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Curfews in Turkey Between the Dates 16 August 2015 – 1 June 2017

According to the information gathered by the HRFT Documentation Centre, between 16 August 2015 and 1 June 2017, there has been at least 218 officially confirmed round-the-clock [all daylong] and open-ended curfews in 10 cities and at least 43 districts of Turkey. These cities are as follows: DİYARBAKIR (127 times), MARDİN (32 times), HAKKÂRİ (20 times), ŞIRNAK (13 times), BİTLİS (8 times), BATMAN (3 times), MUŞ (4 times), BİNGÖL (5 times), TUNCELİ (5 times) and ELAZIĞ (1 time). In terms of right to life, right to health and other fundamental human rights, these curfews affected at least 1 million 809 thousand people.

You can click here to download a detailed table of the curfews.

The Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT)

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Heute jährt sich zum dritten Mal der Beginn des anhaltenden Völkermords an den Êzîden.
Bild: Straße in Shingal (Matthew Willingham, PLC)

Heute jährt sich zum dritten Mal der Beginn des anhaltenden Völkermords an den Êzîden. Wir gedenken den Getöteten, den Entführten und den Vertriebenen.

In der Nacht vom 3. August 2014 stürmte die Terrororganisation „Islamischer Staat“ das Hauptsiedlungsgebiet der Êzîden Shingal im Nordirak und verübte an der schutzlosen Bevölkerung einen Genozid.

Über 5.000 Êzîden wurden ermordet, bis zu 7.000 Frauen und Kinder verschleppt und versklavt. Rund 2.500 ÊzîdInnen befinden sich bis heute in Gefangenschaft des IS. Über 450.000 Êzîden waren gezwungen, aus ihrer Heimat zu fliehen.

Es ist ein Völkermord, der das êzîdîsche Volk gesellschaftlich und politisch an den Rand des Zusammenbruchs gedrängt hat. Die sexuelle Gewalt an êzîdîschen Frauen und Mädchen im jüngsten Alter hinterlässt eine traumatisierte Generation. In Shingal erinnern zahlreiche Massengräber an das Geschehene.
Unzählige Schicksale sind bis heute ungeklärt, abertausende Familien zerstört.


Another Kurdish political prisoner executed in Iran

The Iranian regime has reportedly executed Kurdish political prisoner Morteza Rahmani.

26 years old Kurdish political prisoner Morteza Rahmani has been executed in Sinê Central Prison at dawn Wednesday morning, reported Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) in Iran.

Rahmani has been in jail for 6 years for “being a member of one of the opposition parties of Eastern Kurdistan”, and for “murdering two persons from the Revolutionary Guards”.

The Kurdish prisoner was also accused of “enmity against God” and was sentenced to a total of three times execution.

HRANA stated that there was no concrete evidence in the process of Rahmani’s prosecution, noting that his interrogation and trial was held in secret.

Morteza Rahmani, from Tylkou village in Kamyaran town of Eastern (Rojhilat) Kurdistan’s Sinê city, had been jailed in 2011 and sentenced to death penalty in 2013.


Turkish shelling on Afrin, al-Shahba: 3 civilians killed, 4 wounded

3 civilians lost their lives, 4 others were wounded, including women and children from the same family in Kafrantone in al-Shahba areas because of the Turkish mercenaries’ shelling.

Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries intensified on Monday evening their shelling on the liberated villages in al-Shahba areas, simultaneously, Shera and Sherawa districts in Afrin were also shelled.

Turkish occupation army mercenaries shelled Maranaz, Vilat al-Qadi, Qastal Jando, and Qatma villages in Shera district, while Jilbul, and Iska villages were shelled in Sherawa district, moreover, intensified shelling was witnessed on Arfad(Tel Rifat) and Sheikh Issa towns and Minag, , Baylouna villages which were liberated by the revolutionary factions.

In the shelling a civilian Sabah Issa, at 40 was wounded, having been treated in Avrin Hospital, her state is stable now.

Turkish occupation shelling al-Shahba areas from Yazibağ village, then extending to Kafrantone village at 03:00, 3 civilians lost their lives and 4 members of the same family were seriously wounded.

The wounded were taken to Avrin Hospital to receive medical treatment.

Those who lost their lives are” a mother Gazala al-Yousef, 40, Muawiya al-Yousef, 13, Tabark al-Yousef, 10 and the wounded are Khansaa al-Yousef at 18, Randa al-Yousef 23, Fidaa al-Yousef at 19 and Aya al-Yousef at 16.

According to doctors, some of the wounded are critically injured.

Kafrantone village belonging to Azaz city was liberated from Jabhit al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham in February, 2016.

Hawar News Agency


36 years in prison for Kurdish children trapped in Sur

Children trapped in Sur where genocidal attacks continued for 104 days have been sentenced to a cumulative of 36 years in prison. Pieces of shrapnel removed from the children’s bodies were listed as “evidence”.

The lawsuit filed against 11 children, 3 of them in pretrial detention, accusing them of “membership to a terrorist organization” has concluded. The children had been trapped during the genocidal attacks following the “curfew” declared on November 28, 2015 in Amed’s Sur district by the Turkish state and were rescued through the “life corridor” on March 3, 2016. The case was heard in Diyarbakır High Criminal Court for Minors, where arrestees Ö.S. and M.Ç. were present and F.Y. in Elazığ Type E Prison attended over the videoconferencing system SEGBİS. The prosecutor had asked for the arrested children’s release in the first hearing, but then in later hearings he asked for continued arrest.

The lawyers stated that the identification procedure on their clients was unlawful, and that the children and witnesses testified under duress and torture. The lawyers pointed out that the children’s battery and violence reports were present in the casefile. They stated that the gunshot and explosive residue found on the children’s clothes like Antimon, HDX and RDX was mere contamination from the environment due to the clashes and demanded expert witnesses be appointed by the court to ascertain that.

The children gave their defense via Kurdish interpreters and said they were trapped in Sur due to the clashes and they were not guilty, and demanded their release.

The court refused the lawyers’ appeal and announced the verdict. M.F.D., S.K., F.B., M.S.K and A.A., on trial without detention, received 2.5 years in prison each but the sentence was postponed, as the court took into consideration the facts that the children did not have criminal records and they were not likely to commit another crime. However, R.A., R.H. and Ş.A. accused of membership to a terrorist organization received 3 years and 4 months in prison each, and these sentences were not postponed. The court issued sentences of 4 years 5 months and 10 days in prison for the arrested children F.Y. and M.Ç., and 5 years 4 months for Ö.S.

The court issued a total of 36 years 8 months and 20 days in prison for the 11 children. There were no reductions in sentences due to the “negative behavior” expressed by the children in court, and the court ruled for the continuation of their arrest.

It also come to light that the children had been tortured by the police officers in detention. 16 year old F.Y. had been taken out of Sur wounded and was arrested following his operation, and the 5 pieces of shrapnel removed from his body were listed as evidence, as they had “traces of strong explosives HMX, RDX and TNT”.


Will Turkish airstrikes stop Kurdish-led operation to capture Raqqa?
YPG commanders and US-led coalition representatives visited the site of Turkish airstrikes in Karakoch, northeastern Syria on Tuesday (Photo: ANF)

Airstrikes by the Turkish military on Kurdish groups in Syria and Iraq on Tuesday has put the operation to capture the Islamic State (IS) stronghold Raqqa in danger, according to statements from Syrian Kurdish leaders.

Turkish airstrikes targeted the positions of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the main group in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is spearheading the assault on Raqqa, killing at least 18 early Tuesday morning, Reuters reported.

Syrian Kurdish officials of the Kurdish-led autonomous administration in northern Syria have condemned the dozen or so strikes and said they could put the operation in danger if international forces did not put up a stance.

Salih Muslim: We are expecting a statement from the coalition

Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) co-leader Salih Muslim said the airstrikes would have a negative impact on the Raqqa operation, adding, “Turkish warplanes cannot fly in the area without the coalition’s approval. The coalition needs to make a statement. Did the coalition have knowledge of the attack? How do they view this development?”

Ilham Ehmed: Attack occurred as Raqqa operation reaches final stage

Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) co-leader Ilham Ehmed, who spoke from northeastern Derik city’s Karakoch area, which airstrikes targeted, also emphasised that the coalition needed to make its stance clear.

“While the YPG is participating in the Wrath of Euphrates Operation to liberate Raqqa, Turkey is attacking our centres. We do not accept any airstrikes on our forces, whether they be Turkish, Russian or Syrian.”

Fawza Yousif: We will protect our land

A leading member of the North Syria Democratic Federation Executive Council, Fawza Yousif said Kurdish forces would stop the Raqqa operation and instead defend themselves against Turkey if the coalition and US did not stop Ankara’s attacks, Kurdish agency Roj News reported.



Erdogans neuer Feldzug beginnt

Türkische Kampfjets bombardieren das Jesidengebiet Sengal im Nordirak und YPG-Stellungen in Rojava.

Vom 9. April an hielten wir uns zwei Wochen im nordirakischen Sengal auf. Wir recherchierten zum illegalen Gebrauch deutscher Waffen gegen die dort lebenden Jesiden durch den kurdischen Warlord Mesud Barzani. Als wir ankamen, war einer der ersten Orte, den uns die Kolleg*innen vor Ort stolz zeigten, der Bahce Serokatî, der Abdullah-Öcalan-Garten. Das Denkmal erinnert an jene Frauen und Männer der PKK und der jesidischen Widerstandseinheiten YBS, die im Herbst 2014 im Kampf gegen die Terrormiliz Islamischer Staat (IS, Daesh) fielen, um einen Genozid an der jesidischen Minderheit zu verhindern.

Das Denkmal gibt es nicht mehr. In der Nacht zum 25. April flogen türkische Kampfjets parallel Angriffe auf Gebiete im Nordirak, im Sengal und in Rojava. Sie zerstörte ebenfalls eine YPG-Basis in Karacok, zwei Radio-Sender – einen davon in Rojava, einen im Sengal –, und bombardierten die Bergregionen in Haftanin, Gare und Kandil.

Die genauen Ausmaße der Attacke können wir zum Zeitpunkt der Veröffentlichung dieses Textes noch nicht feststellen. Sicher ist aber, dass es Gefallene und Verwundete gab. Sicher ist auch: Der Angriff war lange absehbar und soll den Aufakt zu einer länderübergreifenden Kampagne gegen die kurdische Befreiungsbewegung bilden. Überrascht muss niemand tun: Recep Tayyip Erdogan und seine Handpuppe Binali Yildirim haben die Aktion seit Monaten öffentlich angekündigt, inklusive Datum. Die internationale Öffentlichkeit, die sich so herzzerreissend um die Jesiden sorgte, als es darum ging, Waffenexporte in den Irak zu rechtfertigen, schwieg.

Schon jetzt kann man einige Feststellungen zur Einordnung der Bombenkampagne treffen. Erstens: Es wird nicht bei vereinzelten Provokationen bleiben. Die Türkei zieht Panzer an der Grenze zum Irak zusammen, vestärkt ihre Truppen in der Kurdischen Autonomieregion im Nordirak und bringt Kollaborationskräfte in Stellung.

Zweitens: Die Attacken nutzen direkt dem Islamischen Staat. Denn die kurdischen Volksverteidigungskräfte YPG/YPJ und verbündete Kräfte sind derzeit dabei, die syrische Kleinstadt Taqba zu befreien, der Belagerungsring um die Daesh-Hauptstadt Raqqa ist geschlossen. Bei Taqba gibt es seit Tagen heftige Kämpfe. Die türkischen Bombardements helfen dem Islamischen Staat, Luft zu holen, weil sich YPG/YPJ nun um eine weitere Front kümmern müssen.

Drittens: Die USA haben entweder ihre Zustimmung zu (begrenzten) Operationen gegeben oder müssten jetzt scharf reagieren. Realistisch ist ersteres. „Jeder hier weiß, dass es ein taktisches Spiel ist“, sagt der Internationalist Serhildan Sengali in Qamishlo gegenüber LCM. „Manchmal macht Washington uns Zugeständnisse, manchmal der Türkei. Sicher, die USA wollen, dass wir nach Raqqa gehen. Aber sie wollen auch nicht, dass wir zu stark werden. Deshalb erlauben sie der Türkei in bestimmten Ausmaßen Operationen. Und Kandil wollen sowieso beide beseitigen.“

Viertens: Der Krieg rund um Sengal wird mit deutschen Panzern geführt werden. Denn die dortigen KDP-Milizen haben welche und sie kooperieren mit Erdogan. Sie haben sie am 3. März gegen Jesiden eingesetzt und sie werden es wieder tun, wenn Barzani keinen Positionswechsel vollzieht oder ihn andere kurdische Parteien daran hindern.

Fünftens: Der Angriff zeigt auch erneut, wie sich Angela Merkels „Flüchtlingsdeal“ mit der Türkei in der Realität auswirkt. Ankara verhindert systematisch jede Normalisierung im Sengal oder Rojava, die dafür sorgen könnte, dass Menschen hier bleiben oder zurückkehren. Der Effekt der Attacken: Neue Fluchtbewegungen.

Die heutigen Bombenangriffe lassen für die kommenden Monate unruhige Zeiten erwarten. Erdogan will seine Diktatur nach innen wie außen absichern, sein Hauptgegner dabei ist die kurdische Befreiungsbewegung. Er hat betont: Er will sie „vernichten“. Das weltweite Schweigen zu Massakern wie in den Städten Cizre und Nusaybin im vergangenen Jahr, hat ihn ermutigt, dabei keine Rücksicht mehr auf zivile Opfer zu nehmen.

Lower Class Magazine


HDP Prison Committee releases report on hunger strikes

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Prison Committee released an information note regarding the ongoing indefinite and irreversible hunger strike by political prisoners in the prisons of Turkey.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Prison Committee released the following information note regarding the ongoing indefinite and irreversible hunger strike by political prisoners in the prisons of Turkey:

The hunger strike protests of political prisoners in Turkish penitentiary institutions have reached a critical point. The protest was initiated in Izmir Şakran High Security Prison on 15 February 2017 to draw attention to gross human rights violations and inhumane living conditions in prisons, the isolation on the imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, and Erdoğan-AKP government’s renewed politics violence and war in the Kurdish issue. It soon spread to other prisons across Turkey.

Currently, as of April 6, about one hundred political prisoners continue indefinite and non-alternate hunger strikes in eight different penitentiary institutions. Thirty-four of the protesting prisoners are women.

Indefinite Hunger Strikes (6 April 2017)

In addition to the indefinite and non-alternate protests tabled above, political prisoners carry out five-day-long alternating solidarity hunger strikes in several other facilities since March 15.

The solidarity hunger strikes of imprisoned HDP MPs Ayhan Bilgen, former HDP Parliamentary Group Spokesperson, Meral Danış Beştaş and Nihat Akdogan have reached its sixth-day. In her note to the press on April 4, Ms Beştaş recorded the following:

Prisoners at Şakran and Tekirdağ prisons are now at the edge of death. Our hunger strike, started on 1 April 2017, is but simply a call [to the authorities] ‘to be abide by law’. Nevertheless, the demands of prisoners on hunger strike are nothing but humane and legal.

We, the imprisoned deputies, have no demands for ourselves. Our one and only demand is the ending of inhumane and derogatory practices targeting prisoners [in Turkey].

Whereas prison administrations have so far remained non-responsive to these calls, arbitrary pressures on protesting prisoners continue extensively, as further source of risk to their health and lives. According to reports received by HDP Prison Committee:

- In Tarsus Prison, where hunger strike is on its 23rd day, prisoners are not allowed to access B12 vitamin despite continuous demands.

- On 16 March 2017, prisoners at Van T Type (High Security) Prison were transferred to Tekirdağ Prison, in westernmost Turkey, on the ninth day of their hunger strikes. Their hunger strike still continues. Another group of protesting prisoners at Van Prison were transferred to Bandırma F Type Prison, again in western Turkey, reportedly under continuous physical harassment.

- On 3 April 2017, relatives of prisoners at Izmir Şakran T4 Prison were verbally and physically harassed and attacked by prison guards.

Reports are based on the data gathered from HDP deputies, Human Rights Association (IHD), Prisons Solidarity Initiative (ZDI), Libertarian Lawyers Platform (ÖHP), Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD), Union of Turkish Doctors (TTB), and several other non-governmental organizations advocating for prisoners’ rights, and confirmed news in the media and press.


Kurdish brother and sister injured in explosion die
Fatih Gunes (5) and his sister Havin Gunes (3) were injured in an explosion as they were playing in their garden in Turkey’s southeastern Kurdish district Nusaybin.

Two siblings who were injured after an object they were playing with in their garden exploded, have died.

5-year-old Fatih Gunes and his sister 3-year-old sister Havin were injured in the Abdulkadir Pasa Neighbourhood in Turkey’s Kurdish district Nusaybin on Thursday morning after an unidentified object exploded.

Both children were critically injured in the blast and taken to the local state hospital. While the younger child died on the same day, her brother passed away in the early hours of Friday morning.

The blast occurred in one of the neighbourhoods that was the scene of clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militia in 2015 and 2016.

The object is thought to have been left over from clashes in an area that was cleared by security forces.


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