September 2022

Turkey Weekly 01 September- 4 September

Turkey Today – 04.09.2022
Yesterday police raided two houses in İstanbul. HDP Youth Council member Hüsamettin Tanrıkulu was detained. According to his lawyer Nagehan Avçil he was threatened with death. 
Imprisoned journalist Ziya Ataman was forced to strip search and is currently in solitary confinement. 
Attacks of Turkish Armed Forces against Metina region in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq continue. A forest fire broke out. 
The Justice Watch carried out by the Şenyaşar family has reached day 545. 

Turkey Today – 03.09.2022
HDP Diyarbakır MP Semra Güzel whose parliamentary immunity was lifted in March was detained in Istanbul yesterday. 
Etkin News Agency reporter Elif Bayburt has been violently taken into police custody while covering a demonstration. Bayburt’s been taken into custody with her hands cuffed behind her back and is now being taken to the Vatan Police Station. 
Stage 4 cancer ill prisoner Ehettin Kaynar, who was transferred from Karabük Prison to Ankara, was released late last night.
Saturday Mothers came together in week 910 for a press release in the office of Human Rights Association regarding the detention of their members. 
President Erdoğan has called opposition TİP lawmaker Ahmet Şık a “terrorist” after Şık referred to the ruling AKP as “a crime organization” and envisaged that it will be shut down.

Turkey Today – 02.09.2022
Political parties and rights groups have marked Peace Day, which is celebrated on September 1, in İstanbul, Ankara, Diyarbakır and several other cities. Police detained dozens of people.
In Van, the police pulled guns on journalists who were following HDO’s rally on the occasion of World Peace Day and threatened them with death. The moments when the police pulled a gun were reflected in the image.
The police shot Adem Kara (21) with a gun at the animal market in Mardin. According to the police he did not obey the stop warning. 
A lawsuit has been filed against those who participated in the protest for Enes Kara, a university student who ended his life due to the pressures he got through in the community dormitory, and the journalists who followed the protest.
The İstanbul 27th Penal Court of First Instance has rejected an appeal by pop singer Gülşen’s lawyer for the lift of her house arrest.
President Erdoğan has dismissed his advisor Serkan Taranoğlu following the corruption allegations made by mafia boss Sedat Peker. 
After the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s dismissal of 43 employees, the Ataşehir Municipality has also terminated the contracts of four employees as a result of investigations launched by the Interior Ministry.

Turkey Today – 01.09.2022
As Turkish courts opened their new judicial year today, 81 provincial bar associations have released a joint statement emphasizing the importance of judicial independence and rule of law.
Asrın Law Office’s lawyers applied to Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office and İmralı Prison Directorate to meet with PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan, whom they had not heard from for 18 months.
The tree cutting, which has been slowing down for a while in the Besta Region, has been accelerated again on the grounds of “road building works”.
President Erdoğan has referred to teachers as “looters” (“çapulcu” in Turkish) for protesting  low wages and poor working conditions. 
Education Ministry has sent a letter to 81 provincial directorates, warning them against the increase in the number of students seeking asylum abroad after being sent there under the Erasmus program.