At the Nevruz celebrations in Diyarbakir on March 21st, after local costumes; People wearing belts, shawls and green, yellow and red symbols were not allowed to enter Nowruz Park in Baglar. At the checkpoint, 298 people were detained, including 74 children.
It was alleged that on March 19, in the Bismil district of Diyarbakir, 5-year-old twin sisters AB and EB were detained by police because of the symbols and colors on their clothes and attire while they were on their way there. Nowruz celebration area with mothers.
It is claimed that Ebie’s family, whose mother testified, was also released after taking fingerprints.
Diyarbakir Bar Association Judiciary and HDP bring demands to Parliament.
‘My children are sad’
BBC TurkishThe children’s mother, Janep Aslan, has spoken to Bikar.
“Since that day, they wake up at night crying, they get wet on their own, they don’t even want to go home. Now we are with my mother-in-law. They are afraid that the police will come and arrest us. When we return home.”
‘I thought the police were joking’
Jeanne Aslan Bissar, with her children, wore local costumes to the Nevruz celebrations at Bismillah; He said they were waiting at checkpoints because their clothes were green, yellow, red and had symbols:
“My 4.5-year-old twin daughter and I were waiting in the corner to be shown to us. We thought we would enter the area with the forbidden colors. After a while, a police car came and they tried to take me away. My daughters started crying in fear. Then they put us all in the car.
The police officer who testified at the police station turned to me and said, ‘Can your daughter testify?’ He asked, “I thought he was joking. I laughed and said, ‘Can they sign this time?’ When I asked, I realized it wasn’t a joke.
“I told the police that my daughters were not admitted to kindergarten because they were young. Their response was, ‘Your child knows how to get there but doesn’t know how to testify. You start educating and brainwashing them at this age.’ ‘”
Biçer said police said the star symbol on children’s clothing was a “symbol of a terrorist organization” and therefore it was banned.
“Then my daughter asked AB, ‘Are these clothes yours or your sister’s?’ He asked, “My daughter answered, ‘My brother.’ He asked, ‘From whom did you buy clothes?’ My daughters answered, ‘I don’t know, my mother made it for us.’
“They wrote my daughter Eber’s name in the report. They gave her fingerprints and her fingerprints in the report and they let us go. We went back to the field.”
The Diyarbakir Bar Association has filed a criminal complaint
The Diyarbakir Bar Association filed a criminal complaint on March 25 about the incident.
Bar; He noted that Article 19 of the Arrest, Detention and Statement on Detention Act clearly states that children under the age of 12 cannot be arrested for a crime and cannot be used for crime detection.
Despite this, the Bar Association argued that the arrest and detention of a 5-year-old child violated the right to personal liberty and security.
HDP brings the issue to Parliament
People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Musa deputy Gulistan Kilik Kosigit submitted a parliamentary question to the Interior Ministry and brought the issue on the agenda.
Koçyiğit asked if any social worker and psychologist were present together with their mother in the 5-year-old’s statement and an investigation was launched against law enforcement officers who conducted the process.
Deba Party Diyarbakir provincial chairman Sihan Ulsen also issued a written statement on the incident. Noting that it is clear that children under the age of 12 cannot be detained and arrested under the law, Ulsen said, “However, detention and arrest reaffirm that arbitrary practice and illegality have reached alarming proportions.”
On the other hand, the Diyarbakir Governance Meeting and Prohibition Act prohibits all possible indoor and outdoor activities and activities in Diyarbakir and its districts until April 4, according to Section 19.
Police official: ‘The news is baseless, there is information pollution’
In the context of the complaint BBC TurkishSpeaking, an official from the Bismillah District Police Department said they did not have the authority to issue a statement to the press, saying “there is information contamination in this regard.”
Noting that all proceedings have been carried out by order of the Prosecutor’s Office, the official said that all reports on the matter were baseless, no arrests had been made against the child, the children’s clothing was not local and the statement was baseless. “The motive was intentional”.
The police official added that the matter was being followed up at the governorate and ministry level and a press release could be made if necessary.