IHD Diyarbakir : report on human rights violations of four months

Human Rights Association (IHD) Diyarbakir Branch presented the Kurdish region rights violations report for the first four months of 2012. According to the report, around 10 thousand rights violations have been registered in the region, a substantial increase from the previous year where 29,366 violations had been denounced.

Over two thousand people were taken into custody and 281 cases of torture and inhuman treatment were recorded in the Kurdish region within the mentioned process.

“Unfortunately 2012 has been a year of intense conflict environment that has lacked in the advancement of peace and negotiation”, said IHD Diyarbakir Secretary Raci Bilici and underlined that military and political operations, the isolation on PKK Leader Abdullah Öcalan, the war concept of the government, right violations in and outside prisons, torture and legal obstacles in front of the freedom of thought and expression have remarkably been enhanced in this process in line with the deadlock in the Kurdish problem.

Below a list of the statistical figures of main violations in the first four months of 2012;

  • 20 members of security forces died, 44 injured in gunfights
  • 67 PKK members died, 4 injured in gunfights
  • 12 civilians killed, 49 injured in unsolved murders, extrajudicial killings and gunfights
  • 8 people died in cases of suspected deaths
  • 9 people died and 2 injured due to official neglect or mistake
  • Two soldiers/police officers committed suicide
  • 11 women committed suicide and 3 attempted suicide
  • 13 men committed suicide and 6 attempted suicide
  • 4 children committed suicide
  • 2034 people taken into custody
  • 33 people jailed
  • 281 cases of torture and inhuman treatment
  • 1080 subjected to investigation, lawsuit and penalty
  • 58 political parties, unions, associations and cultural institutions subjected to raid and attack
  • 6 political parties, unions, associations and cultural institutions closed
  • 629 publications recalled and banned
  • 176 cases of mother tongue ban in self-defense
  • 953 rights violations in prisons
  • 59 cases of intervention in social events, 111 people injured
  • 1412 asylum seekers and immigrants taken into custody
  • 6 asylum seekers and immigrants died
  • 19 cases of land, pasturage and grazing prohibition
  • 16 cases of right violations as a result of military operations
  • Claims of 7 mass graves where 32 people are buried
  • 7 cases of treatment on bodies of dead militants
  • 2027 cases of other violations

Total number of violations: 9900

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