9-11 April 2016 Daily Human Rights Report
(04/053) Curfew in Yüksekova…
Curfew and operations in Yüksekova district of Hakkari reached 29nd day as of 11 April 2016.
A woman was shot at arm and wounded during the operations on 10 April 2016 when she was on the window of her house in Yeni Mahalle quarter.
(04/054) Curfew in Nusaybin…
Curfew and operations in Nusaybin district of Mardin reached 29nd day as of 11 April 2016.
S.A. (14-girl) was shot and wounded on 10 April 2016 when she was in front of her house in Gırnavas quarter.
(04/055) Curfew in Sur…
After the completion of the military operations in Sur district of Diyarbakır, the curfew reached its 135th day as of 11 April 2016.
On 9 April 2016, one of the bodies kept in Elazığ Forensic Institute was identified as Azat Kaya (22) by her/his family.
(04/056) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…
YPS announced on 8 April 2016 that 1 YPS member n Nusaybin district of Mardin, YPS members Cumali Bircan (Zınar Serhat), Yunus Erdem (Rızgar Garzan) and Sekvan İlhan (Andok Zana) in Yüksekova district of Hakkari, Veli İnal and 2 unidentified YPS members in Silopi district of Şırnak were killed during the armed clashes.
One of the 21 persons whose bodies were kept in Erzurum Forensic Institute after being killed during armed clashes in Yüksekova district of Hakkari was identified as Ferit Solcan on 10 April 2016 by his family.
1 police officer was reportedly wounded during an armed clash on 9 April 2016 in Nusaybin district of Mardin.
3 police officers in Yüksekova district of Hakkari and 4 police officers in Nusaybin district of Mardin were wounded during the armed clashes on 10 April 2016.
The police houses in Derik district of Mardin were attacked on 9 April with long barelled weapons. 1 police officer and 1 civilian were killed during the attack.
4 soldiers and 1 temporary village guard were wounded during an armed clash on 10 April 2016 in Hisan district of Bitlis.
Police officer Serkan Yılmaz who was wounded during an armed clash in Nusaybin district of Mardin died on 10 April 2016 in the hospital in Ankara.
(04/057) Nihat Kazanhan Case…
Cizre (Şırnak) Heavy Penal Court No 1 continued on 8 April 2016 to hear the case launched in connection with the killing of Nihat Kazanhan (12) by the police on 14 January 2014 in Cizre district of Şırnak.
The remanded defendant police officer Mehmet Emin Arslan testified at the hearing through SEGBİS system at the hearing. The court rejected the demand for the arrest of the defendant police officers U.İ., H.V., O.Ç. and G.T. and adjourned the hearing to 3 June 2016.
The indictment wants the defendants U.İ., H.V., and Mehmet Emin Arslan to be sentenced for “intentional killing”, the defendants O.Ç. and G.T for “not reporting a crime”.
(04/058) Torture and Ill-treatment Allegation in Diyarbakır…
30 persons were detained on 7 April 2016 in connection with the killing of specialist sergeant Said Çelik during an armed attack in Bismil district of Diyarbakır. The detainee Mehmet Yüksel who was released after testifying in Bismil Gendarmerie Command announced that he heard the detainees screaming under torture.
The detainees Ahmet İnanç, Mervan Demir, Ozan Oral, Yusuf Çelebi, Şirin Kılıç and Ömer Uygun were arrested on 10 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.
(04/059) Riot in Prison…
The prisoners incarcerated in Kocabaş (Denizli) D-type Prison rioted on 9 April 2016 to protest in the capacity overburden in the prison. There were 520 inmates in the prison whereas the capacity of the prison was 160. The prisoners set the beds to fire. No casualties were reported.
(04/060) Political Party Executive Convicted in Diyarbakır…
Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 5 concluded on 7 April 2016 to hear the case against Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Co-Chair for Diyarbakır province Hafize İpek launched in connection with a speech she gave during election campaign for the 7 June general elections.
The court sentenced Hafize İpek who was not present at the hearing for being under arrest in Sincan (Ankara) Women Prison to 1 year imprisonment under the Article 7/2 of Anti-Terror Law for making propaganda of an illegal organisation.
(04/061) Unionist Acquitted in İstanbul…
İstanbul Penal Court of First Instance No 15 concluded on 7 April 2016 to hear the case against DİSK (Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions of Turkey) Secretary General Arzu Çerkezoğlu launched in connection with the public statement she made concerning the killings of 10 workers during an “elevator accident” in the construction of Torun Centre on 6 September 2014 in Şişli district of İstanbul. The indictment wanted the defendant to be sentenced for “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations” and the court acquitted the defendant.
(04/062) Web Site Banned…
On 8 April 2016, Telecommunication Communication Directorate (TİB) banned access to the new domain of Dicle News Agency (DİHA). The number of the banned domains of DİHA reached 34.
The access to web sites of daily Azadiya Welat and news portal siyasihaber2.org were also banned on the same day.
(04/063) Demonstration Intervened in Mersin…
The police intervened a demonstration staged by children on 10 April 2016 in Tarsus district of Mersin. The police use real bullets to disperse the children and 5 children were wounded.
(04/064) Protest Intervened in İstanbul…
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Youth Assembly member 9 persons were detained when they wanted to stage an action on 9 April 2016 in İstanbul for the solidarity with people living under curfew.
(04/065) Protest Intervened in Ankara…
The police intervened a group of persons who staged a demonstration on 10 April 2016 in Mamak district of Ankara to protest in the construction of refugee camps nearby Alevite villages in Kahramanmaraş. 10 persons were detained during the police intervention.
(04/066) Detentions and Fines in İstanbul…
7 persons who were putting up the posters of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) congress in İstanbul were detained on 8 April 2016 in Avcılar district of İstanbul. The detainees were fined TL 219 for violating the Law on Misdemeanour.
(04/067) 3rd KCK/TM Main Trial in İstanbul…
Çağlayan (İstanbul) Heavy Penal Court No 3 continued on 8 April 2016 to hear the case against 46 journalists and correspondents launched after the operation conducted on 20 December 2011 against the premises of Dicle News Agency and several other news agencies in connection with a KCK investigation.
The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “being member of an illegal organisation” and “being leading member of an illegal organisation”.
At the previous hearing of the case, the lawyers defended that the files of the case should be sent to the Constitutional Court on the grounds that the Temporary Article 14/4 of the Anti-terror Law and the Article 1 of the Law No 6526 on Amendments in Anti-Terror Law, Law on Criminal Procedures and in other laws were against the constitution. The court accepted the demand and decided to ask the Constitutional Court.
Since the Constitutional Court did not answer the question, the court continued with testimonies of the defendants and adjourned the hearing to 15 July 2015.
(04/068) Detentions and Arrests…
Solidarity with Rojava Association (Mersin Rojava Yardımlaşma Derneği) Chairperson Cüneyt Takuş was arrested on 7 April 2016 in connection with 2 separate investigation started on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” and “insulting the State President” with the post on social media.
Fırat Kırdağ, distributor of the daily İpekyolu, was detained during a house raid conducted on 7 April 2016 in Van.
He was arrested on 9 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.
Şerife Oral, Kadriye Koç, Özlem Erenuluğ, Nurcan Güngör and Sultan Yıkılmaz were detained in Akhisar district of Manisa for taking part in the march organised by Akhisar Democracy Platform on World Women’s Day.
Serhat Baytak, Hasan Şahin, Mehmet Erbey and M. Sancar who were among 9 persons detained in Şanlıurfa and Hilvan district were arrested on 7 April 2016 on the allegations of “possessing illegal documents”.
Union in health sector SES (Sağlık ve Sosyal Hizmet Emekçileri Sendikası) branch secretary in Batman Cihan Tüzün, SES member Bayram Güzel, union in education sector Eğitim-Sen member Ender Onur Künteş, and 1 unidentified person were detained during house raids conducted on 7 April 2016 in Batman.
Democratic Regions Party (DBP) former Co-Chair for Adıyaman province Zeynal Mutlu, 5 persons in Van, and 11 persons in Bursa were detained during house raids.
Zeynal Mutlu was arrested on 8 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.
2 persons who were among 11 persons detained in Bursa were also arrested on 8 April 2016 “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.
3 persons who were among 7 persons detained during house raids in Kızıltepe district of Mardin were arrested on 7 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.
Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) activist Selver Orman, Sercan Üstündaş nd Yoldaş Aydın who were detained in Buca district of İzmi were arrested on 8 April 2016 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.
Dilaver Erçek, Sinan Taş, Fedai Akbaş, Adem Gürbüz and Sedat Yıldız who were detained during the raids conducted against the houses of students in Erzurum were arrest on 9 April 2016 “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.
Dicle News Agency (DİHA) correspondent Engin Eren was detained on 8 April 2016 in Siirt. The reason of detention was not disclosed.
DBP Co-Chairs for Ömerli district of Mardin province Mahmut Özdemir and Esma Yılmaz, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair for Ömerli district Elmas Demircan were detained on 8 April 2016.
During the operations conducted on 10 April 2016, DBP Co-Chair for Yüksekova district of Hakkari province Rüstem Demir and Municipality Assembly member Remziye Yaşar were detained.
DBP Co-Chair for Yüksekova district of Hakkari province Rüstem Demir was arrested on 10 April 2016.
DİHA correspondent Ziya Ataman was detained on 10 April 2016 in Van on the allegations that an arrest warrant was issued against him.
Security Forces conducted operations on 10 April 2016 in Diyarbakır and raided several addresses including DBP premises of Local Administrations.
The reason of the operations was not disclosed on the grounds that the related investigation was confidential. 14 persons including Democratic Local Administrations Unity (Demokratik Yerel Yönetimler Birliği) Co-Chair Çimen Işık were detained.
Zeynep İdin, branch Co-Chair of the union Gene-İş in Şırnak, was detained on 10 April 2016 during a road control when she was going from Güçlükonak district to Cizre district.
DBP Party Assembly Member Rıdvar Sincar in Van, HDP General Compter Hüseyin Yılmaz in Ankara were detained on 10 April 2016.
Ahmet Y., Muhammed A., Mazlum E. and Gıyaseddin Ö. who were among 7 persons detained in Bolu after the house raid which led to killings of alleged PKK members Serdar Kayardı and 1 unidentified person were arrested on 11 April 2016 on the allegations of “aiding an illegal organisation”.
Democratic Youth Associations Federation (Demokratik Gençlik Dernekleri Federasyonu – DEM-GENÇ) member 5 students were detained during the raids conducted on 10 April 2016 against the houses and dormitories in Samsun.
Fadile Göktürk, Hasret Atala, Mazlum Karan, Hüsnü Demir, Ferdi Özdemir, and H.A. who were among 11 persons detained in Manisa were arrested on 8 April 2016 on the allegations of “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations” ad “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.