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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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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Click here to reach the detailed time table of the curfews.

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)

29-30 April 2016 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

29-30 April 2016 Daily Human Rights Report

(04/183) Curfew in Sur…

The curfew in 6 quarters of Sur district in Diyarbakır reached its 159th day as of 30 April 2016.

According to the news appeared in the press, the body of a person was taken from Sur district to Gazi Yaşargil Training and Research Hospital on 27 April 2016.

The body of a person who was taken from Sur on 26 April 2016 was alleged to be Mehmet Kaya (55).

(04/194) Curfew in Cizre…

The bodies of Servet Çurak and Rêber Çelik who was stuck in 3 basements during the night-curfew in Cizre district of Şırnak were identified after DNA tests. The bodies were taken by their families on 29 April 2016.

(04/183) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

2 gendarmerie soldiers who were wounded during the clashes in Şırnak and transferred to Ankara reportedly died on 29 April 2016 in the hospital.

1 gendarmerie soldier was killed during an armed clash on 28 April 2016 in İsmetpaşa quarter of Şırnak where curfew was imposed.

One of the YPS members who were killed during the armed clashes in Cizre district of Şırnak was identified as Mehmet Can and reportedly buried on 29 April 2016.

1 gendarmerie solider was killed, 2 police officers and 1 gendarmerie soldier were abounded when an armoured vehicle was attacked with rocket-launcher on 30 April 2016 in Nusaybin district of Mardin.

1 captain was killed and 3 gendarmerie soldiers were reportedly wounded during an armed clash in Nusaybin.

3 police officers and 3 gendarmerie soldiers were wounded when a bomb exploded during the operations conducted on 30 April 2016 in Nusaybin.

YS General Coordination announced on 29 April 2016 that YPS member Kadir Tanıt (Hamza Cudi) was killed during the clashes on 19 April 2016 in Şırnak.

YS General Coordination also announced on 30 April 2016 that following YPS members were killed during the clashes in Nusaybin: Resul İnan (Rêzan Baran) on 25 April 2016, Harun Korkmaz (Kendal Koçer) on 26 April 2016, Egîd Germira on 27 April 2016.

Temporary village guard Salih Babat (45) was organised an armed attack and killed on 30 April 2016 in Şenoba district of Şırnak. Curfew was imposed in the district following the incident.

(04/185) Ultra-nationalist Attack in Uşak…

Construction workers Eren Sömer (26) and Ufuk Çelik were attacked on 24 April 2016 by a group of 3 persons for talking in Kurdish in a public park in Uşak. The workers were stabbed and hospitalised.

(04/187) Suicide Bomb Attack in Bursa…

1 soldier was wounded when a bomb exploded during the passage of a military vehicle on 28 April 2016 in Soma district of Manisa. HPG claimed the attack.

(04/190) Kızıltepe JİTEM Case…

Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 5 continued on 28 April 2016 to hear the case against 9 persons including former Diyarbakır Gendarmerie Commander Colonel Eşref Hatipoğlu and former Kızıltepe Gendarmerie Deputy Commander Hasan Atilla Uğur launched in connection with the disappearances of 22 persons in detention and/or killings by unidentified persons in Mardin and its districts between the years 1992 and 1996. 4 soldiers and 5 village guards are on trial in this case.

Similar to the previous cases concerning disappearances in detention, killings by unidentified persons and extra-judicial executions, the lawyers of the defendants applied to the Court of Cassation to transfer the case to another province for security measures. The Court of Cassation decided to send the case to Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 5.

After the testimonies of the defendants, the court adjourned the hearing to 24 June 2016 for the completion of deficient documents.

(04/188) Columnists on Trial…

Çağlayan (İstanbul) Penal Court of First Instance No 2 concluded on 28 April 2016 to hear the case against Ceyda Karan and Hikmet Çetinkaya, journalists with daily Cumhuriyet, for publishing cartoons of Charlie Hebdo on their columns on 14 January 2015.

The indictment wanted the journalists to be sentenced according to the Article 216 TPC for “degrading religious values of people”. The court sentenced the defendants to 2 years’ imprisonment.

(04/189) Chief-Editors on Trial…

According to the news appeared in the press on 28 April 2016, a court case was launched against Fatih Polat, chief-editor of the daily Evrensel, and managing director of the paper Vural Nasuhbeyoğlu in connection with the news entitled “HPG: the police officer who claimed you will see the power of the Turks was abducted (HPG: Yüksekova’da Türk’ün gücünü göreceksiniz diyen polis alıkonuldu)”appeared in the paper on 9 October 2015.

The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”. İstanbul (Çağlayan) Heavy Penal Court No 13 will start to hear the case on 6 October 2016.

(04/196) Former MP on Trial in Ağrı…

Ağrı Heavy Penal Court started on 29 April 2016 to hear the case against former Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Halil Aksoy who was arrested on 21 January 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation” and “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” when he went to Ağrı Security Directorate to testify in connection with an investigation started after the raid of his house in İstanbul.

Halil Aksoy testified at the hearing through SEGBİS tele-conference system from Oltu (Erzurum) T-type Prison. The court decided to release the defendant to be tried without remand and adjourned the hearing to a later date.

(04/186) 1 May Celebrations…

A group of ultra-nationalists attacked the Anadolu University students with knives and sticks while distributing leaflets for 1 May on 28 April 2016 in Eskişehir. 4 students were wounded during the attack.

(04/192) KCK/TM Main Trial in Diyarbakır…

Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 2 continued on 29 April 2016 to hear the case against 175 persons launched after an operation conducted in 2009. The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for founding the “Koma Ciwaken Kurdistan-Kurdistan Union of Communities/Turkish Assembly (KCK/TM)” and acting in the name of the organisation.

After the Public Prosecutor’s opinion as to the accusations, the court adjourned the hearing to 23 May 2016 for the preparation of the defence as to the accusations.

(04/193) Persons on Trial in Diyarbakır…

Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 4 started on 29 June 2016 to hear the case against 21 persons including 2 remanded defendants launched for “taking part n the self-governance declaration” on 15 July 2016 in Yenişehir district of Diyarbakır.

After the identification of the defendants and reading the indictment, the court decided to release the defendants Türkan Uzun Avşin and Hikmet Aralan to be tried without remand and adjourned the hearing to 30 June 2016.

(04/195) Persons on Trial in İstanbul…

According to the news appeared in the press on 29 April 2016, Public Prosecutor in İstanbul concluded the investigation against 50 lawyers including 9 members of Libertarian Lawyers Association (Özgürlükçü Hukukçular Derneği – ÖHD) who were detained during the house raids conducted on 16 March 2016 in 16 districts of İstanbul.

Public Prosecutor demanded the lawyers to be sentenced for “being member of an illegal organisation”, “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”, and “aiding an illegal organisation”. ÖHD member lawyers’ appeals to the ECtHR were also cited as evidence in the indictment. İstanbul Heavy Penal Court No 14 will start to hear the case on 22 June 2016.

(04/184) Detentions and Arrests…

15 persons who were among 19 persons detained during the operations conducted against the premises of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Democratic Regions Party (DBP), Human Rights Association (HRA) and several unions in Bingöl were arrested on 29 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Erciş Co-Mayor Abdurrahman Çağan who was detained on the grounds that there was an arrest warrant against him issued on the allegations of taking part in the self-governance declaration on 12 October 2015 in Erciş district of Van was arrested on 29 April 2016 on the allegations of “disrupting the unity and territorial integrity of the state”.

During the operations conducted against HDP and DBP on 28 April 2016, DBP Co-Chair for Tuşba district of Van province Harika Uyar in Tuşba and 12 persons in Xirvate town of Yüksekova district in Hakkari were detained. HDP Co-Chair for Edirne province Hazal Köysüren was arrested on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Tahir Demirtaş, Binali Gülmez, Yılmaz Gürgül and  Serhat Boztaş who were among 7 members of Democratic Rights Federation (Demokratik Hakları Federasyonu) detained during the raid of the Hozat Culture and Art Association (Hozat Kültür ve Sanat Derneği) in Tunceli were arrested on 28 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

9 persons including 4 children who were among 24 persons detained during the house raids in Mersin were arrested on 29 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation” and “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” relying on the demonstrations they took part.

4 persons including DBP Co-Chair for Mardin province Ömer Öcalan who were detained during the raids in Kızıltepe and Dargeçit were arrested on 29 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

The police conducted house raid on 30 April 2016 in Bahçelievler district of İstanbul and detained İMC TV news editor Hamza Aktan on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

Provincial General Assembly member in Muş province Sıracettin Çiftçi who was detained during a raid in Bulanık district of Muş was arrested on 29 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

26 April 2016 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

26 April 2016 Daily Human Rights Report

(04/157) Curfew in Sur…

Curfew in 6 quarters of Sur district in Diyarbakır reached its 155th day as of 26 April 2016.

According to the news appeared in the press, the body of a person was taken from Sur district to Gazi Yaşargil Training and Research Hospital on 25 April 2016.

(04/158) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

The body of YPS member Emre Önver who was killed during an armed clash in Yüksekova district of Hakkari and transferred to Erzurum was identified on 25 April 2016 by his family.

According to the news appeared in the press, the bodies of 10 persons who were killed during armed clashes in Yüksekova district of Hakkari and transferred to Erzurum were buried on 25 April 2015.

5 militants were reportedly killed during an armed clash that broke out on 25 April 2016 in the rural area of Kağızman district in Kars province.

1 HPG was reportedly killed and 1 militant was wounded during an armed clash that broke out on 25 April 2016 in the rural area of Talê village in Hakkari province.

1 gendarmerie soldier was killed and 10 soldiers were wounded during 2 separate explosions in Dicle and Yenişehir quarter of Nusaybin district in Mardin.

(04/159) JİTEM (Diyarbakır)/ Musa Anter Case…

Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 6 continued on 25 April 2016 to 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 alleged security reasons.

Orhan Miroğlu testified at the hearing as witness. The court rejected to release the only remanded defendant Hamit Yıldırım to be tried without remand and decided to hear Veli Küçük as witnesses who did not appear before the court for giving excuse. The court adjourned the hearing to 20 June 2016.

(04/160) Columnist Convicted…

Çağlayan (İstanbul) Penal Court of First Instance No 2 concluded on 25 April 2016 to hear the case against Can Dündar, columnist with the daily Cumhuriyet, launched upon official complaint of State President for the column he wrote on 18 July 2014 under the title “We have the right to read the summary proceedings” on corruption operations.

After the final defence as to the accusations, the court sentenced Can Dündar to a fine of TL 28,650 for “insulting public officer” under to the Article 125 TPC.

(04/161) Persons on Trial on the Allegations of Insulting the State President…

Zonguldak Penal Court of First Instance No 9 started on 21 April 2016 to her the case against 9 persons launched on charges of “insulting the State President”. The case was launched after the action staged on in Zonguldak to protest in the Ankara Massacre on 10 October 2016.

The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations”. After the testimonies of the defendants, the court adjourned the hearing to 13 My 2016 for the completion of deficient documents.

Hüseyin Karadağ, Suna Altındağ, Hakan Dilbaz, Funda Kaya, Zülfikar Ali Samsun, İsmail Yıldız, Zuhal Engiz, Recep Adıgüzel and Bekir Atay testified at the hearing. And the court adjourned the hearing to 5 October 2016.

(04/162) Investigations, Detentions and Arrests on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

A group of villagers growing potato in Adana closed a road on 24 April 2016 to protest in the low potato prices. 10 of the villagers were detained on the allegations of “insulting the State President” and “resisting security forces”.

(04/163) Persons on Trial in Mersin…

According to the news appeared in the press on 25 April 2016, a court case was launched against Veysi Demir and Kamuran Nas for taking part in the funeral of the HPG militant Mehmet Cemal Demir in Tarsus district of Mersin. Mehmet Cemal Demir was killed during an armed clash on 14 September 2015 in the rural area of Hazro district in Diyarbakır.

The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” and Tarsus Heavy Penal Court No 2 will start to hear the case on 7 June 2016.

(04/164) 1 May Celebrations…

A group of ultra-nationalists attacked the students of Osmangazi University in Eskişehir when they were distributing 1 May leaflets on 25 April 2016 in Eskişehir. 13 students were wounded during the attack. The police intervened the incident to disperse the ultra-nationalists and detained 9 students.

(04/165) Detentions and Arrests…

The police conducted house raids on 25 April 2016 in İstanbul against the houses of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) activists and detained 5 persons.

2 workers of the paper Özgür Gelecek (Free Future) and 7 followers of the paper were also detained during the operations conducted on 26 April 2016 in İstanbul.

23-25 April 2016 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

23-25 April 2016 Daily Human Rights Report

(04/140) Curfew in Sur…

Curfew in 6 quarters of of Sur district in Diyarbakır reached its 154th day as of 25 April 2016.

4 bodies kept in Erzurum were identified on 22 April 2016 as Yusuf Yürümeyen, Erhan Keskin, Erdal Tekin and Welat Bilen after DNA tests.

According to the news appeared in the press, the body of a person was taken from Sur district to Gazi Yaşargil Training and Research Hospital on 22 April 2016.

(04/141) Curfew in Silopi…

After the restart of the operations on 4 April 2016 in Silopi district of Şırnak, the curfew was lifted on its 18th day on 22 April 2016. The Governorate imposed a night curfew in the district.

(04/142) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

YPS General Coordination announced on 22 April 2016 that Zeki Adıyeke (Azat Şoreş) was killed on 18 April 2016 and Yekta Atlı (Aso Zagros) was killed on 22 April 2016 during the armed clashes in Nusaybin district of Mardin.

YPS also announced that YPS member Mehmet Sait Külter and İsa Yılmaz who were allegedly killed during the armed clashes were alive.

3 soldiers were killed when a bomb exploded during the passage of an armoured vehicle on 22 April 2016 nearby Göktepe village of Tunceli.

5 gendarmerie soldiers and 2 police officers were wounded when a bomb exploded on 22 April 2016 in Nusaybin district of Mardin.

1 gendarmerie soldier was killed on 23 April 2016 in Abdülkadirpaşa quarter of Nusaybin district in Mardin.

5 gendarmerie soldiers died and 2 soldiers were wounded when a bomb exploded on 25 April 2016 in Nusaybin district of Mardin.

12 police officers were wounded when a bomb exploded during the passage of an armoured vehicle on 23 April 2016 nearby Mazıdağı district of Mardin.

The body of YPS militant Ercan Atar who was killed during clashes in Yüksekova district of Hakkari and kept in Erzurum was identified on 22 April 2016 by his family.

Sub-Governorate in Lice district of Diyarbakır imposed curfew at 09.00 am on 23 April 2016 in 16 villages on the grounds of operations to be conducted in the district.

(04/143) Rocket Launched from Syria to Kilis…

Abbas Çelik who was wounded when IS/ISIS launched a rocket from Syria to city centre of Kilis province on 11 April 2016 died on 22 April 2016.

Emre Aslan (14), Hatice Evran (62) and Abdullah Kaçan (42) were killed, 3 persons were wounded when IS/ISIS launched another rocket from Syria to city centre of Kilis province on 22 April 2016.

Fatma Demir (36) and Syrian Fadıl Emin (23) were killed, 26 persons were wounded during the rocket attack on 24 April 2016.

(04/144) Ultra-nationalist Attack in Karaman…

According to the news appeared in the press on 22 April 2016, V.Ç. (20),Karamanoğlu Mehmetbey University student in Kaman, was attacked by a group some 15 ultra-nationalists after being targeted by local news portal karamaninsesi.com by sharing a photo of wearing local cloths in the wedding ceremony of his brother in Silvan district of Diyarbakır.

He had broken bones after the attack and hospitalised. He also had an operation in the hospital.

(04/145) Ultra-nationalist Attack and Lynching Attempt in Ankara …

5 board members of the sports club Amedspor were attacked by a group of board members and supporters of sports club Anakargücü after the end of Ankaragücü-Amedspor football match on 24 April 2016 in Ankara. Board members of Amedspor were wounded during the lynching attempt and hospitalised.

(04/146) Pressures in Prisons…

According to the news appeared in the press on 22 April 2016, 11 prisoners incarcerated in Afyonkarahisar E-type Prison were given 11 days’ cell confinement and banned from visits for one month on the allegations of “resisting prison guards during intervention against hunger strikes in the prison”.

(04/147) Pressures in Prisons…

13 prisoners incarcerated in Elazığ E-type Prison were reportedly transferred on 22 April 2016 to various prisons in several provinces without their demands.

(04/148) Correspondent Convicted…

Diyarbakır Penal Court of First Instance No 7 concluded on 20 April 2016 to hear the case against Faruk Ayyıldız, correspondent with the daily Evrensel in Diyarbakır, launched with the expressions “Every stone thrown to the intruder is legitimate when they come with weapons, soldiers, police and violence” he used on twitter on 9 October 2013.

The court sentenced the defendant to 5 months’ imprisonment under the Article 214 TPC for “inciting people to commit crime”. The sentence was commuted to a fine of TL 3,000.

(04/149) Person on Trial in Bitlis…

According to the news appeared in the press on 23 April 2016, a court case was launched against Mehmet Eteş for the speech he gave during funeral of his son YPG militant Yusuf Eteş in Bitlis.

The indictment wants the defendant to be sentenced for “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”. Bitlis Heavy Penal Court No 2 will start t hear the case on 5 May 2016.

(04/150) Academics for Peace on Trial …

İstanbul Heavy Penal Court No 1 started on 22 April 2016 to hear the case against the academicians Muzaffer Kaya (fired from Nişantası University in İstanbul), Boğaziçi University member Esra Mungan, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University member Kıvanç Ersoy, and Meral Camcı (fired from Yeni Yüzyıl University in İstanbul) who were detained for signing the “Academics for Peace” and arrested on 15 March 2016 on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” and “insulting the state and its organs”.

After the identification and testimonies of the defendants, Public Prosecutor revised opinion as to the accusations and demanded the defendants to be sentenced according to the Article 301 TPC instead of Article 7/2 of Anti-Terror Law. The court decided to release the defendants to be tried without demand and adjourned the hearing to 27 September 2016.

(04/151) Investigations, Detentions and Arrests on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

Ali Kaya who was detained in Derik district of Mardin for the facebook posts was arrested on 23 April 2016 on the allegations of “insulting the State President”.

Fırat Ataç who was detained in Dargeçit district of Mardin was also arrested on 24 April 2016 on the allegations of “insulting the State President”.

Ebru Umar, columnist with the Dutch daily Metro, was detained in Kuşadası district of Aydın on the allegations of “insulting the State President” with a twit she shared. She was released on judicial control decision with a ban on leaving the country.

(04/152) Curfew Protests…

The police intervened and dispersed a group of persons who gathered on 24 April 2016 in front of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) premises in Sultanbeyli district of İstanbul. 6 persons were detained during the police intervention.

(04/153) Protest Intervened in İstanbul…

The police prevented members of Freedom and Solidarity Party (ÖDP) who wanted to stage a protest on 23 April 2016 in İstanbul following the decision of the court not extending the inquiry after the trial of the teacher Muammer B. (54) for raping / sexually abusing male students in Ensar Foundation’s houses in Karaman and not prosecuting Ensar Foundation and its board members. The police detained 10 members of the ÖDP.

(04/154) 1 May Celebrations…

5 persons who were distributing leaflets on 22 April 2016 in Muğla for 1 May celebrations were detained.

(04/155) Ban Decision in Mardin…

Governorate of Mardin announced on 22 April 2016 ban on all meetings and demonstrations, public and press statements, stands and tents in provincial centre and all districts for 30 days.

(04/156) Detentions and Arrests…

Operation and detentions continued on 22 April 2016 in the provinces and district where curfews were imposed.

The police conducted house raids in Silopi district of Şırnak and detained Mizgin Gelgi, Faysal Ayna, Lokman and Yakup Erol. The detainees were arrested on 23 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Muhyettin Mete and his son Hasan Mete who were detained on 21 April 2016 in Cizre district of Şırnak were also arrested on 23 April 2016 on the allegations of “aiding an illegal organisation”.

Feride Benzer, Zilan Tetik and Zeytin Akman who were among 5 persons detained during house raids in Cizre district of Şırnak were arrested on 23 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

The police raided a house on 18 April 2016 in Hacıbekir quarter of Van after an armed clash and shot pregnant Remziye Bor at neck and chest who was alone at home. Remziye Bor was hospitalised. 8 persons including her husband İrfan Bor were detained during the operations conducted after the incident. İrfan Bor, Lokman Abi and Ciwan Yemen who were among detainees were arrested on 22 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Co-Chair for Nizip district of Gaziantep province Songül Taydaş, Yasin Arslan, Muharrem Polat, Cemil Polat, Hasan Demir, Yılmaz Kabakulak, Ramazan Karagöz and Serdar Yılmaz who were in Nizip district of Gaziantep were arrested on 21 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation” and “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

Gendarmerie soldiers conducted raids on 22 April 2016 in Bismil district of Diyarbakır and detained 10 persons.

15 persons including Co-Mayor of Bulanık district Figen Yaşar who were detained during the operations conducted by Security Forces in Muş and its districts were arrested on 23 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Prisoners’ Families Solidarity Association TAYDER Co-Chair Musa Karbadağ and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) member Zarife Karasungur were detained by gendarmerie on the grounds there were arrest warrent against them when a group on TAYDER and Human Rights Association (HRA) members were going to Şakran prison to protest in the pressures in the prison.

Democratic Youth Associations Federation (Demokratik Gençlik Dernekleri Federasyonu – DEM-GENÇ) members Şaban Erdoğan and Muhammed Ensar Kurt who went to Public Prosecutors office to testify in connection with an investigation started against them were arrested on 21 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation” relying on the 35 days they spent in Cizre district of Şırnak.

7 persons who were among 15 members and activists of HDP detained in Viranşehir district of Şanlıurfa were arrested on 23 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation” and “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

MEYA-DER (solidarity association for people who lost their relatives in Mesopotamia) Co-Chair for Cizre district Kasım Yiğit and MEYA-DER executive Ali Nas who were among 5 persons detained during a religious memorial ceremony for persons killed during curfew in İdil district of Şırnak were arrested on 22 April 2016 on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

Şahin Demirhan who was among 6 persons detained in Siirt and Kurtalan district was arrested on 22 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”

4 persons who were among 9 persons detained in Adana in connection with the posts they shared on facebook were arrested on 22 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation” and “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”. .

Dicle News Agency (DİHA) correspondent Bilal Güldem who was detained in Batman was arrested on 24 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Halil Üstek who was detained for not leaving his house during curfew in Şırnak was arrested on 23 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Nadir Angi who was detained in İneg village of Doğubayazıt district of Ağrı was arrested on 23 April 2016 on the allegations of “”aiding an illegal organisation”.

Yusuf İbren who was among 8 persons detained during house raids in Antalya was arrested on 23 April 2016 on the allegations of “acting in the name of YPS”.

7 April 2016 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

7 April 2016 Daily Human Rights Report

(04/038) Curfew in Silopi…

After the curfew imposed in Silopi district of Şırnak on 4 April 2016, the houses in Barbaros were attacked with tanks on 6 April 2016.

İsa Tonguç, Ahmet Tonguç, Muhyettin Tonguç and Saadettin Tonguç were killed, 3 persons were wounded when a house was shot by the tanks.

Züleyha Şalk (70) and Esra Şalk (2) were also killed in another house in the same quarter.

Behiye Erener (45) was reportedly killed in a house in Başak quarter when the house was hit by a cannon.

Rahime Sanır (14) was killed and her brother M. Sanır (17) was wounded when they were opened fire while plating on the balcony of their house in Başak quarter.

(04/039) Curfew in İdil…

After the completion of the operations, the night-curfew in İdil district of Şırnak continued on 6 April 2016. Bodies of 6 persons who were killed during the curfew and transferred to Şanlıurfa were reportedly buried on 6 April 2016 on the grounds that they were not identified.

(04/040) House Raid in Bolu…

Special Forces from Ankara raided a house on 6 April 2016 in Bolu province on the allegations that PKK militants were living in the house. 2 unidentified persons were shot to death during the raid.

(04/041) Attack by Unidentified Assailants in Diyarbakır…

S.Ç. (17-female) was shot at head and wounded when she was opened fire from a “Toros” model vehicle on 5 April 2016 in Kayapınar district of Diyarbakır. She was taken to Dicle University Medical School hospital and her condition was reportedly critical. Her aunt alleged that the persons in the vehicle were police officers.

(04/042) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

YPS members Rojhat İşleyen (Cilo Botan) and Neriman Koçhan were killed during the armed clashes on 4 April 2016 in Nusaybin district of Mardin where curfew was imposed.

YPS members Zınar Serhat, Rızgar Batman and Yusuf Aybak (Şoreş Goyi Masiro) were reportedly killed on 5 April 2016 during the operations and clashes in Şırnak.

YPS General Coordination made a public announcement concerning the condition in cities where curfew was imposed and declared that Yunus Keskin (Adıl Bılıki) was killed on 5 April 2016 in Yüksekova district of Hakkari.

The bodies of 9 YPS and YPS-JIN members who were killed during the clashes in Yüksekova district of Hakkari were reportedly transferred on 6 April 2016 to Erzurum Forensic Institute for identification.

3 soldiers were wounded on 6 April 2016 in Yüksekova district of Hakkari when a bulding collapsed.

3 police officers and 1 gendarmerie soldier were wounded when an armoured vehicle was attacked with a rocket launcher on 6 April 2016 in Güngör quarter of Yüksekova district in Hakkari.

1 temporary village guard who was wounded during an armed clash that broke out on 6 April 2016 in the rural area of Mutki district in Bitlis reportedly died in the hospital. 1 militant was killed during the clash.

(04/043) Torture and Ill-treatment in Custody…

4 persons who were among 20 persons detained during house raids conducted on 5 April 2016 in Silopi district of Şırnak were reportedly beaten in custody.

(04/044) Unionists on Trial in Adana…

Adana Penal Court of First Instance No 17 started on 6 April 2016 to hear the case against 13 unionists and members of professional chambers who were detained for distributing leaflets on 6 October 2016. The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations”.

After the identification and testimonies of the defendants, the court adjourned the hearing to 13 July 2016 for the completion of deficient documents.

(04/045) Gezi Park Trails…

Çağlayan (İstanbul) Penal Court of First Instance No 65 continued on 6 April 2016 to hear the case against 44 persons including 41 lawyers launched in connection with a protest staged in the Çağlayan Court House during the Gezi Park demonstrations.

The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations”. After the testimonies of the defendants, the court adjourned the hearing to 28 September 2016 for the completion of deficient documents.

(04/046) Detentions and Arrests…

The Public Prosecutor in İstanbul objected the release of 31 persons including 9 lawyers who were detained on 16 March 2016 in İstanbul. Peace Penal Judge No 1 ordered on 22 March 2016 arrest of 21 persons including the lawyers Hüseyin Boğatekin, Ramazan Demir, Ayşe Acinikli and Ayşe Gösterişlioğlu. After the decision, Hüseyin Boğatekin and Ayşe Gösterişlioğlu were arrested at Çağlayan Court House. The lawyers Ayşe Canikli and Ramazan Demir were also arrested on 6 April 2016 at Çağlayan Court House.

Health worker Ercan Üzün and teacher Fatma Akkaya who were detained in Dargeçit district of Mardin were arrested on 6 April 2016 on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” with the posts on social media.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) executive for Hakkari province Rahmi Kurt who was among 8 persons detained during the raid of HDP premises in Hakkari was arrested on 6 April 2016 on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

KJA member Gülli Kara who was among 5 persons detained in Van was arrested on 6 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Erciş Municipality Assembl member Halil Yılmazer, municipality workers Fesih Ağtepe and Abdulkadir Köroğlu who were among 16 persons detained during house raids in Erciş district of Van were arrested on 6 April 2016 on the allegations of “disrupting the unity and territorial integrity of the state”. Former Co-Chair of Democratic Regions Party (DBP) in Erciş district Abidin İnce was also arrested on the allegations of “insulting the State President”.

30 March 2016 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

30 March 2016 Daily Human Rights Report

(03/204) Curfew in Sur…

After the completion of the military operations in Sur district of Diyarbakır, the curfew reached its 112th day as of 30 March 2016.

Furkan Erkaplan whose body was kept in Malatya Forensic Institute was identified by his family on 29 March 2016.

13 persons who died during operations in Sur district were reportedly buried in the garden of a house due to the on-going armed clashes. The buried persons were not identified.

(03/205) Curfew in İdil…

The curfew in İdil district of Şırnak reached its 41st day as of 28 March 2016. İsmail Gürbüz (19) and Servet Yıldız were identified by their families on 29 March 2016.

(03/206) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

HPG militants reportedly closed a road on 29 March 2016 in Lice district of Diyarbakır and abducted Justice and Development Party Chair for İspir district in Erzurum province Salih Zeki Çetinkaya.

Gendarmerie soldier H.Ş. (22) allegedly committed suicide on 29 March 2016 in a military vehicle in Nusaybin district of Mardin.

Technician Mehmet Sadık Altürk who was wounded when a riot police department in Şırnak was attacked on 20 March 2016 died on 29 March 2016 in the hospital in Ankara.

1 police officer was reportedly killed during an armed clash that broke out on 29 March 2016 in Dicle quarter of Şırnak.

(03/207) Armed Attack in Tunceli…

Court House in Tunceli was attacked on 30 March 2016 with fire arms and hand grenades. One of 2 attackers was killed during the armed clash that broke out after the attack. Governorate of Tunceli announced that the attack was organised by DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party – Front) and the name of the person killed during the clash was Onur Polat.

(03/208) Impunity in Extra-judicial Execution Trial in Bingöl…

On 22 October 2013, Public Prosecutor in Diyarbakır re-started the investigation concerning the killings of Mehmet Eliveren (19) and Yılmaz Eliveren (17) on 17 April 1999 in Genç district of Bingöl by Special Forces on the allegations of being PKK militants. The Public Prosecutor took the decision relying on 60 witnesses who testified to the effect that Mehmet Eliveren and Yılmaz Eliveren were not PKK militants. And a court case was launched against security officers after the completion of the investigation.

According to the news appeared in the press on 29 March 2016, Bingöl Heavy Penal Court concluded to hear the case against Genç district Security Chief Ahmet Koni, Police Commissioners Bülent Gümüşay and Ahmet Kenan Çayır, police officers Mehmet Atıcı and Mehmet Yolaçtı launched on charges of “conspiratorially killing”, “threatening”, and “fraud on official documents”.

The court acquitted the defendants on the grounds of lapse of time.

After the testimonies of the eyewitnesses and defence, the court rejected the Public Prosecutors demand for the arrests of the defendants. The court adjourned the hearing for crime scen investigation to be completed.

(03/209) Pressures in Prisons…

Herdem Acar, Şehrivan Çoban and Derya Kurtalan incarcerated in Van M-type Prison were reportedly transferred on 29 March 2016 to Sincan (Ankara) Women Prison. 18 prisoners incarcerated in Ağrı M-type Prison were also transferred to prisons in Giresun and Çanakkale.

(03/210) Fire in Tent City…

3 children from the same family were killed and 6 persons were wounded during a fire on 29 March 2016 in the tent city for Syrian refugees under the governance of Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency in Derik district of Mardin.

(03/211) Journalist on Trial in Diyarbakır…

Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 4 started on 29 March 2016 to hear the case against Jin News Agency (JINHA) correspondent Beritan Canözer who was arrested on 19 December 2015 on the allegations of “aiding an illegal organisation” after being detained while following a demonstration staged to protest in the curfew and blockade in Sur district of Diyarbakır.

Since Beritan Canözer was under pre-trial detention in İstanbul, the defendant testified at the hearing through SEGBİS tele-conference system. The court decided to release the defendant to be tried without remand and adjourned the hearing to a later date.

(03/212) Newroz Celebrations…

Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Co-Chair for Diyarbakır province Hafize İpek who was among 8 members of Newroz celebrations organising committee detained during house raids in Dİayrabakır was arrested on 29 March 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation” and “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

(03/213) Mayor on Trial in Van…

Van Heavy Penal Court started on 29 March 2016 to hear the case against Co-Mayor of Çatak district in Van province Evin Keve who was arrested on 3 January 2016 in connection with “self-governance declaration” and dismissed from duty by the Ministry of Interior Affairs.

After the identification and testimony of the defendant, the court decided to release the defendant to be tried without remand and adjourned the hearing to a later date.

(03/214) Detentions and Arrests…

Security Forces conducted operations on 209 March 2016 against Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and Democratic Regions Party (DBP). 6 persons in Yüksekova district of Hakkari, 11 persons in Muş, 2 persons in Siirt and 1 person in Manisa were detained.

7 persons including HDP Co-Chair for Gercüş district of Batman province Edip Aslan detained in Gercüş, Şiyar Kayadağ and Lokman Ayebe who were detained in Siverek district of Şanlıurfa, Hayrettin Genç who was detained in Mersin were arrested on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Kızıltepe Co-Mayor Leyla Salman, Dargeçit Co-Mayor Zeynep Sipçik and Dargeçit Municipality Assembly member Yüksel Oğuz were detained during a road control on 30 March 2016 in Midyat district of Mardin.

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”.