Friday, July 09, 2010


"Diyarbakır Prison is not only the wildest chapter of the Kurdish issue, but it is also the wildest face of Sept. 12. It is certain that the horrible incidents encouraged people to join the armed fight. The fury among Kurdish people due to Diyarbakır Prison has long remained one of the most important resources for the PKK."
~ Mithat Sancar, Professor, Ankara University.

While most people will protest Israeli treatment of Palestinian children, including R. Katil Tayyip Erdoğan. In fact, this great and noble defender of children's rights had this to say last year:

I saw with my own eyes young Palestinian children being killed in Gaza.

Yet there has been little or no discussion of Katil Erdoğan's own treatment of Kurdish children--who also happen to be citizens of Turkey--in Western media. Here's something to help make up for the corporate media lap dogs' cover up of the Turkish state's official policy of Kurdish child abuse:

In April of last year--just days before Katil Erdoğan spoke about the killing of Palestinian children at Oxford, as mentioned above--these evil, stone-throwing, juvenile threats to the indivisibility and territorial integrity of the great and democratic Türkiye Cumhuriyeti were visited by a human rights delegation at their new home in the Diyarbakır E-Type prison. Here's what was noticed, among other things:

"Because the children are washing their clothes by hand, they are not clean. The beds are old, dirty and contain several bacteria. The tables are not hygienically clean, and because the children wash their dishes in an unhygienic environment (on the bathroom floor), this brings serious health problems."

There is no prison doctor. According to the manager, a doctor comes once a week, and an ambulance is called for emergencies. In general, children are transferred to hospital "if the gendarmerie is not busy on that day."

The delegation noted that one child had had a detached finger stitched back on, but that the stitches had not been removed for three months. Another child had cuts on his head and hands. He said that they had been stitched six days earlier, but that the wounds had not been bandaged since his detention.

Does this surprise you? It shouldn't. Diyarbakır's prisons have always been notorious and these days it ranks as one of the ten most notorious in the world. This is where the Turkish state puts Kurdish children after charging them with political "crimes".

Fast forward one year later and how do we find these young Kurds? Unsurprisingly, again, as follows:

Juveniles detained in the Diyarbakır E Type Prison who protested against the fact that their sick fellow inmates were not taken to the hospital were all punished for their protest by the prison management. The young prisoners are convicted and imprisoned in the scope of the controversial Anti-Terror Law (TMK).

Özgeder, the Association for Solidarity with Young People Deprived of Freedom, sent a letter to the Directorate for Prisons and Detention Houses within the Ministry of Justice to make an inquiry about the children that participated in the protest action.

No reply for torture inquiry

The letter said, "We were informed that the children were punished heavily and that officials applied physical violence from time to time. We also learnt that they were sent to neighbouring provinces". Özgeder requested according information.

The Directorate for Prisons and Detention Houses did not respond to the allegations of "torture" in their written reply. The juveniles who had joined the protest were called "criminals". The letter furthermore put forward that they damaged public property.

By protesting prison conditions, these young Kurds are following in the footsteps of Mazlum Doğan, Kemal Pir, M. Hayri Durmuş, and many others who died in Diyarbakır Military Prison in protest of the treatment in the prison and its conditions. For this reason, it has been said that Diyarbakır Military Prison is the birthplace of the PKK.

The Turkish state and the international community had better pay attention and act on behalf of the young Kurds now serving sentences as political prisoners in Diyarbakır and elsewhere in Turkey. Otherwise, this new generation may soon pick up their own matches.


Anonymous said...

Apparently Kurdish is still an "unknown language" in turkish courts too:

Meanwhile, the turkish state started burning down the forests in Kurdistan again.


Mizgîn said...

Well, all this talk about being able to use Kurdish is bullshit anyway. You can't use it "officially". I mean, do you know of anyone who actually talks to "officials" in Turkish-occupied Kurdistan in Kurdish? Babies with Kurdish names can't even get identity cards.

So what's the point of it all anyway? It's all bullshit--all the talk of how everything is so good for Kurds now, how the language can be used, the music can be played, blah, blah, blah. As I see it, the only ones allowed this are the state organs, like TRT-CEHS, or Katil Erdogan.

Same deal with forests. They are always burning forests. Maybe it's time to burn THEIR forests??

Anonymous said...

A miserable car or any other consumer item or a company can register a trademark name, for example, with "x" in it (Lux being one of the most common example). But when it's a child to be named Xalo, then it cannot be done because the letter doesn't exist in Turkish alphabet. Such hypocrisy.

The forest issue is really disturbing as the ministry of forests has announced not too long ago that they won't put off the fires TSK starts because it's done for protecting the state. It's mind boggling though... Why didn't TSK burn the forests in the Blacksea region.

This is what happens when one sits back and asks for justice from the Turkish state. You get burnt.


hiwa said...

keep up the good work Mizgin, nesrewtin ta serkewtin!