Curfews in Turkey Between the Dates 16 August 2015 – 1 November 2017

01.11.2017

According to the information gathered by the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey Documentation Center, between 16 August 2015 and 1 November 2017, there has been at least 268 officially confirmed round-the-clock [all daylong] and/or open-ended curfews in 11 cities and at least 47 districts of Turkey.

The relevant cities and districts that curfews implemented are as follow: DİYARBAKIR (145 times), MARDİN (45 times), HAKKÂRİ (23 times), ŞIRNAK (13 times), BİTLİS (13 times), MUŞ (7 times), BİNGÖL (7 times), TUNCELİ (6 times), BATMAN (5 times), ELAZIĞ (2 times) and SİİRT (2 times).

In addition to these, as of 11 August 2017, there has been at least 9 curfews declarad in various villages and flatlands of Şemdinli district of Hakkâri, and Hizan, Güroymak, Mutki and Central districts of Bitlis with limitations on time (implemented only in between the designated hours). These curfews, which are declared within limitations, are not included in abovementioned data. However they will be monitored by our Documentation Center.

It is estimated that, according to the 2014 population census, at least 1 million 809 thousand residents have been affected by these curfews and fundemental rights of these people such as  right to liberty and security of person; right to privacy, family, home or correspondence; freedom of assembly and association; freedom of religion; freedom of receive and impart information; right to reserve of property; right to education and especially right to life; right to health and prohibition of torture are explicitly violated. Yet, this data is not possible to be updated since the regions of curfews slid to the villages and flatlands in 2016, by the reason that their population census is whether not taken or not released to the public.

Click here to download the detailed table of the curfews and pdf version of this fact sheet.

1 November 2017 - Curfews

Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT), established in 1990, is a non-governmental and non-profit human rights organisation providing treatment and rehabilitation services for torture survivors and documenting human rights violations in Turkey.

Curfews in Turkey Between the Dates 16 August 2015 – 1 June 2017

1 June 2017

According to the information gathered by the HRFT Documentation Centre, between 16 August 2015 and 1 June 2017, there has been at least 218 officially confirmed round-the-clock [all daylong] and open-ended curfews in 10 cities and at least 43 districts of Turkey. These cities are as follows: DİYARBAKIR (127 times), MARDİN (32 times), HAKKÂRİ (20 times), ŞIRNAK (13 times), BİTLİS (8 times), BATMAN (3 times), MUŞ (4 times), BİNGÖL (5 times), TUNCELİ (5 times) and ELAZIĞ (1 time). In terms of right to life, right to health and other fundamental human rights, these curfews affected at least 1 million 809 thousand people.

You can click here to download a detailed table of the curfews.

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Venice Commission Published its Opinion on the Legal Framework Governing Curfews in Turkey

30.06.2016

EUROPEAN COMMISSION FOR DEMOCRACY THROUGH LAW (VENICE COMMISSION) published its opinion on the legal framework governing curfews in Turkey since August 2015 and declared it as:

“96. Despite the seriousness of the situation they were facing, the Turkish authorities chose not to declare a state of emergency to engage in the security operations they considered necessary in the areas concerned, whereas these operations and the related measures (such as curfew) inevitably entail restrictions to rights and freedoms, which sometimes have extremely serious consequences.

97. The Venice Commission has taken note of the authorities’ choice, which they justify through their desire to protect rights and freedoms in all circumstances including in a context in which, as they themselves state, all the prerequisites to declare a state of emergency were met.

98. The Commission therefore notes that the curfews imposed since August 2015 have not been based on the constitutional and legislative framework which specifically governs the use of exceptional measures in Turkey, including curfew. To comply with this framework, any curfew measure should be associated with emergency rule, as provided for in Articles 119 to 122 of the Constitution. This would also be in keeping with the approach of the Commission, which has stressed in its work that de facto emergency powers should be avoided and it is better to declare them officially along with their accompanying lists of obligations and guarantees including the obligation to inform international organisations of any derogations from fundamental rights and the reasons for these, thus subjecting their application to the supervision of these organisations or to parliamentary debate and approval..”

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24-25 March 2016 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

24-25 March 2016 Daily Human Rights Report

(03/176) Curfew in Sur…

After the completion of the military operations in Sur district of Diyarbakır, the curfew reached its 105th day as of 24 March 2016.

YPS members Mehmet Ramazan/Muhammed Abdullah Yalvarma and Cüneyt Aydemir whose bodies were kept in Malatya Forensic Institute were identified by their families on 23 March 2016.

(03/177) Curfew in İdil…

After the completion of the military operations in İdil district of Şırnak, the curfew reached its 37th day as of 24 March 2016. The woman with the first name Asya who died during the operations was reportedly buried on 24 March 2016.

(03/178) Curfew in Yüksekova…

The blockade and military operations in Yüksekova district of Hakkari reached its 11th day as of 24 March 2016.

A group of 81 persons stuck in Cumhuriyet quarter due to the clashes were reportedly evacuated from the quarter on 23 March 2016. One of them was detained after ID check.

(03/179) Prisoner set himself to Fire…

The prisoner Mehmet Karahan who started hunger strike on 3 March 2016 in Edirne F-type Prison to protest in the operations and curfews reportedly set himself to fire on 21 March 2016 in his cell. Mehmet Karahan was hospitalised.

(03/180) Pressures in Prisons…

According to the news appeared in the press on 23 March 2016, 14 prisoners incarcerated in Kırıkkale F-type Prison were transferred to prisons in Bolu, Bandırma and Düzce.

(03/181) Pressures in Prisons…

According to the news appeared in the press on 23 March 2016, Arzu Gezer, Zana Karabağa, Melike Aktaş incarcerated in Afyon E-type Prison after being arrested during the operations against members and supporters of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Afyon were transferred to Şakran (İzmir) T-type Prison without their demands.

Arzu Gezer, Zana Karabağa, Melike Aktaş were in the same cell with ordinary criminals in Afyon E-type Prison and they were reportedly threatened by the prisoners.

(03/182) Newroz Celebrations…

The police intervened the Newroz celebration organised by Kocaeli University students on 23 March 2016 and detained 10 students. Another group of students who wanted to protest the incident were also intervened by the police and 7 students were detained under beatings.

Security Forces also prevented Newroz celebration organised by Harran University students in Şanlıurfa and detained 20students.

5 persons who were detained after the Newroz celebrations on 20 March 2016 in Siverek district of Şanlıurfa were arrested on 23 March 2016 on the allegations of “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations”, “insulting the State President”, and “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

(03/183) Detentions and Arrests…

The police conducted house raids on 23 March 2016 in Eruh district of Siirt and detained 12 persons including Eruh Co-Mayor Eda Kilis on the allegations of “being member of the city assembly of KCK”.

On 22 March 2016, the police raided People’s Assembly in Huzurevleri quarter of Diyarbakır and detained 9 persons including People’s Assembly Co-Chair Muhittin Yıldız.

Security Forces conducted operations on 23 March 2016 in connection with the investigations against Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and Democratic Regions party (DBP). 23 persons were detained during the operations in Antalya, Mardin, Manisa and Muş.

Handan Karakaş, Doğan Kesen, Evin Gökdere, Leyla İldeniz, Ercan Tikan, Emrah Sucu, Aydın Erensayın and Sevim Sılık who were among 22 persons detained during house raids in İzmir were arrested on 23 March 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Ahmet Çelik, Sefer Bakay and Dilan Bakay in Gevaş district of Van and 11 students in Ağrı who were detained during operations were arrested on 23 March 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

(03/184) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

2 police officers were killed and 1 police officer was wounded during an armed clash on 24 March 2016 in Gazipaşa quarter of Şırnak where operations and curfew are on-going.

YPS members Salih Batmaz (Mazlum) and Ömer Aslan’ın (Rohat Van) were reportedly killed during an armed clash on 22 March 2016 in Yeşilyurt quarter of Şırnak.

On 24 March 2016, 2 separate bomb attacks were organised against military vehicles in Nusaybin district of Mardin. 2 gendarmerie soldiers died and 9 soldiers were wounded during the attacks.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP İbrahim Ayhan made a public statement on 25 March 2016 and declared that 5 YPS militants were killed during armed clashes in Nusaybin and the bodies were left on the street.

Mermer Gendarmerie Station on Diyarbakır-Lice road was attacked on 24 March 2016 with a bomb vehicle. An armed clash also broke out after the attack. According to the official announcement by the General Staff, 3 soldiers died and 24 soldiers were wounded during the attack.

RTÜK (supreme board of radio and television) imposed temporary ban on publication about the attack.

(03/185) Pressures in Prisons…

According to the news appeared in the press on 24 March 2016, 11 prisoners incarcerated in Diyarbakır D-type Prison were transferred to Şakran (İzmir) T-type Prison without their demands.

(03/186) “Return to Life” Prisons Operation Case…

İstanul Heavy Penal Court No 13 continued on 24 March 2016 to hear the case against 157 gendarmerie soldiers including the commander Colonel Burhan Ergin in connection with the operation conducted in Bayrampaşa Prison as a part of “Return to Life” prisons operation conducted on 19 December 2000 in 20 prisons. 32 persons died during the “Return to Life” operations and 12 prisoners died during the operation in Bayrampaşa Prison.

The defendants Cemil Korkmaz, Vedat Ceylan and Hayrettin Çiftçi were present at the hearing. The court ordered 8 defendants who did not appear before the court and testify to be taken forcibly to the next hearing and adjourned the hearing to 22 September 2016.

(03/187) Person on Trial on the Allegations of Insulting the State President…

Çağlayan (İstanbul) Penal Court of First Instance No 44 concluded on 24 March 2016 to hear the case against Bülent Keneş, editor-in-chief with the daily Today’s Zaman, launched for “insulting the State President” with the twits he shared.

The court sentenced Bülent Keneş to 2 years and 7 months’ imprisonment under the Article 299 TPC.

Bülent Keneş was detained on 9 October 2015 when he went to Çağlayan (İstanbul) Court House to testify in connection with an investigation started against him on the allegations of “insulting State President” was released by the court. Public Prosecutor objected the release decision and Bülent Keneş was arrested on 10 October 2015. He was released again on 14 November 2015 upon objection of his lawyers.

(03/188) Protest Intervened in İstanbul…

The police prevented Black Sea Technical University students who wanted to stage a protest on 24 March 2016 during a publicity meeting for non-profit organisations in Trabzon after the arrest of the teacher Muammer B. (54) for raping male students in Ensar Foundation’s houses in Karaman. The police detained the women under arrests. 22 students were detained.

(03/189) Detentions and Arrests…

The police conducted house raids on 24 March 2016 in Pülümür and Hozat districts of Tunceli and detained 7 persons.

Turgut Demir and Mehmet Emin Aral who were among 6 persons detained during operations in Mersin were arrested on 24 March 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

The police conducted operations on 24 March 2016 in Antaya and detained 11 persons on the allegations of “being member of Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H)”.

Nasrettin Oral and Sümeyye Akar who were detained in Dargeçit district of Mardin were arrested on 24 March 2016 on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

Fact Sheet on Declared Curfews Between August 16th, 2015 and March 18th, 2016 and Civilians who Lost their Lives

FACT SHEET on DECLARED CURFEWS BETWEEN AUGUST 16th, 2015 and MARCH 18th, 2016

and CIVILIANS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES ACCORDING to the

DATA of  HUMAN RIGHTS FOUNDATION of TURKEY DOCUMENTATION CENTER

22.03.2016

Between the dates August 16th, 2015 and March 18th, 2016 there has been 63 officially confirmed, open-ended and round-the-clock [all daylong] curfews in at least 22 districts of 7 cities in Southeastern Turkey. These cities are as follow; Diyarbakır (34 times), Şırnak (9 times) ve Mardin (11 times), Hakkâri (5 times), Muş (1 time), Elazığ (1 time) and Batman (2 times). It is estimated that, according to the 2014 population census, at least 1 million 642 thousand residents have been affected by these curfews and fundemental rights of these people such as Right to Life and Right to Health are explicitly violated. According to the statement of Ministry of Health on February 27th, 2016, at least 355 thousand residents were forced to leave the cities and districts they lived in.

Click here to reach the detailed table over curfews.

Click here to download pdf version of this fact sheet.

Sokağa çıkma yasakları esnasında yaşamlarını yitiren kişilere ilişkin ilçeler bazında ayrıntılı bilgi edinmek için  bu bilgi notunun Türkçesine de erişebilirsiniz.

As HRFT, even though we feel the same grief and concerns by each death, the reasons why the fact sheets of HRFT Documentation Center over the curfews only covered facts on civilians until now are both because of the responsibility that violation of right to life against civilians is high beyond comparison according to the past tens of years and the information given on security forces and militants are not to be confirmed and publicly announced yet due to deficiencies and contradictions.

The datas over curfews on periodic Fact Sheets and within the Daily Reports of HRFT Documentation Center are obtained through press review, official web sites of relevant public institutions, visual records, statements of witnesses and lawyers, observation reports of political parties and civil organisations and their personal witnessings etc. And whether get investigated and become definite or remain as claims and removed from the annual report if not proved.

According to the data of HRFT Documentation Center, since August 16th, 2015 (which is the date of first declared curfew) until March 18th, 2016 at least 310 civilians lost their lives in regions and periods of time that curfews were officially declared. Besides, there are at least 59 bodies from Cizre that are buried without waiting for the identification process and at least 20 bodies from Sur are waiting in Forensic Medicine Institutions and these bodies are not included in the given data.

HRFT Curfews - 18 March 2016

The reasons of why the last fact sheet of HRFT Documentation Center was published over a month ago on February 6th, 2016[1] and there are at least 79 unidentified bodies in this current fact sheet explain some of the violations of the times we are living in:

  • The imposement and results of open ended, round the clock (all daylong) curfews should be interpreted as a whole. As of December 11th, 2015 the impose form of continous curfews, the broadness of regions that curfews are declared, length of duration, military dispatch and using heavy weapons within the residential areas[2] and judicial processes in accordance with all these, made Right to Information and Right to Know the Truth which are under protection by the international conventions inaccessible.
  • While it is violation of rights by itself that hundreds of thousands of people were forced to leave their homes in districts where curfews are declared or have the worry of it; this also resulted in not being able to reach statements of witnesses as common as used be. Within this context;

– Some people whose bodies were reached are identified whether by their relatives or DNA pairings, yet the lack of knowledge and suspicions over the time, cause and manner of death are present.

– International documents such as UN Manual on Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Istanbul Protocol) and UN Protocol for Preventing Arbitrary Killings through Adequate Death Investigation and Autopsy (Minnesota Protocol) are violated by including claims such as not allowing the lawyers and independent forensic medicine specialists to be present during autopsies of most of the bodies; not delivering investigation files with especially the reports of examination of deceased and crime scene investigation to relevant people; not conveying copies of autopsy reports neither to relatives nor to lawyers; and bringing most of the bodies as stripped naked before the autopsy procedure. Within this period of serious violations a complete autopsy procedure became impossible, therefore reliable information couldn’t be obtained on people who lost their lives.

– As the integrity of most of the bodies are damaged identification was not able to be conducted, especially of the people whose bodies were taken from the in question basements of Cizre. Moreover, there has been changes on Regulation for Implementation of Forensic Medicine Institution Law on January 7th and 16th, 2016 and again on Regulation on Transfer and Burial of Corpses on January 16th, 2016 that allowed the bodies to be buried collectively to common graves or unknown places without waiting for the necessary period of time which made the identification process even harder.

  • Bodies of people who known or claimed to be dead whether identified or unidentified are still waiting to be sent to Forensic Medicine Institutions, due to ongoing military operations or even though the operations are declared to be done due to ongoing curfews. It is known that these bodies are not brought out of the curfew areas, yet reliable information couldn’t be obtained if there are any conducted investigations.

With regards to all these reasons, this Fact Sheet that is open to any contributions and feedbacks, is prepared by the obtained information as of March 18th, 2016 and compared retrospectively with previous Fact Sheets of HRFT Documentation Center on curfews, and it includes detailed information on people who lost their lives if the identities and how they died is known. Besides, even though their cases are given on the part of this fact sheet over the detailed information on people who lost their lives, 8 people who were mentioned in previous fact sheets are excluded from the list of “civilians who lost their lives” due to strong claims of them being member of YDGH (Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement) or YPS (Civil Protection Units). Yet, the examination of whether the terms of extrajudicial execution occured or not will be possible to make in consequence of effective investigation processes.

Also, it’s needed to be point out that “Right to Life” by definition involve cases of injuries which could cause the death of a person. Yet, mainly due to ungoing investigation processes and difficulty of reaching the witnesses by cause of aforementioned reasons and more, the possibilities to reach information over injured people are even more restricted. Therefore, this fact sheet only covers “civilians who lost their lives”.

In accordance with all these;

  • Between the dates of August 16th, 2015 and March 18th, 2016 at least 310 civilians lost their lives in curfew areas. Of these people; 72 are children, 62 are women, 29 are over the age 60. Besides, at least 79 people are not included in these datas due to the fact that the bodies are still waiting to be identified.
  • It is estimated that at least 76 civilians, whose information on how they died is obtained, lost their lives due to not being allowed to reach Right to Health.
  • Again at least 180 civilians, whose information on how they died is obtained, lost their lives while they were within the boundaries of their homes. 162 of these people were killed due to opened fire or hitting by a missile and 18 of them lost their lives due to the direct stress effect of curfews on their health conditions. Moreover, 137 of these people who lost their lives within the boundaries of their homes were only in Cizre District.

Also, there are some facts that are not included in abovementioned datas or to the list of civilians who lost their lives;

  • At least 79 bodies are whether waiting in Forensic Medicine Institutions to be identified or buried to common graves and to places that are unknown by their relatives with regard to changed regulations.
  • In Silopi district of Şırnak, a 7 months old still birth occured due to gunshot through the womb of the mother. Also, at least 10 people lost their lives by arbitrary shooting of security forces during peaceful protests against the curfews in streets/Squares close to curfew zones or by the use of chemicals such as tear gas where no operation was onging or any curfews were declared. [3]

 

 

NOTE1: Please observe the table that is submitted together with this fact sheet for detailed information over the ongoing curfews as of March 22nd,2016 in Cizre (on 79th day changed into nightlong curfew) and in Silopi (on 37th day changed into night long curfew) districts of Şırnak; in some neighbourhoods and streets of Sur district (still going on 103th day) of Diyarbakır; in Center (on 8th day of all-day long curfew) and İdil district (on 36th day of all-day long curfew) of Şırnak; Nusaybin district (on 9th day of all-day long curfew) of Mardin and Yüksekova district (on 9th day of all-day long curfew) of Hakkari.

NOTE2: Within the context of this fact sheet the term ‘security forces’ is implying to ‘Police Anti-terror Combat Team, Police Special Forces, Gendarmarie Special Forces, Military Forces and Riot Polices.’ Also, there are some unofficial teams which are both by themselves and publicly defined as JITEM, Esedullah, Hançer[Dagger], Fatihler Teams etc.

Names of the People who lost Their Lives Between the dates August 16th, 2015 and March 17th, 2016

Within the Districts Under Curfews

MUŞ

Varto: 1. Rahmi Kızıltaş (36), 2. Abdullah Toprak(26), 3.-4. 2 people who are not yet identified

DİYARBAKIR

Silvan: 1.Serhat Bilen(25) 2.Hanife Durak(80), 3.Veysi Toraman(60) 4.Vedat Akcanım(17) 5.Deniz(17) 6.Barış Çakıcı(10) 7.Hayriye Hüdaverdi(70) 8.Ferhat Gensür(17) 9.Müslüm Tayar (22) 10.Sertip Polat(20) 11.Engin Gezici(24) 12.İsmet Gezici (55) 13.Rıdvan Us(20) 14.Yakup Sinbağ(20) 15.Latif Nangir(78)

Bismil: 1. Bilal Bozkur(19/22) 2.Abdullah Sügüci(32) 3.Doğan İnce(16) 4. Şeyhmus Düşerge(18) 5.Numan Halil Kurtiş(19) 6.Berat Güzel(12) 7.Elif Şimşek(8) 8.Agit Yıldız(22)

Sur: 1. Helin Şen(12) 2.Halil Tüzülerk(27) 3.Mehmet Demirel(yetişkin) 4.Sezgin Demirok 5.Şoreş Mutlu 6.Cüneyt Yeni 7.Aziz İlhan(47) 8.Melek Apaydın(38) 9.Rozerin Çukur(17) 10.Turgay Girçek(19) 11.Gündüz Akmeşe(28) 12. 1 male in his 80s who is not yet identified 13.Hakan Aslan 14.Murat Menekşe(13) 15.Erhan Keskin(18) 16.Casim Kaya(24)17.Fatma Ateş(55) 18.Gülistan Aysal(21) 19.Fırat Çelik(24) 20.Dilber Bozkurt 21.Mehmet Abdullah Yalvarma 22.Mazlum Karakoç 23.Cüneyt Aydemiş (NOT:Besides there are 20 bodies waiting to be identified.)

Bağlar: 1. Özgür Çelenk(18) 2.Eyüp Çelik(24)

HAKKÂRİ

Yüksekova: 1. Fettah Es (adult) 2. Yakup Babat (24) 3.Mehmet Reşit Arıcı(17) 4.Naim Nuyan(29) 5.Ersin Aydın(37)

ŞIRNAK

Cizre: 1.Cemile Çağırga (10) 2.Özgür Taşkın (18) 3.Meryem Süne(53) 4.Bünyamin İrci(14) 5.Muhammed Tahir Yaramış (35 days old) 6.Eşref Edin (56) 7.Selman Ağar (10) 8.Mehmet Emin Levent (29) 9.Osman Çağlı(18) 10.Sait Çağdavul (21) 11.Şahin Açık (74) 12.Mehmet Erdoğan (75) 13.Mehmet Sait Nayici (16) 14.Zeynep Taşkın (19) 15.Maşallah Edin (35) 16.Hacı Ata Borçin (75) 17.Gadban Bülbül (78) 18.Mehmet Dökmen (71) 19.Bahattin Sevinik (50) 20.Suphi Sarak (50) 21.İbrahim Çiçek (79) 22.Mülkiye Geçgel (48) 23.Resul Ekinci(65) 24. Hediye Şen(30) 25.Doğan Aslan(24) 26.İbrahim Akan(15) 27.Selahattin Bozkurt(70) 28.Yılmaz Erz(42) 29.Lütfü Aksoy(25) 30.Zeynep Yılmaz(40) 31.Cahide Çıkal(35) 32.Mehmet Tekin(35) 33.Doğan İşi(18) 34.Mehmet Saçan(38) 35.Emine Duman(75) 36.Azime Aşan(59) 37.Dikran Sayaca(25) 38.Ferdi Kalkan(20) 39.Abdulmecit Yanık(27) 40.Hacı Özdal(25) 41.Miray İnce(3 months old) 42.Ramazan İnce (80) 43.Kumru Işık(85) 44.Hüseyin Ertene(16) 45.Hüseyin Selçuk(5) 46.Abdülaziz Yural(28) 47.Zeynep Demir(65) 48.Ali Tetik(34) 49.Kazım Tonğ(51) 50.Cabbar Taşkın(40) 51.Sezai Burçin(43) 52.Hediye Erden(60) 53.Besna Zırığ(50) 54.Fatma Acet(40) 55.Bişeng Goran(12) 56.Nidar Sümer(17) 57.Halis Sümer(45) 58.Osman Tekin(50) 59.Tayfur Yaşlı(19) 60.Şivan Cebrail Mungan(24) 61.Murat Ekici(22) 62.Murat Egül(24) 63.Ahmet Zırığ(35) 64.Şükrü Coşkun(20) 65.Nebi Katlav(22) 66.Ali Bağdur(25) 67.Mehmet Hacı Tongut(32) 68.Mehmet Şirin Erdinç 69.Garip Mubarız (18) 70.Veysi/Hacı Elçi(30) 71.Abdulmenaf Yılmaz(50) 72.Yakup Isırgan 73.Mehmet Şahin(77) 74.Emame Şahin (77) 75.Yusuf Akalın(12) 76.Büşra Akalın(10) 77.Veli Müjde(38) 78.Abdullah İvedi(25) 79.Hayrettin Şınık(10) 80.Mehmet Rıdvan Kaymaz(36) 81.Hüseyin Paksoy(16) 82.Mehmet Kaplan(35) 83.Serhat Altun(23) 84.Abdülhamit Poçal 85.Selman Erdoğan 86.Ahmet Tunç(50) 87.Cihan Karaman(23) 88.Rüzgar Yıldızgörer(25) 89.Selami Yılmaz(25) 90.Nusreddin Bayar(20) 91.Sultan Irmak(16) 92.Selim Turay(22) 93.Şervan Kenan Adıgüzel 94.Mehmet Özkul(adult) 95.Nizar Isırgan 96.Cengiz Sansak 97.Ramazan Çömlek 98.Zerin Uca(22) 99.Sahip Edin(30’s) 100.Abdullah Gün(16) 101.Yunus Meral 102.Tahir Akdoğan(16) 103.Mevlüde Özalp 104.Fehmi Fakah Dinç(adult) 105.Fatma Demir(adult) 106.Barış Gasir(adult) 107.Sabri Sezgin(18) 108.Abdülselam Turgut(adult) 109.Mahsum Erdoğan 110.Muharrem Erbek(23) 111.Sinan Kaya(22) 112.Mehmet Kulbay(22) 113.Burhan Taşdelen 114.Aydın Erol 115.Ferhat Karaduman(16) 116.Nursel Dalmış(18) 117.Murat Şimşek(16) 118.Abbas Güllübahçe 119.Tuğba Eminoğlu 120.Erdal Şahin(29) 121.Rohat Aktaş(adult) 122.Adil Küçük(adult) 123.Mahmut Duymak(51) 124.Umut Ürek 125.Ramazan İşçi 126.Metin Karane 127.Dersim Aksoy 128.İslam Balıkesir 129.Ömer Baran(25) 130.Mustafa Gasyak(16) 131.Ali Fırat Kalkan 132.Kasım Yana(18) 133.İzzet Gündüz(adult) 134.Berjin Demirkaya 135.Sakine Şiray(adult) 136.Ekrem Sevilgen(17) 137.Serdar Özbek(32) 138.Mehmet Benzer(19) 139.Tajdin Nerse(22) 140.Mehmet Dalmış(31) 141.Mehmet Yavuzel(adult) 142.Rıdvan Ekinci 143.Bişeng Kolanç 144.Cihat Altun(22) 145.Mehmet Yılmaz(23) 146.Cüneyt Kızıltay 147.Güler Eroğlu(20) 148.Mehmet Edin 149.Star Özkül 150.Hasan Ayaz(14) 151.Yılmaz Geçim(15) 152.Mesut Özer(17) 153.Cengiz Gerem(15) 154.Derya Koç(adult) 155.Azad Yılmaz(19) 156.Hakkı Külte(13) 157.Çimen Tankan 158.İsmail Çetin 159.Murat Erdin 160.Hasan Tağ(adult) 161.Agit Küçük 162.Harun Barın 163.Hülya Aktaş(adult) 164.Cemile Erden(28) 165.Mehmet Tunç(yetişkin) 166.Orhan Tunç 167.Veysi Bademkıran(17) 168.Yasemin Çıkmaz(17) 169.İbrahim Temel 170.Yakup Yalçın 171.Felek Çağdavul 172.Fırat Malgaz 173.Yakup Dadak 174.Ramazan Aydın 175.Lokman Bilgiç 176.Hüseyin Kaya 177.M. Emin İdim(child) 178.Tahir Çiçek(child) 179.Aydın Güner(adult) 180.Abdullah Özgül 181.Meryem Akyol 182.Ramazan Biriman 183.Hüseyin Kayaalp(16) Besides, there are at least 59 bodies that are buried without waiting for the identification process.

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[1] http://en.tihv.org.tr/recent-fact-sheet-on-curfews-in-turkey-between-the-dates-16-august-2015-5-february-2016/

[2]According to the statement of Ministry of Interior on January 11th, 2016, 14 thousand 68 members of security forces became active in operations in districts where curfews are declared. Moreover, it’s known  that hundreds of armored military vehicles such as tanks, panzers, cannons etc. are dispatched to the relative districts/cities.

[3] These people are: 7 months old still birth of Güler Yanalak due to gunshot through the womb of mother. Şerdıl Cengiz (21-Bağlar district),  Şiyar Salman (18-Bağlar district), Şiyar Baran (13-Seyrantepe district), Mizgin Koçyiğit (who thought to be Güler Eroğlu first- Dağkapı Square), Salih Baygın(70-Melik Ahmet Street), Çekwar Çubuk (16-Dağkapı Square), Hüseyin Hüseyinoğlu (22-Bağlar district) in DİYARBAKIR and Emire Gök (39-Gırnavas Mah.) and Hüseyin Ahmet(22-Işık Önder Street) in NUSAYBİN [Note: In Nusaybin, the curfew was declared first in some districts. On 4th day it was broadened to whole district.] and Mehmet Gündüz (45-Feridun district) in SİLVAN.

23-29 February/1-4 March 2016 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

23-29 February 2016 Daily Human Rights Report

(02/130) Curfew in Cizre…

The curfew in Cizre district of Şırnak where the operations of Security Forces concluded reached its 73rd day as of 23 February 2016.

The bodies of 8 unidentified persons were reportedly found on 22 February 2016 on Narin street in Cudi quarter.

The bodies were taken to Şırnak State Hospital and 2 of the persons were identified as Mehmet Yılmaz (23) ve Cihat Altun (22).

(02/131) Persons Killed in Mersin…

2 persons were killed on 22 February 2016 in Kale quarter Derik district of Mardin when Security Forces opened fire. Although curfew was not imposed in Derik, clashes, blockade and military operations are on-going in the district.

One of the killed persons was identified as Ercan Sayan (27).

(02/132) Bomb Attack in Ankara…

According to the DNA test results dating 22 February 2016, the suicide bomb attack on 17 February 2016 in Ankara was organised by Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) member Abdülbaki Sömer.

The number of the casualties reached 29 when Aydın Dedegil died on 23 February 2016 in the hospital.

(02/133) Detentions and Arrests…

The police conducted operations on 22 February 2016 in Ergani district of Diyarbakır and detained 7 persons. The reason of the operations was not disclosed.

The soldiers raided Helbînî village of Halfeti district in Şanlıurfa and reportedly detained Haci Yalçınkaya ve Sariye Yalçınkaya on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

University student Ersin Baran was detained in Van when s/he went to the faculty in 100th Year University to attend a class.

Co-Mayors for Derik district in Mardin Sabahat Çetin Kaya and Abdulkerim Erdem, Vice-Mayor Murat Özüçalışır, Municipality Assembly members Yaşar Acabey and Mustafa Kutlar, municipality worker Erem Koyuncu were detained during the operations conducted in Derik district of Mardin.

(02/134) Curfew in Cizre…

The curfew in Cizre district of Şırnak where the operations of Security Forces concluded reached its 74th day as of 24 February 2016.

2 bodies kept in Habur Border Gate were identified on 23 February 2016 Emel Ayhan and Murat Şimşek.

5 persons were reportedly buried in Şırnak without being identified.

(02/135) Curfew in İdil…

The curfew and operations in İdil district and Dirsekli village of Şırnak reached 8th day as of 24 February 2016. The curfew was imposed on 16 February 2016.

  1. Sadık Bozderi (57) suffering from heart disease and waiting for an ambulance in his home for the last 5 days in Atakent quarter was found dead on 23 February 2016. He was shot at chest. There were no barricades and ditches in Atakent quarter.

Another unidentified body was found on the same day.

(02/136) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

According to the official announcement, Specialist Sergeant Selçuk Dost was killed during an armed clash on 23 February 2016 in Sur district of Diyarbakır.

Specialist Sergeant Yetkin Erşan who was shot and wounded on 8 February 2016 in Sur reportedly died on 23 February 2016 in the hospital in Ankara.

3 militants were reportedly killed and 5 soldiers were wounded during an armed clash that broke out on 22 February 2016 in Derik district of Mardin.

(02/137) Bomb Attack in İstanbul…

A German citizen who was wounded during the suicide bomb attack on 12 January 2016 on Sultanahmet Square in İstanbul reportedly died on 23 February 2016 in Germany. The number of the casualties reached 12.

(02/138) Tevfik Caner Ertay Investigation…

Tevfik Caner Ertay, member of People’s Houses in Eskişehir, was detained on 2 June 2014 during Gezi Park demonstrations in Eskişehir. He was taken to a car park; his arm and leg were broken under torture. He was also put in the trunk of a police vehicle and kept there for hours.

Eskişehir Penal Court of First Instance No 4 continued on 3 February 2015 to hear the case against the police officers Adem Arslan, Ahmet Kızıl and İzzet Erkan. The indictment wants Adem Arslan and Ahmet Kızıl to be sentenced to at least 8 years of imprisonment, İzzet Erkan to at least 4 years of imprisonment for intentional wounding. The court decided not to be responsible with the case on the grounds that the offence was torture not wounding and sent the files of the case to Eskişehir Heavy Penal Court.

Heavy Penal Court on duty dealt with the case on 22 February 2016 and sent the files of the case to Eskişehir Penal Court of First Instance No 4 on the ground of not to being responsible with the case.

(02/139) Torture in Custody Case in İzmir…

İzmir Heavy Penal Court No 6 started on 23 February to hear the retrial of 4 police officers for torturing F.C. in custody and F.C. for insulting the police officers.

On 13 May 2015, the court sentenced the police officers Beyit S. and Hakan Y. who did torture F.C. were sentenced to 1 year and months’ imprisonment for “simple wound within the limits of use of force”. The remaining 2 police officers Tekin D. and Nevzat A. were acquitted. The court sentenced F.C. to a fine of TL 8,840 for “insult” and suspended the execution of the sentence. But the Court of Cassation quashed the verdict.

The court adjourned the hearing for the preparation of Public Prosecutor’s opinion as to the accusations.

On 16 July 2011, F.C. (37) was beaten and detained in İzmir for not having an ID. He was taken to Karabağlar Police Station and a civilian dressed police officer continued to beat him, he was also subjected to sexual assault. According to the recordings disclosed on 9 December 2011, the remaining police officer did not intervene the incident, but kept watching.

After the incident, the police officers made official complaint against F.C. for resisting and insulting public officers. A court case was launched against him on charges of “wounding police officer” and “insulting police officer” with the demand of 6.5 years’ imprisonment.

Though the recordings proved the torture, the indictment dating 28 November 2011 against the police officers T.D., N.A., H.Y. and B.S. only wanted them to be sentenced to terms of imprisonment up to 1.5 years for “simple wound within the limits of use of force”. During the trial the police officers were also accused of “threat” and the expected sentence increased to terms of imprisonment up to 6 years.

İzmir Peace Penal Court No 17 started on 15 February 2014 to hear the case and decided not to be responsible with the case on the grounds the accusation was changed. The files were sent to Penal Court of First Instance.

İzmir Penal Court of First Instance No 12 ruled that the offence was torture and decided not to be responsible with the case. And the files were sent to Heavy Penal Court and the cases against the police officers and F.C. were combined.

(02/140) Journalist Threatened in Şırnak…

On 23 February 2016, M. Halil Ötün, worker with the daily Azadiya Welat in Şırnak, was allegedly threatened to death by civilian dressed police officers by pointing a gun at his head. He was reportedly said “We will kill you if you keep distributing these papers!”.

(02/141) Person on Trial on the Allegations of Insulting the State President…

Aydın Penal Court of First Instance No 3 continued on 23 February 2016 to hear the case against the physician Bilgin Çiftçi launched for sharing a photo on social media showing the resemblance of State President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Lord of the Rings character Gollum.

The indictment wants the defendant to be sentenced according to the Article 299 TPC for “insulting the State President”. The court decided to wait for the expert report to determine whether Gollum was a bad character in the novel and adjourned the hearing to 12 May 2016.

(02/142) Protesters on Trial in Ağrı…

Ağrı Heavy Penal Court No 1 started on 23 February 2016 to hear the case against 14 public servants launched for taking part in a demonstration staged in Ağrı to protest in the Suruç Massacre. The public servants were suspended from duty by the Ağrı Governor Musa Işın. The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “committing crime in the name of an illegal organisation without being a member of the organisation” and “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

After the identification and testimonies of the defendants, the court adjourned the hearing to 29 March 2016.

(02/143) Protest Intervened in Muğla…

The police intervened 4 university student women who wanted to open a banner on the roof of a multi-storey car park on 23 February 2016 in Muğla to protest in the violence against women. The protesters were detained on the allegations of “staging an unauthorized protest”.

(02/144) KCK Trial in Ağrı…

Doğubayazıt (Ağrı) Heavy Penal Court started on 23 February 2016 to hear the case against 20 persons launched after operations conducted in 2012 in Doğubayazıt district of Ağrı in connection with a “KCK Investigation”. The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “being member of an illegal organisation”.

The defendant did not appear before the court and the court adjourned the hearing to 10 May 2016 for the completion of deficient documents.

(02/145) Detentions and Arrests…

The police conducted house raids on 23 February 2016 and detained 9 persons including 4 children who visited the condolence tent for Abdülbaki Sömer who organised suicide bomb attack on 17 February 2016 in Ankara.

The police also raided the condolence tent on the same day and detained 8 persons.

Co-Mayor for Silopi district in Şırnak province Emine Esmer and her driver Cemal Yiğit were detained on 23 February 2016 during a road control in Silopi.

6 persons who were among 10 persons detained during house raids in Şanlıurfa were arrested on 23 February 2016 on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation.

Dicle News Agency (DİHA) correspondent Mazlum Dolan, Sinem Ateş, Fatma Ateş, Fahrettin Ateş ile Ekrem Karatay who left Sur district of Diyarbakır when a secure corridor was opened during the clashes were arrested on 23 February 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

The police continued operations on 23 February 2016 against Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and Democratic Regions Party (DBP). 9 persons in Adana, 4 persons in Hizan district of Bitlis, DBP Co-Chair for Ergani district in Diyarbakır province Şeyhmus Doku in Ergani, and 22 persons in Kocaeli were detained during the operations.

DBP executive for the district Sabri Akçan who was detained during a house raid in Kiğı district of Bingöl was arrested on 23 February 2016 on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” through social media.

(02/146) Curfew and massacre in Cizre…

The curfew and military operations in Şırnak province, Cizre district entered its 79th day on 29 February 2016. The crisis desk that had been established concerning the people massacred in Cizre declared that on 26 February 2016 the number of corpses that had been taken to hospital had reached 178, 101 of which were awaiting to be identified.

Of the people that had been trapped in the cellars of three houses and had been killed in attacks of the security forces the corpse of Mehmet Yavuzer, member of the Party of Democratic Regions’ parliament, was identified in Mardin on 24 February 2016. The corpse of Cihan Karaman who despite an interim decision of the ECHR died because he was not taken to a hospital was identified in Mardin on 24 February 2016. In addition the corpses of Rıdvan Ekinci, Kenan Adıgüzel and Beşenk Kolanç were identified in Mardin and handed over to their families on 25 February 2016.

On 24 February 2016 it was learned that ten of the corpses that had been taken to the temporary forensic institution at the border station Habur of Silopi district had been identified. The name of the 10 people are: Tuğba Eminoğlu, Erdal Şahin, Rohat Aktaş, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Azadiya Welat, Adil Küçük, Selim Turay, Mahmut Duymak, Umut Ürek, Mahsun Erdoğan, Ramazan İşçi and Metin Karane.

On 25 February 2016 the corpses of 10 people kept in the morgue of Yeşilkent Cemetery in Gaziantep were identified. The name of 9 people who the families identified are: Dersim Aksoy, İslam Balıkesir, Ömer Baran, Nusreddin Bayar, Mustafa Gasyak, Ali Fırat Kalkan, Kasım Yana, İzzet Gündüz, member of YPS, Berjin Demirkaya and Sakine Siray.

On 25 February 2016 it was learned that Güler Eroğlu who allegedly had been killed by police officers in Diyarbakır, but later was identified as someone else, actually died being trapped in a cellar in Cizre. In addition the corpse of the YPS member Velat Zal who had been killed in Cizre was buried after having been identified near Habur border station.

Of the corpses that had been taken out of the cellars in Cizre and had been taken to Şanlıurfa those of Star Özkül and Hasan Ayaz (15) were handed over to their families on 25 February 2016. On 25 February 2016 it was revealed that three corpses that had been held in Şırnak State Hospital in order to be identified had on order of the governor in Şırnak been taken to Özveren village, close to Balveren town and had been buried there.

With the burial of the last three corpses being held at Şırnak State Hospital no more corpses remained there.

Murat Şimşek (16) who had been killed in the cellar of the third house in Sur district was identified by the family and handed over to them in order to be buried in Nusaybin on 25 February 2016. Of the corpses in Gaziantep the DNA test for Dersim Aksoy was finalized and his family received the corpse on 26 February 2016. On 27 February 2016 the families of Murat Tunç, Yılmaz Geçim, Mesut Özer and Cengiz Gerem identified the corpses at Habur Border Station where they had been held.

On 28 February 2016 it was established that the DNA tests resulted in identifying Mehmet Tunç, co-chair of the people’s parliament in Cizre and his brother Orhan Tunç. Pieces of the remains of Veysi Bademkıran who had been killed Cizre were sent to two different hospitals. On 27 February 2016 the pieces in Mardin were sent to his home town Diyarbakır. On 27 February 2016 the corpses of Yasemin Çıkmaz and another 12 persons who had burnt to death in the cellars they had been trapped in, were buried in Cizre.

During the massacre in Cizre the corpse of Hülya Aksoy had mistakenly been confused with Derya Koç and buried in Erzurum-Karayazı district. On 27 February 2016 her corpse was taken from the cemetery and handed over to her family. The corpse of Derya Koç had been identified at Habur Border Station by her family and she had been handed over to them.

(02/147) Curfew in Sur…

The curfew in Diyarbakır province, Sur district and military operations entered its 81st day on 29 February 2016.

It was expressed that the situation of about 200 people being trapped in the cellars of various houses was getting worse. The governor of Diyarbakır stated that despite announcements to leave the houses nobody had shown up and alleged that there were no civilians among the trapped people.

(02/148) Curfew in İdil…

The curfew in Şırnak province, İdil district and military operations that had been announced on 16 February 2016 entered its 13th day. On 23 February 2016 it was learned that the corpse that was found belonged to Vedat Gürbüz, born in İdil.

(02/149) Person killed by police officers in Mardin…

On 24 February 2016 police teams shot at a vehicle near Diîmê village, Kızıltepe district, Mardin province allegedly because the car did not stop. A woman in the car that had no identity card was killed. It was alleged that the 2 people were PKK militants. One of them, H.A. was arrested on 27 February 2016.

(02/150) Person killed by police officers in Diyarbakır…

On 27 February 2016 the police intervened in a demonstration in Diyarbakır demanding an end to the curfew in Sur. Police officers shot Abdullah Yılmaz (22) in his head. He died in hospital.

(02/151) Person killed by police officers in Mardin…

On 24 February 2016 special police forces shot at Cemal Nerzgiz in Mardin-Nusaybin district, where the curfew had ended but the blockade and attacks of security forces continued. He was taken to hospital.

(02/152) Operations, Attacks in the South-east…

It was announced that in the region of Cehennem Deresi, near Hespist village in Şırnak-İdil district an air strike was launched on 24 February 2016 and 12 militants were killed.

In Diyarbakır-Sur district where the clashes continued sergeant Burhan Kaplan was shot to death by a sniper on 25 February 2016; 2 soldiers were wounded. On 24 February 2016 the sergeants Mustafa Hakan Kacar and Osman Kablan were shot to death in Sur.

It was declared that the name of the YPS militant who was killed in a clash in Sur on 23 February 2016 was Erdal Tekin.

On 25 February 2016 the civilian dressed sergeant Ömer Koca was attacked in Şırnak, Ömer Kabak Square and killed by a bullet to his head.

It was announced that on 25 February 2016 a clash occurred in Sur and one soldier was killed and another one was wounded. On 26 February 2016 an explosion occurred in Şırnak-İdil district when an armoured vehicle passed. 7 members of a special force were wounded. On 27 February 2016 clashes occurred in İdil injuring one soldier and one police officer. In a clash that happened in Sur on 28 February 2016 lieutenant Cihan Çalışkan was killed by a rifle of a sniper. Again on 28 February 2016 rockets were fired at an armoured vehicle of the police in Nusaybin resulting in the death of a member of a special police unit and injuries of two members.

(02/153) Continuation of a case of extra-judicial execution…

The court case in Ankara against bureaucrats and members of a special police unit in which Mehmet Ağar is defendant number one on charges of 18 extra-judicial executions continued on 26 February 2016.

In the hearing against 19 defendants Ankara Heavy Penal Court 1 listened to Tuncay Özkan and the deputy chair of Vatan Party, Hikmet Çiçek and decided to hear Veli Küçük, former Minister of the Interior Nahit Menteşe and former Ankara chief of police, Orhan Taşanlar as witness and adjourned the hearing to 17 June 2016.

(02/154) Pressure in the Prisons…

On 25 February 2016 it was learned that the author Sevan Nişanyan, imprisoned in Söke (Aydın) T Type Prison was punished with 11 days’ solitary confinement because he had provided an unauthorized device of an internet provider into prison.

(02/155) TV channel ordered to stop publication…

On demand of the chief republican prosecutor in Ankara, Ramazan Dinç the publication of the station İMC TV was banned by the General Directorate of TÜRKSAT on 26 February 2016.

(02/156) Writer on trial for having insulted the State President…

On 26 February 2016 it was learned that the columnist Cengiz Çandar was on trial in connection with 7 articles in which he allegedly insulted the State President. The trial against Cengiz Çandar charged with an offence of Article 299 TPC will start on 7 April 2016 at Bakırköy Peace Court 2.

(02/157) Detentions, arrests and investigations on insulting the State President…

On 24 February 2016 police officers raided a house in İstanbul-Küçükçekmece district and detained A.Ş. (13) for having insulted the State President.

Gizem Yerik, living in Bursa-Mudanya district was arrested on 27 February 2016 on charges of having insulted the State President in internet messages.

(02/158) People on trial in Batman…

On 27 February 2016 it was learned that the indictment against 54 people who had participated in a press conference during which self administration had been announced and that demanded aggravated life imprisonment for having broken the unity of the State and the entity of the country had been accepted. The trial against the 54 people including the co-mayors of Batman, Sabri Özdemir and Gülistan Akel will start at Batman Heavy Penal Court on 4 April 2016.

(02/159) Detentions and arrests…

On 24 February 2016 Muhammed Yusuf Keskin, editor-in-chief of the journal Patriotic Youth who had been detained during an operation in Diyarbakır was arrested on charges of membership of an illegal organization for notes and phone numbers found in his notebook.

In Mardin-Nusaybin district Şerzan Falay and in Ağrı-Doğubayazıt district Tanju Güllü were arrested on the same charges on 24 February 2016.

Of the 14 people that had been detained during house raids in İstanbul because of messages in their facebook accounts 11 were arrested on 25 February 2016 on charges of having made propaganda for an illegal organization.

On 25 February 2016 a funeral was held for Erdal Şahin who had been killed in Cizre. Police teams intervened with gas bombs and detained 30 people including 3 minors.

On 25 February 2016 Aydın Keskin who had been detained in the centre of Muş-Bulanık district was arrested for being a member of an illegal organization.

Seracettin Hessas, co-chair of HDP in Yunusemre district who had been detained in Manisa was arrested on 25 February 2016 on charges of being a member of an illegal organization and having made propaganda for it.

On 25 February 2016 5 of 6 students of Sakarya University who had been detained during house raids in Sakarya were arrested on charges of being members of an illegal organization.

On 25 February 2016 police operations were conducted in various cities. In Erzurum-Çat district, Karabey village 9 people were detained, in Van the DBP co-chair in Van, Ökkeş Kawa; in Muş-Varto district, Qerqerut (Sazlıca) village E.B. (17); in Mardin-Derik district 8 people including the co-mayors of the town were detained. Of the detainees the co-mayors of Derik, Abdulkerim Erdem and Sabahat Çetinkaya and the deputy co-mayor Cebrail Parıltılı were arrested on 26 February 2016 on charges being members of an illegal organization.

In Muş E.B. was arrested on 26 February 2016.

Reşit Teymur, co-chair of the DBP in Siirt who had been detained in Siirt was arrested on 26 February 2016 for having supporting an illegal organization.

3 people including the representative of Support and Solidarity with families who had lost relatives in Mesopotamia (MEYA-DER) in Erciş, Tekin Hezer who had been detained during house raids in Van were arrested on 26 February 2016 on the basis of the testimony of a secret witness.

Of the 22 people that had been detained in Kocaeli 8 people including the ESP representative in Gebze, Adıgüzel and the co chair of the HDP in the province, Hikmet Koçak were arrested on 26 February 2016 on charges of being members of an illegal organization.

On 28 February 2016 HDP member Merve Aydoğan was detained in Adana and the same day she was arrested by a court on charges of being a member of an illegal organization.

Songül Öğmen, co-chair of the Federation of Associations of Solidarity with Families of Prisoners (TUHAD-FED) who had been detained in Hakkari-Yüksekova district was arrested on court’s order on 28 February 2016.

1-4 March 2016 Daily Human Rights Report

(03/001) Curfew in Cizre…

The curfew in Cizre district of Şırnak where the operations of Security Forces concluded reached its 80th day as of 1 March 2016.

Governorate of Şırnak announced night-curfew to be imposed between 19.30 and 05.00 stating on 2 March 2016. The start of night-curfew in Silopi district was also announced as 19.30.

According to the news appeared in the press on 29 February 2016, The bodies of 7 persons killed in Cizre whose bodies were among 20 unidentified bodies were kept in Gaziantep Forensic Institute were buried after the completion of 15 days following the amendments in the Regulation on Forensic Institutes.

The bodies of 6 unidentified persons which were among 27 bodies brought to Mardin were buried in Mardin.

The body of Ferhat Karaduman who was buried by the family turned out to be the body of Yılmaz Geçim. The body of Ferhat Karaduman was taken by the family on 29 February 2016.

2 unidentified bodies were found on 2 March 2016.

(03/002) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

3 soldiers were abounded during an armed clash on 1 March 2016 in İdil district of Şırnak where curfew was imposed.

(03/003) Impunity in Vartinis Massacre Case…

Kırıkkale Heavy Penal Court concluded on 1 March 2016 to hear the case against Hasköy Gendarmerie Station Commander Captain B.K., Infantry First Lieutenant H.A., Gökyazı Gendarmerie Station Commander Master-Sergeant T.N. and Special Operations Division Deputy Director Ş.U. who were on duty on 17 May 1993 when house of a family had been set to fire in Vartinis (Altınova) town of Korkut district in Muş on the grounds that the family was “aiding and abetting an illegal organisation”.

the Public Prosecutor wanted H.A., T.N. and Ş.U to be acquitted and B.K. to be sentenced. In his opinion as to the accusations, the Public Prosecutor wanted at the previous hearing of the case the defendants to be sentenced for “killing by omission”. The court acquitted all the defendants.

Nasır Öğüt (43), his wife Eşref Öğüt (43), their children Sevim Öğüt (13), Sevda Öğüt (12), Şakir Öğüt (11), Mehmet Şirin Öğüt (8), Cihat Öğüt, Aycan Öğüt (1), and Cihan Öğüt (4) had died during the fire and the indictment wanted the defendants to be sentenced 9 times to life imprisonment. The indictment was prepared by Public Prosecutor in Muş, but the case was transferred to Kırıkkale for alleged security reasons.

(03/004) Hasan Ferit Case…

Anadolu (İstanbul) Heavy Penal Court No 10 continued on 29 February 2016 to hear the case concerning the killing of Hasan Ferit Gedik on 30 September 2013 during the armed attack by drug dealers against the members of People’s Front (Halk Cephesi) in Gülsuyu quarter of Maltepe district in İstanbul. 35 defendants including 8 remanded defendants are on trial for being involved in the incidents on 28-29-30 September 2013.

At the close hearing, the court adjourned the hearing to 21 March 2016 for the transcription of the CD provided by Telecommunications Communication Presidency (TİB) and testimonies of witnesses.

(03/005) Editors on Trial…

Çağlayan (İstanbul) Heavy Penal Court No 14 continued on 1 March 2016 to hear the case against editor-in-chief with the Nokta magazine Cevheri Güven and managing editor of the magazine Murat Çapan launched in connection with the cover page of the 24th issue of the magazine.

Cevheri Güven and Murat Çapan who were detained during the raid conducted against the premises of the weekly Nokta in İstanbul on 2 November 2015 after the confiscation decision for the 24th issue of the magazine were arrested according to the Article 214 TPC on the allegations of “inciting an armed uprising against the government”. The defendants were released at the hearing on 29 December 2016 to be tried without remand. The indictment wants the editors to be sentenced terms of imprisonment up to 20 years.

After the Public Prosecutor’s opinion as to the accusations, the court adjourned the hearing to a later date for the preparation of the defence as to the accusations.

(03/006) Persons on Trial on the Allegations of Insulting the State President…

According to the news appeared in the press on 29 February 2016, Yalova Penal Court of First Instance No 3 concluded to hear the case against 15 persons launched on charges of “insulting the State President” by shouting the slogan “Thief, Murderer Erdoğan” during a demonstration organised by Joint June Movement (Birleşik Haziran Hareketi) on 13 May 2014 to protest in the killings of 301 miners in Soma district of Manisa.

After the final defence as to the accusations, the court acquitted all the defendants on the grounds that the elements of crime did not materialise.

(03/007) Children on Trial on the Allegations of Insulting the State President…

According to the news appeared in the press on 1 March 2016, Diyarbakır Juvenile Court No 1 concluded to hear the case against the children R.Y. (12) and R.T. (13) launched on charges of “insulting the State President” by tearing a poster of the State President in Diyarbakır.

The court acquitted the children on the grounds that the elements of crime were not materialised. The indictment wanted the children to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment up to 2 years and 4 months. The indictment also wanted the children to be placed in a foster home according to the Law on Children Protection.

(03/008) Investigations, Detentions and Arrests on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

Peoples’ Democratic Party Co-Chair for central district in Siirt province Benda Erdemci was detained on 29 February 2016 on the allegations of “insulting the State President”.

(03/009) Workers Action Intervened in Bursa…

The police intervened a group of workers of Renault Automotive Company in Bursa who closed Mudanya road for solidarity with fired workers. The police used tear gas to disperse the crowd and detained 20 workers.

(03/010) Gezi Park Trials…

Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 12 concluded on 1 March 2016 to hear the case against 26 persons launched in connection with the Gezi Park demonstrations in Ankara. The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations”, “damaging public property” and “resisting security forces”.

After the testimonies of the defendants and complainants, the court acquitted all the defendants.

(03/011) Political Party Executives on Trial in İzmir…

Yiannis Bournous, Member of the Political Secretariat of SYRIZA / Greece, took part and gave a speech during the meeting of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) on Gündoğdu Square in İzmir before the elections on 7 June 2015. A court case was launched against 7 executives of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) for not informing officials about the speech of Yiannis Bournous.

İzmir Penal Court of First Instance No 22 continued on 29 February 2016 to hear the case. The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations”. The court adjourned the hearing to a later date for the preparation of the defence.

(03/012) March Intervened in Ankara…

The police attacked a group of People’s Front (Halk Cephesi) on 1 March 2016 in Mamak district of Ankara when they wanted to stage a demonstration to protest in the urban transformation in Küçükarmutlu quarter of İstanbul. 15 persons were detained during the police intervention.

(03/013) Gezi Park Trials…

İzmir Heavy Penal Court No 5 continued on 1 March 2016 to hear the case against 94 persons launched in connection with the Gezi Park demonstrations in İzmir. The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations”, “damaging public property” and “resisting security forces”.

After the testimonies of the defendants, the court adjourned the hearing to a later date for the completion of the testimonies.

(03/014) KCK Trial in Hakkari…

Hakkari Heavy Penal Court No 1 continued on 1 March 2016 to hear the case against 22 persons. The defendants were released after being detained in 2011 in Hakkari in connection with a “KCK Investigation”.

After the continuation of the testimonies of the present defendants, the court ordered 12 defendants to be forcibly brought before the court and adjourned the hearing to 19 April 2016.

(03/015) Persons on Trial in Ankara…

According to the news appeared in the press on 1 March 2016, Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 2 concluded to hear the case against Labour Party (EMEP) Vice-Chair Şükran Doğan, Yasemin Öztürk and Ali Özkan launched on charges of “being member of an illegal organisation”. The defendants were indicted for their activities during the foundation of Peoples’ Democratic Congress (HDK).

The court followed the Public Prosecutor’s opinion as to the accusations and acquitted the defendants.

(03/016) Detentions and Arrests…

Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Co-Chair for Van province Caziye Duman was detained on 29 February 2016 when s/he was leaving the partyy premises.

DBP Co-Chair for Malazgirt district Ethem Keklik who was detained during a road control on his way from Malazgirt to Muş was arrested on 29 February 2016 on the grounds that his conviction in a court case was approved by the Court of Cassation.

The police conducted house raids on 1 March 2016 in İstanbul and detained 10 executives and members of United Revolutionary Party (Birleşik Devrimci Parti).

(03/017) Curfew in Cizre…

The night-curfew in Cizre district of Şırnak where the operations of Security Forces concluded reached its 2nd day as of 4 March 2016.

YPS member Abbas Güllübahçe, Azad Yılmaz, Agit Küçük, Harun Barın, YPS member Doğan Çalış, Hacı Külte (13), Çimen Tankan, İsmail Çetin, Murat Erdin and Hasan Tağ who bodies were kept in the temporary Forensic Institute in Habur Border Gate were identified on 2 March 2016.

The body found on 2 March 2016 in a chest in a house in Cudi quarter was identified as Sahip Edin.

One of the 6 bodies brought to Malatya was identified on 2 March 2016 as Sabri Sezgin.

2 persons including 1 child were wounded when the ruins of a building exploded on 2 March 2016 in Cudi quarter.

(03/018) Curfew in İdil…

The curfew and operations in İdil district and Dirsekli village of Şırnak reached 17th day as of 4 March 2016. The curfew was imposed on 16 February 2016.

The bodies of 2 unidentified persons were found on 2 March 2016 in Turgut Özal quarter where the clashes intensified.

2 more bodies were reportedly found on 3 March 2016 in the same quarter.

(03/019) Curfew in Sur…

The curfew in Sur district of Diyarbakır reached its 85th day as of 4 March 2016.

Marches were organised on 2 March 2016 from several quarters of Diyarbakır to reach some 200 person stuck in the basement of a building in Sur district. Governorate of Diyarbakır announced before the marches that the blockade in 6 quarters of Sur was extended to whole Sur district and banned access of everyone to the district besides residents of Sur.

The police dispersed the marching groups by using tear gas and water cannons. 34 persons were reportedly detained during the police interventions.

After the negotiations with the officials, Security Forces suspended the operations in Sur and 8 persons including a 4-month-old baby and a heavily wounded person left Sur district.

On 3 March 2016, 33 persons left Sur and the body of a male was found.

3 persons were reportedly wounded when a house was shot with a bomb in Sur district. The bomb was allegedly thrown by Security Forces.

(03/020) Armed Attacks in İstanbul…

5 separate armed attacks were organised against police officers on 3 March 2016 in İstanbul.

Service vehicle of Riot Police Department was attacked in Bayrampaşa district with hand grenades and weapons. 2 police officers were wounded during the attack. 2 attackers escaped and took shelter in a building. Security Forces organised an operation against the apartment and both attackers were killed allegedly during an armed clash.

DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party – Front) claimed the attack and announced the attackers as Berna Yılmaz and Çiğdem Yahşi.

Police posts in Esenler, Sarıyer, Okmeydanı and Beyoğlu were also organised armed attacks. No casualties were reported and the attacks were not claimed.

(03/021) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

1 police officer was wounded during an armed clash that broke out on 2 March 2016 in Turgut Özal quarter of İdil district in Şırnak.

1 police officer and 1 soldier were reportedly wounded during armed clashes on 2 March 2016 in Hasırlı and Savaş quarters of Sur district in Diyarbakır.

3 soldiers and 8 militants reportedly died during an armed clash on 3 March 2016 in Dargeçit district of Mardin.

2 specialist sergeants were shot by snipers on 3 March 2016 in Sur district. Fatih Efiloğlu died in the hospital.

Regional Traffic Division and lodging buildings next to the division in Nusaybin district of Mardin were attacked on 4 March 2016 with bomb vehicle, long barreled weapons and rocket launchers. 2 police officers died and 35 persons including civilians were wounded.

(03/022) Suspicious Private Death…

Doğan Kuşdemir (27) who was serving for the compulsory military service in Alaşehir district of Manisa allegedly committed suicide on 2 March 2016 by hanging himself.

(03/023) Medeni Yıldırım Case…

Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 7 continued on 2 March 2016 to hear the case against one soldier launched for the killing of Medeni Yıldırım on 28 June 2013 during a demonstration against the construction of a new gendarmerie outpost in the Kayacik village of Lice district in Diyarbakır. The defendant testified at the hearing through SEGBİS teleconference system. After the defence as to the accusations, the court adjourned the hearing to a later date.

(03/024) Police Officers on Trial in İstanbul for Violence…

Çağlayan (İstanbul) Penal Court of First Instance No 7 continued on 2 March 2016 to hear the case against police officers Ömer Serdar Küçükibrahimoğlu and Fatih Zahter. The case was launched upon official complaint by Gökçe Algan whose collar bone was broken when being targeted by an anti-riot water cannon vehicle TOMA during Gezi Park demonstrations in İstanbul. The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “intentional wounding” and “misconduct of duty”.

The defendant Ömer Serdar Küçükibrahimoğlu testified at the hearing through SEGBİS teleconference system. The court ruled for the continuation of evidence collection and adjourned the hearing to a later date.

(03/025) Pressures in Prisons…

According to the news appeared in the press on 2 March 2016, writer Sevan Nişanyan who was sentenced to 11 days’ cell confinement in Söke (Aydın) T-type Prison was also given additional 6 days’ cell confinement on the allegations of “offering bribe to guards”.

(03/026) Investigations, Detentions and Arrests on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

Serkan Sedat Günay, produceder with the radio station Burç FM, was detained on 2 March 2016 in İstanbul on the allegations of “insulting the State President” on his show on the radio.

(03/027) Journalist on Trial on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

Ankara Penal Court of First Instance No 3 started on 2 March 2016 to hear the case against journalist Arzu Yıldız launched on charges of “insulting the State President” for the expressions she used on social media.

After the identification and testimony of Arzu Yıldız, the court adjourned the hearing to a later date for the continuation of the defence.

(03/028) Persons on Trial on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

İzmir Penal Court of First Instance No 3 concluded on 3 March 2016 to hear the case against Osman Seçkin Can, Meltem Ayvalı and Erdem Şahin launched on charges of “insulting the State President” by using the expression “dictator Erdoğan” during a public statement on 12 March 2015 in İzmir.

The court acquitted all the defendants on the grounds that the elements of crime were not materialised.

(03/029) Workers Detained…

22 workers of Renault Automotive Company in Bursa who staged an action for solidarity with fired workers were detained during house raids conducted on 2 March 2016.

(03/030) Environmentalist on Trial in Tokat…

According to the news appeared in the press on 2 March 2016, a court case was launched against 54 persons in connection with a protests against hydro-electricity power plants in Tokat. The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced terms of imprisonment up to 16 years for “damaging public property” and “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations”.

The gendarmerie intervened the villagers who wanted to stage a march on 15 March 2015 to protest in the construction of 3 hydro-electricity power plants on Çekerek river in Zile district of Tokat. The soldiers dispersed the crowd by using tear gas.

Zile (Tokat) Penal Court of First Instance will start to hear the case on 10 May 2016.

(03/031) Protest Intervened in Ankara…

The police intervened a group of Revolutionary High School Students (DEV-LİS) members who closed a road on 2 March 2016 in Ankara to protest in the operations against United Revolutionary Party (Birleşik Devrimci Parti). 6 DEV-LİS members were detained under beatings.

(03/032) Mayors, Municipality Workers and Political Party Executives on Trial in Hakkari…

Hakkari Heavy Penal Court continued on 2 March 2016 to hear the case against 11 persons including Co-Mayors in Hakkari province Nurullah Çiftçi and Dilek Hatipoğlu, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair for Central district in Hakkari province İsmail Sihat Kaya, and Hakkari Municipality Bınevş Women’s Centre worker Hamide Özer launched on the allegations of “disrupting the unity and territorial integrity of the state”. The defendants were arrested after a public statement on self-governance.

After the Public Prosecutor’s opinion as to the accusations, the court decided for the continuation of arrests of 6 defendants and adjourned the hearing to 25 March 2016.

(03/033) Detentions and Arrests…

Gendarmerie soldiers conducted house raids on 2 March 2016 in Hoşhaber town of Iğdır and detained 13 persons including Hoşhaber Co-mayor Nurcan Paran on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

The police conducted operations on 2 Marc 2016 in Muradiye district of Van and detained Muradiye Co-Mayor Safure Güneş, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Co-Chair for the district Vahdettin Uca and Emrah Gültaş. At least 10 persons in Mersin, 4 persons in Bitlis, and 2 persons in Ağrı were also detained during the operations.

Hakkari Union of Chamber of Merchants and Craftsmen Chairperson Mikail Atan was arrested on 2 March 2016 on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

Nergis Okan, Alaattin Tüzel, İsmet Balcı and Zinê Ötünç who were detained during the raids in Şanlıurfa were arrested on 2 March 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Çekdar Özer, Doğan Peker, Saffet Demircan and Hüsnü Kadir Demir who were among 6 students detained during house raids n Mersin were arrested on 3 March 2016 on the allegations of “committing crime in the name of an illegal organisation without being a member of the organisation”.

Peopple’s Assembly Co-Chair for Yüksekova district Eş Başkanı Sibel Çapraz who was wounded when Security Forces opened fire during the operations on 28 November 2015 in Yüksekova district of Hakkari was arrested after her treatment in İstanbul on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

(03/034) Workers Death…

Worker’s Health and Job Safety Assembly announced on 3 March 2016 that at least 140 workers died in February 2016 during work accidents due to untaken security measures. At least 255 workers died in first 2 months of 2016.

6-12 February 2016 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

6-12 February 2016 Daily Human Rights Report

(02/045) Curfew in Cizre…

The curfew in Cizre district of Şırnak where the operations of Security Forces concluded reached its 62nd day as of 12 February 2016.

Ministry of Interior Affairs announced that the operations were completed as of 11 February 2016, but the curfew will be on-going.

The bodies of 3 unidentified persons were found on 5 February 2016 on Site street in Sur quarter.

2 bodies in Huzur street and 2 bodies on Paraşüt street were also found on 7 February 2016

7-month pregnant Zerin Uca living in Sur quarter reportedly had heart attack on 6 February 2016. Since the ambulance was not allowed to enter on Çalı street due to the clashes for 1.5 hour, Zerin Uca died in her house.

Abdullah Gün (16) who was stuck in a building on Narin street in Cudi quarter where 9 persons were burnt to death on 5 February 2016 was shot to death when he left the building to check the condition on the street.

Security Forces allegedly conducted operations on 8 February 2016 against 2 building where wounded persons were stuck in.MP Faysal Sarıyıldız announced that burnt bodies of 22 persons were found in the buildings. He added that there were no bullet wounds on the bodies.

On 10 February 2016, operations were allegedly conducted against a 3rd building in Sur quarter. 22 persons allegedly died in the building and 23 wounded persons were also stuck in the building.

According to the news appeared in the press, 149 persons were stuck in these 3 buildings as of 12 February 2016. 82 persons were reportedly died.

Though there were bullet wounds on some of the bodies, some others were burnt and bodily integrity of the persons was violated. Some of the bodies were allegedly unrecognisable.

8 bodies were sent on 11 February 2016 to Şanlıurfa for autopsy. 2 persons were identified as Sultan Irmak (16) and Fehmi Dinç by their families. Sultan Irmak reportedly died on 30 January 2016 in the basement of the building on Caferi Sadık street in Cudi quarter. Fehmi Dinç was stuck in the same basement.

(02/046) Curfew in Sur…

The blockade and military operations in Sur district of Diyarbakır entered its 64th day on 12 February 2016.

Murat Menekşe (13) who was heavily wounded when a house in Hasırlı quarter was shot with a bomb on 2 February 2016 died on 4 February 2016.

On 9 February 2016, Governorate of Diyarbakır banned entrance of civilians to the Gazi Avenue from Çiftehan street to Mardinkapı.

(02/047) Curfew Protests Attacked…

The police intervened the protest staged on 9 February 2016 in Diyarbakır. Mahmut Bulak (16) was shot to death when the police opened fire to disperse the crowd on Sento Avenue.

Süleyman Güzel (19) who was wounded on 10 February 2016 when the police opened fire to disperse the crowd in Bağlar district of Diyarbakır died on 12 February 2016 in the hospital. 2 persons were also wounded during the attack.

The police intervened a group of persons who wanted to march on 5 February 2016 from Nusaybin district of Mardin to Cizre district of Şırnak to protest in the operations and detained 51 persons.

The police intervened a group of persons who were making noise on 7 February 2016 in Fatih district of İstanbul to protest in the blockades and detained 14 persons.

The police prevented the protest on 8 February 2016 on Galatasaray Square in İstanbul and detained 17 persons under beatings.

The protest staged on 8 February 2016 in İzmir was prevented by the police and 48 persons including HRFT board member Coşkun Üsterci.

The police conducted house raids on 9 February 2016 in Menemen district of İzmir and detained 10 persons on the allegations of taking part in the demonstrations staged to protest in the blockades.

The police intervened a group of persons who started a signature campaign on 10 February 2016 in Didim district of Aydın and detained 9 women under beatings.

3 children were detained for taking part in the protest by making noise in Ortaklar town of Aydın were arrested on 10 February 2016 on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

2 persons including 1 child were arrested on 10 February 2016 in Adana on the allegations of “committing crime in the name of an illegal organisation”.

(02/048) Person Killed by the Police in Hakkari…

An armed clash broke out when Security Forces intervened a group of persons who staged a demonstration on 11 February 2016 in Yüksekova district of Hakkari to protest in the blockade and possible curfew in the district.

Security Forces opened fire to disperse the crowd in Esentepe quarter and Osman Alıcı (22) was shot to death.

(02/049) Extra-judicial Execution Allegation in Diyarbakır…

Selahattin Çeliktepe (45) from Karayakut village of Diyarbakır was reportedly shot to death with 2 bullets on 5 February 2016. His body was taken to Gazi Yaşargil Training and Research Hospital.

The police allegedly called the family and informed that he died when caught between fires during the attack against Pirinçlik Gendarmerie Station.

When the family revealed that there was no armed clash on the alleged day and place, the police declared that he was shot to death during a demonstration on Beşyüzevler road staged after an armed clash on Siverek road.

(02/050) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

A police officer was killed during an armed clash that broke out on 4 February 2016 in Cudi quarter of Cizre district in Şırnak.

4 militants were reportedly killed during the armed attack on 5 February 2016 against Security Directorate in Şırnak.

Gendarmerie Lieutenant Abdulselam Öztak (25) and 1 solider died during an armed clash on 5 February in Sur district of Diyarbakır.  Non-commissioned Officer Ünal Bıçakçı (24) who was wounded during the clash also died in the hospital. 2 more soldiers were wounded during the clash.

Mehmet Sıddık Tekmen (27) who was when caught between fires and heavily wounded when an armoured police vehicle was attacked with a rocket launcher on 5 February 2016 in Şırnak died in the hospital.

4 soldiers were wounded during an armed clash on 6 February 2016 in Sur district of Diyarbakır where curfew was imposed.

Gendarmerie specialist sergeants Osman Öz and Yusuf Alsancak, specialist corporal Kadir Genç were killed, 2 soldiers were wounded during an armed clash that broke out during the operations on 10 February 2016 in Sur district of Diyarbakır.

Police officer Abdulkadir Oğuz who was attacked on 8 February 2016 in the city centre of Yüksekova district in Hakkari died in the hospital. 2 militants were reportedly killed during the operations conducted after the attack.

1 police officer and 1 soldier were killed, 2 soldiers and 1 police officer were wounded during an armed clash on 9 February 2016 in Sur quarter of Cizre district in Şırnak.

2 soldiers and 5 police officers were reportedly wounded during the armed clashes on 8 February 2016 in Cizre district of Şırnak.

Police officer Mehmet Güngördü (32) and 1 police officer was wounded when an armoured police vehicle was attacked on 9 February 2016 in Şırnak.

Police officer Osman Yurt (44) and private Arif Subaşoğlu were killed whenan armed clash broke out on 10 February 2016 in the city centre of Cizre district in Şırnak.

Yüzsüren Military Border Station was attacked on 10 February 2016 and private Vedat Dolançay died.

Specialist Sergeant Hasan Talay who was wounded during an armed clash in Sur district of Diyarbakır died on 9 February 2016 in the hospital in Ankara.

Captain Fatih Yaşar (37) who was heavily wounded during an armed clash in Sur district of Diyarbakır died on 9 February 2016 in the hospital.

The civil servants Ahmet Arttı (27) and Diyar Oslu (33) died; Abdülkerim Oslu was heavily wounded when a shuttle bus exploded on 9 February 2016 while going from Mergeh village of Uludere district in Şırnak to Uludere city centre.

Police officer Tayfun Yüce (24) who was heavily wounded when a bomb exploded during the passage of an armoured police vehicle on 1 February 2016 in İdil district of Şırnak died in the hospital in Ankara.

Köyceğiz Military Border Station was attacked on 9 February 2016. 1 private died, 2 soldiers and 1 major were wounded during the attack.

1 police officer was wounded when an armoured police vehicle was attacked with a rocket launcher on 10 February 2016 in Nusaybin district of Mardin.

4 police officers were reportedly wounded during an armed clash that broke out on 11 February 2016 in Sur district of Diyarbakır.

(02/051) Extra-judicial Killing in Şanlıurfa…

Ahmed Ubeyd (27) was killed when military troops opened fire on the grounds that he did not obey the stop warning while trying to pass the border from of Rojava to Akçakale district of Şanlıurfa province in Turkey.

(02/052) Extra-judicial Killing in Kilis…

A 9 or 10 years old girl from Afrin canton of Rojava was reportedly killed when military troops opened fire on 5 February 2016 against her on the grounds that she was too close to the border.

(02/053) Extra-judicial Killing in Kilis…

Emel El-Şêx (10) and Endan Hemze (36) were reportedly killed when military troops opened fire against them while trying to pass the border from Afrin canton of Rojava to Kilis province in Turkey.

(02/054) Children Wounded in Van by the Police…

S.O. (13-boy), U.K. (14-boy) and D.A. (16-boy) were wounded when police officers opened fire during patrol on 7 February 2016 in Hacıbekir quarter in Van on the allegations that the children were planning to attack the police officers.

(02/055) Torture and Ill-treatment in Custody…

The faces of YPG militants Mehmet Naif Yusuf and Ala Vezax Xelil who were detained on 6 February 2016 on Rojava border in Nusaybin district of Mardin on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation” allegedly became unrecognizable for being subjected heavy torture in custody.

The detainees were beaten with the butt of rifles and the nose of Mehmet Naif Yusuf was reportedly broken.

(02/056) Death under Torture Trial Concluded

On 27 October 2010 Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No. 3 had sentenced sub-lieutenant Salih Üner (who has “Rambo” as nickname) to life sentence in solitary confinement and with no possibility of parole in connection with killing Abdulkadir Kurt (36) with torture who had been detained in Ağıllı Village of Bismil District of Diyarbakır Province on 19 February 1992 on charges of “homicide with torture with evil sentiments”. The court had also acquitted 14 soldiers. The court had acquitted remaining 14 defendants following the opinion of the Public Prosecutor as to the accusations.

The Penal Chamber No. 1 at the Court of Cassation quashed the verdict on the grounds that some of the witnesses were not faced with the defendant and some of the documents were not read in the hearings reported on 11 February 2013.

After the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal’s Penal Chambers No. 1 the court went on hearing the case on 30 May 2013. The court took the defence of Salih Üner through teleconference system who is in Bursa E Type of Closed Prison and sentenced him to 20 years of imprisonment on charges of “homicide with torture in order to get a confession during his duty”.

But The Penal Chamber No. 1 at the Court of Cassation also quashed the verdict on 20 April 2015.

According to the news appeared in the press on 11 February 2016, the court sentenced Salih Üner once again to 20 years’ imprisonment for the same offence.

(02/057) Journalists on Trial…

Çağlayan (İstanbul) Heavy Penal Court No 14 accepted on 5 February 2016 the indictment against Can Dündar, editor-in-chief of the daily Cumhuriyet, and Erdem Gül, Ankara representative of the paper. The journalist were arrested on 26 November 2016 in connection with an investigation started concerning the news appeared in the paper on the transportation of fire arms to Syria by National Intelligence Service (MİT).

The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “revealing information on the security of the state”, “political and military espionage”, “revealing confidential information”, and “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”. Çağlayan (İstanbul) Heavy Penal Court No 14 will start to hear the case on 25 March 2016.

(02/058) Political Party Executive on Trial on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

According to the news appeared in the press on 9 February 2016, a court case was launched against Labour Party (EMEP) executive for Mersin province Mehmet Taşçı on charges of “insulting the State President” with the speech he gave during the demonstration staged on 13 October 2015 to protest in the Ankara Massacre.

Mersin Penal Court of First Instance No 6 will start to hear the case on 14 March 2016.

(02/059) Imam Convicted on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

Şırnak Penal Court of First Instance started on 9 February 2016 to hear the case against the imam Bakır Kutlu (Baki Kutlu) who was released after being detained on 29 December 2015 to testify on the allegations of “defending self-governance declarations during Friday sermons” and was arrested on 1 January 2016 on the allegations of “insulting the State President”. He was arrested in Şırnak Court House where he was called to testify in connection with the incident.

After the identification and testimony of the defendant, the court sentenced Bakır Kutlu (Baki Kutlu) to 3 years and 2 months’ imprisonment and suspended the sentence.

(02/060) Students on Trial on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

İzmir Penal Court of First Instance No 30 started on 10 February 2016 to hear the case against Aegean University students Muhammed Kül, Çiğdem Geçimli and Erdal Kozan for putting up a poster saying “Tea for everyone on me, but not to Tayyip (Herkese benden çay, Tayyip’e yok)” referring to a classic Turkish movie Çiççek Abbas. The students were protesting the price rise and the indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “insulting the State President”.

After the identification and testimonies of the defendants, the court adjourned the hearing to a later date.

(02/061) Columnist on Trial on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

Çağlayan (İstanbul) Penal Court of First Instance No 2 continued on 11 February 2016 to hear the case against Ender İmrek, columnist with the daily Evrensel, launched in connection with expressions he used against State President in a column he wrote concerning the ban on publications regarding the parliamentary commission for corruption allegations dating 29 November 2014. The indictment wants the defendant to be sentenced according to the Article 299 TPC.

After the testimony of Ercan İmrek, the court adjourned the hearing to 17 March 2016.

(02/062) Journalis Convicted on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

Afyonkarahisar Penal Court of First Instance No 3 concluded on 11 February 2016 to hear the case against Hilal Kalafat launched on charges of “insulting the State President”. The case was launched for the columns she wrote on the web site of a local news portal.

The court sentenced the defendant to 2 years and 4 months’ under the Article 299 TPC and suspended the execution of the sentence.

(02/063) Journalist Arrested in Gaziantep…

Dicle News Agency (DİHA) Nazım Daşdan who was detained on 10 February 2016 in Gaziantep was arrested on 11 February 2016 on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” through facebook comments and the news he wrote.

(02/064) Web Site Banned…

Access to web site “herkul.org” was banned upon decision of İstanbul Peace Penal Judge 7 dating 11 February 2016. The articles of Fettullah Gülen were published on the web site.

(02/065) Protesters on Trial in Aydn…

Aydın Penal Court of First Instance No 1 started on 8 February 2016 to hear the case against 77 persons launched in connection with a demonstration staged in Aydın to protest in the killing of 301 miners in Soma district of Manisa. The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations”.

After the identification and testimonies of the present defendants, the court adjourned the hearing to a later date to complete the testimonies.

(02/066) Protest Attacked in İzmir…

The police intervened a demonstration staged on 10 February 2016 in İzmir to commemorate the suicide bomb attack on 10 October 2015 in Ankara. 16 persons were detained during police intervention.

(02/067) Political Party Premises Attacked in Bursa…

Unidentified persons organised an armed attack on 11 February 2016 against the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) premises in Yenişehir district of Bursa. HDP Chair for the district Rahmi Dağyar and former Chair Hasan Ural were wounded during the attack.

(02/068) Detentions and Arrests…

Selçuk Doğan and Gurbet Ektiren who were among 5 persons detained during house raids in Derik district of Mardin were arrested on 5 February 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

On 5 February 2016, Security Forces detained 3 persons including Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) executive for Karlıova district Emrah Özcan in Karlıova district of Bingöl.

Leyla Nergiz (22) who was detained in Silvan district of Diyarbakır was arrested on 5 February 2016 on the allegations of “acting in the name of an illegal organisation”.

The police conducted house raids on 11 February 2016 in Antalya against the houses of HDP members and supporters and detained 25 persons including Dicle News Agency (DİHA) correspondent Feyyaz İmrak.

The police conducted house raids on 6 February 2016 in Başkale district of Van and detained Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Co-Chair for the district Senar Yeşilırmak.

Human Rights Association (HRA) members Erdal Özakçil, Yavuz Karabudak, Hamit Ateş who were detained during house raids in Erzurum were arrested on 6 February 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation” and “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”. Latif Polat who was detained in Diyadin district of Ağrı was also arrested on the same day on the allegations of “aiding and abetting an illegal organisation”.

11 member of Labour Party (EMEP) were detained on 7 February 2016 when they were putting up posters of the party saying “Unite to Raise the Voice of Peace (Barışın sesini yükseltmek için birleşelim)”. The detainees were released after a while, but 8 of them were fined TL 219 under the Law on Misdemeanours.

5 persons including HDP and DBP co-chairs for Bingöl province who were detained during operations in Bingöl were arrested on 8 February 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

İhsan Denk, Hamit Güleç and Erhan Aktay who were detained during house raids in Derik district of Mardin were arrested on 8 February 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

The police intervened a march organised on 8 February 2016 in Mersin and detained 6 persons.

HDP Co-Chair for Beyoğlu district in İstanbul province Rukiye Demir who was detained on the grounds that there was an arrest warrant against her was arrested on 8 February 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Union in health sector SES representative in Ağrı province Recep Altındağ was arrested on 9 February 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Rojava Association board members Mustafa Ocaklı, Ramazan Karabalı and Davut Kesen were detained on 10 February 2016 in Mardin.

The police conducted house raids on 10 February 2016 in Edremit district of Van and detained 10 persons.

Kübra Oğul, Susin Şengül and Mücahit Kaplan who were among 5 persons detained during house raids in Ankara were arrested on 11 February 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

5 persons were detained during the house raids conducted on 11 February 2016 in Tatvan district of Bitlis on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”. 5 persons in Suruç district of Şanlıurfa and 3 persons including Co-Mayor Rahmi Çelik in Bulanık district of Muş were reportedly detained on 11 February 2016.

Helin Öncü who was wounded when Security Forces opened fire and was under treatment in Mardin was detained on 11 February 2016 when discharged from hospital.

RECENT Fact Sheet on Curfews in Turkey Between the dates 16 August 2015-5 February 2016

06.02.2016

Between the dates August 16th, 2015 and February 5th, 2016 there has been 58 officially confirmed, open-ended and round-the-clock [all daylong] curfews in at least 19 districts of 7 cities in Southeastern Turkey. These cities are as follow; Diyarbakır (32 times), Şırnak (7 times) ve Mardin (11 times), Hakkâri (4 times), Muş (1 time), Elazığ (1 time) and Batman (2 times). It is estimated that, according to the 2014 population census, at least 1 million 377 thousand residents have been affected by these curfews and fundemental rights of these people such as Right to Life and Right to Health are explicitly violated. Even though there is not an officially announced informaiton on the matter, it is also thought by the obtained knowledge that at least tens of thousands of people are forced to leave their homes and move to other cities/districts.

According to the data of Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT) [1], since August 16th, 2015 (which is the date of first declared curfew) until February 5th, 2016 at least 224 civilians (42 children, 31 women, 30 people over the age 60) lost their lives in regions and in periods of time that curfews were officially declared.

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Besides, there are some cases that are not included in the abovementioned figures; one 7 months old still birth occured due to gunshot through the womb of the mother. Also, 8 people (6, close to Sur district and 1 in Nusaybin and 1 in Silvan districts) were killed by arbitrary shooting of security forces during peaceful protests against the curfews in streets/Squares close to curfew zones, yet where no operation was onging or any curfews were declared. [2]

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VIOLATIONS of RIGHT to LIFE AGAINST CIVILIANS WITHIN THE FRAME of CHANGED IMPLEMENTATIONS of CURFEWS BETWEEN THE DATES DECEMBER 11th, 2015 and FEBRUARY 5th, 2016

Between the dates August 16th, 2015 and December 11th, 2015, there were again curfews without any legal basis. However, as of December 11th, 2015 the impose form of curfews, the broadness of regions that curfews are declared, military dispatch[3] and thoughen statements of government and State officials show that by the date December 11th, 2015, a different step has been taken, another period has begun in especially some districts of the region.

The regions, where curfews declared on December 11th, 2015 are; Sur District of Diyarbakır (it was under curfew since 3rd of December, was lifted for 17 hours and continued on 11th of December again), Dargeçit District of Mardin (it is lifted on December 29th, 2015, on 18th day of the curfew). And, the regions, where curfews are declared on December 14th, 2015 are; Cizre (still ongoing) and Silopi Districts of Şırnak (still ongoing but changed to night-long curfews on January 19th, 2016) and again Nusaybin District of Mardin (lifted on 24 December 2015, on 10th day) are still going on and at least 142 civilians lost their lives (23 of them are children, 21 of them are women and 17 of them are over the age 60).

Moreover, according to the statements of witnesses, at least 64 of these people lost their lives between these dates, while they were within the boundaries of their homes. 53 of these people were killed due to opened fire or hitting by a missile and 11 of them lost their lives due to the direct stress effect of curfews on their health conditions. Moreover, 41 of these people who lost their lives within the boundaries of their homes were only in Cizre District, and 35 of these killings occured by firearms.

Again, according to the limited information that we could obtain by press and online videos, at least 31 civilians lost their lives since December 11th, 2015 due to not being able to reach to the ambulances by reason of the security forces blockings. Within the last weeks, European Court of Human Rights approved 3 interim measure decisions about wounded Hüseyin Paksoy(16), Serhat Altun(23) and Orhan Tunç in Cizre. However, 2 of them lost their lives and Orhan Tunç’s condition is still unknown by reason of the ECHR decisions are not performed.

Since Turkey is a party to International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and General Comment No. 14 (2000) of The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Convention on the Rights of the Child, Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment which take under protection the fundamental rights of people, it is an unacceptable objection within the context of human rights to declare that ‘health services are not to be provided under times and zones of clashes due to security concerns.’ Furthermore, these International Conventions clearly state that health providers and bodies related to health services are not to be intervaned under any circumstances. With regards to all abovementioned violations of Right to Life it is essential to conduct immediate, impartial, independent and effective investigations.  

NOTE: Within the context of this fact sheet the term ‘security forces’ is implying to ‘Police Anti-terror Combat Team, Police Special Forces, Gendarmarie Special Forces, Military Forces and Riot Polices.’ Also, there are some unofficial teams which are both by themselves and publicly defined as JİTEM, Esedullah, Hançer [Dagger] Teams etc.

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Names of the People who lost Their Lives Between the dates 16 August 2015 and 5 February 2016 in Cities Under Curfews:

MUŞ

Varto: 1. Rahmi Kızıltaş (36), 2. Abdullah Toprak(26), 3.-4. 2 people who are not yet identified

DİYARBAKIR

Silvan: 1.Serhat Bilen(25) 2.Hanife Durak(80), 3.Veysi Toraman(60) 4.Vedat Akcanım(17) 5.Deniz(7) 6.Barış Çakıcı(10) 7.Hayriye Hüdaverdi(70) 8.Ferhat/Fırat Gensur(18) 9.Müslüm Tayar (22) 10.Sertip Polat(20) 11.Engin Gezici(24) 12.İsmet Gezici (adult woman) 13.Rıdvan Us(adult) 14.Mehmet Gündüz(45) 15.Yakup Sinbağ(20) 16.Süleyman Güleç(yetişkin) 17.Latif Nangir(78)

Bismil: 1. Bilal Bozkurt 2.Abdullah Sugeri(35) 3.Doğan İnce(16) 4. Şeyhmus Düşerge(18) 5.Halil Kurtiş(19) 5.Berat Güzel(12) 6.Elif Şimşek(8) 7.Agit Yıldız(22)

Sur: 1. Helin Şen(14) 2.Halil Tüzülerk(27) 3.Mehmet Demirel(yetişkin) 4.Henüz kimliği bilinmeyen 1 kişi 5.Serhat Doğan(19) 6.İsa Oran(21) 7.Sezgin Demirok 8.Şoreş Mutlu 9.Cüneyt Yeni 10.Mesut Seviktek(26) 11.Aziz İlhan(47) 12.Ramazan Öğüt(16) 13.Melek Apaydın(38) 14.Rozerin Çukur(17) 15.Turgay Girçek(19) 16.Gündüz Akmeşe(28) 17. 1 male in his 80s who is not yet identified 18.Hakan Aslan

HAKKÂRİ

Yüksekova: 1. Fettah Es (adult) 2. Yakup Babat (24), 3.-4. 2 people who are not yet identified 5.Mehmet Reşit Arıcı(18) 6.Naim Noyan(29) 7.Ersin Aydın

ŞIRNAK

Cizre: 1.Cemile Çağırga (10) 2.Özgür Taşkın (18) 3.Meryem Süne(53) 4.Bünyamin İrci (14) 5.Muhammed Tahir Yaramış (35 days old) 6.Eşref Edin (56) 7.Selman Ağar (10) 8.Mehmet Emin Levent (29) 9.Osman Çağlı(18) 10.Sait Çağdavul (21) 11.Şahin Açık (74) 12.Mehmet Erdoğan (75) 13.Mehmet Sait Nayici (16) 14.Zeynep Taşkın (19) 15.Maşallah Edin (35) 16.Hacı Ata Borçin (75) 17.Gadban Bülbül (78) 18.Mehmet Dökmen (71) 19.Bahattin Sevinik (50) 20.Suphi Sarak (50) 21.İbrahim Çiçek (79) 22.Mülkiye Geçgel (48) 23.Resul Ekinci(65) 24. Hediye Şen(30) 25.Doğan Aslan(24) 26.İbrahim Akan(15) 27.Selahattin Bozkurt(70) 28.Yılmaz Erz(42) 29.Lütfü Aksoy(25) 30.Zeynep Yılmaz(40) 31.Cahide Çıkal(35) 32.Mehmet Tekin(35) 33.Doğan İşi(18) 34.Mehmet Saçan(38) 35.Emine Duman(75) 36.Azime Aşan(59) 37.Dikran Sayaca(25) 38.Ferdi Kalkan(20) 39.Abdulmecit Yanık(27) 40.Hacı Özdal(25) 41.Miray İnce(3 aylık) 42.Ramazan İnce (80) 43.Kumru Işık(85) 44.Hüseyin Ertene(16) 45.Hüseyin Selçuk(5) 46.Abdülaziz Yural(28) 47.Zeynep Demir(65) 48.Ali Tetik(34) 49.Kazım Tonğ(51) 50.Cabbar Taşkın(40) 51.Sezai Burçin(43) 52.Hediye Erden(60) 53.Besna Zırığ(50) 54.Fatma Acet(40) 55.Bişeng Goran(12) 56.Nidar Sümer(17) 57.Halis Sümer(45) 58.Osman Tekin(50) 59.Tayfur Yaşlı(19) 60.Şivan Cebrail Mungan(24) 61.Murat Ekici(22) 62.Murat Egül(24) 63.Ahmet Zırığ(35) 64.Şükrü Coşkun(20) 65.Nebi Katlav(22) 66.Ali Bağdur(25) 67.Mehmet Hacı Tongut(32) 68.Mehmet Şirin Erdinç 69.Garip Mubarız (18) 70.Veysi/Hacı Elçi(30) 71.Abdulmenaf Yılmaz(50) 72.Yakup Isırgan 73.Mehmet Şahin(77) 74.Emame Şahin (77) 75.Yusuf Akalın(12) 76.Büşra Akalın(10) 77.Veli Müjde(38) 78.Abdullah İvedi(25) 79.Hayrettin Şınık(10) 80.Mehmet Rıdvan Kaymaz(36) 81.Hüseyin Paksoy(16) 82.Mehmet Kaplan(35) 83.Serhat Altun(23) 84.Abdülhamit Poçal 85.Selman Erdoğan 86.Ahmet Tunç(50) 87.Cihan Karaman(23) 88.Rüzgar Yıldızgörer(25) 89.Selami Yılmaz(25) 90.Nusret Bayer(20) 91.Sultan Irmak(16) 92.Selim Turay(22) 93.Şervan Adıgüzel 94.Ercan Pişkin 95.Mehmet Özkul 96.Nizar Isırgan 97.Cengiz Sansak 98.Ramazan Çömlek 99.-114.16 people who are not yet identified

Silopi: 1. Hüseyin Güzel (70) 2.Yusuf Aybi(80) 3.Reşit Eren(17) 4.Axin Kanat(16) 5.İbrahim Bilgin(18) 6.Şiyar Özbek(25) 7.Süleyman Çoban(70) 8.Taybet İnan(57) 9.Yusuf İnan(40) 10.Ayşe Buruntekin(40) 11.Mehmet Mete Kutluk(11) 12.Ömer Sayan(70) 13.Hasan Sanır (75) 14.Salihe Şirnexi/Salih Erener(75) 15.Seyfettin Sidar(30) 16.İsmail Yevşan(55) 17.Necati/Nejat Öden(18) 18.Ömer Yalman(45) 19.Ömer Maslu(70) 20.Pakize Nayır(25) 21.Sêvê Demir(41) 22.Fatma Uyar(27) 23.İslam Atak (20) 24.Hasan Yağmur(42) 25.Aydın Mete(16) 26.Yusuf Yağcı(25) 27.Şirin Altay (43) 28.Narinç Kızıl(52) 29. 1 male in his 30s who is not yet identified

 

MARDİN

Nusaybin: 1.Ahmet Sönmez(50) 2.Şahin Turan(25) 3.Selamet Yeşilmen(44) 4.Abdülkadir Yılmaz(65) 5.Hasan Dal(45) 6.Musur Aslan(19) 7.Emin Öz(55) 8.Muhammed Altunkaynak(19) 9.Nurhan/Nurullah Kaplan(45) 10.Şerif Alpar(55) 11.Sedat Güngör(22) 12.Mehmet Emin İnan(55) 13.Cudi Teber (23) 14.Mahsum Alpdoğan(19) 15.Fehime Aktı(56) 16.Hakan Doğan(15) 17.-18.Henüz kimliği bilinmeyen 2 kişi 19.Hüseyin Ahmet(22) 20. Medeni Orak (45) 21.Rohat Karakoç 22.Hasan Korkmaz(60)

Dargeçit: 1.İdris Cebe(18), 2.Takyedin Oral(adult male) 3.Necim Kılıç(67) 4.Sabahat Kılıç(28) 5.Fatma Kılıç(adult woman)

 

[1]HRFT Documentation Center obtains these datas by press review, web sites of relevant public institutions, visual records and statements of witnesses and lawyers. These fact sheets are always open to be improved by the feedbacks and contributions.

[2] These people are: Şerdıl Cengiz (21-Bağlar district),  Şiyar Salman (18-Bağlar district), Şiyar Baran (13-Seyrantepe district) and Mizgin Koçyiğit (who thought to be Güler Eroğlu first- Dağkapı Square), Salih Baygın(70-Melik Ahmet Street), Çekwar Çubuk (16-Dağkapı Square) in SUR and Emire Gök (39-Gırnavas Mah.) in NUSAYBİN [Note: In Nusaybin, the curfew was declared first in some districts. On 4th day it was broadened to whole district.] and Mehmet Gündüz (45-Feridun district).

[3]Even though it’s not officialy declared, according to the national media almost 10 thousand members of security forces are active in operations in each district that curfews are ongoing (Cizre, Sur, Silopi). Moreover, it’s known  that hundreds of armored military vehicles such as tanks, panzers, cannons etc. Are dispatched to the relative districts/cities.

23 December 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

23 December 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/177) Attacks against the Curfew Protests and Extra-judicial Executions…

Curfew and blockade in Sur district of Diyarbakır reached its 13thday as of 23 December 2015.

Several demonstrations were staged on 22 December 2015 in Diyarbakır to protest in the operations and the damages in the city.

Security Forces attacked all the demonstrations and used real bullets to disperse the crowd. Şiyar Baran (13) was shot to death in Seyrantepe quarter.

S.K. (10-boy) was also shot at leg and wounded in the same quarter. F.N. (16-boy) was shot at belly and heavily wounded. They were hospitalised. F.N. had an operation for critical health condition.

Ferhat Sümerli was shot and wounded in Ofis quarter.

A child was hit and wounded with a tear gas canister during the police intervention on Gevran Avenue in Yenişehir district.

Recep Çanak (26) was shot at back and wounded in Bağlar district. M.V.K. (17) was reportedly wounded when something exploded in her/his hand.

Davut Özer (15) who was heavily wounded when the police opened random fire against a protest staged on 22 December 2015 in Tarsus district of Mersin died in the hospital.

A crowded group of persons started a march from Şırnak to Cizre and Silopi districts to protest in the curfews and operations spent the night on Cudi Mountain. The group had to return to Şırnak on 22 December 2015 for being attacked with bombs. The police intervened the group in Şırnak and detained 20 persons.

The police also attacked a protest staged in 9th September University campus in İzmir and detained 12 students under beatings.

(12/178) Curfew in Nusaybin…

Curfew and blockade in Nusaybin district of Mardin reached its 6th day as of 23 December 2015 and curfew was declared on 18 December 2015 for 7th time.

The attacks of Security Forces continued on 22 December 2015. Medeni Orak (45) and an unidentified person who were shot when the police opened fire in Fırat quarter died of blood loss on the grounds that the police did not allow the ambulances to enter the quarter.

S.T. (12-boy) was shot at leg and wounded while playing in front of his home in Cudi quarter.

(12/179) Curfew in Cizre…

Curfew and blockade in Cizre district of Şırnak reached its 10th day as of 23 December 2015 and the attacks of the Security Forces continued.

On 22 December 2015, Doğan İşçi/İşi (32) was killed with shrapnel pieces when her/his house in Nuh quarter was shot by a tank. Mehmet Tekin was shot to death on 22 December 2015 when Security Forces opened fire in the same quarter.

Mehmet Saçan was shot to death when Security Forces opened fire in Cudi quarter.

Emine Duman (75) had a heart attack and lost her life due to her house in Cudi quarter was hit closely by cannonballs.

(12/180) Curfew in Sur…

Curfew in Sur district of Diyarbakır reached its 13th day as of 23 December 2015. Serhat Doğan (19) was shot to death when Security Forces opened fire on 22 December 2015 in Hasırlı quarter. 3 persons were also wounded in the same quarter with shrapnel pieces.

(12/181) Curfew in Silopi…

Curfew and blockade in Silopi district of Şırnak reached its 10th day as of 23 December 2015.

Mahmut Oruç (28) was shot at chest, Cindi Algur (45) at back and the person with the first name Halit at foot when Security Forces opened fire on 22 December 2015 in Nuh quarter.

(12/182) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

A soldier and 2 militants died during an armed clash that broke out on 22 December 2015 in Sehi Forest in Bitlis.

A police officer died and 2 police officers were wounded when an armoured police vehicle was attacked with a rocket launcher on 22 December 2015 in Şırnak.

Police officer Atilla Güneş (47) who was heavily wounded during an armed clash in Cizre district of Şırnak died on 22 December 2015 in Ankara.

(12/183) Torture and Ill-treatment in Custody in İstanbul…

8 members of Peoples’ Democratic Congress (HDK) Youth Assembly and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Youth Coordination who occupied a tramon 17 December 2015 in İstanbul to protest in the recent curfews organised a press conference on 22 December 2015 and announced that they were subjected torture and ill-treatment in custody.

HDK and HDP members were reportedly beaten in police vehicle and custody, forced to naked body search and tell about Turkish history. They also made an official complaint against the police officers.

(12/184) Torture and Ill-treatment in Custody in İstanbul…

24 persons who were detained on 20 December 2015 in Şişli district of İstanbul while selling the magazine Yürüyüş were reportedly subjected torture and ill-treatment in police vehicle and at Şişli and İstanbul Security Directorates. The detainees were beaten and assaulted in custody, they were also forced to listen military songs.

(12/185) Journalists on Trial on the allegations of Insulting the State President…

Çağlayan (İstanbul) Penal Court of First Instance No 2 continued on 22 December 2015 to hear the case against Arif Koşar, publisher of the daily Evrensel, and managing director of the paper Vural Nasuhbeyoğlu launched in connection with the news appeared in the paper concerning the killing of Ali İsmail Korkmaz.

The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced according to the Article 299 TPC for “insulting the State President”.

The defendants testified at the hearing to the effect that they would have committed crime by not making the news.

The exempted the defendants Arif Koşar and Vural Nasuhbeyoğlu from attending the hearings and adjourned the hearing to 19 April 2016.

(12/186) Protest Intervened in İzmir…

The police intervened a group of Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) member who staged a demonstration to protest in the killings of Şirin Öter and Yeliz Erbay during a house raid on 22 December 2015 in İstanbul. 35 persons were detained during the police intervention.

(12/187) Persons Convicted in Ağrı for Cemetery Visit…

Doğubayazıt (Ağır) Heavy Penal Court concluded on 22 Decembe 2015 to hear the case against 6 persons launched for visiting the graves of PKK militants on 5 October 2014 in Doğubayazıt district of Ağrı.

After the final defence as to the accusations, the court sentenced Doğubayazıt Co-Mayor Murat Rohat Özbay, Bülent Erşik, Talat Aktaş, Ali Çakan, Bircan Burç and Mehmet Karadağ to 1 year and 8 months’ imprisonment for “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations”.

(12/188) Operations throughout Turkey…

Cabbar Taş, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair for Derecik town in Şemdinli district of Şırnak province, was detained on 19 December 2015 in Derecik. He was arrested on 22 December 2015 on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

The police and gendarmerie conducted house raids on 22 December 2015 in Kızıltepe and Mazıdağı districts of Mardin and in Kocaeli. At least 35 persons were reportedly detained during the operations.

Mazlum Dinç ve paralysed Serdar Yıldırım who were among 4 persons detained during house raids in Derik district of Mardin were arrested on 22 December 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Maaz Babat, Ahmet Turgut and Diyar Kaya who were detained during operations in Van were arrested on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Burhan Karatay, Mustafa Taysun and Murat Şahin who were detained during house raids in Doğubayazıt district of Ağrı were arrested on 22 December 2015 on the allegations of “aiding an illegal organisation”.

Hasan Sefa, Egit Derinçay, Ali Oğur, Hasan Çobaz and Hüseyin Çobaz who were among 15 persons detained during house raids in Halfeli town of Ağrı were arrested on 22 December 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

2 members of Democratic Regions Party (DBP) were detained on 22 December 2015 in Siirt.

19-21 December 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

19-21 December 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(12/148) Curfew in Cizre…

Curfew and blockade in Cizre district of Şırnak reached its 8th day as of 21 December 2015. The attacks of the Security Forces reached peak on weekend.

  1. (11-boy) was shot at foot and wounded when Security Forces opened fire on 18 December 2015 in Cudi quarter.

Municipality worker İrfan Uysal (29) was heavily wounded when Security Forces opened fire on 18 December 2015. His left arm was reportedly amputated in the hospital.

İbrahim Akan (15) died when a house was shot with cannon balls in Sur quarter. 2 boys were also wounded in the same house.

Selahattin Bozkurt (70) was killed when Security Forces opened fire on 19 December 2015 in Cudi quarter.

Yılmaz Erz (42), driver of a cargo vehicle of Postal Services, was shot to death on 19 December 2015 in Yasef quarter where operations were conducted.

Lütfü Aksoy (25) was heavily wounded during the tank attacks on 19 December 2015 in Cudi quarter.

Zeynep Yılmaz (40) was killed on 20 December 2015 when Security Forces organised an attack against the Cudi quarter.

Y.S. (1-boy) was shot at back and wounded during the attack.

7 months pregnant Güler Yanalak (32) was shot at her belly during the attacks of Security Forces in Nur quarter. She was taken into intensive care unit, but the baby reportedly died.

Hediye Çete (35) was shot at chest in her house in Cudi quarter. She was not allowed to be hospitalised.

H.T. (17-girl) was shot at arm and wounded in Cudi quarter. She was also not allowed to be hospitalised.

(12/149) Curfew in Dargeçit…

Curfew and blockade in Dargeçit district of Mardin reached its 11th day as of 21 December 2015.

Abdullah İş (65) was shot at head and wounded when Special Forces opened fire on 18 December 2015.

C.Ç. (15-boy) was shot at foot and wounded when Security Forces opened fire on 19 December 2015 in Sefa quarter.

(12/150) Curfew in Nusaybin…

Curfew was suspended for 7 hours in Nusaybin district of Mardin and curfew was declared on 18 December 2015 for 7thtime.

The curfew was started to be imposed in Abdulkadirpaşa, Fırat, Dicle and Yenişehir quarters. But Governorate of Mardin declared curfew on 21 December 2015 in 11 quarters of the district.

Emire Gök (39) was killed on 20 December 2015 when Special Forces opened fire in Gırnavas quarter where curfew was not imposed.

(12/151) Curfew in Sur…

Curfew and blockade in Sur district of Diyarbakır reached its 11th day as of 21 December 2015. The attacks of the Security Forces continued, M. (13-boy) and 2 females were wounded when the Security Forces opened fire.

6 persons were also wounded during the attacks of the Security Forces on 20 December 2015.

(12/152) Curfew in Silopi…

Curfew and blockade in Silopi district of Şırnak reached its 8th day as of 21 December 2015.

Reşit Eren (17) and Axin Kanat (16) were killed on 18 December 2015 in Nuh quarter when their house was shot with a cannon ball.

The police opened fire against a group of persons in Cudi quarter when they went out on 18 December 2015 to protest in the curfew. 15 persons were wounded during the police attack.

4 persons were wounded on 18 December 2015 when Cudi and Başak quarters were opened fire with cannons.

İbrahim Bilgin (18) in Yeşiltepe quarter and an unidentified person in Karşıyaka quarter were wounded when Security Forces opened fire on 19 December 2015.

İbrahim Bilgin who shot at chest and hospitalised died in the hospital.

On 19 December 2015, Security Forces also killed Şiyar Özbek (25) in Nuh quarter and Süleyman Çoban (70) in Başak quarter.

Yusuf İnan (40), Halit İnan and Taybet İnan (57) were heavily wounded when the police opened fire on 19 December 2015 against a house in Nuh quarter. Since the ambulances were not allowed to enter the quarter, the health conditions reportedly worsened.

Taybet İnan and Yusuf İnan died for not being hospitalised.

Mahmut Erdoğan (50) was wounded when his house was shot with a grenade launcher in Barbaros quarter.

Egit Kaçar (22) who was reportedly mentally retarded was wounded when the police opened fire on 20 Dcember 2015 in Başak quarter.

Ayşe Buruntekin (40) was shot to death on 20 December 2015 when she went up to the roof of her house in Cudi quarter.

(12/153) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

1 soldier was killed and 4 soldiers were wounded during an armed clash that broke out on 17 December 2015 in Cudi quarter of Cizre district in Şırnak.

A police officer was wounded when an armoured vehicle was attacked during patrol on 18 December 2015 in Yenişehir district of Diyarbakır.

3 soldiers and 1 temporary village guard were reportedly wounded during an armed clash on 19 December 2015 in Cizre district of Şırnak.

3 police officers were wounded when an rmoured vehicle was attacked with a rocket launcher on 19 December 2015 on Çağçağ Avenue in Nusaybin district of Mardin where curfew was implemented.

1 soldier was killed and 1 soldier was wounded during an armed clash that broke out on 19 December 2015 in Sur district of Diyarbakır.

1 soldier and 5 police officers were wounded with shrapnel pieces when an improvised explosive device exploded on 19 December 2015 in Sur district of Diyarbakır.

2 police officers and 1 soldier were allegedly killed during an armed clash on 20 December 2015 in Cizre district of Şırnak.

Governorate of Hakkari announced on 18 December 2015 that several regions in city centre, Yüksekova, Şemdinli and Çukurca districts of the province were decided to be temporary security zones for 15 days between 20 December 2015 and 3 January 2016. Entrance of civilians to the security zones was also banned.

Governorate of Bingöl announced on 18 December 2015 that 19 regions in city centre and Genç, Solhan, Yayladere, Adaklı, and Karlıova districts of the province were decided to be temporary security zones until 3 January 2016. Entrance of civilians to the security zones was also banned.

(12/154) Dilek Doğan Investigation…

On 20 December 2015, lawyers of Doğan Family revealed the footages of Dilek Doğan’s killing. According to the recordings, chief police officer Yüksel Moğultay killed Dilek Doğan after having a dispute for wearing overshoes to enter the house.

Dilek Doğan (25) who was shot during a house raid on 18 October 2015 in Sarıyer district of İstanbul conducted in connection with a “DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party – Front) Investigation” died on 25 October 2015. She was heavily wounded when the police opened fire in the house. Dilek Doğan’s family declared that the police opened fire when they had a dispute for wearing overshoes to enter the house.

Çağlayan (İstanbul) Heavy Penal Court accepted the indictment against Yüksel Moğultay for the killing Dilek Doğan and will start to hear the case on 17 February 2015. The indictment wants the police officer to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment up to 26 years and 6 months for “intentional killing by negligent conduct”.

(12/155) Journalist Arrested in Diyarbakır…

Jin News Agency (JINHA) correspondent Beritan Canözer who was detained while following a demonstration staged to protest in the curfew and blockade in Sur district of Diyarbakır was arrested on 19 December 2015 on the allegations of “aiding an illegal organisation”.

(12/156) Journalist on Trial on the Allegations of Insulting the State President…

Erciş (Van) Penal Court of First Instance No 3 started on 18 December 2015 to hear the case against Dicle News Agency (DİHA) correspondent İdris Yılmaz launched on charges of “insulting the State President”.

İdris Yılmaz testified at the hearing through SEGBİS tele-conference system for not being taken to the court for security reasons. The court released the defendant to be tried without remand and adjourned the hearing to 14 January 2015.

Since İdris Yılmaz is on trial in another case on charges of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”, and therefore he was not released.

(12/157) Curfew Protests Attacked…

The police attacked a group of persons who staged a demonstration on 20 December 2015 in Tarsun district of Mersin to protest in the curfews and operations in Sur, Dargeçit, Nusaybin, Cizre, and Silopi districts. The police used real bullets to disperse the crowd and 8 persons were wounded.

K.B. (8years old boy) who was heavily wounded during the attack was reportedly shot in front of his home.

The police also intervened the march on 19 December 2015 in Muş. Security Forces used excessive force to disperse the crowd and detained 8 persons including Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Ahmet Yıldırım under beatings.

The march staged on 19 December 2015 in Batman was also prevented and at least 30 persons were detained.

8 persons in Beyoğlu district of İstanbul and 20 persons in Didim district of Aydın were reportedly detained during the police interventions.

(12/158) Commemoration Banned in Şanlıurfa…

Despite the ban decision of the Governorate, a group of persons wanted on 19 December 2015 to march to the Square where commemoration of Maraş Massacre was planned to be held. The police prevented the group and detained 33 persons. The commemoration of Maraş Massacre was banned by the Governorate. The governor’s office in Kahramanmaraş announced on 16 December 2014 that all kinds of press conferences, demonstrations and actions related to the Maraş Massacre had been banned between 18 and 26 December 2015 in order “not to damage the brotherhood in the province”. During the massacre between 19 and 26 December 1978 some 150 persons had been killed.

(12/159) Workers’ Action Intervened in Manisa…

11 mine workers who staged a protest in front of İmbat Mining Company on 20 December 2015 for being fired from a mine in Soma district of Manisa. 11 workers were detained by the gendarmerie.

(12/160) Demonstrations Intervened in İzmir and Van…

The police intervened a group of persons on 20 December 2015 in İzmir who were marching with the demand of Abdullah Öcalan’s release. 9 persons were detained during the police intervention and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) executive Hacay Yılmaz had cerebral haemorrhage for being hit at head.

The police also prevented a demonstration in Van staged for the same reason and 3 persons were wounded for being hit with tear gas canisters.

(12/161) Protest Intervened in Ankara…

The police intervened the members of Socialist Youth Association (Sosyalist Gençlik Derneği) who closed the Ziya Gökalp Avenue in Kızılay quarter of Ankara to protest in the confidentiality decision in the case of Suruç Massacre. 3 members of Socialist Youth Association were detained under beatings.

(12/162) Operations throughout Turkey…

The police conducted house raids on 18 December 2015 in Mersin and Tarsus district. The number of detainees includingCo-Mayor for Akdeniz district Fazıl Türk reached 43 persons.

Enver Şipal, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) executive for Çatak district in Van province, was detained when he called to Security Directorate on 17 December 2015 to testify in connection with an incident.

Mehmet Karadeniz who was among 3 persons detained during house raids in Bismil district of Diyarbakır was arrested on 18 December 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

3 persons including 2 children who were detained after a public stamen by DBP in Gaziantep were arrested on 18 December 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

İsmail Acay (24) who was hospitalised for being shot in his house’s garden in Cizre district of Şırnak was arrested on 19 December 2015 on the allegations of “acting against the indivisible integrity of the state with its territory and nation”.

The police conducted house raids on 19 December 2015 in Edremit and İpekyolu districts of Van and detained 8 persons.

Cabbar Taş, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair for Derecik town in Şemdinli district of Şırnak province, was detained on 19 December 2015 in Derecik.

11 persons in Halfeli district of Iğdır and 9 persons in Nazilli district of Aydın were detained during house raids on 20 December 2015.