Police in the southeastern province of Şırnak are refusing to release the numbers of arrests for selling and using drugs amid a surge in illegal substances in recent years. "It has been determined that such information cannot be accessed on an individual basis," police responded to an inquiry by Duvar.
Since early summer, forest fires have been raging in the Cudi Mountains in Turkey's southeastern province of Şırnak amid claims that the blazes erupted due to deliberate military operations in the area. Ecologist Asrın Keleş from the People's Democratic Congress (HDK) said that it was abundantly clear that the fires did not erupt due to natural causes. "We received information that the forests were being shot with gunfire at night,” Keleş said.
Hacı Bişkin reports: The southeastern districts of Şırnak, Cizre, Silopi, İdil and Roboski have witnessed some of the highest increases in drug use in Turkey in recent years, resulting from a combination of unemployment, regional conflict, insufficient education, and mental health issues. Roboski has the highest number of drug addicts per capita in the region.
Turkey violated rights of 38 Kurdish villagers via not investigating 1994 airstrikes in Şırnak, top court rules
Turkey's Constitutional Court has found that the judicial authorities had violated the right to life by failing to properly investigate the death of 38 villagers, who were killed in an airforce bombing raid on two Şırnak villages in 1994. The top court ordered the state to pay 40,000-130,000 liras ($5,430-$17,650) to each of the 41 relatives of the deceased as non-pecuniary damage.
Special sergeant Musa Orhan raped I.E, a young woman who later committed suicide after being hospitalized for more than a month. I.E’s tragic death bears the failings of the Turkish judicial system as well as that of the Kurdish issue.
A specialized sergeant has been arrested in the southeastern province of Şırnak for attempting to sexually abuse a 13-year-old girl. Eyewitnesses told the police that the specialized sergeant had pulled a gun after they wanted to question him regarding the sexual abuse incident.
Police victim’s father to be tried over ‘terrorism’ after court overturns acquittal ruling in Turkey’s Şırnak
The acquittal decision for the father of a police victim from the Kurdish-dominated southeastern province of Şırnak was overturned. 24-year-old Hacı Lokman Birlik was shot to death and his body was dragged behind an armored vehicle. Birlik's father and nine others once again face terrorism charges for shouting Kurdish slogans at his funeral.
Incidents of police brutality have been on the rise across Turkey during the curfews imposed against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with new footage showing police officers hitting or mistreating citizens surfacing on social media nearly everyday. However, the Interior Ministry released a statement on the increase, criticizing media outlets for reporting the incidents as "police brutality," adding that the aim of these videos is to harm the police force.
Cizrespor, a football team representing the southeastern province of Şırnak’s Cizre district, has reversed its decision to quit the Turkish league. The club announced its original decision last week in protest of ongoing discrimination against the club. After Şırnak Gov. Pehlivan held talks with the club's executives and promised to support them, Cizrespor footballers hit the field again on Feb. 15.
Police early on Feb. 15 raided the house of Nurettin Şen, a nephew of Murat Şen, the dismissed former mayor of Şırnak's İdil district. During the raid, Murat Şen's 90-year-old mother Fatma Şen was battered by the police. "They [police] have come to my room and asked me to open the chest. After seeing nothing in the chest, they pounded the chest's cover on my hands,” Şen said.
A report based on United Nations data from Turkey's 2020 Universal Periodic Review revealed that some 147 bans on demonstrations and protests have been implemented in 22 different locations across Turkey between Jan. 1, 2019 and Jan. 31, 2020. "In Turkey, the constitutional right to 'peaceful assembly and demonstration with no prior notice' has become a meaningless expression," said the report by the Turkey Human Rights Foundation (TIHV).
The football team of the Kurdish-majority district of Cizre has withdrawn from the Turkish league, saying it can no longer withstand the "injustices" of the Turkish Football Federation (TTF) and the Central Referee Committee (MHK). “Due to the injustices that we have faced at both home and rival games, in the face of the referees' racist and nationalist stance, we are withdrawing our team Cizrespor from the league," said the club in a statement.