ECHR demands written statement from Turkey on Cizre and Sur cases

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) demanded the Turkish government submit a written statement on the practices in curfews implemented throughout Turkey since August 2015.

ECHR announced that some complaints voiced in the appeals made by several people on the Turkish state’s curfews and massacres, including in Cizre and Sur and decided to demand a written statement on forced confinement in houses, mistreatment, failure to take necessary precautions to protect right to life and other such subjects.

The applicants stated in their complaints that the European Convention on Human Rights Articles 2, 3 and 5 (the right to life, the ban on torture and the right to freedom and security) have been violated.

The ECHR declaration stated that some applicants and their legal representatives have been detained and arrested and that there are complaints that the government does not comply with the temporary injunction issued in line with Article 39 of the Court Bylaws.

According to the ECHR, more than 40 appeals have been made since December 2015 by more than 160 people for temporary injunctions to be issued regarding the curfews declared by the governors and district governors since August 2015 in some villages and towns in Northern Kurdistan.

The declaration pointed out the previous temporary injunctions issued by the ECHR and mentioned that the decrees were lifted because 4 of the 5 people whose appeals were accepted lost their lives in the hospital and the fifth was hospitalized.

The ECHR declaration pointed out that most of the 43 people who were stranded in basements of 3 buildings in Cizre lost their lives shortly, and the deaths were claimed to be as a result of security forces’ bombings, and continued:

“Relatives of some of the applicants who lost their lives have declared that they want to continue pursuing the case. During the inspection of the injunctions, the ECHR has decided to prioritize most of the 34 applications according to the Article 41 titled “Order of handling for applications” of the Court Bylaws.”

The prioritized applications are as follows:

Abdullah Kaplan - Turkey (no. 4159/16) Adem Tunç - Turkey (no. 4552/16) 1 According to Article 54 of the Court Bylaws, the Chamber that consists of 7 judges may inform the government of a state that is a party to the Convention that an appeal against said state is under investigation. 2 Ahmet and Zeynep Tunç - Turkey (no. 4133/16) Ahmet Tunç - Turkey (no. 39419/16) Alpaydıncı and others - Turkey (no. 10088/16) Altun - Turkey (no. 4353/16) Balcal and others - Turkey (no. 8699/16) Bedri and Halime Düzgün - Turkey (no. 901/16) Çağlak - Turkey (no. 2200/16) Cengiz Abiş and others - Turkey (no. 10079/16) Dağlı and others - Turkey (no. 6990/16) Dolan - Turkey (no. 9414/16) Erkaplan - Turkey (no. 10085/16) Eroğlu - Turkey (no. 478/16) Geçim - Turkey (no. 5332/16) Görgöz - Turkey (no. 480/16) İnan - Turkey (no. 2105/16) Irmak - Turkey (no. 5628/16) Karaduman and Çiçek - Turkey (no. 6758/16) Karaman - Turkey (no. 5237/16) Kaya - Turkey (no. 9712/16) Koç and others - Turkey (no. 8536/16) Ömer Elçi - Turkey (no. 63129/15) Öncü - Turkey (no. 4817/16) Oran - Turkey (no. 1905/16) Paksoy - Turkey (no. 3758/16) Sarıyıldız - Turkey (no. 4684/16) Seniha Sürer and others - Turkey (no. 10073/16) Seviktek - Turkey (no. 2005/16) Sultan and Süleyman Düzgün - Turkey (no. 891/16) Tunç and Yerbasan - Turkey (no. 31542/16) Uysal – Turkey (no. 63133/15) Vesek - Turkey (no. 63138/15) Yavuzel and others - Turkey (no. 5317/16).