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30 June 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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30 June 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(06/388) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 29, 2020 that 4 militant died in clashes between Turkish Armed Forces units and HPG militants in Haftanin area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government between June 19 and June 25, 2020; and 1 HPG militant died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Yüksekova district of Hakkari on June 25, 2020.

(06/389) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 29, 2020 that, in Ağrı Patnos L Type Prison, letters and packages sent to prisoners were given to them with a delay, hand radios of prisoners were seized, social and sports rights of prisoners were restricted, prisoners were not given hot water and the food given was not hygienic.

It is learned from the news coverage of June 29, 2020 that, 19 prisoners are kept in wards for 6 people in Aydın E Type Prison and some prisoners have to sleep on the floors.

(06/390) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Izmir…

The police prevented the “Defence did not and will not silence” march of lawyers from Izmir Bar Association on June 29, 2020, in Alsancak, Izmir, to protest legislative regulation plan about bar associations. It is learned that after police prevention on the grounds of lack of permission through Law on Meetings and Demonstrations No 2911, lawyers had a sit-in protest there.

(06/391) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1329 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on June 29, 2020 at 13.30 and 18.00 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(06/392) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protest in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on June 29, 2020, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and forced 1 person (Mahmut Konuk) away from the building by using physical violence.

(06/393) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Düzce…

On June 29, 2020, the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, in front of Düzce Governorate and detained her. Alev Şahin was released on the same day.

(06/394) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police detained 2 people (Sultan Kaya and Hasan Basri Yıldız) who held a press declaration in front of President’s house in Üsküdar district of Istanbul on June 29, 2020, to support lawyers Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal who are on death fast in prison to demand fair trial.

(06/395) Detentions Through the Investigation Against DTK…

29 of 45 people including journalists, co-mayors, city council members; and executives and members of political parties, associations and unions, who were detained on June 26, 2020 through an investigation against Democratic Society Congress (DTK), are referred to the court on June 29, 2020.

The court decided to arrest 15 people (Peace Mother Makbule Özbek, Mehmet Güngörmüş, Fesih Balbey, Mehmet Cahit Ay, Emrullah Zümrüt, Adil Ercan, Mustafa Alımterin, Tevfik kaçar, Yıldız Damla, Enver Çelik, Erdal Bayram, Fedai Akar, Jiyan Taş, Leyla Bağırtır and Mehmet Cahit Şık) on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’; and released 14 people (Silvan district co-mayor Naşide Toprak, Health and Social Services Employees Union executive Mahfuz Karaaslan, Gönül Oğur, journalist Ayşe Kara, Mehmet Deviren, İbrahim Halil Taş, Mehmet Sağlam, Seher Özgen Aytek, Selva Akkoyun, Suphi İzol, Azad Can, Enver Temiz, Ferhat Erkuş and Gurbet Çakar) on judicial control conditions.

8 of 16 people who were referred to the court on June 28, 2020 have been arrested and 8 of them have been released on judicial control conditions. Thus in total 23 people are arrested through the investigation on DTK while 22 people are released on judicial control conditions.

(06/396) Detained Journalist in Diyarbakır…

The police intervened the commemoration at graveyard for journalist Mazlum Erenci, on June 29, 2020 in Diyarbakır; and detained journalist Zeynel Bulut. It is learned that the police seized photograph of Mazlum Erenci on the grounds that it is ‘propaganda for an illegal organisation’; and did not allow people to stand in homage and say prayers upon the grave. It is reported that Zeynel Bulut is released after statement procedures at the police on June 30, 2020.

(06/397) Investigation Against HDP MP and DTK Co-Chair…

It is learned that Leyla Güven, DTK co-chair and People’s Democratic Party (HDP) MP who has been stripped of MP status; was called by Diyarbakır Public Prosecutor’s Office to give official statement through the investigation on DTK on June 29, 2020.

(06/398) Investigation Against Journalist in Istanbul…

It is learned that Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation against Mezopotamya News Agency reporter Sadiye Eser for an interview she made in 2019; and that Sadiye Eser gave her official statement on June 29, 2020.

(06/399) Investigation Against a Person…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 29, 2020 that, an investigation is initiated against Beşiktaş Gymnastics Club Council Board member Ali Rıza Dizdar, on the grounds of ‘insult’, for the expression of “son in law” in his declarations after Beşiktaş-Göztepe football match. It is learned that Ali Rıza Dizdar gave his official statement through the investigation.

(06/400) Dargeçit JİTEM Case…

The case against 18 people, for forced disappearance of 8 people including 3 children who were detained in Dargeçit district of Mardin between October 29, 2015 and March 8, 1996; and of special sergeant Bilal Batır, who was alleged to inform families of those disappeared forcefully, is held on Adıyaman Heavy Penal Court No 1 on the charge of ‘intentional killing’ on June 29, 2020.

The court rejected demand of complainant lawyers for arrest of defendants and decided to send the case file to the prosecutor for legal opinion and adjourned the trial to November 2, 2020.

(06/401) Assault to a Political Party Office in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that 6 people are detained on June 29, 2020 in Diyarbakır in relation to the assault to Justice and Development Party (AKP) office in Bismil district of Diyarbakır on June 28, 2020 which caused material damage.

(06/402) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On June 29, 2020, 16 people including teachers who have been dismissed by state of emergency decrees are detained in operations covering 4 cities through a Bursa based investigation.

(06/403) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against M. A., a former soldier who has been dismissed by a state of emergency decree, is held at Antep Heavy Penal Court No 2 on June 29, 2020. The court sentenced the defendant to 6 years and 3 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(06/404) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 18 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,374 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on June 29, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 5,115 and total number of confirmed cases is 198,613 as of June 29, 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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27 – 29 June 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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27 – 29 June 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(06/365) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 26, 2020 that, 1 HPG militant died in a clash in rural areas of Şırnak on June 8, 2020; 1 HPG militant died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to Haftanin area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on June 25, 2020; and 1 HPG militant died in a clash in the same place on the same day.

Ministry of National Defence declared that 1 soldier (Yunus Gül) died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants on June 26, 2020; and 1 soldier (Recep Yüksel) died in a clash on June 28, 2020, during the “Claw-Tiger Operation” in Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government.

It is learned from the news coverage of June 28, 2020 that 3 HPG militants died in a clash in rural areas of Çukurca district of Hakkari on May 31, 2020; and 5 HPG militants died in a clash in Haftanin area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on June 25, 2020.

(06/366) Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Custody in Diyarbakır…

Sevil Rojbin Çetin, a member of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Democratic Local Administrations Board and Free Women’s Movement (TJA) is detained in a house raid on June 26, 2020, through a Mardin based investigation.

It is learned that Sevil Rojbin Çetin was physically attacked by police dogs during the raid. It is reported that Sevil Rojbin Çetin was injured at face, feet and body due to attack of police dogs and physical violence of the police which lasted for 3 hours.

Sevil Rojbin Çetin described the torture and ill-treatment that she was subjected to through her lawyers, and stated the following: “They broke the door. I did not understand what was happening at first. They went in my house with dogs and let the dogs on me. One of the dogs caught me at my upper leg while the other one was catching the other leg. I tried to get my leg back, the dog pushed me to the wall. I shouted, ‘Take off your dogs, why did you enter in this way?’ but they were just watching. They yelled, ‘get down on the floor, get down’, and I said that I would not. The dogs were almost tearing my flesh out. Then they forced me to get down on the floor, I was not doing so, and they pulled my hair and pushed me to the floor. They were beating me, hitting me with gunstocks and kicking me. (…) They started to kick me at the eye whenever I raised my head. They tried to tie my hands behind my back. (…) They closed my eyes with a tie. They were hitting me, and pouring water on me. There were two female police officers and one of them constantly beat me. (…) They put a gun to my head and threatened me, saying ‘if you make noise we will make it worse’. They said, ‘If only your house was at the fifth floor, you would directly jump off there so that we would not deal with you’. (…) They tore my clothes and trousers off. They got me half naked and probably took photos because I heard the button. (…) They took me to Selahattin Eyyubi Public Hospital. The doctor said ‘I cannot examine her like this’. I wanted the police officers out. And then I told everything to the doctor”. 

It is learned from the news coverage of June 27, 2020 that, Diyarbakır Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation against the lawyer who visited Sevil Rojbin Çetin under custody and recorded torture and ill-treatment that she was subjected to; and it is learned that the prosecutor’s office sent a directive to Diyarbakır Security Directorate Anti-Terror Department for official statement procedures fort his investigation.

It is reported that Sevil Rojbin Çetin was taken to Mardin on June 27, 2020.

Diyarbakır Governorate made a declaration about torture and ill-treatment against Sevil Rojbin Çetin, on June 28, 2020, and stated the following: “While the officers were entering the residence, specially trained dog caught the person at her right leg to prevent her escaping from the balcony door; and the operation dog was immediately taken under control by its trainer; and the suspect was captured by use of gradual force in order to prevent her damaging herself and the officers. There is no intentional attack by operation dog as it is alleged”. 

(06/367) Intervention to Prisoners on Death Fast in Prison…

It is learned that lawyers who went to Izmir Şakran Prison to visit Didem Akman and Özgür Karakaya, on June 26, 2020, were not allowed to see them on the grounds of Covid-19 pandemic. Didem Akman (in Izmir Şakran Women’s Prison) and Özgür Karakaya (Izmir Şakran T Type Prison No 2) who were on death fast to demand a fair trial, were taken to the hospital in prison compound without their consents on June 25, 2020.

People’s Law Office declared on June 27, 2020 that Didem Akman was subjected to forcefully blood sample drawing at prison compound hospital.

Progressive Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD) declared on June 27, 2020 that Didem Akman and Özgür Karakaya were discharged from hospital and taken back to prison.

(06/368) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned that 3 prisoners (Elif Deniz, Ronahi Sırdaş and Melek Evren) in Mardin E Type Prison who went on an indefinite hunger strike to demand an end to right violations in prison, ended their strike on June 28, 2020 after prison administration’s declaration for ending the right violations.

(06/369) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 26, 2020 that there were more prisoners kept in Mardin E Type Prison than capacity, despite of Covid-19 pandemic; and prisoners were provided water three times a day and 45 minutes each time; prisoners were not given sufficient cleaning supplies; wardens were not following social distancing rules during ward searches. It is also stated in the news reports that books, magazines and newspapers sent to prisoners were not given to them although they were not banned; and that prisoners were forced to stand up during roll-calls in open areas.

It is learned from the news coverage of June 27, 2020 that, Ömer Umut Karataş, a prisoner in Bolu T Type Prison was subjected to physical and verbal violence of wardens and was threatened as “Your dead body will leave here. We will kill you”.

It is learned from the news coverage of June 28, 2020 that, wards in Gebze Women’s Prison were not disinfected despite of Covid-19 pandemic; and cleaning supplies were sold at high prices at prison commissary. It is also stated in the news reports that letters sent to prisoners were not given to them and social rights of prisoners were restricted.

(06/370) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 26, 2020 that prisoners in Mardin E Type Prison were not taken to hospital in case of need.

It is learned from the news coverage of June 28, 2020 that ill prisoners in Gebze Women’s Prison were not taken to infirmary and hospital.

(06/371) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1328 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on June 26, 2020 at 13.30 and 18.00 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

The police intervened the press declaration at 13.30 on June 27, 2020 and detained 1 person (Nazan Bozkurt) by using physical violence. The police intervened the press declaration at 18.00 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

The police intervened the press declaration at 13.30 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence. The police intervened the press declaration at 18.00 on June 28, 2020 and detained 1 person (Mehmet Dersulu) by using physical violence.

Thus, 2 people are detained in police interventions to press declarations on June 26, 27, and 28, 2020.

(06/372) Police Intervention to a Protest in Diyarbakır…

The police prevented the press declaration in Diyarbakır on June 26, 2020; which was to protest detentions through an investigation against Democratic Society Congress (DTK).

(06/373) Detained Co-Mayors in Elazığ…

Canan Tağtekin and Bekir Polat, HDP co-mayors of Sarıcan town of Karakoçan district of Elazığ, who were detained in house raids on June 23, 2020; are released by the court on judicial control conditions on June 26, 2020.

(06/374) Detentions Through the Investigation Against DTK…

It is learned that detention warrants are issued for 64 people including journalists, co-mayors, city council members; and executives and members of political parties, associations and unions, through an investigation against Democratic Society Congress (DTK) on June 26, 2020.

42 people are detained in house raids in Diyarbakır, İstanbul, Adana, Şırnak, Batman and Van. Names of detained people learned so far are: Hazro city council member Fesih Balbey, Bismil city council members Enver Çelik and Aynur Aktar, HDP Kocaköy district co-chair Cahit Ay, HDP Kulp district former co-chair Selva Akkoyun, Enver Temiz, DTK board member Jiyan Taş and Hüseyin Kaya, Rosa Women’s Association executive Rojda Barış, Silvan co-mayor Naşide Toprak (she was suspended and was sentenced to house confinement), MEBYA-DER executive Yıldız Damla and Derya Damla, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Party Assembly member Leyla Bağatır, Confederation of Public Employees’ Unions (KESK) general assembly member and Municipality and Local Administration Employees Union member Ayten Tekeş, Union of Bureau, Office, Banking Employees (BES) Diyarbakır branch chair Suphi İzol, Chamber of Mechanical Engineers Diyarbakır branch executive Arin Zümrüt, Peace Mother Makbule Özbek, lawyer Berdan Acun, HDP Silvan district executives and members Mehmet Sağlam, Fatma Bülbül, Tahir Duran, HDP Bağlar district executive Gurbet Çakar, Felek Akyüz, Orhan Akyüz, Mehmet Güngörmüş, Velat Esin, İbrahim Halil Taş, Ferhat Erkuş, Seher Özgen Aytek, Nesrin Şanlı, Ümran Baturay, Cahit Şık, Erdal Bayram, Fedai Akar, Zekiye Yılmaz, Ömer Baran, Gönül, Tevfik Kaçar, journalist Ayşe Kara.

16 of detained 42 people are referred to the court on June 28, 2020. The court arrested 8 people (Ayten Tekeş, Arin Zümrüt, Rojda Barış, Nesrin Şanlı, Piran Başkurt, Hüseyin Kaya, Mehmet Şengül and Ümran Baturay) and released 8 people (Fatma Bülbül, Berdan Acun, Adem Firik, Velat Esin, Aytaç Duymuş, Ömer Baran, Zekiye Yılmaz and Aynur Aktar) on judicial control conditions.

It is learned that DTK office in Diyarbakır was searched and the signboard, computers and books in there were seized; and the office was sealed upon Diyarbakır Public Prosecutor’s Office instruction.

It is also reported that J&J Bookstore was also searched through the investigation and some books were seized on the grounds of ban decisions.

(06/375) Detained HDP Executive in Elazığ…

HDP executive Mehmet Sarı who was detained in a house raid in Sarıcan town of Karakoçan district of Elazığ on June 23, 2020, is released by the court on judicial control conditions on June 26, 2020.

(06/376) Detained HDP Executive in Mardin…

HDP Party Assembly member Ercan Oğuz is detained in Kızıltepe district of Mardin on June 26, 2020. The reason of detention is unknown.

(06/377) Arrested Lawyers in Istanbul…

Özgür Yılmaz and Süleyman Gökten, lawyers from Progressive Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD) and People’s Law Office, who were detained in Istanbul on June 25, 2020, on the grounds of detention warrants, are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’, on June 27, 2020.

(06/378) Person on Trial for Social Media Posts…

The final trial of the case against Colonel Ahmet Zeki Üçok, former prosecutor of Turkish Air Force, for his social media posts on July 15 coup attempt and on Hulusi Akar, Chief of General Staff, is held at Ankara Penal Court of First Instance No 20 on June 26, 2020.

The court sentenced Zeki Üçok to 6 months and 7 days for ‘deeds and acts that publicly insult or deride which is directed towards destroying trust and confidence to chiefs and commanders, and to damage superior-subordinate relationship’ according to Article 95/4 of Military Criminal Law Number 1632; and suspended the sentence.

(06/379) Investigation Against Co-Mayor in Şırnak…

It is learned that an investigation is initiated against Mehmet Zırığ, HDP co-mayor of Cizre district of Şırnak to where a trustee was appointed; on the grounds of ‘provoking hatred and hostility among public and insult’ for his speech at the protest for trustee appointments, and that Mehmet Zırığ gave his official statement through this investigation at Cizre Police Directorate.

(06/380) Investigation Against Mayor in Izmir…

It is learned that Menemen Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation against Serdar Aksoy, Republican People’s Party (CHP) mayor of Menemen district of Izmir. It is learned that the investigation is on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for 9 illegal organisations (THKP-C, Revolutionary Path, Revolutionary Youth, MLKP, MKP, HKO, TKP/ML, TİKKO, KP/İÖ)’, in Serdar Aksoy’s speech at CHP’s district congress where he mentioned names of İbrahim Kaypakkaya, Mahir Çayan and Deniz Gezmiş.

(06/381) Investigation Against Journalist in Sakarya…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 27, 2020 that, an investigation is initiated against Mustafa Sarı, grant holder; Sedat Balta, executive editor; and İsmail Erken, news editor of Adapazarı Akşam Haberleri local newspaper; on the grounds of ‘insult and defamation to public officer’, for the news reports on Justice and Development Party (AKP) Sakarya MP Ali İhsan Yavuz’s statements as “Media does not reflect good things”.

(06/382) Investigation Against CHP Members in Istanbul…

It is learned that 8 members of CHP Youth Organisation, including 2 candidates of Higher Education Institutions Examination (YKS) on June 28, 2020; were called to give official statements to the police for they held a banner on the exam.

(06/383) Proceedings Against Parliamentary Members…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 28, 2020 that, 16 proceedings demanding lift of impunity of 13 parliamentary members from CHP, HDP and IYI Party are submitted to Grand National Assembly.

Parliamentary members subjected to proceedings are:

  • HDP co-chair and Istanbul MP Pervin Buldan (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Muş MP Şevin Coşkun (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Şırnak MP (2 proceedings)
  • HDP Diyarbakır MP Remziye Tosun (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Izmir MP Murat Çepni (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Mardin MP Tuma Çelik (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Mardin MP Ebru Günay (1 proceeding)
  • HDP Van MP Murat Sarısaç (3 proceedings)
  • CHP group deputy chair and Sakarya MP Engin Özkoç (1 proceeding)
  • CHP Malatya MP Veli Ağababa (1 proceeding)
  • IYI Party group deputy chair and Kocaeli MP Lütfü Türkkan (1 proceeding)
  • IYI Party Ankara MP Koray Aydın (1 proceeding)
  • IYI Party Istanbul MP Ümit Özdağ (1 proceeding)

(06/384) Ban of Access to a News Report…

It is learned that access to a news report on https://sozcu.com.tr/ website is banned on verdict of Ankara Bala Penal Court of Peace on June 26, 2020.

(06/385) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On June 26, 2020, 15 people are detained in operations covering 18 cities through a Konya based investigation.

9 people who were detained in Tokat are arrested by the court on June 27, 2020.

(06/386) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against 245 people for acts at Gendarmerie General Command during July 15 coup attempt, is held at Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 23 on June 26, 2020.

The court sentenced 86 defendants to heavy life imprisonment on the charge of ‘attempting to abolish the constitutional order’ and 35 defendants to life imprisonment on the same charge. The court sentenced 8 defendants to 12 years and 6 months each for ‘aiding the attempt to abolish the constitutional order’, and 7 defendants to 15 years each for the same charge. The court sentenced 23 defendants to jail penalties from 6 years and 3 months to 12 years for ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court separated the cases against 10 fugitives; drop the case for 2 defendants who lost their lives during trials; and acquitted 74 defendants.

(06/387) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 19 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,396 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on June 26, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 17 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,372 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on June 27, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 15 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,356 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on June 28, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 5,097 and total number of confirmed cases is 197,239 as of June 28, 2020.

It is claimed in the news coverage of June 27, 2020 that 22 prisoners in Afyon E Type Prison tested positive for Covid-19 and were referred to hospital.

[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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26 June 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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26 June 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(06/339) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 25, 2020 that, 3 militants died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Çaldıran district of Van on June 15, 2020.

It is claimed that 2 civilian people died and 8 people including children got wounded in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to Şarbajar area of Sulaymaniyah city of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on June 25, 2020.

(06/340) Civilian Person Died Due to Fire Opened by Security Forces in Van…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 25, 2020 that, a lieutenant (Y. E.) gave his official statement at Başkale District Prosecutor’s Office, in relation to the incident in Kaşkol neighbourhood where a civilian died and another got wounded. On June 15, 2020, Erhan Görür, a civilian person died and 1 person got wounded due to fire opened by security forces in Kaşkol neighbourhood of Başkale district of Van.

It is learned that Y. E. who stated “I opened the fire. I was the only person in charge. Anybody else from the staff did not fire” was released by the court with a ban on leaving the country.

It is also stated in the news reports that 10 soldiers who were also at the crime scene gave their statements at Esmerpınar Gendarmerie Command. Lawyer of Erhan Görür’s family states the following: “It is irregular and non-procedural that the defendant and witnesses are interrogated by their fellow workers. It raises a doubt that there is no effective investigation being conducted and there is something that is about to be hid”.

(06/341) Intervention to Prisoners on Death Fast in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 25, 2020 that, Didem Akman (in Izmir Şakran Women’s Prison) and Özgür Karakaya (Izmir Şakran T Type Prison No 2) who were on death fast to demand a fair trial, were taken to the hospital in prison compound without their consents.

(06/342) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned on June 25, 2020 that 3 prisoners (Elif Deniz, Ronahi Sırdaş and Melek Evren) in Mardin E Type Prison went on an indefinite hunger strike to demand an end to right violations in prison.

(06/343) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned on June 25, 2020 that 5 prisoners (Serhat Bulut, Emrullah Oruc, İlyas Doğan, Cahfer Sabır and Kasım Karataş) in Urfa Hilvan T Type Prison No 2 went on an indefinite hunger strike to demand an end to right violations in prison.

(06/344) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 25, 2020 that, 3 prisoners (Elif Deniz, Ronahi Sırdaş and Melek Evren) who went on an indefinite hunger strike to demand an end to right violations in Mardin E Type Prison were subjected to disciplinary proceedings and were penalised with 14 days of solitary cell confinement.

(06/345) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 25, 2020 that, 3 ill prisoners [98% disabled Serdal Yıldırım (27), quadriplegic Abdullah Turan (23) and Engin Aktaş (32) amputated at both hands] in Metris R Type Prison were not taken to hospital despite they were infected.

It is learned from the news coverage of June 25, 2020 that, Mehmet Faruk Engin, a prisoner in Osmaniye T Type Prison No 2 was not taken to the infirmary.

(06/346) Person Subjected to Police Violence in Izmir…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 25, 2020 that, Adil Demirtaş was subjected to physical violence of a special operation police officer with whom he had a dispute with, in Kadifekale neighbourhood of Konak district of Izmir on June 20, 2020; and that he was injured due to violence. It is reported that Adil Demirtaş made a criminal complaint against the police officer.

Adil Demirtaş states the following: “While I was having a phone conversation in front of my house, the special operation officer at the security point said ‘Get out of here, why are you having a phone conversation here’. I answered ‘I am in front of my house, there is no reason I should get out of here’. And the police officer said ‘You will get out if I said so’ and slapped me. I rolled down the stairs. I went to Kadifekale Police Station for criminal complaint. They checked me over general information system as if I was the guilty. And then they did not accept my criminal complaint application”.

(06/347) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1325 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on June 25, 2020 at 13.30 and 18.00 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

 

(06/348) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Düzce…

On June 25, 2020, the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, in front of Düzce Governorate and detained her. Alev Şahin was released on the same day.

(06/349) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

On June 25, 2020, the press declaration of lawyers in front of Ministry of Justice, for lawyers Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal who are on death fast to demand a fair trial is prevented by private security guards of the ministry.

(06/350) Detained Co-Mayors and City Council Member in Batman…

Hatice Taş and Osman Karabulut, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-mayors of İkiköprü town of Batman who were detained in house raids in districts of Batman on June 22, 2020, are arrested by the court on June 25, 2020. Tahsin Yıldırım, HDP’s member of city council is released on judicial control conditions.

Ministry of Interior has appointed Beşiri district sub-governor as a trustee to İkiköprü town on December 7, 2019.

(06/351) Detained People in Batman…

20 of 21 people including municipality employees who were detained in house raids in Batman on June 22, 2020 are released by the court on judicial control conditions on June 25, 2020. Bayram Özalp, a municipality employee is arrested.

(06/352) Detained People in Diyarbakır…

2 people (Şeyhmus Saltan and Türki Saltan) are detained on the grounds of ‘aiding and abetting an illegal organisation’, in house raids in Diyarbakır through a Mardin based investigation on June 25, 2020. 2 people are released after statement procedures at Mardin Gendarmerie Command on the same day. It is learned that the investigation was about a photograph of these 2 people with their HPG militant soon, taken during “solution process”.

(06/353) Co-Mayor on Trial in Şırnak…

The trial of the case against Mehmet Zırığ, HDP co-mayor of Cizre district of Şırnak to where a trustee was appointed; for his speeches during a Newroz celebration, is held at Cizre Penal Court of First Instance No 3 on June 25, 2020.

After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to July 9, 2020.

(06/354) Journalists and Human Rights Defenders on Trial in Ankara…

The case against 11 people including journalists Sibel Hürtaş and Hayri Demir, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper employee Barış Ceyhan and Human Rights Association (İHD) executive board member Nuray Çevirmen, for their news reports and social media posts on Turkish Armed Forces’ military operation to Afrin, is held on June 25, 2020 at Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 15.

After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to November 25, 2020.

3 people (Barış Ceyhan, Saim Serin and Lezgin Tekay) who were arrested through this case were released at the first trial held on September 6, 2018. The court has also separated the case against HDP MP Kemal Bülbül.

(06/355) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The case against 6 journalists (Ömer Çelik, news director and Metin Yoksu, reporter of Dicle News Agency which was closed down by a state of emergency decree; Tunca Öğreten, former editor of Diken news portal; Mahir Kanaat, Birgün newspaper employee; Eray Sargın, editor in chief of Yolculuk newspaper; Derya Okatan, Etkin News Agency news director) on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 29 is held on June 25, 2020.

The indictment demands sentence for 6 journalists on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’, ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘blocking and breaking the information system, changing or destroying the data’, for reporting on the e-mails of Berat Albayrak, Minister of Energy and Natural Sources which were hacked by Redhack and then published on the internet.

The court adjourned the trial to December 15, 2020.

3 of 6 journalists who were detained on December 25, 2016, were arrested by the court on January 17, 2017. Ömer Çelik was released on October 24, 2017; Tunca Öğreten and Mahir Kanaat were released on December 6, 2017.

(06/356) Journalist and Other People on Trial in Istanbul…

The first trial of the case against 4 people including journalist Ferda Yılmazoğlu, is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 28 on June 25, 2020.

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

It is learned that Ferda Yılmazoğlu and Seyhan Çiçekli demanded to declare their personal information in Kurdish and the court did not accept and thus did not hear their testimonies. After defence hearings of the other defendants the court decided to release Teymen Öztürk and Faruk Öztürk on judicial control conditions, decided to continue detention of Ferda Yılmazoğlu and Seyhan Çiçekli and adjourned the trial to October 8, 2020.

(06/357) Journalist on Trial in Istanbul…

The first trial of the case against journalist Sabiha Temizkan on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ is held on June 25, 2020. The court adjourned the trial to September 22, 2020.

(06/358) Journalist on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The first trial of the case against journalist Özgür Paksoy, for his social media share of Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff’s drawing of Tahir Elçi, Diyarbakır Bar Association chair who was killed on November 28, 2015; is held at Diyarbakır Penal Court of First Instance No 7 on June 25, 2020.

After defence hearings the court sentenced Özgür Paksoy to 11 months and 20 days for ‘insulting the President’ and deferred the announcement of the verdict.

(06/359) HDP Members and Executives on Trial in Van…

The trial of the case against 12 people with 2 arrestees including Yadişen Karabulak, HDP’s former provincial co-chair in Van, is held at Van Heavy Penal Court No 7 on June 25, 2020.

After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention of Yadişen Karabulak and Fikret Doğan and adjourned the trial to July 2, 2020.

12 people were detained on September 10, 2019 and 5 of them (HDP’s former provincial co-chair Yadişen Karabulak, HDP Women’s Assembly member Dilan Yıldız, Democratic Society Congress members Sait Kılıç, Fikret Doğan and İbrahim Sungur) were arrested on September 13, 2019. The court has released 5 people on judicial control conditions at the first trial held on February 10, 2019. Upon the prosecutor’s appeal to release, Fikret Doğan and Yadişen Karabulak were detained and arrested again on February 13, 2020, and a warrant was issued for detention of other 3 people.

(06/360) Çorlu Train Crash Case…

The trial of 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 at Çorlu Heavy Penal Court No 1 on June 25, 2020. 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 reported that journalists were not allowed to enter the courtroom with their computers. It is learned that families of those who died in the crash left the court room as a reaction to the prosecutor who expresses contrary opinion with regard to arrest of defendants. Witness declarations were heard at the trial. The court ruled an accident scene investigation by a group formed of 7 experts on July 16, 2020 and adjourned the trial to November 4, 2020.

(06/361) Investigation Against Mayor…

Ministry of Interior initiated an investigation against Ercüment Çervatoğlu, Republican People’s Party (CHP) mayor of Fındıklı district of Rize. It is stated in the news reports that the investigation was about changing the name of Nation’s Garden to 100th Year Atatürk Park, and the name of Nation’s Coffee House to Kazım Koyuncu Cultural Center, and “offending religious feelings by new year’s events where Santa Claus costumes were used”.

(06/362) Ban of Access to Web Contents…

It is learned that access to web contents on several websites and social media accounts https://cumhuriyet.com.tr/, https://www.birgun.net/, https://www.sozcu.com.tr/, https://www.halktv.com.tr/, https://twitter.com/MTanal, https://sol.org.tr/, https://www.gercekgundem.com/, https://twitter.com/patronlar is banned on verdict of Istanbul Anadolu Penal Court of Peace No 7 on June 25, 2020.

(06/363) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On June 25, 2020, 7 people are detained in house raids in Hatay.

(06/364) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 21 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,458 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on June 25, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 5,046 and total number of confirmed cases is 193,115 as of June 25, 2020.

It is learned from data shared by Ankara Chamber of Medicine on June 25, 2020 that 452 health workers including 89 doctors, 47 intern doctors, 4 dentists, 1 workplace doctor, 67 nurses, 27 primary care doctors, 6 administrative personnel, 14 medical secretaries, 5 pharmacists, 2 radiology technicians, 28 emergency medical technicians, 67 cleaning workers, 7 kitchen workers, 3 security staff in Ankara tested positive for Covid-19.

It is claimed in the news coverage of June 25, 2020 that Deniz Yıldırım, a cancer patient prisoner in Elazığ High Security Prison No 1 tested positive for Covid-19.

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(06/321) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 24, 2020 that, 1 militant died in a clash between security forces and MLKP/FESK militants in rural areas of Kağızman district of Kars.

(06/322) People Subjected to Police Violence in Şırnak…

It is learned that 5 people who had a dispute with the police officers conducting face mask control in Cizre district of Şırnak were subjected to police violence, on June 24, 2020. It is stated in the news reports that the police used electroshock weapon and pepper spray to intervene 5 people who were then detained.

(06/323) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1324 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on June 24, 2020 at 13.30 and 18.00 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(06/324) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Düzce…

On June 24, 2020, the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, in front of Düzce Governorate and detained her. Alev Şahin was released on the same day.

 

(06/325) Detained People in Istanbul for Hanging a Banner…

On June 24, 2020, 4 members of Labourist Movement Party (EHP) who were hanging a banner saying “Take your hands off severance pay” in Beşiktaş district of Istanbul. Names of detained people are unknown.

(06/326) The Case Against Abducted Person in Ankara…

The first trial of the case against Yasin Ugan, who was abducted in Ankara on February 13, 2019; is held at Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 34 on June 23, 2020. Yasin Ugan was abducted by a group of people who claim themselves as police and raid his house in Altındağ district of Ankara; and it was reported by the police to his family on July 29, 2020 that he was found nearby Ankara Police Directorate Anti-Terror Department.

It is learned that Yasin Ugan declares in his statement that, there was a bag on his head during all time he was kept abducted; there were several bruises on his body due to torture and ill-treatment he was subjected to and he could have a bath only three times during this time. It is also learned that Yasin Ugan states that he signed the previous statement without even seeing it and now he dismisses his lawyer. It is reported that the chief judge of the court will make a criminal complaint to Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office related to torture and ill-treatment allegations that Yasin Ugan stated.

After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial.

(06/327) Journalists on Trial in Istanbul…

The first trial of the case against Mehmet Ferhat Çelik (managing editor of Yeni Yaşam newspaper), Aydın Keser (executive editor of Yeni Yaşam newspaper), Barış Pehlivan (managing editor of Oda TV), Barış Terkoğlu (chief news editor of Oda TV) and reporter Hülya Kılınç and Murat Ağırel (Yeniçağ newspaper writer) for the news reports on National Intelligence officer who died in Libya and was buried in Manisa, is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 34 on June 24, 2020.

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

After defence hearings the court released Barış Terkoğlu, Aydın Keser and Ferhat Çelik; decided to continue detention of Murat Ağırel, Hülya Kılınç and Barış Pehlivan; and adjourned the trial to September 9, 2020.

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

(06/328) Journalist on Trial in Istanbul…

The trial of the case against Deniz Yücel, Turkey reporter of German Die Welt newspaper, on the charges of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘inciting hatred and hostility among people’ is held on Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 32 on June 24, 2020.

After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to July 16, 2020.

Deniz Yücel was detained on February 14, 2017 and was arrested by the court on February 27, 2017. The indictment against him was accepted by the court on February 16, 2018 and released Deniz Yücel on scheduling order.

(06/329) Journalist on Trial in Istanbul…

The first trial of the case against Evrensel newspaper writer Ender İmrek, on the grounds of ‘insulting President’s wife Emine Erdoğan, for his article “Hermes bag was shining bright”, is held at Bakırköy Penal Court of First Instance No 2 on June 24, 2020.

After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to October 8, 2020.

(06/330) “KCK Cizre Case”…

The final trial of the case known as “KCK Cizre Case” against 78 people including Mehmet Zırığ, co-mayor of Cizre district of Şırnak to which was a trustee was appointed, is held at Malatya Heavy Penal Court No 5 on June 24, 2020.

The court sentenced 67 people to jail penalties from 6 years and 3 months to 10 years on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. Cizre co-mayor Mehmet Zırığ is also sentenced to 6 years and 3 months. The court acquitted 11 people.

(06/331) Former Co-Mayors and Other People on Trial in Mardin…

The final trial of the case against 50 people including Leyla Salman and Sevin Bozan, former co-mayors of Kızıltepe and Artuklu districts of Mardin, is held at Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 2 on June 24, 2020.

The court sentenced 21 people to jail penalties from 6 years and 3 months to 9 years on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. Sentenced people are: 11 people (Cemal Veske, Emine Damar, Kemal Kaçmaz, Rıdvan Tarhan, Sadat İlek, Sadiye Aslan, Selahattin Aydoğdu, Şükran Koyuncu, Atiye Aydın, Bedii İçen and former co-mayor of Artuklu district Sevinç Bozan) to 6 years and 3 months; 3 people (former co-mayor of Kızıltepe district Leyla Salman, Orhan Ablak and Tarık Acay) to 7 years and 6 months; 6 people (Abdülaziz Bilgin, Gülten Yıldız, Mehmet Doğan, Adil Başaran, Ali Özkan and Abdullah Akikol) to 8 years and 1 person (Mehmet Tanhan) to 9 years.

The court acquitted 10 people and separated the cases against 19 people.

(06/332) 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 June 24, 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.

The court adjourned the trial to November 12, 2020 in order to get the case file completed.

(06/333) Diyarbakır JITEM / Musa Anter Case…

The consolidated case on Musa Anter’s killing in Diyarbakır in 1992 and activities of JITEM (Gendarmerie Intelligence and Anti-Terror Unit) in Diyarbakır is held on June 24, 2020 at Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 6. The case known as “JITEM Main Case” on Diyarbakır Penal Court No 1 and the case of Musa Anter’s killing has been consolidated by the Supreme Court’s decision on January 29, 2016.

A witness, Nuri Sınır is heard at the trial. The court adjourned the trial to October 20, 2020.

(06/334) Constitutional Court Decision on Sound and Vision System…

The Constitutional Court’s decision on individual appeal of Şehrivan Çoban who was rejected to attend her trial in person and was subjected to join via sound and vision information technology system, is declared on the official gazette on June 23, 2020.

The court ruled that right to attend a trial in person as a part of right to a fair trial of Şehrivan Çoban was violated and decided to send the conclusion to Van Heavy Penal Court No 2, the court in charge of the case against her.

(06/335) Trustee Appointed to Sarıcan Town…

On June 24, 2020, HDP co-mayor of Sarıcan town of Karakoçan district of Elazığ is suspended and Elazığ deputy governor Erkan Kaçmaz is appointed as a trustee.

Bekir Polat was detained on June 23, 2020.

(06/336) Ban of Access to Web Contents…

It is learned that access to 46 web contents on several websites including https://egitimsen.org.tr, https://artigercek.com/, https://www.evrensel.net/, https://eksisozluk.com/internet is banned on verdict of Turgutlu Penal Court of Peace.

It is learned from the news coverage that a news report on https://sol.org.tr/ is banned to access on verdict of Samsun Penal Court of Peace No 3 on June 23, 2020.

It is learned from the news coverage that a news report on https://halktv.com.tr is banned to access on verdict of Erzurum Penal Court of Peace No 3 on June 24, 2020.

(06/337) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On June 24, 2020, 41 people including military members on active duty are detained in operations covering 23 cities through an Istanbul based investigation.

(06/338) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 24 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,492 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on June 24, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 5,025 and total number of confirmed cases is 191,657 as of June 24, 2020.

It is learned from data shared by Diyarbakır Chamber of Medicine on June 24, 2020 that 155 health workers including 35 doctors, 74 nurses and delivery nurses, 3 paramedics, 23 health personnel, 5 automation personnel, 2 medical secretaries, 10 technicians, 1 laboratory assistant and 1 social service expert in Diyarbakır tested positive for Covid-19.

 

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(06/301) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

Ministry of National Defence declared that 1 soldier (Recep Durak) died and 1 soldier got wounded in an attack against security forces in rural areas of Yüksekova district of Hakkari on June 23, 2020.

It is learned from the news coverage of June 23, 2020 that 2 HPG militants died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Arıcak district of Elazığ on June 8, 2020.

(06/302) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 23, 2020 that prisoners in Adana Kürkçüler F Type Prison started a 2-day hunger strike to demand an end to right violations.

(06/303) Censored Fax Message in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 23, 2020 that, fax message from Figen Yüksekdağ, former co-chair of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), in Kandıra F Type Prison, to HDP Diyarbakır MP Musa Farisoğulları who was put in Diyarbakır Prison after being stripped of MP status, is given censored to him by prison administration.

(06/304) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1323 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on June 23, 2020 at 13.30 and 18.00 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(06/305) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Düzce…

On June 23, 2020, the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, in front of Düzce Governorate and detained her. Alev Şahin was released on the same day.

(06/306) Detained HDP Executive and Other People in Erzurum…

Dinçer Polat, HDP district co-chair who was detained in Karayazı district of Erzurum on June 14, 2020 is arrested by the court on June 23, 2020. 6 people who were also detained are released on judicial control conditions.

(06/307) Detained Musician in Mersin…

Musician Kadir Çat who was detained at Mersin Courthouse where he went to give his official statement through an investigation against him on June 23, 2020, is released by the court on the same day.

(06/308) Detained HDP Members in Mardin…

2 members of HDP Mersin Youth Assembly (Elif İnan and Fahrettin Durmaz) are detained in Artuklu district of Mardin on June 23, 2020; for attaching stickers “We are taking action for mother tongue based egalitarian education” on streets. Detained 2 people are released after statement procedures at the police on the same day.

(06/309) Detained People for Social Media Posts in Izmir…

On June 23, 2020, 13 people are detained in Izmir on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation on social media’. Names of detained people are unknown.

(06/310) Detained People in Bingöl…

11 people who were detained in central and Karlıova districts of Bingöl on June 19, 2020 are released by the court on judicial control conditions on June 23, 2020. Detained people were: Bayram Aksoy, Selim Aksoy, Ferit Karabağ, Nihat Tiryaki, Abdurahim Aksoy, Yüksel Aksoy, Süleyman Bulutgiray, Nihat Gürdeğir, Mahmut Gürdeğir, Didem Polat and Önder Polat.

(06/311) Co-Mayor on Trial in Urfa…

The trial of the case against Hatice Çevik, HDP co-mayor of Suruç district of Urfa, is geld at Urfa Heavy Penal Court No 2 on June 23, 2020.

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

Hatice Çevik joined the trial from prison via sound and vision system. After defence hearings the court released Hatice Çevik and adjourned the trial to October 27, 2020.

Hatice Çevik was detained on November 15, 2019 and was arrested on November 20, 2019. Ministry of Interior has appointed Suruç sub-governor as a trustee to Suruç Municipality.

(06/312) CHP Executive on Trial in Istanbul…

Republican People’s Party (HDP) Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu has been on trial for her social media posts, and Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 37 has sentenced her to 2 years and 8 months for ‘publicly inciting hatred and hostility among people’; 1 year and 6 months for ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’; 2 years and 4 months for ‘insulting the President’; 1 year and 8 months for ‘publicly degrading Turkish Republic’; 1 year 6 months and 20 days for ‘insulting a public officer due to his duty’ which makes in total 9 years 8 months and 20 days. On June 23, 3030, Penal Department No 2 of Istanbul Regional Court approved the sentence given.

(06/313) Journalist on Trial in Tekirdağ…

The trial of the case against journalist Rıfat Doğan, for he shot photographs during the trial of the case on train crash which happened on July 8, 2018 in Çorlu district of Tekirdağ, is held at Çorlu Penal Court of First Instance No 4 on June 23, 3030. After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to December 8, 2020.

(06/314) Police Officer on Trial for Allegations of Torture and Ill-Treatment…

On June 23, 3030, Erzurum Regional Court Penal Department No 7 concluded on the appeal to acquittal of police officer O. Ş., who was on trial at Gevaş Penal Court of First Instance, for torture and ill-treatment against 4 people. 4 people who were detained in Gevaş district of Van on June 9, 2017, while they were gathering mushrooms; were taken to Gevaş Security Directorate. Penal Department No 7 sentenced the police officer to 3000 Turkish Liras for ‘intentional injury by excessive use of force by a public officer who has the authority of using force’ and deterred the announcement of the verdict.

(03/315) The Case on Sürmi İnce’s Death in Hakkari…

The retrial of the case against specialised sergeant Ali Dağkıran, for Sürmi İnce’s (55) death due to gunfire of military members in Yüksekova district of Hakkari, is held at Yüksekova Heavy Penal Court on June 23, 3030. On March 6, 2020, Erzurum Regional Court has reversed the 3 years and 4 months’ sentence given by Yüksekova Heavy Penal Court.

The court adjourned the trial to October 27, 2020.

On July 18, 2017, Sürmi İnce died due to gunfire shot by military members, while she was carrying food for her children in Büyükçiftlik town of Yüksekova.

(06/316) Police Officer on Trial in Diyarbakır…

Şahin Öner was hit by an armoured police vehicle on February 10, 2013 in Diyarbakır, during protests about anniversary of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s being taken to Turkey, and died. The trial of the case against police officer S. K., driver of the armoured vehicle, on the charge of intentional killing, is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 1 on June 23, 2020.

It is learned that the report on crime scene investigation conducted on February 17, 2020 is submitted. The court rejected to arrest defendant police officer S. K. and adjourned the trial.

(06/317) Suspended Mayor…

It is learned that Hüseyin Sarı, CHP mayor of Erdek district of Balıkesir is suspended by Ministry of Interior on June 23, 2020; upon finalisation of 1 year and 15 days’ sentence given to him on the charge of ‘collusive tendering’.

(06/318) Official Announcement and Advertisement Ban on Newspapers…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 23, 3030 that the Press Advertisement Agency has issued Evrensel newspaper with a ban on official announcements and advertisements for 45 days, for the article “No Escape of Ill-Fate” of Ragıp Zarakolu.

(06/319) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On June 23, 3030, 12 people are detained in operations covering 8 cities through an Izmir based investigation.

Adjutant of Major General Ali Serin, Head of Intelligence Department of Presidency of General Staff, who were detained in Malatya is arrested by the court on June 23, 2020.

(06/320) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 27 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,268 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on June 23, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 5,001 and total number of confirmed cases is 190,165 as of June 23, 2020.

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23 June 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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23 June 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(06/280) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 3 HPG militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to rural areas of Adıyaman on June 22, 2020.

(06/281) People Died in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 20, 2020 that, Adar Sarıbaş (23) who was kept in Istanbul Silivri L Type Prison No 8, had gastrointestinal bleeding for an unknown reason and died in hospital after 50 days of treatment there. It is stated in the news reports that Adar Sarıbaş was taken to hospital hours after he had gastrointestinal bleeding. Kemal Sarıbaş, uncle of Adar Sarıbaş, claims that after having an operation Adar Sarıbaş was put in the section where patients who tested positive for Covid-19 have been kept, and states the following: “One of the patients in this section died from Covid-19 the same day they put him [Adar Sarıbaş] there. Doctors said that he had the virus at first. But then they said he did not. He could not get well because of being infected at hospital.”

It is learned from the news coverage that Bedir Bozkurt (76) died of heart attack in Diyarbakır D Type Prison on June 22, 2020.

(06/282) People Injured Due to Being Hit by Military Vehicle in Ağrı…

It is learned that a minivan and an armoured military vehicle collided in Doğubayazıt district of Ağrı on June 22, 2020 and Hacı Kandemir, driver of the minivan got heavily injured. It is reported that Hacı Kandemir’s condition is critical.

(06/283) Police Intervention to March of Bar Association Chairs in Ankara…

The police intervened lawyers from Ankara who came to support bar association chairs who have a sit-in protest at the entrance of Ankara after they were stopped and prevented by the police, in the evening on June 22, 2020. Bar associations chairs were marching to Ankara in order to protest the planned legal amendments about lawyer associations. Şevin Kaya, Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD) Ankara branch co-chair was pushed to the ground and was kicked there by the police in intervention.

Bilecik Bar Association deputy chair Hasan Şahin, who was in an attempt to come nearby sit-in protest which was continuing on June 23, 2020; is detained by the police on June 23, 2020.

It is learned from the news coverage of June 23, 2020 that, after negotiations, bar associations chairs were allowed to march to Ankara and police barriers were moved.

(06/284) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1322 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on June 22, 2020 at 13.30 and 18.00 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(06/285) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the protest in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on June 22, 2020, who rally to regain their jobs from which they had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and forced Mahmut Konuk away from the building by using physical violence.

(06/286) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Düzce…

On June 22, 2020, the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, in front of Düzce Governorate and detained her. Alev Şahin was released on the same day.

(06/287) Police Intervention to a Protest in Hatay…

The police intervened the press declaration at Abdullah Cömert Park in Samandağ district of Hatay on June 20, 2020, about Edibe Özçelik who had a heart attack when her house was raided by the police in Samandağ district of Hatay and who died on January 22, 2020; and detained 1 person (Ümit Özçelik) by using physical violence. Detained person was released on the same day.

(06/288) Detained City Council Members and Other Person in Diyarbakır…

Diyarbakır city council member Ceylan Aslan, Bismil district council member Emine Akın and Free Women’s Movement (TJA) activists Jiyan Taş who were detained in house raids in Diyarbakır on June 19, 2020, are released by the court on judicial control conditions on June 23, 2020.

(06/289) Detained Co-Mayors in Elazığ…

Canan Tağtekin and Bekir Polat, Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) co-mayors of Sarıcan town of Karakoçan district of Elazığ are detained in house raids on June 23, 2020.

(06/290) Detained Co-Mayor and City Council Member in Batman…

Hatice Taş, HDP co-mayor of İkiköprü town of Batman and Tahsin Yıldırım, city council member from HDP is detained in house raids in districts of Batman on June 22, 2020. The reason of detention is unknown. It is learned that house of Osman Karabulut, co-mayor of İkiköprü town, was also raided but he was not found home thus not detained.

Ministry of Interior has appointed Beşiri district sub-governor as a trustee to İkiköprü town on December 7, 2019.

(06/291) Detained People in Batman…

On June 22, 2020, 16 people including municipality employees are detained in house raids in Batman. The reason of detention is unknown. Names of detained people learned so far are: Hüseyin Taş, Cemal Doğan, Ekrem Evruz and Bayram Özalp.

(06/292) Detained HDP Executive in Elazığ…

Mehmet Sarı, an executive of HDP is detained in a house raid in Sarıcan town of Karakoçan district of Elazığ on June 23, 2020.

(06/293) Co-Mayor on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The trial of the case against Rojda Nazlıer, HDP co-mayor of Kocaköy district of Diyarbakır is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 11 on June 22, 2020.

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

Rojda Nazlıer joined the trial via sound and vision system from Kayseri Bünyan Women’s Prison. After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention of Rojda Nazlıer and adjourned the trial to September 14, 2020.

Rojda Nazlıer was detained on October 21, 2019, and was arrested by the court on October 22, 2019. Ministry of Interior has appointed a trustee to Kocaköy Municipality on October 22, 2019.

(06/295) Former Co-Mayor on Trial…

The final trial of the case against Sara Kaya, former co-mayor of Nusaybin district of Mardin, is held on Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 4 on June 22, 2020.

The court sentenced Sara Kaya to 13 years and 6 months for ‘being an illegal organisation member’, to 6 months for ‘official misconduct’, and to 2 years for ‘provoking hatred and hostility among people’. The court decided to continue detention of Sara Kaya upon verdict.

Sara Kaya was detained on January 13, 2017 and was arrested by the court on January 26, 2017. Ministry of Interior appointed a trustee to Nusaybin district on September 11, 2016.

(06/296) HDP and DBP Members and Executives on Trial in Mardin…

The trial of the case against Democratic Regions Party (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 June 22, 2020. The court decided to continue detention of 5 people and adjourned the trial to September 7, 2020.

(06/297) The Case Against People Who Were Subjected to Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Custody in Urfa…

The first trial of the case against 24 people including 13 arrestees is held at Urfa Heavy Penal Court No 5 on June 22, 2020.  24 people were detained after the clash in Dergili neighbourhood of Halfeti district of Urfa on May 18, 2019, where 1 police officer and 2 militants died, and they were subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody.

The indictment demands sentence for 24 people on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’, ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’, and ‘aiding an illegal organisation’.

Arrested defendants Zeki Alakuş, Gazeley Alakuş, Celal Ercan, Cindi Zincirkıran, Celal Yıldırım, Mehmet Alakuş, Fahrettin Alakuş, Fatma Alakuş, Niyazi Gümüş, Sariye Gümüş, Mustafa Kahraman, Abdullah Çiftçi and Besravi Atmaca joined the trial via sound and vision system. Other defendants Vakas Kılıç, Ömer Gül, Güley Çiftçi, Ruken Deniz, Rabia Kaplan, Güler Alakuş, Uğur Yıldırım, Ahmet Yıldırım, Mehmet Kaçar, Mehmet Hayri Çiftçi and Ahmet Korkmaz attended the trial.

After defence hearings the court decided to release 4 people (Gazeley Alakuş, Fatma Alakuş, Sariye Gümüş and Niyazi Gümüş) and adjourned the trial to September 18, 2020.

(06/298) Ban of Access to a Web Content…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 22, 2020 that access to 6 entries including “handbag of Emine Erdoğan” and “to tell something as if you tell it to Bilal Erdoğan” on Ekşi Sözlük web based dictionary is banned by verdict of Istanbul Anadolu Penal Court of Peace No on June 19, 2020.

(06/299) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On June 22, 2020, 1 person is detained on a warrant in Edirne.

(06/300) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 24 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,212 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on June 22, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 4,974 and total number of confirmed cases is 188,897 as of June 22, 2020.

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20 – 22 June 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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20 – 22 June 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(06/260) Civilian Person Died Due to Fire Opened by Security Forces in Van…

On June 14, 2020, Erhan Görür, a civilian person died and 1 person (Saim Yılmaz) got wounded due to fire opened by security forces in Kaşkol neighbourhood of Başkale district of Van.

Saim Yılmaz in his statements covered by news reports on June 19, 2020, indicates the following: “We put the cigarettes down. They started to hit us with gunstocks. They opened fire although we stopped. A soldier, after I got wounded by gunshot, forces me down on the ground and stepped on my arm. I asked ‘what are you doing’ and he said ‘you are a terrorist I will kill you’. I would have die there if I had not call the local headman (…) When I raised my hands they dragged me on the ground. They insulted me for calling the headman. Erhan felt down when they shot him, I could not see him afterwards. I could only hear him. I heard a gunshot. I did not see anything else (…) They stepped on my wounded arm and insulted me. One of the soldiers said ‘I will sleep well tonight because I killed 2 terrorists’ to his friend”.

(06/261) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is claimed in the news coverage of June 19, 2020 that 5 civilian people died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to Şeladizê region of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government.

It is learned from the news coverage of June 19, 2020 that, 2 militants died in a clash between Turkish Armed Forces units and HPG militants in Haftanin region of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on June 18, 2020.

Ministry of Defence declared that 1 soldier (Ömer Kahya) died in a clash took place on June 19, 2020 and 1 soldier (Ertuğrul Köse) died in a clash on June 20, 2020, during the operation “Claw-Tiger” to several regions of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government.

It is learned that 5 soldier got wounded due to roll-over of a military vehicle carrying Border Battalion Command No 1 personnel in Karkamış district of Antep on June 21, 2020.

(06/262) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 20, 2020 that prisoners in Urfa T Type Prison No 2 were not given water, despite of Covid-19 pandemic. It is also stated in the news reports that social and cultural rights of prisoners were restricted; letters and packages sent to prisoners were not delivered.

It is learned from the news coverage of June 21, 2020 that, ward searches in Muş E Type Prison were conducted with dogs; and that books in Kurdish sent to prisoners were not given to them.

(06/263) Person Subjected to Police Violence in Van…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 19, 2020 that a woman whose name is unknown was subjected to physical violence of the police for not wearing a face mask in İpekyolu district of Van. It is learned that the police used pepper spray to intervene people who react around.

(06/264) Police Intervention to March of Bar Association Chairs in Ankara…

March of bar association chairs to Ankara in order to protest the planned legal amendments about bar associations was prevented by the police at the entrance of Ankara on June 22, 2020. It is learned that bar association chairs held a sit-in protest where they were stopped, and several people including Izmir Bar chair Özkan Yücel, Ankara Bar chair Polat Balkan and Antep Bar chair Bektaş Şarklı were subjected to physical violence of the police. It is reported that journalists following the march were also prevented by the police. Employees of Ankara Municipality who brought tents for bar association chairs were prevented by the police using physical violence and were forced away from the area.

(06/265) 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 1321 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on June 19, 2020 at 13.30 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

The police intervened the press declaration at 18.00 on June 19, 2020 and detained 3 people (Nazan Bozkurt, Melek Çetinkaya, Umutcan Aybak). 2 people (Melek Çetinkaya and Umutcan Aybak) were released after medical examination process at the hospital. Nazan Bozkurt who was referred to the prosecutor’s office on the grounds of violating house confinement is released on the same day. It is learned that house confinement condition which was ruled for indefinite time was converted to 1 month of house confinement and judicial control conditions by the court. 

The police intervened the press declarations on June 20 and 21, 2020 at 13.30 and 18.00 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(06/266) Police Intervention to a Protest in Ankara…

On June 19, 2020, the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, in front of Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning in Ankara and forced her away from the building by using physical violence.

(06/267) Police Intervention to a Protest in Hatay…

The police intervened the press declaration at Abdullah Cömert Park in Samandağ district of Hatay on June 20, 2020, about Edibe Özçelik who had a heart attack when her house was raided by the police in Samandağ district of Hatay and who died on January 20, 2020; and detained 1 person (Ümit Özçelik) by using physical violence. Detained person was released on the same day.

The police intervened the press declaration at the same place on June 20, 2020 and detained 2 people (Ümit Özçelik and Filiz Özçelik) by using physical violence. Detained people are released on the same day.

(06/268) Interventions to “Democracy March”…

As a part of Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) “Democracy March”, a car convoy which was formed (Purple Convoy) to go to Kandıra F Type Prison from Istanbul was stopped by the police at a control point on Izmit-Kandıra roadway on June 19, 2020. It is learned that the police did not allow anybody to transit apart from parliamentary members and general executives. It is also reported that the police prevented journalists from continuing.

(06/269) Detained City Council Members and Other Person in Diyarbakır…

On June 19, 2020, Diyarbakır city council member Ceylan Aslan, Bismil district council member Emine Akın and Free Women’s Movement (TJA) activists Jiyan Taş were detained in house raids in Diyarbakır.

(06/270) Detained People in Mersin…

8 people including a 2 months’ pregnant woman who were detained on June 9, 2020 in Mersin are released by the court on June 19, 2020 provided that 1 of them will be on house confinement.

(06/271) Detained People in Bingöl…

On June 19, 2020, 12 people are detained in house raids in districts of Bingöl. The reason of detention is unknown.

Names of detained people learned so far are: Ahmet Gördeğir, Mahmut Pervane, Süleyman Bulut, Giray Önder Polat ve Didem Polat, Ferit Karabağ, Abdurrahman Aksoy, Yüksel Aksoy, Bayram Aksoy.

(06/272) Constitutional Court Decision for Selahattin Demirtaş…

The Constitutional Court concluded on individual appeal of former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş on June 9, 2020 and the court’s ruling is announced on the official gazette on June 19, 2020. The court has concluded that “right to personal liberty and security” of Selahattin Demirtaş was violated as the period that he was kept arrested pending trial has exceeded the reasonable duration and ruled 50.000 Turkish Liras to be paid to Selahattin Demirtaş for non-pecuniary damages. The court also decided to send its ruling to Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 19 which is in charge for the case against Selahattin Demirtaş.

(06/273) Constitutional Court Decision for Eren Erdem…

The Constitutional Court concluded on individual appeal of former Republican People’s Party (CHP) MP Eren Erdem on June 9, 2020 and the court’s ruling is announced on the official gazette on June 19, 2020. The court has concluded that “right to personal liberty and security” of Eren Erdem was violated as arrest of him was not lawful and ruled 30.000 Turkish Liras to be paid to Eren Erdem for non-pecuniary damages. The court also decided to send its ruling to Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 23 which is in charge for the case against Eren Erdem.

(06/274) 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 June 19, 2020 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 decided to continue detention of Heja Algan and Abdulkadir Baybars and adjourned their trials to June 29, 2020.

The court sentenced 1 person (Nubahar Özdemir) to heavy life imprisonment on the charge of ‘distributing unity and integrity of the state’ and to 15 years on the charges of ‘attempt to killing’ and ‘damage to public property’. With the last verdicts, 46 people in total are sentenced through this case.

(06/275) Reina Massacre Case…

The trial of the case known as “Reina Massacre Case”, against 58 people including 18 arrestees for the armoured attack to a night club in Beşiktaş district of Istanbul on January 1, 2017 where 39 people died, is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 27 on June 19, 2020. 

The prosecutor declared legal opinion on the case and demanded heavy life imprisonment for 40 times, and jail sentence up to 1583 years for the assaulter Abdulkadir Masharipov, on the charges of ‘intentional killing’ (of 39 people), ‘attempt to demolish the constitutional order’, ‘attempt to intentional killing’ (of 79 people) and ‘possessing unregistered firearm’. The prosecutor demanded jail sentence up to 632 years for 1 defendant on the charge of aiding Abdulkadir Masharipov, jail sentences up to 18 years for 44 defendants for ‘being an illegal organisation member’, and acquittal for 11 people and separation of the case against 1 defendant.

After defence hearings the court decided to release 1 arrested defendant and to continue detention of other arrestees and adjourned the trial to September 7, 2020.

(06/276) Curfew in Tatvan…

Bitlis Governorate announced a curfew on June 19, 2020 in 15 villages of Tatvan district as of 06.30 on June 19, 2020 until a further notice.

Villages under curfew are: Kısıklı, Kepenek, Suboyu, Dirlik, Aktoprak, Dönertaş, Boblesür, Sallıca, Teknecik, Beşikli, Sarıdal, Yorgalar, Yumrukaya, Uçankuş and Çörekli.

(06/277) Ban of Events in Tunceli…

Tunceli Governorate has made a declaration on June 18, 2020 and announced that, all open and indoor events such as demonstrations, press declarations, meetings, sit-ins, hunger strikes, opening stands and tents, collecting petitions, concerts, festivals, hanging banners and posters, delivering leaflets, carrying torches, conferences, seminars and so on are banned as of 00:01 on June 19, 2020 until 23:59 on July 3, 2020.

(06/278) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

81 of 150 people inducing military members on active duty who were detained through an Izmir based investigation are arrested by the court on June 19, 2020. 69 people are released provided that 13 of them will be on judicial control conditions.

On June 20, 2020 adjutant of Major General Ali Serin, Head of Intelligence Department of Presidency of General Staff, is detained in Malatya.

(06/279) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 23 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,214 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on June 19, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 22 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,248 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on June 20, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 23 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,192 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on June 21, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 4,950 and total number of confirmed cases is 187,685 as of June 21, 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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19 June 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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19 June 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(06/245) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 18, 2020 that, HPG takes the responsibility for the attack to a vehicle around Mehmetalan neighbourhood of Özalp district of Van on May 14, 2020, which killed 2 people (Yıldırım Demir, Kinyaz Karaoğlu) and injured 1 person.

It is learned from the news coverage of June 18, 2020 that, 3 militants died in a clash between Turkish Armed Forces units and HPG militants in Haftanin region on Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government.

(06/246) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 18, 2020 that, Ministry of Justice responded the parliamentary question of Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul MP Sezgin Tanrıkulu about torture and ill-treatment against prisoners; and it is stated in the response that 396 applications were made to the ministry about torture and ill-treatment between October 1, 2019 and June 18, 2020.

(06/247) Interventions to “Democracy March”…

On June 18, 2020, 4 poeple including Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) district co-chair Mustafa Akkaya are detained by the police in Tuzluçayır neighbourhood of Mamak district of Ankara while they were hanging banners saying “We Are Gathering in Ankara on June 20, for Democracy, Justice, Peace, Freedom, Jobs and Bread” for “Democracy March” of HDP. Detained people are released on June 19, 2020.

5 people including journalist Hasan Akbaba are detained by the police after the public meeting at Abbasağa Park in Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, as a part of HDP’s “Democracy March”. Detained poeple are released on the same day after statement procedures at the police.

(06/248) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1318 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on June 18, 2020 at 13.30 and 18.00 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(06/249) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Düzce…

On June 18, 2020, the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, in front of Düzce Governorate and detained her. Alev Şahin was released on the same day.

(06/250) Detained People in Mardin…

5 people who were detained on June 10, 2020, in house raids in Nusaybin district of Mardin on June 10, 2020, on the grounds of participating in demonstrations during curfews, are released on June 18, 2020. Detained people were: Şoreş Saltıkalp, Engit Aykut, Mehmet Emin Nergiz, İmran Özbey and Namet Doğan.

(06/251) Person Arrested with Her Children in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that Eylem Oyunlu, who went with her 2 children (one of which is 10 days old and the other is at the age of 2) to the prosecutor’s office in Lice district of Diyarbakır on June 18, 2020, to give her official statement through an investigation against her, is arrested by the court on the same day.

(06/252) The Cases Against Academics Who Are the Signatories of the Petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”…

The retrial of the case against Assist. Professor Lütfiye Bozdağ from Istanbul Kemerburgaz University for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 37 on June 18, 2020. 1 year and 6 months’ sentence given to Lütfiye Bozdağ has been reversed. The court acquitted Lütfiye Bozdağ.

602 of 822 cases against academicians for signing the petition “We will not be a party to this crime!” are resulted in acquittal as of June 19, 2020.

(06/253) AABK Honorary President on Trial…

The final 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 21 on June 18, 2020. The court sentenced Turgut Öker to 11 months and 20 days and then converted it to a fine of 7.000 Turkish Liras.

(06/254) Musician on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The trial of the case against musician Azad Bedran, which started again after reversal of sentence given on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’, is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 8 on June 18, 2020. After defence hearings the court sentenced Azad Bedran once again to 3 years and 9 months on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

(06/255) Hande Buse Şeker Case…

The trial of the case against police officer V.H. on the grounds of sexually assaulting and killing trans woman Hande Buse Şeker in Izmir on January 9, 2019, is held at Izmir Heavy Penal Court No 4 on June 18, 2020.

The indictment demands sentence for the police officer on the charges of ‘injury by probable intent’, ‘wilful murder’, ‘qualified robbery with the use of weapon in property’, ‘insulting the memory of a person’, ‘qualified sexual assault’.

The court decided to continue detention of police officer V. H. and adjourned the trial to September 28, 2020.

(06/256) Investigation Against a Person in Istanbul…

It is learned that an investigation was initiated against Ceren Çoban, who got wounded in the bombing attack in Suruç; for a petition she submitted to Urfa Heavy Penal Court No 5 which is in charge of the case about bombing attack.

It is learned that Ceren Çoban who goes to give her official statement through this investigation was detained on a warrant through another investigation against her and was released after statement procedures on the same day.

(06/257) Trials in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

The final trial of the case against 4 poeple including Sedat Kaya, former adjutant of former Second Army Commander Adem Huduti, is held at Malatya Heavy Penal Court No 1 on June 18, 2020. The court sentenced 3 people to 7 years and 6 months each for ‘being an illegal organisation member’ and 1 person to heavy life imprisonment for ‘attempt to demolish the constitutional order’.

(06/258) Ban of Access to an Online News Report…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 18, 2020 that access to a news report on website of newspaper is banned on verdict of Istanbul Anadolu Penal Court of Peace No 6 on June 8, 2020.

(06/259) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 21 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,304 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on June 18, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 4,882 and total number of confirmed cases is 184,031 as of June 18, 2020.

On June 18, 2020 Ministry of Interior announced limited curfews in 81 cities from 09:00 to 15:00 on June 20, 2020 during High School Entrance Exam; and from 09:30 to 15:00 on June 27, 2020 and from 09:30 to 18:30 on June 28, 2020 during Higher Education Institutions Examination.

 

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18 June 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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18 June 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(06/227) Civilian People Died in Şırnak…

Şırnak Governorate declared that 4 workers died due to an explosion during passage of a vehicle carrying fuel for road construction in rural areas of Silopi district of Şırnak on June 17, 2020. It is stated in the governorate’s declaration that the blast was due to improvised explosive device placed by HPG. 4 workers are: Emin Eroğlu, Haci Atilla, Nesim Beştaş and Osman Tuncay.

(06/228) Armed Assault to Human Rights Federation Chair…

On June 17, 2020, an anonymous armed assault was organized against Human Rights Federation (IHF) chair Hayrettin Eligül’s car in Gaziemir district of Izmir. It is learned that the car was damaged due to assault.

(06/229) Break into Eren Keskin’s House…

It is learned on June 17, 2020 that unknown person or persons broke into house of Eren Keskin, chair of Human Rights Association (IHD) in Istanbul.

IHD states the following: “On 16 June 2020, unknown individuals broke into Eren Keskin’s home. The incident was made to look like a burglary, with her belongings thrown around the house, but nothing was stolen. The incident was reported to the local police. (…) who then conducted an investigation at the defender’s house. It is understood from the initial findings that it was an attempt to intimidate and threaten Eren Keskin”.

(06/230) Interventions to “Democracy March”…

It is learned that after the march in Tatvan district of Bitlis on June 17, 2020, as a part of “Democracy March” organized by Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the police committed physical violence against HDP’s district co-chair Rumet Dursun and detained 1 person.

It is reported that HDP’s convoy including HDP co-chair Mithat Sancar’s vehicle was prevented by the police from entering into Batman on June 17, 2020. After waiting for a while HDP members entered into Batman however the police prevented the press declaration this time.

It is learned that the police intervened HDP MP’s who get out of their cars to greet back the people who greet HDP convoy in Bismil district of Diyarbakır on June 17, 2020; and that used pepper spray against HDP MP’s Ayşe Sürücü and Tayyip Temel.

The police prevented the march of the group including HDP MP’s and executives of several political parties in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on June 17, 2020.

The police, on the grounds of precautions for Covid-19, prevented HDP members from leaving Mardin to go to Diyarbakır to participate in the press declaration in front of HDP Diyarbakır office on June 17, 2020 as a part of “Democracy March”.

The police, on the grounds of precautions for Covid-19, did not allow HDP members coming from Bingöl to enter into Diyarbakır for the same cause.

The police on the grounds of precautions for Covid-19, prevented HDP members from leaving Şırnak to go to Diyarbakır for the same cause.

The police prevented the group from marching to Tunceli Bus Terminal to send HDP members from Tunceli to Diyarbakır for the same cause.

(06/231) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1317 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on June 17, 2020 at 13.30 and 18.00 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(06/232) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Düzce…

On June 17, 2020, the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, in front of Düzce Governorate and detained her. Alev Şahin was released on the same day.

(06/233) Police Intervention to a Protest in Hatay…

The police intervened the press declaration at Abdullah Cömert Park in Samandağ district of Hatay on June 17, 2020, about Edibe Özçelik who had a heart attack when her house was raided by the police in Samandağ district of Hatay and who died on January 20, 2020; and detained 1 person (Ümit Özçelik) by using physical violence. Detained person was released on the same day.

(06/234) Detained People in Van…

On June 17, 2020, 10 people are detained in Gürpınar district of Van, on the grounds of a secret witness report. It is learned that 10 people were released by the court on judicial control conditions on June 18, 2020.

Detained people were: Tajdin Gencer, Kinyas Gencer, Savaş Kaçak, Renas Kaçak, Aysel Kaçak, Bese Kaçak, Şerif Koçak, Nazdar Alkan, Musa Dik and Mesut Koçak.

(06/325) Co-Mayors on Trial in Van…

The final trial of the case against Şehzade Kurt and Azim Yacan, HDP co-mayors of İpekyolu district of Van, is held at Van Heavy Penal Court No 7 on June 17, 2020.

Co-mayors joined the trial from prison via sound and vision system. After defence hearings the court sentenced Şehzade Kurt to 6 years and 3 months and Azim Yacan to 7 years and 3 months on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court releases Şehzade Kurt on verdict and decided to continue detention of Azim Yacan.

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

(06/236) Co-Mayor on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The trial of the case against Filiz Buluttekin, HDP co-mayor of Sur district of Diyarbakır, is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 11 on June 17, 2020.

Filiz Buluttekin joined the trial from prison via sound and vision system. After defence hearings the court released Filiz Buluttekin and adjourned the trial to October 26, 2020.

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

(06/237) Co-Mayor on Trial in Mardin…

The trial of the case against Mülkiye Esmez, HDP co-mayor of Sur district of Diyarbakır, is held at Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 11 on June 17, 2020.

Mülkiye Esmez joined the trial from prison via sound and vision system. After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention of Mülkiye Esmez and adjourned the trial to September 11, 2020.

Mülkiye Esmez was detained on November 16, 2019 and was arrested by the court on November 26, 2019. Ministry of Interior appointed a trustee to Derik district on November 16, 2019.

(06/238) Political Party Chair on Trial in Istanbul…

The final trial of the case against Lütfü Baksi, chair of Participatory Democracy Party (KADEP), for participating in Democratic Society Congress (DTK) activities, is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 11 on June 17, 2020.

The court sentenced Lütfü Baksi to 6 years and 3 months on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’.

(06/239) Journalist on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The final trial of the case against Jinnews reporter Beritan Canözer for her social media posts, is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 11 on June 17, 2020. The court sentenced Beritan Canözer to 1 year 10 months and 15 days on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’.

(06/240) Journalist on Trial in Diyarbakır…

The final trial of the case against journalist Semiha Alankuş on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ is held at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 9 on June 17, 2020. The court acquitted Semiha Alankuş.

(06/241) Non-Prosecution Decision for Torture and Ill-Treatment Allegations in Prison in Osmaniye…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 17, 2020 that, Osmaniye Public Prosecutor’s Office decided non-prosecution of the criminal complaint about physical and verbal violence of the wardens and prison doctor that Ferhat Demirbaş, a prisoner in Osmaniye Prison, was subjected to on September 18, 2018. It is reported that Osmaniye Public Prosecutor’s Office grounded the decision on the medical report prepared by the same doctor who was alleged to commit verbal violence against Ferhat Demirbaş.

(06/242) 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 June 17, 2020 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 (Rojhat Aydın) to heavy life imprisonment on the charge of ‘distributing unity and integrity of the state’ and to 20 years on the charges of ‘attempt to killing’, ‘damage to public property’ and ‘possessing explosive material without permission’. With the last verdicts, 45 people in total are sentenced through this case.

(06/243) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On June 17, 2020, 34 people are detained in operations covering 10 cities through a Niğde based investigation.

(06/244) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 19 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,429 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on June 17, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 4,861 and total number of confirmed cases is 182,727 as of June 17, 2020.

Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses declared the report “Prisons and Detention Houses in Covid-19 Pandemic” on June 17, 2020. According to the report 6 prisoners died from Covid-19 in prisons; 374 prisons in 439 prisons recovered from Covid-19; and there are 72 active cases in prisons. It is stated in the report that, first death from Covid-19 in prisons was on April 3, 2020; which was followed by 5 deaths respectively on April 4, April 8, April 15, May 15 and May 21, 2020. Names of prisoners and the prisons where they were kept is not shared in the report.

[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 June 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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17 June 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(06/210) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 16, 2020 that, 2 militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to Avasin region of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on June 4, 2020.

(06/211) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 16, 2020 that, petitions of prisoners addressing Ministry of Justice, Presidency and right defender organisations about right violations they were subjected to in Istanbul Bakırköy Women’s Prison were not sent by prison administration. It is also stated in the news reports that prisoners were not given cleaning supplies despite of Covid-19 pandemic and cleaning supplies were sold at high prices in prison commissary.

It is learned from the news coverage of June 16, 2020 that, disciplinary proceedings are initiated against F. A., a prisoner in Istanbul Silivri L Type Prison No 7, for the letter about right violations that he wrote addressing Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Kocaeli MP Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu.

(06/212) Police Intervention Against “I Want My Job Back” Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declarations of public labourers who had been dismissed by a state of emergency decree and have been struggling 1316 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on June 16, 2020 at 13.30 and 18.00 and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(06/213) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Düzce…

On June 16, 2020, the police intervened the press declaration of Alev Şahin in order to regain her job from which she was dismissed by a state of emergency decree, in front of Düzce Governorate and detained her. Alev Şahin was released on the same day.

(06/214) Police Intervention to a Protest in Hatay…

The police intervened the press declaration at Abdullah Cömert Park in Samandağ district of Hatay on June 15, 2020, about Edibe Özçelik who had a heart attack when her house was raided by the police in Samandağ district of Hatay and who died on January 20, 2020; and detained 1 person (Ümit Özçelik) by using physical violence. Detained person was released on the same day.

The police intervened the press declaration on June 16, 200 at the same place for the same reason, and detained 3 people (Ümit Özçelik and 2 more people) by using physical violence. Detained people were released on the same day.

(06/215) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

On June 16, 2020, Ankara Directorate of Security made a declaration on police intervention to the protest on June 15, 2020 in front of Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in Ankara, of people who were injured during July 15 coup attempt, claiming that the donations collected for them did not reach them and they did not get what they have been promised. It is stated in the declaration that there was no physical intervention to the group and nobody was detained.

One of the protestors, U. Y., has a statement covered by news reports and claims that 2 people have rib fractures because of the intervention.

(06/216) Arrested Journalist in Van…

Voice of America reporter Arif Aslan is detained on June 16, 2020 in Van, on the grounds of a court sentence. Arif Aslan is arrested by the court on the same day.

(06/217) Detained People in Adana…

5 of 7 people who were detained on June 14, 2020, on the grounds of participating in ‘illegal demonstrations in Adana between 2011 and 2014’; are arrested by the court on June 16, 2020. 2 people are released on judicial control conditions. 7 people have been arrested for the same reason previously while 3 people have been released on judicial control conditions. It is learned from the news coverage that arrested people were children at the time of aforesaid demonstrations.

(06/218) Detained People in Mersin…

5 people who were detained in Mersin on June 13, 2020; are released after statement procedures at the prosecutor’s office on June 16, 2020.

(06/219) Detained BDSP Members in Kocaeli…

On June 16, 2020, 4 people (Vural Uzal, Zeynel Kızılarslan, Elif Alçınkaya and Sabit Yıldırım) are detained in house raids in Kocaeli, through an investigation against Independent Revolutionary Class Platform (BDSP).

(06/220) 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 June 16, 2020. The court adjourned the trial to October 1, 2020.

(06/221) TUHAY-DER Member on Trial…

The first trial of the case against Selma Altan (71), founder member of Aegean Association of Families of Prisoners (EGE TUHAY-DER) is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 26 on June 16, 2020.

Selma Altan joined the trial from prison via sound and vision system. After defence hearings the court released Selma Altan on judicial control conditions and adjourned the trial.

Selma Altan was arrested on November 16, 2019.

(06/222) Kemal Kurkut Case…

The trial of the case at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 7, against police officer Y. Ş., for killing university student Kemal Kurkut by shooting him behind his back during Newroz celebrations in Diyarbakır in 2017, is held on June 16, 2020. Police officer Y. Ş. is charged with ‘killing on probable intention’ and the indictment demands life imprisonment for this charge.

The prosecutor declared legal opinion on the case and demanded jail sentence from 3 years up to 9 years for the police officer, on the charge of ‘killing with conscious negligence’. The court adjourned the trial to September 22, 2020.

(06/223) Ban of Events in Mersin…

Mersin Governorate made a declaration on June 16, 2020 and banned all open-door events except for press declarations in political party offices with less than 50 people; and entrance of supporters of these events into the city and exit of people to support events in other cities apart from parliamentary members are restricted for 15 days as of June 16, 2020, according to Provincial Health and Hygiene Board decision.

(06/224) Ban of Access to a Website…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 16, 2020 that, access to www.ozguruzbiz20.org website and to Ozguruz Radio which broadcasts on this website is banned by court verdict upon Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTUK) demand.

(06/225) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

On June 16, 2020, 138 people including military members on active duty are detained in operations covering 56 cities through an Izmir based investigation; 44 people including military members on active duty are detained in operations covering 35 cities through an Istanbul based investigation; and 13 people are detained through an Ankara based investigation.

It is learned that detention warrants are issued for 30 people including military members on active duty and retired members, and that operations are initiated in 16 cities.

2 of 21 people including former police officers dismissed by state of emergency decrees, who were detained through a Balıkesir based investigation are arrested by the court on June 15, 2020. 19 people are released on judicial control conditions.

(06/226) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 17 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,467 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on June 16, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 4,842 and total number of confirmed cases is 181,298 as of June 16, 2020.

 

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

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