Some of Turkey’s fierce secularists like to portray child abuse - and its cover-up - as the practice of sects and conservative families, but this is not the case. Some cases make it to the press but more cases go unknown or hushed up within families.
A groups of lawmakers were denied entry into the Ankara courthouse late on Oct. 1 to observe the HDP politicians' hearing concerning 2014 Kobane protests. The police officers in question said that they had “instructions” from the prosecutors not to let anyone into the courthouse, whereas CHP MP Sezgin Tanrıkulu said that such a “verbal instruction” is of no value and there needs to be a judicial document for the prevention to have a legal basis.
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu has been appointed as key advisor to CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.
Turkey's opposition parties have criticized the detention of HDP members CHP Group Deputy Chair Özgür Özel deemed the detentions "an intimidation operation" and asked the government whether new evidence was reached regarding the Kobane protests that happened six years ago. According to Özel, the recent detentions are attempts of the government to shift people's focus from the crumbling economy.
Mehmet Tursun, the head of Baran Tursun Foundation, which monitors police brutality cases, has said that police have killed 403 people for disobeying stop warnings since 2007. Tursun criticized the impunity in such incidents. "The aim is to acquit the perpetrators. As a result, courts rule for acquittal or hand very little sentences," he said.
CHP Istanbul deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu has prepared a report on rights violations in Turkey in April, saying that there were 271 instances that the right to life was violated. Tanrıkulu, in his report, also cited violations related to COVID-19, mainly stemming from the government's bans on opposition municipalities from carrying out aid campaigns.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has rejected Turkey's appeal against a ruling which urged Osman Kavala's immediate release. As the ECHR's May 12-dated ruling pertains to Kavala's imprisonment stemming from the Gezi Park trial and the philanthropist is currently behind bars on new charges of "espionage," he will not be released. CHP MP Sezgin Tanrıkulu said since authorities have refashioned their old investigation into a brand new charge, Kavala needs to be freed immediately.
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu has slammed the government's penal reform package for excluding politicians and activists. Calling on the government to prepare a new draft bill that includes citizens imprisoned on political grounds, Tanrıkulu questioned the reason for why precautions adopted around the world to prevent prisoners from being infected with coronavirus aren't implemented in Turkey.