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6-9 October 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

6-9 October 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/022) Extra-judicial Killing in Van…

Ömer Faruk Satılmış (16) who was shot during operations conducted by the soldiers and heavily wounded in Özalp district of Van died on 5 October 2015 in the hospital.

(10/023) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

Hakkari Governorate announced that the implementation of temporary security zones was extended in the province and prolonged until 20 October 2015.

Sevgin Kargun was at her/his foot and wounded when security forces opened fire during the operations conducted on 5 October 2015 in the city centre of Şırnak.

Private Ufuk Demirel who was heavily wounded when a military troop was opened fire on 5 October 2015in the rural area of Osmaniye province died in the hospital.

General Staff announced that 10 militants were killed during the operations conducted on 5 October 2015 in the rural areas of Hakkari.

23 soldiers were wounded when a bomb exploded on 5 October 2015 during the passage of a military vehicle nearby Çaytepe village of Kocaköy district in Diyarbakır.

Eşmepınar Gendarmerie Station in Başkale district of Van was attack on 6 October 2015 with a bomb-laden vehicle. The attacker died; 14 soldiers, one temporary village guard and one civilian were wounded during the attack.

10 militants were reportedly killed during an armed clash that broke out on 7 October 2015 after the attack against Aktütün Gendarmerie Station in Şedinli district of Hakkari.

(10/024) Extra-judicial Executions in Diyarbakır…

The police conducted house raid on 6 October 2015 in Bismil district of Diyarbakır and killed 4 unidentified persons.

(10/025) Person Killed by the Police in Diyarbakır…

Hayriye Hüdaverdi (70) who was shot by the police and heavily wounded in Silvan district of Diyarbakır died on 6 October 2015 in the hospital.

(10/026) Death in Şırnak…

Mülkiye Geçgel (48) who was shot by the police and heavily wounded during 9 days of curfew in Cizre district of Şırnak died on 7 October 2015 in the hospital.

(10/027) Lice Massacre and Bahtiyar Aydın Case…

İzmir Heavy Penal Court No 1 continued on 7 October 2015 to hear the case launched in connection with the killings of 14 civilians, one soldier and Gendarmerie Regional Commander Brigadier General Bahtiyar Aydın. Retired Colonel Eşref Hatipoğlu who was gendarmerie commander in Diyarbakır on the day of the incident and Lieutenant Tünay Yanardağ are on trial in this case.

Defence lawyers presented death certificate of Tülay Yanardağ and the court adjourned the hearing to 24 December 2015.

Gendarmerie Regional Commander Brigadier General Bahtiyar Aydın went to Lice district of Diyarbakır for investigation right after the incident which led to killing of 14 civilians and 1 soldier in 1993. He was shot to death in the garden of the gendarmerie station by an unidentified assassin.

The case launched in connection with the killing of Brigadier General Bahtiyar Aydın was transferred to Eskişehir Heavy Penal Court No 1 for security reasons. Eskişehir Heavy Penal Court No 1 took the decision of non-jurisdiction on the grounds that the court was not specially authorized court. 5th Penal Chamber at the Court of Cassation sent the files of the case to İzmir Heavy Penal Court on 24 February 2014.

İzmir Heavy Penal Court No 1 decided on 13 June 2014 to suspend to hear the case of Bahtiyar Aydın’s killing to ask for permission from Ministry of Justice to investigate retired Colonel Eşref Hatipoğlu who was gendarmerie commander in Diyarbakır on the day of the incident and Lieutenant Tünay Yanardağ. The Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors denied on 29 January 2015 the court’s decision to suspend the trial.

(10/028) Suspicious Private Death in Diyarbakır…

Fadıl Baran who was serving for the compulsory military service in Lice district of Diyarbakır allegedly committed suicide on 7 October 2015. He was registered to Batman province.

(10/029) Hasan Ferit Gedik Case…

Anadolu (İstanbul) Heavy Penal Court No 10 continued on 5 October 2015 to hear the case concerning the killing of Hasan Ferit Gedik on 30 September 2013 during the armed attack by drug dealers against the members of People’s Front in Gülsuyu quarter of Maltepe district in İstanbul. 35 defendants including 10 remanded defendants are on trial for being involved in the incidents on 28-29-30 September 2013.

After the testimonies of the defendants at the close hearing, the court decided to release 2 defendants to be tried without remand and adjourned the hearing to 21 December 2015.

(10/030) Death in Prison…

Süleyman Kaçan incarcerated in Honaz (Denizli) D-type Prison for being convicted in a murder case allegedly committed suicide on 5 October 2015 by slitting his own throat.

(10/031) Pressures in Prisons…

According to the news appeared in the press on 6 October 2015, 9 prisoners incarcerated in Malatya E-type Prison were transferred to other prisons without their demands.

(10/032) Journalist on Trial for twits…

Çağlayan (İstanbul) Heavy Penal Court No 13 concluded on 6 October 2015 to hear the case against the journalist Sedef Kabaş launched for the tweets concerning the Public Prosecutor who gave the decision of not to prosecute the corruption allegations.

The court acquitted the journalist. The indictment wanted Sedef Kabaş to be sentenced according to the Anti-Terror law.

The police conducted a house raid on 30 December 2014 in Çekmeköy region of İstanbul and detained Sedef Kabaş. The police also seized the computer of Sedef Kabaş.

(10/033) Mayor Convicted…

Ağrı Penal Court of First Instance No 3 concluded to hear the case against Ağrı Mayor Sırrı Sakık launched in connection with a speech he made during Newroz celebrations in 2015.

The court sentenced Sırrı Sakık to 7 months and 15 days’ imprisonment. The indictment wanted the defendant to be sentenced according to the Article 301 TPC for “degrading Turkish nation, Turkish state, institutions and organs of the state”.

(10/034) Web Sites Banned…

On 7 October 2015, Telecommunication Communication Directorate banned access to news portal “www.sendika.org”. Access to “jiyan.com.tr” was also banned on 8 October 2015.

(10/035) Activity Intervened in İzmir…

The police intervened the members of Socialist Youth Associations Federation (SGDF), Students’ Collective, and Youth Opposition (Gençlik Muhalefeti) when they had a football match in Aegean University campus. 19 students were detained during the intervention.

(10/036) Operations throughout Turkey…

Operations against the members and sympathisers of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Peoples’ Democratic Congress (HDK), and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) continued throughout Turkey. 15 persons who were among 51 persons detained in İstanbul were arrested on 6 October 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

9 persons who were among 10 persons detained during house raids in İzmir were arrested on 6 October 2015 on the allegations of “being member of Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) and/or PKK”.

29 persons were detained during operations conducted against HDP on 6 October 20”15 in Ankara.

The police conducted house raids on 6 October 2015 in Tunceli and detained 12 persons on the allegations of “being member of Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H)”.

Mutlu Tatar and Enes Kaya who were detained during house raids in İstanbul were arrested on 7 October 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation” for distributing brochures of HDP.

The police conducted house raids in the morning of 7 October 2015 n Mersin and detained 7 persons including HDP MP candidate İkram Vuran.

12 persons were detained during operations in Karayazı distict of Erzurum and Eruh district of Siirt.

(10/037) 1 November Elections…

On 7 Ocotber 2015, a group of persons attacked Peoples Democratic Party (DHP) premises in Menemen district of İzmir and burned the HDP flags.

(10/038) Explosion in Diyarbakır…

Hasan Yılmaz (9) died and 3 children were wounded when the ammunition they found in a playing ground exploded on 8 October 2015 in Silvan district of Diyarbakır.

(10/039) Child Killed by the Police in Hakkari…

Adem Sevinç (17) was shot to death when the police opened fire during the operations conducted on the night of 9 October 2015 in Yeşildere quarter of Yüksekova district in Hakkari.

(10/040) House Raid in Diyarbakır…

The police conducted a house raid on 8 October 2015 in Bağlar district of Diyarbakır. An unidentified woman was killed when the police threw bomb in the house on the allegations that the police was opened fire from the house. 6 persons were also detained during the raid.

(10/041) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

A temporary village guard was wounded during an armed clash that broke out on 8 October 2015 in the rural area of Silvan district of Diyarbakır.

(10/042) Worker Deaths…

Worker’s Health and Job Safety Assembly announced on 5 October 2015 that at least 177 workers died in September 2015 during work accidents due to untaken security measures. At least 1317 workers died in first 9 months of 2015.

(10/043) Investigations, Detentions and Arrests on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

Bülent Keneş, editor-in-chief with the daily Today’s Zaman, 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”. Public Prosecutor demanded Bülent Keneş to be arrested, but the court released him with judicial control decision.

(10/044) Co-Mayor on Trial…

According to the news appeared in the press on 8 October 2015, Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 5 accepted the indictment against Diyarbakır Co-Mayor Gültan Kışanak on charges of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

The indictment wants Gültan Kışanak to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment up to 10 years for “being an active member of Democratic Free Women Movement (KJA/Kongra Jınên Azad/Özgür Kadın Kongresi)”.

(10/045) March Intervened in Adana…

Halil İbrahim Biçer who was among 3 persons detained during the police intervention against the peace march in Adana was arrested on 8 October 2915 on the allegations of “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations”.

(10/046) Operations throughout Turkey…

Kerem Yılmaz, Necat Yüzkan and Kerem Ezer who were among 10 persons detained during house raids in Silvan district of Diyarbakır were arrested on 8 October 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Bület Uğul, Democratic Regions Party Co-Chair for Tutak district in Ağrı province, was detained during a house raid on 8 October 2015.

The police conducted house raids in Tekman district of Erzurum and detained 11 persons. The reason of the operations was not disclosed.

The police conducted house raids in Gazi quarter of Sultangazi district in İstanbul and detained 6 child members of Lyceum Students Union (LÖB).

On 8 October 2015, the police raided the Peoples’ Democratic Party premises in Elazığ and detained HDP MP candidate İbrahim Bingöl, Ramazan Ceylan, Rıdvan Bingöl, Sinem Mengüç.

The police conducted operations on 9 October 2015 in Iğdır and detained Iğdır Co-Mayor Şaziye Önder, Tuzluca Co-Mayor Mehmet Gültekin, Hoşhaber Co-Mayor Ali Çam, Iğdır Provincial Assembly Co-Chair A. Kadir Özsular, Zübeyde Kaynar, Iğdır Municipality Assembly members Sadık Aras and Saniye Çark, Provincial Assembly members M. Sıddık Kırang and Hüseyin Yiğit.

3-5 October 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

3-5 October 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/010) Children Killed by the Police in Dİyarbakır…

Vedat Akcanım (17) and a child with the first name Deniz (17) who were among 6 civilians wounded by the police on 2 October 2015 for not obeying curfew in Silvan district of Diyarbakır died in the hospital.

Barış Çakıcı (10) who was also shot on 3 October 2015 died of blood loss for not being hospitalised.

(10/011) Persons Shot by the Police in Mardin…

The police conducted operations on 2 October 2015 in Nusaybin district of Mardin after the curfew declaration. Visually-impaired M.E. was shot and heavily wounded by the police during the operations.

Ahmet Sönmez (50) was shot to death the same day when he was sitting in front of his house. Musa Akçin (75) was shot and wounded while watching the incidents on his balcony.

Şahin Turan (25) was shot to death on 3 October 2015 in Yenituran quarter while riding his motorbike.

The police also opened fire when a bomb exploded during the operations in Nusaybin and Syrian Cemil Hemsi (25) was shot from behind and heavily wounded.

(10/012) Persons Killed by the Police in Diyarbakır…

The police conducted operations on 4 October 2015 in the quarters of Bağlar district in Diyarbakır on the grounds that the residents of the quarters were ditching. Ömer Koç in 5 April quarter and Rezan Kaya in Huzurevleri quarter were shot to death. .

(10/013) Person Killed by the Police in Şırnak…

The body of alleged PKK militant Hacı Lokman Birlik who was shot to death during the operations conducted on 3 October 2015 in Dicle quarter of Şırnak was dragged with a armoured vehicle in the city centre. Hacı Orman Birlik was allegedly alive and died while being dragged.

(10/014) Journalist Attacked in İstanbul…

3 retired police officers were reportedly detained in connection with the investigation concerning the attack against the columnist and TV host Ahmet Hakan.

After the interrogations, Ahmet Şengüler who was among 7 detainees was arrested on the allegations of “intentional wounding”

(10/015) Correspondents Threatened in Diyarbakır…

Murat Demir, worker with the TV channel GÜN, and Serhat Yüce, correspondent with the Dicle News Agency (DİHA), were threatened to death by police officer while recording the incidents and operations on 4 October 2015 in Sivan district of Diyarbakır. The police pointed their guns to the head of the journalists to prevent them from recording the operations. The police also seized the equipments of the journalists.

(10/016) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

2 police officers were wounded on 2 October 2015 in Ömerli district of Mardin when an armoured vehicle was attacked with a rocket launcher.

According to the official announcement, 19 members of Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) were allegedly killed during the clashes in Silvan district of Diyarbakır where recently curfew was declared.

Governorate of Diyarbakır declared curfew in Lice district starting from 4 October 2015. After the curfew decision, security forces started operations in the district.

7 militants were allegedly killed during an armed clash that broke out on 4 October 2015 after the attack against Security Directorate in Şemdinli district of Hakkari.

2 militants reportedly died and one militant was captured alive during an armed clash on 2 October 2015 nearby Köprübaşı village of Siirt.

Governorate of Kars announced on 2 October 2015 that several regions in Kağızman and Sarıkamış districts were decided to be temporary security zones until 1 March 2016. Entrance of civilians to the military security zones was also banned.

Governorate of Siirt announced that several regions in the province were decided to be temporary security zones from until 20 October 2015.

Governorate of Mardin announced that 9 militants were killed during the clashes on 3 October 2015 in Nusaybin district where curfew was declared.

On 2 October 2015, Governorate of Diyarbakır declared curfew in villages of Lice dstrict for an indefinite period of time.

Maşallah Şipallı (25) died; his father M. Şerif Şipallı and co-worker Vasfi Gökyer were wounded when a bomb exploded on 4 October 2015 in an construction area in Güroymak district of Bitlis.

2 soldiers were reportedly abducted by PKK militants on 3 October 2015 on Pülümür-Tunceli road.

One soldier was wounded when a military vehicle was opened fire on 2 October 2015 nearby Aslancık village of Tirebolu district in Giresun.

(10/017) Nihat Kazanhan Case…

Cizre (Şırnak) Heavy Penal Court No 1 continued on 2 October 2015 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 to the effect that he did not remember the incident.

After the testimonies of Nihat Kazanhan’s friends as eyewitnesses, 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 11 December 2015.

The indictment wants the defendants U.İ., H.V., and M.N.G. to be sentenced for “intentional killing”, the defendants O.Ç. and G.T for “not reporting a crime”.

(10/018) Pressures in Prisons…

According to the news appeared in the press on 3 October 2015, 34 prisoners incarcerated in Batman M-type Prison were sentenced to 7 days’ cell confinement for objecting body searches.

(10/019) Investigations, Detentions and Arrests on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

Aegean University student Emine Akbaba was detained on 1 October 2015 in İzmir on the allegations of “insulting State President” for the stickers showing Recep Tayyip Erdoğan running away.

(10/020) Operations throughout Turkey…

Operations against the members and executives of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Peoples’ Democratic Congress (HDK), and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) continued in October 2015. 2 persons in Siverek district of Şanlıurfa and 4 persons in Yüksekova district of Hakkari were detained on 2 October 2015.

Kadir Kortak (18) and Süleyman Kortak (19) who were detained during house raids conducted in Bismil district of Diyarbakır were arrested on 3 October 2015 on the allegations of “being member of Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H)”.

Anti-Terror branch of Security Directorate conducted house raids on 3 October 2015 in İzmir and detained 9 persons including HDP members.

32 persons were detained during the operations conducted against the member and executives of DBP in Erzurum, Kars, Bitlis and Hakkari provinces.

Mehmet Şirin Kara, Şaban Kurt, İsmail Oğraş and Sait Kaplan who were detained during road control in Van were arrested on 3 October 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Mehmet Batu, Co-Spokesperson of Peoples’ Democratic Assembly in İpekyolu quarter of Van, also arrested for the same reason on 3 October 2015.

DBP CoChair for Özalp district Yakup Almaç, Municipality Assembly member Fevzi Keleş, Hasan Ali Akbaş, M. Salih Tanır and Y. E. (17) who were among 27 persons detained for protesting recent military operation in Özlap district of Van were arrested on 4 October 2015.

(10/021) 1 November Elections…

People’s Republican Party (CHP) propaganda vehicle was stoned on 2 October 2015 in Bostancı quarter of Kadıköy district in İstanbul. The attack caused material damage.

Unidentified persons organised an armed attack against the premises of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Buca district of İzmir on 2 October 2015. The attack caused material damage.

1-2 October 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

1-2 October 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(10/001) Persons Killed by the Police in …

Special Forces conducted operations on 1 October 2015 in Dicle and Yeşilyurt quarters of Şırnak. The quarters were besieged by the security forces and entrance to the quarters were prevented. 10 persons were wounded when security forces opened fire, Abdülhamit İnal and another person died in the hospital.

(10/002) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

Governorate of Mardin declared curfew starting from 1 October 2015 in 4 quarters/villages of Nusaybin district in Mardin.

After the decision of curfew, one soldier and one militant died, 5 soldiers were wounded during an armed clash in the rural area. Governorate announced continuation of the curfew on the grounds of on-going operations in the regions.

2 soldiers were shot to death on 1 October 2015 in Silvan district of Diyarbakır when they were on their way from home to his military unit. After the attack, curfew was declared in the district on 2 October 2015.

A police chief was wounded when police houses in Savur district of Mardin was attacked with a rocket launcher on 1 October 2015.

On 1 October 2015, one soldier died and one soldier was wounded when a bomb exploded during the passage of a military vehicle in the rural area of Beytüşşebap district in Şırnak.

Security forces conducted operations on 1 October 2015 nearby Tepedam quarter/village of Özalp district in Van and 2 militants were reportedly killed. 2 civilians were heavily wounded during the operations and S.E. (14) was reportedly shot at leg.

Police officer Emre Akbaş (22) who was wounded during an attack against a police vehicle in Cizre district of Şırnak died on 1 October 2015 in the hospital in Ankara.

(10/003) Uğur Kurt Case…

Çağlayan (İstanbul) Heavy Penal Court No 14 continued on 1 October 2015 to hear the case against the police officer Sezgin Korkmaz launched for killing Uğur Kurt in Şişli district of İstanbul.

The indictment wants the defendant to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment up to 25 years for “possible intentional killing”. After the testimony of the defendant and presentation of the lawyers, the court rejected the arrest of the defendant and adjourned the hearing to 3 December 2015.

On 22 May 2014, the police intervened a group of protesters in Okmeydanı quarter of Şişli district in İstanbul. Uğur Kurt who was in the garden of Djemevi for a funeral was shot at his throat during the intervention. He was hospitalised, but died in the hospital in the evening. The Forensic Institute issued a report certifying that the bullet which killed Uğur Kurt was fired from the weapon of the police officer Sezgin Korkmaz who was in charge at Anti-Terror branch.

(10/004) Journalist Attacked in İstanbul…

Ahmet Hakan, columnist with the daily Hürriyet and host of a TV show on CNNTurk, was attacked by 4 persons on 1 October 2015 in front of his house in İstanbul. He was hospitalised after the incident. Uğur Adıyaman, Fuat Elmas, Kamuran Ergin, and Ahmet Şengüler who organised the attack were detained.

According to the recordings of the security cameras, the attackers chased Ahmet Hakan from the TV channel to his house before attacking him.

(10/005) Persons Convicted for Funeral…

According to the news appeared in the press on 1 October 2015, Tunceli Heavy Penal Court concluded to hear the case against 4 persons launched for taking part in the funeral of İbiş Koç who died in an armed clash in Rojava and carrying the coffin.

After the final defence, the court sentenced the defendants to one year’s imprisonment under the Article 7/2 of Anti-Terror Law. The indictment wanted the defendants to be sentenced for “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

(10/006) Persons Convicted in Van…

According to the news appeared in the press on 1 October 2015, Erciş (Van) Heavy Penal Court concluded to hear the case against İshak Yılmaz and Erdal Bütün launched for sharing a photo of a PKK militant who died in an armed clash.

The court sentenced İshak Yılmaz to 2 years and 3 months’ imprisonment and Erdal Bütün to 1 year and 10 months’ imprisonment. The court released the defendants. The indictment wanted the defendants to be sentenced for “making propaganda of an illegal organisation by means of social media”.

(10/007) Gezi Park Trials…

Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 12 continued on 1 October 2015 to hear the case against 26 persons launched in connection with the Gezi Park demonstrations in Ankara. The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “being member of an illegal organisation, “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”, “resisting security forces”, “damaging public property”, and “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations”.

After the testimonies of the present defendants and complainants, the court adjourned the hearing to 2 December 2015 for the completion of deficient documents.

(10/008) Protesters Intervened…

On 1 October 2015, the police conducted an operation against a group of persons who were resisting against the destruction of the public park Albatros in Büyükçekmece district of İstanbul and detained 4 persons. The police also detained 14 persons who gathered in the park after the operation. There was a demolition decision for the park and people were guarding the park for the last one month.

(10/009) Operations throughout Turkey…

Şehriban Altınışık who was detained during operations in Nusaybin district of Mardin was arrested on 1 October 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Şehriban Altınışık reportedly subjected to torture in police custody and one of his arms was broken.

17 executives of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and Democratic Regions Party (DBP) were detained on 1 October 2015 when they went to Bagok Mountain region of Nusaybin district in Mardin as human shield to stop the armed clashes in the region.

Erol Gül and Abdullah Boğa who were among 4 persons detained during operations on 1 October 2015 in Halfeti district of Şanlıurfa were arrested same day on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” with the messages their shared on the internet.

The police conducted house raids on 2 October 2015 against the house of HDP executives and members in several district of İstanbul. 39 persons including Hicran Urun, editor with the daily Özgür Gündem, were detained during the operations.

30 September 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

30 September 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(09/121) Death in Custody Allegation in Şanlıurfa…

Ebdullah Qûreyş who fled from civil war in Syria was allegedly arrested by the soldiers on 20 September 2015 when he was trying to pass the border from Syria to Ceylanpınar district of Şanlıurfa after visiting his family in Serêkaniyê city of Rojava. His body was allegedly found the next day nearby the border. There were reportedly traces of torture and beatings on his body.

(09/122) Child Killed by the Police in Diyarbakır…

Bilal Mengil (16) who was heavily wounded for being shot by the police on 9 September 2015 in Silvan district of Batman died on 28 September 2015 in the hospital in Batman.

(09/123) Person Killed by the Police in Diyarbakır…

Halil Kurtiş (19) was shot to death on 28 September 2015 during curfew in Bismil district of Diyarbakır when he was opened fire from an armoured vehicle.

(09/124) Person Killed by the Soldiers in Şırnak…

Latife Tutuk (23) was shot to death on 28 September 2015 in Silopi district of Şırnak when gendarmerie soldiers opened fire from military house in Yeşiltepe quarter.

(09/125) Child Killed by the Police in Diyarbakır…

Berat Güzel (12) was shot to death while playing a park when the police opened fire on 29 September 2015 during the operations in Bismil district of Diyarbakır.

(09/126) Person Killed by the Police in Kahramanmaraş…

Police officer İbrahim Tahiroğlu (30) shot Rauf Kayran (32) to death on 30 September 2015 in Afşin district of Kahramanmaraş on the grounds that Rauf Kayran was threatening him and his wife with a knife on the street. Eyewitnesses alleged that Rauf Kayran was suffering from mental disease.

(09/127) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

Governorate of Dyarbakır declared curfew on 28 September 2015 in Hani district of Diyarbakır for an indefinite period of time.

After the declaration of curfew in Sur district of Diyarbakır on 28 September 2015, 5 children including 2 heavy ones were wounded during the clashes in the district.

Governorate of Van announced that several regions in Çatak and Başkale districts were decided to be military security zones from 28 September 2015 to 12 October 2015. Entrance of civilians to the military security zones was also banned.

4 civilians were wounded when a military convoy was attacked on 28 September 2015 with rocket launcher on Elazığ road in Diyabakır.

2 soldiers were wounded when a military troop was attacked on 28 September 2015 in Silopi district of Şırnak.

According to the official announcement by the General Staff on 29 September 2015, 19 militants were killed during the cross-border air strikes. General Staff also announced that 6 militants were killed during the operations in the rural area of Çukurca district in Hakkari.

Necmettin Aşan (28) and Hakkı Aşan (43) were heavily wounded when Gendarmerie Headquarters in Beytüşşebap district of Şırnak was attacked with howitzer on 29 September 2015.

A police officer and a civilian died, 6 police officers were wounded when a land mine exploded on 29 September 2015 during the passage of police vehicle nearby Samanyolu village of Batman.

2 soldiers died and 3 soldiers were wounded during an explosion on 29 September 2015 in Yüksekova district of Hakkari.

One militant was reportedly killed during an armed clash that broke out on 30 September 2015 in Yüksekova district of Hakkari.

One soldier wounded during an armed clash that broke out on 30 September 2015 in the rural area of Bitlis.

According to the official announcement on 30 September 2015, 6 militants were killed during the operations conducted in the rural area of Bitlis.

(09/128) Case of Mass Grave in Van …

Çatak (Van) Civil Court of Peace continued on 30 September 2015 to hear the case launched with the demand of opening the mass grave of 27 PKK militants who had been killed during an armed clash on 12 October 1998 nearby Çatak district of Van. The bodies of the militants were not given to their families but buried in a mass grave nearby Govkan (Badirgalı) village.

The court decided not to be responsible with the case and sent the files to Çatak Civil Court of First Instance.

The report of the Forensic Institute certifying that the bodies were not identified was read at the previous hearing of the case. Gendarmerie General Command previously sent a letter to the court concerning the incident and accepted that 22 persons had been killed during the military operations in the region. But they also alleged that 14 of the persons were of Syrian origin.

(09/129) Person Beaten by the Police Convicted in Antalya…

Halil Kara who was forcibly taken to the Court House on 5 January 2015 in Antalya by his debtors to lift demand for execution of debt secretly called the police for help. He hid in the tea seller’s shop in the Court House to call the police, but they had a dispute. The police intervened the dispute and detained Halil Kara for swearing the owner and the workers of the tea shop. After the incident, a court case was launched against Halil Kara on charges of “damaging public property”, “resisting security forces”, and “threatening and swearing”.

According to the news appeared in the press on 26 September 2015, Antalya Penal Court of First Instance No 15 concluded to hear the case. The court sentenced Halil Kara to 3 years 5 months and 7 days’ imprisonment for “resisting security forces” and “swearing police officers”.

The court also sentenced the police officers K.Y. and M.K. to punitive fine of 180 days for “simple wounding”. But the court reduced the sentence to 45 days on the grounds that Halil Kara incited the officers and then reduced to the sentence to 37 days for good conduct during the trial. Consequently police officers were sentenced to a fine of TL 740.

(09/130) Pressures in the Prisons…

The prisoners incarcerated several prisons and convicted in PKK and KCK cases continue hunger strike started to protest in the recent military operations and arrests.

According to the news appeared in the press on 23 September 2015, 24 prisoners who were incarcerated in Muş E-type Prison and started hunger strike were reportedly banned from social activities and visits.

(09/131) Web Sites of News Agency Banned…

The new domain “www.diha-haber.info” of Dicle News Agency (DİHA) which was launched recently was also banned by Telecommunication Communication Presidency on 28 September 2015. Access to 20 domains of DİHA was previously banned.

(09/132) Media Premises Raided in Diyarbakır…

The police raided a building on 28 September 2015 in Diyarbakır where the premises of Dicle News Agency (DİHA), the daily Azadiya Welat, Aram Publishing, and the association Kurdi-Der. The police searched the premises and detained 32 persons. After the forensic tests for gunshot residue, the detainees were released.

(09/133) Anti-militarist Person on Trial…

Ankara Penal Court of First Instance 42 started on 28 September 2015 to hear the case against Ahmet Bıyıklı and Mehmet Ali Başaran upon official complaint by the General Staff on the allegations of alienating people from military service according to the Article 318 TPC. Ahmet Bıyıklı launched the web site www.askeregitmeyin.com (~donotgoformilitaryservice.com) and Mehmet Ali Başaran was writer with the web site.

The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced to terms of imprisonment up to 2 years. After the testimony of Mehmet Ali Başaran, the court adjourned the hearing to 14 January 2015.

(09/134) Commemoration Intervened in Adana…

On 30 September 2015 in Adana, the police prevented Çukurova University students who were distributing leaflets for the commemoration of Suruç massacre and detained 13 students under beatings.

(09/135) Commemoration Intervened in Ankara…

On 23 September 2015 in Ankara, the police intervened the condolence tent for the death of Aziz Güler who died in an armed clash in Rojava and detained 6 persons under beatings.

(09/136) Arrests in Mersin…

Umut Çevik and Ezgi Harbelioğlu who were among 7 persons detained in Mersin for protesting the government’s decision for not allowing Aziz Güler body to be taken by his family on Rojava border for funeral were arrested on 30 September 2015 for “strong suspicion of crime”.

(09/137) Operations throughout Turkey…

Berivan Bitmen (22) and Seyhan Çiçekli (22) who were detained during operations in Nusaybin district of Mardin were arrested on 23 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

The police conducted house raids on 29 September 2015 in Adana and detained 7 persons on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

The police conducted raids on 30 September 2015 in Siirt against the premises of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Democratic Regions Party (DBP), Human Rights Association (HRA) and MEYDA-DER association. The houses of the workers and executives were also raided. At least 9 persons including HRA Chair for Siirt province Zana Aksu were detained during the operations.

HDP Co-Chair for Çaldıran district Derya Gönül and Refik Aladağ who were detained during operations conducted in Çatak district of Van were arrested on 29 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Democratic Regions Party (DBP) members Yaşar Aydın, Ali Karakaş and Abdurrahman Sert who were detained during operations conducted on 30 September 2015 in Dicle and Eğil districts of Diyarbakır were arrested the same day on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

(09/138) 1 November Elections…

Justice and Development Party (AKP) propaganda bus was stoned on 30 September 2015 in Patnos district of Ağrı. AKP Chair for Patnos district Adem Toprak was wounded during the attack.

19-29 September 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

19-29 September 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(09/100) Political Party Premises Attacked in Erzurum…

Unidentified persons organised an armed attack against the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) premises on 18 September 2015 in Erzurum. The attack caused material damage.

(09/101) Operations throughout Turkey…

Salih Karadağ who was detained during the operations conducted by the gendarmerie in Birecik district of Şanlıurfa was arrested on 18 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Peoples’ Democratic Party Co-Cahir for Varto district Halide Aktay, Doğan Aktay ve Murat Güler who werre detained during the operations conducted in Varto district of Muş were arrested on 19 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Yunus S., his brother/sister M.S. (16), Ali Kaya and Ömer Topçu who were among 6 persons detained during house raids in Bulanık district of Muş were arrested on 19 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

The police conducted house raids on 22 September 2015 in Edremit district of Van and detained HDP executives for the district Hadi Erol, Nezir Topçuoğlu, Aldulcebbar Serbest and Şükrü Tekin. The reason of the operations was not disclosed.

Erdal Dağhan, Tarık Yıldızer, Mahmut Tutal and Hidayet Düger who were among 5 persons detained during house raids in Suruç district of Şanlıurfa were arrested on 24 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

(09/102) Torture and Ill-treatment in Custody Allegation in Şanlıurfa…

23 persons who were detained on 17 September 2015 in connection with a march organised in Viranşehir district of Şanlıurfa to protest in the recent armed clashes were allegedly beaten in police custody.

10 detainees including 2 children were arrested on 19 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

(09/103) Pressures in Prisons…

According to the news appeared in the press on 18 September 2015, 4 prisoners incarcerated in Diyarbakır D-type Prison were transferred to Menemen (İzmir) T-type Prison without their demands.

(09/104) Person Shot by the Police in Şırnak…

Abdulkadir Karakaplan (19) was heavily wounded when Special Forces opened fire from an armoured vehicle on 18 September 2015 in Silopi district of Şırnak.

(09/105) Protesters on Trial…

Anadolu (İstanbul) Penal Court of First Instance concluded on 18 September 2015to hear the case against 15 persons launched in connection with a protest staged on 10 November 2014 in İstanbul. The police intervened by using tear gas and rubber bullets the demonstration staged to protest against cutting down of trees in Validebağ Grove in Üsküdar district of İstanbul and the construction in the grove. 15 persons were detained during the intervention.

After final testimonies, the court acquitted 14 defendants and dropped the case against Koray Çaoğlu who died during the suicidal attack in Suruç. The indictment wanted the defendants to be sentenced for “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations” and “resisting security forces”.

(09/106) Extra-judicial Execution Allegations in Şırnak…

The driver Şeyhmus Dursun died when an ambulance was opened fire on 25 September 2015 some 20 meters to a police control point in Beytüşşebap district of Şırnak. The ambulance was allegedly called to carry wounded police officers. Şırnak Governor made a public statement and alleged that PKK militants attacked the ambulance.

Ahmet Temel, his son Behçet Temel and their relative Alya Temel died, 2 persons were heavily wounded when their house was hit with a howitzer by the soldiers on 25 September 2015 in Setkar village of Beytüşşebap district in Şırnak.

(09/107) Curfew in Diyarbakır and Person Killed by the Police…

Agit Yıldız (22) who was shot by the police when he was in front of his house during curfew on 28 September 2015 in Bismil district of Diyarbakır died in the hospital on 29 September 2015.

(09/108) Curfew in Diyarbakır and Police Attacks…

Diyarbakır Governorate declared curfew in Bismil district on 27 September 2015. After the decision, the police besieged several quarters of the district and started operations. Security forces allegedly opened fire against the civilians during the operations.

Elif Şimşek (8) died when a house in Avaşin quarter was hit by the police with a rocket launcher. 5 persons were also wounded in the house. Diyarbakır Governorate alleged that the house was hit by the Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) members when they missed a police vehicle.

Entrance to the district was also banned, 1 militant died and 4 police officers were reportedly wounded during the armed clashes in the district.

(09/109) House Raid in Hakkari…

Special Forces conducted house raid on 27 September 2015 in Hakkari and killed an alleged PKK militant in the house.

(09/110) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

The police officer Nurettin Ademoğlu who was wounded when a bomb exploded during the passage of an armoured vehicle on 10 August 2015 in Silopi district of Şırnak died on 18 September 2015 in hospital in Ankara.

On 18 September 2015, PKK militants abducted the non-commissioned officer S.Ö. for a while when they closed the road between Tunceli and Erzincan.

Governorate of Hakkari made a public statement on 21 September 2015 and announced military security zones in several regions in Şemdinli and Yüksekova districts for 15 days until 5 October 2015. Entrance of civilians to the military security zones was also banned.

According to the official announcement, 2 militants were killed and one militant was wounded during an armed clash on 18 September 2015 in the rural area of Sason district of Barman.

3 militants were allegedly killed during an armed clash that broke out on 20 September 2015 in the rural area of Kağızman district in Kars.

An alleged PKK militant died when a bomb-laden vehicle exploded on 19 September 2015 in front of a gendarmerie station in Durankaya town of Hakkari.

A police officer was wounded when HPG militants opened fire on 15 September 2015 in the rural area of Ovacık district in Tunceli.

4 PKK militants were allegedly killed during the operations conducted in the rural area of Ovacık district in Tunceli starting from 15 September 2015. Military sources declared at least 10 militants were killed during the operations.

Mardin Governorate declared that the number of military security zones in the province increased to 21, entrance to the security zones were also banned until 1 March 2015. There were only 4 military security zones previously.

Specialist Sergeant Melih Garip Ünsal (28) who was heavily wounded during the armed attack in Dağlıca region of Hakkari died on 21 September 2015 in Gülhane Military Medical Academy in Ankara.

13 soldiers were wounded on 22 September 2015 in Başkale district of Van when a bomb exploded during the passage of military vehicle. Another bomb exploded in the region and 11 soldiers were wounded during the second explosion.

Temporary village guard Lezgin Yağız died and temporary village guard Osman İnal was wounded during an armed attack on 21 September 2015 in Çalışkan town of Silopi district in Şırnak.

Hozat Security Director and a police officer were heavily wounded when an armed attack was organised against their vehicle on 21 September 2015 in Hozat district of Tunceli.

3 police officers and one civilian were wounded when an armoured vehicle was attacked with a rocket-launcher on 23 September 2015 in Bingöl when they wanted to intervene a group of militants who closed a road in the province.

4 militants were reportedly killed during an armed clash that broke out on 23 September 2015 nearby the Elazığ road in Bingöl.

2 soldiers and 22 militants died; 10 soldiers, 6 police officers and one temporary village guard were wounded during the operation conducted following the clashes on 25 September 2015 in Beytüşşebap district of Şırnak.

5 militants were allegedly killed during the operations conducted on 25 September 2015 in Dağlıca region of Yüksekova district in Hakkari.

A soldier was wounded when a military helicopter was opened fire on 25 September 2015 while despatching soldiers to Dokyanus Tepe station in Lice district of Diyarbakır.

4 militants were allegedly killed during an armed clash that broke out on 25 September 2015 nearby Ağrı Mountain. 2 soldiers were reportedly wounded on 25 September 2015 during the attack against the Gurin gendarmerie station in Nusaybin district of Mardin.

A soldier was wounded when a military troop was opened fire during road control on 27 September 2015 in Baykan district of Siirt.

6 militants were allegedly killed during an operation conducted on 26 September 2015 nearby Doğanlı hamlet of Hakkari.

4 civilians were wounded when an armed attack was organised on 26 September 2015 against the Gendarmerie Command in Güce district of Giresun.

2 soldiers were wounded when they were attacked during night watch on 23 September 2015 nearby Kezer stream in Siirt.

Specialist Sergeant Mehmet Ali Sarak (25) was killed on 23 September 2015 in Silvan district of Diyarbakır on his way from home to his military unit.

Gendarmerie Major Yavuz Sonat Güzel was killed during an armed clash on 27 September 2015 nearby Çiçekli village of Tunceli.

5 soldiers were reportedly wounded when Officer’s Club (Orduevi) in Tatvan district of Bitlis was attacked on 28 September 2015.

2 police officers were wounded when they were attacked on 28 September 2015 in front of a hospital in Seyhan district of Adana.

(09/111) Human Shield Prevented…

83 persons who went to the rural area of Sason district of Batman on 19 September 2015 to be human shield to stop the armed clashes were detained. 26 of the detainees were arrested on 21 September 2015 on the allegations of “violating the Law on Meetings and demonstrations”.

Batman Co-Mayor Gülistan Akel, Beşiri Co-Mayor Mustafa Öztürk, İkiköprü Co-Mayors Hidayet Tiryaki and Osman Karabulut, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair for Batman province Rojda Sürücü, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Co-Chairs for Batman province Songül Korkmaz and Mehmet Can Demir, and HDP Co-Chair for central district Abdullah Yıldız were also among the arrested persons.

Sason Governorate also declared curfew in 4 villages starting from 18 September 2015.

(09/112) Pressures in Prisons…

According to the news appeared in the press on 20 September 2015, 11 prisoners incarcerated in Kürkçüler (Adana) F-type Prison were transferred to Tekirdağ F-type Prison without their demands.

(09/113) Investigations, Detentions and Arrests on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

Fahri Kantarcı who was detained on the allegations of insulting the State President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during a conversation in a public park in Yumurtalık district of Adana was arrested on 15 September 2015 according to the Article 299 TPC.

Mustafa Y. (37) was detained on 21 September 2015 in Samsun on the allegations of insulting the State President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

(09/114) Journalists on Trial…

According to the news appeared in the press, Çağlayan (İstanbul) Heavy Penal Court No 14 will start on 17 November 2015 to hear the case against 18 journalists launched in connection with publications concerning the killing of Public Prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz who was killed along with 2 DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party – Front) militants during the operation in Çağlayan Court House in İstanbul on 31 March 2015.

The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced to terms of imprisonment up to 7 years and 6 months for “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” according to the Article 7/2 of Anti-Terror Law.

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

Anadolu (İstanbul) Heavy Penal Court No 2 will also start on 27 October 2015 to hear the case against ethe journalists with the paper Taraf Tunca Öğreten and Aysun Yazıcı launched in connection with the same publications.

(09/115) Death in Prison…

Tarık Karaman incarcerated in Fethiye (Muğla) T-type Prison and allegedly subjected to torture by the prison guards was allegedly set to fire on 17 September 2015. He died on 25 September 2015 in the Sıtkı Koçman University hospital. Prison administration made a statement and alleged that Tarık Karaman cut his own tongue and committed suicide afterwards.

(09/116) Protest Intervened in İstanbul…

The police prevented the members of music band Grup Yorum who wanted to stage an action on 21 September 2015 on Galatasaray Square in İstanbul to protest in the curfew and police attacks in Cizre district of Şırnak. 12 persons were detained under beatings during the intervention.

(09/117) Gezi Park Trials…

İzmir Penal Court of First Instance No 24 started on 21 September 2015 to hear the case against 94 persons launched for taking part in the Gezi Park demonstration on 1 June 2015 in İzmir. The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced for “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations” and “resisting security forces”.

After starting the identifications and testimonies of the defendants, the court adjourned the hearing to a later date for the completion of identification and testimonies.

(09/118) Political Party Premises Attackedin Hakkari…

On 21 September 2015, unidentified persons set Peoples’ Democratic Party’s premises in Şemdinli district of Hakkari to fire. The attack caused material damage.

(09/119) Commemoration Prevented in İzmir…

On 22 September 2015 in İzmir, the police intervened the commemoration of Aziz Güler who died in Rojava during an armed clash against IS/ISIS and dispersed the crowd by using tear gas. 30 persons were detained under beatings during the intervention.

(09/120) Journalist Arrested in Diyarbakır…

Ferhat Parlak, owner and correspondent of the online paper Silvan Mücadele Gazetesi, was arrested on 23 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”. Ferhat Parlak was detained on 26 August 2015Silvan district of Diyarbakır, but released after a while.

EuroMed Rights, FIDH, Human Rights Association (İHD), Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT) and Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly strongly condemn escalating violence and serious human rights violations in Turkey

Public Statement

21.09.2015

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Paris-Ankara-İstanbul (21 September 2015) – EuroMed Rights, FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights), the Human Rights Association (İHD), the Human Rights Foundation of                   Turkey (HRFT) and the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly call on the Turkish government to immediately halt the violence and ensure that any security measure complies fully with the country’s obligations under international human rights law. Our organisations are deeply alarmed by the deteriorating situation in Turkey. A strong security offensive launched by the authorities over the past two months under the pretext of countering terrorism has led to grave violations of the right to life, severe limitations to the right to freedom of assembly and expression, crackdown on independent media and repressive actions targeting human rights organisations and activists.

Following the Turkish government’s resolve to mobilise against ISIS, in reaction to a suicide bombing which killed 33 and left over 100 wounded in Suruç, Sanliurfa on 20 July, the authorities have launched a massive counter-attack that has targeted both ISIS and the  PKK. Numerous killings have taken place, targeting both Turkish citizens and the Kurdish people. About 50 civilians, over 121 police officers, soldiers and village guards and 57 HPG/PKK militants are reported to be have been killed since 21 July. Mass arrest operations, often on unclear charges, have also been conducted. Allegations of ill-treatment and abuse while in detention, including pre-trial detention, have been reported and several detainees claim to have been denied medical treatment while in custody.

Cizre, south-eastwards of Syria, was under siege from 4 to 13 September without any break. The round-the-clock, open-ended curfew declared by the Şırnak province Governor  confined residents to their homes and denied people access to food and other basic necessities, including medical care. 73 patients are reported not to have had access to dialysis during the curfew. There was water and power cuts in Cizre. In addition, people were not allowed to bury their dead. As a result dead bodies were  being kept in refrigerators at people’s homes or workplaces. Violent clashes between Turkish security forces and the Revolutionary Patriotic Youth Movement (YDG-H), the PKK’s youth wing, continued in the city, leaving many wounded and killing some, including unarmed civilians. According to the Turkish Interior Minister, the casualties would amount to one citizen and seven “terrorists”, whereas human rights organisations report that 22 civilians may have been killed. Injured people had no access to medical treatment as there were no ambulances or because they were prevented to do so by security forces.

The media and internet ban has been reinforced, leading to the progressive silencing of                   free and independent media. Court orders have been issued blocking websites and Twitter accounts on ground that they have been promoting terrorist propaganda. As tensions increased between the Turkish government and PKK, pro-government protesters attacked leading newspaper Hürriyet‘s offices last week. This followed another two attacks earlier this year. Another newspaper, Daily Sabah, has also been attacked, as well as offices and headquarters of the pro-Kurdish HDP party. The police has also raided a weekly news magazine, Nokta, on accusation that it had mocked President Erdogan.  Arrests of journalists, including foreign journalists, deportations of three international correspondents – freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink, and Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury from Vice News – over the past two weeks and alleged politically motivated firings of journalists critical of the government have placed media freedom and pluralism under serious threat.

This curb on independent media is particularly worrying at a time where the situation in the country makes independent and critical reporting essential to ensure adequate coverage and document abuse on both sides” said Öztürk Türkdogan, IHD President “Authorities must immediately lift the restrictions imposed on-line media, halt the harassment against critical media outlets and strongly condemn the attacks against them and the opposition party. Perpetrators must be held accountable”.

Human rights organisations and activists are also prevented from conducting their activities, particularly when monitoring the situation and providing free legal and medical aid. The risk of them facing administrative charges and judicial investigations, possibly imprisonment, is high. The house of IHD Şırnak Branch’s President Emirhan Uysal, was raided by police forces and lawyer Deniz Sürgüt was arrested and sent to prison. Both are charged with accusations of joining a press conference on “autonomy” and being member of an illegal organisation and carrying and commercialising guns, respectively.

Attacks against protesters, including Kurdish protesters, across Turkey, as well as failures to protect them against violence by extremist groups have also been reported. Over 100 demonstrations, including peaceful ones such as the one organised in Istanbul by peaceful movement Peace Block to which IHD is a member shortly after the Suruç bombing,  have been banned, and protesters have been dispersed by the police forces.

The latest events in Turkey go to show how space for human rights is shrinking dramatically. The EU Commission proposal to include Turkey in the common list of safe countries of origin sounds more ironic than ever now’ said EuroMed Rights President Michel Tubiana. ‘Turkish authorities need to stop criminalising the defence of human rights and reinstate a climate of peaceful negotiations’, added EuroMed Rights President.

Our organisations strongly condemn the escalating violence and recent attacks perpetrated by the government against civilians, particularly the Kurdish community. We also condemn restrictions to media freedom and the right to free assembly and mass arrests operations conducted by the state security forces. We urge the Turkish government to launch prompt, thorough and impartial investigations into allegations of abuse or ill-treatment at the hands of police forces and into the attacks perpetrated against media outlets and the opposition party HDP.  Human rights organisations and activists must be able to carry out their work without restrictions and harassment against human rights defenders must stop.

The Turkish authorities have long used counter-terrorism laws and security concerns as a pretext for targeting the opposition, particularly the Kurdish minority, and silencing critical voices in the country” affirmed FIDH President Karim Lahidji “This can no longer be accepted. The international community must take a firm stance against the grave human rights violations that are taking place in Turkey and urge all parties to the conflict to immediately halt the hostilities and return to the negotiating table so that elections can take place in an appeased climate and the peace process can restart”.

The measures undertaken further undermine an already fragile peace process in Turkey and are in blatant contradiction with the country’s international human rights obligations.

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Figures gathered by FIDH and EuroMed Rights member organisation IHD show that 2686 people, including 127 children and 5 foreign nationals have been arrested between 21 July-28 August. Of these, 136 people were allegedly affiliated to ISIS, 22 to the Parallel Structure[1] and the others were members of   the KCK/PKK and other leftist groups.

352 people have been detained, 33 of which would belong to ISIS, 4 to the Parallel Structure and the rest to the PKK/KCK. 11 children have also been detained.

 

IHD has documented at least 213 cases in which people have been abused while in detention.

 

According to data gathered by IHD 132 people including 12 children would have been seriously wounded during demonstrations that took place across the country since 21 July. This number does not include those who did not go to hospitals for fear that they would be detained or because they have been prevented to do so by security forces.

About 50 civilians, over 121 police, soldiers and village guards and 57 HPG/PKK militants are reported to be have been killed since 21 July, according to data available to  IHD.

 

[1]              « Parallel Structure » is a term, which the Turkish government uses to describe a religious group led by Mr. Fetullah Gülen. Although there was a cooperation between this group and the Government until recently, the government now fights against it. See for more information: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/turkey/11397876/A-parallel-state-within-Turkey-How-the-countrys-democracy-came-under-attack-from-two-mens-rivalry.html.

15-18 September 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

15-18 September 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(09/085) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

3 militants were allegedly killed during an armed clash that broke out on 14 September 2015 during the military operations nearby Ağrı Moutain.

PKK militants opened fire against a vehicle on 14 September 2015 on Erzurum road in Karlıova district of Bingöl on the grounds of not obeying stop warning. A soldier was wounded in the vehicle.

A police officer was wounded when a bomb exploded on 14 September 2015 during the passage of a police vehicle in Dargeçit district of Mardin.

A police officer was wounded when Security Directorate in Hazro district of Diyarbakır was attacked on 14 September2015.

12 soldiers were wounded during an explosion on 15 September 2015 in Suluca district of Muş.

3 civilians were wounded when a police station in Bağlar district of Diyarbakır was attacked on 13 September with a rocket launcher.

The prisoner Kadir Kaya (30) and 2 police officers died, 2 police officers were wounded when a bomb exploded on 15September 2015 during the passage of an armoured vehicle nearby Rezan village while transferring prisoners from Yüksekova district to Hakkari Prison.

3 police officers died and a police officer was heavily wounded when a bomb exploded on 16 September 2015 during the passage of an armoured vehicle in Nusaybin district of Mardin.

9 militants were allegedly killed during armed clashes that broke out on 15 September 2015 in the rural areas of Eruh and Pervari districts of Siirt.

3 civilians were wounded when a bomb exploded on 17 September 2015 during the passage of a police vehicle in Tatvan district of Bitlis.

Governorate of Van announced on 14 September 2015 that the implementation of security military zones in several regions of Başkale and Çatak districts was prolonged for 15 days.

According to the news appeared in the press on 16 September 2015, Governorate of Bitlis announced that several regions in the central district, Tatvan, Güroymak, Hizan and Mutki districts were decided to be military security zones until 1 March 2016. Entrance of civilians to the military security zones was also banned.

Governorate of Muş announced on 17 September 2015 that several regions in the Varto district were decided to be military security zones until 1 March 2016. Entrance of civilians to the military security zones was also banned.

(09/086) Persons Killed and Wounded by the Police in Van…

On 15 September 2015, the police besieged the Şehit Fırat quarter of Edremit district in Van and opened fire against a group of persons protesting recent developments. Vedat Balık (18) was shot and heavily wounded during the intervention. He died on the allegations that the police did not allow ambulance or health officers to help him.

The police also besieged the same night the Hacıbekir quarter of İpekyolu district in Van and Mahsun İlkaş (20) was heavily wounded when the police opened fire.

(09/087) Extra-judicial Killing in Kilis…

Reşid Simito (21) died when military troops opened fire when a group of persons wanted to pass the border from Afrin canton of Rojava to Kilis province in Turkey on 16 September 2015.

(09/088) Extra-judicial Execution Trial…

On 14 September 2015, Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 6 continued 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.

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.

After hearing the demands of the lawyers, the court rejected the demand for the arrest of the defendants and adjourned the hearing to 12 October 2015.

The case was transferred to Ankara for security reasons. The grave of Sunullah Keserci was reportedly opened on 26September 2014 and the body was transferred to İstanbul Forensic Institute for autopsy and examination. The court still waits for the report of Forensic Institute.

(09/089) Emrah Demir Case…

Karşıyaka (İzmir) Heavy Penal Court started on 15 September 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 rejected the demand for the arrest of the defendant and adjourned the hearing to 10 November 2015.

Emrah Demir was shot to death by the police officer Deniz G. on 14 December 2014 in Menemen district when they had a dispute. The police officer is on trial in this case without remand and the court will start to hear the case on 15 September2015.

(09/090) JİTEM (Diyarbakır) Case in Ankara…

Ankara Heavy Penal Court No 6 continued on 17 September 2015 to 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.

After the presentations of the lawyers, confessor Hamit Yıldırım testified at the hearing. The court rejected to release the only remanded defendant Hamit Yıldırım to be tried without remand and combining the case with the JİTEM case at Diyarbakır Heavy Penal Court No 1. The court adjourned the hearing to 9 November 2015.

(09/091) Pressures in Prisons…

29 prisoner incarcerated in Batman M-type Prison were reportedly transferred to other prisons without their demand.

(09/092) Person on Trial on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

According to the news appeared in the press on 15 September 2015, a court case was launched against Onur Erem, journalist with the daily Birgün, on the allegations of “insulting the State President”. The case was launched in connection with the news entitled “Google da biliyor: Hırsız, katil AKP ve Erdoğan” (google knows: AKP and Erdoğan are Murderers and Thieves) and published in the paper on 8 May 2015.

The indictment wants the defendant to be sentenced according to the Article 299 TPC. Çağlayan (İstanbul) Penal Court of First Instance No 50 will start to hear the case on 28 January 2015.

(09/093) Access to News Agency’s Web Site Banned…

A new domain “www.dicle-news.info” of Dicle News Agency (DİHA) which was launched recently was also banned by Telecommunication Communication Presidency on 17 September 2015. Access to 19 domains of DİHA was previously banned.

(09/094) Investigations, Detentions and Arrests on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

5 persons who took part in a march staged on 15 September 2015 in Kadirli district of Osmaniye to protest in the recent deaths of police officers and soldiers during armed clashes were detained on the allegations of “insulting the State President”.

(09/095) Journalist Convicted on the Allegations of Insulting State President…

According to the news appeared in the press on 17 September 2015, Ankara Penal Court of First Instance No 29 concluded to hear the case against journalist Aytekin Gezici launched on the allegations of insulting the State President. The court sentenced the defendant to 5 years and 9 months’ imprisonment under the Article 299 TPC for “insulting the State President” and to 1 year and 9 months’ imprisonment under the Article 125 TPC for “insulting public officer”. The sentences were commuted to fine.

The police conducted house raid on 18 March 2015 in Adana and detained Aytekin Gezici on the allegations of insulting State President with the twits s/he wrote.

(09/096) Protest Intervened in Mardin…

The police intervened the demonstration staged on 16 September 2015 in Nusaybin district of Mardin to protest in the police violence and wounded S.B. (14) by shooting at leg and arm.

(09/097) Protest Intervened in Diyarbakır…

The police intervened the demonstration staged on 15 September 2015 in Bağlar district of Diyarbakır to protest in the recent human rights violations and police violence. A.D. (13) and O.D. (17) were wounded when the police opened fire to disperse the crowd..

(09/098) Protest Intervened in Mersin and Adana…

The police intervened the demonstration staged on 14 September 2015 in Adana, Mersin and Tarsus district of Mersin to protest in the recent human rights violations. 3 persons in Adana were wounded when the police opened fire to disperse the crowd. 24 persons were detained during the interventions in Tarsus and Mersin.

2 persons who were among detainees were reportedly arrested on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

(09/099) Operations throughout Turkey…

Military troops raided several villages on 14 September 2015 in Şırnak and detained 13 villagers.

Special Forces detained 2 persons in Dargeçit district of Mardin. The reason of the detention was not disclosed.

Şenol Yağızer who was detained in Bulanık district of Muş was arrested on 14 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

19 persons who were among 25 persons detained for entering a military security zone on Ağrı Mountain were arrested on 15 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

The police conducted house raids on 15 September 2015 in Tunceli and detained 6 persons. The detainees Cihan Gök, Ali Rıza Bilginli, Bülent Kırmızıçiçek were arrested on 17 September 2015 on the allegations of “aiding and abetting an illegal organisation”.

On 15 September 2015, 17 persons were detained in Şanlıurfa and its district.

The police conducted house raids on 16 September 2015 in İstanbul and detained 13 persons on the allegations of“being member of Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H)”

Nejdet Nüksel, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) executive for Pendik district, who was among detainees was reportedly arrested on the allegations of “committing crime in the name of an illegal organisation without being a member of the organisation”.

The police conducted house raids on 15 September 2015 in Adana and detained 6 persons including a child. The reason of the operations was not disclose.

One of the detainees Kenan Özlük was arrested on 17 September 2015.

Şemsettin Solhan, representative of the Natural Advertisement Agency, was arrested on 16 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation” after going to Security Directorate in Kızıltepe district of Mardin to testify.

Salih Işık, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) member of the Municipality Assembly in Siverek district of Şanlıurfa, who was detained during a raid in Çıkrık village was arrested on 16 September 2015 on the grounds that his conviction in a KCK case was confirmed by the Court of Cassation.

The police conducted house raids on 16 September 2015 in Kahramanmaraş and detained 5 persons including Ümit Çogan, Human Rights Association (HRA) executive for Kahramanmaraş branch.

HDP executive for Osmangazi district in Bursa province Özcan Aslan and Vahit Işık who were among 7 persons including 2 children detained on 17 September 2015 after the attack against HDP premises in the district were arrested same day on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

Muzaffer Tunç, DBP executive for Silvan district of Diyarbakır, was arrested on 17 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

On 17 September 2015, the police raided the office of Recep Gültepe, HDP Co-Chair for Edremit district in Van, and detained Recep Gültepe. The reason of detention was not disclosed.

DBP and HDP members Yalçın Altay, Zafir Hamitoğlu and Serkan Altun who were detained during house raids in Göle district of Ardahan were arrested on 17 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

12-14 September 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

12-14 September 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(09/065) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

2 police officers died and 5 police officers were wounded when a police control point was attacked with a bomb-laden vehicle on 13 September 2015 in Şırnak. 5 militants were reportedly killed during the operations conducted after the attack.

A grader was attacked with a rocket launcher on 13 September 2015 in Silvan district of Diyarbakır while closing the ditches. One police officer died, one police officer and one civilian were wounded during the attack.

Osman Saim Çetin (66) who was heavily wounded during the armed attack against a soup shop in Diyarbakır died on 12 September 2015.

A police officer was wounded when Governorate in Nusaybin district of Mardin was attacked with a bomb on 11 September 2015.

One soldier was wounded when a gendarmerie station was organised an armed attack on 12 September 2015 in Aşağı Torunoba village of Ovacık district in Tunceli.

One soldier was wounded when a Narlı Gendarmerie Station was organised an armed attack on 12 September 2015 in Çatak district in Van.

5 police officers were wounded when a bomb exploded during the passage of an armoured vehicle on 11 September 2015 in Cizre district of Şırnak.

(09/066) Cizre under Siege…

The number of persons who died during the curfew since 4 September 2015 due to firings of security forces or security forces’ prevention of the ambulances to take persons to hospital in Cizre district of Şırnak reached 21.

The curfew was suspended on 11 September 2015 upon decision of the Governorate of Şırnak. But the Governorate declared curfew again on 13 September 2015. The curfew decision was suspended the next day.

Mehmet Erdoğan (75) was shot to death by a sniper when he was going to buy bread on 12 September 2015.

Armed clashes continued on the night of 13 September 2015. Şahin Açık had heart attack and died allegedly because of excessive use of tear gas.

(09/067) Persons Killed by the Police in Diyarbakır…

Ruken Demir (18) was shot to death when the police opened fire during a demonstration staged on 11 September 2015 in Bağlar district of Diyarbakır to protest in the incidents in Cizre district of Şırnak.

(09/068) Impunity in Nezir Tekçi Case…

Eskişehir Heavy Penal Court No 1 concluded on 11 September 2015 to hear the case against retired Colonel Ali Osman Akın and active Lieutenant Colonel Kemal Alkan launched on charges of ordering the killing of Nezir Tekçi.

The court acquitted the defendants. The indictment wanted the defendants to be sentenced for ordering the killing of Nezir Tekçi for not revealing information on PKK militants and exploding his body with a land mine.

Nezir Tekçi had been detained on 26 April 1995 in Yekmal (Aşağı Ölçek) village of Yüksekova district in Hakkari by the soldiers from Bolu 5th Commando Brigade and had disappeared since then. He had been allegedly killed by soldiers for not providing information about PKK militants in the region.

His father Halit Tekçe made the first official complaint in 1997 concerning the disappearance and Military Prosecutor in Van decided not to prosecute on 15 December 1997.

In 2010, the investigation restarted upon testimony of Yunus Şahin who was serving for compulsory military service on the day of the incident and witnessed the killing of Nezir Tekçi. Meanwhile upon official complaint by his family, a court case was launched against the soldiers in September 2011. But the case was transferred to Eskişehir for security reasons.

(09/069) Explosion in Mardin…

2 children were wounded on 12 September 2015 in Kızıltepe district of Mardin when a plastic bottle they found exploded. Tahsin Uray (9) who was heavily wounded died on 13 September 2015 in the hospital.

(09/070) Attacks against HDP and Hate Crimes throughout Turkey…

13 Kurdish workers in Taşkesti town of Mudurnu district in Bolu were attacked on 13 September 2015 by a group of racists. The attack was organised on the allegations that they were burning Turkish flag. The attackers besieged the construction area and waited for hours to lynch the workers and to set the building to fire. Although Governor of Bolu province Aydın Baruş announced that the workers were going to be sentenced, the attacked the workers. After 8 hours, Kurdish workers left the construction area with armoured vehicles.

(09/071) Torture and Ill-treatment in Custody in İstanbul…

6 members of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) who were detained after the attack by ultra-nationalists against HDP premises in Sancaktepe district of İstanbul on 15 September 2015 were reportedly subjected naked search and beatings in custody.

(09/072) Rape Threat in Custody…

M.K., (17) who was arrested after being detained during a house raid on 12 August 2015 reportedly sent a letter on the incidents in Van Security Directorate. M.K. alleged that s/he was subjected to torture and sexual assault in custody, one of the officers threatened her/him by saying “Do you want to be raped by 28 persons?”.

(09/073) persons Wounded by the Police in Diyarbakır…

The police allegedly opened fire against 3 persons during patrol on 13 September 2015 in Seyrantepe quarter of Diyarbakır. The persons were reportedly wounded and then beaten by the police before being released.

(09/074) Child on Trial in Konya …

Konya Juvenile Court No 3 continued on 11 September 2015 to hear the case against M.E.A. (16) launched on charges of “insulting the State President”. The indictment wants the defendant to be sentenced according to the Article 299 TPC.

The court sentenced the defendant to 11 months and 20 days’ imprisonment and suspended the sentence.

M.E.A., student in Meram Industrial Vocational School, was arrested on 24 December 2014 for insulting State President in a speech s/he made in the name of “Populist High School Students Group (Halkçı Liseliler Grubu)” during a commemoration on 23 December 2014 in Konya. S/he was released next day. Only one day after the application, Ministry of Justice gave permission to the Public Prosecutor in Konya to open a court case against M.E.A.

(09/075) News Portals Banned, Journal Premises Raided…

According to the news appeared in the press on 12 September 2015, although there was no court decision, some of the internet service providers prevented internet user from reaching the web site of daily Cumhuriyet.

The office of the weekly journal Nokta in Kağıthane district of İstanbul was raided by the police on the night of 12 September 2015. The raid was allegedly conducted in connection with an investigation concerning the cover of the 18th issue of the journal on the allegations of “making propaganda of an illegal organisation” and “insulting State President”. The police also seized copies of the issue. Access to twitter account of the journal was also banned by the Public Prosecutor in İstanbul.

A new domain “www.diclehaberajansi.link” of Dicle News Agency (DİHA) which was launched was also banned by Telecommunication Communication Presidency on 13 September 2015. Access to 16 domains of DİHA was previously banned.

(09/076) Protests Intervened in Adana and Mersin…

The police intervened the demonstrations staged on 13 September 2015 in Adana, Mersin and Tarsus district of Mersin to protest in the incidents in Cizre district of Şırnak. The police shot 2 persons in Tarsus and wounded. 5 persons were detained in Mersin. 2 persons were reportedly wounded by being shot by the police.

(09/077) Curfew in Diyarbakır…

Following the armed clashes started on the night of 12 September 2015 in Sur district of Diyarbakır and an attack with a rocket launcher in Silvan district which led to death of a police officer, Governorate of Diyarbakır declared curfew in the district on 13 September 2015.

The police intervened the persons who were protesting the curfew decision in Sur district and 4 persons were wounded during the intervention. Makbule Ermiş (80) was also shot at her foot when she was looking for her son on the streets.

Despite the curfew, groups of persons tried to enter the district. The police intervened the groups and Peoples’ Democratic Party MP Çağlar Demirel was wounded with a tear gas canister. The police also intervened groups in Bağlar district. M.K. was shot with a tear gas canister on their balcony and wounded.

(09/078) Human Shield Intervened…

Gendarmerie soldiers opened fire with real bullets against a group of persons who wanted to be human shield on 13 September 2015 to stop the armed clashes nearby Fis plateau in Lice district of Diyarbakır. 7 persons including a heavy one were wounded during intervention.

(09/079) Gezi Park Trials…

Çağlayan (İstanbul) Heavy Penal Court No 13 continued on 11 September 2015 to hear the case against 35 persons launched in connection with the Gezi Park demonstrations staged near the Prime Minister’s Office in Dolmabahçe Palace on 3 June 2013.

The indictment wants the defendants including members of Beşiktaş sports club supporters group Çarşı to be sentenced aggravated life imprisonment on the allegations of “attempt to overthrow the government” and “attempt to occupy Prime Minister’s Office”.

In his opinion as to the accusations, the Public Prosecutor wanted the defendants to be acquitted. The court adjourned the hearing to 29 December 2015.

The case was allegedly launched upon complaints by police officers. But 4 police officers who did complaint against the defendants testified at the hearing on 2 April 2015 to the effect that they did not see or have any contact with the defendants during the demonstrations and withdrew their complaints.

(09/080) House Raids in İstanbul…

15 persons who were among 17 persons detained during the operation conducted against the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) were arrested on 12 September 2015 on the allegations of “violating the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations”.

(09/081) Mayor Discharged from Office…

Cizre Mayor Leyla İmret was discharged from office on 11 September 2015 by the Ministry of Interior Affairs. The decision was reportedly taken in connection with an interview given to a news portal published in English.

(09/082) 3. KCK/TM Main Trial in İstanbul…

Çağlayan (İstanbul) Heavy Penal Court No 3 continued on 11 September 2015 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 adjourned the hearing to 15 January 2016 to wait for the decision of the Constitutional Court.

(09/083) KCK/TM Main Trial in İstanbul…

Çağlayan (İstanbul) Heavy Penal Court No 3 continued on 11 September 2015 to hear the case against 204 persons launched after the operation conducted in 2011 in İstanbul in connection with a KCK investigation.

The court adjourned the hearing to 15 January 2015 to wait for the answer of the Constitutional Court.

(09/084) Operations throughout Turkey…

Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Co-Chair for Muş province Cihan Akpolat, former DBP Chair for Varto district Güven Meşe, DBP executive Selamettin Yılmaz and Mesopotamia Solidarity and Cultural Association (Mezopotamya Yakınlarını Kaybedenlerle Yardımlaşma Dayanışma ve Kültür Derneği – MEYA-DER) branch Chair in Varto district İrfan Kandemir who were detained during operations conducted in Muş and Varto district were arrested on 11 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

The police conducted house raids on 11 September 2015 in İstanbul in connection with a “Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) Investigation” and detained 17 persons including Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) members and activists.

  1. Şükrü Karagöz (22) who was one of 2 persons detained during house raids in Bismil district of Diyarbakır was arrested on 11 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Metin Ekici and Sefize Yıldırmaz who were among 5 persons detained during a road control in Malatya on the allegations of denunciation were arrested on 13 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

Special Forces conducted house raids on 12 September 2015 in Hakkari. The houses of HDP and DBP Co-Chairs in Hakkari province were also raided and 3 persons were detained during the operations.

Mahsun Şen and Rıdvan Afşar who were detained on their way from Şırnak to Diyarbakır were arrested on 11 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

25 persons including Rohat Özbay, Mayor of Doğubayazıt district in Ağrı, were detained on 12 September 2015 on the allegations of entering a military security zone nearby Ağrı Mountain.

Violation of Right to live cases in Cizre since the curfew declared on 4th of September

11.09.2015

 

Violation of Right to live cases in Cizre since the curfew declared on 4th of September according to the data from Daily Human Rights Reports of Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT)

 (4 Sep. – 10 Sep. 2015)

 

Sait Çağdavul (19) was killed on 4 September 2015 when the police threw a bomb in Nur quarter.

Mehmet Emin Levent (21) was also killed the same day when the police opened fire.

Hacı Ata Borçin (70) and Xetban Bülbül (65) reportedly had heart attacks and died because of the explosions in the district.

Muhammed Tahir Yaramış (35 days) died on the grounds that the police did not allow the ambulance to enter the a quarter to bring the baby to hospital.

Cemile Cağırga (13) was shot to death on 7 September 2015 when security forces opened fire against the Cudi quarter from armoured vehicles located on the hills.

Osman Çağlı (18) who shot by the snipers on 7 September 2015 died of blood loss on the grounds that he was not allowed to be taken to hospital.

İbrahim Çiçek (80) who had health problems on 8 September 2015 died on the grounds that security forces did not allow ambulance to enter the quarter.

Özgür Taşkın (20) was wounded when police officers opened fire against Yafes quarter on 9 September 2015. He died on the grounds that security forces did not allow ambulance to hospitalise him.

Meryem Süne (53) was shot to death on 9 September 2015 while sitting in front of her house in Yafes quarter when the police opened fire from an armoured vehicle.

Zeynep Taşkın (17) and Maşallah Edin (35) were shot to death by the police on 9 September 2015 in front of their house in Cudi quarter.

Eşref Edin (55) was shot to death on 9 September 2015 in Nur quarter when the police opened fire from an armoured vehicle.

Sait Nayici (16) was shot to death by the police on 9 September 2015 in Cudi quarter.

Bahattin Sevinik (50) and Suphi Sarak (50) died on 9 September 2015 by the strike of a rocket.

Identified violation of right to live cases on the night of 10 September 2015  

(11 September 2015)

 

Mehmet Dikmen (70), having already a heart problem, who deteriorate towards morning and died due to heart attack since the police did not allow the ambulance to enter his district Yafes to bring him to hospital.

Selman Ağar (10), who was shot on his head by sharpshooters and died in Cudi district.

Bünyamin İzci (14), who was shot by police and died of blood lose since there was no ambulance to take him to the hospital.

 

 

* It is noted that due to the restrictions in the city by the security forces, dead bodies cannot be taken off from the houses and burried, since 4th of September bodies are kept in refrigerators in the houses and also in cold storages in some districts. 

Violation of right to live cases in Cizre under curfew

10-11 September 2015 HRFT Daily Human Rights Report

10-11 September 2015 Daily Human Rights Report

(09/054) Operations and Attacks in the Southeast…

In the rural areas Şemdinli district of Hakkari, the bodies of 7 militants who died during an armed clash were found on 9 September 2015.

According to the official announcement by the General Staff, 2 militants were killed during the operations conducted after the bomb attack on 5 September 2015 against a military troop in Dağlıca village of Şemdinli district of Hakkari.

A police officer was killed, 2 police officers and one civilian were wounded during the armed attack against police houses in Tunceli on 9 September 2015.

8 militants were reportedly killed during an armed clash on 9 September 2015 in the rural areas of Şenkaya district of Erzurum.

2 police officers were wounded when a police vehicle was attacked on 10 September 2015 during patrol nearby Justice and Development Party (AKP) premises in Diyarbakır.

An armed attack was organised against police officers in Diyarbakır when they were in a soup shop on 11 September 2015. the waiter Şeyhmus Sanır (22) died, 3 police officers were wounded during the attack.

Governorate of Tunceli announced that 11 regions in the province were decided to be military security zones from 1 September 2015 to 1 March 2016. Entrance of civilians to the military security zones was also banned. Governorate of Elazığ announced 17 regions; Governorate of Diyarbakır announced 25 regions military security zones.

Governorate of Siirt announced that the implementation of security military zones in several regions of Pervari district was prolonged for until 15 June 2016.

3 health officers were reportedly abducted on 9 September 2015 when they went to Çukurca village of Bingöl.

(09/055) Suspicious Private Death in Hakkari…

According to the announcement on 8 September 2015, Şahin Şimşek who was serving for compulsory military service in Şemdinli district of Hakkari died. He was Kurdish origin and registered to Haymana district of Ankara. He allegedly died during an armed clash or committed suicide.

(09/056) Cizre under Siege…

After the declaration of curfew in Cizre district of Şırnak on 4 September 2015, the number of the casualties reached 19 during the operations of security forces in the district.

A group of HDP executives including Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş, MPs, and ministers wanted to go to Cizre for solidarity. The convoy of the group was stopped in Midyat district of Mardin. Security Forces did not allow the group. But the group decided to go to Cizre on foot. The group spent the night in İdil district. On 10 September 2015, the group decided to go back to İdil district when security forces did not allow the group to enter Cizre and threatened them to intervene and disperse.

Bahattin Sevinik (50) and Suphi Sarak (50) died on 9 September 2015 when their house was attacked with a rocket launcher.

During the attacks on 10 September 2015 in Nur quarter, Eşref Edin was killed and 4 persons were heavily wounded.

Zeynep Taşkın (18) and Maşallah Edin (35) were killed by the snipers. Sait Nayici (17) was shot to death.

D.B. (9) was wounded when a sniper shot her/him at arm.

Selman Ağar (10) and Bünyamin İrci (14) were shot by snipers on 11 September 2015. They died when security forces did not allow ambulances to hospitalise them.

Mehmet Dikmen (70) whose health condition worsened due to heart problem died at home for not being hospitalised.

(09/057) Attacks against HDP, Hate Crimes throughout Turkey…

After the bomb attack in Dağlıca village of Hakkari which led to death of 16 soldiers according to the official announcement by the General Staff, attacks against the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) premises continued on 9 and 10 September 2015.

Unidentified persons organised an armed attack against the HDP premises in Uşak. A group of ultra-nationalists attacked in Bolu province the East and Southeast Anatolia Solidarity and Development Association (Doğu ve Güneydoğu Yardımlaşma Dayanışma ve Kalkınma Derneği) and a kebab house. The attacks caused material damage.

HDP premises in Marmaris district of Muğla, İstanbul, Bursa, Kocaeli, İzmir, Erzincan, Bartın and Kahramanmaraş were also attacked.

D.H.C. who was detained in connection with setting HDP Head Quarters to fire was arrested on 9 September 2015 on the allegations of “damaging premises, buildings, and properties of political parties”, “preventing political rights”, and “attempt to theft”.

4 persons who set the shops of Kurdish owners to fire in Kırşehir were arrested.

4 Kurdish workers were attempted to be lynched in Beyşehir district of Konya.

On 9 September 2015, 2 persons who bought tickets to Erzurum from Trabzon Bus Terminal were attacked and tried to be lynched on the allegations of being PKK members.

2 Kurdish shop owners were attacked on 10 September 2015 by a group of ultra-nationalists in Küçükköy quarter of Gaziosmanpaşa district in İstanbul. Ramazan Süt who was shot at head during the attack was heavily wounded.

(09/058) Armed Attack in Hatay…

A soldier died when a military troop was opened fire from Syria during patrol nearby Cilvegözü Border Gate in Reyhanlı district of Hatay.

(09/059) Persons Beaten by the Police in Diyarbakır…

After the curfew declaration in Bismil district of Diyarbakır on 8 September 2015, the police stopped a vehicle and beat all 5 persons in the vehicle for minutes. After the objection of people nearby, the police reportedly detained 5 persons.

(09/060) Hunger Strikes in Prisons…

The prisoners incarcerated several prisons and convicted in PKK and KCK cases continue hunger strike started to protest in the recent military operations and arrests. Hunger strike reached its 28th day as of 11 September 2015.

According to the news appeared in the press on 9 September 2015, 8 prisoners who were incarcerated in Edirne F-type Prison and started hunger strike were reportedly beaten.

(09/061) Protesters Attacked in İstanbul…

4 members of Mücadeli Birliği (Union of Struggle) who opened a placard saying “Kürt halkı yalnız değildir (Kurdish people are not alone)” on 10 September 2015 on the roof of a shop on Taksim Square were detained under beatings

(09/062) Political Party Premises Attacked in Ankara…

Republican People’s Party (CHP) premises in Sincan district of Ankara was attacked on 8 September 2015 by a group known as “Osmanlı Ocakları”.

(09/063) Operations throughout Turkey…

İsmail Tayden and Remzi Coşkun who were detained in Muş and Bulanık district were arrested on 8 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

The police conducted operations on 8 September 2015 in Bitlis and Silvan district of Diyarbakır and detained 2 persons. The reason of the operations was not disclosed. The police also detained 3 persons in the city centre of Diyarbakır.

On 8 September 2015, 7 persons were detained in Menemen district of İzmir during the operations conducted by the police.

Mustafa Tezel, Serhat Bulgurlu, Hüseyin Vural and Tayfun Yıldız who were detained during a demonstration staged in Gazi quarter of Sultangazi district in İstanbul to protest in the military operations and curfew declarations were arrested on 9 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation” and “making propaganda of an illegal organisation”.

Resul Sarı, Co-Mayor if Bismil district in Diyarbakır, his son and 2 siblings were detained during  a house raid conducted on 9 September 2015.

İlyas Bozkurt, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) executive in Suruç district of Şanlıurfa, and Ömer Kaya, Mehmet Selçuk, Ferzende Abay and İsmail Tikit in Iğdır were arrested on 10 September 2015 on the allegations of “being member of an illegal organisation”.

The police intervened a group of persons in Karayazı district of Erzurum who wanted to stage a demonstration on 10 September 2015 to protest in the attacks in Cizre and detained 2 persons.

(09/064) House Raids in İstanbul…

The police conducted house raids against the members of Socialist Party of the Oppressed on 8 September 2015 in İstanbul and detained 17 persons.