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18 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

18 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/186) 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 1134 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 17, 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 December 17, 2019, 3 people (Merve Demirel and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on December 17, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(12/187) Police Intervention to a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened and detained Nazan Bozkurt, participator of “I Want My Job Back” protests, who wants to have a press declaration on state of emergency decrees at Güvenpark in Ankara on December 17, 2019.

(12/188) Police Intervention to a Protest in Van…

The police prevented the press declaration of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in Van to protest femicides and that Özgür Arduç, murderer of Ceren Özdemir, being taken to Van T Type Prison on December 17, 2019.

(12/189) Books and Newspapers Not Given in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 17, 2019 that Edirne F Type Prison administration did not give December 9 issue of Evrensel newspaper to HDP’s former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, on the grounds that it “jeopardizes security of the institution”. That issue of Evrensel was covering an interview with Selahattin Demirtaş.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 17, 2019 that 5 books that are sent to a prisoner in Van T Type Prison were not given on the grounds of a ban. However, there is no ban imposed on these books.

(12/190) Detained Co-Mayors in Muş…

Ülkü Karaaslan and Mahmut Yalçın, co-mayors of Varto district and Eylem Saruca and Adnan Topçu, co-mayors of Bulanık district of Muş are detained in house raids on December 17, 2019.

(12/191) Detained HDP Executive in Diyarbakır…

People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Party Assembly member Zeynep Boğa who was detained on December 16, 2019 in Diyarbakır is released on December 17, 2019.

(12/192) Detained People in Malatya…

On December 17, 2019, 7 people are detained in house raids in Malatya. Detained people are: Ayşe Işık (former provincial chair of Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP), Sayime Tuncel and Hatice Zengin, executives of Pir Sultan Abdal Cultural Association (PSAKD), Betül Kurnaz Kılıç and HDP members Gule Doğan, Reyhan Bakır and Hatun Aydın.

(12/193) Detained Person in Adana…

On December 17, 2019, a person named F. S. is detained in a house raid in Adana. It is learned that people in the house were subjected to physical and verbal violence of the police.

(12/194) Detained People in Antalya…

11 of 29 people who were detained in Adana on December 6, 2019, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘financing an illegal organisation’ on December 17, 2019. 18 people are released.

(12/195) Prevention of Delivering Leaflets in Kocaeli…

It is learned that Turkish Metal Workers Union executives prevented Labour Party members from delivering leaflets in front of Kalibre aluminium factory in Kartepe district of Kocaeli.

(12/196) Medeni Yıldırım Case…

The case against Adem Çiftçi, a soldier on compulsory military service, for death of Medeni Yıldırım in Lice district of Diyarbakır on June 28, 2018, on Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 7 is held on December 17, 2019. Medeni Yıldırım was killed with a shot fired from military station during a march to protest the construction of a high security military station in Kalecik village of Lice. The indictment demands jail penalty up to 18 years for Adem Çiftçi for ‘killing with an eventual intent under unjust provocation’.

The court decided to ask the expert report from Istanbul Forensic Medicine Institution and adjourned the trial to February 20, 2020.

(12/197) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On December 17, 2019, 171 people are detained in Ankara; 17 people including military members on active duty are detained in operations covering 9 cities through an Urfa based investigation; and 10 people are detained in operations covering 5 cities through an Ankara based investigation on Ministry of Health personnel.

(12/198) Curfew in Bitlis…

Bitlis Governorate made a declaration on December 17, 2019 and announced curfew in 46 villages of central district as of 06.00 until further notice. The villages under curfew are: Ayrancılar, Alaniçi, Narlıdere, Ağaçpınar, Yeşilsırt, Cumhuriyet, Abacılar, Sarıkonak, Çalıdüzü, İçgeçit, Akçalı, Yukarı Ölek, Aşağı Ölek, Ilıcak, Kalupat, Üçevler, Karakuş, Aşağı Balcılar, Yukarı Balcılar, Çeltikli, Aşağı Koçak, Aşağı Yolak, Yukarı Yolak, Yukarıçerman, Dursun, Beşkaynak, Yarönü, Uçankuş, Dikme, Yukarı Dikme, Aşağı Dikme, Bayırlı, Kınalı, Kutlu, Akgün, Çobansuyu, Aşağı Çobansuyu, Güllüce, Esenburun, Harmanyeri, Cevizdalı, Karaca, Kaşıklı, Konalga, Kayalıbağ, Dutköy.

(12/199) Curfew in Mazıdağı…

Mardin Governorate made a declaration on December 17, 2019 and announced curfew in Konur neighbourhood of Mazıdağı district as of 23.00 on December 16, 2019. The curfew is lifted by Mardin Governorate as of 19.00 on December 17, 2019.

(12/200) Curfew in Derik…

Mardin Governorate made a declaration on December 17, 2019 and announced curfew in Çayköy neighbourhood of Derik district as of 23.00 on December 16, 2019. The curfew is lifted by Mardin Governorate as of 19.00 on December 17, 2019.

(12/201) Proceedings Against Parliamentary Member…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 17, 2019 that, 5 separate proceedings demanding lift of impunity of HDP co-chair Sezai Temelli are submitted to Grand National Assembly.

(12/202) Attack to a Political Party Office…

It is learned that HDP’s district office in Kulp district of Diyarbakır is attacked by anonymous people on December 17, 2019. It is learned that police did not come to the scene for investigation, on the grounds that “the owner did not make official complaint”.

[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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17 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

17 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/176) 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 1133 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 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 December 16, 2019, 3 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Acun Karadağ) 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 December 16, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(12/177) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on December 16, 2019 of Nursel Tanrıverdi who rally to regain her job from which she had been dismissed by state of emergency decree, and detained her and 3 other people supporting her (Engin Karataş, Alev Şahin and Mahmut Konuk) by using physical violence. It is learned that 4 people are released after statement procedures.

(12/178) Arrested Mayor in Izmir…

İbrahim Burak Oğuz, Republican People’s Party (CHP) mayor of Urla district of Izmir, who was called to give official statement through an investigation on December 16, 2019, is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(12/179) Detained HDP Executive in Diyarbakır…

People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Party Assembly member Zeynep Boğa is detained on December 16, 2019 in Diyarbakır. The reason of detention is unknown.

(12/180) Former CHP MP on Trial…

The final trial of the case against Mehmet Tüm, former CHP MP, on the grounds of insulting Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu and MHP chair Devlet Bahçeli, is held at Balıkesir Penal Court of First Instance No 4 on December 16, 2019. The court sentenced Mehmet Tüm to 354 days and converted the sentence to 10.600 Turkish Liras.

(12/181) Investigation Against Women in Izmir…

Izmir Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation against women who held a dancing demonstration to protest violence against women. It is learned that 25 women are called to give official statement and 9 of them are detained. It is reported that the investigation is grounded on Article 301 of Turkish Penal Code and Law on Demonstrations and Meetings No 2911.

(12/182) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against Ömer Köroğlu, former member of Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors, is held at Penal Department No 9 of Supreme Court on December 16, 2019. The court sentenced defendant to 1 year 10 months and 15 days on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’, according to effective remorse law, and deferred the announcement of the verdict.

 (12/183) Curfew in Baykan…

Siirt Governorate made a declaration on December 16, 2019 and announced curfew in 1 village and 6 hamlets in Baykan district as of 20.00 until further notice. The village and hamlets under curfew are: Yarımca village; Sarıyurt, Topraklı, Toptepe, Kanihiyar, Kasımlı, Bölücek hamlets.

(12/184) Curfew in Şirvan…

Siirt Governorate made a declaration on December 16, 2019 and announced curfew in 5 villages and 2 hamlets in Şirvan district as of 20.00 until further notice. The villages and hamlets under curfew are: Ormanlıbağı, Kömürlü, Bayındır, Gözlüce and Ormanlı villages; Yaygın and Çöğürlü hamlets.

(12/185) Ban of Events in Mardin…

Mardin Governorate made a declaration on December 16, 2019 and announced that, all open 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 December 16, 2019. This is the third time of banning all events in Mardin for 30 days since October 17, 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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12 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

12 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/129) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 11, 2019 that Yıldız Çetin, co-mayor of Erciş district of Van, is transferred from Van T Type Prison to Osmaniye T Type Prison under coercion. Yıldız Çetin was detained on October 15, 2019 and was arrested on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on October 22, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 11, 2019 that wards in Gebze Women’s Closed Prison were raided and searched by riot police and gendarmerie squad and personal belongings of prisoners were seized during the search.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 11, 2019 that in Kayseri Bünyan T Type Closed Prison both prisoners and their families were forced to strip search before and after visits and prisoners who reject to it were subjected to physical violence of the wardens.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 11, 2019 that prisoners in Elazığ Prison No 1 were taken to infirmary only once in two weeks, food given to them is inadequate, rights of communication, sports and cultural activities were limited and prisoners are subjected to disciplinary punishment because of “Kurd” and “Kurdistan” words in their notes and writings.

(12/130) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 11, 2019 that prisoners in Maraş Türkoğlu T Type Prison who were on hunger strike to protest ill-treatment and right violations since November 25, 2019, have ended their strike on December 2, 2019.

(12/131) 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 1128 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 11, 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 December 11, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) 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 December 11, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(12/132) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of Ankara Women’s Platform in front of Ankara Courthouse on December 11, 2019, before the first trial of the case against Hasan Bilgili, Hüseyin Şenyurt and Serkan Durmaz on the charges of ‘sexual assault’, ‘deprivation of freedom by use of violence’, ‘threat’, ‘destroying evidence’ on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 31. The police detained 3 people and prevented press from recording the press declaration. Detained 3 people (Aysun Gençtanır, Betül Koca and Büşra Gerçek) are released on the same day.

(12/133) Detained Journalist and HDP Executive in Ağrı…

It is learned that journalist Aziz Oruç and People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Doğubayazıt district co-chair Abdullah Ekelek were detained on Doğubayazıt-Ağrı roadway on December 11, 2019. It is reported that a person named Muhammet İkram Müftüoğlu was also detained in a house raid in Doğubayazıt district.

(12/133) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

2 of 8 people who were detained in house raids in Diyarbakır on December 6, 2019 are arrested on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on December 11, 2019. The names of arrested people are: HDP Diyarbakır provincial executive Mehmet Sait Demir and former provincial executive Mehmet Nesim Gültekin). 6 people (HDP Sur district co-chair Zülfikar Odabaşı, Arif Akay, Naşide Akbulut and 3 more people) are released on judicial control conditions.

(12/134) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that 17 people are detained on the charge of ‘aiding an illegal organisation’, in house raids in Bağlar, Kayapınar, Dicle, Lice, Hani and Kocaköy districts of Diyarbakır on December 11, 2019. The names of detained people known so far are: Ferman Nergiz, Harun Oyunlu, Adem Nazlıer.

(12/135) Detained People in Istanbul…

It is learned that 6 people are detained in house raids in Istanbul on December 11, 2019. It is learned that the reason of detention is money transfer to prisoners on hunger strike. Detained people are: Şerafettin Uymaz, Sait Uymaz, Nilüfer İlhan, Engin Yeşilyurt, Vacettin Güler and Pınar Ceylan.

(12/136) Detained People in Mardin…

It is learned that at least 8 people are detained in house raids in Mardin on December 11, 2019. Detained people are: HDP Mardin co-chair Salih Kuday, Mardin Medical Chamber chair Derya Etem, Democratic Society Congress (DTK) delegate Abdullah Akikol, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Mardin co-chair Hasibe Mengirkaon, KESK member Mustafa Benli, TJA spokesperson Aysel Erol, Neda Alper and Emel Oran.

(12/137) Lawyers on Trial in Istanbul…

The first trial of the case against 18 lawyers for having a protest about curfews in Cizre district of Şırnak, on September 15, 2015 in Tünel Square of Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district, is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 36 on December 11, 2019. The charges against lawyers are ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘opposing to the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations’. The court adjourned the trial to March 3, 2020.

(12/138) Co-Mayors and Other People on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The first trial of the case against Mehmet Fatih Taş and Fatma Ay, co-mayors of Kulp district of Diyarbakır, and HDP district co-chair Mehmet Abidin Karaman, Kulp Municipality Civil Works Director Şener Aktaş, Mehmet Emin Ay and Kulp district council Yücel Çete and Ümit Fidan, on the charges of ‘killing on purpose’, ‘disrupting the integrity and unity of the country’, ‘intentional killing by causing fire, flood, destruction, sinking, bombing or by using nuclear, biological or chemical weapons’ is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 9 on December 11, 2019. Mehmet Fatih Taş, Fatma Ay, Şener Aktaş and Mehmet Emin Ay were detained through the investigation after bombing attack on September 12, 2019 in Kulp district where 7 people died and were arrested on September 16, 2019. The court decided to release 4 people on judicial control conditions and adjourned the trial to March 2020.

(12/139) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On December 11, 2019, 22 people are detained in Istanbul.

(12/140) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against Hakan Ata, former member of Supreme Military Court is held at Penal Department No 9 of Supreme Court on December 11, 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 Turgay Öztoprak, former member of Supreme Military Court is held at Penal Department No 9 of Supreme Court on December 11, 2019. The court sentenced the defendant to 12 years for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

[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 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

11 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/114) Student was Attacked in Ankara…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 10, 2019 that, Ulaş Can Taylan Arguç, a student of Ankara University Faculty of Languages History and Geography, was attacked by 3 people and has a cheekbone fracture due to attack. It is reported that Arguç had a medical report evidencing the attack and made an official report to the police.

(12/115) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 10, 2019 that, Azim Yacan, co-mayor of Ipekyolu district of Van, who was transferred to Erzurum H Type Prison from Van T Type Prison under coercion on December 2, 2019, was kept in a solitary cell for 3 days there, and then was put into a single ward and his demands to be put in another ward was rejected. Azim Yacan was detained on November 8, 2019 and was arrested on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

(12/116) 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 1127 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 10, 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 December 10, 2019, 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Mahmut Konuk) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Nazan Bozkurt) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on December 10, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(12/117) Detained People in Ağrı…

It is learned that 2 people (Maksut Yalçın and Fettah Yalçın) are detained in Ağrı on December 10, 2019. It is reported that 2 people are brothers of Murat Kaya, who was killed after police and gendarmerie operation to Soğukpınar village of Tutak district on December 6, 2019.

(12/118) Çorlu Train Crash Case…

The case against 4 officials of Turkish State Railways (TCDD) about the train crash on July 8, 2018, in Çorlu district of Tekirdağ where 25 people died and 328 people got wounded, is held on Çorlu Heavy Penal Court No 1 on December 10, 2019. 4 officials of TCDD on trial are: Turgut Kurt, railway maintenance manager at TCDD Regional Directorate No 1 Halkalı Railway Maintenance Directorate No 14; Özkan Polat, railway maintenance and repair chief at Çerkezköy Maintenance and Repair, Celaleddin Çabuk, line maintenance and repair official at Railway Maintenance Directorate and Çetin Yıldırım, chief in charge of bridges who has signed the annual inspection report issued on May 2018.

The indictment demands jail sentence from 2 years to 15 years for defendants on the charge of ‘reckless killing and injury’.

It is learned that the chief judge banned journalists from entering the courtroom with computers and lawyers’ appeal to it was rejected by the court board. The court decided to continue judicial control conditions for defendants and adjourned the trial to April 21, 2020.

(12/119) Former MP on Trial…

The case against People’s Democratic Party (HDP) former Mardin MP Gülser Yıldırım and, Davut Bozan, Mesut Amak, Ayşe Bozan, Ercan Güneş, Genco Akman, Abdulkadir Aktaş on Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 2 is held on December 10, 2019. Gülser Yıldırım joined the trial via sound and vision system from Kandıra F Type Prison. The court adjourned the trial to February 18, 2020.

(12/120) People on Trial in Adana…

The final trial of the case against 96 people including People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Hakkari MP and Democratic Society Congress (DTK) co-chair Leyla Güven and journalist Seyithan Akyüz on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ is held at Adana Heavy Penal Court No 5 on December 10, 2019. The court acquitted 96 people on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’; and acquitted 69 people on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court sentenced 27 people including Seyithan Akyüz and Leyla Güven to 6 years and 3 months each for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(12/121) Political Party Executives on Trial in Mardin…

The case against DBP provincial co-chairs Leyla Bozkurt and Şeyhmuz Sun, HDP Party Assembly members Alaattin Semir Zuğurli and Sedat Ay, and HDP provincial co-chair Ali Sincar is held at Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 4 on December 10, 2019. The court decided to continue detention of 5 people and adjourned the trial to February 21, 2019.

Those 5 people were detained in house raids in Nusaybin and Kızıltepe districts of Mardin on July 24, 2019 and were arrested on July 30, 2019.

(12/122) 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 December 10, 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 (Fırat Çiftçi) to heavy life imprisonment on the charge of ‘disrupting the unity and integrity of the state’ and 29 years 6 months on the charge of ‘attempt to intentional killing’, ‘damage to property’, and ‘possession or exchange of hazardous substances without permission’.

(12/123) Student on Trial in Eskişehir…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 10, 2019 that the final trial of the case Furkan Sevim, a student of Anadolu University, was held at Eskişehir Heavy Penal Court No 5 on December 3, 2019 and the court sentenced Furkan Sevim to 7 years and 6 months on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and to 2 years and 3 months on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’. It is stated in the news reports that Furkan Sevim was reported to Presidency’s Communication Centre (CIMER) for his social media account and was detained in a house raid in 2018.

(12/124) Non-Prosecution Verdict on Violence Against Parliamentary Member…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 10, 2019 that Batman Public Prosecutor’s Office decided non-prosecution about the investigation on the police intervention to a press declaration on May 13, 2019 in Batman where People’s Democratic Party (HDP) MP Feleknas Uca’s arm was broken. It is reported that Batman Penal Court of Peace No 2 rejected the appeal.

(12/125) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

8 of 13 people who were detained in operations covering 7 cities through an Istanbul based investigation on December 6, 2019, are arrested on December 10, 2019. 5 people are released 4 of which are on judicial control conditions.

On December 10, 2019, 10 people are detained in Ankara through an investigation on ministries of National Education and Family, Labour and Social Services.

Izmir Police Directorate announced on December 10, 2019 that during security checks between 2-8 December 2019, 407 people are detained on warrants and 55 of them are detained through investigations in alleged link to coup attempt.

(12/126) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

Ertuğrul Çekin, Spokesman of Ministry of Justice and Strategy Development Department chair announced on December 10, 2019 that 271 of 289 cases in relation to coup attempt have ended.

(12/127) Constitutional Court Decision on Ban on Ill-Treatment…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 10, 2019 that Constitutional Court concluded on individual appeal of Hasan Fırat who got wounded due to rubber bullet used by the police in intervention against people at Berkin Elvan’s funeral on March 12, 2014. Hasan Fırat has got wounded at back, head and leg and has made official complaints against Prime Minister, Minister of Interior, Director of Security, Istanbul Governor and Istanbul Director of Security and against police officers. The court decided that ban on ill-treatment was violated and Hasan Fırat should be paid a compensation of 10.000 Turkish Liras.

(12/128) ECHR Decision on Osman Kavala…

European Court of Human Rights concluded on appeal of Osman Kavala on December 10, 2019. Osman Kavala was arrested on November 1, 2017 and appealed to ECHR on June 8, 2018. ECHR decided that Article 5 (clauses 1 and 4) and Article 8 of The Convention because of arrest on political causes without reasonable doubt and Constitutional Court’s not concluding on the appeal in a reasonable time and ruled immediate acquittal of Osman Kavala.

[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 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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10 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/103) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

Şırnak Governorate announced that 2 soldiers died and 7 soldiers got wounded due to an explosion in rural areas of Sarıköy village of İdil district on December 9, 2019.

(12/104) Children Subjected to Police Violence in Ağrı…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 9, 2019 that 2 children were subjected to physical violence of the police because of disobeying stop warning for not having driver’s licence in Doğubayazıt district of Ağrı. It is stated in the news reports that M. F. (16) and E. C. A. (15) were opened fire from an armoured police vehicle chasing and then hitting them. Children were taken out of their car and were subjected to physical violence of the police. It is stated that no medical report evidencing the violence to children who were brought to hospital handcuffed to each other.

(12/105) 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 1126 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 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 December 9, 2019, 3 people (Nazan Bozkurt, Mehmet Dersulu and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Acun Karadağ and Merve Demirel) were detained.

Thus in total 5 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on December 9, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

 (12/106) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on December 9, 2019, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and detained 3 people (Mahmut Konuk, Cemal Yıldırım and Mehmet Dersulu). It is learned that 3 people were released the same day.

(12/107) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on December 9, 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.

(12/108) Detained Co-Mayors in Van…

Muradiye district co-mayor Yılmaz Şalan, Özalp district co-mayors Dilan Örenci and Yakup Almaç, who were detained in house raids in Van on December 6, 2019, are arrested by the court o the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’. Başkale district co-mayor Erkan Acar and Muradiye district co-mayor Leyla Balkan who were also detained through the same investigation are released on judicial control conditions.

(12/109) Arrested Singer in Tunceli…

It is learned that singer Yılmaz Çelik who was detained after his concert in Tunceli on December 8, 2019 is arrested on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on December 10, 2019.

(12/110) Police Officer on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against police officer Murat A., on the grounds of hitting and breaking the back of lawyer Zeycan Balcı, during a press declaration on March 30, 2016 in front of Istanbul Court House, is held on Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 22 on December 9, 2019. The indictment demands sentence for Murat A. on the charges of ‘injury’, ‘intentional injury that cause bone fracture’, ‘extensive use of force’. It is stated in the expert report that “It is understood that, during the intervention by the prosecutor’s order against lawyers of Istanbul Bar Association having a sit-in protest in front of Istanbul Courthouse, suspect police officer M. A. excessed the limit of using force and kicked Balcı, and injured her to cause bone fracture”. It is learned that M. A. stated the following in his defence: “We went there as a precautionary measure. The intervention was done when we arrived there. I did not have a shield at that moment. There is no evidence proving I was the one that intervene her”. The court adjourned the trial to April 13, 2019.

(12/111) Ban on Access to Web Sites…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 9, 2019 that Association for Freedom of Expression (IFOD) prepared a report for UN Periodic Review 2020 and stated that the number of websites banned to access in Turkey is 2888.310 as of October 2019.

(12/112) Proceedings Against Parliamentary Members…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 9, 2019 that, 21 proceedings against 11 parliamentary members including HDP co-chairs Pervin Buldan and Sezai Temelli, are submitted to the Constitution and Justice Committee of the Grand National Assembly.

HDP MP’s subjected to proceedings are: Pervin Buldan (1 proceeding), Sezai Temelli (1 proceeding), Ömer Öcalan (1 proceeding), Sait Dede (1 proceeding), Berdan Öztürk (1 proceeding), Pero Dündar (1 proceeding), Serpil Kemalbay (1 proceeding), Meral Danış Beştaş (1 proceeding).

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) MP’s subjected to proceedings: Mustafa Baki Ersoy (1 proceeding), Olcay Kılavuz (1 proceeding), Cemal Enginyurt (1 proceeding).

(12/113) Ban of Events in Van…

Van Governorate made a declaration on December 9, 2019 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 December 10, 2019. All events are banned in Van for 1128 days since November 21, 2016.

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03 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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03 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/025) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

Ministry of National Defence announced that 1 soldier (Harun Çınar) who got wounded due to mortar fire on December 2, 2019 within the military operation to north and east Syria, died in hospital.

(12/026) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

Ministry of National Defence announced that 1 soldier (Alpaslan Kurt) died and 1 soldier got wounded in a clash on December 2, 2019 within the military operation called “Claw-3”.

(12/027) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 2, 2019 that Şehzade Kurt and Azim Yacan, co-mayors of İpekyolu district of Van, are transferred to Erzurum E Type Closed Prison from Van T Type Closed Prison under coercion. Şehzade Kurt and Azim Yacan were detained on November 8, 2019 and were arrested on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

(12/028) 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 1119 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on December 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 December 2, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Alev Şahin) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Alev Şahin) were detained.

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

(12/029) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on December 2, 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 Alev Şahin). It is learned that 2 people were released the same day.

(12/030) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on December 2, 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.

(12/031) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration about Selahattin Demirtaş’s health and demanding freedom for political prisoners, on Kılıçali Paşa Street in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul on December 2, 2019 and detained 5 people.

(12/032) Detained People in Batman…

7 of 30 people including Human Rights Association (IHD), People’s Democratic Party (HDP), Free Women’s Movement (TJA) members and executives and Democratic Society Congress (DTK) delegates who were detained in house raids in Batman on November 27, 2019, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on December 2, 2019. Arrested people are: Ayşe Adlığ Acar, Elif Koyuncu, Halime Çetinkaya, Mehmet Emin Özek, Mehmet Yaşar, Mehmet Yıldırım and Serdar Öztekin. It is learned that 3 people (Mahfuz Akgül, Güler Turhan, Murat Tekin) are released on judicial control conditions and 20 people are still under custody.

(12/033) Detained People in Siirt…

11 people who were detained in house raids in central and Pervari districts of Siirt on November 27, 2019 are released on December 2, 2019.

(12/034) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 2, 2019 that, police raided a house in Sur district of Diyarbakır, locked family members in the bathroom, seized their phones and searched the house; and detained 2 people (Mazlum Çiçek and Mahir Çiçek) using physical violence. The reason of detention is unknown.

(12/035) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

25 of 45 people including military members on active duty who were detained through an Istanbul based investigation on November 26, 2019, and following days are arrested on December 2, 2019. It is learned that 20 people are released.

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30 November – 02 December 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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30 November – 02 December 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/001) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 2 police officers got wounded due to explosion during passage of an armoured police vehicle in Nusaybin district of Mardin on November 29, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of November 30, 2019 that, 1 HPG militant died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Lice district of Diyarbakır on November 3, 2019.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 1, 2019 that 6 HPG militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to rural areas of Uludere district of Şırnak.

(12/002) Journalist Subjected to Assault in Iğdır…

It is learned that journalist Metin Işık was subjected to assault of a group including Iğdır Grey Wolves leader on November 27, 2019. It is claimed in the news reports that the reason of assault was Metin Işık’s news reports on Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) MP Yaşar Karadağ. Iğdır Governorate announced that 4 people are detained in relation to the assault.

(12/003) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

On December 2, 2019, Aygül Demirtaş, lawyer of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, announced via social media posts that, Selahattin Demirtaş lost consciousness due to chest tightness and asphyxiation he had in Edirne F Type Prison on November 26, 2019, and was given immediate medical attention in the ambulance called to prison. It was stated in social media posts that, Selahattin Demirtaş was not refereed to hospital for 7 days although lawyers and prison doctor demanded so. It is learned that Selahattin Demirtaş is taken to hospital on December 2, 2019.

(12/004) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

Esin Kavruk, who was detained and then arrested on October 11, 2019, for her social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to north and east Syria, and was put in Bakırköy Women’s Prison, was attempted to be detained once again, from prison this time, by Anti-Terror Department police upon instruction of the prosecutor’s office and was forcefully taken to Forensic Medicine Institution for DNA sample on November 11, 2019. It is learned from the news coverage of November 30, 2019 that, Esin Kavruk’s ward in prison (B-6) was raided by prison managers and wardens on November 28, 2019; and prisoners in the ward were subjected to torture and ill-treatment. Esin Kavruk’s lawyer Gülizar Tuncer states the following: “Prison manager and chief ward pulls Dilek Geçkin’s and Esin Kavruk’s hair. They dragged all women, kicked them and hit them with their shields, crushed their hands and legs. They hit some women’s heads to walls. They kicked Dilek Geçkin at her genitals, she cannot walk now. They then put prisoners in single cells”. It is learned that Esin Kavruk was taken to Haseki Public Hospital by gendarmerie, where Anti-Terror Department police officers took saliva sample from her by using physical violence. It is learned that medical reports evidencing torture and violence are given for Esin Kavruk, Dilek Geçkin and Zuhal Sürücü.

It is learned from the news coverage of December 1, 2019 that in Patnos L Type Prison, prisoners were not given hot water, and the water given to them was dirty which causes several diseases in prisons including skin and tooth problems, and that prisoners were not referred to hospital.

(12/005) Torture, Ill-Treatment and Imposition Under Custody in Mardin…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 29, 2019 that, Azat Akansel, one of 7 members of HDP Youth Assembly who were detained in house raids in Mardin on November 27, 2019, was subjected to physical violence of the police and was injured at the head. It is also reported that 1 of detainees, a student of Mardin Artuklu University was forced to being informant by the police saying “We will not let you graduate. We can speak to your professors at university and will not leave you in peace. We can help you. We know that you could not pay for your electricity service, so pity that you will not have it during cold winter. If you help us, be or friend you can have anything you want”.

(12/006) 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 1118 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on November 29, 30, and December 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 November 29, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Alev Şahin) and at 18.00 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Alev Şahin) were detained.

It was reported that during police intervention against the press declaration which was planned to be held at 13.30 on November 30, 2019, 2 people (Alev Şahin and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Alev Şahin 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 December 1, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) were detained.

Thus in total 12 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on November 29, 30, and December 1, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(12/007) 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 766th time on November 30, 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.

(12/008) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

 “F sit-in”, which is organized for the 401st time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on November 30, 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.

(12/009) Police Raid to Cultural Center in Istanbul…

It is learned that Idil Cultural Center in Istanbul is raided by the police on November 29, 2019 and 6 people are detained. Detained people are: Grup Yorum band members Sultan Gökçek, Bergün Varan and Tuğçe Tayyar, Coşkun Öztekin, Hüseyin Kütük, Yusuf Gülen. Sultan Gökçek, Bergün Varan and Tuğçe Tayyar are arrested by the court on December 2, 2019. It is learned that Idil Cultural Center is raided 10 times within the last 2 years.

(12/010) Raid to Political Party Offices in Antep…

10 of 57 members and executives of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) who were detained by the police raiding HDP’s provincial office in Antep and offices in Şahinbey and Şehitkamil districts on November 14, 2019 and were released on judicial control conditions are arrested upon appeal of prosecutor’s office on December 1, 2019. Arrested people are: HDP Antep co-chair Sultan Bayındır, provincial executive Mustafa Tunç, HDP Party Assembly members Ömer Faruk Koç and Şefik Sondu, Durri Kaygusuz, Fadile Dikici, Cumali Taşçı, Ramazan Kuas, Azime Bali and Müslüm Özkan. With the last arrest, the number of arrested people through this investigation raised to 35.

(12/011) Detained Journalists in Istanbul…

It is learned that Mezopotamya News Agency reporters Sadiye Eser and Sadık Topaloğlu are detained in house raids in Istanbul on November 29, 2019. It is reported that lawyers are prevented from seeing journalists for 24 hours.

(12/012) Detained People in Ankara…

14 people including members and executives of HDP, Human Rights Association (IHD) and Health and Social Services Employees’ Union (SES) who were detained in house raids in Ankara on November 27, 2019 are released on November 29, 2019. It is reported that 1 person (Ethem Özgan) is released on house confinement conditions, 2 people (Şehriban Kavak and Nuri Ağırman) are released on judicial control conditions and with ban on leaving the country, and 11 people (IHD Ankara co-chair Fatin Kanat, SES executives Fikret Çalağan and Belkıs Yurtsever, HDP Party Assembly member Bereket Kar, HDP member Mazhar Yerlikaya and Şehriban Başak, Ethem Özgan, Sabahattin Karlı, Kemal Akalın, Ziya Cebeci) are released with ban on leaving the country.

(12/013) Detained Person in Şırnak…

On November 29, 2019, Mervan Dündar is detained during a road check in Idil district of Şırnak. Mervan Dündar has made a complaint to the police and applied to Human Rights Association after he was attempted to be abducted by persons claiming to be police officers in Kayapınar district of Diyarbakır on November 13, 2019.

(12/014) Detained Person in Hatay…

It is learned that Emsal Atakan, Ahmet Atakan’s mother, was detained in Hatay on November 30, 2019 and was released on December 1, 2019. Ahmet Atakan died due to gas canister fired by the police in Hatay during Gezi Park protests in 2013. It is learned that the reason of detention of Emsal Atakan was a social media post about Dilek Doğan, who was killed by the police searching her house in 2015.

(12/015) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

7 people (N. S., B. S., Ç. K., A. Ç., Y. U., İ. U. and Y. S.) who were detained on the grounds of ‘financing terrorism’ in Silvan district of Diyarbakır on November 29, 2019 are released after statement procedures on November 30, 2019.

(12/016) Detained People in Van…

5 of 20 people who were detained in house raids in Van on November 26, 2019 are arrested on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on November 29, 2019. 15 people are released on judicial control conditions. Arrested people are: İzzet Işık, Nihat Işık, Hazar Dayan, Harun Boğa and Ferhat Arslanboğa.

(12/017) June 5 – Diyarbakır Case…

The case on the bombing attack to HDP’s rally in Diyarbakır on June 5, 2015, is held on Sincan West Courthouse Heavy Penal Court No 2 on November 29, 2019. It is learned that defence lawyer Savaş Kaya verbally and physically attacked complainant lawyers during the trial and was forced out of the courtroom. It is learned that prosecutor declared legal opinion on the case and demanded acquittal of Burhan Gök due to lack of evidence. For İsmail Korkmaz, Mustafa Kılınç and Orhan Gönder, prosecutor demands heavy life imprisonment for 4 times each of on the charge of ‘intentional killing with bomb’; and heavy life imprisonment on the charge of ‘attempt of intentional killing of 216 people’, on the charge of ‘violating Constitution’ and ‘possession or exchange of hazardous substances without permission’. The court adjourned the trial to December 13, 2019.

(12/018) Police Chief on Trial in Van…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 1, 2019 that Koçer Sason Yapıcı, who was subjected to torture under custody at Gürpınar District Security Directorate on July 22, 2016 in Van is sentenced to 1 year and 7 months by Gürpınar Penal Court of First Instance on the charge of ‘insulting an officer’ and ‘resisting an officer to prevent his duty’. However, police chief M. A. K. who was also on trial on the charge of ‘injury’ is acquitted by the court saying “it could be understood that he committed to violence under the influence of fierce distress due to threats and violent behaviours of Koçer Sason Yapıcı”.

(12/019) Former HDP Co-Chair on Trial…

The final trial of the case against Selahattin Demirtaş, former co-chair of HDP, on the charge of ‘insulting a public officer’ is held at Viranşehir Penal Court of First Instance No 1 on November 29, 2019. The court acquitted Selahattin Demirtaş. On August 4, 2013, a group on their way to Ceylanpınar for a peace event including Selahattin Demirtaş, co-chair of Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) back then, was stopped by the police in Viranşehir district and was subjected to intervention of the police using pepper spray, rubber bullets and water cannon vehicles. Selahattin Demirtaş was sued because of reacting against this intervention.

(12/020) People on Trial in Van…

The case against 28 people including 8 arrestees, for being delegates of Democratic Society Congress (DTK), is held at Van Heavy Penal Court No 5 on November 29, 2019. The court decided to release 8 arrestees (Bazi Aslan, Çetin Uyar, Ramazan Duman, Hakan Demir, Faysal Parlak, Mehmet Ali Sönmez, Mesut Erzengin and Abdulsettar Güneş) and adjourned the trial.

28 people were detained through an investigation on DTK on March 21, 2019 and 8 of them were arrested on March 26, 2019.

(12/021) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On November 29, 2019, former security director Mete Cengiz is detained in Ankara and a person named O. Ö. departed from England to Turkey is detained at Istanbul Airport.

6 of 7 people who were detained in Edirne in alleged attempt to illegally cross to Greece on November 29, 2019 are arrested on the same day.

(12/022) Seizure of Passport of Journalist…

It is learned from the news coverage of December 1, 2019 that journalist Hasan Cemal’s passport was seized at Istanbul Airport on the grounds of a ban on leaving the country. It is reported that the ban decision was dated on November 11, 2019.

(12/023) Cancelled Press Credentials…

It is learned that Vice President Fuat Oktay stated on November 30, 2019 that press credentials of 685 journalists are cancelled since July 15, 2016, on the grounds of “relation, connection or junction to structures that threat national security”.

(12/024) Ban of Events in Hakkari and Antep…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on November 29, 2019 and announced that, all open 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 November 30, 2019. All events are banned in Hakkari for 255 days since April 4, 2019.

Antep Governorate made a declaration on November 30, 2019 and announced that, all open 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 November 30, 2019. All events are banned in Antep for 115 days since August 22, 2016.

[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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29 November 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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29 November 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/315) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

Turkish Armed Forces announced that 1 soldier (Bünyamin Çabuk) died and 2 soldiers got wounded due to stroke of lightning in Xakurke area on November 28, 2019 within the military operation to north and east Syria.

(11/316) 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 1115 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on November 28, 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 November 28, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Taylan Sungur) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Mehmet Dersulu) were detained.

Thus in total 4 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on November 28, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(11/317) Police Intervention to a Commemoration in Ankara…

The police intervened the commemoration for Tahir Elçi, who was killed in Diyarbakır 4 years ago, organized by Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD), Human Rights Association (İHD), (Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD) and Social Law Group in front of Ankara Courthouse on November 28, 2019. It is learned that the police seized and tore down the banners in Turkish and Kurdish. It is reported that the commemoration event is held inside of the courthouse.

(11/318) Detained People in Ağrı…

5 of 11 people who were detained in house raids in Doğubayazıt, Tutak and Taşlıçay districts of Ağrı on November 27, 2019 are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on November 28, 2019. Arrested people are: People’s Democratic Party (HDP) provincial executives Kazım Aslan and Celal Kürkçü, HDP Doğubayazıt district executive Faruk Sevkan, Elif Aslan and İrfan Aslan. It is learned that 6 people (Okan Sekirden and Agriculture Workers’ Union Ağrı Branch chair Hanifi Demir and 4 more people) are released on judicial control conditions.

(11/319) Detained People in Antalya…

Adnan Ünlü, one of 4 people who were detained in house raids in Antalya on November 27, 2019 is arrested on the charge of ‘insulting the President’, and İdris Demirbaş is arrested on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on November 28, 2019. 2 people (Gül Ekinci Benek and 1 more person) are released on judicial control conditions.

(11/320) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

12 people who were detained in house raids in Diyarbakır on November 27, 2019 are released on November 28, 2019. It is learned that 8 of them will be on judicial control conditions.

(11/321) Police Raid to Political Party Offices and Detained People in Kocaeli…

Bülent Uyguner, 1 of 23 people who were detained in house raids and raids to offices of HDP in Darıca, Dilovası and Gebze districts as well as provincial office in Kocaeli on November 26, 2019, is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on November 28, 2019. 22 people who are still under custody: HDP provincial co-chair Leyla Aygün, HDP provincial executive İrfan Demirkaya, HDP Party Assembly members Mehmet Alçınkaya and Engin Güleser, Abdulkadir Demir, Kutbettin Güneysu, Ebubekir Çoban, Osman Kurum, Zakire Dündar, Meryem Uslu, Kudret Davutoğlu, Hasret Erdem, Emine Karaaslan, Mehmet Karaaslan, Yüksel Genç, Damla Bağcı, Melike Aydın, Melek Yerkan, Tekin Gür, Şenol Taşdemir, Biret Aydemir, Gökhan Demirtaş and Necla Erdoğan.

(11/322) Detained People in Mardin…

7 people who were detained in house raids in Kızıltepe and central districts of Mardin on November 27, 2019 are released on November 28, 2019. Detained people are: HDP Youth Assembly member Özgür Ermiş, Mizgin Sırnaç, Azat Akansel, Sultan Irmak, Hatip Öncü, Elif İnan and Hilal with unknown surname.

(11/323) Detained Journalist in Mersin…

Journalist Mehmet Fırat Öksüz who was detained on November 28, 2019 in Mersin through an investigation on his social media posts is released on the same day after statement procedures.

(11/324) Detained District Council Members and Other People in Muş…

It is learned that Ümit Sakık, former city council member who was detained in house raids in Muş on November 27, 2019, is arrested on November 28, 2019.

It is learned that Malazgirt district council member Sema Tekin and Muş city council member Faruk Demir are detained in house raids in Muş on November 28, 2019.

(11/325) Detained Person in Istanbul for ‘Insulting the President’…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 28, 2019 that Dürdane Özselgin (63), is detained by gendarmerie while she was visiting a friend’s house in Çatalca district of Istanbul. It is reported that she was detained on the grounds of ‘insulting the President’ in a quarrel she had in local market. It is reported that Dürdane Özselgin’s regular medications were not allowed in custody. It is reported that Dürdane Özselgin was released with a ban on leaving the country on November 29, 2019.

(11/325) Hrant Dink Murder Case…

The case against 76 people (4 arrested) including security, national intelligence and gendarmerie personnel, on the grounds of being responsible and negligent on the murder of Hrant Dink, executive editor of Agos newspaper, is held between November 26 and 28, 2019 on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 14. It is learned that, Yunus Dolar who was heard as a witness on November 26, 2019, stated that as Minorities Office of Istanbul Security Directorate, they have informed Şişli and Bakırköy district security directorates about taking due precautions for a possible assault in 2004, when protests against Agos newspaper emerged. Mustafa İlhan, who was police director in Samsun back then is heard as a witness on November 27, 2019. It is learned that Mustafa İlhan stated the following when he was asked about the photograph of Ogün Samast, the murderer, in front of a Turkish flag posing with police officers at the headquarters in Samsun: “I did my job. I was not informed about the photograph”.

The court decided to re-evaluate the demand of hearing National Intelligence Service officers Hüseyin Kubilay Günay, Özel Yılmaz, Handan Selçuk and Ahmet Köksoy as witnesses and adjourned the trial to February 18, 2020.

(11/326) 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 November 28, 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 (Mehmet Ziriğ) to heavy life imprisonment and 17 years. It is learned that Mehmet Ziriğ was forcefully taken out of the courtroom after he started shouting slogans. The court sentenced 2 people (Fırat Darı and Mazlum Yaşa) to heavy life imprisonment and 18 years each, 1 person (Süleyman Göksel Yerdut) to heavy life imprisonment and 15 years. The court adjourned the trials of Halil İbrahim Yıldız and İsmail Yılmaz to January 20, 2020.

(11/327) Former HDP MP on Trial…

The case against former HDP Kars MP and Democratic Society Congress board member Mülkiye Birtane at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 4 on November 28, 2019. The indictment demands sentence of 15 years to 22 years and 6 months for Mülkiye Birtane on the charge of ‘establishing and leading an illegal organisation’. The court decided to continue detention of Mülkiye Birtane and adjourned the trial to December 13, 2019.

Mülkiye Birtane was detained on November 26, 2018 and was arrested on December 7, 2018.

(11/328) Özgür Gündem Main Case…

The case against executive editor Zana Kaya, managing editor İnan Kızılkaya, grant holder Kemal Sancılı, editorial consultants Aslı Erdoğan, Necmiye Alpay, Filiz Koçali, Ragıp Zarakolu and Bilge Aykut and writer Eren Keskin of Özgür Gündem newspaper which was closed down by a state of emergency decree, is held on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 23 on November 28, 2019. The court adjourned the trial to January 13, 2020.

(11/329) Özgür Gündem Case…

The trial of the case against director Veysi Algan and Hüseyin Süzügen on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 22 for participating in “Editors in Chief on Watch” campaign to support Özgür Gündem newspaper which was closed down by a state of emergency decree, is held on November 28, 2019. The court adjourned the trial to February 18, 2020.

The trial of the case against Can Dündar is held on the same day and the court adjourned the trial to May 21, 2019.

(11/330) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The final trial of the case against journalists Aziz Oruç, Selman Keleş, Özgür Paksoy, Kenan Kırkaya, İshak Yasul and Ersin Çaksu, for news reports and articles published between October 21 – November 1 in 2016 on Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper, is held at Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 2 on November 28, 2019. The court sentenced İshak Yasul, Kenan Kırkaya, Özgür Paksoy and Selman Keleş to 5 months each on the charge of ‘publicly degrading judicial bodies of state’ and deferred the announcement of the verdict. The court decided to separate the cases against Aziz Oruç and Ersin Çaksu.

(11/331) Journalist on Trial in Batman…

The final trial of the case against Deniz Kılıç, former Batman correspondent of Azadiya Welat newspaper, on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on social media posts is held at Batman Heavy Penal Court No 2 on November 28, 2019. The court sentenced Deniz Kılıç to 3 years and 2 month and 15 days.

(11/332) “KCK Lawyers Case”…

The case against 46 lawyers of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 19 is held on November 28, 2019. After defence hearings the court decided to hear İrfan Dündar as a witness and adjourned the trial to March 26, 2020.

(11/333) Lawyer on Trial in Istanbul…

The trial of the case against lawyer Can Tombul from The Law Office of the Oppressed, is held on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 35 on November 28, 2019. The indictment demands sentence for Can Tombul on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention of Can Tombul and adjourned the trial to March 26, 2020.

Can Tombul was detained in Istanbul on July 31, 2018 and was arrested by the court on August 3, 2018; he was released by the court on September 12, 2019.

(11/334) Constitutional Court Decision on Right to Assembly and Demonstration…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 28, 2019 that the Constitutional Court has concluded on individual appeal of Hayriye Özde Çelikbilek, who was sentenced to a fine of 219 Turkish Liras for ‘opposing the Law of Misdemeanour’ after being detained in a police intervention to a protest. The court decided that Çelikbilek’s right to assembly and demonstration was violated and sent the case to Ankara Penal Court of Peace No 3 for retrial. Hayriye Özde Çelikbilek was detained in the protest “Close Down Rapist Ensar Foundation” against Ensar Foundation in Kızılay, Ankara on March 25, 2016.

(11/335) Constitutional Court Decision on Freedom of Communication…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 28, 2019 that the Constitutional Court has concluded on individual appeal of Orhan Bingöl, whose letter from Bolu F Type Prison to an NGO was seized by prison administration on November 13, 2016. The court decided that freedom of communication of Orhan Bingöl was violated and he should be paid a compensation of 1000 Turkish Liras.

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26 November 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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26 November 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/271) Preventions and Interventions Against November 25 Protests…

7 people who were detained while distributing leaflets about “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women” in Esenyurt district of Istanbul on November 24, 2019 are arrested on the charge of ‘insulting the state and inciting hatred among people’ on November 25, 2019. Arrested people are: Ayfer Yılmaz, Muzaffer İpek, Türkan Sünbül, Elvan Uçar, Mürvet Kesen, Zübeyde Ağırbaş, Maynur Yılmaz.

The police used rubber bullets and pepper spray to intervene the women marching from Tünel Square to Istiklal Street in Istanbul on November 25, 2019 for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Beyoğlu Sub-Governorate has banned the march on November 24, 2019 and lifted the ban on November 25, 2019. It is learned that numerous people were injured due to intervention.

Mardin Governorate banned the press declaration of Commission for Rights of Women and Children of Mardin Bar Association on November 25, 2019.

(11/272) 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 1112 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on November 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 November 25, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 3 people (Nazan Bozkurt, Merve Demirel and Melek Çetinkaya) were detained.

Thus in total 5 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on November 25, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(11/273) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on November 25, 2019, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and detained 3 people (Mahmut Konuk, Cemal Yıldırım and Merve Demirel). It is learned that 2 people were released the same day.

(11/274) Detained Person in Balıkesir…

Hatice Köşker who was detained in a house raid in Balıkesir on November 22, 2019 is released on November 25, 2019 on judicial control conditions.

(11/275) Constitutional Court Decision on Freedom of Expression and Art…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 25, 2019 that Constitutioanl Court has concluded on individual appeal of sculpturer Mehmet Aksoy about demolishing of his Monument to Humanity in 2011. Mehmet Aksoy’s monument which has been built in Kars in 2006 was labelled as “freak” by Tayyip Erdoğan, who was visiting the city as Prime Minister in 2011 and was demolished by Kars Municipality. The court stated that freedom of expression and art of Mehmet Aksoy was violated and a compensation of 20.000 Turkish Liras should be paid.

(11/276) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

7 of 63 military members on active duty who were detained through an Ankara based investigation on Turkish Air Forces personnel on November 22, 2019, are released on judicial control conditions on November 25, 2019.

1 person who is detained in Ankara on November 25, 2019 is arrested on the same day.

It is learned that 34 of 46 people for whom a warrant is issued through an Ankara based investigation are detained on November 25, 2019.

(11/277) Ban of Events in Adana…

Adana Governorate made a declaration on November 25, 2019 and announced that, on the grounds of possible protests related to trustee appointments to municipalities won by HDP and Turkish Armed Forces operation to north and south Syria, 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 November 25, 2019. This is the fourth time of banning all events in Adana for 15 days since October 10, 2019.

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23 – 25 November 2019 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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23 – 25 November 2019 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/246) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

It is learned that 1 soldier (Mustafa Akkaya) who got wounded due to being hit by an armoured vehicle on November 23, 2019 within the military operation of Turkish Armed Forces to north and east Syria, died in hospital on November 23, 2019.

(11/247) Interventions and Detentions Related to Reactions Against Military Operation to North and East Syria…

On November 22, 2019 46 people are detained in house raids in Adana on the grounds of social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to North and east Syria. The names of detained people are unknown.

(11/248) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 23, 2019 that 2 HPG militants died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in Pülümür district of Tunceli on October 4, 2019.

(11/249) People Subjected to Physical Violence of Private Security Guards in Erzurum…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 23, 2019 that, 2 people (Hanifi Zengin and Emircan Zengin) who came to metropolitan municipality building in Erzurum to attend the public meeting on November 21, 2019, were forced out of the building and were subjected to physical violence by private security guards. It is reported that Emircan Zengin’s arm was broken due to violence. It is learned that 2 people were taken to Gürcükapı Police Station by the police and were released afterwards.

(11/250) 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 1111 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on November 22, 23, and 24, 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 November 22, 2019, 2 people (Mehmet Dersulu and Merve Demirel) 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 November 23, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) 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 November 24, 2019, 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) and at 18.00 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel) were detained. It is learned that Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel were subjected to physical violence of the police and were handcuffed behind their backs.

Thus in total 12 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on November 22, 23, and 24, 2019. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(11/251) 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 765th time on November 23, 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.

(11/252) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

 “F sit-in”, which is organized for the 400th time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on November 23, 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.

(11/253) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration at Galatasaray Square in Istanbul on November 23, 2019, organized by TAYAD, for Mustafa Koçak who is on hunger strike demanding a fair trial since October 1, 2019 in Izmir Şakran Prison; and detained Cemile Temizkalp by using physical violence. It is learned that the police prevented press from recording the intervention. It is reported that Cemile Temizkalp was released on November 24, 2019.

(11/254) Police Intervention to an Event in Istanbul…

The police intervened people gathering at Cemil Candaş Cultural Center in Şişli district of Istanbul for the concert “Cancel the State of Emergency Decrees” organized by Insurgency Assembly on November 23, 2019, and detained 18 people by using physical violence. Detained people are: Acun Karadağ, Nuriye Gülmen, Nursel Tanrıverdi, Nuri Cihanyandı, Batuhan Şengül, Nuran Ayan, Ziya Özder, Engin Karataş, Volkan Çeşme, Aydoğan Yıldız, Taylan Gültekin, Metin Kaleli, Yaprak Türkmen, Cenk Turan, Can Karakulak, Sevcan Akdoğan, Ali Ihsan Akgün and Cansu (unknown surname). The concert was banned by Beyoğlu Sub-governorate on November 21, 2019.

(11/255) Detained People in Istanbul…

On November 24, 2019, 7 people distributing leaflets about “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women” in Esenyurt district of Istanbul are detained. Detained people are: Ayfer Yılmaz, Muzaffer İpek, Türkan Sünbül, Elvan Uçar, Mürvet Kesen, Zübeyde Ağırbaş, Maynur Yılmaz.

(11/256) Detained Students in Izmir…

It is learned that 6 students, members of Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF) were subjected to phycial violence of the police and were detained on November 22, 2019 at Ege University Campus where President Erdoğan came for opening of a mosque. It is learned that students’ cell phones were seized by the police and they were kept in police car for 5 hours, before being released without giving official statement.

(11/257) Raid to Political Party Offices in Antep…

Diyar Bayram, 1 of 57 members and executives of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) who were detained by the police raiding HDP’s provincial office in Antep and offices in Şahinbey and Şehitkamil districts on November 14, 2019 is arrested on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on November 24, 2019. 6 people (Ramazan Kuas, Müslüm Özkan, Sultan Özalp, Cuma Ali Taşçı, Servet Bayram, Azime Bali, Halil Kılıç) are released on judicial control conditions on the same day. Thus 25 people in total are arrested, while 32 people provided that 29 of them on judicial control conditions are released.

(11/258) Detained Person in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that the police raided a house in Kayapınar district of Diyarbakır at around 03.30 on November 23, 2019 and detained Fekrat Kurt. It is reported that where Fekrat Kurt was taken to is unknown.

(11/259) Detained Person in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that a group of police with face masks raided a cafe in Yenişehir district of Diyarbakır on November 23, 2019 and detained a person named İbrahim Ay by using physical violence.

(11/260) Detained Person in Mardin…

It is learned that 1 person (Zeynep Konğ) who was detained in a house raid in Nusaybin district of Mardin on November 21, 2019, is released on judicial control conditions on November 22, 2019.

(11/261) Detained Person in Balıkesir…

It is learned that 1 person (Hatice Köşker) is detained in a house raid in Balıkesir on November 22, 2019 and is taken to Adana for investigation.

(11/262) Detained People in Erzurum…

8 people who were detained by gendarmerie in house raids in Karayazı district of Erzurum on November 22, 2019 are released on November 23, 2019. Detained people are: Tufan Yılmaz, Sedi Yılmaz, Nimet Yılmaz, Gıyasettin Sönmez, Mahfuz Sönmez, Şemsettin Bülbül, Abdülkerim Bülbül and Salih Kartal.

(11/263) Arrested Lawyer in Balıkesir…

Fuat Şengül from Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD) Izmir branch, who was detained through an investigation on his meetings with a client, in Balıkesir on November 20, 2019 is arrested on November 22, 2019.

(11/264) The Case Against Arrested Journalist…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 24, 2019 that, the indictment of Muş Public Prosecutor’s Office against journalist İdris Sayılğan, who is kept in Trabzon E Type Prison, on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation on social media’ is accepted by Muş Heavy Penal Court No 2.  A case has been opened against İdris Sayılğan on the same court and the court has sentenced him to 8 years and 3 months on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on January 24, 2019.

(11/265) The Case Against Writer Fikret Başkaya…

The case against writer Fikret Başkaya, on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ for his article “Actual Terror is State’s Terror” which was published on Özgür Üniversite website on November 7, 2016, is held on Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 21 on November 22, 2019. The court acquitted Fikret Başkaya.

(11/266) People on Trial in Şırnak…

The first trial against 9 people including Hasan Birlik, for attending funeral of Lokman Birlik, is held on Şırnak Heavy Penal Court No 3 on November 22, 2019. Lokman Birlik was shot by the police in Şırnak and his dead body was dragged around an armoured vehicle. The indictment demands sentence for 9 people on the charges of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘inciting hatred and hostility among people’. The court acquitted 9 people.

(11/267) People on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against 11 people (journalists Perihan Erkılınç Okay, Mehmet Şahin and Berfin Aslan, Volkan Atmaca, Umut Akgül, Selda Erbil, Melek Andan, İlayda Çalasın, Rojen Zaman, Gamze Taşçı and Metin Yılmaz) on the charge of ‘violation of Law on Demonstrations and Meetings No 2911’ is held at Istanbul Anadolu Penal Court of First Instance No 25 on November 22, 2019. 11 people were detained by the police intervening the press declaration in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on August 23, 2019, to protest trustee appointments to Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van. After defence statements the court decided to take official statements of Gamze Taşçı and Metin Yılmaz, who are arrested through another case, and adjourned the trial to January 16, 2020.

(11/268) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On November 22, 2019, 53 of 92 military members on active duty for whom a warrant is issued through an Ankara based investigation on Turkish Air Forces personnel, are detained.

8 of 12 people who were detained in operations covering 9 cities through an Urfa based investigation are arrested on November 22, 2019 while 4 people are released on judicial control conditions.

On November 22, 2019 46 people including military members on active duty are detained in operations covering 23 cities through a Bursa based investigation.

It is learned that 80 of 124 people who were detained on November 19, 2019 and following days through an Izmir based investigation on Turkish Armed Forces personnel, are arrested on November 23, 2019 and 33 people are released on judicial control conditions. 9 people were released after statement procedures at the police while 2 people are still under custody.

(11/269) Preventions of November 25 Protests…

It is learned from the news coverage of November 24, 2019 that Beyoğlu Sub-Governorate banned the march for “November 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women” at Tünel Square in Istanbul.

It is learned from the news coverage of November 22, 2019 that 4 busses used for public transportation by Batman Municipality, which has been covered in purple and in slogans “We defend life against violence”, “We, the women are strong together” and “No to violence against women” are stopped by the police on November 21, 2019 and were banned from traffic on the grounds of ‘making political propaganda’.

(11/270) Ban of Events in Ağrı and Van…

Ağrı Governorate made a declaration on November 22, 2019 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 November 22, 2019.

Van Governorate made a declaration on November 24, 2019 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 November 25, 2019. All events are banned in Van for 1111 days since November 21, 2016.

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