6-8 August 2016 Daily Human Rights Report
(08/024) Death in Custody in İstanbul…
History teacher Gökhan Açıkkolu who was detained on 23 July 2016 during the operations conducted following coup d’état attempt on 15 July 2016 in Turkey by the junta called “Yurtta Sulh Konseyi / Peace at Hoe Council” in the military allegedly had heart attack on 5 August 2016 in custody. He was hospitalised, but died in the hospital. He was in custody for 14 days.
(08/025) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…
HPG announced on 5 August 2016 that 5 militants were killed during an armed clash that broke out after an attack against a military convoy on 28 July 2016 in Şemdinli district of Hakkari.
According to the news appeared in the press on 5 August 2016, 2 militants were killed during an armed clash that broke out after an attack against a military convoy on 29 July 2016 nearby Dawoşê village of Çukurca district in Hakkari.
1 temporary village guard was wounded during an armed clash on 6 August 2016 nearby Narlıca village of Kulp district in Diyarbakır.
1 soldier was killed and 4 soldiers were wounded during an armed clash on 7 August 2016 nearby Akmeşe village of Eruh district in Siirt.
2 temporary village guards were killed and 1 temporary village guard was wounded when a bomb attack was organised on 6 August 2016 against a control point nearby Sinekli Meydan village of Beytüşşebap district in Şırnak.
2 soldiers were killed and 6 soldiers were wounded when Tekeli Battalion Command was attacked on 5 August 2016 in Şemdinli district of Şırnak.
1 soldier was killed and 1 temporary village guard was wounded during an armed clash on 5 August 2016 in Hizan district of Bitlis.
13 militants were allegedly killed during air operations conducted on 8 August 2016 in the rural area of Siirt.
(08/026) Persons Killed and Buried during Curfews…
According to the news appeared in the press on 5 August 2016, the bodies of 20 alleged members of YPS who were killed during the curfew in Nusaybin district of Mardin were left in the neighbourhoods where the blockade was continuing.
MEYA-DER (solidarity association for people who lost their relatives in Mesopotamia) Mardin branch executive Şerif Çelik announced that bodies of 56 persons were found in the district.
According to the news appeared in the press, Security Forces found bodies of 2 persons on 7 August 2016 in the side streets and the bodies were taken to State Hospital.
(08/027) Ultra-nationalist Attack in Bayburt…
On 7 August2016, utra-nationalists in Bayburt province surrounded the dormitories of Bayburt University where Kurdish students were residing for the practice exams of School for Physical Education and Sports. The group attempted to lynch the Kurdish students on the allegations that PKK flag was displayed on the dormitory building.
The crowd set a vehicle to fire in Gençosman quarter of Bayburt.
(08/028) Disappearance in Custody in Diyarbakır…
According to the news appeared in the press on 5 August 2016, Emrah Önkol who was disappeared after being detained by the police on 2 August 2016 during curfew in Çemê Elika village of Lice district in Diyarbakır was announced to be in custody in Security Directorate in Lice. After his detention, the officials denied he was in custody.
(08/029) Pressures in Prisons…
According to the news appeared in the press on 5 August 2016, 15 prisoners incarcerated in Erzurum H-type Prison were transferred to other prisons on the grounds of “unavailable space”.
93 prisoners including patients incarcerated in Diyarbakır E-type Prison were also transferred to Gaziantep H-type Prison on 5 August 2016 for the same reason.
(08/030) Pressures in Prisons…
20 prisoners incarcerated in Antalya L-type Prison were reportedly beaten on 5 August 2016 in their cells for hours and kept handcuffed from back. The prisoners reportedly staged a protest for not being allowed to speak in Kurdish with each other and the guards attacked them in the cells. The Public Prosecutor in the prison replied “this like this happens in the prison” when the relatives of the prisoners appealed the Public Prosecutor in connection with the incident.
(08/031) Web Sites Banned…
On 7 August 2016, Telecommunication Communication Directorate (TİB) banned access to the new domain of Jin News Agency (JİNHA). The number of the banned domains of JİNHA reached 8.
TİB also banned on 4 August 2016 access to web site of Özgür Gün TV station “ozgurguntv.com.tr”.
On 5 August 2016, TİB banned access to the new domain of Kurdish daily Azadiya Welat. The number of the banned domains of the paper reached 6.
(08/032) Persons on Trial in Adana…
According to the news appeared in the press on 7 August 2016, a court case was alunched against 12 persons on the allegations of “being member of the illegal Turkey Northern Kurdistan Liberation Organisation (Türkiye Kuzey Kürdistan Kurtuluş Örgütü – TKKKÖ)” which dissolved 40 year ago. The defendants were arrested on 25 May 2016 following the operations against United Revolutionary Party (Birleşik Devrimci Parti) in Adana.
The indictment also wants the defendants to be sentenced for “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” and “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations”. Adana Heavy Penal Court No 2 will start to hear the case on 7 October 2016.
(08/033) Detentions and Arrests…
Democratic Regions Party (DBP) co-chairs for Suruç district of Şanlıurfa province Mehmet Kaplan and Rojda Binici were detained on 4 august 2016 in Suruç for opening a banner saying “isolation is a crime against humanity, your health is our health” during an activity in Suruç.
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) executive for central district in Siirt province Ali Demir was detained when his house was raided on 5 August 2016 in Bahçelievler quarter of Siirt.
Dicle News Agency (DİHA) correspondents in Hakkari province Selman Keleş and İdris Yılmaz were detained on 5 August 2016 in Orman quarter of Yüksekova district when they were following developments in the quarter.