31 March / 1-4 April 2016 Daily Human Rights Report
(04/001) Curfew in İdil…
Round-the-clock curfew in İdil district of Şırnak was lifted on 30 March 2016 on the 43rd day of the implementation. The Governorate of Şırnak imposed night curfew in İdil between 21.30 and 04.30.
Bodies of 9 persons who died during the operations and were not identified were buried on 30 March 2016 in Mardin.
(04/002) Curfew in Cizre…
After the completion of the operations, the night-curfew in Cizre district of Şırnak reached its 33rd day as of 4 April 2016.
Harun Çağlı (4) and Ayşenur Geçit (6) were killed on 31 March 2016 when an object they found exploded in Cudi quarter.
Şerwan Bakır (Şerger Mazdek) who was buried in Silopi district of Şırnak for not being identified after being killed in Cizre was identified after DNA test and her/his family buried her on 1 April 2016 in Diyarbakır.
(04/003) Curfew in Yüksekova…
Curfew and operations in Yüksekova district of Hakkari reached its 22nd day as of 4 April 2016.
30 March 2016, Governorate of Hakkari imposed curfew in on Vezirava (Vezirli) village and Çimenli hamlet where operations were conducted.
(04/004) Curfew in Sur…
After the completion of the military operations in Sur district of Diyarbakır, the curfew reached its 117th day as of 30 March 2016.
On 30 March 2016, the bodies of 7 persons were transferred to Gaziantep for identification. 3 bodies were also transferred to Elazığ on 1 April 2016.
(04/005) Curfew in Şırnak…
Curfew and operations in Şınak reached its 20th day as of 4 April 2016.
Bayram Tatar was shot to death and 2 persons from the same family were wounded during the clashes on 31 March 2016 in İsmetpaşa quarter.
(04/006) Curfew in Nusaybin…
Curfew and operations in Nusaybin district of Mardin reached its 22nd day as of 4 April 2016.
Municipality worker Mehmet Pitek (40) was shot to death on 3 April 2016 in front of his house.
Abdulsetar Cibara (16) who was living in Qamişlo city in Rojava region of Syria on Nusaybin border and was wounded on 27 March 2016 with bullet from the clashes in Nusaybin died on 3 April 2016 in the hospital.
(04/007) Children Died during Police Station Construction…
Ayaz Özdemir (6) and Furkan Öner (6) died when the outer wall of Turgut Özal Priamary School collapsed on 30 March 2016. The wall was demolished by a construction vehicle carrying concrete blocks to the construction of a police station next to the school in Ben û Sen quarter of Yenişehir district in Diyarbakır. A child was also wounded during the incident.
(04/008) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…
During the armed clashes on 27 March 206 in Yüksekova district of Hakkari, 10 members of YPS and YPS-JIN were killed. According to the news appeared in the press on 30 March 2016, 2 of them were identified as Vahit Şahin and Hayat Orhan.
YPS member Ahmet Akdeniz (Kamuran Amed) was reportedly killed during an armed clash on 30 March 2016 in Cumhuriyet quarter of Yüksekova.
The bodies of 12 YPS members who were killed during the clashes in Yüksekova were reportedly transferred to Erzurum on 2 April 2016 for identification.
2 police officers died, 4 police officers and 2 journalists were wounded when an armoured vehicle was attacked on 31 March 2016 with a rocket launcher in Nusaybin district of Mardin.
1 gendarmerie soldier who was wounded during an armed clash in Nusaybin reportedly died on 1 April 2016 in the hospital.
5 police officers were wounded when a bomb exploded on 2 April 2016 during the passage of an armoured vehicle in Fırat quarter of Nusaybin.
5 gendarmerie soldiers and 1 police officer died when a bomb exploded in a house on 2 April 2016 in Dicle quarter of Nusaybin. 4 police officers were also wounded during the explosion.
1 police officer was reportedly killed during an armed clash on 31 March 2016 in Oran quarter of Yüksekova. 1 police officer died and 2 police officers were also wounded during another clash on 2 April 2016.
1 police officer was killed during an armed clash on 1 April 2016 in Yeni Mahalle quarter of Şırnak. 1 gendarmerie solider was killed during the clash on 2 April 2016 in Dicle quarter.
According to the news appeared in the press on 30 March 2016, YPS members Mahmut Sürgit and Mehmet İnal were killed during the clashes in Şırnak.
7 police officers died, 14 civilians and 13 police officers were wounded when a bomb vehicle exploded on 31 March 2016 during the passage of an armoured vehicle in Bağlar district of Diyarbakır.
Military induction centre in Kızıltep district of Mardin was attacked on 1 April 2016 with a bomb vehicle. A Syrian who was working as night-watchman in a construction site nearby the induction centre died, 2 soldiers and 3 civilians were wounded during the attack.
3 militants wre reportedly killed and 1 militant was wounded during an armed clash that broke out on 31 March 2016 in the rural area of Mutki district in Bitlis.
1 militant died during an armed clash on 1 April 2016 in Amanos Mountains region of Belen district in Hatay.
(04/009) Death in Custody in İstanbul…
On 30 March 2016, 1 detainee was stabbed to death and 2 detainees were wounded during a fight among detainees in custody in Şehit Vedat Ulusoy Police Station.
(04/010) Torture and Ill-treatment in Kocaeli…
According to the news appeared in the press on 31 March 2016, Hakan Ergin and Deniz Yalçın who recorded on 30 March 2016 and shared the footage of the children demanding help on the windows of a rehabilitation centre in Kocaeli on the allegations of being subjected to torture were detained on 30 March 2016 and beaten in the Bekirpaşa Police Station.
(04/011) Pressures in Prisons…
According to the news appeared in the press on 1 April 2016, 4 prisoners including a child incarcerated in Diyarbakır E-type Prison, 4 prisoners incarcerated in Diyarbakır D-type Prison and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Co-Chair for Van province Ökkeş Kava incarcerated in Van F-type Prison were reportedly transferred to other prisons.
(04/012) Person Convicted in Mersin…
Mersin Heavy Penal Court No 2 concluded on 31 March 2016 to hear the case against former Co-Chair of YAKAY-DER Mersin branch Şirin Eruncak launched in connection with the posters seized in the premises of the association. The court sentenced the defendant to 1 year and 8 months’ imprisonment for “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.
(04/013) Conscientious Objector Acquitted in Muğla…
Muğla Penal Court of First Instance No 4 concluded on 30 March 2016 to hear the case against conscientious objector İnan Mayıs Aru launched on charges of “alienating people from military service”. After the final defence as to the accusations, the court acquitted the defendant.
(04/014) Persons Convicted in Mersin…
Mersin Heavy Penal Court No 2 concluded on 1 April 2016 to hear the case against 5 persons including a child launched for listening to Kurdish music and dancing in Erdemli district of Mersin and publishing the recordings on the internet.
The court sentenced the defendants Vedat Azrak, Samet Bozdağ, Vedat Korkmaz, Zafer Yiğiter to 2 years and 6 months’ imprisonment for “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” S.Y. was sentenced to 1 year 4 months.
(04/15) Academics for Peace Operations…
The academician against whom an arrest warrant was issued for being signatory of the Academics for Peace petition when she was abroad was detained on her arrival to Turkey. She was arrested on 31 March 2016 on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” and “insulting the state and its organs”.
(04/016) March Prevented in Şanlıurfa…
The police prevented a group of persons who wanted to go from Diyarbakır to Amara village of Halfeti district in Şanlıurfa for the birthday of Abdullah Öcalan. The group was stopped nearby Siverek district and 60 persons were detained.
(04/017) Activists Attacked in Ankara…
A group of Revolutionary High School Students (DEV-LİS) was attacked by soldiers on weekend discharge on 3 April 2016 on Yüksel Avenue in Ankara. The police detained 15 activists of DEV-LİS after the attack.
(04/018) Commemoration Intervened in Aydın…
On 2 April 2016, 22 persons who wanted to visit the grave of Ali Arabul, former editor-in-chief of the paper Atılım, in Didim district of Aydın were detained on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.
(04/019) Protest Intervened n Ankara…
The police prevented members of People’s Houses (Halkevleri) who wanted to stage a protest on 2 April 2016 during in Ankara after the arrest of the teacher Muammer B. (54) for raping male students in Ensar Foundation’s houses in Karaman. The police detained 30 members of the People’s Houses.
(04/020) Commemorations Intervened…
On 30 March 2016, the police intervened the students of Mimar Sinan University in Bomonti campus who wanted to commemorate 10 persons killed during Kızıldere Massacre on 30 March 1972. 6 students were detained.
14 persons in Mersin and 27 persons in Ankara were also detained for taking part in the commemorations.
(04/021) Public Statement Intervened in İstanbul…
The police intervened a group of lawyers who wanted to make a public statement on 30 March 2016 in front of Çağlayan Court House in İstanbul before the hearing of the court case against 22 members of Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD). Backbone of lawyer Zeycan Balcı was reportedly broken during the attack of the police.
(04/022) Students Detained in Ankara…
On 31 March 2016, the police raided the Cebeci campus of Ankara University with anti-riot water cannon vehicle TOMAs allegedly because of a fight between 2 opposing groups. Despite the warnings of the academicians and faculty administration, the police threw tear gas nto the faculty buildings. 19 students were detained during the police intervention.
(04/023) Detentions and Arrests…
The public servant Asiye Bulut and Halil Köse who were among 3 persons detained in Dargeçit district of Mardin were arrested on 29 March 2016 on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisations” with the posts on social media.
Yusuf Polat and Emin Sezek who were detained in Siirt and E.G. was detained in Ardahan were arrested on 29 March 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation” and “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.
Manolya Bulut, correspondent with the JİNHA news agency and student in Atatürk University, was detained on 30 March 2016 on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.
Mehmet Şerif Han who was among 13 persons detained in Vezirava village of Yüksekova district in Hakkari was arrested on 31 March 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.
During the operations conducted on 31 March 2016, 18 persons in Kargapazar village of Karlıova district in Bingöl, 5 persons in Batman, 3 persons in Dargeçirt district of Mardin, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) executive for the province Hatice Dayan in Siirt, 2 students in Sincan district of Ankara, 4 persons in Birecik of Şanlıurfa, and 3 persons in Kasrik town of Şırnak were detained.
Samir Tiryaki and Muhammed Uzun who were detained in Karlıova, Serhat Yılmaz who was among 5 persons detained in Batman, 3 persons detained in Dargeçit, and Hatice Dayan who was detained in Siirt were arrested on 1 April 2016.
Co-Mayor of Dargeçit district in Mardin province Zeynep Sipçik who was among 4 persons detained on 30 March 2016 during a road control in Midyat district of Mardin was arrested on the same day on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”. Kızıltepe Co-Mayor Leyla Salman and Dargeçit Municipality Assembly member Yüksel Oğuz were also arrested on 31 March 2016 on the allegations of “protecting criminals”.
Temporary substitute teacher Hamdiye Saklı who was on duty in Erciy village of Başkale district in Van was arrested on 1 April 2015 on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.
İnönü University students Taner Evren, Hasan Kaya, Mahmut Derin, Uğur Akın, Hüseyin Sayar, Kerem Çoban, Mehmet Timur and Ümit Doğan who were detained during house raids in Malatya were arrested on 1 April 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.
4 persons including DBP Co-Chair for Bulanık district of Muş province Faruk Çiftçi who were detained along with 10 persons during house raids were arrested on 2 April 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.
Nadir Çapan was arrested on 2 April 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation” in Silvan district of Diyarbakır for the photographs he took in Kobanê when he was working for Dicle News Agency (DİHA).
The police conducted operations on 2 April 2016 against the members and supporters of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in İzmir and detained 8 persons including Co-Chairs for the province. 5 of the detainees were arrested on 3 April 2016.
Municipality Assembly member Abdulkerim Akdoğan, Nasrettin Anuk, Rojda Tokçu and Sultan Taş who were detained in Yüksekova district of Van were arrested on 2 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation” and “aiding an illegal organisation”.
The police conducted house raids on 2 April 2016 in Adana and detained 17 persons for “taking part in demonstrations on various dates”.