This year’s Ayşenur Zarakolu Freedom of Expression Awards were announced. The awards will be handed with a ceremony to be organized tonight at the Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul building at 19:00.
Teacher Ayşe Çelik has been imprisoned due to saying, “Do not let children die” and was later released on May 4.
Artist Pınar Aydınlar was convicted of commemorating the founder of Turkish Communist Party/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML) İbrahim Kaypakkaya, one of the 1968 generation leaders, in a concert she took part in in Tunceli five years ago.
The proceeding of nine people, including Halkın Nabzı Newspaper Editor-In-Chief İshak Karataş, started at Istanbul 28th Assize Court.
The lawsuit filed against 18 people, including Adana Bar Association Prison Monitoring Commission Chairman Atty. Tugay Bek and People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Adana Provincial Co-Chair Gülseren Tural, was concluded.
Labour Party (EMEP) former Edremit District Chairman Fazlı Aksoy was acquitted in the first hearing of the case he was on trial due to his social media posts.
PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s lawyer Mehdi Öztüzün was acquitted in the first hearing of the case he was on trial due to using the terms, “Kurdish People Leader” and “Chief Negotiator” on the social media to refer to his client.
Teacher Ayşe Çelik, who was sentenced to 1 year and three months of imprisonment due to saying, “Do not let children die” by participating in a TV show in 2016 via phone call to point out the curfews in Kurdish provinces, was released.
Middle East Technical University (METU) Rectorate did not permit the Pride Week and March to be organized by METU LGBTI+ Solidarity on May 7-12. The mail sent to all students by the rectorate indicated that no event will be permitted within the university in accordance with the decision of Ankara Governorate, dated 18 November 2017, preventing all LGBTI+ events in the province.
DIHABER reporter Gökhan Öner, who was taken into custody during the house raids in Denizli on April 28, was arrested with the allegation of ‘illegal organization membership.’