April 2024

Turkey Weekly 15 – 20 April 2024

Turkey Today – 20.04.2024

Şaban Vatan, the father of Rabia Naz Vatan, who died under suspicious circumstances 6 years ago, announced that President Tayyip Erdoğan filed a lawsuit against him.

Saturday Mothers gathered at Galatasaray Square in week 995 and asked for the fate of Kadir Keremoğlu, who was disappeared by JİTEM 29 years ago.  

Suruç Families Initiative renewed their demand for “justice for 33 Dream Travellers” on the 105th month of the Pirsus Massacre. 

President Erdoğan met with Hamas Political Bureau Chairman Ismail Haniyeh in Istanbul. 

Turkey Today – 19.04.2024

A Turkish airstrike targeting a vehicle in the village of Nawdarok, Sidakan district of Erbil province, resulted in the death of civilian 43-year-old Sarwar Qadir Rashko yesterday. 

The Constitutional Court (AYM) has lifted the disciplinary punishments enacted by the Higher Education Council for political activity on university campuses such as congregating and posting banners without permission. 

An investigation has been initiated against Süleyman Salğucak, a resident of Şırnak province who gained attention after confronting a voter transported from another city during the March 31 local polls. 

Halise Aksoy, who was arrested based on the statements of confessor Umit Akbıyık, was released at the third hearing of the case. The bones of her son Agit were delivered to her by cargo in a box and who was arrested on April 28, 2023.

The CHP has invited all workers to Istanbul’s Taksim Square on May 1, supporting calls made by various labor unions to reopen the symbolic location for Labor Day celebrations.

Gülistan Sönük, the eastern Batman province’s first woman co-mayor, reiterated the importance of the co-mayorship model implemented by pro-Kurdish parties for the women’s movement in Turkey. 

Turkey Today – 18.04.2024

The specialist sergeant, who was arrested on charges of sexual assault against 2 women in Şirnak, claimed that he wanted to “help” women and defended himself as “I am a respected person in my profession”. 

President Erdoğan has attributed his party’s local election defeat to AKP supporters’ abstention from voting as the turnout was lower than usual with 78.11%. 

A court sentenced two people who protested AKP MP Meliha Akyol’s faulty car parking by live broadcasting it to a fine of 18,000 Turkish Liras and two years imprisonment.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh will travel to Turkey at the weekend to hold talks with President Erdoğan after Turkish Foreign Minister Fidan met the Hamas leader during a visit to Doha.

Turkey Today – 17.04.2024

The 82nd hearing of the Kobani trial was held in Sincan prison. The court ruled for the continuation of the detention of 18 arrestees. The next hearing of the case was adjourned to May 16th. 

The Constitutional Court has annulled a regulation that mandated a single type of uniform for prisoners accused of terrorism-related crimes when appearing outside of prison facilities. 

The fifth hearing of the lawsuit filed against Bread Producers Union President Cihan Kolivar due to “publicly humiliating a section of the public based on social class differences”, “publicly humiliating the Turkish nation” and “insulting the President” was held in Istanbul. Trial adjourned until September. 

President Erdoğan stated that Turkey would undertake new measures to fortify its medium-term economic program, focusing on enhancing public savings, prioritizing investments, and expediting structural reforms.

Turkey Today – 16.04.2024

DEM Party Legal Commission Co-Spokesperson Ozturk Turkdogan stated that there will be a detention review in the Kobanê Case tomorrow and said: “We will be there as if a decision will be made.”

Treasury and Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek has denied allegations of a “crisis” between him and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan regarding the tight monetary policy implemented after the general elections of 2023. 

The 16th hearing of the trial in which journalist Hayko Bağdat is prosecuted on charges of “insulting the president,” was held in İstanbul. The session was adjourned to address the deficiencies in the case file.

An investigation has been initiated against journalist Oktay Candemir following a complaint from Abdulahat Arvas, who was the AKP candidate for Van Metropolitan Municipality Mayor in the local elections. 

Turkey Today – 15.04.2024 

An absolute majority could not be achieved in the 16th round of voting for the Presidency of the Supreme Court of Appeals. 

Turkish warplanes bombed the rural areas in Erbil’s Biradost region in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. 

Emine Şenyaşar whose husband and two sons were murdered by the bodyguards and relatives of former AKP deputy Ibrahim Halil Yıldız continues the Justice Watch in front of the Ministry of Justice.

A court arrested Antalya province’s Kepez district mayor Mesut Kocagöz from the main-opposition CHP over the cable car accident that left one dead and 17 injured. CHP began to hold a “justice watch” in front of the prison.

Turkey Weekly 8 – 14 April 2024

Turkey Today – 14.04.2024

A Turkish drone attacked a house in Gelale village of Şarbajêr last night. As a result of the attack, a young man named Muhammed Saîd, who was working in Gelale village, lost his life.

Turkish warplanes bombed villages in the Metîna area of Dohuk in Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan has stated on a phonecall to his Iranian counterpart Hüseyin Emir Abdullahiyan that Turkey did not want further escalation in the region following Iran’s retaliatory attack on Israel.  

After MHP’s appeal to the election council regarding the Kütahya municipal election was rejected, the party’s deputy chair Feti Yıldız has called for the implementation of the electronic voting system in Turkey “to end the controversies.”

Turkey Today – 13.04.2024

MHP deputy chair Feti Yıldız threatened CHP leader Özgür Özel with death after the latter’s response to MHP leader Bahçeli. In a post, Yıldız quoted the saying “People are born at dawn and die at dusk,” while addressing Özel. 

The release of Ali Şen from Edirne F Type Prison was postponed for the second time by the Administrative Observation Board. The reason given was that he refused to accept the ‘remorse’ imposition.

Political Communicator Evren Barış Yavuz was detained for sharing posts about the Ministry’s trade restrictions with Israel.

A group of three attacked a Starbucks store in Maraş as the incident became the latest in a string of attacks against the coffee chain possibly over its alleged support to Israel.

Turkey Today – 12.04.2024

The Supreme Election Council (YSK) presented Iğdır’s Tuzluca district municipality won by the main opposition CHP to the ruling AKP because CHP’s elected mayor Cemal Kurnaz “was not qualified for the elections.”

The Council of Europe has expressed concern about Turkey’s insistent noncompliance with the ECHR ruling that demands the immediate release of imprisoned philanthropist Osman Kavala, in its latest annual report. 

Unidentified individuals have vandalized the grave of Medet Serhat, a distinguished Kurdish lawyer known for his advocacy of Kurdish people’s rights who was assassinated in 1994. 

Turkey Today – 11.04.2024

The Supreme Election Council (YSK) has received 81 objections from political parties regarding local elections and accepted three of them during the objection period. 

A lawsuit was filed against a woman named A.C., who attempted to attack the building used jointly by HDP and Green Left Party in Adana last year and said “The police sent me” to the party members who caught her, on the charge of “threatening with a weapon”. 

MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli has suggested Meral Akşener not stepping down from the opposition İYİ Party leadership as she announced following the local elections defeat.

Turkey Today – 10.04.2024

The government appointed the district governor as a trustee to Urfa’s Hilvan district won by the DEM Party until the renewal of elections.

Turkish National Intelligence Organization holds art competition for children. 

Ismail Tanboğa, a prisoner in Diyarbakır Type T Closed Prison diagnosed with stomach cancer , has been waiting for surgery for 3 months. 

The book titled “22 Days in the Madhouse – Ill Prisoners on the Cross” written by Resul Kocatürk, who is staying in Kırıkkale Type F Closed Prison, was not given to him on the grounds that it is “objectionable”. 

Turkey Today – 09.04.2024

The government has appointed Kayseri Deputy Governor Ömer Tekeş as a trustee in Central Anatolian Kayseri province’s Pınarbaşı District Municipality, which was won by the CHP. The local election board decided that elections to be renewed on June 2 following an objection from the MHP.

Şırnak Governorate announced that Gabar and Cudi Mountain regions were declared as “Special Security Zone” for 15 days.  

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has prioritized the examination of a second application by Osman Kavala, who has been detained since October 18, 2017, marking 2,352 days in prison. 

The Trade Ministry announced that the country would impose restrictions on exports to Israel. 

Turkey Today – 08.04.2024

A court has arrested seven people about the ballot paper burning incident in Urfa’s Hilvan district during the local elections, including relatives of the current mayor from the AKP. 

It was reflected in the mobile phone camera footage that some documents and materials were stolen from Urfa’s Halfeti municipality under the AKP administration before the certificate of election ceremony. In the local elections DEM Party came first. 

CHP’s objections to the Supreme Electoral Board for Arnavutköy, Fatih, Pendik and Ümraniye were rejected.

Meral Akşener has announced she would step down from İYİ Party leadership in the upcoming extraordinary party congress following disappointing results in the local elections. 

Turkey Weekly 4 – 7 April 2024

Turkey Today – 07.04.2024

The CHP claimed that it discovered upon a recount that 3,389 of the votes in the local elections belonged to deceased individuals in Hatay. The Supreme Election Council had denied the party’s plea to hold the elections again and presented AKP with the municipal mandate. 

MHP MP Hilmi Durgun, who had previously stated that he wanted to go to Gaza to fight, was the partner of the Israeli company Haifa Group in Turkey.

The police battered and detained dozens of people during the protest calling on to cut off trade with Israel. The interior minister later announced the dismissal of two police officers after the police attack.

More than 10 people were injured in a fight between YRP and AKP, which took Gite municipality with transported voters. 

Turkey Today – 06.04.2024

Emine Şenyaşar’s Justice Watch in front of the Ministry of Justice continued on its 70th day. 

The body of 35-year-old Uğur Yıldız was recovered from under the collapsed soil pile at the İliç Gold Mine in Turkey’s eastern Erzincan province, on the 53rd day of search operations. Bodies of eight workers remain under the tonnes of cyanide-laden soil.

The trial of 69 individuals detained and allegedly subjected to torture for participating in the Pride March held on May 20, 2022, on the campus of Boğaziçi University is nearing its conclusion. The prosecutor presented their indictment, requesting punishment for the 69 individuals for “participating in an unlawful march and refusing to disperse despite warnings,” and for two students for “resisting authorities.” 

Turkey Today – 05.04.2024

Multiple district municipalities in Istanbul run by the ruling AKP have held last-minute tenders and finalized procurements worth millions of Turkish liras before handing over their offices to the CHP administrations after the local elections.

The Urfa Provincial Election Council has annulled the election in Urfa’s Halfeti district where DEM Party has won. 

54 women who were beaten and detained in İstanbul’s Kadıköy district while celebrating the resistance against the election usurpation in Van yesterday were released. 

9 people including DBP Party Council members were detained after the feast organised by DEM Parti Diyarbakır provincial organisation. 

Lawyer Güçlü Sevimli said that considering paying money to prisoners as a crime is an “abdication of reason” and stated that the arrest of 75-year-old Hatice Yıldız due to the said allegation is against both law and conscience. 

Turkey Today – 04.04.2024

Security forces have detained at least 340 people in 14 provinces regarding the protests against the government’s effort to hijack Van elections won by the DEM Party.

Stating that they will end their hunger strike ‘Freedom for Abdullah Ocalan and a political solution to the Kurdish question, political prisoners announced that they will continue their actions with “boycotts of courts, family visits and phone calls.”

Justice Minister Yılmaz Tunç has accused bar associations of acting like an opposition party for “involving in different ideological activities.” Tunç claimed the associations were focusing on different things “rather than the problems of the legal profession.”

Muhammed Orhan (18), who was detained during the resistance in Wan and became trending with his smiling photo, was arrested. 

With the local electoral boards’ decisions, the votes are being recounted in Istanbul’s Beykoz and Gaziosmanpaşa districts, where the CHP won by a thin margin.

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