Syrians in Turkey
A report prepared annually by the Hrant Dink Foundation showed that Armenians were the most targeted group in hate speech in Turkish media in 2019. According to the report, there were 5,515 instances of hate speech in local and national media and 803 of them targeted Armenians. Syrian refugees followed Armenians with 760 instances, Greeks ranked third with 754 and Jews were targeted 676 times.
13-year-old child sentenced to 7 years in prison for sexually abusing Syrian child in Turkey’s southwest
A 13-year-old child was sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually abusing a nine-year-old Syrian child in the southwestern province of Denizli. During a hearing of the case held at the Denizli Seventh Heavy Penal Court on Sept. 14, the court handed the perpetrator, identified only as A.B., seven years in prison, which is the highest sentence that can be given to minors for sexually abusing a child.
A 16-year-old Syrian teenager named Eymenh Hammamı has been killed by a racist mob consisting of 20 people in Turkey's Black Sea province of Samsun. One person was detained regarding the attack, but the Hammamı family said that they will file a criminal complaint for all the 20 people in question to stand trial.
Syrian refugee children in Turkey have been facing difficulties in accessing distance education during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Since many lack the necessary technological equipment to continue their education and live in crowded households, Syrian refugee children are among those who have limited access.
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham has reportedly executed a Syrian Kurdish man from Afrin after he was deported to Idlib from Turkey. Betal Hesen, 23, was reportedly beheaded eight months after he was arrested in Turkey's border province of Hatay and was deported to the Bab al-Hawa border crossing. “This is what Jabhat al-Nusra is doing to the Kurdish sons, they have beheaded him before there was even a trial on May 2," his uncle said.
A police officer has shot dead 17-year-old Syrian Ali al-Hamdan in the Seyhan district of the southern province of Adana. Although Adana Governor's Office said that he was wounded "accidentally" when police fired warning shots to the air, footage shared on social media showed Hamdan shot in the heart.