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26-30 November 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

26-30 November 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/162) Tahir Elçi Murdered…

Diyarbakır Bar Association Chairperson Tahir Elçi was killed on 28 November 2015 in Sur district of Diyarbakır. 2 police officers were killed when 2 persons opened fire against them from a taxi nearby the Dört Ayaklı Minare in Sur district where a public statement was held. The attackers started to run through the street where the public statement was held. Tahir Elci was caught in a gun battle between the police and attackers; he was shot at head and died.

A police officer and a journalist were also wounded during the incident.

After the attack, curfew was declared n Sur district and the implementation of curfew ended in the morning of 30 November 2015.

The funeral of Tahir Elçi was on29 November 2015 in Diyarbakır with the attendance of 100 thousand people.

Tahir Elçi’s wife Türkan Elçi was threatened to death by someone on twitter. The person was identified as a police officer.

The police intervened the demonstrations staged in Diyarbakır and İstanbul staged to protest in the killing of Tahir Elçi. The demonstrations were dispersed by using tear gas and water cannons.

Crime scene investigators were also attacked on 28 and 30 November 2015. 2 police officers were wounded during the attack on 28 November 2015.

The weapons of 2 police officers who were recorded by the media were seized for ballistic investigation. The weapon found next to Tahir Elçi was also announced to be the one threw by one of the escaping persons.

Chief Public Prosecutor in Diyarbakır Ramazan Solmaz announced that the killing was investigated by a committee of 3 Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor and 5 Public Prosecutors. He added that the bullet which killed Tahir Elçi was not found.

Chief Public Prosecutor in Diyarbakır Ramazan Solmaz also took confidentiality decision concerning the investigation. The autopsy showed one bullet had penetrated the back of Elci’s neck, the Chief Public Prosecutor said.

Mikail Yerlikaya who was carrying photo of Tahir Elçi in Torbalı district of İzmir was beaten by the police.

(11/163) Nusaybin Blockaded…

The blockade and operations conducted under the decision of curfew ended on its 14th day as of 26 November 2015. 9 persons were killed during the operations in the district.

Governorate of Mardin declared curfew again on 29 November 2015 in the Abdülkadirpaşa, Fırat, Dicle and Yenişehir quarters of Nusaybin.

(11/164) Curfew in Derik…

Governorate of Mardin declared curfew in Derik district starting from 26 November 2015. The curfew reached its 5th day as of 30 November 2015.

(11/165) Person Killed by the Police in Şırnak…

Nasip Yeşil (18) who was on the roof of his house to talk on the phone was shot to death on 28 November 2015 by the police located in the Süleyman Demirel Primary School in Cudi quarter of Silopi district in Şırnak.

(11/166) Person Killed by the Police in Şırnak…

Hacı Sasur was shot to death when the police opened fire against a group of persons who staged a demonstration on 29 November 2015 in Cizre district of Şırnak to protest in the killing of Tahi Elçi.

(11/167) Person Shot in Hakkari…

Gever People’s Assembly Co-Chair Sibel Çapraz and 2 persons were wounded when the police opened fire from armoured vehicles on 28 November 2015 in Yüksekova (Gever) district of Hakkari.

(11/168) Person Shot in Cizre…

Dilber Yıldız (47) was wounded when the police opened random fire on 25 November 2015 in Nur quarter of Cizre district in Şırnak.

(11/169) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

An attack was organised against a police vehicle on 27 November 2015 in Diyarbakır. One of the 2 alleged attackers Süleyman Yakışır (23) died and 3 police officers were wounded during the clash that broke out after the attack.

A military vehicle was attacked with a rocket launcher on 30 November 2015 in Derik district of Mardin where curfew was implemented.

(11/170) Dilek Doğan Investigation…

According to the news appeared in the press on 29 November 2015, Public Prosecutor in İstanbul concluded the investigation concerning the killing of Dilek Doğan. The indictment wants a police officer to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment up to 26 years and 6 months for “intentional killing by negligent conduct”.

Dilek Doğan (25) who was shot during a house raid on 18 October 2015 in Sarıyer district of İstanbul conducted in connection with a “DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party – Front) Investigation” died on 25 October 2015. She was heavily wounded when the police opened fire in the house. She was reportedly shot from behind. The authorities did not make any statement concerning the incident. But Dilek Doğan’s family declared that the police opened fire when they had a dispute for wearing overshoes to enter the house.

(11/171) Torture and Ill-treatment in Custody…

According to the news appeared in the press on 30 November 2015, the police detained Atatürk University student Z.İ. on 27 November 2015 in the university campus in Erzurum. Z.İ. was taken to Anti-Terror branch in Erzurum and stripped naked. S/he was forced to move in the room. He was also subjected to verbal and physical assault.

(11/172) Impunity in Police Violence Case…

Çağlayan (İstanbul) Penal Court of First Instance No 35 concluded on 26 November 2015 to hear the case against 3 police officers launched upon official complaint by Can Burak Sarıgül. He was beaten by the police during a demonstration staged on 27 May 2015 in İstanbul to protest in the International Higher Education Congress.

The court sentenced the police offices Abdullah Dal, Ali Mutlu and Mevlüt Ünlü to 7 months and 15 days’ imprisonment for “exceeding the right to use force”.

(11/173) Pressures in Prisons…

According to the news appeared in the press on 26 November 2015, Sevinç Sönmez, Bahar Demir, Aysel Koç and Alev Yarar remanded in Elazığ E-type Prison for being on trial in a Maoist Communist Party (MKP) case were beaten in the prison. Bahar Demir and Aysel Koç were also transferred to other prisons without their demand.

(11/174) Pressures in Prisons…

According to the news appeared in the press on 29 November 2015, 5 prisoners incarcerated in Erzurum H-type Prison were transferred to other prisons without their demand.

(11/175) Investigations, Detentions and Arrests on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

According to the news appeared in the press on 26 November 2015, Public Prosecutor in İstanbul completed the indictment against Bülent Keneş, editor-in-chief with the daily Today’s Zaman. 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 on 14 November 2015 upon objection of his lawyers.

The indictment wants the defendant to be sentenced to term of imprisonment up to 8 years according to the Article 299 TPC and Penal Court of First Instance will start to hear the case if the indictment is accepted.

(11/176) Journalists Arrested in İstanbul…

7th Penal Court of Peace Judge on duty decided to arrest Can Dündar, editor-in-chief of the daily Cumhuriyet, and Erdem Gül, Ankara representative of the paper, on 26 November 2015. The journalist were arrested in connection with an investigation started concerning the news appeared in the paper on the transportation of fire arms to Syria by National Intelligence Service (MİT).

The arrest decision was taken on the allegations of “revealing information on the security of the state”, “political and military espionage”, “revealing confidential information”, and “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

The police attacked a group of persons who were protesting in the arrest of the journalist on Yüksel Avenue in Ankara. The police dispersed the crowd by using tear gas.

(11/177) New Agency Editor Detained in İstanbul

İsminaz Ergün, editor with the Etkin News Agency (ETHA), was detained on 27 November 2015 when s/he went to İstanbul Security Directorate to take the official notice concerning an investigation started against her/him in connection with a column.

(11/178) Protest Intervened in Çanakkale…

2 members of Free Young Women (Özgür Genç Kadın) were detained on 29 November 2015 in Çanakkale when they wanted to put up the placard “Women will bring you to account for the massacres (katliamların hesabını kadınlar soracak)” on a ferry.

(11/179) Persons on Trial in Adana…

Adana Penal Court of First Instance No 25 started on 26 November 2015 to hear the case against 11 persons launched on charges of “damaging public property” and “resisting security forces”.

The police intervened when members of the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) tried to erect a tent in İnönü Park in Adana and detained 10 people under beatings. The 10 detainees were reportedly subjected to torture at 5 Ocak Police Station.

After the identification and testimonies of the defendants, the court decided to drop the case against the defendant Cebrail Günebakan who died in the bomb attack in Suruç and adjourned the hearing to 9 February 2016.

(11/180) Utku Kalı on Trial…

Amasya Heavy Penal Court continued on 26 November 2015 to hear the case against Utku Kalı launched for revealing intelligence in connection with the bomb explosions in Reyhanlı district of in Hatay on 11 May 2013. Utku Kalı was serving for compulsory military service. Two separate bombs exploded during the incident. 52 persons died and 130 persons were wounded.

In his opinion as to the accusations, the Public Prosecutor wanted the defendant to be acquitted. The court adjourned the hearing to 4 February 2016 for the preparation of the defence as to the accusations.

(11/181) Operations throughout Turkey…

Mehmet Aslan (19) who was shot and wounded by the police during the operations in Nusaybin district of Mardin was arrested on 26 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”. Mehmet Aslan was being treated when arrested.

Muharrem Kılıç who was among 5 persons detained in Çatak district of Van was arrested on 26 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

The police conducted operations on 26 November 2015 in Iğdır and detained 6 members of Democratic Regions Party (DBP). One persons was also detained in Şanlıurfa during the operations.

Sıddık Turan who was among 6 persons detained in Iğdır was arrested on 27 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

6 members of Socialist Youth Association (SGD) were reportedly detained on 25 November 2015 in Diyarbakır. Bülent Bakır was arrested in Silvan district of Diyarbakır on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

Abbas Kaya and Şiyar Balkaya who were among 7 persons detained during house raids in Kepaz district of Antalya were arrested on 26 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

3 persons in Hakkari, 1 person in Van, and 1 person in Erzurum were detained during the operations on 27 November 2015.

The police conducted house raids on 28 November 2015 in Siverek district of Şanlıurfa and detained 10 persons. 4 persons including a child were detained on 29 November 2015 in Hazro district of Diyarbakır.

Turkey : Assassination of Prominent Lawyer Tahir Elci

29 November 2015

FIDH International Board (IB) members, meeting in Paris on November 28, 2015, strongly condemn the killing of prominent lawyer Tahir Elci in Turkey.

Tahir Elci, the president of the Bar Association in south-east Diyarbakir province and member of IHD, FIDH member organisation, has been killed by unidentified men in a gun attack following a press meeting on the clashes in Sur. One policeman was also shot dead.

Tahir Elci was a well-known campaigner for the respect of human rights, including the rights of Kurdish people. He was detained on October 19 after he stated in the media that Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) should not be considered as a terrorist organisation, although he denounced PKK violence. He was subsequently released on probation on October 20 and had been awaiting trial.

The assassination of Tahir Elci takes place against the backdrop of the deteriorating situation in Turkey. A strong security offensive launched by the authorities over the past three months on the pretext of countering terrorism has led to escalating violence between the army and PKK members and to grave violations of the right to life, severe limitations to the right to freedom of assembly and expression, a crackdown on independent media and repressive actions targeting human rights organisations and activists.

The FIDH IB members call for an independent and full investigation on the killing of Tahir Elci in order to prosecute and judge the perpetrators of this crime. FIDH and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network will organise a joint mission in Turkey in December 2015 to express their solidarity with Human rights NGOs and victims of human rights violations.

https://www.fidh.org/en/region/europe-central-asia/turkey/turkey-assassination-of-prominent-lawyer-tahir-elci

21-25 November 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

21-25 November 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/125) Nusaybin Blockaded…

The blockade and operations conducted under the decision of curfew reached its 11th day as of 23 November 2015.

Muhammed Altunkaynak died on 19 November 2015 in Abdulkadir Paşa quarter with shrapnel pieces when a bomb exploded on his way back home.

Nurhan Kaplan (45) was killed on 20 November 2015 in Abdulkadir Paşa quarter when snipers opened fire.

Şerif Alpar (55) was shot at head with grenade thrower by the police and killed when he was going from Abdulkadir Paşa quarter to Fırat quarter to visit his relatives on 21 November 2015.

The blockade was temporarily lifted on 21 November 2015 between 08:00 and 16:00 except for the Abdulkadir Paşa, Fırat, Yenişehir and Dicle quarters.

Müzeyyen Kızıl (23) was shot and heavily wounded when security forces opened fire from an armoured vehicle on 22 November 2015. Müzeyyen Kızıl was sitting in front of her house.

Electricity, water and internet lines were cut off in the district. Armoured vehicles were located in Fırat, Abdulkadir Paşa and Devrim quarters, and also on Newroz Square and around old hospital to blockade the quarters and to conduct operations.

(11/126) Curfew in Yüksekova…

Governorate of Hakkari declared curfew in Yüksekova district centre starting from 20 November 2015.

After the curfew declaration, Special Forces conducted operations to fill the ditches in Cumhuriyet and Güngör quarter of the district. Mehmet Reşit Arıcı (18) and Naim Noyan (29) were shot to death when the police opened fire against the persons who protested the operations. At least 13 persons were also wounded. The curfew was ended on 23 November 2015 after 4 days of implementation.

(11/127) Person Died in Silvan…

According to the news appeared in the press on 21 November 2015, Latif Nangir (78) died in Silvan district of Diyarbakır when he was being carried to hospital by his relatives. He allegedly died for being horrified for the excessive use of bombs.

(11/128) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

A Deputy Police Chief who was heavily wounded during an armed clash in Silvan district of Diyarbakır died on 23 November 2015 in the hospital.

(11/129) Syrian Children Killed in Hatay…

Syrian children Abdulhamit Taben (16) and Ahmet Taben (16) were beaten to death by their boss Habip Oral (31) on18 November 2015 in İskenderun district of Hatay.

Habip Oral who killed the children by beating with a club was arrested.

(11/130) Assassination Allegation against Political Party Co-Chair…

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş was allegedly attempted to be assassinated on 22 November 2015. HDP officials made a denouncement when they found a trace of a solid material on the rear window of Demirtaş’s bullet-proof vehicle.

After the investigation of the trace, Governorate of Diyarbakır alleged that the trace was not a result of a bullet.

(11/131) Curfew in Diyarbakır…

The curfew in 26 villages and quarters of Lice and Hani districts of Diyarbakır was ended by the Governorate on 22 November 2015. The curfew was declared on 19 November 2015.

(11/132) Killings by Unidentified Assailants Case…

Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 1 continued on 20 November 2015 to hear the case against 19 persons including Mahmut Yıldırım aka Yeşil, Mehmet Ağar and Korkut Eken launched for 18 killings by unidentified assailants in 1990s.

Former İstanbul Securty Director Kemal Yazıcıoğlu testified at the hearing. The court decided to hear several witnesses including businessman Halis Toprak and journalist Tuncay Özkan. The court also decided to examine the “Susurluk Report” and adjourned the hearing to 26 February 2015.

(11/133) Abdullah Cömert Case…

Balıkkesir Heavy Penal Court No 2 continued on 20 November 2015 to hear the case against the police officer Ahmet Kuş (29) launched on charges of the killing Abdullah Cömert (22) with a tear gas canister on 3 June 2013 in Hatay during Gezi Park demonstrations. The case was transferred to Balıkesir Heavy Penal Court No 2 for security reasons. The indictment wants the defendant to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment up to 25 years for “killing with eventual intent”.

The court decided to write Forensic Institute to ask for the completion of the report demanded by the court or present an excuse for not preparing the report. The court rejected the demand for the arrest of defendant and adjourned the hearing to 15 January 2016.

(11/134) Police Officers on Trial for Violence during Gezi Park Demonstrations…

İzmir Penal Court First Instance No 32 continued on 20 November 2015 to hear the case against police officers İ.G., M.K. and M.B. launched for beating a woman in İzmir on 2 June 2013 during Gezi Park demonstrations.

The police intervened the demonstrators on Gündoğdu Square on the day of incident. 3 officers attacked a woman sitting on seaside on Cordelio. When the video recordings of the incident were revealed, a court case was launched against the police officers for “misconduct of duty”.

In his defence as to the accusations, the defence lawyer alleged that the police officers did not beat the victim, but just pushed. After the testimonies of the eyewitnesses, the court adjourned the hearing to a later date to examine the files for being newly appointed to the case.

(11/135) Investigations, Detentions and Arrests on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

M.E.A (24) and A.A. (23) were arrested on 20 November 2015 in Birecik district of Şanlıurfa on the allegations of “insulting State President” through their social media accounts.

R.S. was also arrested in Hakkari for the same reason.

(11/136) Demonstrators Acquitted in Ağrı…

Ağrı Heavy Penal Court concluded on 17 November 2015 to hear the case against Ejder Özdemir launched for shouting the slogan “PKK are people, people are here” during a demonstration on 15 February 2015 in Ağrı.

After the final defence, the court acquitted the defendant. The indictment wanted the defendant to be sentenced according to the Article 7/2 of Anti-Terror Law for “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

(11/137) Protest Intervened in Diyarbakır…

A villager was wounded when military troops opened fire against a group of villagers who staged a human shield action on 22 November 2015 to stop the operations nearby Bateyt hamlet of Hani district in Diyarbakır.

(11/138) Protest Intervened in İstanbul…

The police intervened the members of Peoples’ Democratic Congress (HDK) who wanted to stage a demonstration on 21 November 2015 on Kocamustafapaşa Square in Fatih district of İstanbul to protest in the blockade in Nusaybin. 27 protesters were detained during the police intervention.

(11/139) Newroz Celebrations…

According to the news appeared in the press on 22 November 2015, a court case was alunched against 49 Mersin University students in connection with the Newroz celebrations in the university campus on 20 March 2015.

The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “being member of an illegal organisation” and “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”. Mersin Heavy Penal Court No 2 will start to hear the case on 9 December 2015.

(11/140) KCK Trial in Van…

Van Heavy Penal Court No 2 concluded to hear the case against 6 members of union of public servants in education sector Eğitim-Sen launched after an KCK operation conducted in Van. The defendants were arrested, but released during trial to be tried without remand.

The court sentenced the defendants Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Lezgin Botan, Selami Özyaşar, Mahmut Galip Yaviç and Hakan Yaman to 6 years and 3 months’ imprisonment for “being member of an illegal organisation”. Müzahit Karakuş and Sinan Gündüz were acquitted.

(11/141) Political Party Premises Raided in Mersin…

The police raided Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) premises on 21 November 2015 in Akdeniz district of Mersin on the grounds that “an organisational meeting was held in the premises” and searched the premises. After 3 hours of search, 16 persons including 5 children were detained.

(11/142) Operations throughout Turkey…

8 supporters of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Seyhan district of Adana and 13 persons in İstanbul were detained on 20 November 2015.

Bayram Can, Mazlum Metin, Agit Karasu and Azad Esenkuş who were among 13 persons detained in İstanbul were arrested on 21 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Mehmet Sefunç and Mazlum Duran who were among 6 persons detained during house raids conducted on 19 November 2015 in Silvan district of Diyarbakır on the allegations of insulting military troops with slogans when the troops were leaving Silvan after 12-days curfew were arrested on 20 November 2015 on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Berdan Öztürk’s advisor Ahmet Altunay who was detained during a house raid in Patnos district of Ağrı was arrested on 20 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Rezan Kadir Şexo and İhsan Tekin who were among 7 persons detained during house raids in Adana were arrested on 20 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

İ.Ş. (17) who was shot and wounded by the security forces during curfew in Cizre district of Şırnak was detained on the allegations of “reasonable suspicion”. İ.Ş. was arrested on 20 November 2015.

7 persons who were among 11 persons detained during house raids on 17 November 2015 in Sarıkamış and Selim districts of Kars against the members of  members of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) were arrested on 21 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

7 members of HDP who were among 15 persons detained Şirvan district of Siirt were arrested on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

(11/143) House Raids in İzmir…

4 children who were among 11 persons detained during house raids on 19 November 2015 against the houses of members of People’s Front (Halk Cephesi) in Bayraklı district of İzmir in connection with a “DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party – Front) Investigation” were arrested on 20 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation.

(11/144) Person Killed by the Police in Şırnak…

Rafet Aşut (23) who was heavily wounded when the police opened fire during the demonstration staged on 9 November 2015 Cizre district of Şırnak to protest in the curfew in Sİlvan district of Diyarbakır died on 23 November 2015 in Adana Training and Research Hospital.

(11/145) Stop Warning…

On 23 November 2015, Security Forces opened fire against 2 vehicles in Silvan district of Diyarbakır on the allegations of “not obeying the stop warning” and “being in preparation for an attack”. Murat Aktar (22) was killed and Y.M. (17) was wounded during the incident.

(11/146) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

6 soldiers were wounded when a bomb exploded on 23 November 2015 nearby Varto district of Muş during the passage of a military vehicle.

A police officer was killed and a police officer was wounded when the protection vehicle of the Siverek Sub-Governor was opened fire on 23 November 2015 after visiting a factory in Siverek district of Şanlıurfa.

Governorate of Hakkari announced on 23 November 2015 that several regions in Çukurca district of the province were decided to be temporary security zones for 15 days. Entrance of civilians to the security zones was also banned until 9 December 2015.

(11/147) Impunity in Extra-judicial Killing Case…

On 22 October 2015, Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 6 concluded on 23 November 2015 to hear the case against 18 retired and regular soldiers launched in connection with the killings of the HPG militants Sunullah Keserci and Necmeddin Ahmed Hasan, and villager İbrahim Atabay (18) on 6 October 2009 in Buğulukaynak (Kel) village in Çaldıran district of Van.

After the final defence, the court acquitted the defendants retired Van Gendarmerie Commander Vecihi Halil İyigün and regular soldiers former Gendarmerie Intelligence Commnader Major Hakan Başaklıgil, First Lieutenant Muhlis Çolak, Non-commissioned Officer Kabil Tanyeli, specialised sergeants İsmail Taşdemir, Hasan Kaya, Ünal Demirbaş, Hasan Emir, Mustafa Küpeli, Abdülkadir Karaca, Abdülmütalip Ateş, Mustafa Perpil, Mehmet Kocaboğa, Hamza Çelik, Hüseyin Güzel, Mevlüt Mete and Özgenç Soylu. The court also ruled that the defendants can open compensation cases for being remanded during the trial.

According to the indictment, the militants were unarmed and trying to leave the village during the incident. But Beşir Atalay, who was the Ministry of Interior Affair then, alleged that the militants died during an armed clash.

(11/148) Pressures in Prisons…

According to the news appeared in the press on 23 November 2015, 18 prisoners incarcerated in İskenderun (Hatay) T-type Prison were transferred to other prisons. They were reportedly among 32 prisoners who were recently subjected to interrogation of the prison administration under torture.

(11/149) Protest Intervene din İzmir…

The police intervened the members of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) who staged a sit-in action on 23 November 2015 in front of the İzmir Governorate to protest in the curfew in Nusaybin district of Mardin. 17 protesters were detained during the intervention.

(11/150) Protesters on Trial in İzmir…

İzmir Penal Court of First Instance No 22 started on 23 November 2015 to hear the case against 81 persons launched for taking part in a demonstration staged on 10 September 2013 in Alsancak quarter of İzmir to protest in killing of Ahmet Atakan on 10 December 2013 in Hatay by unidentified assailants.

The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations”, “resisting security forces”, and damaging public property”.

Defence lawyers argued at the hearing that the indictment was against the Law on Criminal Procedures. The court decided to return the indictment to the Public Prosecutor and adjourned the hearing to 8 February 2016.

(11/151) Political Party Premises Raided in Mersin…

4 persons including a child who were among 16 persons detained during the raid of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) premises on 21 November 2015 in Akdeniz district of Mersin were arrested on 23 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”. The raid was conducted on the grounds that “an organisational meeting was held in the premises”.

(11/152) Operations throughout Turkey…

On 23 November 2015 in Çatak district of Van, the police detained 4 persons including Democratic Regions Party (DBP) executive for the district Necmettin Kıpçak.

Serhat Dayan (19) who was among 3 persons detained during house raids in Bismil district of Diyarbakır was arrested on 23 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

(11/153) Nusaybin Blockaded…

The blockade and operation conducted under the decision of curfew reached its 13th day as of 25 November 2015.

Sedat Güngör (22) who shot during the operations conducted on 24 November 2015 in Yenişehir quarter died in the hospital.

Sultan Şavur (64) was wounded in Fırat quarter with shrapnel pieces.

Hasan Korkmaz (60) was shot at his back in Fırat quarter. He was wounded and hospitalised.

(11/154) Curfew in Cizre…

Governorate of Şırnak declared curfew on 24 November 2015 in Sur and Yafes quarters of Cizre district.

(11/155) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

Civil officer Sabri Oğlak and a police chief died, a police officer was wounded when an armoured police vehicle was attacked on 24 November 2015 in Cizre district of Şırnak.

General Staff made an official announcement and alleged that 5 militanst were killed during the operations conducted on 23 November 2015 in the rural area of Şemdinli district in Hakkari.

(11/156) Hate Crime in İstanbul…

A transsexual woman with the first name Nilay found stabbed to death on 23 November 2015 in Maltepe district of İstanbul.

(11/157) Police Officers on Trial for Violence…

Çağlayan (İstanbul) Penal Court of First Instance No 7 started on 24 November 2015 to hear the case against police officers Ömer Serdar Küçükibrahimoğlu and Fatih Zahter. The case was launched upon official complaint by Gökçe Algan who collar bone was broken when being targeted by a anti-riot water cannon vehicle TOMA during Gezi Park demonstrations in İstanbul. The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “intentional wounding” and “misconduct of duty”.

The defendant Fatih Zahter appeared and testified at the hearing. The court decided to ask news agencies to provide the footage of the incident. The court also ordered the defendant Ömer Serdar Küçükibrahimoğlu to testify through SEGBİS system for being on duty in Van and adjourned the hearing to 2 March 2016.

(11/158) Former MP on Trial in Manisa…

Manisa Penal Court of First Instance No 6 started on 24 November 2015 to hear the case against former MP Şevki Yılmaz launched for the expressions he used during a speech in a conference. The indictment wants the defendant to be sentenced according to the Law on Crimes Committed against Atatürk.

After the defence of the lawyers of Şevki Yılmaz, the court decided for an expert’s report on the expressions and adjourned 9 February 2016.

(11/159) Persons on Trial in Ağrı…

Ağrı Heavy Penal Court started on 24 November 2015 to hear the case against 5 remanded persons launched for the poster “We condemn the complot – We salute the self-governance decision of our people (Komployu kınıyoruz.  Halkımızın özyönetimini selamlıyoruz)” they carried during a demonstration in Ağrı on 8 March 2015.

After the testimonies of the defendants, the court released the defendants Mehmet Öztürk, Mehmet Şakir Çaçan and Mehmet Reşat Adıgüzel to be tried without remand and adjourned the hearing to 26 January 2016.

(11/160) KCK Operation in Mersin…

Security Forces conducted operations on 24 November 2015 in Mersin against “financial organisation of KCK”. 9 persons including Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD) Char for Mersin province Mehmet Altuntaş were detained.

Mayor of Akdeniz district Fazıl Türk and another person are allegedly wanted in connection with the operations.

(11/161) Operations throughout Turkey…

The police detained 7 members of Socialist Youth Association (Sosyalist Gençlik Derneği – SGD) when they were making promotion the daily Azadi on 24 November 2015 in Kızıltepe district of Mardin.

The police conducted house raids in Kızıltepe ande reportedly detained 5 persons.

6 persons in Viranşehir district of Şanlıurfa and17 persons in Siverek district were detained during the operations.

20 November 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

20 November 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/117) Curfew in Nusaybin…

The curfew in Nusaybin district of Mardin reached its 8th day as of 20 November 2015.

Musur Aslan(19) was shot at head and killed during the operations conducted on 19 November 2015 in Abdulkadir Paşa quarter of the district.

Emin Öz (55) reportedly committed suicide on the grounds that he could not take his handicapped mother to hospital due to blockade in Fırat quarter.

Rabia Bağtur (35) was wounded with shrapnel pieces during the operations in Yavuz Selim quarter.

(11/118) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

Governorate of Diyarbakır declared curfew on 19 November 2015 in 9 villages and quarters of Lice district. The implementation of the curfew ended on 20 November 2015.

On 20 November 2015, the Governorate also declared curfew in 26 villages and quarters in Lice district and Hani district.

(11/119) Ahmet Sülüşoğlu Case…

Bakırköy (İstanbul) Heavy Penal Court No 2 started on 19 November 2015 to hear the case against Celal Yılmaz, Deputy Security Director in İstanbul, launched for killing motor bike driver Ahmet Sülüşoğlu to death on 7 August 2015.

The defendant testified at the hearing to the effect that he was mentally depressed for the attacks against the police officers. He added that he did not aim to kill Ahmet Sülüşoğlu, but nullification. He also alleged that he fired twice with respect to the trainings he was delivered.

Celal Yılmaz who was arrested after shooting Ahmet Sülüşoğlu after having a dispute in front of public houses in Halkalı quarter of İstanbul was released after 8 days on 24 August 2015 upon objection of his lawyer. The decision was taken on the grounds of “lack of probability of escape”.

But the Public Prosecutor demanded the defendant to be arrested on the grounds of strong suspicion of intentional killing exceeding self defence. The court accepted the demand and adjourned the hearing to 16 December 2015.

(11/120) Lütfullah Tacik Case…

Van Heavy Penal Court No 2 started to hear on 19 November 2015 the case against police officers in connection with the death of Afghani refugee Lütfullah Tacik (17) as a result of beatings on 31 May 2015 in Van. The indictment wants the police officer Serdar Oran to be sentenced for “simple wounding and causing death by intentional wounding” and the police officer Hasan Özgür Özdemir for “misconduct of duty”.

The court decided the defendant Serdar Oran to testify through SEBBİS system. The court also rejected the demand of civil society organisation to be intervening party with case and adjourned the hearing to 19 January 2016.

Lütfullah Tacik (17) who was detained by the soldiers on 16 May 2014 while trying to pass the border illegally in Iğdır and transferred to the Repatriation Centre of the Foreigner’s Department in Van on 26 May 2014 to be deported was beaten by a police officer for lying about his age.

Lütfullah Tacik had cerebral haemorrhage when the police officer Serdar Oran working at Illegal Migration and Human Trafficking Department of Foreigner’s Department beat him. He was hospitalised, but died on 31 May 2014.

(11/121) Investigations, Detentions and Arrests on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

Muhyettin Demir (20) who was released after being detained in Dargeçit district of Mardin was detained on 19 November 2015 upon objection of Public Prosecutor. He was arrested on the same day on the allegations of “insulting the State President”.

(11/122) Political Party Executive Convicted in Van…

Van Heavy Penal Court No 2 concluded on 19 November 2015 to hear the case against Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Co-Vice-Chair Fadıl Barıştıran launched for the slogans s/he shouted during a public statement on 27 July 2012 concerning the human rights violations in prisons.

The court sentenced the defendant to 10 months’ imprisonment for “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

(11/123) Unionists on Trial in Antalya…

Antalya Heavy Penal Court No 2 continued on 19 November 2015 to hear the case against 6 members of confederation of public servants’ unions KESK launched on charges of “being member of an illegal organisation”. The case was launched after an operation conducted on 19 February 2015 in Antalya in connection with a “DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party – Front) Investigation”.

After the continuation of the testimonies of the defendants Züher Çapan, Alper Yaşar, Hüseyin Erdem, Halime Sağlam, Savaş İlhan and Umut Arat, the court adjourned the hearing to 22 February 2016 for the completion of deficient documents.

(11/124) Operations throughout Turkey…

Digor Co-mayors Ekrem Bingül and Şengül Erkmen, and 2 municipality workers who were detained when financial police raided municipality in Digor district of Kars on 18 November 2015 were arrested on 19 November 2015 on the allegations of “debt”. The decision was based on the salary of Şengül Erkmen.

Ekrem Keklik who was detained during the operations in Hizan district of Bitlis was arrested on 19 November 2015 on the allegations of “resisting security forces” and “damaging public property”.

6 persons including a child were detained during house raids conducted on 19 November 2015 in Silvan district of Diyarbakır. The operations were conducted on the allegations of insulting military troops with slogans when the troops were leaving Silvan after 12-days curfew.

19 November 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

19 November 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/111) Curfew in Nusaybin…

The curfew in Nusaybin district of Mardin reached its 7th day on 19 November 2015. Special Forces conducted operations on 18 November 2015 and Hasan Dal (45) was killed when his house in Abdulkadirpaşa quarter was attacked with grenade thrower.

Special Forces also opened fire in the same quarter and Güle Tutak was wounded. Her son Yılmaz Tutak was also shot to death by the police previously.

(11/112) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

Governorate of Siirt announced on 18 November 2015 that 4 regions in Eruh and Pervari districts of the province were decided to be temporary security zones for 15 days. Entrance of civilians to the security zones was also banned.

(11/113) Investigations, Detentions and Arrests on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

The police conducted house raids on 18 November 2015 in Giresun and detained a member of People’s Houses (Halkevleri) and 2 members of Joint June Movement (Birleşik Haziran Hareketi) on the allegations of “insulting the State President” on Facebook.

(11/114) Former MP Acquitted…

Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 5 concluded on 18 November 2015 to hear the case against Sebahat Tuncel, Co-Spokesperson of Peoples’ Democratic Congress (HDK) and former MP, launched in connection with a speech she gave in Diyarbakır.

The indictment wanted the defendant to be sentenced on charges of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”. The court acquitted Sebahat Tuncel on the grounds that the act of the defendant was not described as an offence in the law.

(11/115) House Raids in İzmir…

The police conducted house raids on 19 November 2015 in Bayraklı district of İzmir in connection with a “DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party – Front) Investigation” and detained 11 members of People’s Front (Halk Cephesi).

(11/116) Operations throughout Turkey…

Co-Mayor of Cizre district Leyla İmret who was dismissed from duty by the Ministry of Interior Affairs was detained on 18 November 2015 in Diyarbakır.

Public Prosecutor in Diyarbkır demanded Leyla İmret to be arrested on the allegations of “inciting people armed uprising”, “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”, and “inciting people hatred and enmity”. But the court released her.

On 18 November 2015, financial police raided municipality in Digor district of Kars. Co-mayors Ekrem Bingül and Şengül Erkmen were detained.

The police conducted house raids on 18 November 2015 in Şirvan district of Siirt and detained 15 members and executives of Democratic Regions Party (DBP) and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

İzzet Eruncak and Harun Kaya who were detained on 18 November 2015 in Mersin were arrested on the same day on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

13-18 November 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

13-18 November 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/075) Silvan Blockaded…

The 6th curfew in Silvan district of Diyarbakır ended on its 12th day as of 14 November 2015. Operations of security forces and clashes continued in the district. Since the first curfew started on 16 August 2015, 15 persons were killed in Silvan. On 14 November 2015, military troops and tanks left the district with the protests of the people in the district.

Special Forces conducted operations on11 November 2015 in Mescit quarter and Süleyman Güleç was killed when they opened fire. The number of the casualties reached 7 since 3 November 2015.

Security forces intervened and dispersed a group of persons who wanted to stage a march on 12 November 2015 during the curfew. The police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the group including Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Figen Yüksekdağ.

Figen Yüksekdağ was about to be shoot at head with a tear gas canister during the intervention. The group was also hosed pressurised water. Sümeyye Sinbağ, sister of Yakup Sinbağ who was killed on 10 November 2015, was also shot at her leg and wounded.

200 lawyers who arrived to Silvan on 13 November 2015 to protest in the curfew and blockade were also attacked with tear gas and water cannons. 50 persons were detained during the attack and released after negotiations.

Muhittin Kan, Chairperson of Merchants and Craftsmen Credit and Warranty Cooperative, made a public statement and announced that at least 100 shops and workplaces were damaged during the curfew and operations in the district.

(11/076) Persons Killed by the Police in Şırnak…

Kadri Sencer was shot to death during an operation on 12 November 2015 in Yeşiltepe quarter of Silopi district in Şırnak. The fire was reportedly opened from a vehicle used by Special Forces during operations. The body of Kadri Sencer was reportedly dragged by the police for 300 meters.

(11/077) Person Killed by Soldiers in Şırnak…

On 12 November 2015, Fatma Yiğit died and at least 10 persons were wounded when bombs were reportedly thrown from Gendarmerie Headquarters in Silopi district of Şırnak to the Şehit Harun quarter of the district.

(11/078) Persons Killed by the Police in Şırnak…

Abdullah Karaviş (24) was shot at head and killed on 13 November 2015 when the police opened fire from an armoured vehicle in Yeni Mahalle quarter of İdil district in Şırnak.

(11/079) Curfew in Nusaybin…

Sub-Governorate in Nusaybin district of Mardin announced on 13 November 2015 curfew to be implemented in 15 quarters of the district starting from 14 November 2015.

3 persons were wounded on 14 November 2015 during the operations conducted in Nusaybin on the first day of the curfew.

Selamet Yeşilmen (44) was shot to death in front of his house allegedly when Special Forces opened fire during an operation on 15 November 2015 in Fırat quarter. Her children S.Y. and F.Y., and Yılmaz Tutak (30) who wanted to help her were also shot and wounded. Abdulhakim Aytimur who was in the garden of his house was also wounded during the incident. Sub-Governorate of Nusaybin alleged that security forces did not conduct an operation in the quarter.

Şirin Bilgin (37) was also shot and wounded on the balcony of her/his house during the operations conducted in Devrim quarter.

During the 6-days curfew in Nusaybin started on 1 October 2015, Ahmet Sönmez (61) and Şahin Turan (25) were killed.

(11/080) Curfew in Cizre…

Governorate of Şırnak declared curfew on 14 November 2015 in Sur and Yafes quarters of Cizre district.

Special Forces conducted operations in Nur quarter where curfew was not implemented. 5 persons were wounded during the operations. A person had heart attack in Cudi quarter, but security forces reportedly did not allow ambulance to enter the quarter and the person died.

The curfew was suspended on 15 November 2015.

Servet Aydık who was going home from shopping was shot by the police on Arîn Mîrxan Avenue. The police opened fire from an armoured vehicle and Servet Aydık was shot in the belly.

During the 9-days curfew in Cizre in September 2015, 21 persons were killed including a 35-days old baby.

(11/081) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

Military troops conducted a house raid on 13 November in Erciş district of Van on the allegations that there were PKK militants in the house. A non-commissioned officer and 3 militants died, a major and 2 soldiers were wounded during the armed clash. The bodies of the militants were allegedly set to fire by the soldiers after the operation.

2 soldiers died when a bomb exploded on 13 November 2015 during the passage of a military vehicle in Lice district of Diyarbakır.

Governorate of Şırnak announced on 12 November 2015 that 11 militants were killed during the military operations in Cizre and Silopi districts.

Governorate of Şırnak also announced on 12 November 2015 that 6 regions in Beytüşşebap district of the province were decided to be temporary security zones until 27 November 2015. Entrance of civilians to the security zones was also banned.

(11/082) Pressures in Prisons…

According to the news appeared in the press on 15 November 2015, Cahit Baybaris, Agit Tekin, Mahmut Yıldızbakan and Salih Ahmed incarcerated in İskenderun (Hatay) M-type Prison were reportedly interrogated under torture byt eh prison administration. The prisoners were also sentenced to cell confinement.

(11/083) Journalists Detained and Arrested in Van…

10 journalists were detained on 13 November 2015 under beatings when they were following an armed clash in Erciş district of Van.

Dicle News Agency (DİHA) correspondent İdris Yılmaz and Jin News Agency (JINHA) correspondent Vildan Atmaca were arrested on 14 November 2015 on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” and “insulting the State President”.

(11/084) Censor on TV Channels and Radio Stations…

Broadcasting of 14 TV channels and radio stations owned by Samanyolu Broadcasting were stopped to be downlinked from Türksat satellites. The decision of the Ankara Administrative Court No 6 was implemented on 15 November 2015 before waiting the defence of the company. The channels and stations were previously excluded from the digital platforms Digitürk and Teledünya.

TV channels and radio stations subjected to censor are Samanyolu TV Avrupa, Mehtap TV, Samanyolu Haber, Yumurcak TV, MC TV, Dünya TV, Tuna Shopping TV, Samanyolu TV Türkiye, Samanyolu Haber, MC EU, Burç FM, Radyo Mehtap, Dünya Radyo, Radyo Berfin ve grup bünyesinde yer almayan Irmak TV ile Radyo Cihan.

(11/085) Journalist on Trial…

Çağlayan (İstanbul) Penal Court of First Instance started on 12 November 2015 to hear the case against Canan Coşkun, journalist with the daily Cumhuriyet, in connection with the news under the headline “House Sales under Discussion in the Judiciary” appeared in the paper on 29 February 2015 about the discounted sales of luxury houses to prosecutors and judges in İstanbul by a private construction company.

The case was launched upon official complaint by 2 judges/prosecutors in charge at Çağlayan and Küçükçekmece courthouses and 8 judges/prosecutors were also referred as victims in indictment. The indictment wants Canan Coşkun to be sentenced 10 times according to the Article 125 TPC for “insulting public officers”. After the testimonies, the court adjourned the hearing to 16 March 2016.

(11/086) Former MP Detained in İstanbul…

Sebahat Tuncel, Co-Spokesperson of Peoples’ Democratic Congress (HDK) and former MP, was detained on 12 November 2015 at Atatürk Airport in İstanbul when she was going abroad. She was reportedly detained in connection with the investigations against her. She was taken to Bakırköy Court House and the court released her with a ban on leaving the country.

Public Prosecutor in Bakırköy started an investigation against her on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” with the speeches she gave during activities in the years 2010 and 2013.

(11/087) Investigations, Detentions and Arrests on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

Celal K. (39) who was detained in Hekimhan district of Malatya for the messages he shared on Facebook was arrested on 14 November 2015 on the allegations of “insulting the State President”.

(11/088) Political Party Executive on Trial in Kocaeli…

Körfez (Kocaeli) Penal Court of First Instance No 1 started on 12 November 2015 to hear the case against Tuğman Kayalı, People’s Republican Party Chair for the Körfez district. The case was launched for putting up the poster of 4 former ministers with thief masks to protest in non-prosecution of the bribery and corruption allegations of 17-25 December 2013.

After the identification and defence of the lawyers, the court accepted the demand of former ministers Zafer Çağlayan, Muammer Güler and Egemen Bağış’ demand to join the case and adjourned the hearing to later date to wait for the response of former minister Erdoğan Bayraktar.

(11/089) Protest Intervened in Şırnak…

The police attacked the demonstration staged on 12 November 2015 in Cizre district of Şırnak to protest in the operations and blockade in Silvan district of Diyarbakır. The police reportedly used bombs to disperse the crowd and Mehmet Dal (78) was heavily wounded.

(11/090) Silvan Demonstrations/Protests Prevented…

The police intervened a sit-in action staged on 12 November 2015 on a ferry in İzmir to protest in the operations and blockade in Silvan district of Diyarbakır. The protesters also put up a poster on the ferry. The police detained 16 female protesters under beatings.

6 persons who occupied the office of Doğan News Agency in Mersin and 9 persons who occupied the building of the TV station NTV in Ankara for the same reason were detained.

9 students who were distributing leaflets in Bingöl University campus were also detained.

The police also intervened the protests staged in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and İstanbul University. 14 students were detained during the interventions.

(11/091) G-20 Summit Protests…

G-20 Summit held in Antalya was protested in several cities.

The police intervened the protests staged by the members of Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) on 14 November 2015 in front of the consulates of Germany and England in İstanbul. 20 persons were detained.

4 members of Peoples’ Houses (Halkevleri) were detained on 15 November 2015 in Antalya when they were going to Belek to deliver a letter of demands to G-20 Summit.

41 persons were also detained when the police intervened a protest and a march on 15 November 2015.

(11/092) Protest Intervened in İstanbul…

5 persons who opened a banner during the 37th Eurasia Marathon on 15 November 2015 in İstanbul to protest in the government’s decision for not allowing Aziz Güler’ body to be taken by his family on Rojava border for funeral were detained.

(11/093) Persons on Trial in Ağrı…

Doğubayazıt (Ağrı) Heavy Penal Court started on 13 November 2015 to hear the case against 19 persons who were arrested after being detained during a human shield attempt. The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “aiding and abetting an illegal organisation”.

The defendants testified at the hearing through SESBİS teleconference system. The court decided for the continuation of the arrests of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) workers Kudbettin Saltan and Leyla Sevgin, and Municipality Assembly member Halime Keskin. The court also decided to release remaining 16 defendants to be tried without remand and adjourned the hearing to 7 January 2016.

(11/094) Operations throughout Turkey…

Bismil Co-Mayor Haci Fethi Gürbüz, İbrahim Türk, Muhammed Peksoy and Gülizar Akat who were detained during house raids in Bismil district of Diyarbakır were arrested on 12 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

During the house raids conducted on 12 November 2015, 5 persons in Ceylanpınar district of Şanlıurfa, 2 persons in Dargeçit district of Mardin, and 2 persons in Seyhan district of Adana were detained.

Mahsum Kürd and Eyüp Tarhan who were detained Ceylanpınar were arrested on 14 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Mahmut Atakay, Elif Toprak, Deniz Ayırkan, Oya Yılmaz and Ayşe Yılmaz were detained when union in education sector Eğitim-Sen office in Dicle district of Diyarbakır was raided on 12 November 2015. They were reportedly detained on the allegations of taking part in Women’s Day activities and sharing photos of Kurdish female politicians assassinated in Paris.

Ethem Yıldız, worker at the headquarters of Democratic Regions Party (DBP), was detained on 12 November 2015 during a road control in Bulank district of Muş. The reason of detention was not disclosed.

7 persons who were among 10 persons detained during raids on 10 November 2015 against the premises of Dersim Free Students Association (Dersim Özgür Öğrenci Derneği – DÖ-DER) and the houses of the members of the association were arrested on 13 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

14 persons including Beşiri Co-Mayor Mustafa Öztürk were detained during the house raids conducted on 14 November 2015 in Batman and its districts.

Abdulaziz Gezen, Murat Özkan, Ali Yiğit and Ahmet Gümüş who were detained during house raids conducted in Diyarbakır were arrested on 14 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

The police conducted operations on 14 November 2015 against the People’s Assembly of Gülbahçe quarter in Seyhan district of Adana and detained 39 persons.

(11/095) Person Killed by the Police in Diyarbakır…

Rıdvan Us who was heavily wounded on 6 November 2015 when security forces opened fire in Silvan district of Diyarbakır where curfew was implemented for 12 days died on 16 November 2015 in the hospital. The number of the casualties reached 8 during the 6th curfew in the district. 16 persons died in total during the curfews implemented in Silvan.

(11/096) Curfew in Nusaybin…

Süleyman A. (65) was shot at her leg and wounded when the police opened fire on 16 November 2015 in Nusaybin district of Mardin where curfew was implemented since 13 November 2015. Süleyman A. (65) was going to her daughter’s house.

Abdülkadir Yılmaz (65) who had heart attack in Duruca quarter of the district died in the hospital. The ambulances were reportedly prevented and he could not be taken to hospital immediately.

(11/097) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

According to the official announcement by the General Staff, 13 PKK militants were killed during the operations conducted on 15 November 2015 in the rural areas of Çukurca district in Hakkari. PKK did not make any announcement concerning the allegations.

(11/098) Death in Prison…

E.N. (15) incarcerated in Bahçecik (Trabzon) E-type Prison allegedly committed suicide on 11 November 2015 by hanging himself.

(11/099) Political Party Executives on Trial in İzmir…

Yiannis Bournous, Member of the Political Secretariat of SYRIZA / Greece, took part and gave a speech during the meeting of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) on Gündoğdu Square in İzmir before the election on 7 June 2015. According to the news appeared in the press on 16 November 2015, Public Prosecutor in İzmir concluded the investigation against the executives of HDP for İzmir on the grounds that they did not inform the authorities about the speech of Yiannis Bournous.

The indictment was accepted by İzmir Penal Court of First Instance No 22 and the indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations”.

(11/100) G-20 Summit Protests…

The police prevented a group of protesters who wanted to march on 16 November 2015 to the restricted area in Bellek where G-20 Summit was held in Antalya and reportedly detained 11 persons.

(11/101) Operations throughout Turkey…

The police conducted house raids on 16 November 2015 in Birecik district of Şanlıurfa and detained 5 persons. The reason of the operations was not disclosed.

The police conducted operations in 5 districts of İstanbul and detained 12 persons in connection with a “Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) Investigation”.

Democratic Regions Party (DBP) members Yüksel Oğuz ve M. Şerif Acar who were detained on 16 November 2015 in Dargeçit district of Mardin were arrested on the same day on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Fatmagül Kurt, Mehmet Çağdavul, Yaser Örnek, Kadir Kurka, Fırat Kayalıdağ and Delil Ek who were among 39 persons detained during operation the People’s Assembly of Gülbahçe quarter in Seyhan district of Adana were arrested on 16 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

(11/102) Curfew in Nusaybin…

On the 5th day of curfew in Nusaybin district of Mardin, Halime Güner (35) was shot and wounded in front of her house on 17 November 2015 when Special Forces opened fire in the neighbourhood.

Abdülkadir Doğan (53) was wounded when he was shot while leaving his house. Mehmet Aslan (19) was also shot at his neck and wounded when Special Forces opened fire in Yeni Turan quarter.

(11/103) Pressures in Prisons…

According to the news appeared in the press on 17 November 2015, the vegan prisoner Osman Evcan incarcerated n Kandıra (Kocaeli) F-type Prison No 1 started hunger strike to protest in prison administration’s decision to seize the vegan foods sent to him.

(11/104) Pressures in Prisons…

According to the news appeared in the press on 18 November 2015, İzzet Sevilgen, Selahattin Kılınç, Hikmet Kara, Emin Sosin, Ramazan Özyiğit, Rıdvan Tanış and Mehmet Tosun who were transferred from Şırnak T-type Prison to Van M-type Prison for medical treatment were sent to Erzurum H-type Prison without their demands.

(11/105) Journalists on Trial…

Çağlayan (İstanbul) Heavy Penal Court No 14 started on 17 November 2015 to hear the case against 18 journalists launched in connection with the news covering the operation in Çağlayan Court House in İstanbul which led to deaths of 2 DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party – Front) militants and Public Prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz. The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced to terms of imprisonment up to 7 years and 6 months according to the Article 7/2 of the Anti-Terror Law for “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

After the identification of the defendants and testimonies, the court adjourned the hearing to alter date for the continuation of the testimonies.

Following journalists are on trial in this case: Editor-in-chief of the daily Şok Kaan Özbek and director Orhan Duman, editor-in-chief of the daily Millet Sedat Gülmez and director Cuma Ulus, editor-in-chief of the daily Posta Seçil Şengelir and director Mehmet Emin Öztürk, editor-in-chief of the daily Yurt Başak Günsever and director Orhan Şahin, editor-in-chief of the daily Bugün Gökhan Çorbacı and director Temel Tanadalan, editor-in-chief of the daily Cumhuriyet Abbas Yalçın and director Can Dündar, editor-in-chief of the daily Özgür Gündem Reyhan Çapan and director Eren Keskin, editor-in-chief of the daily Aydınlık Murat Şimşek and director Mehmet Sabuncu, editor-in-chief of the daily Birgün Berkant Gültekin and director İbrahim Aydın.

(11/106) Political Party Executive Convicted for Insulting the State President…

Kayseri Penal Court of First Instance No 10 concluded on 17 November 2015 to hear the case against People’s Republican Party (CHP) Chair for Kayseri province Mustafa Ayan launched on charges of “insulting the State President” with the expression he used in a speech.

 After the final defence, the court sentenced the defendant to 1 year and 5 months’ imprisonment under the Article 299 TPC and suspended the sentence.

(11/107) Activity Prevented in Eskişehir…

On 17 November 2015, private security guards attacked a stand opened in the Anadolu University campus in Eskişehir to promote an activity for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. 3 students were wounded during the attack.

(11/108) Protest Intervened in Mardin…

The police intervened a demonstration staged on 17 November 2015 in Kızıltepe district of Martin to protest in the curfew and blockade in Nusaybin. 4 children were detained during the police intervention.

(11/109) Operations throughout Turkey…

The police conducted house raids on 17 November 2015 in Sarıkamış and Selim districts of Kars and detained 15 members of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and Democratic Regions Party (DBP).

The houses of unionists from confederation of public servants’ unions KESK were raided on 18 November 2015 in Adana. 14 unionists were detained during the raids.

3 persons including 2 children who were detained during operations conducted in Şanlıurfa were arrested on 17 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

(11/110) House Raids in Elazığ…

The police conducted house raids on 18 November 2015 in Elazığ in connection with a “DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party – Front) Investigation” and detained 11 persons.

Statement of Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, on Curfews in Turkey

18 November 2015

I have been informed that the round-the-clock curfew declared in three neighbourhoods of ‪#‎Silvan‬ (‪#‎Turkey‬) on 2 November in the framework of anti-terror operations was lifted on 14 November, after 12 days. According to information provided by the Turkish authorities on my request, four curfews had already been declared in Silvan prior to this since August 2015, the longest of which had lasted 3 days.

I have received very distressing allegations of human rights violations during this last curfew, including violations of the right to life of at least six civilians. As with other such operations, including the long curfew in ‪#‎Cizre ‬to which I reacted on 11 September, communications with Silvan were severely disrupted during this period. The information is therefore still contradictory and unreliable, but the pictures that emerged after the end of the curfew show evidence of heavy fighting and severe destruction of homes and private property. In my previous statement on Cizre, I had pointed out that the combination of an exceptionally severe interference with the human rights of a very large population and a near-complete information blackout was particularly worrying given the absence of the necessary oversight, and called on the authorities to allow access by independent observers, including Turkey’s national human rights structures, in order to dispel doubts about the conduct of the security forces. To my knowledge, this has not happened during any of the curfews.

In the aftermath of the curfew in Cizre in September, several human rights NGOs reported further on human rights violations allegedly committed by security forces during the curfew there, arguing that the total disruption of the lives of the inhabitants of the city and certain actions of the security forces had been perceived as “collective punishment” by citizens. I welcome the information that the Turkish Human Rights Institution visited Cizre and Şırnak in the aftermath of the curfews in order to investigate these allegations and is preparing a report on that visit.

While I reiterate the right and obligation of the Turkish state to fight terrorism, the methods employed in this fight have to respect the human rights guarantees enshrined in international standards, in particular the European Convention on Human Rights. Imposing open-ended, round-the-clock curfews in entire neighbourhoods or towns until further notice represents a massive restriction of some of the most fundamental human rights of a huge population. Their frequent and widespread use in South-Eastern Turkey since August does not appear to satisfy the criteria of proportionality and necessity in a democratic society. I therefore urge the Turkish authorities to reconsider this practice and ensure that in the future anti-terror operations are more limited in scope and the disruption of public life is strictly proportionate to the aims pursued.

I also stress the obligation of the Turkish authorities to shed light on numerous allegations of human rights violations directly or indirectly caused by security forces during this and other curfews declared in the past months. In this connection, the chronic problem of impunity concerning actions of security forces, as evidenced in the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights regarding Turkey, as well as the reports of my Office, is a major source of preoccupation. Following my request for information on existing investigations in this context, the authorities only informed me of one case where two security personnel were suspended pending investigations, following the outrage caused by images of a dead body being dragged behind an armoured police vehicle in Şırnak in October 2015. The lack of ongoing investigations is disheartening in the face of the number and seriousness of allegations.

Finally, regardless of the origin of the violation of human rights of citizens, be it the failure of the state to prevent terrorist acts or the conduct of the security forces themselves, the authorities must ensure that victims receive fair, appropriate and timely compensation for the damages they suffered. This is going to be a formidable challenge considering the losses of life, injuries, as well as the large-scale destruction of private property which occurred during these curfews.

I acknowledge the predicament of the Turkish authorities and the Turkish security forces, who have the duty to fight terrorism and ensure the safety of their citizens in the face of exceptionally challenging circumstances. Nevertheless, I hope that the Turkish authorities and the Turkish courts will give serious consideration to the concerns outlined above, failing which a new wave of applications to the European Court of Human Rights would become very likely.

I will continue to monitor the situation very closely, and share my concerns and recommendations with the Turkish authorities in accordance with my mandate.

12 November 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

12 November 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/067) Silvan Blockaded…

The 6th curfew in Silvan district of Diyarbakır reached its 10th day as of 12 November 2015 and operations of security forces and clashes continued in the district. Since the first curfew started on 16 August 2015, 14 persons were killed in Silvan.

On 12 November 2015, A.G. (7) and İ.Y. (12) were wounded during the operations conducted by the police and military in Konak and Tekel quarters.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) made an announcement and declared that people including MPs were attacked with bombs dropped from helicopters. HDP also alleged that the group took shelter in a mosque and they lost contact with the group.

(11/068) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

A lieutenant was killed during an armed clash on 11 November 2015 in Silvan district of Diyarbakır. A soldier was also wounded during the clash.

One police officer died and one police officer was wounded when an armoured vehicle was attacked with a rocket launcher on 11 November 2015 in Silvan.

(11/069) Mehmet Ayvalıtaş Case…

Anadolu (İstanbul) Heavy Penal Court No 8 continued on 11 November 2015 to hear the case against Mehmet Görkem Demirbaş (19) and Cengiz Aktaş launched in connection with the killing of Mehmet Ayvalıtaş (21). On 2 June 2013, the defendants drove their car into the crowd during a Gezi Park demonstration in Ümraniye district of İstanbul and caused the death of Mehmet Ayvalıtaş.

The court adjourned the hearing to 18 January 2015 to wait for the expert’s report on crime scene investigation.

(11/070) Person Beaten by the Police in İstanbul…

A student was reportedly beaten on 10 November 2015 by 2 police officers in Beyoğlu district of İstanbul on the allegations that the student cursed the officers. 2 police officers were reportedly suspended from duty when the security camera recording of the incident was revealed.

(11/071) Newspaper Raided…

On 11 November 2015, the police along with 2 lawyers raided the printing facilities of Feza Journalism Inc. in Yenibosna quarter of İstanbul. The Turkish authorities appointed trustee to take over management of the dailies Bugün and Millet. The raid was reportedly organised on the grounds that newly introduced papers Özgür Bugün (Free Bugün) and Özgür Millet (Free Millet) were printed in the facilities. The police also seized the issues of the papers.

Chief Public Prosecutor in İstanbul reportedly issued an arrest warrant against Ekrem Dumanlı, former editor-in-chief of the daily Zaman.

(11/072) Person on Trial on the allegations of Insulting the State President…

İzmir Penal Court of First Instance No 2 started on 11 November 2015 to hear the case against Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB) Spokesperson Melih Yalçın and worker with the TMMOB Devrim Cem Erturan. The case was launched on charges of “insulting the State President” with the slogans they shouted during a public statement on 12 February 2015 in İzmir.

After the identification of the defendants, the court adjourned the hearing to 3 December 2015 for the preparation of the defence.

(11/073) Protest Intervened in Hakkari…

The police intervened the demonstration staged on 11 November 2015 in Hakkari to protest in the curfew and operations in Silvan district of Diyarbakır. The police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd. Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Abdullah Zeydan was wounded when a tear gas canister hit his hand during police attack. MP Selma Irmak was also wounded for the excessive use of tear gas and hospitalised.

(11/074) Operations throughout Turkey…

Gökhan Kaya, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) executive for Şemdinli district of Hakkari, was detained on 11 November 2015 when s/he went to Şemdinli Court House to testify in connection with an incident.

The police conducted house raids on 11 November 2015 in Erzncan and detained 4 persons including Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) executive for the province Erkan Akgün. HDP executive for Erzincan province Özgür Nacar and Erzincan University student Remzi Durmaz were also detained when they went to Malatya to visit their friends.

A.K. (16) who was detained on 11 November 2015 during the operations conducted by Special Forces in Patnos district of Ağrı was arrested on the same day on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

11 November 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

11 November 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

(11/056) Silvan Blockaded…

The 6th curfew in Silvan district of Diyarbakır reached its 9th day as of 11 November 2015 and operations of security forces and clashes continued in the district. Since the first curfew started on 16 August 2015, 14 persons were killed in Silvan. On 11 November 2015, a military operation with tanks and helicopters was reportedly conducted and the district was blockaded by the security forces.

In 3 quarters of the district where intense armed clashes took place phone and internet lines went dead. The quarters were reportedly gone to rack and ruin. The population of the district was 90 thousand before the operations got started. 20 thousand persons reportedly had to flee the attacks and operations.

A civil investigation committee including Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MPs Çağlar Demirel and Feleknas Uca wanted to visit Mescit quarter where curfew was implemented. Security forces did not allow the group to enter the quarter.

A soldier was allegedly run over by a tank during operation on 10 November 2015 in the district centre.

An official from the Ministry of Interior Affairs allegedly told to the HDP MPs that they will wipe Konak, Mescit and Tekel quarters off the map.

(11/057) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

3 police officers died and a police officer was heavily wounded when a bomb exploded on 10 November 2015 in Silopi district of Şırnak during the passage of a police vehicle.

On 10 November 2015, 21 soldiers were wounded when a bomb exploded during the passage of a military convoy heading Silvan district of Diyarbakır where military operations were conducted.

Municipality worker Ramazan Tari (47) died and a police officer was wounded when a bomb-laden vehicle exploded on 11 November 2015 during the passage of armoured vehicle in Dargeçit district of Mardin.

(11/058) Emrah Demir Case…

Karşıyaka (İzmir) Heavy Penal Court started on 10 November 2015 to hear the case against the police officer Deniz G. launched in connection with the killing of Emrah Demir (21). After hearing the demands of the lawyers, the court accepted the demand for the arrest of the defendant and adjourned the hearing to a later date.

Emrah Demir was shot to death by the police officer Deniz G. on 14 December 2014 in Menemen district when they had a dispute.

(11/059) Aydın Aydoğan Case…

According to the news appeared on the press on 11 November 2015, İstanbul Administrative Court No 3 concluded to hear the compensation case against Ministry of Interior Affairs and İstanbul Governorate by Aydın Aydoğan who was shot at his left foot by the police with a tear gas canister during Gezi Park demonstrations in İstanbul.

The court rejected the case on the grounds that it could not be proved that the wound was caused by a tear gas canister.

Security Directorate defended at the previous hearing of the case that the injury of Aydın Aydoğan could have been caused by a daily accident, he might have sprained his ankle, and denied the allegations. Ministry of Interior Affairs also presented its defence in the case in December 2014 and defended that the police acted within limits of the laws and regulations. The Ministry also alleged that Aydın Aydoğan, though he was not a demonstrator and did not resist the security forces, did not take necessary protection measures a simple person would take and that’s why being wounded was his fault.

The defence was prepared relying on a decision by the 10th Chamber of the Highest Administrative Court in connection with the death of İsmail Işık (8) who died in 2005 nearby Patnos district of Ağrı when a mine exploded. The Chamber decided in the case that the security forces were not responsible with the incident.

(11/060) Pressures in Prisons…

According to the News appeared in the press on 10 November 2015, Fatma Gökhan and Pınar incarcerated in Diyarbakır E-type Prison and were beaten while being transferred to hospital were sentenced by the prison administration to 5 days of cell confinement on the allegations of “resisting public officers on duty” and “shouting slogans”.

(11/061) Book Banned…

According to the news appeared in the press on 11 November 2015, Mersin Penal Court of Peace Judge banned the 5-volumes book of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan “Kurdish Question and Solution of Democratic Nation (Kürt Sorunu ve Demokratik Ulus Çözümü)”. The court also ordered the book to be seized and stopped the sale. The book had been banned previously, but the Court of Cassation revoked the ban decision on book.

(11/062) Web Site of News Agency Banned…

On 10 November 2015, Telecommunication Communication Directorate (TİB) banned access to the new web site of the DİHA (Dicle News Agency) “www.dihasistem.com.tr”. The number of the banned domains of DİHA reached 26.

(11/063) Investigations, Detentions and Arrests on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

E.B. (36) against whom an arrest warrant was issued on the allegations of “insulting the State President” was arrested on 10 November 2015.

(11/064) Protest Intervened in İzmir…

14 members and executives of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) including HRFT founder Coşkun Üsterci were detained when they staged a silent protest on 10 November 2015 in front of the İzmir Governorate. The group was protesting the curfew and the attacks of the security forces in Silvan district of Diyarbakır.

(11/065) Protest Intervened in İstanbul…

The police intervened a demonstration staged on 10 November 2015 to protest in the government’s decision for not allowing Aziz Güler’ body to be taken by his family on Rojava border for funeral. Aziz Güler was killed while fighting against IS/ISIS in Rojava region of Syria and his body was not taken for the last 53 days.

The protesters staged the demonstration in front of the Prime Minister’s office in Dolmabahçe Palace. The police detained 9 persons during the intervention.

(11/066) Operations throughout Turkey…

Onur Can who was detained during a house raid in Adana was arrested on 10 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

On 10 November 2015, the police raided the premises of Dersim Free Students Association (Dersim Özgür Öğrenci Derneği – DÖ-DER) and the houses of the members of the association. At least 10 persons were reportedly detained during the raids.

10 November 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

10 November 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(11/050) Persons Killed by the Police in Diyarbakır…

Mehmet Gündüz (Yavuz) (45) was shot to death and Seyfettin Kurt (44), Kudbettin Çiçek and Abdulsamet Kesici (50) were wounded when the police opened fire against a coffee house during the operations on 9 November 2015 in Silvan district of Diyarbakır where curfew was implemented for the 6th time in the last few months.

Yakup Sinbağ (20) was also killed during the operations in the Tekel quarter on the same day. A police officer was also wounded during the clashes in the district.

(11/051) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

3 militants were reportedly killed during the military operations conducted on 5 November 2015 in the rural area of Dicle district in Diyarbakır.

A non-commissioned officer died and a police officer was wounded when a military convoy was opened fire on 10November 2015 in Yüksekova district of Hakkari.

(11/052) Persons Shot by the Police in Şırnak…

The police opened fire against people who staged a demonstration on 9 November 2015 in Cizre district of Şırnak to protest in the curfew and operations in Silvan district of Diyarbakır. Mehmet Emin Butanri and Rafet Aşut were shot and wounded by the police.

(11/053) JİTEM (Diyarbakır)/ Musa Anter Case…

Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 6 continued on 9 November 2015to 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 security reasons.

After the presentations of the lawyers, remanded confessor Hamit Yıldırım and defendant soldier Savaş Gevrekçi testified at the hearing. The court rejected to release the only remanded defendant Hamit Yıldırım to be tried without remand and adjourned the hearing to 11 December 2015.

(11/054) Investigations, Detentions and Arrests on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

N.Y. was arrested on 9 November 2015 in Kırşehir on the allegations of “insulting the State President” with the slogans s/he shouted during a demonstration staged to protest in the massacre in Ankara on 10 October 2015.

T.Ç. (28) who was detained on 9 November 2015 in Kırşehir for the same allegations was also arrested according to the Article 299 TPC.

(11/055) Operations throughout Turkey…

Suat Akdeniz who was detained in Taşlıçay  district of Ağrı during the operations conducted against the members and executives of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Democratic Regions Party (DBP), and Peoples’ Democratic Congress (HDK) was arrested on 9 November 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

4 persons who were detained in Ceylanpınar district of Şanlıurfa and reportedly subjected to torture in custody were arrested on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

HDP district exective Serdar Fırathan and Deniz Günaşan who were among 3 persons detained during the house raids on10 November 2015 in Ceylanpınar district of Şanlıurfa were arrested on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

7 persons were detained in Viranşehir district of Şanlıurfa in connection with a “Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) Investigation”. 4 persons were also detained in Bismil district of Diyarbakır.