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02 June 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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2 June 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(06/022) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that 2 soldiers died and 6 soldiers got wounded due to roll-over of a military vehicle for an unknown reason in rural areas of Pervari district of Siirt on June 1, 2020.

(06/023) Person Died in Ankara…

It is claimed in the news coverage of June 1, 2020 that, a person named Barış Çakan was assaulted by 3 people for he listens Kurdish music, on May 31, 2020 in Etimesgut district of Ankara. Barış Çakan, who was heavily wounded at heart, died in hospital.

Ankara Governorate made a declaration on the same day and stated the following: “The incident did not occur because of intervention of the suspect to the victim and his friend fort hey listen Kurdish music, as it was claimed; but on the contrary it did start with the warning of the victim and his friend to the suspects for not listening music loudly in their car during sounds of prayer calls”.

3 people (K. Y., A. B. and Ö. Y.) who were detained in relation to killing of Barış Çakan, are arrested by the court on June 1, 2020.

(06/024) Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Custody in Diyarbakır…

Diyarbakır Security of Directorate made a declaration on June 1, 2020, about allegations of torture and ill-treatment at Diyarbakır Police Headquarters against 3 people (M. E. C., M. A., and F. A.) who were detained in relation to killing of a police officer in Bağlar district of Diyarbakır, and stated the following: “M. E. C., the perpetrator, was captured and put in the police vehicle with handcuffs, in order to be transferred to the related judicial unit (…) Since he resisted to detailed body search which was to be conducted for the security of his own and the officers, his clothes were taken off by using proportional force. (…) The photographs shared by some social media accounts is taken during body search, and administrative investigation is initiated on the issue as soon as it was remarked”.

Remziye Tosun, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Diyarbakır MP submitted a parliamentary question addressing Vide President Fuat Oktay.

(06/025) People Were Threatened Under Custody in Adana…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 1, 2020 that 2 people (Ulaş Can and Taylan Arguş) who were detained for participating the commemoration for İbrahim Kaypakkaya in Seyhan district of Adana, were threatened as “Be careful about your acts. You will not be able to leave here so easy next time”, at Anti-Terror Department of Adana Police Directorate.

It is reported that 2 people were released after statement procedures.

(06/026) Police Intervention to a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the commemoration for Ethem Sarısülük, who has lost his life during Gezi Park protests; at Güvenpark in Çankaya district of Ankara on June 1, 2020 and detained 21 people by using physical violence.

Detained people are released on the same day after statement procedures.

(06/027) 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 1301 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on June 1, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(06/028) Police Intervention to a Protest in Düzce…

On May 28, 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.

(06/029) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

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

(06/030) Police Intervention to a Protest in Hatay…

The police intervened the press declaration at Abdullah Cömert Park in Samandağ district of Hatay on June 1, 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.

(06/031) Detained Person in Artvin for ‘Insulting the President’…

Dursun Ali Koyuncu, Community Houses Eastern Black Sea Region representative, who was detained on the grounds of ‘insulting the President’ in slogans chanted at the commemoration for Metin Lokumcu, held in Hopa district of Artvin on June 1, 2020; is released on the same day after statement procedures.

(06/032) Threats Against Hrant Dink Foundation…

It is learned from the news coverage of June 1, 2020 that another threatening message was sent to Hrant Dink foundation on May 31, 2020. Fethiye Çetin, one of the lawyers of the foundation stated the following: “The act of the suspect is not isolated or individual. The threat that we got, ‘We may turn up one night, when you least expect it’, was also used at the time of Hrant Dink murder”. Hrant Dink Foundation has made a declaration on May 29, 2020 and announced that the foundation and Hrant Dink’s wife Rakel Dink have received death threats via email on May 27 and 28, 2020. The person (H. A.) who was detained in relation to threatening messages in Selçuklu district of Konya on May 30, 2020, was arrested by the court on May 31, 2020.

(06/033) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

1 of 8 people who were detained in Şırnak is arrested by the court on June 1, 2020 and 7 people are released.

(06/034) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 23 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 827 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on June 1, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 4,563 and total number of confirmed cases is 164,769 as of June 1, 2020.

Precautions for Covid-19, except for limitations for individuals over the age of 65 and under the age of 18, are lifted as of June 1, 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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30 May – 01 June 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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30 May – 1 June 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(06/001) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 29, 2020 that, 2 YRK militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) to Asos area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government.

It is learned that 2 soldiers died and 1 soldier got wounded in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Çukurca district of Hakkari on May 30, 2020.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 31, 2020 that, 1 HPG militant died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to rural areas of Şırnak on May 17, 2020.

(06/002) Allegation of Extrajudicial Killing in Ankara…

It is claimed in the news coverage of May 29, 2020 that Muhammed Ali Razı, who, according to declaration of Ankara Governorate, was reported to die in the car crash while he was running away after disobeying a stop warning; died by the gunfire opened by security forces which hit him at the head.

It is stated in the news reports that the autopsy of Muhammed Alican Razı at Forensic Medicine Institution confirms a bullet entrance hole behind his head.

Ankara Governorate has made a declaration on May 25, 2020, stating the following: “The car did not stop at Susuz Yol check point at the city entrance of Ankara and overdrove until it crashed to the arch on the road. M. A. R., the driver died at the scene of incident, and R. S., the passenger, was slightly wounded and was hospitalized”.

(06/003) Person Died in Prison…

Vefa Kartal, an ill prisoner died in Edirne F Type Prison on May 31, 2020.

Vefa Kartal, was one of seriously ill prisoners listed by Human Rights Association (IHD) Commission of Prisons, and was in prison for 26 years since he was sentenced to heavy life imprisonment.

(06/004) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 29, 2020 that, prisoners in Istanbul Silivri L Type Prison No 7, are given newspapers with a one day of delay, and some newspapers are not given to them at all despite of any bans on newspapers; the letters of prisoners addressing parliamentary members are not sent; prisoners are not given cleaning supplies and disinfectants and products at prison commissary are sold at higher prices than normal.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 29, 2020 that, 2 prisoners in Silivri L Type Prison No 9 were kept in solitary cells for 80 days; prisoners were not given cleaning supplies and disinfectants; food given to prisoners were not sufficient and hygienic.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 30, 2020 that women prisoners in Mardin E Type Prison were subjected to disciplinary proceedings for they reject to roll-calls out of wards.

(06/005) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 29, 2020 that prisoners in Istanbul Slivri L Type Prison No 7 were not taken to infirmary for 2 months.

(06/006) Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Custody in Diyarbakır…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 31, 2020 that, 3 people (M. E. C., M. A., F. A.) who were detained in relation to death of a police officer in Bağlar district of Diyarbakır, were subjected to torture and ill-treatment at Diyarbakır Security Directorate.

The photograph of M. E. C. showing him at Diyarbakır Security Directorate, laying down on the floor without his clothes on, is covered by media. It could be seen that at that moment a police officer is stepping on his back.

(06/007) Person Was Subjected to Police Violence in Antep…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 29, 2020 that, 1 person who was taken off a bus at a police control point at Antep city entrance, was subjected to physical violence of the police. The name of this person is unknown.

(06/008) Person Was Subjected to Police Violence in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 31, 2020 that a person who was in front of his house in Eyüp district of Istanbul during the curfew was subjected to physical violence of the police and was detained. The person’s name is unknown, and the video footage of him being subjected to police violence is covered by the media.

(06/009) Police Intervention to a Protest in Batman…

The police used rubber bullets and pepper spray to intervene the press declaration of Confederation of Public Employees’ Unions (KESK) Batman Branches Platform, in front of Directorate of Family, Labor and Social Services in Batman on May 29, 2020; to protest relegation of 3 members of Health and Social Service Employees Union (SES). The police detained 8 union executives. Detained people are: SES Batman branch co-chair Deniz Topkan, Education and Science Workers’ Union general secretary Welat Kaya, KESK Women’s Secretary Gülistan Atasoy, Union of Office Workers General Secretary Aziz Özkan, SES Batman branch executive Salih Bayat, SES Women’s Secretary Selma Atabey, Erdal Doğan and Yunus İzmir.

(06/010) 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 1300 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on May 29, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

The police intervened the press declaration at 18.00 on May 30, 2020 and detained 1 person (Mehmet Dersulu) for violating the curfew as a precaution for Covid-19.

The police intervened the press declaration at 18.00 on May 31, 2020 and detained 1 person (Mehmet Dersulu) for violating the curfew as a precaution for Covid-19.

Thus, 2 people in total are detained in police interventions against press declarations in Yüksel Street on May 29, 30 and 31, 2020.

(06/011) Police Intervention to a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration for architect Alev Şahin, who was dismissed from her job by a state of emergency decree, in front of Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning building in Ankara on May 29 2020; and forced 1 person away from the building.

(06/012) Detained Person in Izmir for Social Media Posts…

Banu Özdemir, former provincial deputy chair of Republican People’s Party (CHP) in Izmir, who was detained on May 21, 2020, on the grounds of a social media post about Ciao Bella played from mosques in Izmir; and who was then arrested on May 22, 2020 on the charge of ‘insulting religious values’ is released from prison by the court order on May 29, 2020.

(06/013) Detained People in Mardin…

4 people are detained (Bedrettin Özge, Halil Bergin, Aydın Özdurak and Nezir Demir) by gendarmerie in house raids in Çayköy rural neighbourhood of Derik district of Mardin on May 31, 2020.

(06/014) Investigation Against a Journalist in Tekirdağ…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 31, 2020 that, Tekirdağ Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation against Saray local newspaper, for the news report on social media post of Saray Municipality on Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin Inan; and that journalist Alper Karahan gave his official statement at Saray District Security Directorate.

(06/015) Detained HDP Executives in Batman…

Fatma Ablay and Ömer Kutlu, provincial co-chairs of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Batman are detained in the police raid to HDP Batman office on May 29, 2020. 2 people are released by the court on judicial control conditions on May 30, 2020.

(06/016) Police Raid to a Political Party Office in Batman…

HDP’s office in Batman is raided by the police on May 29, 2020. It is learned that the reason of police raid is PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s posters that could be seen from the outside of the office. Some photographs and all digital material at the office were seized by the police.

(06/017) Assault to a Political Party Office in Şırnak…

1 person (M. B.) who was detained on the grounds of setting the door of HDP’s office on fire in Cizre district of Şırnak on May 28, 2020 is arrested by the court on May 30, 2020.

(06/018) Curfew in Bitlis…

Bitlis Governorate made a declaration on May 30, 2020 and announced curfew in 19 villages of the central district as of 22.00 on May 30, 2020 until a further notice. Villages under curfew are: Çobansuyu, Aşağıçobansuyu, Akgün, Kutlu, Güllüce, Dikme, Aşağıdikme, Yukarıdikme, Esenburun, Beşkaynak, Bayırlı, Kınalı, Uçankuş, Yarönü, Dursun, Aşağıyolak, Yukarıyolak, Aşağıkoçak, Çeltikli.

(06/019) Detentions and Arrests in Alleged Link to Coup Attempt…

Major F. Ö., adjutant of Aegean Army Command who was detained on May 28, 2020 is arrested by the court on May 31, 2020.

(06/020) Mass Grave Found in Mardin…

It is learned that human bones and skulls of 40 people is found in a cave in Libka hamlet of Dargeçit district of Mardin on May 30, 2020.

It is reported that lawyers of families of disappeared people and lawyers from Human Rights Association (IHD) Mardin branch were not allowed to investigate the cave.

It is learned that found human bones will be sent to Istanbul Forensic Medicine Institution for examination.

(06/021) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 28 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,141 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 29, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 26 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 983 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 30, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 25 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 839 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 31, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 4,540 and total number of confirmed cases is 163,942 as of May 31, 2020.

Minister of Justice announced on May 29, 2020 that non-contact visits in prisons will begin on June 1, 2020.

According to the report of Human Rights Association (IHD), Progressive Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD), Med Federation of Legal and Solidarity Associations of Prisoners’ Families (MED TUHAD-FED) and Association of Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD) which was covered by media on May 29, 2020; 15 wards in Silivri L Type Prison No 7 is in quarantine and 107 prisoners tested positive for Covid-19. It is also stated in the report that all prisoners including those in quarantine use the same phones.

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

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

28 May 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

28 May 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(05/219) Military Operation to North and East Syria…

Ministry of National Defence declared that 1 soldier (Canberk Tatar) died in an explosion during passage of a military vehicle in Idlib area of Syria on May 27, 2020.

(05/220) People Were Subjected to Police Violence in Mersin…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 27, 2020 that, 15 people were subjected to physical violence of the police after a quarrel with residents of Fahrettinpaşa neighbourhood of Tarsus district of Mersin with police officers who fire gunshots during chasing a person named Erkan Yılmaz on a detention warrant on May 20, 2020. It is reported that 15 people who got injured due to physical violence were detained and 1 of them (Erkan Yılmaz) was arrested while 14 others were released on judicial control conditions.

Mehmet Sünmez, one of those who were subjected to physical violence, detained and then released on judicial control conditions states the following: “A quarrel took place while the police were trying to detain Erkan Yılmaz. The person was running and the police was firing shots after him. After gunshots he felt down. His family came by then, and had a quarrel with the police. Hundreds of police officers including special operation squad came to the neighbourhood afterwards. They were randomly firing their guns when they were coming to the neighbourhood. They beat the ones who record it and detained them”.

(05/221) Person Was Subjected to Physical Violence of the Police and Watchmen in Diyarbakır…

It is learned that 1 person in Yenişehir district of Diyarbakır was subjected to physical and verbal violence of the police and watchmen. It is learned that the person whose name is unknown, was forced to lay down on the ground and was handcuffed behind his back and then was detained.

(05/222) 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 1296 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on May 27, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(05/223) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened Mahmut Konuk having a protest in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on May 27, 2020, to regain his job from which he had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and forced him away from the building by using physical violence.

(05/224) Police Intervention to a Protest in Düzce…

On May 27, 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, after being fined for violating Law of Misdemeanour and Public Health Law.

(05/225) Police Intervention to a Protest in Hatay…

The police intervened the press declaration at Abdullah Cömert Park in Samandağ district of Hatay on May 27, 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 2 people (Ümit Özçelik and 1 more person) by using physical violence. Detained people are released on the same day.

(05/226) Detained City Council Member for Social Media Posts…

Dila Koyurga, city council member from Republican People’s Party (CHP) in Karabağlar district of Izmir is detained on May 27, 2020, after criminal complaint against her by President Erdoğan, for her social media posts in 2013. Dila Koyurga is released by the court on judicial control conditions on the same day.

(05/22) Criminal Complaints Against People for Social Media Posts…

It is learned that criminal complaints are filed by President Erdoğan against 4 people (CHP Izmir deputy chair Yasin Ergül, Gaziemir district mayor Halil Arda, CHP member Caner Gül and Karabağlar district council member Dila Koyurga), for their social media posts.

(05/228) Former HDP Co-Chair on Trial…

The trial of the case against former co-chair of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş, which was to be held at Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 19 on May 27, 2020 is adjourned to October 6, 2020 due to Covid-19 pandemic.

(05/229) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 34 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,035 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 27, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 4,431 and total number of confirmed cases is 159,797 as of May 27, 2020.

It is learned from data shared by Izmir Chamber of Medicine on May 27, 2020 that 501 health workers including 155 doctors, 2 dentists, 160 nurses and delivery nurses, 90 health officers, 17 medical secretaries, 27 technicians, 30 public officers, 6 pharmacists, 2 psychologists, 5 security staff and 1 driver, 2 engineers and 4 veterinary physicians in Izmir tested positive for Covid-19.

[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.

[2]To subscribe to the e-mail group: please write ‘daily human rights reports subscription application’ to the title of your e-mail and sent it to dokumantasyon@tihv.org.tr.

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

23 – 27 May 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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

23 – 27 May 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(05/190) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 22, 2020 that 4 HPG militants died in air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to rural areas of Besta region in Uludere district of Şırnak on May 13, 2020.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 24, 2020 that a specialized sergeant (Hakan Doğan) died in Hakkari Gendarmerie Command. Turkish Armed Forces has no declaration about reason of his death.

(05/191) Suspicious Death of a Soldier in Van…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 24, 2020 that, Ahmet Türeli (21) who was on his compulsory military service in Van, was found seriously wounded while he was on watch duty on May 17, 2020; and was first taken to Van Research and Training Hospital and then Gülhane Military Hospital in Ankara where he died on May 19, 2020. Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Van MP Muazzez Orhan submitted a parliamentary question addressing Minister of National Defence Hulusi Akar, and stated the following: “Ahmet Türeli was alleged to kill himself during watch duty however it is claimed by witnesses and news reports that Türeli killed due to an attack. It is claimed that Türeli had 3 wounds on his upper left chest from a G-3 riffle which is used by infantry soldier”.

(05/192) Child Was Wounded by Gunfire in Batman…

On May 25, 2020, a 16 years old child (Ş. A.) got wounded by a gunshot fired by anonymous person or persons in Şafak neighbourhood of Batman.

(05/193) Assault to City Council Member in Çorum…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 26, 2020 that, Sonay Ergül, city council member from Republican People’s Party (CHP) in Kargı district of Çorum was subjected to an armed assault in his car. It is reported that 2 people (city council member from Justice and Development Party [AKP] İbrahim Eken and İbrahim Akgül) who were detained in relation to the assault, were released after statement procedures.

(05/194) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 25, 2020 that, 4 prisoners in quarantine in Kırşehir E Type Closed Prison were forced to stand in military order during roll-calls, and for they reject it they were dragged to the prison yard and were subjected to insults and threats there.

(05/195) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 22, 2020 that, Gemgin Durak, an ill prisoner in Balıkesir Burhaniye Prison had a heart attack on May 18, 2020 and was kept in intensive care unit for 4 days in Balıkesir Public Hospital; and then was taken back to prison although his doctor considers an operation; and was kept in quarantine in prison.

(05/196) People Were Subjected to Torture and Ill-Treatment in Gendarmerie Station in Ağrı…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 22, 2020 that, 2 people (Coşkun Çetres and Enes Çetres) were subjected to physical violence of the gendarmerie at Patnos Gendarmerie Command in Ağrı on May 20, 2020. It is claimed in the news reports that 20 people, whose ID cards were taken by gendarmerie without any reason while they were collecting rocks near Patnos Dam reservoir, went to Patnos Gendarmerie Command to take back their ID cards; and they were forced to stand in line and sing the National Anthem; and 2 people among them were first subjected to verbal violence and insults for talking to each other; and then were taken to a room without surveillance cameras and were beaten by gendarmerie personnel. It is learned that these 2 people who have bruises on their bodies and cuts on their fingers had a medical report evidencing the violence, and they will make an official complaint to the prosecutor’s office. It is also reported that 2 people were fined to 3,150 Turkish Liras each for “violating social distancing rule”.

(05/197) People Were Subjected to Torture and Ill-Treatment in Ankara…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 23, 2020 that a person named Serkan K. who went out to throw away the garbage in Etimesgut district of Ankara on May 17, 2020, was subjected to physical violence of watchmen and his family members who intervene were subjected to pepper gas sprayed by watchmen. IYI Party Ankara chair Yetkin Öztürk stated the following on his social media post about the incident: “Watchmen beat seriously this young person who tells them that he is out to throw away the garbage. His family wants to intervene, and watchmen spray pepper gas on them. His father has asthma, and watchmen step on his chest to detain. A squad of 20 police officers and watchmen came by and detain all family members who were handcuffed behind their backs”. It is claimed in the news reports that 4 detained people (S. K., Ü. K., H. K. and Z. K.) were medically examined in handcuffs behind their backs at hospital after detention; and 12-year-old brother of S. K. gave his official statement unattended. Ankara Security Directorate made a declaration about the incident and stated the following: “The person who is district executive of the same political party [with the claimant] and his father Ü. K. and other family members intervened and resist to officers and insulted them; his brother H. K. attacked physically to watchmen by choking one officer. After violence intensified, additional support was called and those people were taken under control by usage of gradual and proportional force including pepper spray. (…) Ü. K., Z. K., and S. K. were released from police station after statement procedures; H. K. who physically attacked an officer was released by judicial authority on judicial control conditions on May 18, 2020”. 

(05/198) People Were Subjected to Physical Violence of the Police in Edirne…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 25, 2020 that, the police used pepper spray to intervene people who allegedly drink outside of their houses despite of curfew in Keşan district of Edirne, and that the police used pepper spray against people with their children reacting to them, and after firing a gun up in the air, 1 person was detained by the police using physical violence. After video footage of the incident was covered by media and shared on social media, Edirne Governorate made a declaration and stated the following: “The crowd did not leave the place despite of warnings and made a scene, thus the officer intervened them gradually. S. H. is detained as a suspect of an investigation on ‘resisting an officer’, and a general investigation is also initiated”.

(05/199) Person Was Subjected to Physical Violence of the Police in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 25, 2020 that, a person who was reported to be a motorcycle courier was subjected to verbal and physical violence of the police officers who stopped him in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on May 19, 2020. It could be seen in video footage covered by media that a police officer along with watchmen says “I am locking your motorcycle, do not show off” and then commits physical violence to this person who then asks “Is it right that you hit me?”, the police officer responds as “It is right since I decided to do so”. Istanbul Security Directorate made a declaration on May 25, 2020, after the video footage was covered by media and stated the following: “It is understood that the courier went in rapidly to the control point and then had a quarrel with police officers on duty. The police officer related to the incident is suspended and an inspector is attained for investigation and required administrative process”.

(05/200) People Were Subjected to Torture and Ill-Treatment in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 25, 2020 that, 3 people who allegedly ran away from the police because of curfew, were subjected to physical violence of the police and were detained by being handcuffed behind their backs, in Zeytinburnu district of Istanbul on May 24, 2020. Istanbul Security Directorate made a declaration on May 25, 2020, after the video footage was covered by media and social media, and stated the following: “On 24.05.2020, a suspicious car was asked to stop in Sümer neighbourhood of Zeytinburnu district and after the persons in car attempted to run away, police officers made a stop warning to which the car did not obey; after louder warning and sirens, the car was stopped as a result of police chase. Kadir T. (19) driver of the car was handcuffed and detained for he resisted the officers, passengers Metehan Ç. (18) and O. Ç. (18) were also detained by use of gradual force for they resisted to the officers, threatened and insulted them. 4 people (Kadir T., Özen D., Metehan Ç., O. Ç.) were then subjected to administrative process according to Article 282 of Public Health Law No 1593”.

(05/201) People Were Subjected to Physical Violence of Watchmen in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 25, 2020 that, a person who was on street to buy bread in Eyüp district of Istanbul, was subjected to physical violence of watchmen on the grounds of violating the curfew. It could be seen in video footage of the incident that watchmen commit physical violence against other people intervening them.

(05/202) People Were Subjected to Physical Violence of Watchmen and Police in Istanbul…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 25, 2020 that, 2 people were subjected to physical violence of the police and watchmen, on the grounds of violating the curfew, in Sultangazi district of Istanbul. It could be seen in video footage of the incident that the watchmen shouts “Do not record, go away” at people reacting around.

(05/203) Person Was Subjected to Physical Violence of Watchmen and Police in Ordu…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 22, 2020 that, a person in Altınordu district of Ordu who was going back to his home with his children after free-time for children under the age of 14, had a quarrel with watchmen and police officers for excessing the free-time; and he was subjected to verbal and physical violence of the police officers trying to handcuff him behind his back. It is also reported that journalists around were prevented from recording the incident by the police.

(05/204) People Were Subjected to Torture and Ill-Treatment in Şırnak…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 25, 2020 that, a person in Yafes neighbourhood of Cizre district of Şırnak was stopped by the police on street, was forced to lay down on the ground and was subjected to physical violence of the police before being put in an armed police vehicle.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 25, 2020 that 2 people were subjected to physical violence of the police while being detained in Cizre district of Şırnak, and were put in an armed police vehicle. Where these individuals who are reported to be detained are taken to is unknown.

(05/205) People Were Subjected to Physical Violence of the Police in Tekirdağ…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 25, 2020 that, a person named Dursun Gültaş (76) was subjected to physical violence of the police officers who are reported to warn him for violating the curfew by sitting outside of his house in Çorlu district of Tekirdağ; and that the police used clubs and pepper spray on family members who intervene the incident. It is stated in the news reports that the ambulance coming for Satı Gültaş (60) who fainted during incident, was prevented by the police. 3 people (Mehmet Gültaş, Osman Gültaş and Kazım Gültaş) were detained; and Hasan Ersavcı who was recording the incident was threatened by the police saying “We will beat that boy recording. If this recording appears on anywhere we will come and get you from your home”.

Tekirdağ Security Directorate made a declaration after the video footage was covered by media and social media, and stated the following: “A squad from Çorlu District Security Directorate went to this place after receiving a report of violation of curfew in Silahtarağa neighbourhood of Çorlu district on 24.05.2020, around 15:30; 2 people at this place resisted to the officers and threatened them by lynching. After insulting the officers, they were taken under control and a flick knife of one person was taken from him consentingly, and an administrative process was initiated against 2 people for violating the curfew. The officers claimed to use excessive force are suspended, and administrative and judicial investigations are initiated against them”.

(05/206) Person Was Subjected to Physical Violence of the Police in Urfa…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 23, 2020 that, Ramazan Erdoğan, a teacher who was warned by the police for not wearing a face masks while he was repairing a school yard in Siverek district of Urfa, was subjected to physical violence of the police. Ramazan Erdoğan stated the following: “I was taking care of flowers at the school yard and I saw a police car. They came and asked me why I do not wear a face mask. I did not wear a face mask since I was alone there. And then I went and took my mask. They wanted my ID for penalty fine. I warned the police officers for they did not wear face masks either. Then they got mad at me. I tried to take a photo of licence plate of the police car. One of them hit me at the hand and my phone fell down and crashed. And then he twisted my arm and tried to twist my neck.”

(05/207) 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 1295 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on May 22, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

The police intervened the press declaration at 13.30 on May 23, 2020 and detained 1 person (Nazan Bozkurt) for violating the curfew as a precaution for Covid-19.

The police intervened the press declaration at 18.00 on May 24, 2020 and detained 1 person (Mehmet Dersulu) for violating the curfew as a precaution for Covid-19.

The police intervened the press declaration at 18.00 on May 25, 2020 and detained 1 person (Mehmet Dersulu) for violating the curfew as a precaution for Covid-19.

The police intervened the press declaration at 18.00 on May 26, 2020 and detained 1 person (Mehmet Dersulu) for violating the curfew as a precaution for Covid-19.

Thus, 4 people in total are detained in police interventions against press declarations in Yüksel Street on May 23, 24, 25, and 26, 2020.

(05/208) Police Intervention to a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration for architect Alev Şahin, who was dismissed from her job by a state of emergency decree, in front of Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning building in Ankara on May 22 2020; and forced 1 person (Mehmet Dersulu) away from the building.

(05/209) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the sit-in protest at Bakırköy Square on May 25, 2020 of Nursel Tanrıverdi who rally for 166 weeks to regain her job from which she had been dismissed by state of emergency decree, and detained her by using physical violence. Nursel Tanrıverdi is released after being fined on the same day.

(05/210) Police Intervention to a Protest in Hatay…

The police intervened the press declaration at Abdullah Cömert Park in Samandağ district of Hatay on May 22, 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 2 people (Edibe Özçelik’s sons Servet Özçelik and Ümit Özçelik) by using physical violence. Detained people are released on the same day.

(05/211) Detained former Co-Chair of DBP, TJA Activists and Rosa Women’s Association Executives and Members in Diyarbakır…

On May 22, 2020, 18 people including Democratic Regions Party (DBP) former co-chair, HDP members and executives, Free Women’s Movement (TJA) activists and members and executives of Rosa Women’s Association are detained in house raids in Diyarbakır and Urfa. 6 of detained people (TJA activist Zelal Bilgin, Rosa Women’s Association founder member Ayla Akat Ata, Yenişehir District Council member Nevriye Çur, Nazire Tursun, Peace Mother Havva Kıran and Bağlar District Council member Hüseyin Herman) are released on judicial control conditions on May 24, 2020. 12 people (Rosa Women’s Association chair Adalet Kaya, founder member Narin Gezgör and executive Fatma Gültekin, TJA activist Gülcihan Şimşek, DBP former co-chair Mehmet Arslan, HDP central executive board member Özlem Gündüz, HDP Yenişehir district co-chair Remziye Sızıcı, Diyarbakır City Council member Sevim Coşkun, HDP member Mehmet Ali Altınkaynak, Bağlar District Council members Gönül Aslan and Veysi Kuzu and Celal Yoldaş) are arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on May 24, 2020. It is reported that Gönül Aslan’s 3-year-old son was also put in prison with her.

(05/212) Arrested Journalist in Diyarbakır…

Journalist Rojhat Doğru who was detained in Yenişehir district of Diyarbakır on May 22, 2020, through an investigation against him for sending money to his friends in prison, is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on May 23, 2020.

(05/213) Detained Person in Kayseri for Social Media Posts…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 25, 2020 that, a person named N. D. was detained in Kayseri, on the grounds of social media posts.

(05/214) Investigation Against Community House Cahir and Union Branch Chair in Bartın…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 22, 2020 that an investigation is initiated against Yonca Alemdar, Bartın Community House chair, and Sedat Bora, Education and Science Workers’ Union (Eğitim-Sen) branch chair, for their social media posts on İbrahim Kaypakkaya. It is reported that 2 people gave their official statement through the investigation at Bartın Security Directorate.

(05/215) Police Raid to Association’s Office in Diyarbakır…

The police raided the office of Rosa Women’s Association in Kayapınar district of Diyarbakır on May 22, 2020, through a Diyarbakır based investigation. It is learned that the police searched the office and seized some of the documents.

(05/216) Broadcast Ban for a TV Channel…

On May 22, 2020, the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) issued Ülke TV with a broadcast ban for three times on the grounds of ‘provoking hatred and hostility among people’, for expressions of Sevda Noyan during a programme.

(05/217) Official Announcement and Advertisement Ban on Newspapers…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 22, 2020 that the Press Advertisement Agency has issued Cumhuriyet newspaper with a ban on official announcements and advertisements for 35 days, for the news reports about Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s demolishing of construction built in public property rented by Fahrettin Altun, Communications Director Republic of Turkey. Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation against reporter Hazal Ocak, photographer Vedat Arık, executive editor Olcay Büyüktaş Akça and managing editor İpek Özbey on the charge of ‘making a person target for terrorist organisations’.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 22, 2020 that the Press Advertisement Agency has issued Birgün newspaper with a ban on official announcements and advertisements for 7 days, for the news reports on Red Crescent.

(05/218) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 27 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 952 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 22, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 32 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,186 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 23, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 32 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,141 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 24, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 29 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 987 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 25, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 28 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 948 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 26, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 4,397 and total number of confirmed cases is 158,762 as of May 26, 2020.

It is learned from the data shared by Ankara Medical Chamber on May 23, 2020 that 362 health workers in Ankara are diagnosed with Covid-19.

It is learned from the data shared by Diyarbakır Medical Chamber on May 24, 2020 that 95 health workers (19 doctors, 43 nurses and delivery nurses, 1 paramedic, 18 officers, 3 anaesthesia technicians, 3 radiology technicians, 1 environmental health technician, 3 automation personnel, 1 laboratory assistant, 1 social services expert and 2 medical secretaries) were diagnosed with Covid-19 and 1 health worker died from Covid-19.

Bakırköy Public Prosecutor’s Office made a declaration on May 22, 2020 and announced that 1 prisoner in Silivri Prison died from Covid-19. The prosecutor’s office also stated that the prisoner was referred to a health institution on May 7, 2020, and died in intensive care unit on May 21, 2020. It is also reported that 82 prisoners in Silivri Prison are under treatment for Covid-19.

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(05/165) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 20, 2020 that 6 prisoners in Mardin E Type Prison who were referred to infirmary for headaches and coughs were not tested for Covid-19 and were sent back to their wards after temperature control.

(05/166) Police Intervention to HDP’s Declaration in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration outside of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Ankara office on May 20, 2020, which was held to protest trustee appointments by Ministry of Interior by suspending HDP co-mayors. The police grounded the intervention on governorate’s ban and detained 9 people including a former HDP MP and HDP executives, by using physical violence. Detained people as known are: Nihat Akdoğan (former Hakkari MP), HDP executive board member Veli Saçılık, HDP Party Assembly member Alişan Şahin, HDP Ankara co-chair Vezir Coşkun.

It is learned that Vezir Coşkun got injured at head due to intervention and his wound had to be sutured.

Detained 9 people are released on the same day.

(05/167) Police Intervention to a Commemoration in Istanbul…

The police intervened the commemoration held in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on May 20, 2020, for the anniversary of İbrahim Kaypakkaya, Haki Karer, Ferhat Kurtay, Eşref Anyık, Mahmut Zengin and Necmi Önen, who have lost their lives in the month of May. The police intervention was grounded on governorate’s ban and 4 people including Deniz Bahçeci, co-chair of Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF), by using physical violence. It is learned that HDP Istanbul MP Dilşat Canbaz was subjected to verbal violence of the police and people surrounding and reacting against police violence were also subjected to physical violence of the police. Detained people are: Deniz Bahçeci, Can Papila, Volkan Atmaca, and Erkin with unknown surname.

(05/168) 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 1289 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on May 20, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(04/169) Police Intervention Against a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened Mahmut Konuk having a protest in front of Çankaya Public Health Directorate on May 20, 2020, to regain his job from which he had been dismissed by state of emergency decrees, and forced him away from the building by using physical violence.

(05/170) Police Intervention to a Protest in Düzce…

On May 20, 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, after being fined for violating Law of Misdemeanour and Public Health Law.

(05/171) Detained Journalist and Other Person…

Taylan Kulaçoğlu and “Red” journal executive editor Hakan Gülseven have been detained through a Balıkesir based investigation on the grounds of ‘provoking to commit a crime’ and ‘praising offence and offender’, on May 17, 2020, and were released by the court with a ban of leaving the city, on May 19, 2020. After prosecutor’s appeal to release Taylan Kulaçoğlu was detained once again on May 20, 2020, and was arrested on the same day by the court.

(05/172) Detained HDP Executives and Others in Van…

29 of 37 people including HDP district co-chair Burhan Atmaca and other party executives who were detained in house raids in Özalp district of Van, through the investigation on the attack against a vehicle of municipality around Mehmetalan neighbourhood on May 14, 2020; are released by the prosecutor’s decision on May 20, 2020. The attack has killed 2 people and injured 1 person. It is learned that detention period for 8 people including HDP district co-chair Burhan Atmaca and party executives, is extended 4 more days.

(05/173) Co-Mayor on Trial in Van…

The final trial of the case against Dilan Örenci, co-mayor of Özalp district, is held at Van Heavy Penal Court No 7 on May 20, 2020. Dilan Örenci was elected as co-mayor from HDP and then was suspended by Ministry of Interior.

Dilan Örenci joined the trial from prison via sound and vision system. The court acquitted Dilan Örenci on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and sentenced her to 6 years and 3 months on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court released Dilan Örenci upon verdict.

Dilan Örenci was detained on December 5, 2019, and was arrested on December 9, 2019. Ministry of Interior has appointed a trustee to Özalp district on December 7, 2019.

(05/174) DTK Members on Trial in Batman…

The final trial of the case against 4 delegates (Sadrettin Yılmaz, Seyithan Tatar, Elif Koyuncu and Fatma Kapalıgöz) of Democratic Society Congress (DTK) is held at Batman Heavy Penal Court No 2 on May 20, 2020.

After defence hearings the court sentenced 4 people to 6 years and 3 months each on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’. The court released 4 people upon verdict.

4 people were detained on November 27, 2019 and were arrested on December 3, 2019.

(05/175) Grup Yorum Members on Trial…

The trial of the case against Grup Yorum band members Bergün Varan and Sultan Gökçek is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 36 on May 20, 2020.

Bergün Varan and Sultan Gökçek joined the trial from prison via sound and vision system. After defence hearings the court decided to continue detention of Bergün Varan and Sultan Gökçek and adjourned the trial to July 16, 2020.

Bergün Varan and Sultan Gökçek were detained in the raid to Idil Cultural Center in Okmeydanı, Istanbul on November 29, 2019 and were arrested by the court on December 2, 2019.

(05/176) Suruç Massacre Case…

The trial of the case on Urfa Heavy Penal Court No 5, for the massacre in Suruç where 33 people died on July 20, 2015, continued to be held on May 20, 2020.

Yakup Şahin, the only arrested defendant of the case, joined the trial via sound and vision system. The court rejected to arrest Abdullah Ömer, who is alleged to be caught with an ISIS flag at the moment of explosion; and adjourned the trial to August 18, 2020.

(05/177) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 23 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 972 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 20, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 4,222 and total number of confirmed cases is 152,587 as of May 20, 2020.

Hulusi Akar, Minister of National Defence declared on May 20, 2020 that 156 people in Turkish Armed Forces tested positive for Covid-19.

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(05/146) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned that a lieutenant (Ferhat Çiftçi) died in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in rural areas of Kağızman district of Kars on May 18, 2020.

It is learned that 1 soldier (Halil Çakır) who got wounded in a clash between security forces and HPG militants in Çukurca district of Hakkari on May 12, 2020, died in hospital on May 18, 2020.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 18, 2020 that, 2 HPG militants died in an air operation of Turkish Armed Forces to Hakurk area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on May 12, 2020.

(05/147) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 18, 2020 that in Istanbul Silivri L Type Prison No 7, 39 and 43 people are kept in 2 wards for 7 people each.

(05/148) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

Progressive Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD) Istanbul branch made a declaration on May 18, 2020 and announced that referrals to hospitals is ended in Izmir Kırıklar F Type Prison No 1.

It is claimed in the news coverage of May 19, 2020 that a prisoner who tested positive for Covid-19 in Istanbul Silivri L Type Prison No 7, was given only flu medicine and was sent back to the ward where 39 prisoners are kept.

(05/149) Food Poisoning in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 19, 2020 that 6 prisoners in Ankara Sincan Women’s Prison got food poisoning. It is stated in the news reports that 1 prisoner who is in serious condition is taken to hospital.

(05/150) 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 1288 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on May 18, 2020 at 18.00, and detained 1 person (Mehmet Dersulu) on the grounds of violating the curfew as a precaution for Covid-19.

The police intervened the press declaration on May 19, 2020 at 13.30, and detained 1 person (Nazan Bozkurt) on the grounds of violating the curfew as a precaution for Covid-19.

(05/151) Police Intervention to a Protest in Hatay…

The police intervened the press declaration at Abdullah Cömert Park in Samandağ district of Hatay on May 18, 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 2 people (Edibe Özçelik’s sons Servet Özçelik and Ümit Özçelik) by using physical violence. Detained people are released on the same day.

The police intervened the press declaration for the same reason held in the same place on May 19, 2020 and detained 3 people (Güney Arslan, Servet Özçelik and Ümit Özçelik) by using physical violence. Detained people are released on the same day.

(05/152) Detained Co-Mayor in Iğdır…

Yaşar Akkuş, HDP co-mayor of Iğdır who was suspended and detained on May 15, 2020 is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on May 18, 2020.

Co-mayor Eylem Çelik is released by the court on judicial control conditions on May 20, 2020.

(05/153) Detained Co-Mayors in Siirt…

Berivan Helen Işık and Peymandara Turhan, HDP co-mayors of Siirt; Baran Akgül and Esmer Baran Turhan, HDP co-mayors of Kurtalan district of Siirt, Ramazan Sarsılmaz and Özden Gülmez Turhan, HDP co-mayors of Baykan district of Siirt, who were suspended and detained on May 15, 2020, are referred to the court on May 19, 2020.

The court released Berivan Helen Işık, Ramazan Sarsılmaz, Özden Gülmez and Baran Akgül on house confinement conditions.

Peymandara Turhan and Esmer Baran Turhan are released on judicial control conditions.

(05/154) Detained Political Party Executive and Municipality Employees in Siirt…

Siirt Municipality employees Eşref Tekin, Gülçin Köneş and Beşir Aksu, and Resul Kaçar who was elected as Siirt co-mayor but was not certificated due to being dismissed from his job by a state of emergency decree; have been detained in house raids in Siirt on May 14, 2020. 4 people are released on judicial control conditions on May 19, 2020.

(05/155) The Case Against People Who Were Subjected to Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Custody in Urfa…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 19, 2020 that, Urfa Public Prosecutor’s office made a non-prosecution decision for 37 of 55 people, who have been detained after the clash between security forces and HPG militants in Dergili neighbourhood of Halfeti district of Urfa where 1 soldier and 2 militants died on May 18, 2019. It is learned that the indictment against 18 people including 13 arrestees is accepted by Urfa Heavy Penal Court No 5.

The photographs showing detainees who were handcuffed behind their backs and faced down on the garden of Urfa Police Headquarters were covered by the press. Detained people were also subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody. It is stated in the news reports that Urfa Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation against 3 gendarmerie personnel, in relation to torture allegations.

Urfa Bar Association Executive Board member and Human Rights Coordinator Mevlut Güneş stated the following on torture and ill-treatment under custody: “Marks of sexual torture are established by medical reports and declarations of female detainees. Several torture methods such as kicking, electric shocks, battering could be seen. After detained people applied to us, we had a meeting with Public Prosecutor’s Office and an investigation is initiated against torturers. The investigation is going on very slowly. An expert report on footage of these 3 gendarmerie personnel is prepared. The report is however ambiguous. There are some expressions stating no marks of torture. After our commission objected the report and prosecution body did not regard the report, footage is sent to Istanbul Forensic Medicine Institution.”

(05/156) Detained Journalist and Other Person…

Taylan Kulaçoğlu and “Red” journal executive editor Hakan Gülseven who were detained through a Balıkesir based investigation on the grounds of ‘provoking to commit a crime’ and ‘praising offence and offender’, on May 17, 2020, are released by the court with a ban of leaving the city, on May 19, 2020.

(05/157) Detained Person in Antalya for Social Media Posts…

Photographer Fırat Erez who was detained in Antalya on May 17, 2020, on the grounds of ‘insulting religious values in social media posts’, is arrested by the court on May 19, 2020.

(05/158) Detained Person in Şırnak…

Mehmet Ayas, who was detained in Silopi district of Şırnak, on the grounds on ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on May 17, 2020, is released by the court on judicial control conditions on May 19, 2020.

(05/159) Investigation Against HDP Executive…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 19, 2020 that, Van Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation on the grounds of ‘provoking hatred and hostility among people’, against HDP Party Assembly member Hatice Büşra Kuyun who was abducted in Van; for she held a press declaration after being abducted and released. It is learned that Hatice Büşra Kuyun gave her official statement through the investigation.

(05/160) Prevention from Municipality of an Aid Campaign…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 19, 2020 that, the campaign stands of Chamber of Merchants and Craftsmen to support citizens who experience negative effects of Covid-19 pandemic in Şemdinli district of Hakkari, was intervened by municipality police of Şemdinli and the stand was seized by them.

(05/161) Ban of Events in Tunceli…

Tunceli Governorate announced on May 17, 2020 that, all events such as open-door and in-door meetings, marches, press declarations, hunger strikes, sit-in protests, opening stands and tents, delivering leaflets, hanging banners and so on are banned as of May 18 until May 24, 2020, on the grounds of trustee appointments and suspension of HDP co-mayors.

(05/162) Broadcast Ban for a Radio Channel…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 19, 2020, the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) issued the programme of Nihat Sırdar on Kafa radio channel with a broadcast ban for three times, on the grounds of an audience message saying “I did my own chips at home. Beer would be good with it”.

(05/163) Non-Prosecution Decision on Death of Gökhan Açıkkollu…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 17, 2020 that, Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office made a non-prosecution decision on death of Gökhan Açıkkollu on August 5, 2016 under custody. Gökhan Açıkkollu was subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody. It is claimed in the news reports that the prosecutor’s office did not hear the witnesses stating that Gökhan Açıkkollu was subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody; did not examine the video footage of 13 days during which Gökhan Açıkkollu was under custody; and did not consider additional post-mortem autopsy report as an evidence.

Gökhan Açıkkollu was a dismissed teacher by a state of emergency decree, and was reinstated on February 7, 2018, after he lost his life.

(05/164) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 31 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,158 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 18, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 28 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,022 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 19, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 4,199 and total number of confirmed cases is 151,615 as of May 19, 2020.

On May 18, 2020, the ban on exit and entrance of vehicles for 15 provinces including 14 metropolitan cities (Ankara, Balıkesir, Bursa, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Manisa, Sakarya, Samsun, Van and Zonguldak) is extended for 15 days.

It is announced on May 18, 2020 that as a precaution for Covid-19, a curfew will be effective for all 81 cities during Ramadan Feast on May 23-26, 2020.

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16 – 18 May 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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16 – 18 May 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(05/129) People Were Subjected to Police Violence in Adana…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 15, 2020 that, a person who is reported to be security guard of sub-governor of Yüreğir district of Adana, had a quarrel with and pulled his gun on Eren Yıldırım, Republican People’s Party (CHP) Yüreğir district Youth branch chair, and his family, and then committed physical violence against them. It is reported that the police came to the incident scene and detained Eren Yıldırım, along with his mother, father and brother, upon complaint of sub-governor. Detained 4 people were released on the next day.

Eren Yıldırım stated the following: “I was walking with my mother, father and brother in Yenidoğan neighbourhood, and I saw trucks full of potatoes in front of Yüreğir Sub-Governor’s Office. I asked a civilian person in the crowd over there, what were these potatoes for. I, as the chair of youth branch and as a volunteer of Vefa group (a social support group formed by the government), asked for whom these aid was planned. After that this civilian person got furious immediately and tried to force me and my family out of the place. When I told him that I am the chair of youth branch, he pulled his gun on us and inserted a bullet. He pulled his gun to my brother’s stomach. And then they attacked us. When we were calling the police crime line to report the attack the police officers arrived. And then they detained me, my mother, my father and my brother as if we were not the ones attacked and threatened with a gun.”

Eren Yıldırım was detained once again upon prosecutor’s appeal on May 17, 2020 and was arrested by the court on the charge of ‘resisting to prevent one’s duty’.

(05/130) Person Was Subjected to Police Violence in Batman…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 15, 2020 that, a person in Batman who rejected showing his ID card to the police without seeing police ID, was detained by the police using physical violence and was handcuffed behind his back. It is reported that the police yelled at the person as “You will show your ID if a police officer asks you to do so”.

(05/131) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

Ministry of Justice made a declaration on May 1, 2020 via twitter and announced that, as a part of precautions for Covid-19 pandemic, all visits to open and closed prisons including lawyer visits, workshop activities, leave permissions special to open prisons, using family visit rooms, collective activities for prisoners, transfers between prisons, nursery and kindergarten for children under the age of 6 who are with their mothers in prison, or sending them out to their parents or relatives are suspended until May 30, 2020.

The video footage of physical violence of a warden against Oda TV executive editor Barış Pehlivan at the entrance of Silivri Prison where he was taken to after being arrested on March 6, 2020, is covered by media on May 15, 2020. Bakırköy Public Prosecutor’s Office has made a non-prosecution decision for the criminal complaint on physical violence against Barış Pehlivan.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 15, 2020 that 3 prisoners who reject reduction of open-door time in Elazığ Women’s Prison were subjected to physical violence of the wardens. It is stated in the news reports that 3 prisoners who have bruises on their arms and bodies were not taken to hospital and were not allowed to get a medical report evidencing the violence.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 15, 2020 that Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Ağrı MP Abdullah Koç who demanded to meet Kırşehir E Type Prison administration about torture and ill-treatment allegations there, were prevented by the police from entering the prison.

It is learned from the news coverage of May 16, 2020 that, Bayram Sevgin and other 4 prisoners were subjected to physical violence of the wardens. It is reported that Bayram Sevgin got injured at the foot due to torture. Bayram Sevgin has went on a death fast on February 25, 2020 to demand an end to right violations, and ended his fast after prison administration stated to meet his demands.

It is claimed on the news coverage of May 17, 2020 that in Sakarya Hendek Women’s Open Prison, social distancing rule for Covid-19 was not followed and some prisoners share plates and spoons.

(05/132) Police Intervention to Funeral of İbrahim Gökçek…

It is learned that on May 15, 2020, the prosecutor’s office appealed to the release of 5 people who were detained in the police intervention against the funeral of Grup Yorum member İbrahim Gökçek who lost his life on May 7, 2020, at Gazi Cemevi in Sultangazi district of Istanbul on May 8, 2020; and who were released by the court; and that the court issued a warrant against these 5 people (Bahar Ertürk, Cemil Kurt, Dilan Ekin, Tuğçe Tayyar and Sevda Kurban).

A child named B. A. (17, m) who was detained on the grounds of holding a banner at İbrahim Gökçek’s funeral is arrested by the police on May 15, 2020.

(05/133) 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 1286 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on May 15, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

On May 16, 2020, 1 person (Mehmet Dersulu) is detained for violating the curfew. Mehmet Dersulu is released on the same day.

(05/134) Police Intervention to a Protest in Ankara…

The police intervened the press declaration for architect Alev Şahin, who was dismissed from her job by a state of emergency decree, in front of Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning building in Ankara on May 15 2020; and forced 1 person (Nazan Bozkurt) way from the building.

(05/135) Police Intervention to a Protest in Istanbul…

The police intervened the demonstration for May 17 – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on May 15, 2020 and detained 2 people by using physical violence. Names of detained people are unknown.

(05/136) Police Intervention to a Protests Against Trustee Appointments…

The police used pepper spray to intervene the press declaration in Iğdır, to protest trustee appointments to HDP’s municipalities and detention of co-mayors, on May 15, 2020. It is learned that Iğdır deputy mayor Halis Güney was subjected to physical violence of the police. 

The police did not allow the press declaration in Adana, to protest trustee appointments to HDP’s municipalities and detention of co-mayors, on May 16, 2020. Police prevention is grounded on precautions for Covid-19.

(05/137) Pressures and Interventions Against May 1 Events…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 17, 2020 that, 17 people including 12 cleaning workers, who went to their place of duty in Gaziemir district of Izmir, with flags on their vehicles, blowing horns and singing anthems for May 1 International Workers’ Day, were given by district police officers a fine of 3,150 Turkish Liras each, for violating the curfew on May 1. 

(05/138) Detained Co-Mayor in Muş…

Casim Budak, HDP co-mayor of Altınova town in Korkut district of Muş who were detained on May 15, 2020, is arrested by the court on the charge of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ on May 17, 2020.

(05/139) Detained Journalist and Other Person…

A person named Taylan Kulaçoğlu is detained through a Balıkesir based investigation on the grounds of ‘provoking to commit a crime’ and ‘praising offence and offender’, on May 17, 2020.

“Red” journal executive editor Hakan Gülseven is detained through the same investigation on May 17, 2020.

(05/140) Detained Person in Antalya for Social Media Posts…

Photographer Fırat Erez is detained in Antalya on May 17, 2020, on the grounds of ‘insulting religious values in social media posts’.

(05/141) Detained People in Mardin…

3 people are detained in house raids in Nusaybin district of Mardin on the grounds of ‘being an illegal organisation member’ on May 16, 2020.

(05/142) Judge is Suspended…

Ayşe Sarısu Pehlivan, a judge in Karşıyaka district of Izmir and also chair of Union of Judges; who was investigation for her social media post “Folk songs does not hurt anyone #ibrahimgökçekshouldlive” in Turkish, in relation to Grup Yorum member İbrahim Gökçek, is suspended by Council of Judges and Prosecutors on May 15,2020.

(05/143) Investigation Against a Judge…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 15, 2020 that, Council of Judges and Prosecutors initiated an investigation against Orhan Gazi Ertekin, a judge in Izmir, and also co-chair of Association for Democratic Jurisdiction, on the grounds of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’, for his social media posts on Grup Yorum member İbrahim Gökçek.

(05/144) Investigation Against Local Administration…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 15, 2020 that, Burdur Governorate initiated an investigation against CHP’s Burdur Municipality, on the grounds of production of face masks. Burdur Governorate made a declaration and stated that the investigation is initiated after a report on Directorate of Communications system, and there will be no further process since no opposition to legislation is found.

(05/145) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 48 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,708 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 15, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 41 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,610 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 16, 2020.

Ministry of Health declared that 44 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,386 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 17, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 4,140 and total number of confirmed cases is 149,435 as of May 17, 2020.

Worker Health and Worker Safety Council (ISIG) revealed on May 17, 2020 that at least 128 workers died from Covid-19 in between March 11-May 10, 2020.

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14 May 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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14 May 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(05/102) Operations and Attacks in Southeast…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 13, 2020 that, 3 militants died in a clash between Turkish Armed Forces units and HPG militants in Haftanin area of Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government on April 25, 2020.

It is learned that 1 soldier got wounded due to an explosion during passage of a military vehicle in Çağlayan town of Erzincan on May 13, 2020.

(05/103) Person Was Subjected to Police Violence in Aydın…

On May 13, 2020, the police detained a person having a quarrel with police officers for not wearing a face mask outside, in Kuşadası district of Aydın. The police handcuffed the person behind his back and used physical violence. It could be seen on video recordings of the incident that some of the police officers intervening the person do not wear face masks either. Name of detained person is unknown.

(05/104) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of Mary 13, 2020 that, in Izmir Aliağa Şakran Women’s Prison, food and bread delivering staff do not wear gloves and face masks despite of Covid-19 pandemic, and some wardens enter into wards without gloves and face masks. It is also learned that personal belongings of prisoners were scattered by wardens during searches.

(05/105) Police Intervention to a Protest in Ankara…

The press declaration in front of Mining Monument in Çankaya district of Ankara on May 13, 2020, is intervened by the police on the ground of “lack of permission from governorate’s office” and detained 14 people by using physical violence. The commemoration was organized by Alınteri journal, United Workers Congress, Revolutionary Party, Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP), Community Houses, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Worker newspaper, Kaldıraç journal, Karala journal and Partizan group.

Detained people are released after statement procedures on the same day. Names of detained people are unknown.

(05/106) 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 1282 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on May 13, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(05/107) Police Intervention to a Protest in Düzce…

On May 13, 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, after being fined for violating Law of Misdemeanour and Public Health Law.

(05/108) Arrested Person for ‘Insulting the President’…

  1. A. (46, m), who was arrested in Afyon on April 14, 2020, on the grounds of “insulting the President on social media posts” and who is reported to have schizophrenia, is released from prison upon approval of the appeal of his lawyers to a superior court on May 13, 2020.

(05/109) HDP Executive on Trial…

The first trial of the case against Bülent Uyguner, former Party Assembly member of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) is held at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 32 on May 13, 2020.

The indictment demands sentence for Bülent Uyguner on the charges of ‘being an illegal organisation member’, ‘making successive propaganda for an illegal organisation’ and ‘provoking hatred and hostility among public’.

Bülent Uyguner joined the trial via sound and vision system from prison. After defence hearings the court rejected to release Bülent Uyguner and adjourned the trial to July 9, 2020.

Bülent Uyguner was detained on November 26, 2019 in Kocaeli and was arrested by the court on November 28, 2019.

(05/110) Arrested EMEP Executive in Adana…

Ferit Kilis, Yüreğir district chair of Labour Party (EMEP) in Adana, who was arrested on May 1, 2020 for his social media posts, on the grounds of ‘targeting public employee assigned in anti-terror activity’; is released from prison upon approval of the appeal of his lawyers to a superior court on May 13, 2020.

(05/111) Former MP on Trial…

The first trial of the case against former MP Mahmut Alınak is held at Kars Heavy Penal Court No 2 on May 13, 2020.

The indictment states the phone call of Mahmut Alınak with two disputed families, donating the profit from his book “Mehmet Tunç and Bekes” to Mehmet Tunç’s family, giving a petition to the United Nations for acceptance of Kurdish as an official language and other political activities as elements of crime; and demands life imprisonment of Mahmut Alınak on the charge of ‘committing an act to place all, or part, of the territory of the state under the sovereignty of a foreign state or to disrupt the unity of the state or to weaken the independence of the state or to separate part of the territory under the sovereignty of the state from the state administration’.

After defence hearings the court released Mahmut Alınak and adjourned the trial.

Mahmut Alınak was detained in Kars on February 13, 2020 and was arrested by the court on February 17, 2020.

Mahmut Alınak’s book “Mehmet Tunç and Bekes” (2017) was banned by Istanbul Penal Court of Peace No 2 on December 5, 2019.

(05/112) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 58 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,639 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 13, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 3,952 and total number of confirmed cases is 143,114 as of May 13, 2020.

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13 May 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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13 May 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(05/090) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage that 6 prisoners who are on a hunger strike in Konya Seydişehir T Type Prison since May 6, 2020, to demand an end to right violations, ended their strike on May 12, 2020, after their demands were accepted by prison administration and prisoners who had been put in solitary cells will be taken back to their wards.

(05/091) Child Was Subjected to Physical Violence of Municipality Police in Diyarbakır…

On May 12, 2020 a waste paper picker child in Sur district of Diyarbakır was subjected to physical violence of municipality police officers of Sur. It is learned that municipality police seized child’s handcart.

(05/092) 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 1281 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on May 12, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(05/093) Police Intervention to a Protest in Düzce…

On May 12, 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, after being fined for violating Law of Misdemeanour and Public Health Law.

(05/094) Police Intervention to Funeral of İbrahim Gökçek…

17 people including 2 lawyers and 1 apprentice lawyer who were detained in the police intervention against the funeral of Grup Yorum member İbrahim Gökçek who lost his life on May 7, 2020, at Gazi Cemevi in Sultangazi district of Istanbul on May 8, 2020; are released by the court with a ban on leaving the country on May 12, 2020.

Names of released people are: lawyer Didem Baydar Ünsal, lawyer Seda Şaraldı, apprentice lawyer Doğa İncesu, Tuğçe Tayyar, Bahar Ertürk, Cemil Kurt, Bahar Ertürk, Sevda Kurban, Rıdvan Akbaş, Fırat Kıl, Hasan Karapınar, Dilan Ekin, Beyhan Gün, Baki Can Işık, Serkan Yağız, Erkan Çimen.

(05/095) Gendarmerie Intervention to a Protest in Bursa…

The gendarmerie intervened residents of Kirazlıyayla village of Yenişehir district of Bursa, who had a protest to prevent the mining company cutting down the trees in village on May 12, 2020. It is learned that residents were forced into vehicles by gendarmerie officers and were forced out of the area where trees were planned to cut, and then were taken back to their village. Journalist Yusuf Kayışoğlu is detained for recording the intervention, and he is released on the same day after statement procedures. It is learned that 1 person was injured due to intervention.

Members of Association for Protection of Nature and Environment (DOĞADER) who came to support residents, were not allowed into the village.

(05/096) Investigation Against Journalists…

On May 12, 2020 Fatih Polat, executive editor and Görkem Kınacı, managing editor of Evrensel newspaper are called to give official statements to Istanbul Security Directorate Public Security Department, for the article of Ragıp Zarakolu, “No Escape of Ill-Fate”, published on Evrensel.

Communications Director Republic of Turkey Fahrettin Altun and President Tayyip Erdoğan have filed criminal complaint about the article which was published both on Evrensel and Artı Gerçek news portal.

(05/097) Hrant Dink Murder Case…

The case against 76 people (4 arrested) including security, national intelligence and gendarmerie personnel, on the grounds of being responsible and negligent on the murder of Hrant Dink, executive editor of Agos newspaper, is on May 12, 2020 at Istanbul Heavy Penal Court No 14.

Arrested defendants joined the trial via sound and vision system. After defence hearings the court rejected to release arrested defendants and adjourned the trial to July 7-9, 2020.

(05/098) Ban of Event in Ankara…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 12, 2020 that the press declaration in front of Mining Monument in Çankaya district of Ankara on May 13, 2020, by Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions (DİSK), Confederation of Public Employees Unions (KESK), Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB) and Turkish Medical Association (TTB), to commemorate 301 mine workers who died 6 years ago in a coal mine fire in Soma, is banned by Ankara Governorate on the grounds of precautions for Covid-19 pandemic.

(05/099) Official Announcement and Advertisement Ban on a Newspaper…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 12, 2020 that the Press Advertisement Agency has issued Evrensel newspaper with a ban on official announcements and advertisements for 5 days, for the article “Does government promise the citizens to be martyrs?” published on the newspaper. The reason of the ban is violation of Press Ethics Principles stated as “Journalism, which is a public service, cannot be used in defiance of public interest” and “Unfair allegation excessing limits of criticism cannot be allowed in publishing on persons, institutions and social strata”. It is also stated in the news reports that there is no investigation of prosecutor’s office against the article.

(05/100) Special Security Zone in Şırnak…

Şırnak Governorate made a declaration on May 11, 2020, and announced 11 rural areas with given coordinates in İdil district as special security zones as of May 11, 2020 until May 13, 2020.

(05/101) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 53 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,704 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 12, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 3,894 and total number of confirmed cases is 141,475 as of May 12, 2020.

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12 May 2020 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

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12 May 2020 Daily Human Rights Report

(05/083) Prevention of Right to Health in Prison…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 11, 2020 that Sabri Kaya, an ill prisoner in Osmaniye T Type Prison No 2 who was referred to Adana City Hospital, was taken back to prison without being treated, on the grounds of Covid-19 pandemic. It is stated in the news reports that the doctor at the hospital said “I cannot hospitalize him, there is Covid-19 pandemic. There is no reason for him to be hospitalized” to Sabri Kaya’s relatives.

(05/084) 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 1280 days to regain their jobs, in front of Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Street on May 11, 2020 at 13.30 and at 18.00, and forced people away from the monument by using physical violence.

(05/085) Police Intervention to a Protest in Düzce…

On May 11, 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, after being fined for violating Law of Misdemeanour and Public Health Law.

(05/086) Investigation Against Municipality Officer for Social Media Posts…

It is learned from the news coverage of May 11, 2020 that, an investigation is initiated against social media officer of Saray district municipality in Tekirdağ, for a social media post about commemoration of Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan. It is reported that the officer went to Saray District Security Directorate to give official statement. It is also stated that the social media post was deleted on demand of the police.

(05/087) Investigation Against a Judge for Social Media Posts…

It is learned that Izmir Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation against Ayşe Sarısu Pehlivan, a judge in Karşıyaka district of Izmir and also chair of Union of Judges; for her social media post “Folk songs does not hurt anyone #ibrahimgökçekshouldlive” in Turkish, in relation to Grup Yorum member İbrahim Gökçek. It is also learned that Council of Judges and Prosecutors initiated an investigation against her.

(05/088) HDP and DBP Members and Executives on Trial in Mardin…

The case against DBP provincial co-chairs Leyla Bozkurt and Şeyhmuz Sun, HDP Party Assembly members Alaattin Semir Zuğurli and Sedat Ay, and HDP provincial co-chair Ali Sincar is held at Mardin Heavy Penal Court No 4 on May 11, 2020. The court decided to continue detention of 5 people and adjourned the trial to June 27, 2020.

(05/089) Covid-19 Pandemic…

Ministry of Health declared that 55 people died due to Covid-19 pandemic and 1,114 new Covid-19 cases were diagnosed on May 11, 2020.

The death toll from Covid-19 in Turkey increased to 3,841 and total number of confirmed cases is 139,771 as of May 11, 2020.

It is learned from data shared by Izmir Chamber of Medicine on May 11, 2020 that 484 health workers including 152 doctors, 2 dentists, 154 nurses and delivery nurses, 88 health officers, 16 medical secretaries, 26 technicians, 30 public officers, 6 pharmacists, 2 psychologists, 5 security staff and 1 driver, and 2 engineers in Izmir tested positive for Covid-19.

It is learned from the data shared by Diyarbakır Chamber of Medicine on May 11, 2020 that 90 health workers in Diyarbakır tested positive for Covid-19.

On May 11, 2020, ban on exit and entrance of vehicles for 24 provinces is lifted for 9cities (Adana, Denizli, Diyarbakır, Maraş, Mardin, Ordu, Tekirdağ, Trabzon, Urfa). The ban on exit and entrance of vehicles will be effective for 15 cities for 15 days.

It is declared by a presidential circular on May11, 2020 that a 96-hour curfew as a part of precautions for Covid-19 pandemic will be imposed as of May 16, 2020 until May 19, 2020.

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