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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Curfews Between August 16, 2015 – August 16, 2016 and Civilians Who Lost Their Lives

21.08.2016

Curfews are implemented in southeastern Turkey since the collapse of resolution process in July 2015, yet their unlawfulness is even declared by the Venice Commission on their official Opinion on the legal framework of governing curfews.[1] The yearlong in-between August 16, 2015 and August 16, 2016 there has been at least 111 officially confirmed, open-ended and round-the-clock [all daylong] curfews in at least 35 districts of 9 cities in southeastern Turkey. These cities are as follow; Diyarbakır (61 times), Mardin (18 times), Şırnak (13 times), Hakkâri (11 times), Muş (2 times), Bingöl (2 times), Elazığ (1 time), Batman (2 times), Bingöl (2 times) and Tunceli (1 time). It is estimated that, according to the 2014 population census, at least 1 million 671 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.

The imposement and results of the curfews should be interpreted as a whole. As mentioned before, as of December 11th, 2015 the 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, showed that a much more severe process has been implemented.

Within this regard, it is necessary to remind that right to information, right to know the truth and freedom of obtainment of information is heavily violated, due to the severe human rights violations which are are already enlarged in our past fact sheets and in our common observation reports with other Organizations[3], and due to the violation of international documents which Turkey is a party to and especially since the declaration of state of emergency in July 20, 2016.

According to the data of HRFT Documentation Center, since August 16, 2015 until August 16, 2016 at least 321 civilians lost their lives in regions and periods of time that curfews were officially declared. 79 are children, 71 are female and 30 are over the age 60 within these people.

It is estimated that at least 73 civilians, whose information on how they died could be obtained, lost their lives due to not being allowed to reach Right to Health. Again at least 202 civilians lost their lives while they were within the boundaries of their homes/indoor areas. 23 of these people lost their lives due to the direct stress effect of curfews on their health conditions. Moreover, 147 of these people who lost their lives within the boundaries of their homes/indoor areas were only in Cizre District.

As of April 2016, it is seen that regions where curfews are imposed moved from heavily destructed central districts to subordinated villages and fields. Strikingly, these villages and fields are rather the evacuated ones under the ‘state of emergency’ from 1987 to 2002 in mainly southeastern Turkey and their population was exposed to forced migration during the 1990s.

Also, there are some facts that are not included in abovementioned datas or to the list of civilians who lost their lives: In Silopi district of Şırnak, a 7 months old still birth occured due to gunshot through the womb of the mother. Also, at least 16 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 or due to the explosion of conflict wastes and landmines after the curfew is lifted/within the hours that it is not imposed.[4]

It is State’s duty to enlighten all claims of violations  by conducting immediate,

impartial, independent and effective investigations,

especially over the violations of Right to Life in districts under curfew!

As it was stated in our previous fact sheets; 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.

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.

However, our work on each and every person (civilians, security forces or militants) is ongoing in the light of all datas, evidences and witnessing etc. We would like to emphasize that likewise we are still collecting data on all names which are included/excluded now compared to our last list of civilians who lost their lives during the curfews.

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 (Fatihler Unit, Efeler Unit, Dadaşlar Unit which were active units during 90s in the same region), 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.

 

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Civilians Who Lost Their Lives Since August 16, 2015 Under Curfews According to the Data of Human Rights Foundation of Turkey Documentation Center

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 Names of the People who lost Their Lives Between the dates

August 16th, 2015 and August 16, 2016 in the Districts Under Curfew

MUŞ

Varto: 1. Rahmi Kızıltaş (36), 2. Abdullah Toprak(26)

DİYARBAKIR

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

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

Sur: 1. Helin Şen(12) 2.Halil Tüzülerk(27) 3.Mehmet Demirel(adult) 4.Aziz İlhan(47) 5.Melek Apaydın(38) 6.Turgay Girçek(19) 7.Hakan Aslan 8.Murat Menekşe(13) 9. Fatma Ateş(55) 10.Rozerin Çukur(17)

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

Lice: 1. Mehmet Şirin Kocakaya(31)

HAKKÂRİ

Yüksekova: 1. Fettah Es (37) 2. Yakup Babat (24) 3.Mehmet Reşit Arıcı(17) 4.Naim Nuyan(29) 5.Ersin Aydın(37) 6.Yusuf Aşan(46)

ŞIRNAK

Cizre: 1.Cemile Çağırga(10) 2.Özgür Taşkın(18) 3.Meryem Süne(53) 4.Bünyamin İrci(14) 5.Muhammed Tahir Yaramış(35 günlük) 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 Emin 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 Arslan(24) 26.İbrahim Akhan(15) 27.Selahattin Bozkurt(70) 28.Yılmaz Erz (42) 29.Zeynep Yılmaz(40) 30.Cahide Çıkal(35) 31.Mehmet Tekin(35) 32.Doğan İşi(18) 33.Mehmet Saçan(38) 34.Emine Duman(75) 35.Azime Aşan(59) 36.Dikran Sayaca(28) 37.Ferdi Kalkan(20) 38.Abdulmecit Yanık(27) 39.Hacı Özdal(27) 40.Miray İnce(3 aylık) 41.Ramazan İnce(80) 42.Kumru Işık(85) 43.Hüseyin Ertene(16) 44.Hüseyin Selçuk(5) 45.Abdülaziz Yural(33) 46.Zeynep Demir(65) 47.Ali Tetik(34) 48.Kasım Tonğ(51) 49.Cabbar Taşkın(40) 50.Sezai Borçin(46) 51.Hediye Erden(60) 52.Besna Zırığ(50) 53.Fatma Acet(40) 54.Bişeng Garan(12) 55. Nihat Sömer(22) 56.Halil Sömer(45) 57.Osman Terkin(56) 58.Tayfun Yaşlı(20) 59.Cebrail Mungan(24) 60.Murat Egül(24) 61.Ahmet Zırığ(35) 62.Şükrü Coşkun(20) 63.Nebi Katlav(16) 64.Ali Bağdur(25) 65.Mehmet Tungut(32) 66.Mehmet Şirin Erdinç / Elinç (18) 67.Garip Mübariz(18) 68.Veysi Elçi(30) 69.Abdulmenaf Yılmaz(50) 70.Yakup Isırgan(18) 71.Mehmet Şahin(77) 72.Emame Şahin (77) 73.Yusuf Akalın(12) 74.Büşra Yürü(10) 75.Veli Müjde(38) 76.Abdullah İnedi(25) 77.Hayrettin Şınık(10) 78.Mehmet Rıdvan Kaymaz(36) 79.Mehmet Kaplan(35) 80.Serhat Altun(23) 81.Abdülhamit Poçal(37) 82.Selman Erdoğan(43) 83.Ahmet Tunç(50) 84.Cihan Karaman(23) 85.Selami Yılmaz(25) 86.Nusrettin Bayar(20) 87.Sultan Irmak(16) 88.Selim Turay(29) 89.Kenan Adıgüzel(21) 90.Mehmet Özkül(23) 91.Nizar Isırgan(18) 92.Zerin/Zehra Uca(22) 93.Sahip Edin(31) 94.Abdullah Gün(16) 95.Yunus Meral 96.Tahir Akdoğan(16) 97.Mevlüde Özalp(21) 98.Fehmi Fakah Dinç(adult) 99.Fatma Demir(adult) 100.Sabri Sezgin(20) 101.Abdülselam Turgut(22) 102.Mahsum Erdoğan(22) 103.Muharrem Erbek(17) 104.Sinan Kaya(22) 105.Mehmet Kulbay(22) 106.Aydın Erol(23) 107.Murat Şimşek(17) 108.Abbas Güllübahçe 109.Tuğba Eminoğlu 110.Erdal Şahin(29) 111.Rohat Aktaş(adult) 112.Adil Küçük(22) 113.Mahmut Duymak(51) 114.Umut Ürek(24) 115.Ramazan İşçi 116.Metin Karane(17) 117.Dersim Aksoy 118.İslam Balıkesir 119.Ömer Baran(25) 120.Mustafa Gasyak(16) 121.Ali Fırat Kalkan 122.Kasım Yana(18) 123.İzzet Gündüz(adult) 124.Berjin Demirkaya 125.Sakine Şiray(adult) 126.Ekrem Sevilgen(17) 127.Serdar Özbek(32) 128.Mehmet Benzer(19) 129.Tajdin Nerse(22) 130.Mehmet Dalmış(31) 131.Mehmet Yavuzel(adult) 132.Rıdvan Ekinci 133.Cüneyt Kızıltay 134.Güler Eroğlu(20) 135.Star Özkül(19) 136.Hasan Ayaz(14) 137.Yılmaz Geçim(15) 138.Mesut Özer(17) 139.Cengiz Gerem(15) 140.Derya Koç(adult) 141.Azat Yılmaz(19) 142.Hakkı Külter(13) 143.Çimen Tankan 144.İsmail Çetin 145.Murat Erdin(17) 146.Hasan Tağ(29) 147.Agit Küçük(27) 148.Harun Barın(20) 149.Cemile Erden(28) 150.Mehmet Tunç(adult) 151.Veysi Bademkıran(17) 152.Yasemin Çıkmaz(17) 153.Yakup Yalçın(27) 154.Felek Çağdavul 155.Fırat Malgaz 156.Yakup Dadak 157.Ramazan Aydın(19) 158.Lokman Bilgiç 159.Hüseyin Kaya 160.M. Emin İdim(child) 161.Tahir Çiçek(16) 162.Abdullah Özgül 163.Meryem Akyol(17) 164.Ramazan Biriman(26) 165.Hüseyin Kayaalp(16) 166.Muhammed Kalaycı(16) 167.Güler Akıl 168.Ahmet Yılmaz 169.Hamza İdim(17) 170.Hanife İdim 171.Tahir Çelik 172.Halil Çelik 173.Mehmet Kalaycı 174.Hacer Arslan(19) 175.Sefa Sever 176.Murat Arslan 177.Gülistan Üstün(24) 178.Zehra Başkurt(19) 179.Erdal Kar(23) 180.Servet Çurak 181.Asya Yüksel(adult) 182.Cemal Uyğur(30) 183.Hüseyin Paksoy(16) 184.İbrahim Temel(23) 185.Emel Dağhan (16) 186.Ferhat Balcal(22) 187.Mehmet Emin Bayar(23) 188.Osman Gökhan(49) 189.Agit Akıl(19) 190.Davut Acar(25) 191.Zeki Acar(16) 192.Ramazan Çömlek

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.Salih Erener(75) 15.Seyfettin Sidar(30) 16.İsmail Yevşan(55) 17.Necati 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.İsa Tonguç 30.Ahmet Tonguç 31.Muhyettin Tonguç 32.Saadettin Tonguç 33.Behiye Erener(45) 34.Rahime Sanır(14) 35.Züleyha Şalk(70) 36.Esra Şalk(2) 37.Abuzeyit Tan

İdil: 1. M.Sadık Bozeri(57) 2.Vedat Gürbüz(24) 3.Mazlum Kapalıgöz(17) 4.Orhan Abay(16) 5.Sevilay Yıldız(15) 6.Fatma Eraslan(13) 7.Kasım Mete Ağın(15) 8.Ahmet Varlı(15) 9.Veli Aşar(18) 10.Hacı Karakaş(29) 11.Ramazan Gümüş(14) 12.Burhan Baydemir 13.Vasfi Kaya 14.Abdulselam Güler(20) 15.İsmail Gürbüz(19) 16.Tajdin Gasyak(18) 17.Servet Yıldız(19) 18.Sozdar Gasyak(19) 19.Kader Çakar (18) 20.İdris Eltimur(23)

Merkez: 1.Bayram Tatar(16) 2.Ali Sümbül(22)

MARDİN

Nusaybin: 1.Ahmet Sönmez(50) 2.Şahin Turan(25) 3.Selamet Yeşilmen(44) 4.Abdulkadir Yılmaz(65) 5.Hasan Dal(45) 6.Musur Aslan(19) 7.Emin Öz(55) 8.Muhammed Altunkaynak(19) 9.Nurhan 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. Medeni Orak (45) 18.Rohat Karakoç 19.Hasan Korkmaz(60) 20.Mehmet Pitek(40) 21.Heyhat Müjde(43) 22.Saadet Müjde(19)

Dargeçit: 1.İdris Cebe(18) 2.Takyedin Oral(adult) 3.Necim Kılıç(67) 4.Sabahat Kılıç(28) 5.Fatma Kılıç(50)

[1] http://www.venice.coe.int/webforms/documents/?pdf=CDL-AD(2016)010-e

[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] Available at: http://en.tihv.org.tr/category/notes-special-reports/

[4] These people are: In CİZRE: 7 months old still birth of Güler Yanalak due to gunshot through the womb of mother and Harun Çağlı(4-Cudi Neigh.), Ayşenur Geçit(6-Cudi Neigh.), Bünyamin Bayram(6-Alibey Neigh.). In DİYARBAKIR: Şerdıl Cengiz (21-Bağlar district), Şiyar Salman (18-Bağlar district), Şiyar Baran (13-Seyrantepe Neigh.), Salih Baygın (70-Melik Ahmet Str.), Abdülaziz Taruk(68-Melik Ahmet Str.), Hüseyin Hüseyinoğlu (22-Bağlar district) and in NUSAYBİN:Emire Gök (39-Gırnavas district), Hüseyin Ahmet(22-Işık Önder Str.), in SİLVAN:Mehmet Gündüz (45-Feridun Neigh.) and also, Abdulsetar Cibara(16-Qamishlo/Rojava) shot by a stray bullet through the border of Nusaybin. In İDİL: Hidayet Tek (4-Turgut Özal Neigh.), Müslüm İlhan (8) and in SİLOPİ: Enes Erdem(10-Celali Deresi area)

Urgent Call from Turkey’s Human Rights Organizations to the International Community

6 January 2015

With the interruption of the peace talks, the government of Turkey started, in mid-August, to implement a security policy that unlawfully restricts fundamental rights and freedoms in those cities and towns largely populated by Kurds.

Since August 2015, long-term and consecutive curfews have been declared in the provinces of, and the towns attached to Şırnak, Mardin, Diyarbakır, Hakkari and Muş, and are still underway in certain cities and towns. During these prohibitions, national and international media, human rights or professional organizations as well as representatives of the parliament who wanted to identify violations of rights have been denied access to these cities and towns. According to the findings in reports drawn up by the very small number of civil society organizations which could make their way into the region in the face of huge obstacles, it has been determined that the civilian population has become the target of both snipers and heavy weaponry, which has been used  in an arbitrary fashion.

According to reports prepared by rights based organizations, 1,3 million people have been impacted by the curfews; more than 120 civilians –including children and the elderly– have lost their lives[1]. Many people have been injured, and hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced. Arbitrary detentions and arrests have occurred; and civilians are being subjected to torture and maltreatment in detention centres and in the open. Intrusion in telecommunication networks restricts the right to information and freedom of communication.  By an official decision to send away teachers from the region, education has been disrupted without a deadline, and health services have also been suspended. Due diligence in protecting civilians is not being demonstrated in any sense and they  are not even provided the opportunity to meet minimum daily needs such as the right to food and water. After the curfews, no immediate and explicitly effective investigations have been conducted. Trial and punishment of those security forces that violate rights are being rendered impossible. The policy of impunity expands and continues, getting more severe.

Although curfews have been declared pursuant to article 11/C of the Provincial Administrations Law, with the justification “apprehending the members of the terrorist organization” and “ensuring the physical safety of the people and their properties”, jurists largely agree that the aforementioned law does not entitle the relevant senior public officer to declare such a prohibition, which would impact the rights and freedoms of the entire people living in a city or a town. Pursuant to constitutional article 13, such a restriction can only be introduced through ‘law’. Curfews declared upon the governorate’s instructions are in breach of the constitution. The fact that the framework of the curfews and the sanctions thereof are not subject to the law means that security operations conducted in this period and rights violations too are not subject to any legal supervision.

Other than in times of war, in populated areas where a state of emergency or martial law has not been declared, the security forces are not entitled to use heavy weaponry and ammunition in violation of the principle of absolute necessity without ensuring evacuation of the civilian population. During the planning, command and control of operations alleged to serve the purpose of protecting the lives of civilians from unlawful violence, it is unacceptable to perpetrate arbitrary and disproportionate force which does not accord to the duty of care expected from the state in a democratic society. The lethal force used by the government of Turkey in the aforementioned provinces and districts is currently in gross violation of the principle of proportionality to be ensured between the intended objective and the force used for this purpose in a democratic society.

The environment of conflict unfolding has turned human rights defenders into targets of state violence and political assassination. President of the Diyarbakır Bar Association and human rights defender Tahir Elçi was killed while he was delivering a press statement whereby he called for an end to security operations and resumption of peace negotiations.

The situation is dire and our call is urgent!

As civil society organisations we demand the international community to remind the Government of Republic of Turkey that:

  • curfews declared in the absence of any legal basis are unacceptable,
  • lethal force cannot be used by any means whatsoever in a disproportionate and arbitrary fashion,
  • during security operations obligations stemming from international human rights law, international criminal law as well as the humanitarian law cannot be suspended,
  • human rights organisations, professional organisations, representatives of local government and of the Parliament, struggling to end, identify and penalise right violations and to reflect the process in total transparency to the international community, should be supported, and
  • we call for a bilateral ceasefire, the cessation of conflict and the resumption of  peace negotiations to be carried out in an official and transparent manner in the presence of independence observers.

 

Signatory members of the Coalition Against Impunity

Batman Bar Association, Diyarbakır Bar Association,  Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly – Turkey, Human Rights Agenda Association, Human Rights Association, Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, Şırnak Bar Association, Truth, Justice and Memory Center

[1] Updated numbers on violations of the right to life as a result of curfew by different sources are as follows: According to figures of Human Rights Foundation of Turkey’s Documentation Center, as of January 6, 2016, at least 151 civilians have lost their lives within the period of the declared curfews in 17 towns of 7 districts. According to Human Rights Association’s Documentation Unit, from the start of armed conflict in July 24, 2015 until January 6, 2016, 134 civilians living in cities with declared curfews have lost their lives. 12 people have lost their lives in the year 2016 during curfews in towns of Sur, Cizre and Silopi. People’s Democratic Party’s Information Center which also daily monitor the violations of the right to life, state number of people who lost their lives to be 152 as of January 6, 2016.

4 November 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

4 November 2015 DailyHuman Rights Report

(11/016) Persons Killed by the Police in Hakkari…

Special Forces conducted operation on 3 November 2015 in Yüksekova district of Hakkari to fill the ditches in Cumhuriyet quarter of the district.

Residents of the quarter set up barricades to prevent the security forces from entering the quarter. But the police attacked the barricades. Doğan Doğma (20) was killed by being shot at chest and Çetin Dara (18) was killed by being shot at heart when the police opened fire.

(11/017) Person Killed by the Police in Diyarbakır…

Sertip Polat (20) was shot to death by the police during the operations on 3 November 2015 in Silvan where curfew was implemented for the 6th time in the last few months. Security forces reportedly conducted operations on the night of 3 November 2015 in the Tekel quarter of the district.

(11/018) Person Shot in İstanbul…

Fatih Ürker who was shot by the police and wounded on 2 November 2015 when the police opened fire for insisting to enter the Huber Mansion, the State President’s office in İstanbul reportedly died on the same day in the hospital. Security forces and the person reportedly had a dispute when the person insisted to enter the mansion. The police opened fire against him when the persons did not obey the stop warning while leaving the mansion. He was heavily wounded.

According to the official announcement, the person took the weapon of a police officer during the quarrel and opened fire. He allegedly attempted to commit suicide afterwards.

(11/019) Person Killed in Siirt…

A male was shot to death by the police on 3 November 2015 in Siirt when the police opened fire against 2 persons on the allegations of not obeying stop warning. An armed clash allegedly broke out after the incident and a police officer was wounded. A female reportedly escaped.

(11/020) Worker Deaths…

Worker’s Health and Job Safety Assembly announced on 3 November 2015 that at least 143 workers died in October 2015 during work accidents due to untaken security measures. At least 1461 workers died in first 10 months of 2015.

(11/021) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast

The police opened fire against a group of persons on 3 November 2015 in Silvan district of Diyarbakır when people gathered on Azizoğlu Avenue to protest in the curfew decision in the district. Abdulkerim Eleftos (27) was shot at leg and wounded during the intervention. Faysal Korkmaz was also wounded with the fragments caused by the uses of explosives.

Governorate of Bingöl announced on 3 November 2015 that several regions in 6 districts of the province were decided to be temporary security zones until 18 November 2015. Entrance of civilians to the security zones was also banned.

(11/022) Death in Prison…

Salih Şenses who was arrested on 2 November 2015 in Gönen district of Balıkesir for killing his relatives allegedly committed suicide in his cell in Bandırma M-type Prison.

(11/023) Magazine Editors Arrested in İstanbul…

Editor-in-chief with the magazine Nokta Cevheri Güven and managing editor of the magazine 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 last issue of the magazine were arrested according to the Article 214 TPC on the allegations of “inciting an armed uprising against the government”. The cover of the 24th issue was the State President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Telecommunication Communication Directorate (TİB) also banned access to the web site of the magazine “www.noktadergisi.com”.

(11/024) Political Party Premises Raided Kırklareli…

On 3 November 2015, the police raided Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) premises and Kırklareli University Students Cultural Association (Kırklareli Üniversitesi Öğrenci Kültür Derneği – KÖKDER). The police seized the computers and the documents in the premises and association. 16 students were also detained in the association.

(11/025) Operations throughout Turkey…

Gendarmerie soldiers conducted house raids on 3 November 2015 in Sitîlîlê (Akarsu) village of Nusaybin district in Mardin. 6 persons were detained during the raids and the reason of the operations was not disclosed.

Arif Kakik who was detained during a house raid in Güroymak district of Bitlis was arrested on 3 November 2015 on the allegations of “aiding an illegal organisation”.

The police conducted a house raid on 3 November 2015 in Batman against the house of Democratic Regions Party (DBP) executive for the province Murat Okay. He was detained during the raid along with his son Aziz Okay.

Security forces conducted operations on 3 November 2015 against the members and executives of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and DBP in Mazıdağı district of Mardin. 5 persons including Mazıdağı Co-Mayor Ali Özkan were detained.

1-3 November 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

1-3 November 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/001) Person Killed by the Police in Mardin…

Ahmet Ünal who was shot by the police and heavily wounded during the intervention against the demonstration staged on 18 October 2015 in Kızıltepe district of Mardin to protest in the Ankara Massacre died on 2 November 2015 in the hospital in Diyarbakır.

 (11/002) Armed Attack in Siirt…

Lawyer Mehmet Nezir Okur was organised an armed attack and heavily wounded on 2 November 2015 in Siirt. He died later in the hospital.

(11/003) Operations and Attacks in the Sourtheast…

On 3 November 2015, Diyarbakır Governorate declared curfew in 3 quarters of Silvan district to close the ditches in the quarters.

(11/004) Person Killed by the Police in Diyarbakır…

The police conducted operations on 3 November 2015 in Silvan where curfew was implemented for the 6th time in the last few months. Security forces reportedly opened fire from armoured vehicles and shot Müslüm Tayyar (22) to death while he was going home.

(11/005) Child Shot by the Police in Diyarbakır…

On 1 November 2015, the police attacked the groups who gathered in front of the premises of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) to follow the results of the elections. The police used real bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd. A child was shot by the police and wounded.

(11/006) Person Shot in İstanbul…

The police opened fire against a person on 2 November 2015 when the person wanted to enter the Huber Mansion, the State President’s office in İstanbul. Security forces and the person reportedly had a dispute when the person insisted to enter the mansion. The police opened fire against him when the persons did not obey the stop warning while leaving the mansion. He was heavily wounded.

According to the official announcement, the person took the weapon of a police officer during the quarrel and opened fire. He allegedly attempted to commit suicide afterwards.

(11/007) Stop Warning…

The polcie opened fire against a vehicle on 1 November 2015 in Patnos district of Ağrı on the allegations of not obeying stop warning. Vehbi Boğurcu was wounded during the incident. 4 persons were detained.

(11/008) Child Shot by the Police in Balıkesir…

The police reportedly opened fire against a bus on 29 October 2015 and shot Afghani H.H. (13). The child was hospitalised and still in intensive care unit in Balıkesir. The bus was reportedly carrying refugees from İstanbul to Çanakkale.

(11/009) Vartinis Massacre Case…

Kırıkkale Heavy Penal Court continued on 2 November 2015 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”.

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 wants 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.

In his opinion as to the accusations, the Public Prosecutor wanted the defendants to be sentenced for “killing by omission”. The court adjourned the hearing to 21 December 2015 for the preparation of the defence as to the accusations. The court also suspended the judicial control decision against the defendants.

(11/010) Person Beaten by the Police in Batman…

Müslüm Mustafaoğlu alleged that he was beaten by the security forces during a road control in Batman. He was also denied when he went to police station to make an official complaint. He was allegedly sad that “the police officers were tense for the recent killings of the police officers”.

(11/011) Magazine Confiscated…

The police raided the premises of the weekly Nokta in İstanbul on 2 November 2015 after the confiscation decision for the last issue of the magazine. The cover of the issue was the State President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Editor-in-chief Cevheri Güven and managing editor Murat Çapan detained during the raid.

(11/012) Protest Intervened in Mersin…

The police intervened the members of the People’s Front (Halk Cephesi) who wanted to stage a demonstration on 2 November 2015 in Mersin to protest in the killing of Dilek Doğan in İstanbul. 4 persons were detained under beatings during the intervention.

(11/013) Gezi Park Trials…

Kayseri Heavy Penal Court No 8 concluded on 2 November 2015 to hear the case against 161 persons launched on charges of “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations”, “resisting security forces”, and “damaging public property” in connection with the Gezi Park demonstrations staged in Kayseri.

After the Public Prosecutor’s opinion as to the accusations and final defence, the court sentenced one defendant to 5 months’ imprisonment, 2 defendants to 7 months’ imprisonment for “damaging public property”. 25 defendants were sentenced to one year’s imprisonment for “resisting security forces”. The court acquitted 133 defendants and suspended the sentences.

(11/014) Political Party Premises Attacked in Çorum…

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) premises in Çorum was stoned on 2 November 2015. H.A. (50) was detained in connection with the incident.

(11/015) Operations throughout Turkey…

İ.K. (17) was detained on 2 November 2015 in Dargeçit district of Mardin when s/he went to Security Directorate to testify. İ.K. was arrested on the same day on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.