Dark February for Human Rights

13 March 2012

963 people have been taken into custody and 168 people have been jailed in the month of February alone

According to report on human rights violations released by the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TİHV) 963 people have been taken into custody and 168 people have been jailed in the month of February alone.

The report underlined the arrests of children and the ongoing isolation of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan.

The closure of institutions such as Dilek Serin Education Support Home, Dersim Alevi Acedemy of Belief and Culture in Dersim and Orhan Doğan Education Support Home in Batman as well as the suspension of broadcast of Roj TV and two related websites are also cited in the report.

As for rights violations in prisons, the ongoing denial of visit for lawyers of Kurdish leader Öcalan, the destruction of a dissertation written by a prisoner in the Bayburt M Type Prison (because it suggested an alternative economic structure to the state) and the harassment of ten prisoners in Amasya E Type prison for they sang Kurdish songs are mentioned in the report.

Finally the arrests of journalists, including that of DİHA reporter Gülsen Aslan, as well as the child arrests are pointed out.

ANF / NEWS DESK

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