9-11 September 2017 HRFT Documentation Center Daily Human Rights Report

Human Rights Foundation of Turkey Documentation Center[1][2][3][4][5]

9-11 September 2017 Daily Human Rights Report

(09/057) Operations and Attacks in the South East…

It is learned that on September 8, 2017, 1 soldier is killed and 1 is wounded in Adaklı district of Bingöl during the clashes between armed forces and HPG militants.

On September 9, 2017 news coverage reported that 4 militants are killed in Gürpınar district of Van during the clashes between armed forces and HPG militants on August 21, 2017.

On September 9, 2017 news coverage reported that 3 militants are killed in Tunceli during the clashes between armed forces and HPG militants on September 2, 2017.

It is learned that on September 10, 2017, 3 soldiers are wounded in a military base during an armed attack by HPG militants.

On September 11, 2017, news coverage reported that during the clashes between armed forces and HPG militants, 1 militant is killed in Hakkari on May 25, 2017, 1 militant is killed in Erzurum on August 27, 2017, 1 militant is killed in Maraş on August 29, 2017.

(09/058) Worker Killed in Siirt…

On September 9, 2017, a business-person named Mehmet Salih Arslan was fatally wounded in front of his house in Kemerli village of Siirt, through an attack allegedly by HPG militants. Arslan lost his life in the hospital.  5 persons are detained due to possible ties with the incident. News coverage on September 10, 2017 reported that HPG is claiming responsibility for the killing of Arslan.

(09/059) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Karayazı Yahya Neighborhood… 

On September 11, 2017, it is learned through news coverage that around 40 houses were raided in Yahya neighborhood located in Karayazı district of Erzurum. One of the house owners named Eda Göksu revelaed in her statement to press that all members of the household including children were held guns to their heads and women were not allowed to dress up.  A 14-year old witness D.G. stated that armed forces hit his father in the head and stomach leaving him covered in blood.

It is learned that Ahmet Göksu and his son were detained following the raid. The news reported that Ahmet Göksu was diagnosed with ‘‘fatal wounds’’ but was still taken to a police station where he continued to be subjected physical abuse and as urinated blood.

(09/060) Civilians Wounded in Hakkari Explosion…

It is learned that there was an explosion near Dolavere Hill Military Base on Yüksekova district of Hakkari while a vehicle was passing by. 3 people were wounded. It is claimed that the vehicle was the tow truck coming to pull another vehicle belonging to VEDAŞ which was previously harmed during an explosion that killed 2 people.

(09/061) Celal Yıldırım Wounded During Bağlan Village Raid Detained…

It is learned that Celal Yıldırım who was heavily wounded during a raid by the armed forces in Bağlan Village of Diyarbakır’s Lice District, was detained on September 9, 2017. Yıldırım was detained in the hospital before his medical treatment was finalized and taken to Diyarbakır Gendarmerie Station.

(09/062) Investiogation on CHP MP Sezgin Tanrıkulu…

It is learned that Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor Office opened an investigation against CHP Istanbul MP Sezgin Tanrıkulu based on his statement and social media posts regarding 4 civilians shot by the AUAV (Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)

Mehmet Temel lost his life and 3 other were wounded in the incident on August 31, 2017. Governorate of Hakkari released a statement and claimed that people shot were ‘‘collaborators’’ meeting with PKK militants. State of Defense also released a statement on September 6, declaring no civilians were harmed during their operations. CHP MP Tanrıkulu shared posts and statements indicating the opposite, claiming that the killed and wounded people were indeed civilians.

(09/063) Torture and Other Ill-Treatment in Prison…

A prisoner in Diyarbakır Type D prison with celiac disease and a pituitary disorder is reportedly sent to Elazığ State Hospital and later transferred to Dicle University Hospital. The prisoner named Yavuz was in Elazığ No 2 Type F prison where he was transferred from Diyarbakır Type D prison. It is learned that Yavuz started his treatment in March and after he was arrested he was was sent to Elazığ Prison despite medical reports.

It is learned through news coverage on September 9, 2017 that a prisoner named Emrah Yayla in Kırıkkale Prison suffered from severe bruises in his arm after he was physically abused by wardens in the prison. The news also reported that another prisoner named Gökhan Gündüz’s arm was broken in the same prison.

On September 9, 2017 news coverage reported that a prisoner named Deniz Şah was physically abused by wardens in Kürkçüler Prison. Şah reportedly vomited twice following the incident but was not transferred to a medical facility.

On September 9, 2017 news coverage reported that prisoner Sami Kaya who have been in prison for 8 years haven’t been examined by a doctor for 3 months despite needing a regular 20 day check due to his chronic heart, blood pressure and diabetic diseases.

It is learned on September 9, 2017 that Lice Municipality Co-Mayor Rezan Zuğurli, arrested on August 17, 2017, was transferred to Van Type T prison against her will with her 1 year old infant child. It is reported that the child who suffers from lung disease therefore has intolerance towards closed spaces was also transferred in a closed ring vehicle.

News coverage from September 10, 2017 also reported that 3 female prisoners in Tarsus Female Prison were forced out of their cells and were returned after 3 days. During these 3 day they were reportedly subjected torture.

(09/064) Hunger Strike in Prison…

It is learned through news coverage on September 10, 2017 that 10 prisoners in Konya Seydişehir Type T prison have been in a hunger strike since August 24, 2017. The cause of the hunger strike is reported to be the prisoners’ transfer requests to other locations and right violations in the prison.

It is also reported in news coverage from September 10, 2017 that 5 more prisoners joined the ongoing hunger strike in Tarsus Female Prison and the total number of prisoners on a strike rise to 17.

(09/065) Police Intervention in Ankara towards “I Want My Job Back” demonstration…

Civil servants discharged from their jobs with KHK legislations planned for a public statement in front of the Human Rights Monument in Ankara Yüksel Street on September 8, 9, and 10 2017, respectively. All meetings planned at 13.00 and 18.00 were both prevented by the police forces who blocked entrance to the street by barriers.

12 people were physically abused and detained at the meeting on September 8, 18:00. Detainees were later released within the day. Name of the detained people are: Mehmet Dersulu, Simge Aksam, Veli Saçılık, Fulya Demir, Mustafa Elmapınar, Aleyna Sert, Sezer Çelik, İlker Işık, Çağla Çakır, Aslı Saraç, Fevzi Çakmak and journalist Ali Haydar Çelebi.

(09/066) Detention and Arrests…

It is learned that detainee C.B., accused of “being a member of an illegal organization’’ and ‘‘making propaganda of an illegal organization’’ was arrested by the Çanakkale Penal Court on September 8, 2017 following his testimony through SEGBİS.  C.B. was detained in Muğla district of Marmaris.

(09/067) Detentions and Arrests in Connection with the Coup d’État Attempt…

It is learned through news coverage on September 9, 2017 that 22 people in Van are detained due to alleged ByLock usage.

(09/068) Trial of HDP Executive Aysel Tuğluk …

HDP Co-Vice Chair Aysel Tuğluk’s trial for the accusation of ‘‘membership of an illegal organization’’ continued on September 8, 2017. Tuğluk did not attend the trial. The court ruled for the continuity of Tuğluk’s arrest and adjourned the trial to December 15, 2017.

(09/069) Penalty Fines to Vehicles in Adana…

On September 9, 2017 news coverage reported that a wedding car convoy was fined due to yellow, red and green decorations on the cars. Police reportedly stopped the cars due to a denunciation. The decorations from the cars were ripped off and drivers were issued 95.00 TL penalties.

(09/070) Special Security Zone in Hakkari …

Governorate of Hakkari announced on September 8, 2017 that 29 locations in Central, Çukurca, Şemdinli and Yüksekova districts of Hakkari are declared special security zones between 11 September 2017 and 25 September 2017.

[1]  The reports on the human rights violations of the Documentation Center are claims unless they are certified. The claim of violation either is certified through thoroughly investigations of HRFT Documentation Center, including by judicial verdicts, and becomes a definite data or it is not included to the annual report.

[2] To subscribe to the e-mail group: please write ‘daily human rights reports subscription application’ to the title of your e-mail and sent it to



[5] Daily Human Rights Reports are prepared on the information gathered by the Documentation Center from its own network and the following dailies and internet portals: Vatan, Milliyet, Hürriyet, Habertürk, Evrensel, Birgün, Cumhuriyet, Fırat Haber Ajansı, ETHA, Dihaber, Yurt, Özgürlükçü Demokrasi, Ntv,,, Cnnturk, Alinteri, Kızılbayrak, Özgür Radyo,, El Cezire,BBC, Yüksekova Haber, T24, Diken, Gazete Karınca, Gazete Duvar.