Some 210 migrants were discovered inside the trailer of a freight lorry in the eastern province of Van on Oct. 29. Migration officials reportedly searched the lorry during routine road controls and detained the lorry driver. Some 18 of the migrants were children.
The Turkish government has tried to distribute tablet computers to hundreds of families still displaced from their homes by an earthquake that struck the eastern province of Van in 2011 reportedly on condition that the families become party members. While many children have become dependent on tablets for remote education during the pandemic, the seeming bribe angered some residents of the settlement.
The prosecutor who is investigating the infamous helicopter torture case in Van – subject to a confidentiality order - is the same prosecutor who pressed charges against four journalists to send them to jail. As laws get ‘tougher’, not only journalists, but anyone who expresses a critical opinion gets closer to a prison sentence.
A 20-year-old man who migrated to Turkey from Afghanistan was captured by human traffickers in the eastern province of Van, and thrown off the third story of a building in a brawl about money. While the man was taken to the hospital upon neighborhood residents' report, he reportedly didn't receive surgery for two days.
Turkish police have detained four journalists in the eastern province of Van for reporting the throwing of two Kurdish men from a military helicopter. Police raided the journalists' houses, as well as the Van office of the Mesopotamia News Agency, and seized all cameras and technical equipment.
A total of 70 migrants who were struggling to breathe were rescued from a minivan by the gendarmerie in the eastern province of Van on Oct. 4. While two of the migrants were found dead inside the overcrowded vehicle, the remaining migrants were held by the security teams. The migrants included 37 Pakistani, 33 Afghan and two Iraqi nationals.
Turkish prosecutors have put a broadcast ban on news reports concerning throwing of two Kurdish men from a military helicopter while under detention in the eastern province of Van.
A Kurdish man who had been in intensive care for 20 days due to being thrown from a military helicopter died on Sept. 30. The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) released a statement on the death of Servet Turgut, saying that they are "very sad and angry." "The killers of Turgut are those who detained him. A government understanding that tortures and kills its citizens has no democratic legitimacy," the party said.
A fake "scientific publication" robbed some 50 people, mostly academics, of a total one million liras in southeast Turkey. The fraud allegedly offered users publication, and created an online space by copying legitimate websites.
Opposition slams construction of prison with lake view in Van, says gov’t should address people’s real needs
A group of opposition politicians slammed the construction of a 90-million-lira prison with a lake view in the eastern province of Van which government officials deemed "an investment." The opposition noted that the region has far more pressing needs than prisons and that hundreds of jails have been already built in recent years in Turkey.
What do the blood-blistered eyes of Osman Şiban and the non-existent recollection of what happened to him even represent? To whom and what do they even mean?
A man who was detained by Turkish police in the eastern province of Van was hospitalized and suffers from memory loss due to police torture, while another one remains in critical condition. According to hospital records, one of those detained was brought to the hospital for "falling from a high place," adding to the allegations that the two men were thrown from a helicopter.
Road signs displaying the Kurdish names for local neighborhoods in southeastern Van's Çaldıran district were taken down by the trustee mayor appointed by Ankara. Turkey's Interior Ministry has replaced more than 45 mayors from the HDP in southeast Turkey since the 2019 local elections.
The annual Divine Liturgy at Surb Khach (Holy Cross) Armenian Church on Akhtamar Island in the eastern province of Van will be held with limited participation on Sept. 6 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2,750-year-old body of a toddler was found wearing bronze, dragon-shaped bracelets in the southeastern province of Van. The excavation head said that the area where the body was found is still a mystery.