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28 February 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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28 February 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(02/325) Military Operation to North and South Syria…

Hatay Governorate announced on February 27, 2020 that, 33 soldiers died and 32 soldiers got wounded in an attack of Syrian Army to Turkish Armed Forces personnel in Idlib city of Syria.

It is learned that 3 soldiers died in another attack to Turkish Armed Forces personnel in Idlib city of Syria on February 27, 2020.

(02/326) Person Shot by Watchman for ‘Disobeying Stop Warning’ in Antalya…

It is learned that a person named A. Ç., was shot by a watchman, on the grounds of ‘escaping from an ID check’ in Konyaaltı district of Antalya on February 27, 2020. It is reported that A. Ç. is taken to hospital and his condition is not risky

(02/327) 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 1206 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on February 27, 2020 at 13.00, and forced participants away from the monument.

(02/328) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration for Mustafa Koçak, İbrahim Gökçek and Helin Bölek, at Khalkedon Square in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on February 27, 2020 and Feridun Osmanağaoğlu. It is learned that Feridun Osmanağaoğlu is released on the same day. Mustafa Koçak is on death fast for 241 days in Izmir Şakran T Type Prison, to demand a fair trial. İbrahim Gökçek and Helin Bölek have gone on a hunger strike on June 18, 2019 and İbrahim Gökçek turned his strike to a death fast on January 3, 2020 and Helin Bölek did it so on January 20, 2020.

(02/329) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration for Mustafa Koçak, İbrahim Gökçek and Helin Bölek, at Taksim Square in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul on February 27, 2020 and detained 4 members of TAYAD. It is learned that 4 people are released on the same day.

(02/330) Detained City Council Member in Mardin…

Necmettin Saltıkalp, city council member from People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in Nusaybin district of Mardin is detained on February 27, 2020.

(02/331) Detained Person in Mardin…

On February 27, 2020, a person named Zeynep Dağ is detained in a house raid in Nusaybin district of Mardin.

(02/332) HDP Pressures and Preventions on HDP Congress…

2 people (1 employee of audio system company at convention center and 1 employee of HDP) who were detained after HDP’s 4th Congress on February 23, 2020, are released by the court on judicial control conditions on February 27, 2020. 13 people who were also detained were released on February 25, 2020.

(02/333) Former HDP Co-Chair on Trial…

The first trial of the case against HDP’s former co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ is held at Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 12 on February 27, 2020.

The indictment demands sentence for Figen Yüksekdağ on the charge of ‘insulting Turkish nation, state of Turkey and judicial organs’.

Figen Yüksekdağ could not join the trial because of technical problems in sound and vision system. The court adjourned the trial to March 19, 2020.

(02/334) Journalist on Trial in Konya…

The first trial of the case against journalist Sultan Çoban, on the grounds of her social media posts, is held at Konya Heavy Penal Court No 8 on February 27, 2020. The court sentenced Sultan Çoban to 1 year and 3 months for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

(02/335) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The trial of the case against İbrahim Aydın, grant holder of Birgün newspaper; Uğur Koç, former editor in chief and Mustafa Kömüş, managing editor of birgun.net website, on the grounds of ‘insulting a public officer due to the performance of his public duty’, is held at Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 2 on February 27, 2020.

After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to May 7, 2020.

(02/336) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against 4 people including Etkin News Agency editor Semiha Şahin and reporter Pınar Gayıp, on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 23 is held on February 27, 2020.

The indictment demands sentence for 4 people on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The court adjourned the trial to May 14, 2020.

(02/337) Lawyer on Trial in Istanbul…

The first trial of the case against lawyer Oya Aslan from People’s Law Office is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 37 on February 27, 2020.

It is learned that Oya Aslan was interrupted during her defence declarations, by the chief judge saying ‘you are making a political defence’. It is reported that lawyers who reject to this were forced out of the courtroom by the police called by the chief judge; and that the trial continued without lawyers. The court decided to continue detention of Oya Aslan and adjourned the trial to April 17, 2020.

(02/338) Prison Massacre Case…

The case against 196 people who were on duty at Gendarmerie General Command during “Operation Back to Life”, which caused death of 12 people and injury of 29 in Bayrampaşa Prison, is held on Bakırköy Heavy Penal Court No 13 on February 27, 2020. The operation which killed 32 people in 20 prisons in total was conducted to enable conversion of the prisons to F Type prisons and to end hunger strikes in prisons on December 19, 2000. It is learned that Kubilay Aktaş, Staff Operations Director of Gendarmerie General Command back then is heard as witness. The court adjourned the trial to June 4, 2020.

(02/339) Suspended Mayor…

Yalova mayor Vefa Salman from Republican People’s Party (CHP) is suspended by Ministry of Interior on February 27, 2020.

(02/340) Ban of Events in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on February 27, 2020 and announced that, all open-door events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 15 days as of February 28, 2020. All events are banned in Hakkari for 343 days since April 4, 2019.

(02/341) Ban of Access to a YouTube Channel…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 27, 2020 that, YouTube channel of KHK TV, which was broadcasted by public employees dismissed by state of emergency decrees, is banned to access.

[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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27 February 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

27 February 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(02/316) Military Operation to North and South Syria…

It is learned that 2 soldiers died and 2 soldiers got wounded due to an attack of Syrian Army to Turkish Armed Forces personnel in İdlib city of Syria on February 26, 2020.

(02/317) People Died in Van After Earthquake…

It is learned that Ercan Acar, a 14-year-old child who was injured in Van after the earthquake hit Iran on February 23, 2020, died in hospital on February 26, 2020. Thus, in total 10 people including 5 children, were killed by earthquake.

(02/318) Person Was Forced to be Police Informant in Diyarbakır…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 26, 2020 that, Pelda Sevim, a music teacher of a school in Bismil district of Diyarbakır, was called to Diyarbakır Directorate of National Education and was forced to be a police informant by 3 people who claim themselves to be police officers there.

Pelda Sevim held a press declaration at Human Rights Association (IHD) Diyarbakır branch and stated the following: “When I got to Diyarbakır Directorate of National Education, deputy director H. Ö. called me in his room, and said ‘Police officers are here to have a talk with you’. And right after that 3 police officers came in and started to interrogate me; they asked questions about my family and about an illegal organisation: ‘Are there anyone in your family from this organisation? Inform us in case you learn anything. You are just a candidate to be a teacher, will your contract be renewed?’ (…) I want Directorate of National Education and Ministry of National Education to initiate investigations. And I will make official complaints too.”

(02/319) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 26, 2020 that 25 prisoners who were transferred under coercion from Balıkesir Bandırma T Type Prisons No 1 and 2 to Afyon T Type Prison on February 16, 2020, and who were subjected to torture and ill-treatment, were still being kept in single cells.

It is learned from the news coverage of February 26, 2020 that the food given to prisoners in Elazığ Women’s Prison is not hygienic.

(02/320) 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 1205 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on February 26, 2020 at 13.00, and forced participants away from the monument.

(02/321) Detained HDP and DBP Members in Mardin…

5 people including members and executives of HDP and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) including former Kızıltepe co-mayor İsmail Asi who were detained in house raids in Mardin on February 21, 2020, are released by the court on December 26, 2020, provided that 4 of them (HDP provincial executives Hüsnü Acay, Şehmuz Aksoy and DBP Savur district co-chair Muzaffer Işık, former Mardin city council member Metin Kaya) are on judicial control conditions.

(02/322) AABK Honorary President on Trial…

The trial of the case against Turgut Öker, honorary president of European Alevi Associations Confederation (AABK), on the grounds of ‘insulting the President’, is held at Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 25 on February 26, 2020. After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to April 29, 2020.

(02/323) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On February 26, 2020, 23 people are detained in operations covering 13 cities through an Adana based investigation and 17 people are detained in Ankara for ‘using ByLock’.

(02/324) Special Security Zone in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on February 26, 2020, and announced 5 areas with given coordinates in central, Çukurca, Şemdinli, Yüksekova and Derecik districts as special security zones as of February 26, 2020 until March 11, 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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[5] Daily Human Rights Reports are prepared on the information gathered by the Documentation Center from its own network and the following dailies and internet portals: Vatan, Milliyet, Hürriyet, Habertürk, Evrensel, Birgün, Cumhuriyet, Fırat Haber Ajansı, Jinnews, ETHA, Mezopotamya Ajansı, Yurt, Yeni Yaşam, NTV, Yeni Asya, Bianet, Halkinsesi.tv, Cnnturk, Tr724, İleri Haber, Siyasi Haber, Alınteri, Kızılbayrak, Sendika.org, Yüksekova Haber, T24, Diken, Gazete Karınca, Gazete Duvar. Haber Sol, El Cezire, BBC, Deutsche Welle, Reuters, AFP.

26 February 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

26 February 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(02/300) Soldiers Died in Libya…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 25, 2020 that 2 soldiers died in an attack against Turkish Armed Forces personnel in Libya.

(02/301) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 25, 2020 that, 1 militant died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to Qandil area in Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on February 24, 2020.

(02/302) Death Fast in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 25, 2020 that Bayram Sevgin, a prisoner in Kayseri Bünyan Prison went on a death fast on February 21, 2020 to protest torture and ill-treatment in prison.

(02/303) 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 1204 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on February 25, 2020 at 13.00, and forced participants away from the monument.

(02/304) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration for Mustafa Koçak, İbrahim Gökçek and Helin Bölek, in front of Justice and Development Party (AKP) office in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul on February 25, 2020 and detained 3 people (Zeynep Koçak, Hasan Koçak and Özlem with unknown surname). Mustafa Koçak is on death fast for 239 days in Izmir Şakran T Type Prison, to demand a fair trial. İbrahim Gökçek and Helin Bölek have gone on a hunger strike on June 18, 2019 and İbrahim Gökçek turned his strike to a death fast on January 3, 2020 and Helin Bölek did it so on January 20, 2020.

(02/305) Detained District Council Member in Mersin…

Nuray Aslan, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) council member of Akdeniz district of Mersin who was detained in a house raid on February 22, 2020, is released by the court on judicial control conditions on February 25, 2020.

(02/306) Detained HDP Executives and Members in Mersin…

6 people who were detained in house raids in Mersin on February 22, 2020, are released by the court on February 25, 2020. Detained people are: HDP Akdeniz district co-chair Feyza Kaya, HDP Toroslar district co-chair Cabbar Karabeg, HDP Party Assembly Member Rojhat Yaşar, HDP Mersin provincial executives Nazan Dündar, Cihan Kökbalık and Ercan Alp.

(02/307) Detained HDP Executive in Istanbul…

HDP Bayrampaşa district co-chair Nedim Genç is detained in Istanbul on February 25, 2020 The reason of detention is unknown.

(02/308) Pressures and Preventions on HDP Congress…

On February 23, 2020, 14 people, working for the audio system at HDP’s 4th Congress, were detained after the congress. It is learned that 13 of them are released on February 25, 2020 and 1 person is still under custody. Names and the reason of detention is unknown.

(02/309) People on Trial in Kocaeli…

The first trial of the case against 4 people (Cemile Çiftçi, Türkiye Bozkurt, Fehime Ekmez, Yeter Seyhan), for participating in the sit-in protest in front of Gebze Women’s Prison on May 2, 2019, is held at Kocaeli Heavy Penal Court No 4 on February 25, 2020. The prosecutor declared legal opinion and demanded sentence for 4 people on the charges of ‘committing crime on behalf of an illegal organisation’ and ‘violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations’. The court adjourned the trial to May 21, 2020.

(02/309) “KCK Press Case”…

The trial of the case against 46 journalists, known as “KCK Press Case” is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 3 on February 25, 2020. It is reported that consolidation order of the case with the case at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 14 against journalist Yüksel Genç is on file. The court adjourned the trial to July 7, 2020.

(02/310) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against 22 people, on the charge of ‘resisting the police’, during the police raid to Gündem newspaper on August 16, 2016, is held at Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 5 on February 25, 2020. It is learned that some of the phones and sim cards of journalists which were seized by the police back then, are lost. The court adjourned the trial to June 2, 2020.

(02/311) Journalist on Trial in Istanbul…

The final trial of the case against journalist Barış Terkoğlu, on the charge of ‘breaching the confidentiality of investigation’ in his news report on sexual abuse of a 17 years old member of Alperen Ocakları in Elazığ, a nationalist organisation; is held at Istanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 16 on February 25, 2020. The court sentenced Barış Terkoğlu to a fine of 6,080 Turkish Liras.

(02/312) Journalists and ESP Members and Executives on Trial…

The case against 27 people including Etkin News Agency reporter Meşale Tolu and writer Mukaddes Erdoğdu Çelik, on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 29 is held on February 25, 2020. After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to July 14, 2020.

(02/313) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On February 25, 2020, 23 people are detained in operations covering 24 cities through a Konya based investigation and 13 people are detained in Ankara for ‘using ByLock’.

(02/314) Ban of Event in Istanbul…

“Freedom for Art” concert to show solidarity with Grup Yorum band, which was to be held in Avcılar district of Istanbul is banned by Avcılar Sub-Governorate on February 25, 2020.

(02/315) Prevention of Relief Sent to Van…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 25, 2020 that, trucks carrying humanitarian relief sent by HDP for survivors of earthquake in Van were prevented from entering neighbourhoods.

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

25 February 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

25 February 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(02/289) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 24, 2020 that, 5 militants died in a clash between Turkish Armed Forces units and HPG militants in Hakurk area in Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on June 1, 2019.

(02/290) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 24, 2020 that, prisoners transferred from Balıkesir Bandırma T Type Prison to Afyon T Type Prison under coercion, were subjected to physical violence of wardens and officials during transfer and at the entrance of prison. It is reported that prisoners went to see a doctor to get a medical report evidencing the violence but they are not given a report, and that they were subjected to physical violence once again, for going to the doctor. It is stated in the news reports that, İsmail Çelik, a prisoner, was subjected to foot whipping, was beaten until he fainted and was put in a solitary cell in an unconscious condition. It is also stated that prisoners were forced to have haircut and moustache cut; to stand in military order during roll-calls, and their petitions were not put in process while 15 of them were put in solitary cells.

It is learned from the news coverage of February 24, 2020 that, prisoners in Balıkesir Bandırma T Type Prison were subjected to physical violence of the wardens for rejecting to be transferred under coercion. Hamza Deniz, a prisoner who had a talk with his family, stated that prisoners were taken out of the wards and were beaten on corridors and at places that surveillance cameras do not cover; some prisoners were subjected to food whipping and were injured due to this; and prisoners who were subjected to physical violence were put in solitary cells.

(02/291) 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 1203 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on February 24, 2020 at 18.00, and detained 1 person (Merve Demirel). It is learned that Merve Demirel was released on the same day.

(02/292) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on February 24, 2020 of Nursel Tanrıverdi who rally for 153 weeks to regain her job from which she had been dismissed by state of emergency decree, and detained her by using physical violence. Nursel Tanrıverdi is released on the same day.

(02/293) Police Prevention to a Protest in Izmir…

The police prevented the press declaration in Konak district of Izmir, which was to be held to protest Izmir Governorate’s ban on solidarity concert for Grup Yorum at Nazım Hikmet Cultural Center on February 24, 2020.

(02/294) Detained People in Mersin…

On February 24, 2020, 3 of 10 people who were detained in Tarsus district of Mersin on February 17, 2020, are arrested on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and ‘committing crime on behalf of an illegal organisation’ on February 24, 2020.

(02/295) Grup Yorum Member is Released…

İbrahim Gökçek, Grup Yorum band member who is on hunger strike for 252 days, is released from prison according to Istanbul Forensic Institution report which declares he cannot stay in prison, on February 24, 2020 by Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 37 with a ban on leaving the country and leaving his house.

(02/296) The Cases Against Academics Who Are the Signatories of the Petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”…

On February 24, 2020, Professor Mehmet Zencir from Pamukkale University is acquitted by the court, on the case against him for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” on.

571 of 822 cases against academicians for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” are resulted in acquittal as of February 25, 2020.

(02/297) Lawyer on Trial in Istanbul…

The first trial of the case against Celal Çelik, lawyer of Republican People’s Party (CHP) chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, on the grounds of ‘insulting the President’ and ‘misconduct’, is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 6 on February 24, 2020.

The indictment demands sentence for Celal Çelik, based on petitions he submitted to court for the case against Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and evidence which include tape recordings alleged to be President’s.

After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to April 24, 2020. 

(02/298) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

11 people who were detained through the investigation on murder of Rize Director of Security Altuğ Verdi, are arrested by the court on February 24, 2020.

(02/299) Broadcast Ban on News Reports…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 24, 2020 that Ankara Penal Court of Peace No 1 banned sharing of photographs and videos of armoured vehicles of Turkish Armed Forces that are destroyed in Syria and used by Syrian opposition forces, and banned 52 websites and internet users for sharing them.

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

22 – 24 February 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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22 – 24 February 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(02/253) People Died in Van After Earthquake…

It is learned that 9 people including 4 children died and 37 people were injured in Özpınar, Güvendik, Kaşkol and Gelenler villages of Başkale district of Van, after an earthquake hit Iran on February 23, 2020.

(02/254) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 22, 2020 that, 2 militants died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in Hakurk area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on May 28, 2019.

(02/255) Military Operation to North and South Syria…

It is learned that 1 soldier (Mecit Demir) died in an attack of Syrian Army to Turkish Armed Forces personnel in İdlib city of Syria on February 22, 2020.

(02/256) Alleged Suicide in Military…

It is alleged in news coverage of February 21, 2020 that specialised sergeant Nezir Abak who was on duty at a military post in Tunceli committed suicide with his gun.

(02/257) Person Died in Military…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 21, 2020 that, Maintenance Facility Center Commander Colonel Ejder Kanter who fainted during physical aptitude test at Maintenance Facility No 52 in Diyarbakır, died in hospital.

(02/258) Person Was Subjected to Physical Violence of Gendarmerie in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that gendarmerie special operation units raided a house in Ortaç village in Lice district of Diyarbakır on February 23, 2020, and committed physical and verbal violence to Yemlihan Yıldırım (78) and threatened his wife Zinnet Yıldırım with a gun.

Yemlihan Yıldırım stated the following: “Soldiers surrounded our house and showed up at 8.30 a.m. They got closer to the house at dawn and called my wife. After she went near to them they called me too. They said they were going to search our house and I allowed them. They followed me when we went in. I asked them to take off their shoes before getting in. Two soldiers wanted to take off their shoes but their commander did not allow them to do so and commanded them to search the house with their shoes on (…) When I said ‘Do your job, do not insult us’, he slapped me, I dropped my hat. When I bent for my hat he slapped once again. I asked ‘Why are you hitting me? I am almost at the age of your father, aren’t you ashamed to beat me?’ and he hit me 5 more times before I finished my sentence. (…) A soldier hit my wife at the chest with his gun and threatened her ‘I will kill you, where is your son? I will burn your house down; I will kill your son’. My wife is ill and old, but they insulted us.”

(02/259) Pakistani Person was Subjected to Physical Violence of the Police in Istanbul…

It is learned from social media posts that on February 23, 2020, 2 Pakistani students of Bilgi University were subjected to physical violence of the police for they do not carry their passports and answer the police in English but not in Turkish during an ID check at Ayrılıkçeşmesi metro station in Kadıköy district of Istanbul. It is claimed that the police seized their passports and wallets and then released these 2 students.

(02/260) Person was Forced to be a Police Informant in Mardin…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 21, 2020 that, Mehmet Akyüz, a person who has been detained in a house raid in Mardin on February 14, 2020 and then has been released; was forced to be a police informant at Nusaybin District Security Directorate.

(02/261) Person was Forced to be a Police Informant in İzmir…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 21, 2020 that, Veli Akman, a reader of Kaldıraç magazine in Izmir, was forced to be a police informant by people who claim themselves to be police officers.

Veli Akman had a press declaration at Human Rights Association (IHD) Izmir Branch and stated the following: “I was walking when someone I do not know took my arm. He showed me an ID card and said that he was a police officer. And he said he wants to have a chat with me and tried to pull me towards a solitary street. Two undercover police officers came near to us. I pulled my arm back and said that we could talk at that point without going to this street. They said ‘we are good people we will not hurt you’ etc. and told about demonstrations I have been participating in recently and what I was wearing at these demonstrations; implying that they have been following me for a while, know what I do and my home address (…) They asked me about the magazine and my friends. They commented on financial, family and health situation of my friends, and said they ‘wish the best for us’. I said ‘it seems that you know more than me’, they said that I could call them in case of need, they would support me for my rent, they would give scholarships, they would help me to find a job after graduation or they would help me at job interviews”.

It is learned that Veli Akman’s lawyers will make an official complaint.

(02/262) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned that İda Koçak, a trans woman prisoner in Ankara Sincan L Type Prison No 1, who went on a hunger strike on February 11, 2020, demanding vegan food in prison, ended the strike after her demands were accepted on February 23, 2020.

(02/263) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 21, 2020 that Hamza Arzuman, a prisoner who rejected to stand in military order during roll-calls in Gümüşhane E Type Prison was put in a solitary cell.

It is learned from the news coverage of February 23, 2020 that food for only 2 people is given to wards with 14 prisoners in Tarsus Women’s Prison.

It is learned from the news coverage of February 23, 2020 that, 2 prisoners (İsmail Çevik and Adem Amaç) were subjected to physical violence of the wardens in Afyon T Type Prison.

(02/264) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 23, 2020 that, Adem Amaç, an ill prisoner in Afyon T Type Prison was not treated and has post-operative inflammation.

(02/265) Rejection to Meeting Request with Abdullah Öcalan…

It is learned that the appeal made on February 21, 2020 to chief public prosecutor’s office in Bursa by PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s sister and brother and tutelary along with the families of Hamili Yıldırım, Ömer Hayri Konar and Veysel Aktaş in order to visit, was rejected the same day on the grounds of limitations for prisoners in accordance with the Law on the Execution of Criminal and Security Measures Number 5275. Abdullah Öcalan met his family on January 12, 2019 for the first time after September 11, 2016 and meeting requests have been rejected for 93 times to this date.

(02/266) 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 1202 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on February 22, 2020 at 18.00, and forced participants away from the monument. Police intervened once again to sit-in protest and detained 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Melek Çetinkaya).

(02/267) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the march in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on February 21, 2020, which was organized by youth organisations about recent increase of suicides, and detained 9 people. Detained people are released after statement procedures on February 22, 2020.

(02/268) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration for Mustafa Koçak, İbrahim Gökçek and Helin Bölek, at Khalkedon Square in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on February 21, 2020 and detained 2 people (Zeynep Koçak and Hasan Koçak). Detained 2 people are released on the same day. Mustafa Koçak is on death fast for 237 days in Izmir Şakran T Type Prison, to demand a fair trial. İbrahim Gökçek and Helin Bölek have gone on a hunger strike on June 18, 2019 and İbrahim Gökçek turned his strike to a death fast on January 3, 2020 and Helin Bölek did it so on January 20, 2020.

(02/269) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration for Mustafa Koçak, Helin Bölek and İbrahim Gökçek, at Khalkedon Square in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on February 22, 2020 and detained 2 people (Zeynep Koçak and Hasan Koçak). Detained 2 people are released on the same day.

(02/270) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration for Mustafa Koçak, Helin Bölek and İbrahim Gökçek, at Özgürlük Square in Bakırköy district of Istanbul on February 23, 2020 and detained 5 people (Ahmet Gökçek and Aygül Bilgi, Gökhan Uysal, Özcan Karagöz and 1 more person). Detained 5 people are released on the same day.

(02/271) Prevention of a Protest in Istanbul…

Public forum and concert of “Either the Canal or Istanbul Coordination”, which was to be held at Taksim Square on February 22, 2020 is prevented by the police on the grounds of ban of Beyoğlu Sub-governorate. It is also learned that the police prevented Mezopotamya News Agency reporter from recording and run identity check to other reporters.

(02/272) Ban of Events in Izmir…

It is learned that the Grup Yorum solidarity concert which was to be held at Nazım Hikmet Cultural Center in Konak district of Izmir on February 24, 2020, is banned by Izmir Governorate on February 22, 2020.

(02/273) Police Intervention to a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration of Cemal Yıldırım, who was dismissed from his job by a state of emergency decree and Melek Çetinkaya, mother of an Air Force Academy student who was sentenced to heavy life imprisonment through “Fethullahist Terrorist Organisation / Parallel State Structure” cases, in Sakarya Street of Ankara on February 22, 2020 and detained 2 people. Detained people are released on the same day.

(02/274) 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 778th time on February 22, 2020. 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.

(02/275) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

“F sit-in”, which is organized for the 413rd time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on February 22, 2020, 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.

(02/276) Pressures and Preventions on HDP Congress…

It is learned that the bus from Van to Ankara, for 4th Congress of People’s Democratic Congress on February 23, 2020 is prevented by the police on the grounds of warrant of distrain on the bus.

It is learned that the bus carrying HDP members from Batman to Ankara was stopped at city border and 1 person (Mehmet Habip Çelebi) was detained on the grounds of detention warrant.

It is learned that 2 people entering the convention center for the congress on February 23, 2020, were detained for wearing Selahattin Demirtaş and Amedspor football club printed scarfs.

It is learned that 11 of audio system personnel at the convention center are detained after the congress was over on February 23, 2020. It is learned that journalists who were recording the detention were prevented by the police.

(02/277) Detained District Council Member in Mersin…

Nuray Aslan, HDP council member of Akdeniz district of Mersin is detained in a house raid on February 22, 2020. The reason of detention in unknown.

(02/278) Detained HDP Executives and Members in Mersin…

On February 22, 2020 6 people are detained in house raids in Mersin. Detained people are: HDP Akdeniz district co-chair Feyza Kaya, HDP Toroslar district co-chair Cabbar Karabeg, HDP Party Assembly Member Rojhat Yaşar, HDP Mersin provincial executives Nazan Dündar, Cihan Kökbalık and Ercan Alp. The reason of detention is unknown.

(02/279) Detained HDP Members in Mersin…

5 of 13 people (Ferhat Salman, Resul Demir, Yusuf Keskin, Mustafa Koç, Serkan Şahin) who were detained through an investigation on HDP Youth Assembly members on February 11, 2020, are arrested on February 21, 2020. 8 people are released provided that 7 of them will be on judicial control conditions.

(02/280) Detained HDP and DBP Members in Mardin…

On February 21, 2020, 5 people including members and executives of HDP and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) are detained in house raids in Mardin. Detained people are: former Kızıltepe co-mayor İsmail Asi, HDP provincial executives Hüsnü Acay, Şehmuz Aksoy and DBP Savur district co-chair Muzaffer Işık, former Mardin city council member Metin Kaya.

(02/281) HDP Members and Executives on Trial in Istanbul…

The first trial of the case against 9 members of HDP, including Şişli district co-chair Mutlu Öztürk and Küçükçekmece district co-chair Hüseyin Fidanboy, is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 29 on February 21, 2020.

The indictment demands sentence for 9 people on the charges of ‘organising, leading and participating in illegal meetings’, ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

After defence hearings the court released 9 people and adjourned the trial to July 7, 2020.

9 people were detained on October 13, 2019, for protesting the ban on events for HDP’s 7th year of establishment and were arrested on October 14, 2019.

(02/282) HDP and DBP Members and 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 February 21, 2020. The court decided to continue detention of 5 people and adjourned the trial to March 27, 2020.

(02/283) Mazlum Turan Case…

On February 21, 2020, Penal Department No 1 of Diyarbakır Regional Court, concluded on the appeal to 10 years of sentence given by Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 1 to police officer Süleyman Esenboğa, on the charge of ‘murder as a result of wilful injury’ of Mazlum Turan. Mazlum Turan, a 16 years old child, died due to the fire opened to his car, on the grounds of “disobeying the stop warning”.

Penal Department No 1 did not accept the excuse of Turan family’s lawyer and ruled that since the defendant “made an unavoidable mistake because of the conditions of the incident time”, police office Süleyman Esenboğa should not be sentenced according to Article 16 of the Law 2559 on the Powers and Duties of Police, to Article 30 and 24 of Turkish Penal Code and to Article 223 of Law on Criminal Procedure.

(02/284) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

62 of 99 people who were detained through an Izmir based investigation on February 18, 2020, are arrested by the court on February 22, 2020.

(02/285) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against 3 people is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 23 on February 21, 2020. The court sentenced 1 person to 8 years and 9 months and 1 person to 9 years 4 months and 15 days. The court separated the case against 1 person.

(02/286) Ban of Access to Webpages…

It is learned that on February 21, 2020 Istanbul Penal Court of Peace No 8 banned access to webpages which cover the ban of access to news reports on Minister of Treasury and Finance Berat Albayrak’s purchase of lands near the route of Canal Istanbul Project.

(02/287) Ban of Access to Website…

It is learned that Information Technologies and Communications Authority banned access to www.jinnews6.xyz website of Jinnews agency.

(02/288) Ban of Access to Webpage…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 22, 2020 that, Istanbul Penal Court of Peace No 5 banned on February 11, 2020, the access to webpage of Eksi Sozluk (web-based dictionary) which covers entries on Yeldana Kaharman, a Kirghizistani journalist who died in Elazığ.

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(02/240) Military Operation to North and South Syria…

It is learned that 2 soldiers died and 5 soldiers got wounded in an attack to Turkish Armed Forces personnel in İdlib city of Syria on February 20, 2020.

(02/241) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 20, 2020 that İda Koçak, a trans woman prisoner in Ankara Sincan L Type Prison No 1, started a hunger strike on February 11, 2020, demanding vegan food in prison.

(02/242) 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 1199 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on February 20, 2020 at 13.30, and detained 2 people (Nuriye Gülmen and Mehmet Dersulu).

(02/243) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration for Mustafa Koçak, İbrahim Gökçek and Helin Bölek, at Khalkedon Square in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on February 20, 2020 and detained 1 person (Feridun Osmanağaoğlu). Mustafa Koçak is on death fast for 233 days in Izmir Şakran T Type Prison, to demand a fair trial. İbrahim Gökçek and Helin Bölek have gone on a hunger strike on June 18, 2019 and İbrahim Gökçek turned his strike to a death fast on January 3, 2020 and Helin Bölek did it so on January 20, 2020.

(02/244) Detained Human Rights Defender in Diyarbakır…

Human Rights Association (IHD) Diyarbakır provincial executive Adnan Örhan, who was detained on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ in Diyarbakır on February 19, 2020, is released by the court on judicial control conditions on February 20, 2020.

(02/245) Detained Journalist in Diyarbakır…

Journalist Hakkı Boltan who was detained on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ in Diyarbakır on February 19, 2020, is released by the court on judicial control conditions on February 20, 2020.

(02/246) Detained HDP Executive and Other People in Diyarbakır…

5 people including People’s Democratic Party (HDP) provincial executive Abdurrahim Ayçiçek, who were detained on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ in Diyarbakır on February 19, 2020, are released by the court on judicial control conditions on February 20, 2020.

(11/247) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against co-executive editors Eren Keskin and Hüseyin Aykol, and managing editor Reyhan Çapan and journalist Hasan Başak, from Özgür Gündem newspaper which was closed down by a state of emergency decree, on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 13 is held on February 20, 2020. The court adjourned the trial to May 14, 2020.

(02/248) Journalist on Trial in Antep…

The final trial of the case against journalist Murat Güneş, for a news reports he made, is held at Antep Penal Court of First Instance No 9 on February 20, 2020. The court acquitted Murat Güneş.

(02/249) Musician on Trial in Istanbul…

The first trial of the case against musician Şenol Akdağ, on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ at a concert he made, is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 34 on February 20, 2020. After defence hearings the court released Şenol Akdağ and adjourned the trial.

Şenol Akdağ was detained in Istanbul on November 19, 2019 and was arrested on November 21, 2019.

(02/250) 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 February 20, 2020. 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’.

Defendant Adem Çiftçi did not attend the trial. It is learned that Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, from which an expert report on video footage of the incident time was demanded, stated that they could not provide the report. Turkish Radio and Television Corporation which was previously asked for the expert report has also declined the demand on the grounds of technical incapability. The court adjourned the trial to May 14, 2020.

(02/251) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On February 20, 2020, 6 people are detained in operations covering 6 cities through an Istanbul based investigation on killing of former Rize provincial security director Altuğ Verdi.

(02/252) Proceedings Against Parliamentary Members…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 20, 2020 that, 10 proceedings against 6 parliamentary members from HDP are submitted to the Constitution and Justice Committee of the Grand National Assembly.

Parliamentary members subjected to proceedings are: HDP co-chair Pervin Buldan (1 proceeding), HDP co-chair Sezai Temelli (1 proceeding), Muş MP Gülistan Kılıç Koçyiğit (2 proceedings), Ağrı MP Berdan Öztürk (1 proceeding), Mardin MP Pero Dündar (1 proceeding), Van MP Murat Sarısaç (1 proceeding).

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(02/210) 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 1197 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on February 18, 2020 at 13.30, and forced participants away the street by using physical violence.

At 18.00 the police did not intervene.

(02/211) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration for Mustafa Koçak, İbrahim Gökçek and Helin Bölek, at Khalkedon Square in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on February 18, 2020 and detained 2 people (Aygül Bilgi and Yaşar Coşkun). It is learned that 2 people were released on the same day. Mustafa Koçak is on death fast for 231 days in Izmir Şakran T Type Prison, to demand a fair trial. İbrahim Gökçek and Helin Bölek have gone on a hunger strike on June 18, 2019 and İbrahim Gökçek turned his strike to a death fast on January 3, 2020 and Helin Bölek did it so on January 20, 2020.

(02/212) Detained Reporter in Istanbul…

Kanal D TV channel reporter Şevval Şirin is detained at a school in Esenyurt district of Istanbul where she went for a news report on February 18, 2020. It is learned that school principal called the police to the school. It is also learned that Şevval Şirin’s phone was seized without a court order and she was kept in closed room for hours. It is reported that Şevval Şirin was released on the same day and she made an official complaint against the police officers.

(02/213) Detained Journalist in Istanbul…

It is learned that journalist and writer Müfid Yüksel was detained in Istanbul on February 18, 2020 and was released by the court on the same day.

(02/214) Detained People in Batman…

6 people who were detained on February 15, 2020 in Batman, are released by the court on judicial control conditions on February 18, 2020.

(02/215) Detained People in Urfa…

13 people who were detained in Bozova district of Urfa on February 11, 2020, are released by the court on judicial control conditions on February 18, 2020.

(02/216) Detained People in Malatya…

On February 18, 2020, 1 person is detained on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’, in a house raid of gendarmerie in Akçadağ district of Malatya

(02/217) Detained People in Mardin…

14 people who were detained in Mardin on February 7, 2020 and following days, are released by the court on February 18, 2020.

(02/218) Osman Kavala is Detained Again…

Osman Kavala was acquitted and decided to be released by Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 30 on February 18, 2020. However, he is not released from prison and is detained once again through an investigation related to July 15 coup attempt against him.

(02/219) Gezi Case…

The final trial of the case against Osman Kavala, Yiğit Aksakoğlu, Ali Hakan Altınay, Ayşe Mücella Yapıcı, Ayşe Pınar Alabora, Can Dündar, Çiğdem Mater Utku, Gökçe Yılmaz, Handan Meltem Arıkan, Hanzade Hikmet Germiyanoğlu, İnanç Ekmekçi, Mehmet Ali Alabora, Mine Özerden, Şerafettin Can Atalay, Tayfun Kahraman and Yiğit Ali Ekmekçi, for Gezi Park protests in 2013, is held on February 18, 2020.

After defence hearings the court acquitted 9 people (Osman Kavala, Mücella Yapıcı, Can Atalay, Tayfun Kahraman, Ali Hakan Altınay, Yiğit Aksakoğlu, Yiğit Ali Ekmekçi, Çiğdem Mater Utku and Mine Özerden) and decided to release Osman Kavala. The court separated the cases against 7 people (Can Dündar, Mehmet Ali Alabora, Ayşe Pınar Alabora, Gökçe Tüylüoğlu, Handan Meltem Arıkan, Hanzade Hikmet Germiyanoğlu and İnanç Ekmekçi) and lifted the detention warrants for them.

It is learned that the prosecutor’s office will appeal to Regional Court.

Business person Osman Kavala was arrested on November 1, 2017. Yiğit Aksakoğlu was arrested on November 18, 2018 and was released at the first trial on June 24, 2019. European Court of Human Rights ruled immediate release of Osman Kavala on December 10, 2019, however Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 14 decided to continue detention.

(02/220) 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 February 18, 2020. The court adjourned the trial to February 28, 2020.

(02/221) Journalist on Trial in Batman…

The trial of the case against Dicle News Agency reporter Şerife Oruç, on the grounds of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ is held at Batman Heavy Penal Court No 2 on February 18, 2020. The court issued a detention warrant for Şerife Oruç for violating judicial control conditions and adjourned the trial to May 12, 2020.

Şerife Oruç was arrested on July 5, 2016 and was released on judicial control conditions on July 9, 2018.

(02/222) People on Trial in Izmir…

The final trial of the case against 90 people, for participating in the protest to demand mother tongue based education, is held at Izmir Penal Court of First Instance No 2 on February 18, 2020. The court sentenced 90 people to 5 months each for ‘violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations’. The protest was organized by Izmir branches of Education and Science Workers’ Union (Egitim-Sen) of Confederation of Public Employees Unions (KESK) and several Alevi associations and was held on February 13, 2015 in Konak district of Izmir, where police intervened and detained 90 people by using physical violence.

(02/223) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On February 18, 2020, 304 people are detained in operations covering 67 cities through an Ankara based investigation on police chief exam of 2009; 123 people including military members on active duty are detained in operations covering 43 cities through an Izmir based investigation; 50 people are detained in operations covering 15 cities through an Ankara based investigation on Ministry of Justice personnel; 29 people including military members on active duty are detained through an Ankara based investigation on Land Forces Command; 9 people are detained in operations covering 3 cities through an Amasya based investigation.

(02/224) Ban of Event in Ankara…

Ankara Governorate banned the concert organized by Mamak Community House for solidarity with Grup Yorum band on February 18, 2020.

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(02/189) Person Was Forced to be Police Informant in Ankara…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 17, 2020 that, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) board delegate member Saim Serin was forced to be a police informant by persons claim themselves as police officers, after he got off a city bus in Ankara on February 9, 2020.

Saim Serin stated the following: “The bus was supposed to go to Kızılay but it arrived to Beşevler. The bus driver said it was the last stop and asked me to get off. I thought I was mistaken and got off the bus. But I checked the bus number, I was not mistaken, it was number 286. At that moment two people came to me and claimed to be police officers, and told me that they want to have a chat with me. Although I told that I did not want, they forcefully took me to a cafe. They asked questions about HDP, like ‘Which executives of HDP do you know’, ‘who is responsible for what’, ‘why you are not executive any more’, ‘why are you a member of HDP’ and etc… They gave me a phone number and told that I could call them any time. And they said ‘you have little kids at school, we could help you in any way’ lastly before they left.”

(02/190) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 17, 2020 that, in Izmir Şakran Women’s Prison, radios of prisoners are seized, personal belongings of prisoners are scattered around and some are seized, social, cultural and sports rights of prisoners are prevented, letters sent to prisoners are not delivered and letters they wrote are not sent, and some products at prison commissary store are expired.

It is learned from the news coverage of February 17, 2020 that, Abdülkadir Baybars, a prisoner who is kept in single cell in Osmaniye T Type Prison was subjected to physical violence of the wardens.

(02/191) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 17, 2020 that, in Izmir Şakran Women’s Prison, prisoners are referred to hospitals with months of delay and they are forced to be examined in handcuffs.

(02/192) 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 1196 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on February 17, 2020 at 13.30, and forced 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Alev Şahin) away the street by using physical violence. Sercan Çakır and U. A. (17), including a juvenile, who react to police intervention are detained by the police using physical violence and handcuffing them behind their backs.

At 18.00 the police did not intervene.

(02/193) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protestors in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on February 17, 2020, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and detained 3 people (Mahmut Konuk and Eser Budak and Nazan Bozkurt who was recording). It is learned that 3 people were released the same day.

(02/194) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration for Mustafa Koçak, İbrahim Gökçek and Helin Bölek, at Khalkedon Square in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on February 17, 2020 and detained Feridun Osmanoğlu. Mustafa Koçak is on death fast for 2230 days in Izmir Şakran T Type Prison, to demand a fair trial. İbrahim Gökçek and Helin Bölek have gone on a hunger strike on June 18, 2019 and İbrahim Gökçek turned his strike to a death fast on January 3, 2020 and Helin Bölek did it so on January 20, 2020.

(02/195) Police Prevention to a Declaration in Diyarbakır…

The press declaration of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) for its 4th Congress, which was to be held in Ofis neighbourhood of Diyarbakır on February 17, 2020, is prevented by the police on the grounds of Diyarbakır Governorate’s “ban on open-door declarations”.

(02/196) Police Prevention to a Declaration in Van…

The police prevented distribution of leaflets for HDP’s 4th Congress in Van on February 14, 2020, on the grounds of governorate’s ban on events.

(02/197) Detained Former MP in Kars…

Former MP Mahmut Alınak who was detained in Kars on February 13, 2020, because of his book “Mehmet Tunç and Bêkes”, is arrested by the court on February 17, 2020, according to Article 302 of Turkish Penal Code which defines crimes ‘to place all, or part, of the territory of the state under the sovereignty of a foreign state or to disrupt the unity of the state or to weaken the independence of the state’.

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

(02/198) Detained HDP Executive in Van…

HDP Party Assembly member Yunus Durdu, who was detained from HDP Van MP Murat Sarısaç’s car that was stopped by a civilian car on February 14, 2020, is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on February 17, 2020.

(02/199) Detained People in Ankara…

10 people who were detained in Ankara on February 14, 2020, are released on February 17, 2020 provided that 3 of them are on judicial control conditions.

(02/200) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that 20 people including HDP provincial executive İrfan Söner, HDP Bağlar district co-chair Mehmet Atlıhan, HDP Yenişehir district co-chair Sadrettin Kaya, Democratic Islam Congress member Mele Yusuf Andan, DBP Bağlar district executive Ali Alkan, HDP Bağlar district executive Abdullah Dengiz and former member of Bağlar district council Rıfat Turfan, who were detained in house raids in Diyarbakır on February 14, 2020, are released on February 17, 2020. 4 people are released on judicial control conditions: İrfan Söner, Halef Caruş, Hasan Çiçek and Halis Tekok.

(02/201) Detained Students in Tunceli…

7 university students who were detained in Tunceli on February 14, 2020 are released on February 17, 2020 provided that 1 of them is on judicial control conditions. It is learned that students were forced to be police informants under custody. Names of students are: Hazal Öztemel, Mustafa Abdaloğulları, Şiyar Şevli, Dilaver Paksoy, Kahraman Yıldız, Cengiz Fidan and Firaz Tekol.

(02/202) Detained People in Istanbul…

7 people who were detained in Istanbul on February 14, 2020 are released on February 17, 2020 provided that 2 of them are on judicial control conditions.

(02/203) Detained People in Mardin…

8 people who were detained in Mardin on February 15, 2020 are released on February 17, 2020.

(02/204) Detained People in Şırnak for Social Media Posts…

12 people who were detained in Cizre district of Şırnak on February 14, 2020 for their social media posts are released on February 17, 2020.

(02/205) Co-Mayor on Trial in Hakkari…

The first trial of the case against Hakkari co-mayor Cihan Karaman is held at Hakkari Heavy Penal Court No 2 on February 17, 2020.

After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention of Cihan Karaman and adjourned the trial to April 24, 2020.

Cihan Karaman was detained on October 15, 2019 and was arrested by the court on October 17, 2019. Ministry of Interior appointed governor as a trustee to Hakkari Municipality on October 17, 2019.

(02/206) Journalist on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The trial of the case against Ferhat Parlak, reporter and grant holder of Silvan Mücadele newspaper is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 11 on February 17, 2020.

The indictment demands sentence for Ferhat Parlak on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The court decided to send a writ for anonymous witnesses and to desist from hearing anonymous witnesses in case of refusal to writ and adjourned the trial to May 6, 2020.

Ferhat Parlak was detained in Diyarbakır on April 11, 2018 and was arrested on April 14, 2018. He was released by the court on July 8, 2019.

(02/207) People on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The retrial of the case against 14 students of Dicle University, for participating in a protest of Roboski Massacre, is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 9 on February 17, 2020. 14 people have been acquitted by the court but Supreme Court has reversed the verdict.

After defence hearings the court sentenced 14 people to 3 years 1 month and 15 days each on the charge of ‘committing crime on behalf of the organisation although not being a member’.

(02/208) People on Trial in Kocaeli…

The final trial of the case against 12 students of Kocaeli University, for events they attended and books they have in their houses, is held at Kocaeli Heavy Penal Court No 5 on February 17, 2020.

The court sentenced 10 people to jail penalties from 6 years to 7 years and 6 months on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court acquitted 2 people.

(02/209) People on Trial in Kırklareli…

The retrial of the case against 230 people for participating in Gezi Park protests in 2013 is held at Kırklareli Penal Court of First Instance No 2 on February 2020. The court has acquitted 230 people but Supreme Court has reversed the verdict.

After defence hearings the court acquitted 230 people.

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15 – 17 February 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(02/166) Asylum Seeker Died in Van…

It is learned that on February 15, 2020, 29 Afghan asylum seekers were stopped by border units in Saray district of Van while they were crossing to Turkey, and 1 of them died in hospital due to hypothermia.

(02/167) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 16, 2020 that, 12 prisoners who were transferred from Tekirdağ T Type Closed Prison No 1 to Tekirdağ F Type Prison No 1 under coercion, were subjected to insults of soldiers during transfer; were forced to strip search at the entrance of prison and were subjected to physical violence of the wardens for rejecting strip search. It is learned that 3 prisoners were transferred to Tekirdağ F Type Prison No 2 under coercion and they were subjected to physical violence of the wardens for rejecting to be forced to strip search.

It is learned from the news coverage of February 16, 2020 that, personal belongings of prisoners in Bakırköy Closed Women’s Prison were scattered around, radios of prisoners were seized and some prisoners reacting to it were subjected to physical violence of the wardens during the search on February 14, 2020.

It is learned from the news coverage of February 16, 2020 that, 25 prisoners were transferred from Balıkesir Bandırma Closed Prison to Afyon T Type Prison No 1 under coercion on February 12, 2020; and they were subjected to physical violence of the soldiers during transfer. It is reported that 25 prisoners were put in single cells and were not treated. Names of prisoners are: Mehmet Emin Süer, A. Aziz Kolonç, Abdullah Ongüllü, Cengiz Oktay, Dijwar Nesri İsmare, Engin Okuducu, Habil Ermen, Haki Sonsuz, Hasari Yumşak, İzzethan Aykut, M. Salih Atlı, Mehmet Dağ, Nizamettin Mahmutoğlu, Yusuf Birkan, Akif İpek, Fevzi Adanır, Hayrettin Yılmaz, Hüseyin Akman, Nail Demir, Selim Üldeş, Şevket Bilner, Cihat Oğraş, Kerem Budak, Rızgar Turhan and Selman Esmer.

(02/168) People Subjected to Police Violence in Istanbul…

It is learned that People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Esenyurt district former co-chair Edip Karçik’s house in Istanbul was raided by the police on February 15, 2020; and that Edip Karçik and family members at home were forced to lie down on the grounds and were subjected to physical violence of the police. It is reported that Edip Karçik and Mikail Karçik were taken to hospital due to violence, and that the police said it was “wrong house” and left house.

(02/169) People Subjected to Police Violence in Şırnak…

It is learned that the police raided house of Murat Şen, İdil co-mayor who was suspended, in Şırnak on February 15, 2020 and Murat Şen’s 90 years old mother Fatim Şen and his brother Abdurrahim Şen were subjected to physical violence of the police. Murat Şen’s brother Nurettin Şen is detained.

(02/170) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the sit-in protests after press declaration of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1195 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on February 14, 15, and 16, 2020 at 13.30, and at 18.00.

It was reported that the police intervened the press declaration at 13.30 on February 14, 2020, and detained 2 people (Nazan Bozkurt and Merve Demirel).

It was reported that that the police intervened the sit-in protest after press declaration at 13.30 on February 15, 2020, and forced Mehmet Dersulu (4 times), Nazan Bozkurt (2 times) and Alev Şahin away the street by using physical violence.

It was reported that that the police intervened the sit-in protest after press declaration at 13.30 on February 16, 2020, and forced Mehmet Dersulu away the street by using physical violence. It is learned that at 18.00 a group of 4 people attacked Mehmet Dersulu while he was recording the protest. It is reported that attackers were detained by the police. After press declaration, the police forced Mehmet Dersulu away the street by dragging him.

Thus in total 2 people were detained in police interventions in Yüksel Street on February 14, 15, and 16, 2020. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(02/171) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the press declaration for Mustafa Koçak, who is on death fast for 228 days in Izmir Şakran T Type Prison, to demand a fair trial, which was held on February 15, 2020 at Khakledon Square in Kadıköy district of Istanbul and detained Mustafa Koçak’s parents Hasan Koçak and Zeynep Koçak.

The police intervened the press declaration of Resistance Assembly, about death fast of  Mustafa Koçak, İbrahim Gökçek, Helin Bölek and Progressive Lawyers Association members at Khalkedon Square in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on February 15, 2020 and detained 2 people (Volkan Çeşme and Batuhan Şendağı).

(02/172) 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 777th time on February 15, 2020. 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.

(02/173) Prevention of Human Rights Defenders’ Event in Istanbul…

“F sit-in”, which is organized for the 412nd time by Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Watch Committee, to demand release of ill prisoners, on February 15, 2020, 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.

(02/174) Detained People in Adana…

On February 14, 2020, Berfin Doğan and Kemal Kaya, 2 of 7 people including 1 child who were detained on February 11, 2020, through an investigation against DEM Music Center in Adana, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. 5 people [Şirda Erol, D. S. (15), İlyas Arzu, Jiyan Savcı and Hakan Taş] are released on judicial control conditions.

It is learned that 11 people who were detained on February 15, 2020 in house raids in Adana for their social media posts, are released on judicial control conditions on February 16, 2020.

(02/175) Detained Trade Union Executive, Political Party Executives and City Council Member in Ağrı…

On February 14, 2020, 3 of 6 people (Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions Ağrı branch chair Ersin Erinçik, HDP central district co-chair İsmail Çiftçi, HDP central district executive Eşref Yıldırım) who were detained on February 12, 2020 in Ağrı, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’. 3 people (HDP district executive Ömer Taş, city council member Sabri Taşdemir and Hamit Taşdemir, former executive of Democratic Regions Party [DBP]) are released on judicial control conditions.

(02/176) Detained People in Batman…

It is learned that 4 people are detained in house raids in Batman on February 15, 2020. Detained people are: Hasan Balicak, Sait Kortun, Abdullah İltaş and Abdulvahap Tüzün.

(02/177) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that at least 20 people are detained in house raids in Diyarbakır on February 14, 2020. Detained people are: HDP provincial executive İrfan Söner, HDP Bağlar district co-chair Mehmet Atlıhan, HDP Yenişehir district co-chair Sadrettin Kaya, Democratic Islam Congress member Mele Yusuf Andan, DBP Bağlar district executive Ali Alkan, HDP Bağlar district executive Abdullah Dengiz, Rıfat Turfan, HDP Diyarbakır provincial executive Mele Abdullah Arkan, Hasan Çiçek, Mehmet Özçelik, Fuat Öner, Hacı Eroğlu, Halis Tekok and İlknur Meygil.

(02/178) Detained People in Mardin…

On February 15, 2020, 8 people are detained in Kızıltepe, Dargeçit, Nusaybin and Artuklu districts of Mardin. Detained people are: Ahmet Seyhan, Mazlum Acar, Abdulselam Nergiz, Sait Sırdaş and Duygu Aykut.

(02/179) Detained People in Şırnak…

4 people (Abdulhalil Özcan, Ahmet Özcan, Mehmet Hazar and Halil Beğenir) who were detained on the grounds of social media posts, in Şırnak on February 15, 2020, are released on February 16, 2020.

3 people (district council member Hikmet Zan, Mehmet Fidan and Nurettin Şen) who were detained in house raids in İdil district of Şırnak on February 15, 2020 are released on the same day after statement procedures. It is learned that the reason of detention was a funeral they attended in 2014.

It is learned that 10 people are detained in house raids in Cizre district of Şırnak on February 15, 2020. Detained people are: Aziz Erkul, Nupelda Geren, Serhat İnanç and Mikail Bayık.

(02/180) Detained People in Tunceli…

On February 14, 2020, 7 students are detained in house raids in Tunceli. It is learned that 7 people started hunger strike under custody at Tunceli Police Directorate.

(02/181) Detained People in Urfa…

12 people who were detained in central, Viranşehir, Siverek and Hilvan districts of Urfa on February 14, 2020, on the grounds of ‘insulting the President’ and social media posts, are released on February 16, 2020.

(02/182) Detained People in Van…

It is learned that 65 people including Mezopotamya News Agency reported Yunus Duman were detained in Van on February 13 and 14, 2020 and that 34 of them were released on February 16, 2020 while 29 of them are still under custody.

(02/183) Detained HDP Executive in Van…

It is learned that a civilian car stopped HDP Van MP Murat Sarısaç’s car on February 14, 2020 in Van, and detained HDP Party Assembly member Yunus Durdu by forcing him out of the car. Murat Sarısaç shared a video recording of the moments, stating that the car was following his car for a while and the persons in the car hide their faces when he asked who they were.

(02/184) Özgür Gündem Main Case…

The final trial of 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 February 14, 2020. The court separated the cases against Filiz Koçali, Ragıp Zarakolu, Zana Kaya, İnan Kızılkaya, Kemal Sancılı and Eren Keskin. The court acquitted Necmiye Alpay, Bilge Aykut and Aslı Erdoğan.

(02/185) Grup Yorum Band Members on Trial in Istanbul…

The first trial of the case against Grup Yorum band members İbrahim Gökçek, Emel Yeşilırmak, Ümit İlter, Caferi Sadık Eroğlu, Barış Yüksel and Betül Varan on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 37 on February 14, 2020.  İbrahim Gökçek, who is on death fast for 242 days is brought to the courtroom from Silivri Prison. The court acquitted Barış Yüksel, and decided to continue detention of İbrahim Gökçek, Emel Yeşilırmak, Ümit İlter, Caferi Sadık Eroğlu. The court adjourned the trial to March 26 and 27, 2020.

(02/186) Person on Trial in Istanbul…

The final trial of the case against Esin Kavruk, on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ in her social media posts about Turkish Armed Forces operation to north and south Syria, is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 36 on February 14, 2020. The court sentenced Esin Kavruk to 1 year 10 months and 15 days for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

Esin Kavruk was arrested on October 11, 2019 and was released on January 23, 2020. On November 28, 2019, her ward in Bakırköy Women’s Prison was raided by police to forcefully get a DNA sample from her.

(02/187) Investigation Against Parliamentary Member…

It is learned that an investigation is initiated by Van Public Prosecutor’s Office against HDP Van MP Murat Sarısaç, for he recorded the persons in a civilian car which has been following him, stopped him and detained HDP Party Assembly member Murat Sarısaç who was in the car. It is reported that the investigation was on the grounds of ‘aiding and abetting an illegal organisation’ and ‘insulting a public officer’.

(02/188) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On February 15, 2020, 1 person is detained in Sincan district of Ankara.

6 of 27 people who were detained in operations covering 22 cities through a Konya based investigation on February 4, 2020, are arrested on February 14, 2020. 21 people are released on judicial control conditions.

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13 February 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(02/133) People Subjected to Torture and Ill-Treatment of Police in Mersin…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 12, 2020 that, the police raided house of Mehmet Beyhan, member of People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Youth Assembly in Mersin on February 11, 2020 and committed physical and verbal violence to persons in the house and held gun to their heads.

Mehmet Beyhan’s brother Cindi Beyhan stated the following: “The police hold a gun to my 11 years old kid’s head, asked his name and beat him. They scattered everything around. They pulled my 17 years old daughter’s hair, pushed her to the ground, stepped on her back and beat her; asked her name and hold a gun to her head. They kept holding guns to my daughter Zehra and son Erhan, and beat them. They beat us, they tormented us.”

(02/134) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 12, 2020 that, journalist Aziz Oruç who is kept in Patnos L Type Prison is not given the books, letters and clothes sent to him.

(02/135) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned that Şerif Mesutoğlu, who was on hunger strike in Siverek T Type Prison for 229 to demand a fair trial, ended his strike on February 12, 2020. Şerif Mesutoğlu has been sentenced to heavy life imprisonment through the case about Derik district sub-governor Muhammed Safitürk’s death.

(02/136) 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 1191 days to regain their jobs, intended to be held in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on February 12, 2020 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 February 12, 2020, 2 people (Alev Şahin and Mehmet Dersulu) and at 18.00 3 people (Merve Demirel, Nazan Bozkurt and Sercan Çakır) were detained.

Thus in total 5 people were detained due to press declaration intended to be held in Yüksel Street on February 12, 2020. It is learned detained people were released on the same days they were detained.

(02/137) Detained Trade Union Executive, Political Party Executives and City Council Member in Ağrı…

On February 12, 2020 5 people (Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions Ağrı branch chair Ersin Erinçik, HDP central district co-chair İsmail Çiftçi, HDP central district executives Ömer Taş, city council member Sabri Taşdemir and Hamit Taşdemir, former executive of Democratic Regions Party [DBP]) are detained in house raids in Ağrı. The reason of detention is unknown.

(02/139) Detained Local Authority and Other People in Muş…

On February 12, 2020, 8 people including Salih Söylemez, local authority of Kazgöl village, are detained in house raids in Kazgöl, Aslankaya and Yaramış villages of Malazgirt district of Muş. It is learned that 8 people are taken to Malazgirt District Gendarmerie Command however the reason of detention is unknown.

(02/140) Detained HDP Executive in Bitlis…

On February 12, 2020, Rumet Dursun, provincial co-chair of HDP in Bitlis is detained in a house raid in Tatvan district of Bitlis.

(02/141) Detained People in Antep…

On February 12, 2020, 12 people are detained on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ in house raids in Antep.

(02/142) Journalist on Trial in Istanbul…

The first trial of the case against Cumhuriyet newspaper reporter Zehra Çelenk, on the grounds of mentioning an anonymous witness’ name in a report, is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 27 on February 12, 2020. After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to April 14, 2020.

(02/143) HDP Executives and Members on Trial in Van…

On February 10, 2020, the first trial of the case against 12 people (5 of them are arrested) including Yadişen Karabulak, former provincial co-chair of HDP in Van, was held at Van Heavy Penal Court No 7 and the court has released 4 arrested defendants. It is learned that the prosecutor’s office objected the release and the court accepted the objection. Fikret Doğan and Yadişen Karabulak are detained again on February 12, 2020.

(02/144) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against Selman Gülen is held at Adana Heavy Penal Court No 12 on February 12, 2020. The court sentenced the defendant to 6 years and 3 months on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

The final trial of the case against Faruk Güllü is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 23 on February 12, 2020. The court sentenced the defendant to 8 years and 9 months on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(02/145) Ban of Events in Hakkari…

Hakkari Governorate made a declaration on February 12, 2020 and announced that, all open-door events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, opening stands and tents, festivals, concerts, delivering leaflets and so on are banned for 15 days as of February 13, 2020. All events are banned in Hakkari for 328 days since April 4, 2019.

(02/146) Ban of Access to a Website…

It is learned from the news coverage of February 12, 2020 that, access to a news report on evrensel.net website, about dismissal of a teacher at private Maya school, is banned to access by Ankara Penal Court of Peace on February 10, 2020.

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