Daily Evrensel columnist and member of Turkey's Labor Party (EMEP) Executive Board, Yusuf Karataş has been sentenced to 10 years and six months in prison on "terrorism charges." His indictment pointed to his involvement with pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Congress (DTK) and phone calls with EMEP members as proof of "terrorist activity."
A Turkish court sentenced former co-chair of Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Sebahat Tuncel to 11 months in prison on charges of "insulting" the president, because she said Erdoğan was "an enemy of women and Kurds."
Various rights groups have said that human rights violations recorded in prisons have spiked during the COVID-19 outbreak. As a recent example of the rights violation, the groups said that authorities had confiscated several personal belongings of a group of inmates during their transfer to two newly opened Diyarbakır prisons.
A man who was detained by Turkish police in the eastern province of Van was hospitalized and suffers from memory loss due to police torture, while another one remains in critical condition. According to hospital records, one of those detained was brought to the hospital for "falling from a high place," adding to the allegations that the two men were thrown from a helicopter.
The Istanbul 14th Heavy Penal Court has ruled that Can Dündar’s assets will be seized if the renowned journalist does not attend a trial against him within 15 days. Dündar fled to Germany after being convicted in 2016 on charges of revealing state secrets in a story about arms shipments to Syria.
Former HDP co-chair Demirtaş’s wife quits teaching job as COVID-19 prison visitation schedule hinders work
Wife of former of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, Başak Demirtaş has announced that she quit her job as a teacher two weeks ago. Noting the difficulty of scheduling visits to her husband in Edirne Prison, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, Demirtaş said that she couldn't have performed well at work under these circumstances.
The family of a 12-year-old rape survivor have been receiving threats from the Islamic cult whose leader they reported for sexual assault, the child's father said. While the house is placed under police surveillance, the cult have told the father he "betrayed" them for reporting the assault on his daughter.
HDP deputy İmam Taşçıer has submitted a draft bill to parliament for Kurdish, mainly Kurmanji and Zazaki, to become a language of education. "Education in mother tongue ensures the development of a child's cultural identity, personality and self-respect. It's also utterly significant to make sure their efficient participation in social and economic life," Taşçıer said.
A police officer was issued a fine of almost 46 thousand liras for killing three people, including one child, as he crashed into a minibus with an armored vehicle in 2017. The officer's initial five-year sentence was first reduced on "good behavior" and then dismissed entirely and replaced with a fine.
The Court of Cassation, Turkey’s high court of appeals, has upheld the prison sentences of 14 lawyers from the Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD) who were convicted of terrorism charges. The top appeals court demanded a reevaluation of the files of three other ÇHD lawyers. It also did not hand down a judgement for the case of Ebru Timtik due to her death.
Istanbul court issues arrest warrant for Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç over tweets said to be ‘insulting president’
Kurdish folk Ferhat Tunç is standing trial over charges of “insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with tweets that he posted in 2016. The trial against the singer who is currently residing in Germany, continued at Istanbul's Büyükçekmece 14th Criminal Court of First Instance on Sept. 15. The court issued an arrest warrant for Tunç to obtain his defense concerning the charges.
The Ankara state prosecutor's office has launched investigations into 48 lawyers and 12 others in the legal sector. The Ankara Bar Association described the investigations as intimidation, saying that Turkish authorities are trying to identify lawyers with their clients.
The ECHR has defended its president's controversial visit to Turkey by saying that it was "standard practice" for court presidents to meet the political and judicial authorities of member states of the Council of Europe. According to the ECHR, Spano had accepted the invitation to “convey a very important message” that those in power cannot control the courts and that judgments by the ECHR must be “respected and enforced."
A 16-year-old Syrian teenager named Eymenh Hammamı has been killed by a racist mob consisting of 20 people in Turkey's Black Sea province of Samsun. One person was detained regarding the attack, but the Hammamı family said that they will file a criminal complaint for all the 20 people in question to stand trial.
A 20-year-old Turkish soldier of Kurdish origin has been attacked by two other soldiers after he voiced his opinion that there should more Kurdish language in Turkey. Doğan Çetin said that his commander had called him a "terrorist and a backstabber." The military released a statement saying that the necessary legal procedures would be pursued with regards to the attack.