5-9 September 2015 – Daily Human Rights Report
(09/030) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…
A police station in Tunceli city centre was attacked on 4 September 2015. One police officer, 2 PKK militants and civilian Ayten Gülhan (30) died during the clash that broke out after the attack. An ambulance driver and a police officer were also wounded.
Lokman Bayar (22) died when a vehicle was attacked on 4 September 2015. The soldier Nuri Karakaş and driver’s nephew T.B. (6) were wounded. The attack was reportedly organised on the grounds that there was a non-commission officer in the vehicle.
One soldier was wounded when a mine exploded on 4 September 2015 in the rural area of Başkale district in Van.
One militant in Şırnak and 2 militants in Uludere district reportedly died during the armed clashes on 3 September 2015.
According to the official announcement by the General Staff 16 soldiers died and 6 soldiers were wounded when a bomb exploded during the passage of a military convoy nearby Dağlıca village of Yüksekova district in Hakkari. On the other hand PKK announced that 31 soldiers died during the attack.
Celal İnan wa shot to death when PKK militants opened fire against a vehicle for not obeying stop warning on 5 September 2015 in Şemdinli district of Hakkari. Justice and Development Party Chair for Şemdinli district Miran Kaya was reportedly driving the vehicle.
2 police officers died and 8 police officers were wounded when an armoured vehicle was attacked on 5 September 2015 in Sur district of Diyarbakır.
2 soldiers were wounded when 8th Gendarmerie Regimental Command in Şırnak was attacked on 5 September 215.
One police officer was wounded when the Governorate in Mazıdağı district of Mardin was attacked on 6 September 2015.
2 soldiers were abounded during an armed clash that broke out on 7 September 2015 nearby İncesu hamlet of Altınsu village in Şemdinli district of Hakkari.
One police officer was wounded when a bomb exploded on 7 September 2015 in the city centre of Başka district of Van during the passage of an armoured vehicle.
14 police officers died when a bomb exploded on 8 September 2015 during the passage of a police service and police vehicle nearby Hasanhan village of Aralık district in Iğdır. The service was carrying police officers to Dilucu Border Gate.
The police officer Murat Savaş Kale (30) died when PKK militants opened fire against a civil vehicle on 8 September 2015 nearby Alacık village on the road between Tunceli and Erzincan.
One police officer died and 3 police officers were wounded when a bomb exploded on 8 September 2015 during the passage of an armoured vehicle in Dargeçit district of Mardin.
8 police officers were allegedly wounded during the armed attacks against armoured vehicles on 7 September 2015 in Cizre district of Şırnak.
Governorate of Ağrı announced that the implementation of security military zone on Tendürek Mountain was prolonged for 15 days on 4 September 2015.
According to the news appeared in the press on 7 September 2015, Governorate of Batman announced that 8 regions in the Sason, Kozluk and Hasankeyf districts were decided to be military security zones for 15 days starting from 1 September 2015. Entrance of civilians to the military security zones was also banned.
(09/031) Cizre under Siege…
On 4 September 2015, Governorate of Şırnak declared curfew in Cizre district and security forces started conducting operations in the district after the curfew declaration.
The curfew in the district continues as of 9 September 2015. 10 persons were killed during the attacks of the security forces.
Even the funerals were not allowed in the district. The bodies are reportedly kept in the refrigerators. Many persons were also wounded during the attacks. Security forces do not allow the ambulances to bring the casualties to the hospital.
Sait Çağdavul (19) was killed on 4 September 2015 when the police threw a bomb in Nur quarter.
Mehmet Emin Levent (21) was also killed the same day when the police opened fire.
Hacı Ata Borçin (70) and Xetban Bülbül (65) reportedly had heart attacks and died because of the explosions in the district.
Muhammed Tahir Yaramış (35 days) died on the grounds that the police did not allow the ambulance to enter the a quarter to bring the baby to hospital.
Cemile Cağırga (13) was shot to death on 7 September 2015 when security forces opned fire against the Cudi quarter from armoured vehicles located on the hills.
Osman Çağlı (18) who shot by the snipers on 7 September 2015 died of blood loss on the grounds that he was not allowed to be taken to hospital.
İbrahim Çiçek (80) who had health problems on 8 September 2015 died on the grounds that security forces did not allow ambulance to enter the quarter.
Özgür Taşkın (20) was wounded when police officers opened fire against Yafes quarter on 9 September 2015. He died on the grounds that security forces did not allow ambulance to hospitalise him.
Meryem Süne (53) was shot to death on 9 September 2015 while sitting in front of her house in Yafes quarter when the police opened fire from an armoured vehicle.
(09/032) Person Killed by the Police in Mardin…
The police entered the Yenişehir quarter in Nusaybin district of Mardin on 4 September 2015 to close the ditches in the quarter. Lokman Süne was shot when the police opened fire and died in the hospital.
(09/033) Person Killed by the Police in Şırnak…
Special Forces intervened a demonstration on 5 September 2015 in Silopi district of Şırnak staged to protest in recent attacks in Cizre and killed Muttalip Pusat (28). Yasin Uysal (30) was heavily wounded during the attack.
(09/034) Stop Warning…
The police opened fire against a motor bike on 6 September 2015 in Tarsus district of Mersin on the grounds of not obeying stop warning during road control. Murat Özdemir (28) died and Mehmet Çopur (23) was wounded during the incident.
(09/035) Child Shot by Soldiers in Hakkari…
Afghani Minlal Kerimi (10) who was wounded when gendarmerie soldiers opened fire against a minibus on 7 September 2015 nearby Şapatan Gendarmerie Station in Şemdinli district of Hakkari on the allegations of not obeying stop warning died in the hospital.
(09/036) Person Wounded by Soldiers in Van…
Deniz Gökay was heavily wounded when gendarmerie soldiers opened fire against a vehicle on 5 September 2015 nearby Akbulak Gendarmerie Station in Muradiye district of Van on the allegations of not obeying stop warning.
(09/037) Attacks against HDP, Hate Crime and Hate Murders throughout Turkey…
After the bomb attack against a military convoy in Dağlıca, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) premises and Kurdish people were attacked starting from 7 September 2015 throughout Turkey.
128 premises of the HDP were attacked on 7 September and the attacks continued on 8 September. Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and Grey Wolves organised meetings on 8 September 2015 to condemn terror. The participants of the meetings attacked the HDP premises after the meetings. HDP premises in Alanya district of Antalya and the shops of Kurdish people in Kırşehir were also set to fire.
In Manavgat district of Antalya, The shops without Turkish flags were also set to fire.
HDP Headquarters in Ankara besieged in the evening and tried to be set to fire. Entrance floor and second floor of the building were burnt, information processing unit and applications of MP candidates were reportedly set to fire by the attackers.
By the end of the second day, the number of premises attacked reached 400. At least 50 HDP members who were either in the premises or trying to defend the premises were detained. On the other hand, only one attacker was detained throughout Turkey.
The attackers also attempted to lynch HDP supporters of Kurdish people. On 6 September 2015, Sedat Akbaş (21) was stabbed to death for talking in Kurdish on the phone in İstanbul.
İ.Ç. was tried to be lynched in Seydikemer district of Muğla for sharing a photograph wearing peshmerga cloth. He was captured by the attackers; his clothes were taken off and torn to pieces. He was beaten and taken to the city centre where he was forced to kiss an Atatürk statue.
The attackers also targeted seasonal workers. 350 workers were attacked in Ilgın district of Konya. The workers left the district. The houses and vehicles of Kurdish workers were set to fire in Beypazarı district of Ankara. They also left the district.
(09/038) Worker Deaths…
Worker’s Health and Job Safety Assembly announced on 3 September 2015 that at least 158 workers died in August 2015 during work accidents due to untaken security measures. At least 1138 workers died in first 8 months of 2015.
(09/039) Killing by Unidentified Assailants Investigation in Diyarbakır…
Bilgin Bölükbaş (19) and Mustafa Akçil (46) who were detained in connection with the killing of Yunus Koçak, former Chair for Justice and Development Party (AKP) youth wings in Diyarbakır, in front of his pharmacy were arrested on 4 September 2015 on the allegations of “intentional killing”. They reportedly confessed the murder previously, but did not disclose the reason of the attack.
(09/040) Curfew in Diyarbakır…
Governorate of Diyarbakır declared curfew in Sur district on 6 September 2015 where 2 police officers were killed recently. After the curfew declaration, security forces conducted operations in the district. E.G. (7) was shot and wounded when the police opened fire. Abdullah Erdem (25) and Saliha Opçin (39) were heavily wounded during the police attacks
(09/041) Child Beaten by the Police in Mardin…
D.Ö. (15) was reportedly beaten by the police for minutes on the ground of ditching on 6 September 2015 in Nusaybin district of Mardin. The police stopped beating when D.Ö. fainted.
(09/042) Torture and Ill-treatment in Custody in Mardin…
The ear of Hamza Dikmen, Mayor of Dargeçit district in Mardin, who was detained on 4 September 2015 in connection with an attack caused to death of 4 police officers was reportedly stitched for being beaten in custody.
(09/043) Torture and Ill-treatment in İstanbul…
According to the news appeared in the press, 4 persons who were detained on 6 September 2015 in Gazi quarter of Sultangazi district in İstanbul were beaten in custody in Anti-Terror Branch.
(09/044) Remanded Children on Trial in Ankara…
Sincan Juvenile Court continued on 4 September 2015 to hear the case against 11 children incarcerated in Sincan (Ankara) Juvenile Prison launched upon official complaint of 24 prison guards on charges of “wounding and insulting public officers” and “damaging public property”.
It was revealed out on 2 January 2014 that 11 juveniles were tortured by the guardians. Z.Ş., mother of one of the juvenile K.Ş. (16), stated after she talked with his son that the children were tortured after their hands were cuffed and they were stripped naked and hosed cold water. The investigation started upon official complaint is not concluded, but the guardians issued official complaint against the children.
The court decided to wait for the expert’s report and adjourned the hearing to 25 December 2015.
(09/045) Hunger Strikes in Prisons…
The prisoners incarcerated several prisons and convicted in PKK and KCK cases continue hunger strike started to protest in the recent military operations and arrests. Hunger strike reached its 26th day as of 9 September 2015.
According to the news appeared in the press on 6 September 2015, 8 prisoners who were incarcerated in Malatya E-type Prison and started hunger strike were reportedly given solitary confinement sentences.
(09/046) Web Site of News Agency Banned…
A new domain of Dicle News Agency (DİHA) which was launched on 9 September 2015 was also banned by Telecommunication Communication Presidency. Access to 14 domains of DİHA was previously banned.
(09/047) Journalist Detained in Diyarbakır…
The Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink living in Diyarbakır was detained on 5 September 2015 by the Anti-Terror branch police.
(09/048) Media Buildings Attacked…
On 6 September 2015 in İstanbul, a group of 200 persons attacked the Hürriyet Media Tower in Bağcılar district on the grounds that they were protesting the paper for way they published an expression of the State President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the web site of the paper hurriyet.com.tr. The attack was supported by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) MP Abdurrahim Boynukalın. The attack caused material damage.
Media Towers were also attacked on 8 September 2015. The police did not prevent the attackers and the group dispersed after a while. The printing facilities of the paper in Ankara were also attacked the same day.
(09/049) Public Statement Intervened in Mersin…
The police intervened a group of persons who gathered on 7 September 2015 in Güneş quarter of Akdeniz district of Mersin to for the declaration of self-governance. 2 persons were wounded when the police opened fire and one persons was detained.
(09/050) Protest Prevented in Diyarbakır…
The police intervened a group of persons who staged a demonstration on 7 September 2015 in Bağlar district of Diyarbakır to protest in the recent deaths and curfew in Cizre district of Şırnak. The police opened fire with real bullets to disperse the crowd and 2 persons including a child were wounded.
(09/051) Protest Prevented in Ankara…
The police prevented the members of Revolutionary Party (Devrimci Parti) who wanted to stage a demonstration on 4 September 2015 in front of the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges to protest in the B-20 meeting in Ankara. 17 persons were detained under beatings during the intervention.
(09/052) Workers’ Action Intervened in Ankara…
On 7 September 2015, gendarmerie soldiers intervened the action of the workers who were recently fired from Ortadoğu Rulman Sanayi (ORS) factory in Polatlı district of Ankara. The crowd was dispersed with tear gas and 7 workers were detained.
(09/053) Operations throughout Turkey…
4 persons who were among 13 persons detained during operations conducted against the members and executives of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Karakoçan district of Erzurum were arrested on 5 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.
Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Executive for Batman province Hikmet Yeşilmen was detained during a road control. The police conducted house raids in Hakkari and detained 8 persons including a child.
Faysal Tarkan who was among 3 persons detained during operations conducted in Edremit district of Van was arrested on 4 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.
Agit Tekin and Sahah Ahmet who were detained during house raids in Mersin were arrested on 4 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation” and “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.
The brothers Lokman Bilir, Ali Bilir and Mustafa Bilir who were among 4 persons detained during house raids conducted in Şırnak were arrested on 4 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.
5 persons who were among 9 persons detained during house raids conducted in Kekelî village of Bulanık district in Muş were arrested on 5 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.
The police detained 4 persons on 6 September 2015 when they were going to Siirt to take the body of PKK militant Muhammed Akkuş. 4 persons were detained during house raids conducted in Iğdır.
Fesih Kaya, worker with the Dicle municipality in Diyarbakır, who was detained during house raid was arrested on 7 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.