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.

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Curfews in Turkey within the Last 2 Years Since 16 August 2015

August 17, 2017

 

In 2015, the conflicts in Turkey have begun right after the General Elections on June 7, 2015 also due to the effect of the developments in Middle East, along with the reason that a democratic and peaceful solution on Kurdish issue was not able to be implemented as a holistic programme. Within this period, the first one of the round-the-clock and open-ended curfews was declared on August 16, 2015, which are violating the Constitution, European Convention on Human Rights and all the other international obligations of Turkey within the field of basic rights and liberties. According to the information gathered by the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey Documentation Center, between August 16, 2015 and August 16, 2017, there has been at least 252 officially confirmed round-the-clock [all daylong] and open-ended curfews in 11 cities and at least 45 districts of Turkey within the last 2 years[1]. This data reveals the fact that the practice of violation is ongoing since the last fact sheet of HRFT on June 1, 2017 by showing that more and more curfews are declared since then.

According to the HRFT Documentation Center curfews implemented in relevant cities and districts are as seen in the map below:

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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 to download the detailed table of the curfews and click here to download this fact sheet as pdf.

 

[1] The last two curfews that are declared by Bitlis Governorship on August 11,2017 and Hakkâri Governorship on August 13, 2017 are not included in this data due to the fact that they define limits in scope of their declarations, on the contrary to the “round-the-clock and open-ended” curfews which we monitor. However, it will also be monitored by our Documentation Center to see whether it will turn into a new and perpetual practice.

 

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26-29 March 2016 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

26-29 March 2016 Daily Human Rights Report

(03/190) Curfew in Cizre…

After the completion of the operations, the night-curfew in in Cizre district of Şırnak reached its 26th day as of 28 March 2016.

According to the news appeared in the press on 26 March 2016, one of the persons buried in Şanlıurfa was identified as health worker of Cizre Municipality Hacer Arslan (19).

Governorate of Şırnak announced on 28 March 2016 that night-curfew in Cizre and Silopi districts was decided to be started at 9.30pm and to be ended at 4.30 in the morning.

(03/191) Curfew in İdil…

The curfew in İdil district of Şırnak reached its 41st day as of 28 March 2016. The bodies of Vahap Çıkmaz and Abdulselam Güler were taken by their families. They were buried on 25 and 28 March 2016.

(03/192) Person Killed by the Police in Van…

On 28 March 2016, the police raided changing room of a football field in İpekyolu district of Van and reportedly shot an unidentified person to death.

(03/193) Curfew in Silvan…

Sub-Governorate of Silvan district in Diyarbakır imposed curfew in 18 quarters and villages starting from 11.00am on 25 March 2016. The curfew was lifted the same day at 8.00pm.

(03/194) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

According to the announcement on 25 March 2016, YPS members Nurullah Bozdoğan (Sinan Bagok) and Mehmet Reşit Alp (Bawer Nısebin) were killed during the clashes in Fırat and Dicle quarters of Nusaybin district in Mardin where curfew was imposed.

1 gendarmerie soldier was killed during an armed clash on 25 March 2016 in Nusaybin.

2 gendarmerie soldiers died and 5 soldiers were wounded when a preplaced bomb exploded on 27 March 2016 in a building on in Nusaybin.

1 police officer and 1 gendarmerie solider were killed, 5 police officers and 1 soldier were wounded during the armed clashes on 27 March 2016 in Nusaybin.

YPS members Mustafa Ekin (Sipan Amed), Davut Kurt (Reşit), Zeynel Abidin Oral (Zana), Habip Akar (Şervan Amed), Cudi Van, Yüksel Sümbül (Rojvar Arvin), YPS JIN member Tülay Eren (Arin Rojhat), and 3 unidentified persons were killed during the armed clashes on 27 March 20156 on the 14th day of curfew in Yüksekova district of Hakkari.

1 police officer died and 1 police officer was wounded during the same clash.

YPS member Zeydan Yanar reportedly died during armed clash that broke out on 25 March 2016.

YPS militant who was killed during a clash on 26 March 2016 in Nusaybin was identified as Ferhat Yaşa (Rızgar Amed).

YPS members Mahmut Surgit (Şervan Cudi), Mehmet Ünal (Diyar Cudi), Ceylan Sayar (Rengin Şerefxane), 1 police officer and 1 temporary village guard died, 1 police officer was wounded during an armed clash on 26 March 2016 in Şırnak.

2 militants were reportedly died and 2 soldiers were wounded during an armed clash that broke out on 25 March 2016 in the Amanos Mountains region of Kırıkhan district in Hatay.

3 soldiers were wounded when a bomb exploded on 28 March 2016 in Siverek district of Şırnak during the passage of a military vehicle.

First Lieutenant Erdem Keskin who was wounded during an armed clash in Yüksekova district of Hakkari died on 28 March 2016 in the hospital in Ankara.

(03/195) Pressures in Prisons…

According to the news appeared in the press on 26 March 2016, 9 prisoners incarcerated in Diyarbakır D-type Prison and Osmaniye T-type Prison were transferred to other prisons without their demand.

(03/196) Persons on Trial on the Allegations of Insulting the State President…

Mardin Penal Court of First Instance No 2 started on 25 March 2016 to hear the case against 12 persons including members of union for public servants KESK launched in connection with a demonstration organised on 11 October 2015 in Mardin to protest in the Ankara Massacre. The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “insulting the State President”.

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

(03/197) Students on Trial in Bolu…

Bolu Penal Court of First Instance No 2 started on 25 March 2016 to hear the case against 38 students of Abant İzzet Baysal University launched in connection with a march organised on 15 May 2014 to protest in the killings of 301 miners in Soma district of Manisa. The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations” and “resisting security forces”.

After the identification and testimonies of the present defendants, the court adjourned the hearing to 24 June 2016 for the completion of the testimonies.

(03/198) Newroz Celebrations…

The police conducted house raids on 26 March 2016 in Diyarbakır and detained 7 members of the organising committee of Newroz celebrations in Diyarbakır.

(03/199) Ban Decisions in İstanbul and Şanlıurfa…

According to the news appeared in the press on 28 March 2016, Governorate of İstanbul reportedly banned on 15 March 2015 all the public statements, demonstrations and activities in the province relying on the curfew imposed in Nusaybin district of Mardin.

Governorate of Şanlıurfa also announced on 28 March 2016 that all activities in the province were banned from 1 April 2016 to 6 April 2016.

(03/200) Protest Intervened in Ankara…

The police intervened members of Public Servants Front (Kamu Emekçileri Cephesi) who staged a protest against draft Law on Public Servants on 27 March 2016 in Ankara and detained 22 persons.

(03/201) Protest Intervened in İstanbul…

On 27 March 2016 in Beşiktaş district of İstanbul, the police intervened a group of union in health sector Dev Sağlık-İş members who were demanding staff position for subcontracted workers and detained 6 members of the union.

(03/202) Co-Mayor, Municipality Worker and Political Party Executive Convicted in Hakkari…

Hakkari Heavy Penal Court No 2 Concluded on 25 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.

The court sentenced Dilek Hatipoğlu, Nurullah Çiftç HDP and DBP members Hamide Özer, İsmail Sihat Kaya, İskan Aksaç, İlhan Kaynak, Ali Tetik and Devrim Ecer to 16 years’ imprisonment for “disrupting the unity and territorial integrity of the state”. Erdem Şahin and Cihan Kahraman were acquitted.

(03/203) Detentions and Arrests…

Deputy Mayor in Derik district of Mardin province Doğan Özbahçeci, municipality worker Alaattin Ecer, Seydoş Özbahçeci and Abdullah Ataklı were arrested on 25 March 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

İbrahim Poyraz who was detained in Derik district of Mardin, Suzan Paçal and Şahin Sağlam who were detained in Muş were arrested on 25 March 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Security Forces conducted house raids on 25 March 2016 in Binpınar village of Karaçoban district in Erzurum and detained Yılmaz Kökbalık on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

Co-Mayor of Kumçatı town in Şanlıurfa province Aziye Durak was detained on 25 March 2016 during a road control nearby Kasrik town.

Abdulkadir Mutlu who was detained in Viranşehir district of Şanlıurfa and Cengiz Yüksel who was detained in Bulanık district of Muş were arrested on 25 March 2016 on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

The police conducted house raids on 25 March 2016 in Siirrt and detained 10 persons.

7 persons in Antalya, 3 children in Yüksekova district of Hakkari, Agit Şık in Silopi district of Şırnak, 4 persons in Derik district of Mardin were arrested on 26 March 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”. 4 persons in Şanlıurfa were also arrested on 26 March 2016 on the allegations of “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations”.

Cevdet Arga and Masum Koç, Peoples’ Democratic Party Co-Chairs in Buca and Konak district of İzmir Province, who were released after being detained were arrested on 26 March 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

HDP Chair for Kağızman district in Kars province Kemal Avcı was arrested on 28 March 2016 11 persons on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation” and “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

The police conducted house raids on 28 March 2016 in Bozova district of Şanlıurfa and detained 11 persons on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”

Curfews in Turkey Between 16 August 2015 – 12 December 2015

NOTE on DECLARED CURFEWS in TURKEY BETWEEN 16 AUGUST 2015 – 12 DECEMBER 2015

ACCORDING to the DATA of HRFT DOCUMENTATION CENTER  

Since August 16, there has been 52 open-ended and round-the-clock curfews in 17 provinces of 7 cities that approximately 1,299,061 people resides (2014 population census), according to the data that we could confirm as HRFT Documentation Center.

Curfews in Turkey

These cities are:

For detailed information you can check the table.

DİYARBAKIR (31 times)

Lice – 7 times (26,427 people)

Silvan – 6 times (86,663 people)

Sur – 6 times (121,75 people)

Bismil – 4 times (112,461 people)

Hani – 4 times (32,413 people)

Yenişehir – 1 times (206,534 people)

Dicle –  1 times (40,33 people)

Hazro – 2 times (17,54 people)

MARDİN (9 times)

Nusaybin – 5 times (116,68 people)

Dargeçit – 2 times (28,601 people)

Derik – 2 times (61,32 people)

ŞIRNAK (5 times)

Cizre – 4 times (132, 857 people)

Silopi – 1 times (121,11 people)

HAKKÂRİ

Yüksekova – 4 times (117,44 people)

MUŞ

Varto – 1 time (32,378 people)

BATMAN

Sason – 1 time (30,646 people)

ELAZIĞ

Arıcak – 1 time (15,306 people)

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21-25 November 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

21-25 November 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/125) Nusaybin Blockaded…

The blockade and operations conducted under the decision of curfew reached its 11th day as of 23 November 2015.

Muhammed Altunkaynak died on 19 November 2015 in Abdulkadir Paşa quarter with shrapnel pieces when a bomb exploded on his way back home.

Nurhan Kaplan (45) was killed on 20 November 2015 in Abdulkadir Paşa quarter when snipers opened fire.

Şerif Alpar (55) was shot at head with grenade thrower by the police and killed when he was going from Abdulkadir Paşa quarter to Fırat quarter to visit his relatives on 21 November 2015.

The blockade was temporarily lifted on 21 November 2015 between 08:00 and 16:00 except for the Abdulkadir Paşa, Fırat, Yenişehir and Dicle quarters.

Müzeyyen Kızıl (23) was shot and heavily wounded when security forces opened fire from an armoured vehicle on 22 November 2015. Müzeyyen Kızıl was sitting in front of her house.

Electricity, water and internet lines were cut off in the district. Armoured vehicles were located in Fırat, Abdulkadir Paşa and Devrim quarters, and also on Newroz Square and around old hospital to blockade the quarters and to conduct operations.

(11/126) Curfew in Yüksekova…

Governorate of Hakkari declared curfew in Yüksekova district centre starting from 20 November 2015.

After the curfew declaration, Special Forces conducted operations to fill the ditches in Cumhuriyet and Güngör quarter of the district. Mehmet Reşit Arıcı (18) and Naim Noyan (29) were shot to death when the police opened fire against the persons who protested the operations. At least 13 persons were also wounded. The curfew was ended on 23 November 2015 after 4 days of implementation.

(11/127) Person Died in Silvan…

According to the news appeared in the press on 21 November 2015, Latif Nangir (78) died in Silvan district of Diyarbakır when he was being carried to hospital by his relatives. He allegedly died for being horrified for the excessive use of bombs.

(11/128) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

A Deputy Police Chief who was heavily wounded during an armed clash in Silvan district of Diyarbakır died on 23 November 2015 in the hospital.

(11/129) Syrian Children Killed in Hatay…

Syrian children Abdulhamit Taben (16) and Ahmet Taben (16) were beaten to death by their boss Habip Oral (31) on18 November 2015 in İskenderun district of Hatay.

Habip Oral who killed the children by beating with a club was arrested.

(11/130) Assassination Allegation against Political Party Co-Chair…

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş was allegedly attempted to be assassinated on 22 November 2015. HDP officials made a denouncement when they found a trace of a solid material on the rear window of Demirtaş’s bullet-proof vehicle.

After the investigation of the trace, Governorate of Diyarbakır alleged that the trace was not a result of a bullet.

(11/131) Curfew in Diyarbakır…

The curfew in 26 villages and quarters of Lice and Hani districts of Diyarbakır was ended by the Governorate on 22 November 2015. The curfew was declared on 19 November 2015.

(11/132) Killings by Unidentified Assailants Case…

Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 1 continued on 20 November 2015 to hear the case against 19 persons including Mahmut Yıldırım aka Yeşil, Mehmet Ağar and Korkut Eken launched for 18 killings by unidentified assailants in 1990s.

Former İstanbul Securty Director Kemal Yazıcıoğlu testified at the hearing. The court decided to hear several witnesses including businessman Halis Toprak and journalist Tuncay Özkan. The court also decided to examine the “Susurluk Report” and adjourned the hearing to 26 February 2015.

(11/133) Abdullah Cömert Case…

Balıkkesir Heavy Penal Court No 2 continued on 20 November 2015 to hear the case against the police officer Ahmet Kuş (29) launched on charges of the killing Abdullah Cömert (22) with a tear gas canister on 3 June 2013 in Hatay during Gezi Park demonstrations. The case was transferred to Balıkesir Heavy Penal Court No 2 for security reasons. The indictment wants the defendant to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment up to 25 years for “killing with eventual intent”.

The court decided to write Forensic Institute to ask for the completion of the report demanded by the court or present an excuse for not preparing the report. The court rejected the demand for the arrest of defendant and adjourned the hearing to 15 January 2016.

(11/134) Police Officers on Trial for Violence during Gezi Park Demonstrations…

İzmir Penal Court First Instance No 32 continued on 20 November 2015 to hear the case against police officers İ.G., M.K. and M.B. launched for beating a woman in İzmir on 2 June 2013 during Gezi Park demonstrations.

The police intervened the demonstrators on Gündoğdu Square on the day of incident. 3 officers attacked a woman sitting on seaside on Cordelio. When the video recordings of the incident were revealed, a court case was launched against the police officers for “misconduct of duty”.

In his defence as to the accusations, the defence lawyer alleged that the police officers did not beat the victim, but just pushed. After the testimonies of the eyewitnesses, the court adjourned the hearing to a later date to examine the files for being newly appointed to the case.

(11/135) Investigations, Detentions and Arrests on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

M.E.A (24) and A.A. (23) were arrested on 20 November 2015 in Birecik district of Şanlıurfa on the allegations of “insulting State President” through their social media accounts.

R.S. was also arrested in Hakkari for the same reason.

(11/136) Demonstrators Acquitted in Ağrı…

Ağrı Heavy Penal Court concluded on 17 November 2015 to hear the case against Ejder Özdemir launched for shouting the slogan “PKK are people, people are here” during a demonstration on 15 February 2015 in Ağrı.

After the final defence, the court acquitted the defendant. The indictment wanted the defendant to be sentenced according to the Article 7/2 of Anti-Terror Law for “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

(11/137) Protest Intervened in Diyarbakır…

A villager was wounded when military troops opened fire against a group of villagers who staged a human shield action on 22 November 2015 to stop the operations nearby Bateyt hamlet of Hani district in Diyarbakır.

(11/138) Protest Intervened in İstanbul…

The police intervened the members of Peoples’ Democratic Congress (HDK) who wanted to stage a demonstration on 21 November 2015 on Kocamustafapaşa Square in Fatih district of İstanbul to protest in the blockade in Nusaybin. 27 protesters were detained during the police intervention.

(11/139) Newroz Celebrations…

According to the news appeared in the press on 22 November 2015, a court case was alunched against 49 Mersin University students in connection with the Newroz celebrations in the university campus on 20 March 2015.

The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “being member of an illegal organisation” and “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”. Mersin Heavy Penal Court No 2 will start to hear the case on 9 December 2015.

(11/140) KCK Trial in Van…

Van Heavy Penal Court No 2 concluded to hear the case against 6 members of union of public servants in education sector Eğitim-Sen launched after an KCK operation conducted in Van. The defendants were arrested, but released during trial to be tried without remand.

The court sentenced the defendants Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Lezgin Botan, Selami Özyaşar, Mahmut Galip Yaviç and Hakan Yaman to 6 years and 3 months’ imprisonment for “being member of an illegal organisation”. Müzahit Karakuş and Sinan Gündüz were acquitted.

(11/141) Political Party Premises Raided in Mersin…

The police raided Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) premises on 21 November 2015 in Akdeniz district of Mersin on the grounds that “an organisational meeting was held in the premises” and searched the premises. After 3 hours of search, 16 persons including 5 children were detained.

(11/142) Operations throughout Turkey…

8 supporters of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Seyhan district of Adana and 13 persons in İstanbul were detained on 20 November 2015.

Bayram Can, Mazlum Metin, Agit Karasu and Azad Esenkuş who were among 13 persons detained in İstanbul were arrested on 21 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Mehmet Sefunç and Mazlum Duran who were among 6 persons detained during house raids conducted on 19 November 2015 in Silvan district of Diyarbakır on the allegations of insulting military troops with slogans when the troops were leaving Silvan after 12-days curfew were arrested on 20 November 2015 on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Berdan Öztürk’s advisor Ahmet Altunay who was detained during a house raid in Patnos district of Ağrı was arrested on 20 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Rezan Kadir Şexo and İhsan Tekin who were among 7 persons detained during house raids in Adana were arrested on 20 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

İ.Ş. (17) who was shot and wounded by the security forces during curfew in Cizre district of Şırnak was detained on the allegations of “reasonable suspicion”. İ.Ş. was arrested on 20 November 2015.

7 persons who were among 11 persons detained during house raids on 17 November 2015 in Sarıkamış and Selim districts of Kars against the members of  members of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) were arrested on 21 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

7 members of HDP who were among 15 persons detained Şirvan district of Siirt were arrested on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

(11/143) House Raids in İzmir…

4 children who were among 11 persons detained during house raids on 19 November 2015 against the houses of members of People’s Front (Halk Cephesi) in Bayraklı district of İzmir in connection with a “DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party – Front) Investigation” were arrested on 20 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation.

(11/144) Person Killed by the Police in Şırnak…

Rafet Aşut (23) who was heavily wounded when the police opened fire during the demonstration staged on 9 November 2015 Cizre district of Şırnak to protest in the curfew in Sİlvan district of Diyarbakır died on 23 November 2015 in Adana Training and Research Hospital.

(11/145) Stop Warning…

On 23 November 2015, Security Forces opened fire against 2 vehicles in Silvan district of Diyarbakır on the allegations of “not obeying the stop warning” and “being in preparation for an attack”. Murat Aktar (22) was killed and Y.M. (17) was wounded during the incident.

(11/146) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

6 soldiers were wounded when a bomb exploded on 23 November 2015 nearby Varto district of Muş during the passage of a military vehicle.

A police officer was killed and a police officer was wounded when the protection vehicle of the Siverek Sub-Governor was opened fire on 23 November 2015 after visiting a factory in Siverek district of Şanlıurfa.

Governorate of Hakkari announced on 23 November 2015 that several regions in Çukurca district of the province were decided to be temporary security zones for 15 days. Entrance of civilians to the security zones was also banned until 9 December 2015.

(11/147) Impunity in Extra-judicial Killing Case…

On 22 October 2015, Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 6 concluded on 23 November 2015 to hear the case against 18 retired and regular soldiers launched in connection with the killings of the HPG militants Sunullah Keserci and Necmeddin Ahmed Hasan, and villager İbrahim Atabay (18) on 6 October 2009 in Buğulukaynak (Kel) village in Çaldıran district of Van.

After the final defence, the court acquitted the defendants retired Van Gendarmerie Commander Vecihi Halil İyigün and regular soldiers former Gendarmerie Intelligence Commnader Major Hakan Başaklıgil, First Lieutenant Muhlis Çolak, Non-commissioned Officer Kabil Tanyeli, specialised sergeants İsmail Taşdemir, Hasan Kaya, Ünal Demirbaş, Hasan Emir, Mustafa Küpeli, Abdülkadir Karaca, Abdülmütalip Ateş, Mustafa Perpil, Mehmet Kocaboğa, Hamza Çelik, Hüseyin Güzel, Mevlüt Mete and Özgenç Soylu. The court also ruled that the defendants can open compensation cases for being remanded during the trial.

According to the indictment, the militants were unarmed and trying to leave the village during the incident. But Beşir Atalay, who was the Ministry of Interior Affair then, alleged that the militants died during an armed clash.

(11/148) Pressures in Prisons…

According to the news appeared in the press on 23 November 2015, 18 prisoners incarcerated in İskenderun (Hatay) T-type Prison were transferred to other prisons. They were reportedly among 32 prisoners who were recently subjected to interrogation of the prison administration under torture.

(11/149) Protest Intervene din İzmir…

The police intervened the members of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) who staged a sit-in action on 23 November 2015 in front of the İzmir Governorate to protest in the curfew in Nusaybin district of Mardin. 17 protesters were detained during the intervention.

(11/150) Protesters on Trial in İzmir…

İzmir Penal Court of First Instance No 22 started on 23 November 2015 to hear the case against 81 persons launched for taking part in a demonstration staged on 10 September 2013 in Alsancak quarter of İzmir to protest in killing of Ahmet Atakan on 10 December 2013 in Hatay by unidentified assailants.

The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations”, “resisting security forces”, and damaging public property”.

Defence lawyers argued at the hearing that the indictment was against the Law on Criminal Procedures. The court decided to return the indictment to the Public Prosecutor and adjourned the hearing to 8 February 2016.

(11/151) Political Party Premises Raided in Mersin…

4 persons including a child who were among 16 persons detained during the raid of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) premises on 21 November 2015 in Akdeniz district of Mersin were arrested on 23 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”. The raid was conducted on the grounds that “an organisational meeting was held in the premises”.

(11/152) Operations throughout Turkey…

On 23 November 2015 in Çatak district of Van, the police detained 4 persons including Democratic Regions Party (DBP) executive for the district Necmettin Kıpçak.

Serhat Dayan (19) who was among 3 persons detained during house raids in Bismil district of Diyarbakır was arrested on 23 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

(11/153) Nusaybin Blockaded…

The blockade and operation conducted under the decision of curfew reached its 13th day as of 25 November 2015.

Sedat Güngör (22) who shot during the operations conducted on 24 November 2015 in Yenişehir quarter died in the hospital.

Sultan Şavur (64) was wounded in Fırat quarter with shrapnel pieces.

Hasan Korkmaz (60) was shot at his back in Fırat quarter. He was wounded and hospitalised.

(11/154) Curfew in Cizre…

Governorate of Şırnak declared curfew on 24 November 2015 in Sur and Yafes quarters of Cizre district.

(11/155) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

Civil officer Sabri Oğlak and a police chief died, a police officer was wounded when an armoured police vehicle was attacked on 24 November 2015 in Cizre district of Şırnak.

General Staff made an official announcement and alleged that 5 militanst were killed during the operations conducted on 23 November 2015 in the rural area of Şemdinli district in Hakkari.

(11/156) Hate Crime in İstanbul…

A transsexual woman with the first name Nilay found stabbed to death on 23 November 2015 in Maltepe district of İstanbul.

(11/157) Police Officers on Trial for Violence…

Çağlayan (İstanbul) Penal Court of First Instance No 7 started on 24 November 2015 to hear the case against police officers Ömer Serdar Küçükibrahimoğlu and Fatih Zahter. The case was launched upon official complaint by Gökçe Algan who collar bone was broken when being targeted by a 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 Fatih Zahter appeared and testified at the hearing. The court decided to ask news agencies to provide the footage of the incident. The court also ordered the defendant Ömer Serdar Küçükibrahimoğlu to testify through SEGBİS system for being on duty in Van and adjourned the hearing to 2 March 2016.

(11/158) Former MP on Trial in Manisa…

Manisa Penal Court of First Instance No 6 started on 24 November 2015 to hear the case against former MP Şevki Yılmaz launched for the expressions he used during a speech in a conference. The indictment wants the defendant to be sentenced according to the Law on Crimes Committed against Atatürk.

After the defence of the lawyers of Şevki Yılmaz, the court decided for an expert’s report on the expressions and adjourned 9 February 2016.

(11/159) Persons on Trial in Ağrı…

Ağrı Heavy Penal Court started on 24 November 2015 to hear the case against 5 remanded persons launched for the poster “We condemn the complot – We salute the self-governance decision of our people (Komployu kınıyoruz.  Halkımızın özyönetimini selamlıyoruz)” they carried during a demonstration in Ağrı on 8 March 2015.

After the testimonies of the defendants, the court released the defendants Mehmet Öztürk, Mehmet Şakir Çaçan and Mehmet Reşat Adıgüzel to be tried without remand and adjourned the hearing to 26 January 2016.

(11/160) KCK Operation in Mersin…

Security Forces conducted operations on 24 November 2015 in Mersin against “financial organisation of KCK”. 9 persons including Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD) Char for Mersin province Mehmet Altuntaş were detained.

Mayor of Akdeniz district Fazıl Türk and another person are allegedly wanted in connection with the operations.

(11/161) Operations throughout Turkey…

The police detained 7 members of Socialist Youth Association (Sosyalist Gençlik Derneği – SGD) when they were making promotion the daily Azadi on 24 November 2015 in Kızıltepe district of Mardin.

The police conducted house raids in Kızıltepe ande reportedly detained 5 persons.

6 persons in Viranşehir district of Şanlıurfa and17 persons in Siverek district were detained during the operations.

12 November 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

12 November 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/067) Silvan Blockaded…

The 6th curfew in Silvan district of Diyarbakır reached its 10th day as of 12 November 2015 and operations of security forces and clashes continued in the district. Since the first curfew started on 16 August 2015, 14 persons were killed in Silvan.

On 12 November 2015, A.G. (7) and İ.Y. (12) were wounded during the operations conducted by the police and military in Konak and Tekel quarters.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) made an announcement and declared that people including MPs were attacked with bombs dropped from helicopters. HDP also alleged that the group took shelter in a mosque and they lost contact with the group.

(11/068) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

A lieutenant was killed during an armed clash on 11 November 2015 in Silvan district of Diyarbakır. A soldier was also wounded during the clash.

One police officer died and one police officer was wounded when an armoured vehicle was attacked with a rocket launcher on 11 November 2015 in Silvan.

(11/069) Mehmet Ayvalıtaş Case…

Anadolu (İstanbul) Heavy Penal Court No 8 continued on 11 November 2015 to hear the case against Mehmet Görkem Demirbaş (19) and Cengiz Aktaş launched in connection with the killing of Mehmet Ayvalıtaş (21). On 2 June 2013, the defendants drove their car into the crowd during a Gezi Park demonstration in Ümraniye district of İstanbul and caused the death of Mehmet Ayvalıtaş.

The court adjourned the hearing to 18 January 2015 to wait for the expert’s report on crime scene investigation.

(11/070) Person Beaten by the Police in İstanbul…

A student was reportedly beaten on 10 November 2015 by 2 police officers in Beyoğlu district of İstanbul on the allegations that the student cursed the officers. 2 police officers were reportedly suspended from duty when the security camera recording of the incident was revealed.

(11/071) Newspaper Raided…

On 11 November 2015, the police along with 2 lawyers raided the printing facilities of Feza Journalism Inc. in Yenibosna quarter of İstanbul. The Turkish authorities appointed trustee to take over management of the dailies Bugün and Millet. The raid was reportedly organised on the grounds that newly introduced papers Özgür Bugün (Free Bugün) and Özgür Millet (Free Millet) were printed in the facilities. The police also seized the issues of the papers.

Chief Public Prosecutor in İstanbul reportedly issued an arrest warrant against Ekrem Dumanlı, former editor-in-chief of the daily Zaman.

(11/072) Person on Trial on the allegations of Insulting the State President…

İzmir Penal Court of First Instance No 2 started on 11 November 2015 to hear the case against Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB) Spokesperson Melih Yalçın and worker with the TMMOB Devrim Cem Erturan. The case was launched on charges of “insulting the State President” with the slogans they shouted during a public statement on 12 February 2015 in İzmir.

After the identification of the defendants, the court adjourned the hearing to 3 December 2015 for the preparation of the defence.

(11/073) Protest Intervened in Hakkari…

The police intervened the demonstration staged on 11 November 2015 in Hakkari to protest in the curfew and operations in Silvan district of Diyarbakır. The police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd. Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Abdullah Zeydan was wounded when a tear gas canister hit his hand during police attack. MP Selma Irmak was also wounded for the excessive use of tear gas and hospitalised.

(11/074) Operations throughout Turkey…

Gökhan Kaya, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) executive for Şemdinli district of Hakkari, was detained on 11 November 2015 when s/he went to Şemdinli Court House to testify in connection with an incident.

The police conducted house raids on 11 November 2015 in Erzncan and detained 4 persons including Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) executive for the province Erkan Akgün. HDP executive for Erzincan province Özgür Nacar and Erzincan University student Remzi Durmaz were also detained when they went to Malatya to visit their friends.

A.K. (16) who was detained on 11 November 2015 during the operations conducted by Special Forces in Patnos district of Ağrı was arrested on the same day on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

11 November 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

11 November 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

(11/056) Silvan Blockaded…

The 6th curfew in Silvan district of Diyarbakır reached its 9th day as of 11 November 2015 and operations of security forces and clashes continued in the district. Since the first curfew started on 16 August 2015, 14 persons were killed in Silvan. On 11 November 2015, a military operation with tanks and helicopters was reportedly conducted and the district was blockaded by the security forces.

In 3 quarters of the district where intense armed clashes took place phone and internet lines went dead. The quarters were reportedly gone to rack and ruin. The population of the district was 90 thousand before the operations got started. 20 thousand persons reportedly had to flee the attacks and operations.

A civil investigation committee including Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MPs Çağlar Demirel and Feleknas Uca wanted to visit Mescit quarter where curfew was implemented. Security forces did not allow the group to enter the quarter.

A soldier was allegedly run over by a tank during operation on 10 November 2015 in the district centre.

An official from the Ministry of Interior Affairs allegedly told to the HDP MPs that they will wipe Konak, Mescit and Tekel quarters off the map.

(11/057) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

3 police officers died and a police officer was heavily wounded when a bomb exploded on 10 November 2015 in Silopi district of Şırnak during the passage of a police vehicle.

On 10 November 2015, 21 soldiers were wounded when a bomb exploded during the passage of a military convoy heading Silvan district of Diyarbakır where military operations were conducted.

Municipality worker Ramazan Tari (47) died and a police officer was wounded when a bomb-laden vehicle exploded on 11 November 2015 during the passage of armoured vehicle in Dargeçit district of Mardin.

(11/058) Emrah Demir Case…

Karşıyaka (İzmir) Heavy Penal Court started on 10 November 2015 to hear the case against the police officer Deniz G. launched in connection with the killing of Emrah Demir (21). After hearing the demands of the lawyers, the court accepted the demand for the arrest of the defendant and adjourned the hearing to a later date.

Emrah Demir was shot to death by the police officer Deniz G. on 14 December 2014 in Menemen district when they had a dispute.

(11/059) Aydın Aydoğan Case…

According to the news appeared on the press on 11 November 2015, İstanbul Administrative Court No 3 concluded to hear the compensation case against Ministry of Interior Affairs and İstanbul Governorate by Aydın Aydoğan who was shot at his left foot by the police with a tear gas canister during Gezi Park demonstrations in İstanbul.

The court rejected the case on the grounds that it could not be proved that the wound was caused by a tear gas canister.

Security Directorate defended at the previous hearing of the case that the injury of Aydın Aydoğan could have been caused by a daily accident, he might have sprained his ankle, and denied the allegations. Ministry of Interior Affairs also presented its defence in the case in December 2014 and defended that the police acted within limits of the laws and regulations. The Ministry also alleged that Aydın Aydoğan, though he was not a demonstrator and did not resist the security forces, did not take necessary protection measures a simple person would take and that’s why being wounded was his fault.

The defence was prepared relying on a decision by the 10th Chamber of the Highest Administrative Court in connection with the death of İsmail Işık (8) who died in 2005 nearby Patnos district of Ağrı when a mine exploded. The Chamber decided in the case that the security forces were not responsible with the incident.

(11/060) Pressures in Prisons…

According to the News appeared in the press on 10 November 2015, Fatma Gökhan and Pınar incarcerated in Diyarbakır E-type Prison and were beaten while being transferred to hospital were sentenced by the prison administration to 5 days of cell confinement on the allegations of “resisting public officers on duty” and “shouting slogans”.

(11/061) Book Banned…

According to the news appeared in the press on 11 November 2015, Mersin Penal Court of Peace Judge banned the 5-volumes book of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan “Kurdish Question and Solution of Democratic Nation (Kürt Sorunu ve Demokratik Ulus Çözümü)”. The court also ordered the book to be seized and stopped the sale. The book had been banned previously, but the Court of Cassation revoked the ban decision on book.

(11/062) Web Site of News Agency Banned…

On 10 November 2015, Telecommunication Communication Directorate (TİB) banned access to the new web site of the DİHA (Dicle News Agency) “www.dihasistem.com.tr”. The number of the banned domains of DİHA reached 26.

(11/063) Investigations, Detentions and Arrests on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

E.B. (36) against whom an arrest warrant was issued on the allegations of “insulting the State President” was arrested on 10 November 2015.

(11/064) Protest Intervened in İzmir…

14 members and executives of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) including HRFT founder Coşkun Üsterci were detained when they staged a silent protest on 10 November 2015 in front of the İzmir Governorate. The group was protesting the curfew and the attacks of the security forces in Silvan district of Diyarbakır.

(11/065) Protest Intervened in İstanbul…

The police intervened a demonstration staged on 10 November 2015 to protest in the government’s decision for not allowing Aziz Güler’ body to be taken by his family on Rojava border for funeral. Aziz Güler was killed while fighting against IS/ISIS in Rojava region of Syria and his body was not taken for the last 53 days.

The protesters staged the demonstration in front of the Prime Minister’s office in Dolmabahçe Palace. The police detained 9 persons during the intervention.

(11/066) Operations throughout Turkey…

Onur Can who was detained during a house raid in Adana was arrested on 10 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

On 10 November 2015, the police raided the premises of Dersim Free Students Association (Dersim Özgür Öğrenci Derneği – DÖ-DER) and the houses of the members of the association. At least 10 persons were reportedly detained during the raids.

10 November 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

10 November 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/050) Persons Killed by the Police in Diyarbakır…

Mehmet Gündüz (Yavuz) (45) was shot to death and Seyfettin Kurt (44), Kudbettin Çiçek and Abdulsamet Kesici (50) were wounded when the police opened fire against a coffee house during the operations on 9 November 2015 in Silvan district of Diyarbakır where curfew was implemented for the 6th time in the last few months.

Yakup Sinbağ (20) was also killed during the operations in the Tekel quarter on the same day. A police officer was also wounded during the clashes in the district.

(11/051) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

3 militants were reportedly killed during the military operations conducted on 5 November 2015 in the rural area of Dicle district in Diyarbakır.

A non-commissioned officer died and a police officer was wounded when a military convoy was opened fire on 10November 2015 in Yüksekova district of Hakkari.

(11/052) Persons Shot by the Police in Şırnak…

The police opened fire against people who staged a demonstration on 9 November 2015 in Cizre district of Şırnak to protest in the curfew and operations in Silvan district of Diyarbakır. Mehmet Emin Butanri and Rafet Aşut were shot and wounded by the police.

(11/053) JİTEM (Diyarbakır)/ Musa Anter Case…

Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 6 continued on 9 November 2015to hear the gendarmerie intelligence service JİTEM case against 16 defendants including 5 on-the-run defendants launched in connection with the killings of 26 persons including Musa Anter in Diyarbakır and neighbouring provinces. The case was transferred to Ankara for security reasons.

After the presentations of the lawyers, remanded confessor Hamit Yıldırım and defendant soldier Savaş Gevrekçi testified at the hearing. The court rejected to release the only remanded defendant Hamit Yıldırım to be tried without remand and adjourned the hearing to 11 December 2015.

(11/054) Investigations, Detentions and Arrests on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

N.Y. was arrested on 9 November 2015 in Kırşehir on the allegations of “insulting the State President” with the slogans s/he shouted during a demonstration staged to protest in the massacre in Ankara on 10 October 2015.

T.Ç. (28) who was detained on 9 November 2015 in Kırşehir for the same allegations was also arrested according to the Article 299 TPC.

(11/055) Operations throughout Turkey…

Suat Akdeniz who was detained in Taşlıçay  district of Ağrı during the operations conducted against the members and executives of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Democratic Regions Party (DBP), and Peoples’ Democratic Congress (HDK) was arrested on 9 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

4 persons who were detained in Ceylanpınar district of Şanlıurfa and reportedly subjected to torture in custody were arrested on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

HDP district exective Serdar Fırathan and Deniz Günaşan who were among 3 persons detained during the house raids on10 November 2015 in Ceylanpınar district of Şanlıurfa were arrested on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

7 persons were detained in Viranşehir district of Şanlıurfa in connection with a “Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) Investigation”. 4 persons were also detained in Bismil district of Diyarbakır.