Crimes Against Kurds

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Crimes Against Kurds

Friday 1st May, 2020

Turkish police carried out simultaneous house raids in the Hacıbekir (Xaçort) neighborhood in Van’s central İpekyolu district this morning. Police forces broke the doors of the houses targeted in the operation, turned everything upside down and detained 14 people. The operation was reportedly carried out in response to the demonstration staged by the youth on April 20 in protest at the Turkish attacks against Zînî Wertê in South Kurdistan and the Turkish officials sending the remains of slain HPG guerrilla to his family in a box by mail.

Thursday 16th April, 2020

Organized crime boss Alaattin Cakici, 67, serving a prison sentence in Turkey was set free today as Turkish authorities continued releasing thousands of inmates to ease overcrowding during the coronavirus pandemic while keeping government critics behind bars. He was imprisoned for convictions on charges that included instigating murder, armed attack, money laundering, leading an illegal organization and insulting the president. At least 85 journalists and more than 3,500 pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party members, including former party leaders and lawmakers remain imprisoned.

Tuesday 17th March, 2020

Nine people who were taken into custody in Adıyaman’s Çelikhan district from the 9th to 13th of March, have been referred to court. Those detained in the operations include former co-mayors of DBP-held Bulam town, Mehmet Çağlan and Cevahir Büyükşahin. While three of the detainees were released after giving their statements, the other six were remanded in custody for alleged “membership to an illegal organization”.

Tuesday 25th February, 2020

Former residents of the ancient town of Hasankeyf in southeast Turkey have visited the area to bid a painful final farewell as it is submerged underwater.

The Turkish government approved the building of Ilisu Dam in the town in 1997, aiming at generating electricity for the region, creating jobs and boosting the local economy. However, the decision uprooted some 80,000 people from nearly 200 villages in the affected area as it sinks by 15cm per day. The history of the predominantly Kurdish city, located in Mardin province, dates back nearly 12,000 years

Tuesday 18th February, 2020

The Turkish police continue to take brutal action against the Kurdish people. Dozens of people were arrested in early morning raids, in Şırnak, Urfa, Batman, Adana and a ninety-year-old woman was mistreated in İdil by masked police officers.

Hundreds of opposition members have been arrested in recent days in Diyarbakir, Dersim, Mardin, Van, Muş, Ağrı, Ankara, Istanbul, Mersin, Kocaeli and Istanbul, among others.

Saturday 18th January, 2020

Children in Turkey’s Kurdish majority east and southeast face developmental challenges due to chronic hunger, according to a new report by the country’s health and education ministries.

A total of 3.5 percent of children in the eastern region and 5.4 percent of children in the southeast region experienced stunted growth due to chronic hunger, compared to as low as 1 percent found in their peers in the western regions of the country, the TOÇBİ report found.

Sunday 12th January, 2020

74-year-old Nebi İlhan, a prisoner in SÊRT (Siirt) E Type Prison, lost his life in the hospital where he was being treated. There are hundreds of Kurdish political prisoners left to die in prisons by Turkey.