General Report Human Rights Turkey / Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT) – August 2013

01-02 August 2013 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/001) Ongoing DHKP/C investigation…  Several members of the Confederation of Public Employees Trade Unions (KESK) had been detained in the operation against the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front -Devrimci Halk Kurtuluş Parti/Cephesi (DHKP/C) in Ankara Province on 19 February 2013. Ankara Freedom Judicature No. 10 (Authorised by the Article 10 of the ATL) released Akman Şimşek, Abidin Sırma, Arzu Koluaçık, Acun Karadağ, Gülcan Kalkan, Mehmet Toğan, Dinçer Öztürk and Salih Baydemir after evaluating the objection of their lawyers on 31 July 2013.

(08/002) Hate crime in İstanbul Province…

A trans person known as Özge, was found killed in her flat in Beyoğlu District of İstanbul Province on 31 July 2013.

(08/003) Home raids in Tunceli Province…

Five people were detained in the operation against Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist (TKP-ML) in Pertek District of Tunceli Province on 31 July 2013.

(08/004) Work accident in Kocaeli Province…

Daver Güneş (22) and Halis Güneş (47) were wounded with the collapse of the wall in the construction site in Gölcük District of Kocaeli’ Province on 31 July 2013.

(08/005) Actions against the interventions of the government to the fundamental rights and freedoms and the right to the city…

Sabri Çelik who had attacked with a chopper to the protestors during a protest in İstiklal Street and Taksim Square on 6 July 2013 had fled to Morocco after he had been released on 7 July 2013. The indictment against him was finalised and the prosecutor asked up to 27 years of imprisonment on charges of “attempting to intentional wounding” and sent the indictment to the court reported on 31 July 2013.

Police teams interfered with tear gas to the public statement that demands the release of the detainees who had been detained in home raids in Hatay Province on 31 July 2013.

Fourteen year old Berkin Elvan had been wounded with a gas bomb canister in Okmeydanı Quarter of Şişli District of İstanbul Province and still in comatose. Police teams hindered the public statement that his parents had attempted to make in Taksim Square on 31 July 2013 and detained 15 people.

Ali Yılmaz, Can Deliduman, Mert Atmaca, Birkan Sabaz, Akın Can, Osman Nuri Orhan, Soner Temel, Hikmet Tanıl, and Hazal Kangal who had been detained in home raids in Ankara Province on 18 June 2013 were released after the objection of their lawyers on 31 July 2013.

Thirteen people were detained in home raids in Mersin Province on 1 August 2013.

(08/006) Fire in the prison…

Seven prisoners and 2 guradians who had been affected from the smoke due to fire started by the prisoners by burning their beds, were hospitalised in Bilecik M Type of Closed Prison on 31 July 2013.

(08/007) Work accident in Zonguldak Province…

Mustafa Eren and Ramazan Kılav were wounded in the land slide in the coal mine in Zonguldak Province on 1 August 2013.

(08/008) The case on the murder of Musa Anter…

A suspect accused of murdering Musa Anter, a prominent Kurdish author, was arrested yesterday by a court in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakır.

Hamit Yıldırım, who was detained in the south-eastern province of Şırnak on June 29, some 20 years after the murder took place, denied all accusations in his interrogation in court. The court cited strong suspicion of offense in its arrest ruling. Anter was killed in an armed attack in 1992. The prime suspect, Yıldırım, was photographed recently for the first time in Şırnak by daily Sabah. The murder case, which would have been dropped in three months due to the statute of limitations, has been extended for 10 more years due to the new development.

Hamit Yıldırım, a member of Gendarmerie Intelligence and Fighting with Terrorism Department (JITEM), was arrested by Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No. 7 on 2 July 2012.

Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecution Office launched an indictment against 4 people -including Hamit Yıldırım- reported on 27 June 2013. The indictment was sent to Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No. 7 in order to be evaluated and the prosecutor asked for life sentence in solitary confinement and with no possibility of parole to 20 years of imprisonment for the defendants Hamit Yıldırım, Mahmut Yıldırım, Abdülkadir Aygan and retired colonel Savaş Gevrekçi. The court had accepted the indictment on 5 July 2013

Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No. 7 began to hear the case on 31 July 2013. The court heard Orhan Miroğlu who had been with Musa Anter on the day of murder and defendant Savaş Gevrekçi. The court declined the demand for the arrest of Savaş Gevrekçi and adjourned the hearing to 7 October 2013.

(08/009) The clashes in Syria…

During the clashes between the al-Nusra Front, a group loosely aligned with al-Qaida and the PYD (the Syrian Democratic Party, which is affiliated with PKK) in Kurdish-controlled territories, Mahmut Özgen (55) was wounded with a bullet from his leg as he was working in his field in Ceylanpınar District of Şanlıurfa Province, fired from Serekaniye (Resulayn) Town in Syria on 1 August 2013.

(08/010) Violence in religious course…

Asthma patient İ.P. (12) was beaten by the imam with a stick on the grounds that he fight with his friends in Turhal District of Tokat Province on 30 July 2013.

(08/011) Work accident in Tekirdağ Province…

Mustafa Balcı died after falling from the 3rd floor of the building under construction in Çerkezköy District of Tekirdağ Province on 31 July 2013.

(08/012) Ongoing KCK case in Ağrı Province…

On 31 July 2013 Erzurum Heavy Penal Court No. 4 went on hearing the case against 35 defendants who had been subjected to KCK operation in Doğubayazıt District of Ağrı Province in 2012 on charges of “being a member of an illegal organisation” under Article 314 of TPC.

The court heard the legal arguments of the defendants in Kurdish and Turkish and adjourned the hearing to 11 October 2013.

(08/013) Banned march in Şanlıurfa Province…

Şanlıurfa governorate made a statement on 1 August 2013 and declared that all the meetings to protest the clashes in Serekaniye (Resulayn) Town in Syria Ceylanpınar District were banned on 4-5-6 August 2013.

(08/014) Tried people in connection with Gezi Park actions…

“resisting police officer” and attempting to harm public goods”, reported on 2 August 2013.

The investigation against 108 people who had been allegedly participated in the funeral of Ethem Sarısülük on 16 Haziran 2013 in Ankara Province was reportedly finalised on 1 August 2013. The prosecutor Kürşat Kayral he who prepared the indictment, demanded up to 3 years of imprisonment for 35 people on charges of “opposing to the Law No. 2911 on Meetings and Demonstrations”. Ankara Penal Court of First Instance No. 16 will be hearing the case soon.

(08/015) Tried persons…

Several people –including Bitlis Deputy Hüsamettin Zenderlioğlu, BDP’s Province Branch Chairperson Şahin Çoban and İHD Bitlis Branch Chairperson Hasan Ceylan- had been wounded in the intervention of the law enforcement to the demonstration to draw attention to the hunger strikes in Bitlis Province on 11 November 2012.

Fourteen people had been detained and then eventually arrested on charges of “opposing to the Law No. 2911 on Meetings and Demonstrations”, “resisting to the police officers on duty” and “harming public goods”.

On 31 July 2013 Van Heavy Penal Court No. 5 went on hearing the case against 14 defendants -9pre-trial detainees and released all of them after hearing their legal argument. The next hearing will be on 14 November 2013.

(08/016) Home raids in Van Province…

Four people were in home raids on the grounds that they had participated in the various protests in Van Province on 31 July 2013.

(08/017) Detained people in Şanlıurfa Province…

Mehmet Yılmaz, Fazilet Kaya, Nebi Dağtekin and Murat Dağtekin were detained by police teams in Ceylanpınar District of Şanlıurfa Province on 29 July 2013and they were arrested on charges of “being a member of an illegal organisation” under Article 314 of TPC on 1 August 2013.

(08/018) Coercion in prison…

Lawyers Rezan Sarıca, Cengiz Yürekli and Mazlum Dinç were not allowed to visit their client Abdullah Öcalan on 2 August 2013 on grounds that the ship that would carry them to İmralı Island was out of order.

 

03-05 August 2013 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/019) The clashes in Syria…

During the clashes between the al-Nusra Front, a group loosely aligned with al-Qaida and the PYD (the Syrian Democratic Party, which is affiliated with PKK) in Kurdish-controlled territories, Ramazan Zeybel (45) was killed in Ceylanpınar District of Şanlıurfa Province, fired from Serekaniye (Resulayn) Town in Syria on 2 August 2013.

(08/020) Work accident in Bursa Province…

University student Ahmet Eraslan (21) who has been working for his university fee fell down from the sixth floor of the building under construction Osmangazi District of Bursa Province on 2 August 2013.

(08/021) Work accident in Şanlıurfa Province…

Mehmet Ali Elpe (19), İbrahim Halil Baytimur (16) and Servan Aktıl (13) were wounded in the explosion of the LPG tank in the industrial zone in Viranşehir District of Şanlıurfa Province on 3 August 2013.

(08/022) Suspicious death of a soldier in Tunceli Province…

İbrahim Süğür (21) was allegedly died due to cardiac attack in Tunceli Province on 2 August 2013.

(08/023) Fire in prison…

Three prisoners and 2 gendarmerie soldiers who had been affected from the smoke due to fire started by the prisoners by burning their beds, were hospitalised in Adıyaman E Type of Closed Prison on 3 August 2013.

(08/024) Actions against the interventions of the government to the fundamental rights and freedoms and the right to the city…

Ümran Yurdayol, a worker of the communication bureau of the chairperson of the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP), had been detained in İstanbul Province on 1 August 2013 and was arrested on 2 August 2013.

Police teams attacked on the people with batons, water cannons and teargas in Taksim Square, İstiklal Street after closing the Gezi Park to the public on the grounds that there will be gatherings in İstanbul Province on 3 August 2013. Forty-two people were detained.

(08/025) Tried people in connection with Gezi Park actions…

Adana Penal Court of First Instance No. 8 accepted the indictment against 11 people on the grounds that they had participated in the Gezi Park actions in Adana Province, on charges of “opposing to the Law No. 2911 on Meetings and Demonstrations”, “resisting police officer” and attempting to harm public goods”, reported on 2 August 2013.

(08/026) Intervention to the protest in Şanlıurfa Province…

Law enforcement interfered to the protest against the clashes in Rojava with water cannons and teargas in Ceylanpınar District of Şanlıurfa Province on 4 August 2013.

Six people were wounded in the intervention to the group that left Viranşehir District to reach Ceylanpınar District.

(08/027) Intervention to the protest in Van Province…

Police teams interfered to the protest to draw attention to the health of Abdullah Öcalan, with water cannons and teargas in Van Province on 3 August 2013. Several people including Van Metropolitan Mayor Bekir Kaya were wounded.

(08/028) Home raids in Tunceli Province…

Five people had been detained in the operation against Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist (TKP-ML) in Pertek, Ovacık and Hozat Districts of Tunceli Province on 31 July 2013. They were arrested on charges of “acting on behalf of an illegal organisation” and “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” under Article 7/2 of Anti-Terror Law on 2 August 2013.

(08/029) Person detained in Hakkâri Province…

Peace and Democracy Party’s (BDP) District Branch Chairperson was detained in home raid in Yüksekova District of Hakkâri Province on 3 August 2013. The authorities did not make any explanation on the reason of detention.

(08/030) Banned demonstration in İstanbul Province…

İstanbul Governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu made a statement on 2 August 2013 that the protests which will be held on 5 August 2013 in front of the Silivri Prison Campus is banned.

(08/031) Home raids in İstanbul and Ankara Province…

Twenty five people were detained in synchronised raids of the Fighting with Terrorism Department teams on Aydınlık Newspaper’s and Youth Association of Turkey’s/Türkiye Gençlik Birliği offices and on houses in İstanbul and Ankara Provinces on 3 August 2013 on the grounds that they invite people to participate in the last hearing of the Ergenekon Case.

 

06 August 2013 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/032) Work accident in Sakarya Province…

Ramazan Özuçar was wounded and İsmail Fethi Tandoğan and another worker whose name cannot be learned were lost in the landslide in a mine after the explosion of the dynamites in Geyve District of Sakarya Province on 5 August 2013.

(08/033) Police committed suicide in Denizli Province…

F.Y. (45) committed suicide by shooting himself from his chest with his firearm inside the patrol vehicle in Denizli Province on 5 August 2013.

(08/034) Finalised Ergenekon case…

The local court phase of the Ergenekon Investigation/Case which had sparkled with the hand grenades found in a slum in Ümraniye District of İstanbul Province on 2007 and enlarged with several operations and claimed to resolve the illegal structure of the state was finalised on 5 August 2013. During first phase 23 indictments against 275 defendants -66 pre-trial detainees- were merged.

The perpetrators of extra-judicial killings and murders by unknown assailant were among the defendants and 21 of them were acquitted. The convictions against the defendants will be in the annual human rights report after the reasoning of the court.

(08/035) The case on the explosion in Kumrular…

On 5 August 2013 Ankara Regional Heavy Penal Court No. 13 went on hearing the case against 15 defendants -5 pre-trial detainees- in connection with the explosion in Kumrular Street in Ankara Province on 20 September 2011 which was undertaken by TAK (Freedom Hawks of Kurdistan/Kürdistan Özgürlük Şahinleri). Five people were killed and 32 others were wounded in the bomb attack.

The court heard the legal arguments of the defendants and prolonged the pre-trial detention period till th next hearing on 30 September 2013.

(08/036) Abducted workers in Bitlis Province…

Three workers who had been abducted from a mine in Tatvan District of Bitlis Province on 8 July 2013 were released on 5 August 2013.

(08/037) Intervention to the protest in Şanlıurfa Province…

A person was wounded and 12 people were detained in the intervention with water cannons and teargas to the group in Mardin Province on 5 August 2013 that attempted to participate in the meeting in Ceylanpınar District of Şanlıurfa Province to the protest against the clashes in Rojava.

(08/038) Intervention to the workers’ action in İstanbul Province…

Police teams interfered to the protest of the workers’ and detained 11 of them in front of the Bosporus Electricity Distribution Ltd./Boğaziçi Elektirk Dağıtım A.Ş. (BEDAŞ) in İstanbul Province on 5 August 2013. The workers had laid-off on the grounds that the stop working to protest the firm which did not pay their salaries.

(08/039) Actions against the interventions of the government to the fundamental rights and freedoms and the right to the city…

Elif Çimen and Mert Kaya who had been arrested in Adana Province with 7 others on 26 July 2013 were released after the objection of their lawyers on 1 August 2013.

 

07-12 August 2013 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/040) Closed institution in Şırnak Province…

Uludere Governorate closed down the Uludere House to Support Education which had been opened by Uludere Municipality in 2009 on the grounds that it had not been opened in line with the instructions and regulations of the Ministry of National Education on 6 August 2013.

(08/041) Convicted person…

On 6 August 2013 Adana Heavy Penal Court No. 8 went on hearing the case against Welat Yıldız, a member of the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) who had been tried in connection with participating in the funeral of Yasemin Çifçi in Adana Province. He was sentenced to 12 months of imprisonment on charges of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” under Article 7/2 of Anti-Terror Law.

(08/042) The condition of the ill pre-trial detainees and convicts…

PKK case pre-trial detainee Murşit Aslan who had been brought from Mardin E Type of Closed Prison to Metris (İstanbul) T Type of Closed Prison for the report of the Forensic Medicine Institute was released on 6 August 2013. The lower part of his body was paralysed due to bullet wound.

(08/043) The clashes in Syria…

Eighteen soldiers and 8 civilians were wounded in the clash between smugglers and the Turkish Armed Forces in the vicinity of Kuşaklı Village of Reyhanlı District of Hatay Province on 6 August 2013.

(08/044) Coercion in prison…

Lawyers Rezan Sarıca, Cengiz Yürekli and Mazlum Dinç were not allowed to visit their client Abdullah Öcalan on 6 August 2013 on grounds that it is official holiday.

(08/045) Actions against the interventions of the government to the fundamental rights and freedoms and the right to the city…

The indictment against Sabri Çelik who had attacked on the protestors with a chopper on 6 July 2013 was accepted by the court on 6 August 2013. He will be tried on charges of “intentionally wounding” and the prosecutor asked up to 27 years of imprisonment against him.

(08/046) The investigation on the murder of Ali İsmail Korkmaz…

Ali İsmail Korkmaz (19) who had been beaten with sticks by unidentified people in Eskişehir Province on 3 June 2013 died in the hospital on 10 July 2013. Eight people had been detained as the perpetrators of the murder and four of them -Eskişehir Security Directorate’s Fighting with Terrorism Department officer Mevlüt Sağalman, Bakery owner İsmail Koyuncu and his two relatives were arrested on charges of “intentionally killing” on 7 August 2013.

According to the press statement another person has been search; S.K. who had been arrested before was released and the surveillance camera records were deleted by a shopkeeper.

(08/047) Extra-judicial killing in Hatay Province…

İsa İkiz (25) was wounded with the fire of soldiers on the grounds that he was a petrol smuggler in the vicinity of Kuşaklı Village of Reyhanlı District of Hatay Province on 6 August 2013 and died in the hospital.

(08/048) Coercion in prison…

Twelve female prisoners in Muş E Type of Closed Prison commenced hunger strike to protest the search of their living unit by male guardians on 30 July 2013 reported on 7 August 2013.

(08/049) Detained juveniles…

Three juveniles were detained on the grounds that they had torn apart the posters of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the billboards in front of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Adana Province on 7 August 2013. The juveniles were released from the prosecution office.

(08/050) Explosion in Mersin Province…

M.K. (17) was wounded from his face with the explosion of the hand-made bomb as he was passing by during the intervention of the police teams to the potest in Mersin Province on 7 August 2013.

(08/051) Attack on party building and its members…

Nine people were wounded in the armed attack of the drug sellers to the Socialist Party of the Oppressed’s (ESP) Gülsuyu Branch office and its members in Maltepe District of İstanbul Province on 7, 8 and 10 August 2013.

(08/052) Tried people in connection with Gezi Park actions…

Ankara Penal Court of First Instance No. 2 will be hearing the case against Mutlu Kendir and İbrahim Aydın in connection with participating in the Gezi Park protests in Ankara Province on 13-14 June 2013 on charges of “opposing to the Law No. 2911 on Meetings and Demonstrations”

(08/053) Work accident in Kocaeli Province…

Muratcan Turan (15) who had been working for a water firm for his school fee in Darıca District of Kocaeli Province on 6 August 2013 died in the accident in the elevator of an apartment.

(08/054) Tried people…

On 6 August 2013 Van Heavy Penal Court No. 5 went on hearing the case against 4 defendants – 3 pre-trial detainees- who had been subjected to an operation in Van Province in 2012 on charges of “being a member of an illegal organisation” under Article 314 of TPC.

The court heard pre-trial detainees Felemez Can, Menafi Yıldız and Sefer Can and adjourned the hearing to 1 November 2013.

(08/055) Detained workers…

Five workers who had been laid off without termination indemnities from Kazova Trikotaj Firm were detained in the public transport bus on the grounds that they would conduct an action in front of the house of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Üsküdar District of İstanbul Province on 8 August 2013.

(08/056) Work accident in Sakarya Province…

İsmail Fethi Tandoğan who had been lost in the landslide in a mine in Geyve District of Sakarya Province on 5 August 2013 was found on 8 August 2013.

(08/057) Ongoing case on torture and ill-treatment in detention…

Murat Şalcı (24), Mervan Kurt (35) and Ahmet Usal (31) from Şırnak Province were beaten and detained by police officers in Beyoğlu District of İstanbul Province on 6 June 2012. Three people who had been taken to Taksim Police Station were beaten with their hands cuffed in the fourth floor of the building. So that Murat Şalcı was hospitalised due to cerebral haemorrhage reported on 11 June 2012.

According to the report of the police officers the three people hit the officers swearing and Ahmet Şalcı “harmed himself by hitting his head to the ground”.

On 16 May 2013 İstanbul Penal Court of Peace No. 8 went on hearing the case against the three victims which was launched with the complaint of officers on charges of “intentionally wounding” and insulting”. The p0olice officers claimed that Murat Şalcı hit his head to the wall and they hindered him who had a cerebral haemorrhage after the incident.

The victims claimed that they were not informed about the case so they could not participate in the first hearing. Because of this claim the tension aroused and the court adjourned the hearing to 10 September 2013.

A case was launched against four police officers -Murat Turan, Levent Karadeniz, Burak Mugul and Erdem Ata- on charges of “intentionally wounding” reported on 9 August 2013. The prosecutor asked their imprisonment up to 15 years each 13 months after the incident.

(08/058) Intervention to the protest in İstanbul Province…

Six members of the People’s Front who had opened a placard for the release of cancer patient/prisoner Kemal Avcı in Galata Tower in Beyoğlu District of İstanbul Province on 8 August 2013 were detained.

(08/059) Coercion in prison…

Elif Kaya who had been arrested in connection with the Gezi Park actions in İzmir Province made an official complaint and stated that she was subjected to cavity search, battered and sexually harassed in Şakran Prison for Women reported on 9 August 2013.

(08/060) Abducted workers in Bingöl Province…

A constructor and two workers who had been abducted from Suveren Village of Genç District of Bingöl Province on 19 July 2013 by an armed group were released on 9 August 2013.

(08/061) Work accident in İzmir Province…

Nine workers were poisoned with the gas that came out of the water discharge machine in the engine room of a ship in Aliağa District of İzmir Province on 10 August 2013. Doğan Balcı (37) and Davut Özdemir (40) died in the hospital.

(08/062) Tried People…

On 26 September 2011 Erzurum Heavy Penal Court No. 4 had acquitted the ESP’s Party Assembly members Önder Öner and Görgü Demirpençe and İbrahim Aksu, Ali Aksu and Erhan Köse, Şafak Ustabaş, İdris Akbıyık in connection with the incidents in Hopa District of Artvin Province on 30 May 2011 just before the election meeting of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on charges of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” under Article 7/2 of Anti-Terror Law.

The Supreme Court of Appeal’s Penal Chamber No. 9 crashed the verdict of the local court and Erzurum Heavy Penal Court No. 4 will begin to hear the case again soon, reported on 6 August 2013.

(08/063) Tried People…

Anadolu (İstanbul) Chief Public Prosecution Office has been preparing an indictment against 40 users of the Ekşi Sözlük website with the official complaint of Ali Emre Bukağlı on charges of “insulting the religious values” reported on 7 August 2013.

(08/064) Attack on party building…

Material damage took place with the explosion of a sound bomb that was thrown to the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) office in Kartal District of İstanbul Province on 11 August 2013.

(08/065) The clashes in Syria…

During the clashes between the al-Nusra Front, a group loosely aligned with al-Qaida and the PYD (the Syrian Democratic Party, which is affiliated with PKK) in Kurdish-controlled territories, Emrah İdek (19) was wounded with a bullet from his chest in Ceylanpınar District of Şanlıurfa Province, fired from Serekaniye (Resulayn) Town in Syria on 11 August 2013.

(08/066) Work accident in Kocaeli Province…

Celal Öztürk died and Şener Furuncu was wounded in the fire in the furniture factory in Kartepe District of Kocaeli Province on 12 August 2013.

 

13 August 2013 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/067) Work accident in Denizli Province…

Özkan Uzun (29) who had been working in the paving of the highway between Denizli and Pamukkale died in the accident on 12 August 2013.

(08/068) Suspicious death of a soldier in Diyarbakır Province…

A soldier was killed in the quarrel by another soldier C.A. (21) in Tapantepe Gendarmerie Headquarters in Lice District of Diyarbakır Province on 12 August 2013.

(08/069) Suspicious death of a soldier in Şırnak Province…

Muharrem Al (21) who has been serving his compulsory military service in the army unit in Ballı Village of Uludere District of Şırnak Province was found shot with his rifle. Muharrem Al’s funeral was held in Narlıdere Municipality’s Culture and Cemevi (a temple of religious minority, Alawis) on 11 August 2013.

(08/070) Coercion in prison…

A report was given to Mustafa Ömer Polatlı (22), a pre-trial detainee in Erzurum H Type of Closed Prison who has two holes in his heart, that he do not need to be medically treated in a hospital, reported on 12 August 2013.

(08/071) Coercion in prison…

Deniz Kabak was sentenced to ban of visit for one month and to solitary confinement to one month on the grounds that he had objected to the presence of the gendarmerie soldiers in the search of his living unit in Tekirdağ F Type of Closed Prison No. 1. He was also beaten and put into sponged room reported on 12 August 2013.

 

14 August 2013 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/072) Workers in traffic accident…

The shuttle carrying seasonal agricultural workers, hit a truck in Siverek District of Şanlıurfa Province on 11 August 2013, and worker Ercan Özçelik died and 41 other workers were wounded in the accident.

(08/073) Work accident in Kırıkkale Province…

Süleyman Karagöz (18) was wounded in the explosion of the compressed gas in an oil tanker in Kırıkkale Province on 13 August 2013.

(08/074) Coercion in prison…

The Peace and Solution Group member Hüseyin İpek who has been a pre-trial detainee in Mardin E Type Closed Prison had his second facial paralysis but was not hospitalised on the grounds that it is official holiday due to religious feast reported on 13 August 2013.

(08/075) Coercion in prison…

Lawyers Rezan Sarıca, Cengiz Yürekli and Mazlum Dinç were not allowed to visit their client Abdullah Öcalan on 13 August 2013 on grounds that the ship that would carry them to İmralı Island was out of order.

(08/076) Peorson wounded in the intervention to the Gezi Park actions…

Mustafa Ali Tombul (16) had been wounded from his head with a gas bomb canister in İstanbul Province on 8 July 2013. His medical treatment was finalised and he was discharged from the hospital on 13 August 2013.

(08/077) Convicted students…

On 9 August 2013 Zonguldak Penal Court of First Instance No. 3 sentenced 16 students to 8 months and 10 days of imprisonment each in connection with the protest of the students who could get a hall for the meeting on the new Higher Education Council draft law in Bülent Ecevit University in Zonguldak Province on 19 December 2012 on charges of “resisting public officer on duty”.

(08/078) Intervention to the protest in İstanbul Province…

Gökmen Baritan who protested by standing still with a placard to draw attention to the teacher who did not assign in Taksim Square was detained on the grounds that “he has been disturbing tourists” ib İstanbul Province on 13 August 2013

(08/079) Actions against the interventions of the government to the fundamental rights and freedoms and the right to the city…

The Socialist Party of the Oppressed’s (ESP) Sancaktepe District Branch Chairperson Mustafa Keskin and Anıl Çalışkan were detained on the grounds that they had participated in the Gezi Park actions in İstanbul Province on 13 August 2013.

 

15 August 2013 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/080) Extra-judicial killing in Tekirdağ Province…

The family of the schizophrenic Ali Çelebi called ambulance after his health was deteriorated in Kapaklı Municipality of Tekirdağ Province on 4 August 2013. Ali Çelebi run away from the vehicle he had shoved in and took refuge in his brother’s house. This time police officers were called and they battered him and sprayed teargas to Ali Çelebi’s face to passivize him. He died in the hospital.

(08/081) Kurdish worker killed in Eskişehir Province…

Mehmet Türkoğlu (22) was killed and Hayrettin Türkoğlu (33) was wounded with the fire of Osman Bakır Genç, the owner of the construction firm, as the two brothers (from Erciş District of Van Province) had gone to talk with him on their salaries in Eskişehir Province.

(08/082) Work accident in Adana Province…

Davut Acar (45) was wounded in the landslide during the construction of the infrastructure in Bozgüney Municipality of Tufanbeyli District of Adana Province on 14 August 2013.

(08/083) The case against the racist attack in Bursa Province…

The houses and two vehicles of Roma people were burned down after Beyza Koç (16) was wounded with the fire of the Roma people in the quarrel in Güneştepe Quarter of Osmangazi District of Bursa Province on 21 July 2013. Thirty-five people had been detained in the incidemts and 7 of them had been arrested.

The indictment against the 7 pre-trial detainees was finalised reported on 15 August 2013. Bursa Penal Court of first ınstance No. 5 accepted indictment in which the prosecutor asked the imprisonment of each of the defendants up to 12 years.

(08/084) Coercion in prison…

Sinan Salhan, a pre-trial detainee Erzurum H Type Prison, was not medically treated on the grounds that he declined the treatment with his hands cuffed reported on 14 August 2013.

(08/085) Actions against the interventions of the government to the fundamental rights and freedoms and the right to the city…

People’s house/Halkevleri members Vedat Gündüz and Mesut Bulut who had been arrested on 20 June 2013 on charges of “harming public goods” during the support actions to the gezi Park in Derince District of Kocaeli Province on 19 June 2013. We released on 14 August 2013 after the objection of their lawyers.

(08/086) Banned festival…

Siirt Governorate postponed the Fifth Eruh Çırav Culture and Nature Festival which was planned to be held on 14 August 2013 to 22 August 2013 on the grounds that “national security, establishing public order, prevention of crime and protection of the rights and freedoms of the others, prevention of potential provocations”.

(08/087) Home raids in Mersin Province…

Five people were detained in synchronised home raids of the Fighting with Terrorism Department teams in Mersin Province on 14 August 2013. The authorities did not make any explanation on the reason of detention.

(08/088) Home raids in Şırnak Province…

Six people were detained in synchronised home raids of the Fighting with Terrorism Department teams on the grounds that they are members of “Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement/Yurtsever Devrimci Gençlik Hareketi in Şırnak Province on 14 August 2013.

(08/089) Home raids in Hakkâri Province…

Seven people were detained in synchronised home raids of the Fighting with Terrorism Department teams in Yüksekova District of Hakkâri Province on 14 August 2013. The authorities did not make any explanation on the reason of detention.

(08/090) Intervention to the protest in İstanbul Province…

Two members of the People’s Front were detained after they had climbed on the monument in Taksim Square and opened a placard to call for public attention to the situation of cancer patient/prisoner Kemal Avcı in İstanbul Province on 14 August 2013.

 

16 August 2013 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/091) Work accident in Adıyaman Province…

Gaffari Çil (35) died in the accident in a mine in Kömür Municipality Adıyaman Province on 15 August 2013.

(08/092) Work accident in Kahramanmaraş Province…

Fatih Karadöl who was working in his father’s steel pot factory died after the elevator fell on him in Kahramanmaraş Province on 15 August 2013.

(08/093) Excavations for the people lost in detention in Mardin Province…

The remnants found in the Çat Village of Derik District of Mardin Province on 4 August 2013 were sent to the Forensic Medicine Institute on 14 August 2013 in order to determine whether they are belong to İsa Efe (65) who had been lost after he had been detained from Kocatepe Village in 1996.

(08/094) Coercion in prison…

Lawyers Rezan Sarıca, Cengiz Yürekli and Mazlum Dinç were not allowed to visit their client Abdullah Öcalan on 15 August 2013 on grounds that the ship that would carry them to İmralı Island was out of order.

(08/095) The clashes in Syria…

A soldier was wounded in the clashes between the oil smugglers and the Turkish Armed Forces in the vicinity of Reyhanlı District of Hatay Province on 15 August 2013.

(08/096) Attacks on Kurds in Aydın Province…

A group first destroyed the house of H.A. on the grounds that he has been cultivating cannabis and then the houses of the other Kurds in Köşk District of Aydın Province on 15 August 2013. Ten people were wounded in the incident.

(08/097) Coercion in prison…

Fırat Yağmakan, a pre-trial detainee in Kırıklar (İzmir) F Type Prison, was not medically treated on the grounds that he declined the treatment with his hands reported on 15 August 2013.

(08/098) The investigation on the murder of Ali İsmail Korkmaz by unknown assailants…

Ali İsmail Korkmaz (19) who had been battered by the unidentified people after the protest Eskişehir Province on 3 June 2013 for the Gezi Park, died in the hospital on 10 July 2013. Another person was arrested in connection with attack reported on 15 August 2013. The number of pre-trial detainees concerning the murder became five.

(08/099) Ongoing Hate Murder Case in Diyarbakır Province…

On 15 August 2013 Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No. 3 went on hearing the case against the perpetrators (the father M.Ç., and the two uncles of the victim Ş.Ç. and A.Ç.) of the murder of R.Ç. (17) in Diyarbakır Province on June 2012 on the grounds that he was a homosexual.

In the hearing The court heard the legal arguments of the defendants before adjourning the hearing to 5 December 2013.

(08/100) Attack on party building…

Three people attacked on the Peace and Democracy Party’s (BDP) quarter representative office with firearms in Toroslar District of Mersin Province on 15 August 2013.

(08/101) Actions against the interventions of the government to the fundamental rights and freedoms and the right to the city…

Ali Hizmetçi, Barış Bulut, Mithat Kavak, Canol Bayatbalağ, Emre Kaptan, Esra Ayyıldız, Atilla Dalkılıç, Vedat Biçici, Hüseyin Kaya, Hicri Selviler, Faruk Erdoğan, Emrah Akdağ, Cem Ekici, Özgür Demirci, Lütfiye Burcu Kara ve Müslüm Güvendir; Ankara’da ise Gizem Bayram, Bayram Dalyan and Eren Tayşan who had been detained and arrested in connection with the Gezi Park actions in İzmir Province were released on 15 August 2013.

(08/102) Intervention to the protest in Diyarbakır Province…

Four people who had opened the poster of Abdullah Öcalan before the meeting to commemorate the anniversary of the day that the Pkk started armed struggle in Diyarbakır Province on 15 August 2013, were detained.

 

17-26 August 2013 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/103) Home raids in Hakkâri Province…

Pro-Kurdish Fırat Newspaper Distribution Firm worker Uygar Arslan and two juveniles who had been detained in home raids in Şemdinli District of Hakkâri Province on 16 August 2013 were arrested on charges of “being a member of an illegal organisation” on 18 August 2013.

(08/104) Work accident in Şanlıurfa Province…

Three workers were wounded with the fell of the water pipe in a construction site in Akçakale District of Şanlıurfa Province on 16 August 2013.

(08/105) Extrajudicial killing in Van Province…

Nurettin Karakoç (21) was killed Feyyaz Karadeniz (20) was wounded with the fire of the soldiers as they had crossed the border to Iran to smuggle petrol in the vicinity of Şêxsucu (Beydoğan) Village of Çaldıran District of Van Province on 15 August 2013.

(08/106) Actions against the interventions of the government to the fundamental rights and freedoms and the right to the city…

Socialist Youth Association member Doğuberk Zeki Dolay who had been detained on 16 August 2013 was arrested on the grounds that there is a warrant of arrest in connection with the Gezi Park actions on 19 August 2013.

Fatih Sizgen, a member of the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP), was detained in his workplace on the grounds that he had participated in the solidarity actions in Sakarya Province on 23 August 2013.

Mahir Çağlar who had been arrested on the grounds that he had participated in the solidarity actions in Ankara Province was released after the objection of his lawyer on 21 August 2013.

Aziz Aydoğdu, a member of the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP), who had been detained on the grounds that he had participated in the Gezi Park actions in İstanbul Province on 22 August 2013 was arrested on 24 August 2013.

(08/107) Home raids in Hakkâri Province…

Seven out of the nine people who had been detained in home raids in Yüksekova District of Hakkâri Province on 14 August 2013 were arrested on charges of “committing offence on behalf of an illegal organisation” and “harming public order” on 19 August 2013.

(08/108) Hate crime in Ankara Province…

Approximately 30 people attacked on the trans persons in a vehicle in İskitler Quarter of Altındağ District of Ankara Province on 18 August 2013 and two of them were hospitalised.

(08/109) Intervention to the protest in Hatay Province…

The Confederation of Public Employees Trade Unions (KESK) launched a march to Ankara to protest the collective bargaining process and police teams interfered to the Hatay Branch of the march and KESK executives Ahmet Acar and Sakine Esen Yılmaz were wounded on 19 August 2013.

(08/110) Excessive use of force by municipal police…

Two peddlers were beaten by the municipal police on the grounds that they objected the confiscation of the goods in İstiklal Street of Beyoğlu District of İstanbul Province on 20 August 2013.

(08/111) The clashes in Syria…

During the clashes between the al-Nusra Front, a group loosely aligned with al-Qaida and the PYD (the Syrian Democratic Party, which is affiliated with PKK) in Kurdish-controlled territories, Meral (Hayat) İleri (16) and Salih İnce (34) were wounded with a bullets in Ceylanpınar District of Şanlıurfa Province, fired from Serekaniye (Resulayn) Town in Syria on 18 August 2013.

(08/112) Intervention to the protest in Ankara Province…

Police teams interfered to the march of the Confederation of Public Employees Trade Unions (KESK) to the Güven Park after the public statement in front of the Ministry of Work and social Security in Ankara Province on 20 August 2013 with gas bombs and water cannons and wounded two protestors.

(08/113) Coercion in prison…

Lawyers Rezan Sarıca, Cengiz Yürekli and Mazlum Dinç were not allowed to visit their client Abdullah Öcalan on 20 August 2013 on grounds that the ship that would carry them to İmralı Island was out of order.

(08/114) Intervention to the protest in İstanbul Province…

Police teams interfered to the sit-in strike to commemorate people killed in the Gezi Park resistance with gas bombs and water cannons in Gümüşsuyu Quarter of İstanbul Province on 20 August 2013 and several people effected from the gas including deputy Ertuğrul Kürkçü. A person had asthma crisis.

(08/115) Work accident in Uşak Province…

Four workers were wounded in the landslide in the construction site in Uşak Province on 20 August 2013.

(08/116) Convicted mayor…

On 21 August 2013 Yüksekova Penal Court of First Instance No. 2 sentenced Hakkâri Mayor Fadıl Bedirhanoğlu to 15 months of imprisonment in connection with the funeral of a PKK militant he had participated in Yüksekova District of Hakkâri Province on 10 August 2012 on charges of “opposing to the Law No. 2911 on Meetings and Demonstrations”.

(08/117) Person tried in connect with the Gezi Park Actions…

Bursa Penal Court of First Instance No. 2 accepted the indictment against 55 people in connection with solidarity action with Gezi Park protests in Bursa Province on 2 June 2013 on charges of “opposing to the Law No. 2911 on Meetings and Demonstrations”, “harming public goods” and “resisting police officers” and will be hearing the case soon.

(08/118) Home raids in Mardin Province…

R.K. (16) and Ö.D. (16) out of the four juveniles who had been detained in home raids in Dargeçit District of Mardin Province on 21 August 2013 were arrested on charges of “being a member of an illegal organisation” on 23 August 2013.

(08/119) The clashes in Syria…

During the clashes between the al-Nusra Front, a group loosely aligned with al-Qaida and the PYD (the Syrian Democratic Party, which is affiliated with PKK) in Kurdish-controlled territories, Aslan Ege, Ahmet Akkurt, Fatma Alagöz, Medine Alagöz, Veysi Bayram were wounded with bullets in Ceylanpınar District of Şanlıurfa Province, fired from Serekaniye (Resulayn) Town in Syria on 22 August 2013.

(08/120) Coercion in prison…

Cihan Asi (32) a patient of gastric cancer in Şakran (İzmir) L Type of Closed Prison was reportedly sentenced to solitary confinement for ten days on 17 August 2013.

(08/121) Intervention to the condolence tent in Şırnak Province…

Police teams interfered to the condolence tent which was established for the PKK militant Burhan Zırığ (Karker Kici) who was killed in 1997, Cizre District of Şırnak Province on 22 August 2013 with gas bombs and detained Burhan Zırığ’s brother Bahattin Zırığ.

(08/122) Coercion in prison…

Lawyers Rezan Sarıca, Cengiz Yürekli and Mazlum Dinç were not allowed to visit their client Abdullah Öcalan on 22 August 2013 on grounds that the ship that would carry them to İmralı Island was out of order.

(08/123) Bomb attack in Hatay Province…

Three out of the seven detainees who had been detained in connection with the bomb attack in Reyhanlı District of Hatay Province on 11 May 2013 were arrested on 23 August 2013. The number of pre-trial detainees became 20.

(08/125) Coercion in prison…

Elif Kaya a pre-trial detainee in Şakran Prison for Females due to Gezi Park solidarity actions in İzmir Province, was subjected to cavity search, beaten and sexually harassed as she was going to meet with her lawyer and sentenced to ban of visit for one month again reported on 23 August 2013.

(08/126) Home raids in İstanbul Province…

Six out of the 22 people -Zeynel Ali Bingöl, Ömer Özalp, Ahmet Buyruk, Alaattin Öncü, Burak Baydar, Hüseyin Öner- who had been detained in home raids on the grounds that they are members of Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement/Yurtsever Devrimci Gençlik Hareketi in İstanbul Province on 20-21 August 2013 were arrested on 23 August 2013.

(08/127) Intervention to the protest against the members of the government in Eskişehir Province…

On 23 August 2013 the Minister of National Education Nabi Avcı and the Minister of youth and Sport Suat Kılıç were protested in Eskişehir Province. Twelve protestors were detained.

(08/128) Coercion in prison…

Ömer Akbey who had been transferred from Diyarbakır D Type of Closed Prison to Sincan (Ankara) F Type of Closed Prison No. 2 for a medical operation was put into solitary confinement on the grounds that he objected cavity search reported on 17 August 2013.

(08/129) Attack on public statement in Ankara Province…

İsmail Çelebi was stabbed in the attack of two persons to the public statement on the armed attacks in Rojava by the People’s Democratic Congress/Halkların Demokratik Kongresi (HDK) Ankara Province Assembly on 17 August 2013.

(08/130) Work accident in İstanbul Province…

Mahmut Sökmez (from Ağrı Province, 23) was seriously wounded after he fell from the 7th floor to the elevator shaft in the building under construction in Beyoğlu District of Province İstanbul on 17 August 2013.

(08/131) Person tried in connect with the Gezi Park Actions…

Kayseri Penal Court of First Instance No. 8 accepted the indictment against 161 people in connection with solidarity action with Gezi Park protests in Kayseri Province on charges of “opposing to the Law No. 2911 on Meetings and Demonstrations”, “harming public goods”, “insulting and resisting police officers” and will be hearing the case on 12 December 2013.

(08/132) Death in prison…

İsmail Ata (26) was allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his living unit in Alanya (Antalya) L Type of Closed Prison on 15 August 2013.

(08/133) The clashes in Syria…

During the clashes between the al-Nusra Front, a group loosely aligned with al-Qaida and the PYD (the Syrian Democratic Party, which is affiliated with PKK) in Kurdish-controlled territories, Ahmet Seyyar (30) was wounded with a bullet in Ceylanpınar District of Şanlıurfa Province, fired from Serekaniye (Resulayn) Town in Syria on 17 August 2013.

(08/134) Person beaten by police team…

Demet Akbulut was beaten and teargased by the police team that has been eavesdropping to Demet Akbulut and her friends on the grounds that she criticised the government in Suadiye Beach in İstanbul Province on 15 August 2013.

(08/135) Work accident in Kahramanmaraş Province…

Four workers were hospitalised after they had effected from the smoke due to the fire in the textile factory in Kahramanmaraş Province on 16 August 2013.

(08/136) Intervention to the protest in İstanbul Province…

The Confederation of Public Employees Trade Unions (KESK) launched a march to Ankara to protest the collective bargaining process and police teams interfered to the marching group coming from Edirne Province in İstanbul Province on 16 August 2013.

(08/137) Home raids in Mersin Province…

Five people who had been detained home raids in Mersin Province on 14 August 2013 were arrested on charges of “being a member of an illegal organisation” on 16 August 2013.

(08/138) Arrested juvenile in Mersin Province…

F.E. who have been detained as he had been passing in front of the Siteler Police Station in Mersin Province on 15 August 2013 was arrested on charges of “being a member of an illegal organisation” on 18 August 2013.

(08/139) Person beaten by police officers in Diyarbakır Province…

A mentally ill person was beaten and detained on the grounds that he had broken the window of the police vehicle in front of the Security Directorate in Ekinciler Street in Diyarbakır Province on 19 August 2013.

(08/140) Intervention to the protest in İstanbul Province…

Four members of the Socialist Democracy Party (SDP) -Günay Akbaş, Serap Beyazıt, Doğuş Fındık ve Özgür Türkmen- who had chained themselves against the massacres in Syria and Egypt, in front of the French Culture Centre were beaten and detained in İstanbul Province on 20 August 2013.

(08/141) Arrested person in Ağrı Province…

The Peace and Democracy Party’s (BDP) Youth Assembly members Taner Arslan and İsmail Karakuş had been detained in Ağrı Province and they were arrested with the confidential witness account reported on 22 August 2013.

(08/142) Person tried in connect with the Gezi Park Actions…

On 23 August 2013 İstanbul Penal Court of First Instance accepted the indictment against Ali İlker Erdoğan in connection with the Gezi Park protests in İstanbul Province on charges of “opposing to the Law No. 2911 on Meetings and Demonstrations” and will be hearing the case soon.

(08/143) Coercion in prison…

Sevcan Dönmez has been beaten and coerced by the guardians and other convicts on the grounds that she is Alevi and Kurd and she has bewen in hunger strike in last 11 days in Kandıra (Kocaeli) T Type of Closed Prison No. 1 reported on 23 August 2013.

(08/144) Coercion in prison…

Ten convicts from the PKK and KCK cases who had been transferred from Bolu T Type of Closed Prison to Bolu F Type of Closed Prison were beaten on the grounds that they had objected cavity search reported on 24 August 2013.

(08/145) Finalised torture case in İstanbul Province…

Police officer Uğur Usta who had badly parked his car had argued with brothers Ümit Öner and Hakan Öner in Merter Keresteciler Site in İstanbul Province on 14 July 2011 and beat them in the autopark and the Tozkoparan Police Station until they say “we are bastards”.

On 24 August 2013 Bakırköy Heavy Penal Court No. 15 finalised the twin case against the police officers and two torture victims and sentenced the six police officers to 8 years and 6 months of imprisonment each on charges of “restricting the freedom of a person”. The court sentenced the two victims -Ümit Öner and Hakan Öner- to 2 years and 6 months of imprisonment each on charges of “resisting police officers on duty”.

(08/146) Intervention to the protest in Ankara Province…

Four members of the People’s Front/Halk Cephesi who attempted to erect a tent for the release of Kemal Avcı, the cancer patient prisoner, in front of the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Province Branch office in Ankara Province on 24 August 2013 were beaten and detained.

Two other members were later detained.

(08/147) Şırnak’ta Work accident in Province…

Ömer Kabul died and Selim Geçgel was wounded in the accident in coal mine in Dağkonak Village of Şırnak Province on 25 August 2013.

(08/148) Workers died/wounded in the traffic accident…

Seventeen workers were wounded with the collapse of the tow pulled by a tractor in Turgutlu District of Manisa Province on 25 August 2013.

(08/149) Workers died/wounded in the traffic accident…

Nineteen workers were wounded in the accident as they were returning to their hometown, Adıyaman Province, from Giresun Province on 25 August 2013.

(08/156) Tried people…

A case was launched against ten people who had marched to the municipality to protest the lack of water for one week in the World water Day in Bingöl Province on 22 March 2013, on charges of “opposing to the Law No. 2911 on Meetings and Demonstrations”, reported on 26 August 2013. Bingöl Penal Court of First Instance will be hearing the case on 16 September 2013.

 

27 August 2013 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/151) Murder by unknown assailants in Iğdır Province…

The Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Tuzla District Branch executive Ali Bulut (45) was found hanged from the ceiling with his hands tied from his back and his cell phone was put into his mouth in Tuzluca District of Iğdır Province on 26 August 2013.

(08/152) Suspicious soldier death in Siirt Province…

Maşallah T. (from Muradiye District of Van Province, 20) was allegedly committed suicide by firing to his head with his difle during his shift in the Gendarmerie Command in Baykan District of Siirt Province on 26 August 2013.

(08/153) The juvenile who was killed by police vehicle in Şırnak Province…

Two police officers in plain clothes run over Sinan Saltukalp (17) during a protest organised by the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement/Yurtsever Devrimci Gençlik Hareketi (YDG-H) in Cizre District of Şırnak Province on 23 April 2013. He died in the hospital on 26 August 2013.

(08/154) Work accident in İstanbul Province…

Hüseyin Sonkaya (50) who has been working in İstanbul Sea Buses, was seriously wounded with the fell of a metal object from three meters to his head in Eskihisar Port in İstanbul Province on 23 August 2013.

(08/155) Work accident in Kocaeli Province…

Zabit Yıldız (55) fell from a high place and seriously wounded in Çeksan Dock in Gebze District of Kocaeli Province on 23 August 2013.

(08/156) The investigation on the murder of Ali İsmail Korkmaz by unknown assailants…

Ali İsmail Korkmaz (19) who had been battered by the unidentified people after the protest Eskişehir Province on 3 June 2013 for the Gezi Park, died in the hospital on 10 July 2013.

Tepebaşı District Governorate did not authorised the investigation against the physician Hasan Gülcü who did not noticed the cerebral haemorrhage in Yunus Emre State Hospital and the police officer Vedat Esen working in the same hospital on 31 July 2013. Eskişehir Chief Public Prosecution Office objected to the decision in the Regional Administrative Court on 7 August 2013.

(08/157) The case against the police officers who battered students…

A case was launched against the ten police officers -Ö.C., K.P., M.S., İ.Ö., M.Ç., O.S., T.Ö., T.U., İ.A. and Y.A.- who had battered the Muğla University students during the incidents that the police officer Gültekin Şahin had killed Şerzan Kurt in Muğla Province on 12 May 2010 reported on 26 August 2013.

The case was launched after the official complaints of battered students Serkan Abik, Ferit Gümüş, Engin Urman and Haydar Tekdal on charges of “misconduct in office” and the first hearing will be held in Muğla Penal Court of Peace No. 2 on 29 November 2013.

(08/158) Tried person…

Twenty-four out of the 34 members and executives of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) who had been arrested in home raids on the grounds that they had participated in the solidarity actions for hunger strikes in prison in Yıldırım District of Bursa Province in December 2012 were detained.

On 11 April 2013 Bursa Heavy Penal Court No. 6 began to hear the case against 34 defendants on charges of

“being a member of an illegal organisation” under Article 314 of TPC, “committing offence on behalf of an organisation although he is not a member” under Article 220/6 of TPC, “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” under Article 7/2 of Anti-Terror Law, “opposing to the Law No. 2911 on Meetings and Demonstrations”.

At the end of the two days long court session the court released 22 pre-trial detainees and prolonged the pre-trial detention period of the defendants, BDP executives Mahir Tan, Ahmet Aras and Mehmet Kılınç and adjourned the hearing to 10 July 2013.

On 27 August 2013 Bursa Heavy Penal Court No. 6 went on haering the case and the prosecutor asked up to 8 years of imprisonment for each of the defendants on charges of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” under Article 7/2 of Anti-Terror Law and “opposing to the Law No. 2911 on Meetings and Demonstrations” in his legal argument on the essence of the case. The hearing was adjourned to give time to the defendants for their legal argument on the essence of the case.

(08/159) Fighting with Terrorism Law in practise…

Mehmet Kılıç who had been tried in Van Heavy Penal Court No. 4 in connection with the Newroz Celebration in Varto District of Muş Province on 2009 on charges of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” under Article 7/2 of Anti-Terror Law, did not participate in the hearings. He was detained as he was going to Varto from Van Province and eventually arrested.

(08/160) Ongoing DHKP/C case in Malatya Province…

On 26 August 2013 Malatya Heavy Penal Court No. 3 began to hear the case against 6 members of the Confederation of Public Employees Trade Unions (KESK) who had been detained in the operation against Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front -Devrimci Halk Kurtuluş Parti/Cephesi (DHKP/C) in Malatya Province on 19 February 2013.

The court released pre-trial detainees Ebru Çetin, İlyas Geçgin and Erhan Sezer and prolonged the detention period of Erdoğan Canpolat, Ejder Sütçü and Özkan Karataş. The hearing was adjourned to 24 September 2013.

 

28 August 2013 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/161) Work accident in Bursa Province…

E.M. lost his life after falling from the first floor of the building under construction in Kestel District of Bursa Province on 27 August 2013.

(08/162) Death of a soldier in Ankara Province…

Soldier Uğur Özdel killed his friend Osman Denktaş and then committed suicide in Ahiboz District Gendarmerie Headquarters in Ankara Province on 27 August 2013.

(08/163) The clashes in Syria…

During the clashes between the al-Nusra Front, a group loosely aligned with al-Qaida and the PYD (the Syrian Democratic Party, which is affiliated with PKK) in Kurdish-controlled territories, Süleyman Doğantekin (36) was seriously wounded with bullets in Ceylanpınar District of Şanlıurfa Province, fired from Serekaniye (Resulayn) Town in Syria on 27 August 2013.

(08/164) Mısır Çarşısı Case…

İstanbul Heavy penal Court No. 12 who had sentenced Sociologist Pınar Selek to life sentence in solitary confinement and with no possibility of parole in connection with the explosion in Egyptian/Mısır Bazaar in Eminönü District of İstanbul Province on 9 July 1998 in which 7 people were killed and 127 people were wounded on 24 January 2013. The same court issued a red notice against her on 27 August 2013.

(08/165) Coercion in prison…

Eyüp Çelik a pre-trial detainee in İskenderun (Hatay) M Type Closed Prison was not medically treated on the grounds that he declined the treatment with his hands cuffed in the examination room reported on 27 August 2013.

(08/166) Coercion in prison…

Lawyers Rezan Sarıca, Cengiz Yürekli and Mazlum Dinç were not allowed to visit their client Abdullah Öcalan on 27 August 2013 on grounds that the ship that would carry them to İmralı Island was out of order.

(08/167) Intervention to the protest in Şırnak Province…

Two police officers in plain clothes run over Sinan Saltukalp (17) during a protest organised by the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement/Yurtsever Devrimci Gençlik Hareketi (YDG-H) in Cizre District of Şırnak Province on 23 April 2013. He died in the hospital on 26 August 2013.

During the funeral of Sinan Saltukalp (17) police used teargas bombs and one of the canisters hit Mehmet Dadak (9).

(08/168) Intervention to the protest in İstanbul Province…

Seventeen members of the People’s Front/Halk Cephesi who attempted to make sit-in strike for the release of the cancer patient prisoner Kemal Avcı, in front of the Çağlayan Courthouse were beaten and detained in İstanbul Province on 27 August 2013.

(08/169) Detained people in İstanbul Province…

Aydınlık Newspaper seller Hasan Ortatepe and Birgün Newspaper seller Burak Butur were detained on the grounds that they have been causing “sound pollution” in front of the Taksim Metro Exit in İstanbul Province on 27 August 2013.

 

29 August 2013 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/170) Fire in the refugee camp…

İbrahim Halabi (41) was wounded in the fire in a tent in the refugee camp in Ceylanpınar District of Şanlıurfa Province on 28 August 2013.

(08/171) Work accident in Bursa Province…

Recep Pekman (54) died due to the stray voltage in İnegöl District of Bursa Province on 28 August 2013.

(08/172) The situation of the ill pre-trial detainees and convicts…

The court accepted the demand of the lawyers of Kemal Avcı cancer patient, who has been in Kandıra (Kocaeli) F Type of Closed Prison No. 2 as a pre-trial detainee on 28 August 2013. Kemal Avcı’s release is expected after the proceedings.

(08/173) The situation of the ill pre-trial detainees and convicts…

The court adjudicated to release Sabri Kaya, who had two gastric bleedings and an operation from his heart during his stay in Sincan (Ankara) F Type of Closed Prison No. 2, in line with the report of Forensic Medicine Institute on 28 August 2013.

(08/174) Coercion in prison…

Bilal Nargilli from Tekirdağ F Type Closed Prison was not medically treated on the grounds that he declined the treatment with his hands cuffed in the examination room in Tekirdağ State Hospital reported on 28 August 2013.

(08/175) People tried in connection with Gezi Park actions…

On 28 August 2013 the indictment against 8 people -Vedat Y., İbrahim K., Elif K., Kubilay İ., Ozan A., Erhan İ., Orhan Ö. ve İzzet U.- in connection with Gezi Park actions in İzmir Province on charges of “committing offence on behalf of an organisation although he is not a member” under Article 220/6 of TPC and “opposing to the Law No. 2911 on Meetings and Demonstrations” was finalised.

İzmir Heavy Penal Court No. 12 will be hearing the case on 10 September 2013.

(08/176) Banned Kurdish names for associations…

Ministry of Interior Affairs stated that “using the word ‘Kurdistan’ is a crime according to the Article 14 of the Constitution and the Article 302 of the TPC. This word cannot be used in associations’ names” in its reply to the Diyarbakır Governorate’s application on the Kurdistan Youth Movement Association/Kürdistan Gençlik Hareketi Derneği that was established in Diyarbakır Province reported on 28 August 2013.

 

30-31 August 2013 Daily Human Rights Report

(08/176) Death in Prison…

Kemal Bakadur (32) died after cardiac arrest in his dormitory in Bitlis E Type of Closed Prison reported on 31 August 2013.

(08/177) The clashes in Syria…

During the clashes between the al-Nusra Front, a group loosely aligned with al-Qaida and the PYD (the Syrian Democratic Party, which is affiliated with PKK) in Kurdish-controlled territories, Hiznegül Turan (30) was wounded with bullets as she was sitting in her balcony in Ceylanpınar District of Şanlıurfa Province, fired from Serekaniye (Resulayn) Town in Syria on 30 August 2013.

(08/178) Work accident in Zonguldak Province…

İsmail Kunu (49) an electrician, was shocked as he was on an electric pole to repair the electric malfunction in Ereğli District of Zonguldak Province on 30 August 2013. He was hospitalised to Ereğli State Hospital.

(08/179) Work accident in Bitlis Province…

Servet İçgüleç (34) the operator of the caterpillar, was wounded by being under the collapsed building as he was demolishing Şehit Mustafa Yeter Police Station as a part of the urban renewal in Bitlis Province on 31 August 2013.

(08/180) Work accident in Kırıkkale Province…

Aslan Şengül (37) was wounded after falling from the scaffold in Kırıkkale Province on 31 August 2013.

(08/181) Fire in the business centre in Erzurum Province…

Ten workers who had been affected from the smoke as they were trying to protect the goods from the fire in a mall Erzurum Province on 31 August 2013. They were hospitalised.

(08/182) Persons beaten in police station…

Burak Hançerkıran (23) went to Şehit Murat Örümcek Police Station with his brother and uncle to make an official complaint against a driver who had punched him and argued with officers who did not accept the complaint. He was beaten in the garden of the station in Kahramanmaraş Province on 29 August 2013.

(08/183) Person threatened by police in Adana Province…

Atılım Newspaper’s reader E.M. applied to the Human Rights Association’s (HRA/IHD) Adana Branch and stated that he was beaten and threatened by a police officer in plain clothes in Adana Province on 28 August 2013.

(08/184) Coercion in prison…

Neriman Birlikler, the visitor of Serhat Yüksel in Şakran (İzmir) T Type of Closed Prison, was sentenced to ban of visit for one month on the grounds that she objected to the search which amounted to sexual harassment and “insulting guardian on duty” reported on 29 August 2013.

(08/185) Coercion in prison…

Two juveniles -Ahmet Aslan and Engin Turak who are pre-trial detainees in Erzurum H Type of Closed Prison applied to the Human Rights Association’s (HRA/IHD) Erzurum Branch with fax and stated that they were beaten by guardians and the executives of the prison reported on 29 August 2013.

(08/186) Coercion in prison…

Ten prisoners in Kırıklar (İzmir) F Type of Closed Prison were sentenced to solitary confinement for 20 days and a fine of 520 TL each on the grounds that they had broken the cameras that had been put into their living units reported on 31 August 2013.

(08/187) Coercion in prison…

H.E. sent a letter from Sincan (Ankara) Prison for Juveniles stated that the juveniles in the prison have been beaten and sexually harassed, forced to cavity search, hindered from sending letters, have to introduce themselves shouting to the guardians during the phone calls, have to get permission to go to the restroom reported on 31 August 2013.

(08/188) Intervention to the protest in Hakkâri Province…

Three people were wounded in the intervention of the soldiers to the group that marches to Rahmo Hill to protest the construction of the headquarters in Dağlıca Region of Yüksekova District of Hakkâri Province on 30 August 2013.

(08/189) Hindered march in Ankara Province…

Police teams hindered the march with torches for the Victory Day from Kızılay Square to Anıtkabir in Ankara Province on 30 August 2013.

(08/190) Detained people in Mersin Province…

15 people were detained by police teams on the grounds that they were distributing leaflets for 1 September Peace Meeting in Mersin Province on 30 August 2013.

(08/191) Detained people in İzmir Province…

Six members of the Freedom and Solidarity Party/Özgürlük ve Dayanışma Partisi (ÖDP) were detained in the entrance of the İzmir Exposition by police teams on the grounds that the can make a “Gezi Park protest” in İzmir Province on 29 August 2013

(08/192) Intervention to the action in İstanbul Province…

Police teams interfered to the action which is organised by Peoples’ Democratic Assembly /Halkların Demokratik Meclisi to demonstrate the solidarity with the people of Rojava with gas bombs and water cannons in Esenyurt District of İstanbul Province on 31 August 2013.

(08/193) Ongoing KCK Case in Şırnak Province…

On 2 January 2013 Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No. 6 had finalised the case against 55 defendants -41 pre-trial detainees- who had been detained in the framework of the KCK investigation in Şırnak Province on charges of “being a member of an illegal organisation” under Article 314 of TPC.

The court sentenced 40 defendants to imprisonment varying from 6 years and 3 months to 17 years on charges of “being a member of an illegal organisation” under Article 314 of TPC and “having explosives”

The pronouncement of the sentences of 12 defendants -including Şırnak Deputy Faysal Sarıyıldız- was postponed on the grounds that they were not present in the hearing. The court released Rıdvan İnal, and adjudicated not to convict Ayhan Deniz on the grounds that he does not have criminal responsibility to drop the case against deceased Yusuf Kulu and acquitted Mehmet Emin Ülger.

On 29 August 2013 the court went on hearing the case against 12 defendants -including Şırnak Deputy Faysal Sarıyıldız- whose pronouncement of the sentences was postponed. The court heard the legal argument of the defendants and the prosecutor on the essence of the case before adjourning the hearing to 12 November 2013.

(08/194) Van’da Home raids in Province…

Six people were detained in home raids by the Fighting with Terror Department police teams in Özalp and Saray Districts of Van Province on 31 August 2013.