In another case reported to Human Rights Watch, villagers from Şapatan (Altınsu) village,
in the Şemdinli district of the southeast province of Hakkari, reported to the media and to
lawyers that on August 6, 2017 dozens of men were rounded up from their homes by the
security forces, beaten, and taken to the Şemdinli anti-terror branch where the illtreatment
continued.22 A lawyer acting for the villagers told Human Rights Watch:
|22 (accessed August 19, 2017, but site subsequently blocked in Turkey after the government closed down Dihaber news agency
by emergency decree no. 693, August 25, 2017). A full report on the incident based on a field visit and interviews with victims
was published in Turkish by the human rights group İnsan Hakları ve Adalet Hareketi Derneği, İHAK (Human Rights and
Justice Movement), August 2017, https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxX8wzuz2PobWlgxaksyTU0wbm8/view (accessed
September 11, 2017).
23 Human Rights Watch telephone interview with lawyer, August 7, 2017.
24 Record of complainant S.T.'s statement to Şemdinli prosecutor, August 11, 2017, on file with Human Rights Watch.
25 Complaint to Şemdinli prosecutor, August 10, 2017, on file with Human Rights Watch.
26 Record of complainant N.Ş.'s statement to Şemdinli prosecutor, August 11, 2017, on file with Human Rights Watch.
27 Statement by the Hakkari Governorate, August 8, 2017: available at http://www.hakkari.gov.tr/basin-aciklamasi-2017261
(accessed August 9, 2017).
28 Information communicated to Human Rights Watch by lawyer, August 17, 2017.