezan Altundağ joined the trial via sound and vision system from Urfa T Type Closed Prison. After defence hearings the court released 2 people and adjourned the trial. Ömer Bozdal and Rezan Altundağ were detained and arrested on October 9, 2019, right after Turkish Armed Forces military operation to north and east Syria was launched.

(04/069) Investigation Against Urfa Medical Chamber Chair…

Urfa Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation on the grounds of ‘inciting fear and panic among people’, against Urfa Medical Chamber chair Ömer Melik, for the report of the chamber on Covid-19. It is learned that Ömer Melik gave his official statement through this investigation on April 8, 2020.

(04/070) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 87 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 4,117 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 8, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 812 and total number of confirmed cases is 38,226 as of April 8, 2020.

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08 April 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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(04/055) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 5 people died due to an explosion on road in rural areas of Güleç neighbourhood of Kulp district of Diyarbakır on April 8, 2020. Diyarbakır Governorate declared that the attack was organized by HPG and 5 people were civilian people who were on their way to forest. Names of 5 people is not officially announced yet.

(04/056) Prisoner Died from Covid-19…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 7, 2020 that, Mehmet Yeter, an ill prisoner in Bafra Prison was taken to Samsun 19 Mayıs University Hospital on March 16, 2020, and was discharged from hospital on March 26, 2020, after his left leg being amputated. It is reported that Mehmet Yeter was then sent to Samsun T Type Prison where he again got deteriorated and was hospitalized, and he died in hospital. It is claimed in the news reports that Mehmet Yeter died from Covid-19 and was buried without informing his family.

The news reports cover an official letter from the Prosecutor’s Office to Samsun Metropolitan Municipality Directorate of Cemeteries which states the following: “Prisoner Mehmet Yeter died from Covid-19. His family cannot be reached. Since it could pose a risk for public health and increases the risk of spread of the illness to keep the body of a person died from an epidemic illness in shared areas such as mortuary, it is requested that the burial process should carried on with necessary precautions as soon as this instruction is received”.

Mehmet Yeter’s son Ferhat Yeter, who was informed of his father’s death by another prisoner’s call states the following: “He was taken to prison after his leg was amputated. His condition gets worse after being in contact with other people and he dies when he was referred to a hospital. Despite of the letter sent by the Prosecutor’s Office, hospital authorities said that my father tested negative [for Covid-19] for three times”.

(04/057) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

On April 4, 2020, a riot took place in Batman M Type Prison and some prisoners were then transferred to Diyarbakır T Type Prison No 4. Med Federation of Legal and Solidarity Associations of Prisoners’ Families (MED TUHAD-FED) and Association of Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD) met these transferred prisoners and stated that they were subjected to physical and verbal violence during transfer. According to the news reports lawyers state that some prisoners have scars on their faces and that during intervention and prison transfers, the wardens on duty did not take all precautions for Covid-19.

It is learned from the news coverage of April 7, 2020 that, in Silivri Prison 29 people are kept in a ward for 7 people; and prisoners are not given cleaning supplies and disinfectants despite of Covid-19 pandemic.

(04/058) 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 1246 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on April 7, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(04/059) Detained Community House Chair in Bartın…

Bartın Community House chair Yonca Alemdar, who was giving away home-made face masks in the marketplace, is detained by the police intervening her for giving away masks without permission, on April 7, 2020. It is learned that tailor Hulusi Kaymakçı who sew the masks were also detained. 2 people were released after statement procedures.

(04/060) Criminal Complaint Against a Journalist…

On April 7, 2020, President and Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) made a criminal complaint against journalist Fatih Portakal, on the grounds of “manipulative expressions” and “intentional expressions on banking and finance system that are contrary to facts” in his social media post.

(04/061) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Turkish Medical Association made a declaration on April 8, 2020 and stated that the pattern between numbers of Covid-19 cases and death toll is different from what is observed in other countries; and that the reason behind this is the fact that Turkish Ministry of Health does not use international codes proposed by World Health Organization (WHO) for death reporting.

Izmir Medical Chamber declared on April 7, 2020 that 111 health workers including 69 physicians, 27 nurses and delivery nurses, 10 cleaning personnel and 3 public officer, are diagnosed with Covid-19 in Izmir.

Diyarbakır Medical Chamber declared on April 7, 2020 that a total of 200 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Diyarbakır as of April 6, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 76 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 3,892 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 7, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 725 and total number of confirmed cases is 34,109 as of April 7, 2020.

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07 April 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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07 April 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(04/048) Covid-19 Case in Prison…

HRFT and Human Rights Association (IHD) made a press declaration on April 7, 2020 on urgent actions to prevent spread of Covid-19 in prisons and stated that 2 physicians of Şakran Prison in Aliağa district of Izmir have been hospitalized for pre-diagnosis of Covid-19 based on clinical findings.

(04/049) 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 1245 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on April 6, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(04/050) Detained People for Social Media Posts…

Ministry of Interior declared on April 6, 2020 that within last 3 weeks 3576 social media accounts have been investigated for social media posts about Covid-19 pandemic and 229 people are detained for the same reason.

(04/051) Suspended City Council Member in Muş…

Sema Tekin, Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) city council member of Malazgirt district of Muş is suspended by Ministry of Interior on April 6, 2020.

(04/052) Banners Pulled off in Istanbul…

 

It is learned from the news coverage of April 6, 2020 that banners about Covid-19 pandemic, hung by Republican People’s PArty (CHP) in Eyüpsultan district of Istanbul, were pulled off by Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Eyüpsultan Municipality.

(04/053) Curfew in Dargeçit…

Mardin Governorate made a declaration on April 6, 2020 and announced curfew in 3 rural neighbourhoods of Dargeçit district as of 23.00 on April 6, 2020 until a further notice. Neighbourhoods under curfew are: Kısmetli, Harmanlı, Karagöl.

(04/054) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 75 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 3,148 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 6, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 649 and total number of confirmed cases is 30,217 as of April 6, 2020.

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(04/033) Child Got Injured in Explosion in Diyarbakır…

Yusuf Yıldırak, an 11 years old child who got heavily injured due to explosion of a material he found in rural areas of Serin village of Lice district of Diyarbakır on March 31, 2020; lost his life at Dicle University Hospital on April 3, 2020.

(04/034) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 1 engineer (Mazlum Gözenoğlu) died and 2 workers got wounded in an attack of HPG militants to a vehicle carrying workers to a military post construction site in rural areas of Nusaybin district of Mardin on April 3, 2020.

(04/035) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

It is learned from the news coverage of April 5, 2020 that 1 soldier (sergeant Ahmet Can Temiz) died in Idlib. Ministry of National Defence did not make a declaration yet, and the date of death is not confirmed.

(04/036) Death Fast in Prison…

It is learned that Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal, lawyers from Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD) and People’s Law Office, who were on hunger strike in prison since February 4, 2020, turned their strike to death fast as of April 5, 2020. 8 lawyers including Selçuk Kozağaçlı, chair of Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD) went on a hunger strike to support demands of Mustafa Koçak, and Grup Yorum band members İbrahim Gökçek and Helin Bölek, and to demand fair trial and cancellation of results of proceedings which came up with unfair trials.

(04/037) Prison Riot in Batman…

It is learned that on April 4, 2020, prisoners in Batman M Type Prison set fire mattresses to protest being excluded by the draft law on penal execution regulations. Batman Public Prosecutor’s Office declared that the fire was put out and there were no casualties. Batman Bar Association confirmed the information on casualties.

Human Rights Association (IHD) Batman co-chair Devran Yıldız stated that they went to prison to get information but they were not allowed to see prisoners.

It is learned from the news reports that 439 prisoners were transferred to Diyarbakır T Type Prison No 4 after the riot.

(04/038) Police Intervention to Funeral of Helin Bölek…

Meral Hır, a member of Grup Yorum music band is detained by the police in front of Idil Cultural Center in Okmeydanı neighbourhood of Istanbul, before the funeral of Helin Bölek on April 4, 2020. Grup Yorum member Helin Bölek, who was on death fast demanding an end to oppression on Grup Yorum and fair trials for its members, lost her life on 288th day of her strike on April 3, 2020.

It is learned that the hearse carrying Helin Bölek’s funeral from the house where she was continuing death fast in Küçükarmutlu neighbourhood of Sarıyer district of Istanbul to Okmeydanı Cemevi (religious setting of Alevis) was stopped by the police and driver of the hearse was detained. It is reported that the hearse was directly sent to Feriköy Cemetery by the police.

It is learned that only families of Helin Bölek and İbrahim Gökçek were allowed to Feriköy Cemetery. The police used pepper spray and pressurized water to intervene people who want to attend funeral and detained 19 people including a child by using physical force. Detained people are: Zeynep Gonca Karakoç, Adalet Karataştan, Eda Kaya, Sevcan Akdoğan, Ercan Işık, Can Bulut, Taşkın Sorucu, Cansu İrem Kalender, Gökhan Uysal, Simge Kaymaz, Aslıhan Burcaklar, Halil Yakut, Hatun Çıplak, Kübra Sünnetçi, Melisa Ayyıldız, Erkan Munar, Eren Yılmaz, Ferdi İşçi, and a child named O (surname unknown).

(04/039) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the sit-in protest after press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1244 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on April 3, 2020 at 13.30 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence. The police intervened the press declaration at 18.00 ad detained 4 people (Gülnaz Bozkurt, Nazan Bozkurt, Merve Demirel and Mahmut Konuk). 4 people are released after being imposed a fine of 3150 Turkish Liras for violating precautions for Covid-19 pandemic.

The police intervened the sit-in protests after press declarations in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on April 4 and 5, 2020 at 13.30 and 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence

(04/040) 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 April 3, 2020; and forced 1 person (Mehmet Dersulu) way from the building.

(04/041) Police Intervention to a Protest in Izmir…

The police intervened the press declaration in Izmir on April 5, 2020, which was about Helin Bölek, who was on death fast and lost her life; and about İbrahim Gökçek and Mustafa Koçak who are still on death fast, and detained 3 people (Sinan Yanbal, Hüseyin Sezgin and Sercan Çakır) by using physical violence. Detained people are released on the same day.

(04/042) Arrested Journalist in Istanbul…

Journalist Hakan Aygün, who was detained for a social media post (“Ey IBAN edenler”) which criticizes Presidential charity campaign by making a wordplay with reference to a religious phrase, is arrested by the court on the charges of ‘provoking people into enmity and hatred’ and ‘insult’ on April 3, 2020.

 (04/043) Detained People for Social Media Posts…

  1. Y., owner of social media account “Ankara Kuşu”, who was detained in Ankara on April 2, 2020, and Mesut Aydın, owner of social media account “Türkiye Gerçekleri” who detained in Istanbul on April 3, 2020 and was taken to Ankara are arrested by the court through “Fethullahist Terrorist Organisation / Parallel State Structure” investigations on April 3, 2020.

(04/044) Detained Union Manager in Antep…

DISK Textile Workers’ Union Gaziantep Regional Manager Mehmet Türkmen is detained on April 3, 2020, for his social media post on employees who force to work despite of Covid-19 pandemic. Mehmet Türkmen is released after statement procedures at the prosecutor’s office on the same day.

(04/045) Arrested Lawyer in Mardin…

Lawyer Ali Kahraman who was detained in Mardin on February 29, 2020 and was arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on March 2, 2020, is released from prison upon his lawyers’ appeal on April 3, 2020.

(04/046) Covid-19 Pandemic…

On April 3, 2020, as a part of precautions for Covid-19 pandemic, exit and entrance of vehicles for 31 provinces including 30 metropolitan cities is banned for 15 days; and for citizens under the age of 20, excluding public employees, workers and seasonal agricultural workers, are restricted to leave their houses.

Ministry of Health declared that 69 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 2,786 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 3, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 76 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 3,135 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 4, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 73 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 3,135 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on April 5, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 574 and total number of confirmed cases is 27,1069 as of April 5, 2020.

Worker Health and Worker Safety Council (ISIG) declared that at least 14 workers died due to Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020.

(04/047) Labor Killings…

Worker Health and Worker Safety Council (ISIG) revealed that at least 113 workers including 2 children, 11 women, and 6 refugees died while working in March 2020.

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